Anyone else really want to go on a date in Copenhagen after Tuesday's episode?
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Something that you don’t see in the episode is that when I canceled the cocktail party after saying goodbye to Jack, I stopped by the guys’ suite. It had been a long evening, but on the ride back I pushed myself to search my heart and explore the potential of each of the remaining relationships. I knew how I felt and knew that a cocktail party would only delay the inevitable. I could see the disappointment in their eyes and felt the weight of that on me, but I just hoped that by the time I saw them again at the rose ceremony they would understand and respect my decision.
Alex had intrigued me from the first night I met him. He was gorgeous, successful, brilliant, goofy, mysterious, and gentle with women … a true puzzle. Unfortunately, this journey was so far outside of his comfort zone Alex never felt free enough to embrace our connection without inhibitions.
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It’s getting harder and harder to find new and exciting international destinations, but when we had the chance to go to Oslo, Norway, we were all thrilled. I had never been to Norway but I can tell you now I will be back. The food, the people, the views — all of it was incredible. We stayed at the Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel, which was right next to the Olympic Ski Jump. The whole crew enjoyed running and jogging around the steps of the jump, but Rachel decided to take it a step further and rappel down from it on her first date with Bryan.
I too have been adoring Rachel as the lead, and amazingly, even more with each passing episode. Her reactions to all scenarios are perfection. She’s got excellent manners, showing grace and appreciation when guys give her any compliment or gift (even if the gift is a creepy piece of wood with a barely-legible adjective carved into it). She doesn’t take any shit, though, like how she clams up and refuses to talk when she’s angry with production (as with the DeMario/Lexi saga), or how she called out Josiah for complimenting her endlessly yet never asking her any questions. She’s no fool; whenever any guy rats about another guy, she listens, though you can see her taking it in with a grain of salt. She’s also wonderfully transparent. Watching her uncomfortably shift in her seat across from Jack, and visibly recoil as he leaned in for a kiss, was reality TV at its finest. Aside from finding her repulsion kind of funny, I loved it because I felt I could relate; that’s how I imagine many of us would be in her situation. She doesn’t—cannot!—hide when she’s into (or not into) someone and that, to me, has breathed new life into an old, rickety formula of a show. Best of all, I love how she knows what she’s looking for. Her description of looking for that “X-factor” was so accurate and I truly believe a lot of people lose sight of that in a sea of pretty faces.
The way the Bachelor edit cookie crumbles isn’t always fair, and sometimes it isn’t even remotely representative of reality. As viewers, we can only chalk a connection up to the interactions we’re shown; with no intro video, no limo exit, and no interactions or conversations, how can we not assume it’s because there was nothing to see? This is why watching both Adam and Matt stick around through two Rose Ceremonies over guys whose names I didn’t have to double-check is frustrating. Obviously the show isn’t meant to be analyzed in the sport-like way that I —and many of my lovely readers!—treat it, but it’s like betting on a horse when you only know the stats for a couple of them. Alex has gotten his fair share of airtime, and Anthony is one of the few to have received a 1-on-1 (although at the time I did call it a bit of a throwaway)—I can’t have been the only one to feel duped.
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I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t remember anything that happened on the group date other than Rachel’s super hot make out session with Peter in the hot tub! I mean, it is so obvious that he is in her top two at this point. Put it this way, she had a choice of who she got to take in that hot tub on the group date and she, without a doubt, chose her number one guy on the date. Producers plan these things in advance. You think that Peter just happened to have a swimsuit on underneath his pants? Ha! The producers had to make sure he had one so they could go in the hot tub!
Rachel’s goodbye with Kenny was one of the most interesting goodbyes I’ve ever seen on the show. They even kissed goodbye! Has that ever happened in the history of the show? I feel like the goodbyes are always very sad or negative, whereas this one was full of love. I honestly really enjoyed it. And when Kenny said, “If Mackenzie grows up to be like Rachel. Then I know I did my job” – I broke down in tears.
As the girls and I were watching The Bachelorette together we had a bit of a split decision amongst us, Shay and Mackenzie were Team Peter and Mindy and I were Team Dean. What do you guys think?? I asked the same question on Twitter last night and there were A LOT of people choosing Team Peter and as I sit here and creepily stare at his picture … I get it. He’s a babe.
