Arie’s 3rd week

Alright, we’re back to the Bachelor mansion! I can’t lie guys, this is a tough season to get really invested in. Arie is a pretty boring Bachelor! He doesn’t have a strong sense of humor or much of a tv presence so it’s hard to get real invested in him. He’s almost trying too hard that he’s not relaxing and having fun, so it’s hard for the viewer to be at ease watching him…..or maybe that’s just me!

Who you guys should listen to because they’re entertaining and actually share a lot of the same thoughts about the Bachelor that I do, is Ben Higgins & Ashley I.  They have a Podcost called Almost Famous. Ben was the only Bachelor that I was able to root for the entire way from when he was announced as the Bachelor, to when he proposed to Lauren to when they broke up. I love that guy! Ashley I is the girl who cries all the time and is in love with Jared and went on the most epic 2 on 1 date in my mind in Bachelor history:

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Ben and Ashley are great, they do their podcast even when the Bachelor is not on, and it was announced they’re the cast of the Bachelor Winter Games which will be going on in February. I guess they’re taking a break of showing new episodes of the Bachelor when the Olympics are on and will be showing the Bachelor Winter games instead….it’s gonna be hard to jump back into Arie’s season, I think.

Okay, I’ve stalled enough, let’s get to the episode. These girls are recapping us on the fact that there are still 18 of them and that’s a lot. We only sent 3 home last night, why didn’t we send more home?!? That does mean as you’re having this love fest about wanting to send someone home, you’re probably sitting next to the girl that you want to send home, but you’re besties after 4 days of living together, you’d NEVER want to send her home!

Bibs and Krystal still hate each other and Krystal is gonna steal all the time she can with Arie and doesn’t care what any of you say!

Alright Harrison is here to give the girls a pep talk, tell us we have 2 group dates and a one-on-one date and drop off a date card. Group date card time! “It’s all about the ring”

  1. Maquel—-came in the race car night one and hasn’t done much since
  2. Jacqueline—–I liked her night one, she was asking him a bunch of questions and seemed very real and like it was hard for her to believe she was here, no group date last week so I don’t know a whole lot more about her.
  3. Lauren B—–I’m pretty sure this is the first time she’s ever been on my screen
  4. Tia—-best friends with Raven
  5. Marikah—–owns the restaurant with her mom
  6. Bekah—–young lil pixie girl that Arie is falling in lust for real quickly
  7. Bibs—-is she going to talk to him tonight or just get angry that other girls are stealing him and her time with him?
  8. Krystal—-and in the least shocking development Krystal and Bibs are on a group date together

We’re at GLOB—-Gorgeous Ladies of the Bachelor and we’re going to wrestle in-front of a live audience this evening. I’m loving Jacqueline because she told us that wrestling may not be a great idea with girls that already have animosity towards one another, they very well could kill one another.

We have 2 professional wrestlers that are trying to teach the girls to wrestle. One of them goes after Bibs and asks her what her name is and how to spell Bibiana and then asks if her mom knows how to spell and has her in tears, talking about her mom. Then they get in Tia’s face and she’s in tears and doesn’t want to be talked down to, which I don’t blame her.

Bekah is stirring the pot and causing more drama by making fun of Bibs and Tia crying, of course she doesn’t say it in-front of Arie, she says it when no one else is around, that’s why I can’t be fully on team Bekah.

Arie gets to wrestle in-front of the studio audience as well. He gets to wrestle Kenny the professional wrestler, single dad from Rachel’s season. Arie keeps getting slammed into the mat, but of course in Bachelor magic he ends up winning the match.

We’ve got Bekah dressed as a sex kitten going against Maquel the lunch lady…..yes you read that correctly, read it again and then picture Bekah in a spandex leather jumpsuit with a whip and poor Maquel in a baggy t-shirt dress. drawn on huge mole and hair net…..the producers are bitches poor Maquel, this is our sign that Maquel ain’t making it to the top 4, there ain’t no way they’re putting a top 4 girl in that outfit! Maquel does beat Bekah, but it ends up it doesn’t matter, we’re not doing a tourney style, we just have 4 matches for people to wrestle.

Alright it’s the after party of the night. Krystal is the first one to grab Arie and the other girls are PISSED. She annoys me because she immediately goes into her glottal fry voice and is using baby talk with him, her voice sounds different than it has all day and annoys the hell out of me and we’re just beginning their talk. Arie is blindsided and said she looked real sexy today and it’s hard to have her with the other girls and then starts making out with her. She is the one to pull back and ask him how she’s supposed to play this, which I actually have to say I appreciate. Is she supposed to take charge and be aggressive or is she supposed to hang back a lil bit and he shows his noncommittal side and says to just be you and doesn’t give her any help and if she feels lost, come grab him. While they’re making out, we see how freakin short her dress is and I’m worried that we may need the black modesty box out here!

