Ben's Bachelor Blog (People)
One thing I feel really badly about was that I picked up the rose when I went to go talk to Olivia. In all honesty, I'm not really sure why I did that. There were so many other things on my mind that it must've just been instinct as I knew I was making my decision and I usually pick up the rose when I do that on other dates. But this wasn't like other dates. Another mistake and one that I regret to this day.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
Watching Leah unravel last night was positively captivating. I know that sounds terrible, but truthfully, she made great television. I am aware producers were behind the scenes poking and prodding her insecurities to bring out the worst in her. But to see her go from quiet, little-airtime, nice girl to that girl—the one who knocks on Ben’s door to specifically talk trash about her seemingly sudden nemesis, Lauren B.—felt like some detective case in need of solving.
Jojo’s reaction to Olivia's bags being taken away made me love Jojo even more! She said “I can’t imagine what Olivia is going through right now” and I just really love that she was thinking about Olivia’s feelings, regardless of her feeling towards Olivia. It just says a lot about Jojo as a person. And I think we should all be more like Jojo and think about how Olivia must have been feeling on the island, alone and how she must be feeling right now having to read all the negative things being said about her. So that’s my two cents - I wanna be more like Jojo 😉 In every way really - that girl is cool AF.
We all knew that the Emily vs. Olivia date wouldn't be as dramatic as my two-on-one date with Kelsey last year, but it still packed a punch, though partly because it played out during hurricane season. Producers reschedule dates according to the weather, all the time, I promise you, so clearly the rough weather was considered the perfect setting for this date.
Plot twist! On the Monday, February 8, episode of The Bachelor, Ben Higgins sent two contestants packing before the rose ceremony: Regina George wannabe Olivia Caridi and girl-you-never-heard-of-until-now Leah Block.
As far as Leah’s concerned, she had every reason to believe she’d get a one-on-one this week. After all, Ben once told her she was beautiful. Also,
ABCthe universe clearly brought them together in this process. AND they only live like 10 minutes away from each other in real life, which leads me to believe that the universe didn’t bring them together as mush as Leah stalked Ben all the way to California. What do you want to bet she has a shrine to him in her closet?
From the squealing pigs to the squealing girls, the glorious pig feeding has got to be one of the best Bachelor scenes of all time.
Who is Leah? Leah is Regina George. When Leah was in middle school, she probably created a burn book and wrote that her friend Maddie masturbated with a candle in front of everyone at a sleepover, thus ending Maddie's social life until Maddie went to college, where no one knew her nickname was Little Match Girl, which isn't even accurate when you think about it.
That's who Leah is.
Ben asks the age old question, “How do you date this many women that you have feelings for and keep everyone happy?”
Xanax and Viagra.
5. Emily won't kiss Ben
I don't know if you noticed this, because the editing didn't make a big deal out of it, but Emily and Ben don't kiss when he gives her the rose. It may be because she wasn't going to kiss someone who just kissed her nemesis Olivia and she's resentful even in victory, but I think it's a very telling moment. No one doesn't kiss Ben when they get a date rose. Emily and Ben just aren't that into each other. I think he only kept her because he had to get rid of Olivia. I predict she's gone next week. Emily needs a foil, and without Haley or Olivia to play off she'll dissolve into a powder and swirl off in the wind.
And Becca, bless her heart, immediately grabs onto it and is like, “So Leah, you didn’t say anything about her? For someone to bring that up to Ben, that’s like…a big deal.” And Leah’s all like, “Nope.” *sips drink*
The group date girls slip into their lace-themed bikinis, denim panties and silky robes that are doubling as swimsuit cover-ups. Ben tricks them into thinking they are going to chill on a boat and drink rum all day long. Untrue. They are actually going to swim with
dolphins, manatees, stingrays, PIGS! It’s easy, really. All you have to do is dangle a hot dog in front of them and they will swim up and eat it out of your hand! If you want them to go away, simply cross your arms over your chest. Who wants to pet Peppa?
Much like the Super Bowl, this entire idea was a hot mess. It was a Cinemax version of Lord of the Flies. Pigs were jumping onto scantily clad women even though their arms were in the official submissive pig position. Several were emotionally scarred and will probably never feel the same about eating bacon again.
After pouring weak mimosas — if the glass is more than half orange juice, you’re doing it wrong — Chris Harrison explains that this week there will be three dates — a one-on-one, a group date and a two-on-one. He follows it up with, “I hope to see most of you at the next rose ceremony,” which either means Chris hates Olivia, too, or one of the contestants turned down some “off-camera alone time” with him.
Ben: TELL ME YOU LOVE ME.
Caila: I’m too drunk for this.
Ben: Caila is confusing me.
Caila: I feel like you understand me.
Ben: I’m really glad this happened.
Everyone in America: What the f*** just happened?
The producers Ben decides to keep Olivia around for longer. This makes the other women insane, because now someone else who deserves to be here is going to go home. Look ladies, if Ben doesn't want to feel the inside of your vagina, you don't deserve to be there. Now, git.
Reality Steve *Spoilers!*
Jennifer Weiner's Video Recap:
The Bahamas: the perfect place to have a nervous breakdown.
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman (Channel 33 with special guests Peyton and Chris Lambton)
The Most Dramatic Podcast in Bachelor History (Jensen + Melissa AND the crew from AfterBuzz)
Coming up Roses (Barstool Sports AND OUR FAVORITE, Kelly Travis!!)
You don't marry the hot guy. The hot guy is a bartender at 45. You marry the smart guy.
The Basic Bitch's Guide to Life (Aly and Christina)
Bachelor Nation News:
ABC continues to countdown the 20 most memorable moments from 20 seasons of The Bachelor. See Moments 19 & 20 here, Moments 16, 17, 18 here, Moments 12, 13, 14, 15 here, and Moments 8, 9, 10, 11 here.
Moment #7: JJ and Clint's "Brokeback Bromance" (still SO freaking ridiculous)
Moment #6: Ben dumps Olivia on an island in the Bahamas
Moment #5: Courtney and Ben go skinny dipping
Tenley has a new boyfriend (Us Weekly)
Olivia reacts (Today Show)