Arie's Bachelor Blog (People)
Throughout the whole journey, I tried to think logically. I’d constantly ask myself: Do our lives fit together? Could she move to Scottsdale? Is she ready for marriage? With Lauren, it was never about those things. I couldn’t logically explain any of my feelings. I didn’t know why I felt so strongly, I just did. And I know excusing myself during dinner looks crazy. It felt crazy at the time, but when Lauren told me she was falling in love with me, I was overwhelmed. In that moment, I knew I felt the same way but needed to take a moment before I could properly express myself. I hadn’t felt like this about someone since Emily.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Entertainment Weekly)
We all know that Arie was magnetically drawn to Bekah M. from the beginning, but as soon as he found out her age in Lake Tahoe, I think he had been systematically trying to use his logic to convince himself that his feelings weren’t legitimate. It’s hard to know how his relationship with Bekah would have progressed if either she were older, or if he somehow never learned her age. But his feelings stalled, and then when he said goodbye to her, I think that was a decision led mostly by his head.
Sharleen Joynt (FLARE Magazine)
Kendall’s situation is not dissimilar to Corinne’s last season. She, too, had only been on a 2-on-1 date, and was also officially lapped when other women began receiving their second 1-on-1s. The difference is, Corinne felt like a bit of a performance piece in the season, and none of us really bought her and Nick together. Her Hometown felt more like an excuse for us to meet Corinne’s family than because she was an actual, viable candidate for Nick. Meanwhile, I like Kendall, and I like her for Arie. As a ukulele-playing taxidermy enthusiast, she started out seeming more like a gimmick contestant who seemed more there for quirk factor than to be taken seriously. But over time she’s proven highly intelligent and compassionate in how she dealt with Krystal, and her time with Arie generally feels real and quite lovely to watch.
Don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website too!
Ali Fedotowsky (aliluvs.com)
I really wish Arie didn’t make out so passionately and lovingly with every single girl! It just makes it seem not as genuine. On two dates in this episode he kissed the girls with such passion and then sent them home. I just don’t remember doing that on my season. I feel like if I sent a guy home on a date, I hadn’t kissed him earlier on that date.
Rachel Lindsay (Us Weekly)
I personally think Jacqueline knows the obvious. She is a smart girl. She knows she is not “the one,” and it is better that she save herself from the inevitable. I cannot understand Jacqueline’s extreme emotions but ultimately Jacqueline‘s doubts and uncertainty send her home. In my opinion, Arie seems to be relieved. For him, it is one less heart to break … one down and five to go.
Raven Gates (Bustle)
Tia is not a malicious person. I think she just had a lack of judgement. If she did feel this way about Bekah, I wish she would have spoken up sooner — because now it just looks calculated.
Watching it, I was conflicted. Had Bekah said something off camera? Was Tia trying to secure a spot on hometowns by telling Arie this information? I mean, on my season, I did tell Nick that Corinne couldn’t wash a spoon, and that she wasn’t ready for marriage... But, I learned through all that, that Nick didn’t need me to tell him. He was very smart and very aware of each girl. I think Tia will have to learn the same lesson here. Arie doesn’t need her to talk about the other girls, he is aware of what's going on. He already mentioned all the time to Bekah how he was worried about her not being ready. He didn’t need anyone to tell him that. I can see how viewers might be mad at Tia, but, for what it’s worth, Tia is not calculating or malicious. Tia is blunt and has word vomit. Always has, probably always will. I wish I could go back in time and tell Tia to focus on her relationship with Arie and not to compare other relationships... but, I cant.
Ashley I. (Cosmopolitan)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I’m the last person who should throw shade at someone for warning their love interest about another woman on this show because I’ve done it a time or two. So let’s get this straight. I think it’s usually the best to focus on your relationship and not bring anyone else’s names up in conversation. But! Sometimes your leading man asks about how you’re getting along with other the women, or whether you think any of them are — drumroll please — on the show for the wrong reasons. (That's how I framed my beef with Kelsey to Chris Soules on our two-on-one). If someone isn’t being authentic, and you have the backing of the other people in the house, revealing the realtalk to the man you've grown to care about is fair game.