Bibs grabs Arie and commits the cardinal sin on the Bachelor! She decides to bad-mouth a girl that has a connection with the Bachelor…….oh Bibs this ain’t gonna work out great for you. He’s super uncomfortable once she calls out Krystal and that just sealed your fate honey, I’m sorry.

Tia and Arie have an interesting conversation, she talks about how she felt weak and couldn’t believe she was in tears this week, and Arie said he has her back and feel free to go to him if she needs reassurance and then he makes out with her.

Back at the mansion we have a date card here for Lauren S “You had me at Merlot” another girl, I’m positive hasn’t been on my screen since the Lauren montage of the limos the first night.

Alright, Arie and Bekah are back on our group date. He asks her what her longest relationship was and she says 2.5-3 years and they were going different directions, I can only believe that she means that this is her junior high boyfriend and they were going to different high schools and that is why they had to break up. She thought she’d been in love but then realized she wasn’t. How old is Bekah, have we seen her drinking alcohol, is she 21? Once we hear about her long relationship, Arie decides to swallow her face and then she needs to sit on his lap and this is awkward.

Krystal wants to facilitate the conversation with the girls and asks how they feel about their time and then talks about how those girls are living in a fantasy world because her and Arie have the best relationship, obviously! Bekah gets the rose and Krystal is not a happy camper.

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Lauren S is going on her 1 on 1 date and bless her heart. She is trying, they’re able to laugh a little bit and actually have a conversation, but you can tell he has her friend zoned by the conversation topics he’s able to bring up with her. He talks about how he’s gotten older, he goes to bed early and wears a bunch of cardigans. In a first of Bachelor world, we see Arie actually eating the food that’s at the table and poor Lauren S is having a floating Lauren moment, where she can’t shut up but knows she should. She said she has no idea what’s coming out of her mouth and he’s not giving her any sort of life jacket or help at all, he’s just letting her sink herself. He lets her sink all the way to not getting a rose and is in the reject limo on her way home.

Group date time: “Love is rough”

  1. Ashley—–another girl I’ve never seen
  2. Becca K—–she had the pretty woman date and I actually think is a dark horse that we need to keep an eye out for
  3. Brittany—–girl who is not afraid to show off her girls and she got the first kiss with the racing of the tiny race cars the first night
  4. Jenna—-she talks with her hands a lot and is all over the place
  5. Caroline—no flipping clue
  6. Chelsea—-single mom, that we thought was like Olivia from Ben’s season and we all thought we’d hate her, but decided to hate Krystal instead
  7. Annaliese—-masked girl from first night who had a bumper car trauma!

We have the guy come and grab her suitcase and Krystal is talking to the girls and saying how much she loved Lauren S and bonded with her a lot about how she would say that she wouldn’t open up….we’ve got a girl Caroline who is actually sobbing because her BFF of 5 days is leaving the house, I’m going to say if Lauren opened up to anyone it would’ve been her and not Krystal, but that’s just me…..the girls are actually rolling their eyes openly.

We’re at the park and we get a ton of dogs that come running towards the girl. The Dyno dogs are here and the girls are going to be in costume and on stage because the poor people of LA just can’t catch a break this episode. Annaliese is crying again because she’s had scary dog moments, we get another black and white traumatic flashback…..between the dogs and her not liking cars it’s not going to turn out good for you Annaliese.

Bibs and Tia stop drinking for a second to pray and it’s the most real genuine prayer ever “Dear God, thank you for this beautiful day, thanks for my beautiful friend Tia and please let one of the girls get bit by a puppy. Thanks! Okay, love ya bye!” Tia: AMEN!

We have Harrison and Fred Willard here to offer commentary. They are entertaining and thank God we get to see Harrison’s sense of humor since we’ve established Arie doesn’t have one! The dogs are not listening to anything the girls are saying at all, WORST dog show ever!!!!!!