The one thing about Bryan that Rachel isn’t sure about is why he’s still single at, wait for it, 37 years young (as Chris Harrison noted when introducing all the guys, that's positively "ancient" by Bachelorette contestant standards). Well, Rachel, I was informed by a young doctor this week that attractive professionals often try not to get married until 40 these days — they’re trying to be playboys until they get truly lonely or start losing their looks. Regardless, Bryan says he is ready to settle down, and I do believe that he's genuinely into Rachel, although he has an easy charm some are saying is a red flag. Rachel herself even worries about his smooth moves and doesn’t want to give her heart to someone who will not give her his in return. (I speak from experience when I say that, once it happens a couple of times on national TV, you’ll get over it.) But look! Before the end of their date, Bryan says, “I’m truly falling in love with you.” You all know Rachel can’t say it back, but she gushes that she likes him … a lot.
Look, Will seems to have his shit together, but perhaps isn't much of a conversationalist? There are plenty of awkward pauses playing out, and that's no fun for anyone. That said, I will say that there are tricky ways the audio guys can create the illusion of an awkward silence. For example, you'll be on a date and they'll say," hey, can we pause for room tone?” (That's to capture the background noise and other scene-setting stuff.) You can’t move or speak during those thirty sections while they're taping that — and sometimes, I think, those moments can make it to air. Jared and I once enjoyed a date full of great, flowy conversation, but when it aired it looked awkward because they clipped in our frozen room tone pauses. I wonder if that happened here or if there was really that little chemistry apparent.
Oh, before I forget, Rachel sent Jack Stone home, as we all knew she would. His fate was sealed when he told Rachel he wanted to take her back to Dallas and “lay in bed and talk.”Goodbye, Jack Stone. May you and your two names find happiness someday....
Bryan’s not worried that he and Rachel live in two different states — he just keeps saying he’s “ready.” To… move, maybe? Unclear. Then Rachel lowers her voice to a whisper and asks the most serious question of the night:
JACK STONE just kept talking directly to the camera about how much he loves Rachel and she kept saying, “I dunno, he’s … nice? We’re from the same city?” The final nail in the coffin is when Rachel asks him what he’d do with her all day in Dallas and his answer is “lock the door and lie in bed all day.” Sir. SIR. Did you forget she’s from there? Just name any restaurant. “Olive Garden followed by Build-a-Bear Workshop” would have been a better answer. JACK STONE also says, “I love parents.” He doesn’t get a rose.
I’m gonna say something I’ve decided about Eric that, in my mind, really informs how I view him: I think Eric really looked up to Nick Cannon at some point in his life. That’s just the vibe I get from him. Eric probably knows every line in Drumline. For their date, Eric Cannon and Rachel are going to explore the city. He asks her how many kids she wants to have because he wants to have ten. Does he think people have children in litters? I’m all for a big family, but yeesh. As they’re walking around the city, they stumble onto public hot tubs. Rachel is ready to jump in, but I need to know the cleaning schedule for public hot tubs. They hop in and make out while several giant Danish men expose themselves in shows of Viking dominance.
And then there’s Josiah. He miserably fails during his one-on-one time by telling Rachel that he knows that she is the woman of his dreams and that he wants to grow old with her. Rachel thanks him for the compliment before reprimanding him for never asking her questions. He applauds her perceptive spirit, tells her she’s amazing, and then gives her a hug.
In other news, Dean boozes it up with Rachel, Alex makes her laugh, Adam Jr’s Dad experiences the first kiss we’ve seen on television (is this also their first time to speak?), and Matt tells Rachel that Kenny is emotionally unraveling.
That’s like saying Corinne likes tequila.
Will explains to Lee that the term “aggressive” toward a black man can be offensive for reasons Lee may not understand. Will tries to explain what “race card” means to Lee, and Lee wishes he had his cellphone so he could tweet something misogynistic.
Kenny wins and they put a furry crown on his head, much like how he celebrates a wrestling victory, I’d imagine.
When the group date goes for cocktails, Kenny confesses that he misses his daughter, so Rachel sends him home and perfect Peter gets the group date rose.
Last night on part two of the most boring season of The Bachelorette ever, Rachel dumped four people, watched an old couple make out, had her suitors channel their inner Viking and sent home a crying wrestler. Can Kenny get himself a role on Total Divas because I have a feeling the world isn't done with him yet.
Mouthing Off with Olivia, featuring an interview with Jared and Ashley I. (play.it)
Bachelorette Party with Juliet Litman (Channel 33)
Coming up Roses with Barstool Chief, Barstool Trent, and Kelly Keegs (Barstool Sports)
Rose Buddies with Griffin and Rachel McElroy
Reality Steve with DeAnna Pappas Stagliano (SPOILERS!)
Roses Before Broses with four dudes in a room. That's actually how they describe it.
Bachelor Nation News:
And Corinne made a statement about closing her investigation (CNN)
Friends say that Jack Stone got an unfortunate edit (Us Weekly)