Ben's Bachelor Blog - including SNAKES! (People)
And while we are on the subject of problems, while that field where we landed was beautiful, it was also filled with snakes! Like, rattle snakes – and a lot of them! We were walking towards the hot tub arm-in-arm, and we started hearing rattles. At first I thought it was just someone messing with us until I saw one dart across the path and into the grass … and then another one … and then another! It was terrifying but more than anything Lauren was freaking out. I would've felt really, really badly if I had taken Lauren on our first date and she got bit by a snake, so I put her on my back and carried her most of the way.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
On my season, we dreaded rose ceremonies because we knew it would always be a long, tedious night spent almost entirely with the other girls—your roommates who you’ve spent every day with—chatting, drinking, reapplying up your makeup… all fancy words for “waiting.” Waiting your turn, waiting for everyone else’s turns, waiting to either pack up and go home or to change into your PJs and call it a night.
We see Calia break down while Ben is on his date with Lauren B and I totally understand where she is coming from. I know that many of you probably think, “well, she knew what she was signing herself up for” and I couldn't disagree more. In fact, I would argue that she had NO IDEA what she signed herself up for. The majority of people who go on the show don’t go on actually thinking they will find love. The contestants usually go on thinking it will be an really fun experience. But then what happens is people are shocked when they do actually start falling in love, and the reality that you are falling for a guy that multiple other women are falling for really starts to set in.
On to more important things …. like spending $40,000 on clothing for the show…. which is f*%king insane!!! BUT, I remember when I went on the show we got goodie bags filled with some stuff that they wanted us to wear but half of it didn’t even fit. And that was it!!! The girls do have to bring all of their own clothing and of course, they want to be wearing the best clothes EVER to be seen on TV in!!! I had re-mortgaged my house and I spent something like $8,000 on clothing (which is still a lot) … but now that designer labels are even more important, I can see how someone can spend that … easily!!!!! The funny thing is, Ben and all of the other guys don’t give a sh*t!!! I bet you they don’t even notice a difference. Heck, I barely remember what Olivia has been wearing so far this season.
One-on-one dates on The Bachelor usually last up to 10 hours. That said, four hours of that time is actually spent together as a couple. The others are spent driving (usually separately) or doing in-the-moment interviews recapping the date and your feelings. If there isn't a camera present, you're not interacting with each other. The girls back at home are eating, playing Heads Up on a producer's phone, painting their nails, and tanning. Or they're crying — like Caila to JoJo. Except wait, it wasn't. I was watching the show last night with Becca and JoJo, and at this point, JoJo said to us flat-out, "I don't remember ever having this conversation with Caila." And that's because she never had it — this scene was so obviously edited to look like it was a conversation between the two girls, when in reality, it was a talk with a producer. I bring this up not to criticize, but because I think it's important to watch the show with a critical eye.
Shushanna is forever a WINNER for carrying the injured Rachel into the Bachelor Mansion — like it’s nothing! They breed ‘em tough in Russia, baby.
Also, it should be noted that at least five full minutes of this episode were dedicated to whether Olivia Caridi has "fat toes," which only seems like it should be relevant if Ben has a secret foot fetish. Praying this is not the case.
At this point, dates are happening, crushes are forming, and in order to survive, the women spend their days tearing one another down. (Oddly, the Bachelor mansion shares a striking resemblance with Corporate America.)
When she joked about someone else taking her date in a helicopter since she's scared of heights, we would have thought nothing of it, if the other girls hadn't acted like she had just yelled, "Suck it, sluts!"
All of her behavior felt exactly like how a socially awkward person (who is totally not us in any way) would act when they really, really like someone and are suddenly faced with going on an all-day date with that person.
Raise your hand if watching Olivia actually in tears over how it's so hard "to be strong all the time" because she hates her legs when Ben had just lost two special people in his life was one of the most cringeworthy things you've ever seen.