Night portion of the evening! He actually grabs Chelsea and steals her away first. We get a real conversation, I think with Caroline. Which I find intriguing and he seems intrigued as well, she asks about how he said he fell in love 5 years ago and that was it, but she calls him out for not being completely single the last 5 years, so what’s up with that, he explains that he gravitated towards girls that weren’t marriage material and that’s who he dated more. Annaliese is all in her own head freaking out about where she’s at and feels like she’s fallen behind, she can’t have a real conversation with him and is nervous laughter and not listening or looking at him and he’s trying to be nice about the brush off you can tell he’s not interested….and Chelsea comes back and steals some more time with Arie and she’s there to steal a kiss with him. Annaliese goes back to the girls and talks about how she thinks she’s going to go home and talks about the body language he had.

Becca K is talking with him and they’re off to the side in a location that seems more hidden and intimate and like it’d be harder to interrupt. The music changes and she hasn’t been involved in the drama and the conversations about other girls. She’s there and observing but being mature. She talks about how hard this group date was since she was on the 1 on 1 last week and he admits it is weird, but reminds her she got the first date which meant he was interested and he wanted her on this date because he missed her and wanted to see her, I find that intriguing because he’s the first one to say he missed her and then she repeats it back, I honestly think she’s going far, don’t believe me, well they played the fancy harp music during their interaction! He wants to know as much as he can about her. She says she wants to know as much about him as well and then says she thinks he’s a lil bit of a dork and he retaliates by saying she’s just as much of a dork as he is and then points out that he hula hooped with her neck which proves he pays attention to her and also remembers things about her.

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Alright, we made it to the cocktail party! Arie grabs Seinne who won the demo derby date rose and didn’t have a rose this week. Bibs had set-up a date with a couch and telescope and Arie and Lauren B happen to come across it and sit on it and make out on it, and of course Bibs runs into them, making out on her couch and Arie asks her for 5 more minutes. Arie uses this set-up to bring all the girls to poor Bib’s area. Arie talks about how he wants to spend as much time he can with the girls he sees a future with.

Bekah and him are lying down and he asks her if she can see herself marrying him and she says yes. He admits he’s guarding his heart with her a lil bit and she’s playing it coy and says that she’s unsafe and asks him if he knows why she’s unsafe and he asks her why and she says its because he knows she doesn’t need him. I appreciate the confidence, if it’s real, if it’s fake confidence to play a game and play with his emotions which I’m more inclined to believe, not a fan of that game, too manipulative!

Annaliese is obsessed with wanting to kiss Arie and then we find out of the remaining 17 girls, she’s the only one who hasn’t kissed him and she decides to go and ask him to kiss her and oye is this awkward! He’s trying to be nice and say that he doesn’t think they’re there yet and I’m so uncomfortable on her behalf because you know it took a lot for her to say that and request that from him and the humiliation she has to feel…..I appreciate him not wanting to lead her on, but don’t act like a kiss is anything special to you when you’ve kissed at least 16 girls in the span of a week Arie!

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Chelsea and Marikah are actually being good friends I feel like for Annaliese, they go up to her and help her not cry in the bathroom by herself. My heart goes out to her because she she says she wants to be herself and not a crazy person, so she’s so attune to what’s going on and how she’s acting, but the circumstances aren’t helping her act any differently, I have no doubt she’s not like this in real-life when 25 other girls aren’t competing for the same guy and she has other things going on in her life and isn’t trapped in a house. She talks about how relationships were you blow the person off initially because your friends or a coworker or you’d never thought of them romantically, but then once you see them in a different light a spark can be found, but honey don’t force this and because it’s the Bachelor, of course she forces it! She asks if there’s any chance and he says no, but she’ll find someone and then sends her to the reject limo, at least she doesn’t have to stand thru a rose ceremony. She has no regrets other than being in her own head.

Rose ceremony time:

  1. Bekah has a group rose
  2. Crystal has a group rose
  3. Caroline cried when her friend Lauren went home
  4. Kendall—taxidermist, who
  5. Ashley—-still no clue
  6. Lauren B—-we are down to the final Lauren and that’s all she is
  7. Brittany—-her girls were contained today but she had zero air time this week
  8. Becca K—her response was a “hell yea” when he offered the rose, she’s my favorite
  9. Seinne—no air time this week
  10. Krystal—everyone rolled their eyes when she went up
  11. Tia—-country girl who had moonshine with him this week that he gave her
  12. Maquel—-this girl keeps sneaking through week after week
  13. Jenna—-She straddled him in a dress to make out with him, at least it was a floor length dress, but still that’s all I got
  14. Jacqueline—very sweet girl that I like a lot but is sneaking by as well
  15. Marikah—mom will have to man the restaurant for one more week

Poor Bibiana is going home! Bibs put the hard work of putting that couch together and the two of them didn’t even get to sit on it together. She’s in tears and handles her exit actually pretty gracefully, probably because Krystal didn’t say anything to her to make her punch him. Her exit interview she gets more emotional, but don’t worry she’s going to be on the Winter Games, so we’ll see her again very soon!

