The deflated rat straight up makes me want to vomit.
Arie's Bachelor Blog (People)
My time with Lauren’s family started exactly how I imagined. The tension was high and the silences were long. At the time, it felt awkward and nerve-racking (especially given how much I cared about Lauren), but now I realize it was all coming from a place of love. They were worried about this strange man entering Lauren’s life and felt it was their job to be her protector. Honestly, I expected my time with Lauren’s dad to be the hardest, but her mom and aunt were way harder on me. When I asked her mom if she’d give her blessing on an engagement, she eventually said she’d trust Lauren in whatever decision she were to make, but did not give her blessing easily.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Entertainment Weekly)
Arie’s date with Becca was really sweet and I thought it was really wonderful to see Uncle Gary step in on behalf of Becca’s father. Becca’s dad was clearly so beloved in that family, and it feels like he is with all of them in spirit at all times. You could feel the mood in the room shift when Arie finally got a chance to talk to Becca’s mother, and I think Arie really let her know just exactly how much Becca was focused on her family and her family’s happiness. This family wasn’t easy to win over (and there’s no reason they should be), but at the end of the day I think they felt as good as they could feel, given the situation.
Sharleen Joynt (FLARE Magazine)
Over a decade’s worth of watching this show has gotten me to the point where I can just about buy that the lead might (might!) struggle with choosing between his final two. (Ben Higgins is the poster child of claiming to “love” two women, while Jason Mesnick is the ultimate cautionary tale of a lead’s loss of clarity.) It’s taken me awhile to get there, but I can now buy it with the Final 2. But come on… the Final 4? Can one really “fall” for four people at the same time? Is being in a state of “falling” for every one of them the new Final 4 baseline? No. He likes those four women a lot. Period.
Don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website too!
Ali Fedotowsky (aliluvs.com)
I have to say that it was really cool to see how emotionally in-tune Kendall’s entire family is. They all seem to know her so well and just seem to read people very well. I remember when I took the bachelor to my hometown, my entire family & I were just kind of giddy at the whole experience. It was hard to sit back and look at everything and ask if it could actually work. I just really respect her family to be able to separate the cameras and the excitement of The Bachelor coming to their house and really hone in on the relationship that is or isn’t developing between them. It’s no wonder Kendall is so grounded and analytical. She definitely gets it from her family.
Rachel Lindsay (Us Weekly)
Arie has quite a few adults to meet at Becca’s hometown but it is Uncle Gary that is making the lasting impression in this family. The looks he is giving across the dinner table to Arie are equally humorous and terrifying. Becca’s hometown is very heartfelt and personable, especially the scenes with Uncle Gary and her mom. Personally, I feel like I resonated with Becca’s family the most and really could see and feel how much she cares about Arie. For the first time, I really see Arie’s love for her, too.
Entertainment Weekly by Kristen Baldwin
The Bachelor can barely get out his “you’re all great, sorry about the rejection” speech, and indeed has to leave the room to collect himself before handing out the roses. Once back, Arie announces that he needs to talk to Kendall. (Noooooo!) It seems he really needs to know whether Kendall can “get there” — meaning, will she be able to get engaged in eight days, or whatever, and be “comfortable” with that?
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
Everyone’s mom just ends up resigned with the ladytestant sitting on a bed going “Well, if you’re happy, I’m happy.” I want someone to shake their daughter and tell her, “DON’T DO THIS! HE’S A BEIGE PASHMINA COME TO LIFE!” Even the act of giving a blessing for an engagement is performed by rote by each mom. “I trust my daughter.”
Your daughter walks in your front door with someone who is still doing a soft faux-hawk in the year of T’Challa 2018 and you trust her judgement?
Last, but certainly least,
because this is about to be boring as shitwe have Lauren B’s date. I’m still not entirely unconvinced that she isn’t a robot woman created in the ABC studio as a last-minute love interest for Arie when girls started dropping out after they found out he was the new Bachelor. I guess you could say that I have high hopes for this couple.
Bachelor Nation Weekly (Afterbuzz)
Almost Famous with Ashley I, Jade and Tanner (iHeartRadio)
Bachelor Live with Julia Cunningham and Robert Mills (EW Radio)
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman and Amy Kaufman (The Ringer)
Here to Make Friends with Claire and Emma (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)
Chris Harrison blogs a bit (People)
And then there was Yuki. That young woman just lit up the Winter Games with her charismatic personality. It didn’t matter that she doesn’t speak perfect English; everyone could understand her. That said, I thought it was important that I brushed up on my Japanese for my conversation with her. Am I fluent in Japanese? No. Can I order a few things at the sushi bar? You bet I can.
and Chris on the Finale (People)
And of course there’s Clare and Benoit. It was the most devastating breakup of the season. We all wondered, Clare included, if she made a mistake saying goodbye to him. So when I heard Clare was in love again, I knew it had to be Benoit. Seeing him stand up there on stage and make his way to Clare, I couldn’t have been happier. He’s a great guy. He’s sincere, romantic and kind. She’s a great woman. She’s strong, smart and not willing to settle. I wish them nothing but happiness.
Vulture (Ali Barthwell): Episode 3
Clare complains that she’s mediocre and she wants to know if there’s a prize for being a mediocre person.
1. That’s just the definition of white privilege right there.
2. There already is a prize for being a mediocre person. It’s called being a contestant on The Bachelor franchise.
and Episode 4
Betches Love This: Episode 3
Clare, resident franchise hag, declares her love for The Bachelor and that she’s willing to die. I don’t have a comment for that. However, she pulls off a STUNNING downhill performance in that she manages to stay upright without hitting a tree.
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman and SportsGal + Ben Higgins (iHeartRadio)
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin, featuring Alexis Waters and Jasmine Goode (Nerdist)
Bachelor Nation News:
Is The Bachelor making me dumb? (Washington Post)