I basically want to quote every word of Ali B's recap, but instead I'll leave you with this:
Every so often, The Bachelor will present us with archetypes to represent the different kinds of people and their struggles with love or life or unlimited mimosas. This episode, we’re presented with two types of women and how they relate to other women. If other women hate you, you’re either an Olivia or a Jubilee.
What does that mean? Well, Olivia is the type of woman who gets a boyfriend and drops all her friends because they just don’t understand when someone truly understands you. Olivias are women who wake up before their boyfriend wakes up to put on makeup. Olivias would never be seen dead in yoga pants outside of a yoga studio. Jubilees, on the other hand, are tragic, misunderstood weirdos. Jubilee is your hot best friend who never seems to find a man and goes to Homecoming in a group of 20 other gals from her gifted program. Jubilees hide behind humor and sarcasm to hide their sadness. They have an entire outfit made purely of sweats. Some women look at them relating to men as people and get irrationally angry.
Olivia is a megalomaniac who interprets every glance from Ben as a sign of his undying affection. Jubilee is basically a Paul Giamatti character in the body of a Love & Hip Hop background extra.
Jubilee magically conjures up a massage table and gives Ben some deep tissue lovin’ which annoys all the ladies who were too busy talking to the other soccer moms inside to remember they are here to make Ben fall in love with them.
Once again, the ABC Intern forgot to pack a spare rubber band in the glove compartment and Lauren has to fight her own flying strands of hair for the attention of the hot dude next to her wearing a royal blue henley.
Rachel, whose job is listed as “unemployed,” hurts herself somehow but still decides to stay in the game, to “win” Ben’s love. Olivia, this season's mean girl, tells us she is going to take advantage of Rachel’s injury to win the game and kicks the ball straight at Rachel. Olivia definitely is one of those girls who “totally gets along better with men than women.”
Bachelor Burn Book: Tweet Roundup
— Andi Dorfman (@AndiDorfman) January 19, 2016
Ben: Feeling a little down. Several people close to me have died.
Jennifer: So does that mean there's no cocktail party?
Olivia: I know you're sad and I can totally sympathize. There are like entire blogs devoted to my cankles I totally get what you're going through.
Lace: Quotes own tattoo then leaves.
Amber L. Carter is an awesome friend to Bachelor League. Read her fantastic recap!
And I’m so not the type to divide girls into “wife material” types of categories (mainly because I’m not your standard issue wife material and yet I still fully plan on roping some unsuspecting man meat into a legally binding contract with me at some point in my life, even if only so I can save on my taxes) but you just kind of look at Lauren and you automatically know that she would be the funnest wife and the sweetest, cutest mom in the universe.
Reality Steve (Spoilers! - and he reports that the Tanner/Jade wedding will be filmed this Sunday and broadcast on Sunday, February 14.)
The Most Dramatic Podcast in Bachelor History (Jensen & Melissa)
Coming up Roses (Barstool Sports)
Here to Make Friends (HuffPost, Claire and Emma)
Bachelor Nation News:
Ben doesn't consider himself to be very smooth (Us Weekly)
The Bachelor is letting its race issues show, but that's not enough (HuffPost, the awesome Claire Fallon)
By making a non-white contestant sympathetic, rather than villainized in tacitly coded ways, the show signals, if not a shift in allegiance, a clumsy awareness of narratives that aren't centered on white protagonists.
Spotlight on our girl Kelly Travis:
10/10 Bachelor Ben Heads!
To film The Bachelor, Kelly Travis took six weeks off her job doing business development for a construction company. She made it through five episodes, enjoyed hanging on some Vietnamese beaches, was eliminated peaceably, and accomplished her goal of barely conversing with Bachelor Juan Pablo at all. When the contestant bios were released online before the season premiere, she was back at work in Atlanta. And suddenly there was a photo of her grinning face next to her name, her age (27), and the words “Occupation: Dog Lover.” “I was like, ‘WHAT??’ Travis said. “I have a job. Now everyone who watches this show is going to think I don’t.”