Looks like next week we hear how old Bekah is, the girls call out Krystal and get more pissed by her actions and we’re leaving the mansion!!!

Until next week!
Lindsay

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Arie’s 2nd Episode!

Welcome back! For those of you that were switching back and forth from the football game and Arie, well I was right there with you 🙂

We start the episode with Arie on his motorcycle and the girls all talkin about the connections they have with Arie. Harrison comes in and they all scream as if the Beatles have walked in. I love me some Harrison, but not enough to lose my mind over him. He talks about how he hopes they stay friends, but he’s experienced to know that’s not the case, Arie wants a wife and the first date is today!

Becca K gets the first date “Hold on tight.” She was the one who made him propose when she got out of the limo. I liked her, though she was a tad forgettable in a large group, so let’s see how she is one on one. It’s generally a good sign for the person who gets the first date of the season, they stick around for a long time.

There’s tons of talk about how Arie picked Becca up on a motorcycle. Some girls haven’t been before, and then Crystal talks about how her dad was in a serious accident and then becomes a PSA about the dangers of motorcycles, the girls don’t know how to reply other than saying it’s a good thing she wasn’t on the date.

We get the Pretty Woman date as the first date of the season. We see Rachel Zoe is the designer, when she walked out she reminded me of Clare from Juan Pablo’s season and BIP who liked talking to raccoons. She also looked like Nicole Kidman. She comes and does a fashion show and then she’s able to keep all the dresses she tries on. She talks about how she’s from Minnesota and this doesn’t happen to her and this is the best date ever, and I believe her. Arie is her prince charming especially when he gives her shoes.

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Arie tells her she is down to earth and knew that this wouldn’t fall on deaf ears and that she wouldn’t take it for granted. NEIL LANE is sending regards in episode 2!!!! This is pretty woman! He gives her earrings and necklace to borrow for their date tonight and they make out.

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Becca came back to the mansion with all of her bags and dang was she bogged down with bags, and the girls all freak out and know way more about designers than I do! Rachel Zoe isn’t sold at Target, so I don’t know her 🙂 Becca shows how down to earth she is when she admits to the girls she was the most nervous all day by saying she was nervous to come home and probably worried the girls are going to go through her items and take them! Hope she has room in her suitcase for this, or she’s able to ship it back home!

I think Becca & Arie are hitting it off and she is more of a black-horse than I gave her credit for. You can tell they could have an honest to goodness relationship and yes, the whole Pretty woman aspect of this date aside, I do feel like he appreciates that she is drama free and makes a point of mentioning that a few times, that I think he needs some normalcy and stability, especially until he’s able to get it down to the top 6 or so. So he’ll have the drama, attention seeking girls all over him declaring their love that he needs someone real.

Date card arrives as the girls are talking about kissing Arie’s pillow lips. Krystal gets a second one on one date—-home is where the heart is. She is the breathy girl who likes to pay coy and he really likes her voice. She’s going to get beauty sleep.

Becca talks about how she’d been in a 7 year long relationship, but wasn’t going to settle until she found the right one. She said it was difficult because he’d been with her through the toughest times in her life, especially when her dad passed away. Arie pushes a little bit to get more info. We find out he had brain cancer and was first diagnosed when she was 14 and he died when she was 19. She got 5 extra years with him, and it was hard but made her very close with her mom and sister. Arie talks about his family foundation as well and you can see they connect on that. It is early to ask the details about her father’s passing, but it is good to do it here in a controlled setting, where someone won’t come up and interrupt them to steal him like they would at a group date or cocktail party. To no one’s surprise he gets the rose and she accepts it.

Krystal is ready for her date. She gets to go to Scottsdale with him to see where he’s from. Krystal is so smitten and is already talking about marriage, because that’s where you should jump. And then when we get to see his house we get to hear about how she could live here some day. I feel like Krystal is not genuine. She uses the buzz words “Love, beautiful, literally, OMG” more times than should be allowed in this edited version of the date. We’re going to stop in and say hi to the parents and she plays dumb and that irritates me, because I don’t think she’s dumb, I think she’s playing a fake character.

Ummmm when we meet the mom and dad, does anyone else notice how similar Krystal looks to not only Arie’s mom but also Arie’s new sister-in-law?!? Freud would have a heyday here!

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Bibiana has become my favorite narrator. She cracks me up, because she’s not holding back, and we need someone to tell it like it is in a non-catty way in their interviews.

