Nick's Bachelor Blog (People)
It wasn’t until Danielle told me she loved me that I knew I couldn’t say the words back. I felt instantly heartbroken. Heartbroken over hurting this woman who allowed herself to be vulnerable … heartbroken because I had felt so confident a week prior.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
What seemed like a pebble quickly turned into a landslide as the two-on-one date the next day really put Nick to the test. Whitney is really wonderful, and though you haven’t seen much of it, she and Nick had a pretty great relationship — even though it wasn’t exactly the deepest.
Sharleen Joynt for FLARE Magazine
I have a hard time believing this volleyball game was not begun without the premise that the winning team would get time with Nick and the losing team would have to go home. That’s not unheard of in Bachelor land (in fact, it’s pretty standard), making me wonder WHY, in this case, that stipulation wasn’t shared? Especially since so many women—even the normally “together” ladies like Vanessa, Danielle M and Rachel—were seriously losing their cool about it. What else happened here? Did a team actually love? Was there some fight? They all went on the evening portion of the date, so did Nick have a change of heart? Again, none of this is anything we haven’t seen before, so why would we be kept in the dark this time? It only makes me more curious about what’s behind the curtain. What didn’t they want us to see here?
Don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website too!
But I was a bit confused about Nick’s tears at the end. Ok ok, I get it. He’s the Bachelor so there are going to be tears, but why did he tell all the girls that he didn’t know if it would work out with them? I think I might be a little offended by that if I was one of the girls. Like he isn’t feeling a connection with any of them? Then why are they there? I dunno. The whole situation seems weird to me.
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
This week is historically the week that everyone loses their cool (including Nick, it turns out). You've been in the pressure cooker environment for a while, and the endgame is also in sight. You've had time to build (or think you've built) something ~special~ with the lead, and also travel is just stressful?! Literally the only fun thing that happens on this week's group date, then, is Nick's dinosaur impression.
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
When the Bachelor finally pulls Jasmine aside for a chat, she launches right in with her complaints. “I like you a lot. I really do,” she tells Nick. “But in a way it’s like, I just feel like maybe I’m being overlooked… I’m here, do you not see me?” She goes from defiant to earnest to weepy to weird, and by the time she “playfully” chokes the Bachelor, you can tell he’s ready to end this non-relationship post haste.
“I didn’t have the best conversation with Jasmine,” notes Nick, in the understatement of the night.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
Not only is the planet governing communication in retrograde, but Nick himself must be in retrograde. Between the dead-eyed stare he gives Danielle L. while she professes her love and fighting off Jasmine’s attempt to erotically asphyxiate him, he is miserable. He is just miserable. I’ve never seen a human man more miserable. And in his misery, he’s not entertaining. He’s being a dick, but he doesn’t even have the decency to be an entertaining dick. He’s just a sad boy who wants you to feel bad for him while he’s breaking up with you. Stop trying to make anyone feel bad for you, Nick. You haven’t sold software in years. Your full-time job is making out in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
Last night’s episode was B-O-R-I-N-G in my opinion. Yes, I understand it was a metaphorical blood bath when it came to cutting the competition IN HALF during one episode, but other than discovering that DD Danielle is known as D-Lo around the St. Thomas Marriott and poor Russia had a horrific childhood, I could barely concentrate due to the tears, the same conversation being repeated, and oh yeah — THE TEARS.
Possessionista by Dana Weiss
Nick tells Whitney that she’s beautiful, sweet and a calming person for him to be around, which is a nice way of calling her human Ambien. Danielle, meanwhile, tells Nick that she’s ready to take him home to mom. I, however, am distracted by the giant bug bite on her leg. Zika is a problem in St. Thomas, and if Nick sends her home on this date and she can’t have a baby for the next ten years, I smell a lawsuit.
TV Lust by Abby Draper
They play cornhole, take shots and then Nick suggests that they play a game of three-on-three volleyball while he watches.
None of the women enjoy this date at all and walk away from it crying, but Nick's used to that, so he doesn’t say anything to any of them. I guess they sleep it off because now we’re at the cocktail part of the date.
Basically, Nick takes each woman aside one by one and they all tell him that today was the worst.
Vistas of St. Thomas via sea plane followed by vistas of Nick’s junk in his short shorts, tank top, and bright white tennis shoes. He was dressed like a 12 year old girl on her first day at cheer camp.
The girls go with denim shorts and loose fitting tops and we learn that not unlike every other post-continental U.S. location in Bachelor history, St. Thomas is indeed the “perfect place to fall in love.”
Reality Steve (SPOILERS!)
I guess once Nick got out of the country, he figured he could start dressing himself down. Like, seriously down. We’re talking Robby Hayes territory with his bright ass short chubbies, and shoes with no socks. Nick must’ve been a huge watcher of JoJo’s season to have that outfit nailed down to perfection. It was like he stole Robby’s “How To Not Dress On National Television” book and followed it chapter by chapter.
This volleyball date should probably just be called the swimsuit competition.
Raven decided to impress Nick on this date by wearing a blue diaper.
Oh, I'm sorry ladies. You're having a hard time drinking shots, hanging out in St. Thomas, and tapping a ball with your hands over a net? You should totally complain about that to the three women who were held in Ariel Castro's basement for a decade. #Perspective
Kristen Baldwin from Yahoo! TV interviews Nick on Facebook Live:
Had a great chat with The Bachelor star Nick Viall! Watch it now.
Posted by YahooTV on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Ali interviews Sarah:
Here to Make Friends with Emma and Claire (Huffington Post)
Reality Steve with Courtney Robertson (SPOILERS!)
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman and Trey Kerby (Channel 33)
Coming up Roses with Barstool Chief, Barstool Trent, and Kelly Keegs (Barstool Sports)
Rose Buddies with Griffin and Rachel McElroy
The Bachelor Pod with literally the most Canadian Canadians ever
The Most Dramatic Bachelor Podcast Yet with Katie Aldrin and Sam Chalsen
Broses Before Roses with four dudes in a room. That's actually how they describe it.
Will You Accept this Rose? with Canadian Daniel (Nerdist) - not a recap, but definitely worth a listen
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Nick Viall trivia (Bustle)
Andrew Firestone is rooting for Nick (Us Weekly)
Y'all, Andrew Firestone is my FAVORITE. BACHELOR. EVER. (Yes, I'm showing my age. 37. Whatever. He's fantastic. And his family is super adorable.)