Entertainment Weekly by Kristen Baldwin
Our final one-on-one date of the week goes to Seinne, and it’s a good one: truffle hunting with a jolly Italian man named Julio! (Is one of his truffle-hunting dogs named Maga? I’m hoping it’s spelled without the hashtag.) In case you were wondering how Team Bachelor was going to wrest a relationship metaphor out of rooting through the dirt for expensive fungus, allow Arie to answer that for you: “I do dig Seinne…. but can I dig deep enough?” Please excuse me while I go set myself on fire.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
When Becca K. comes back from her date brandishing a rose, Jacqueline’s hair and anxiety have grown three sizes. She doesn’t know what her family would talk to Arie about. Every bit of her anxiety and confusion about her final moments on the show come off like expert-level shade about Arie’s intelligence. So she decides to go to Arie’s hotel room to deal with the issue head-on.
The second Arie invites her in, Jacqueline starts chugging Arie’s wine. This is where Jacqueline won me over, and I realized that the only person with any real integrity and personality was about to leave the show.
Arie is just like ”I know Lauren B
is quiet and reservedhas less personality than the fat free, gluten-free gelato she ordered but I think she’ll open up by the end of this date.” And I hoped Peter Kraus was gonna be the next Bachelor so I could actually enjoy my Monday nights, but we can’t always get what we want, do we?
Lauren B tells Arie that she’s falling in love with him and she says that with all of the emotion of someone who just asked for help with her credit score. Except I think I might be more passionate about my credit score than she is her potential future husband.
Bachelor Nation Weekly (Afterbuzz)
Wells's Drunk Snapchat:
Almost Famous with Ashley I and Ben Higgins, featuring Luke Pell (iHeartRadio)
Bachelor Live with Julia Cunningham and Robert Mills (EW Radio)
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman and Rob Mills (The Ringer)
Here to Make Friends with Claire and Emma, featuring Caila Quinn (Huffington Post)
I Hate Green Beans with Lincee Ray and Some Guy in Austin
Rosecast with Rim and AB
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin et al. (Nerdist)
...and not many of our favorites are recapping.
Chris Harrison blogs a bit (People)
The Jacuzzi. I’ve never heard so much talk about a Jacuzzi! I’m not sure exactly where the miscommunication was, but if Christian really wanted that Jacuzzi date to happen, he needed to just man up and go find Clare. I don’t think this was a cultural issue; I just think Christian was afraid to really put himself out there and make a move. Regardless, we all knew it was only a matter of time before Jacuzzi-Gate bubbled over.
Vulture (Ali Barthwell): Episode 1
After the American squad comes in, Japan hits the parade route with … one person and a guy in a samurai costume. The Japanese delegation is Yuki! Remember her? Yuki came in fifth on The Bachelor Japan and she does not speak any English. The only things words she knows in English are, “Thank you okay hello good-bye I love you will you marry me.” She’s my favorite to win. I love her and her marabou-covered shoes.
and Episode 2
Kevin decides to go tell Bibiana that he’s not feeling it anymore and we don’t even get to see what happens! It sounds like they were pretty mature about the whole thing, but we are starved for any emotionally healthy interactions on this show. Meanwhile, Ashley I. is picking out a china pattern because Kevin was nice to her for eight seconds.
Betches Love This: Episode 1
Yuki is the best at negotiating for herself because she is the most direct. She’s basically just saying “Like for like?” and everyone agrees. I respect that.
90% sure I’ve seen RuPaul wear Courtney’s exact outfit on Drag Race, and I also respect that.
Ashley I is wearing lingerie — respect all around, honestly. Infinite respect to everyone in the house.
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman and Ben Higgins (iHeartRadio)
Here to Make Friends with Claire and Emma (Huffington Post)
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin et al: Episode 1 and Episode 2 (Nerdist)
Bachelor Nation News:
Peter reveals his worst date ever - and it's not his breakup with Rachel (Us Weekly)
JoJo and Jordan are taking their time planning their wedding, and I'm just so thrilled that they're still together (People)
Go away. (People)
GO AWAY. (Us Weekly)