Group date card time:

  1. Maquel: wedding photographer, showed up in race car 1st night
  2. Marikh: owns restaurant with her mom
  3. Tia: Raven’s friend from Weiner, AL
  4. Valerie: wore the yellow dress
  5. Annaliese: the kissing bandit who wore the mask
  6. Lauren G—one of the Lauren’s
  7. Kendall—taxidermy
  8. Bekah—short pixie hair, no idea how old she is
  9. Jenny—she wore the hot pink dress and drew a pic of him
  10. Jenna—the one who waves her arms all around and has ADHD with her squirrel moments during the foot massage.
  11. Seinne: Elephant cuff links, thank you last post for reminding me who in the world she was, because I couldn’t remember
  12. Caroline: She was the first outta the limo and is also a real estate agent and that’s all I got
  13. Brittany J: got the first kiss after racing in the tiny race cars
  14. Bibiana: our new Wells who loves to give us commentary
  15. Chelsea: First Impression rose who’s all over him.

The girls are pissed that 15 girls are going on this date, since you know that’s basically everyone. Way to be considerate and say that in-front of the girls who are not getting dates.

We go back to Kyrstal’s date and she’s telling Arie that she appreciates that he’s very close with his family because she was not that way with her family. Her dad wasn’t in the picture, her mom was there but not emotionally or really financially or physically. She was just there. She talks about how when she was 9 she bought a comforter for herself. And had to raise her brother. She got a call from him a year and a half ago from the hospital because he’d been attacked after living on the streets. She tells her sob story and he is compassionate and let’s her know that her past doesn’t scare him.

I can tell he does care, but I have a problem when he is listening he makes the listening sounds and noises, but at the same time it seems more forced or coached. His eyes, his non-verbal cues are all on point, it’s the verbal ones that are driving me batty! She gets the rose and they make out.

I can’t believe all the pow-wows that have been happening after the dates this season. We see Krystal the next morning and all the girls are wanting all the gory details and getting upset that she’s trying to keep things private. Sorry, but I’m team Krystal here, you’re all DATING THE SAME GUY!!!! It’s not shady, it’s just awkward to talk about your date when 15 of the girls are going on a date with the same guy today! Why are these girls acting like a junior high sleepover? We’re wooing, we’re hugging each other, we’re wanting to gossip about our boyfriend and being like junior high girls who will stab you in the back 5 seconds after I call you my BFF.

The girls are doing a demolition derby. We get to pick a car and decorate it with whatever we want to do. My girl Bibiana cracks me up again because they’re doing a test drive and she yells out “I don’t even have a license!”

Everyone’s having a great time, I think the derby is about to start and someone is already crying. GIRLS! It’s what maybe Day 4, 5 at the most and you’re already losing it?!? It’s a marathon not a sprint! This is Annaliese’s worst nightmare. When she was a little kid, she was in the bumper cars and got hit in the bumper cars and it was super traumatic. Honey, if you can’t handle bumper cars, you sure as hell ain’t ready to be dating a race car driver!

Of course once they start the derby Annaliese stops crying and starts going after girls, after Arie had consoled her. The derby had to be more fun to witness in real life than it was on tv. Seinne ended up winning it by being the last person standing.

Chelsea was the first one to steal him just like the last time and even Arie seems surprised and not super thrilled. Chelsea you need to know that this is not your move, it’s already been trademarked by Olivia:

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She does tell him the reason why she’s mysterious is because there already is another man in her life, her 3 year old son Sammy. Arie is very excited to hear she’s a mom. Chelsea said she didn’t know that Arie dated a single mom before Emily’s season, which just tells you she didn’t watch Emily’s season, because it got brought up quite a few times. He’s grateful she’s here and spending time with him and makes out with him.

Marikah speaks up and says she doesn’t think that just because she’s a mom her time is more valuable, hello she’s not hanging out with her mom in the restaurant and had to give up social media for the whole time she’s on the show, doesn’t Chelsea realize how much of a sacrifice that is?!?

We find out that Seinne had lived in California, lived in Scotsdale for 15 months and went to Yale. Arie seems very intrigued by her as she talks about how she traveled abroad in Brazil and Italy as well.

Bibiana is losing it!!! She wants time with him and is way too much in her head. She can’t handle that her boyfriend is also dating 20 other girls. When it’s her time she doesn’t want to go talk to him because it’s the end of the night and why isn’t he coming out to talk to her? I’m amazed season after season about how these girls don’t understand the rules of the game. It’s not like they’ve shaken them up over the years, it’s the same thing date after date; year after year. She storms out and tells the camera to not follow her. She slams the bathroom door shut.

