Episode 4 Recap Roundup:
Kristen Baldwin for Entertainment Weekly
“Ladies,” stop with the bickering — the man you’re all “dating” is awaiting you in Singapore’s Chinatown district! Demi, in keeping with her DGAF attitude, sprints ahead of the group and leaps into Colton’s arms, which is the type of “in-your-face physicality” that the Bachelor does not know how to deal with. “I’m gonna act how I would act if it were just me and him,” notes Demi. Clearly.
Diggy Moreland for Betches
The night portion of the group date brings us to our new potential villain: Courtney. Who is Courtney, you ask?? Good question. I don’t really know how to describe her, but just know when she speaks, she doesn’t move her top lip. Everyone gets their time with Colton (Demi goes twice) except for Courtney, and she cries like I did when Barack left office. Demi tells her “Get in there and fight for what you want,” and this marks the only time I’ve ever liked Demi. Okay, over it. Back to hating her now. Demi and Courtney throw verbal jabs, but none of them are willing to physically fight because they both have tags on their dresses that are definitely going back. Demi gets the group date rose, and Courtney has the sad face of someone who just walked up to Chipotle and realized it’s closed.
Caelynn pulls Alabama Hannah aside to “talk” because she wants to bury the drama between them.
CAELYNN: I just want this experience to be enjoyable for both of us.
Lol they think being on The Bachelor should be enjoyable?? Oh, sweetie, no.
Ali B. for Vulture
The other storyline brewing this episode is Demi being impossibly great at this game and Courtney being a hatin’ ass bitch. That might sound harsh but … c’mon. It’s a game show, ma’am. You gotta hit the buzzer at some point. No one has ever said “I really liked how this person didn’t make an effort to come talk to me.” Not on this show and not in real life. Demi is still doing her best impression of the overexcited daughter of Samantha Jones and that robot-lady from Weird Science. She does the run up and jump into Colton’s arms. The only flaw is that move is usually reserved for one-on-one dates or hometown visits. Demi does not stop there: She’s riding on Colton’s back like a lil baby chimpanzee riding on her mama.
Rodger Sherman for The Ringer
Most of the time, the first trip is to a resort-ish place in America, or maybe a major American city. I’m sure the main reason for this was logistical—why shuttle 15 women across the globe when you could wait a couple weeks and only need five plane tickets? But the destinations also add to the intensity of the show. The petty squabbles of the early weeks are fine for random domestic resorts, but as the relationships get more intense, so too does the travel.
The show’s unusual international flavor is lost on Colton, who seriously would have been fine if they’d just gone to Epcot. Here is his verbatim reaction to being dropped into a futuristic technocratic city-state 10,000 miles from home: “It’s got the lights, the buildings … it’s definitely a cool place.” Put that on a damn billboard.
Ashley Iaconetti for Cosmopolitan
This vulnerable conversation significantly deepened the bond between Colton and Caelynn. She feels safe around Colton, in part, I’d guess, because he’s a virgin and obviously not a sexually aggressive man. Colton reveals that one of the many factors that have played into him become a 26-year-old virgin is that his ex (and first love) was also sexually assaulted. He doesn’t say it verbatim, but I think it can be assumed that sex was a sensitive subject in that relationship.
Sharleen Joynt for Flare
In real life, you can label someone as negative and simply choose to spend less time with them. But when filming this show, not only do you have to spend every day on top of each other, you are also experiencing something truly once in a lifetime that it’d be really nice to ENJOY. A great deal of my journal entries were actually about this very thing, how this one person’s negativity was able to infect and even ruin the enjoyment level of everyone around them. Sure, to call that person a “cancer” is too harsh and certainly unhelpful—not exactly productive language. But I could see Demi’s point of view on this.
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