Arie tells Bekah that she has a great energy and he enjoys having her around. She flirts back with him and they make out a lot, and it’s their first kiss, but we need to look away because that’s way too intimate for a first kiss on national television!

DANG ARIE!!! He fakes like he’s going to give Chelsea the rose by saying she really opened up to him and he appreciates it, but then he gives the rose to Seinne instead.

Cocktail party time! The 4 girls that didn’t get any time this week are nervous and the girls from the group date are trying to tell them they didn’t miss anything.

Bekah and Arie are talking and you can tell they are into one another. He admits that when she rolled up she was really cool and he couldn’t tell if she liked him. Then after their makeout session last night he knew she liked him and then they need to makeout some more.

Krystal comes and interrupts his time with a Lauren who didn’t get a date this week. You know Krystal hasn’t seen him in 2 days. And she annoys me because she goes “Hey baby” and kisses him. He doesn’t seem that thrilled she did it, but does let himself be stolen away. She uses the word smitten again and I can’t stand her now. She talks about how she wants to keep it between the two of them but this time it’s more annoying.

My issue with Krystal is that she’s acting like she’s above everyone else. I get that she went home to Scottsdale and feels like that’s a one-up on everyone else, but there’s a gracious way to handle yourself and then there’s this way.

Bibiana finally gets her time with Arie and wants to know more about him, because she just knows his height and basic driver’s license info. Oh and Dear lord, Krystal opens the door to where Bibiana and Arie are just beginning their conversation and I start squirming on my couch because I feel uncomfortable!

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Krystal decides to come and sit down next to Bibiana after she comes in from her 2nd time with Arie. Where the whole time she’s talking to Arie, you can tell he’s thinking she’s a stalker and crazy. Bibs let’s her have it! She doesn’t care how nice you pretend to be, you’re shady and you pulled a bad move during week 2. That’s a move you save in your back pocket for right when he’s going to the top 6 girls and hometown possibility is the next week. You aren’t building a connection at this point Krystal, in-fact you’re tearing down the connection you already had. Bibs tells her that she needs to mediate and do her lil exercise tomorrow and really think about what she’s done. Krystal there are lots of girls that are angry like Bibs, she’s just the voice, mic drop!

Rose ceremony time:

  1. Becca—pretty woman date, always on bended knee
  2. Krystal—-crazy fake girl
  3. Seinne —- super smarty pants who went to Yale and is worldly
  4. Makil—I know if she did anything this episode, but is still the wedding photographer, race car driver
  5. Jacqueline—ahhh I forgot about her! She didn’t get a date this week, but is the one who I really really liked last week. She was the one asking him real genuine questions the first night
  6. Bekah—no one is shocked by this, especially with their chemistry
  7. Jenna—wild one who waves her arms, had lil to zero screen time this episode
  8. Chelsea—-she didn’t bother me as much this week. Krystal has become my bigger villain this week, I think Chelsea is a little more real
  9. Lauren S—-no idea other than being a Lauren
  10. Tia—-from Weiner, Arkansas and is Raven’s friend
  11. Annaliese—-she annoyed me this week with the crying and drama over bumper cars and then how easy it was to turn off the waterworks
  12. Lauren B—the only thing I know about her is that Krystal interrupted their time together tonight
  13. Kendall—taxidermy
  14. Brittany—first kiss and got a concussion
  15. Ashley—-wow, I didn’t even know you were on the season. Looking at last week’s blog the ONLY thing I wrote about you was your intro “checkered flag, wants to make it to the finish” You gotta do more girl, you’re getting left way behind!
  16. Morik—mom will have to run the restaurant for another week without her
  17. Caroline—-first outta the limo and is a real estate agent
  18. Final rose goes to: Bibs! They need Bibs for the drama between her and Krystal to keep going for another week.

Going home is Valerie, girl in the yellow dress. Jenny girl in the hot pink dress and one of the Lauren’s. Ironically the only Lauren who went on a date this week is now gone. Jenny is crying and having a hard time leaving. She says goodbye to all the girls and doesn’t say anything to Arie. He goes after her and wants a hug and she wants to talk to him at least. He says he has to make tough choices and he just doesn’t see it. She’s sad about leaving, not about leaving him, but about leaving her friends and he kinda calls her out for this process being more about making friends. She says this is the first time she’s ever been broken up, and she’s 25 going on 15 with how she is handling this.

Well after this week, I’m not a fan of Annaliese really anymore, really not a fan of Krystal. Chelsea I still don’t love, but she grew on me a little bit this week. I like Bekah but don’t know if I completely trust her, could she be like Kelsey B from Farmer Chris’ season? I think my 2 favorites are Jacqueline and Becca which means they’re probably heading home soon, knowing my luck. I do have to say it seems Arie felt more comfortable this week and his sense of humor came out a little bit more. He just needs to take a deep breath and relax. He seems very high strung and nervous, which is weirdly making me more anxious as a viewer, for whatever reason. We’ll get through this together!

There is lots of tears in next week’s promo, people are not a fan of  Krystal again and we get lots of gasps and tears. Should be uber dramatic.

See ya then!
Lindsay

Arie’s Season Premiere

We’re here Bachelor Fans! We made it through Fall and the Holidays, and now we’ll have the Bachelor to get us through a Harsh winter!

I’m a little concerned with the fact that ABC has dubbed this Janu- ARIE considering how well it went last time when they tried JUAN-uary. But hey, there’s no way Arie can be the most hated Bachelor, right?!?!

How was it 5 years ago that we watched Arie get his heart broken on Emily Maynard’s season? How pathetic is it that I distinctly remember watching the finale and being absolutely shocked when Emily broke up with Arie, and chose Jef instead, plus the fact that she didn’t let Arie propose to her first, that was groundbreaking television back then folks, trust me! I was team Arie and suffice to say, I was not happy with Emily for not choosing him. I didn’t have this blog to complain to about her choice, but did as a weird result choose to start my blog that next season of the Bachelor, which was Sean’s season, who was Emily’s 3rd choice.

Also, HOLY CRAP, I’ve been blogging for 5 years?!?!?

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Alright, let’s get started with this episode. For those of you that weren’t watching the Bachelor 5 years ago, you see why we all fell in love with Arie. You see him fall in love with Emily, kiss Emily to get the reputation as the best kisser and then watch his heart get broken with the break up and then the Final Rose when we find out he went to her home after they were done filming and she didn’t read the journal he gave her.

Arie is still into racing and his second career is real estate. We get Sean, Catherine and their son Samuel into the house and give him advice. Sean is reminding him that hey, had you been ready for this 5 years ago you could have a wife and kids, but you weren’t and I was, so I won 5 years ago, but good luck buddy!

Time to meet the women in their ridiculous video packages!

  • Chelsea- 29, single mom from Portland, Maine and who’s also into Real Estate. She gets some brunch advice from her girls.
  • Caroline, 26 also a realtor- has already sold $5 million dollars within a year of being a realtor.
  • Maquel, 23: professional photographer. She really wants to be married and loves shooting weddings.
  • Nysha, 30: all about adrenaline rush, and is a nurse and says the more blood the better for her.
  • Tia, 26: Welcome to Weiner, Arkansas, she’s a physical therapist. She’s this season’s Raven, oh and as I was typing that we find out that her and Raven are really good friends, they look like they could be sisters. Raven is still dating
  • Kendall, 26: she collects taxidermy, and is a creative designer, the room that her taxidermy is in looks like a large museum lobby. She should get together with Kirk from Kirk & Carly fame, as when he was on the Bachelorette, his dad had a bunch of taxidermy.
  • Bekah, ???: why doesn’t it state her age, she’s a nanny of a 15 month old, but also into adventure and spontaneity.
  • Marikh, 27: she’s already saying that it’s going to be hard to date a guy dating other girls and pursuing instead of being pursued. She owns an Indian restaurant with her mom. She looks like a Kardashian wanna be.
  • Krystal, 29, online fitness coach: passionate about nutrition and doing exercise videos on the beach. She also volunteers for the homeless, her lil brother lives on the streets and she wants to help him but he’s not ready to be helped yet. The guards are off her heart, we need that Kasey guy who tried to guard and protect the heart of Vienna and Ali I think was the first one he wanted to guard and protect.

Harrison is here to greet Arie at the Bachelor mansion, the driveway is wet and sparkling and ready for the ladies! Harrison is calling him out for not finding love in the last 5 years, but since he fell in love with Emily 5 years ago, this is obviously where he’ll find love.

The limo pulls up and here are the girls:

  • Caroline, 26 realtor: She’s the first outta the limo, so that’s a great sign, other than the fact that she stepped on his toes. She tells him they’re both realtors and hope that after this experience “they’re both off the market” what I appreciate is that she rolls her eyes while saying this line and then admits it’s super cheesy. She’s wearing a white long gown, thinking about wedding dress already?!? And her boobs are hanging out for all to see.
  • Chelsea, 29 real estate assistant: She is playing coy I think….it takes her awhile to spit out: “there’s a lot to get to know” and that’s all. The back of her dress makes me think of a swim suit top, it looks like it crosses up at the neck and goes down to cover the side boob, but is open until the small of her back. I’m not really a fan, of both her dress or her.
  • Kendall, 26 Creative designer: She is nervous, and that’s all she says, and as she walks into the house in a sparkly dress that’s made for Barbie to wear, Arie comments on how nervous she is, in a bless her heart type of way, that doesn’t make think that’s going to be good for her.
  • Seinne, 27, Commercial Real Estate agent: she gives him elephant cufflinks, b/c elephants are her favorite animal and they represent loyalty and you know they never forget….you also won’t forget her, because you’re real concerned there’s going to be a wardrobe malfunction with her dress cut down to her naval and the ladies are clinging to the tape and you hope it sticks!
  • Tia, 26, Physical Therapist: Raven’s twin decides to introduce herself by giving him a little weiner and goes with the sexual innuendo joke about hoping he doesn’t already have one

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  • Bibiana, 30, Executive Assistant: He has her heart racing, the first of many racing puns. She tells the camera that her baby would have beautiful blue eyes like him, so she thinks the intro went real well.
  • Bri, 25, Sports Reporter: She throws him a softball and he catches it and she acts shocked that he caught it.
  • Jenny, 25, Graphic Designer: she’s cute and he’s beautiful
  • Brittane J, 27: don’t put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari but what about an Arie, and then proceeds to put a “Nice Butt” bumper sticker on his butt.
  • Jacqueline, 26, Research Coordinator: he just needs to stand there and look pretty
  • Krystal, 29, Fitness: when she gets out of the limo she gets the fancy piano music, which makes me think she’s going to make it far. That could be a lie, but the fancy music normally doesn’t lie. He puts his hand on his heart, closes his eye and takes a moment to feel grateful for everything and in this moment they’re ready for the journey to begin. As she walks away, he takes another deep breath and under his breath mutters about how he needed that.
  • Nysha, 30, nurse:  nothing other than a hug
  • Valerie, 25, Server: in a long yellow dress where we just see Arie twirl her around
  • Bekah: she may be young but she can still appreciate something classic and pulls up in a convertible. She has the pixie cut that will certainly make her stand out with all the long hair.
  • Jenna 28, Social Media Manager: she’s super expressive with her arms and hands, like way too much, which is saying something since I can take flight with how much my hands move. As she walks away Arie comments on how pretty she is, so the fact that he almost got knocked out doesn’t bother him.
  • Jessica, 26, television host: “LOOK AT YOU!” Probably not a great genuine response, and unfortunately she gives him a gratitude rock, too bad it wasn’t as well planned out as Chelsea’s gratitude moment, but good try.
  • Marikh, 27 restaurant owner: she uses a lot of dfrnt spices but is ready for some salt and pepper in her life……exactly what a guy with salt and pepper hair at 36 wants to hear I’m sure.
  • Olivia, 23, marketing associate: She saw him on Emily’s season and adored him
  • Becca K, 27, publicist: makes him close his eyes, bend his left knee and gives him a ring box and repeat after her “Rebecca Jill are you ready to do the damn thing?” She doesn’t do it in a creepy way, it seems like a joke and like she has a good sense of humor and realizes she had to do it.
  • Lauren S, 31, social media manager: she’s nervous now, glad it’s him and he loves her energy. She has the LBD, but her top is a bikini top, that ties in the middle and then there’s a sliver that shows the underboob and the rest of the dress. Where do these girls shop and find these outfits?!?
  • Lauren J, 33, Recent Masters Graduate: nervous, gave him some Mardi Gras beads and made him guess where she was from, not New Orleans, a small town in Louisiana.
  • Lauren B, 25, Tech Salesperson: she’s another Lauren
  • Lauren G, 26, Executive Recruiter: she knows he just met another Lauren
  • Ashley 25, Real estate: she gives him a checkered flag and she hopes she’s first at the finish line.
  • Brittany T, 30, Tech Recruiter: she attempts to speak Dutch to him, but butchers it
  • Amber, 29 Business Owners: she owns a spray tanning company and says “I’ve seen a lot of ***** and let’s hope you’re not one. He doesn’t know what to do with that, other than laugh uncomfortably.
  • Ali, 27 personal stylist: She makes him smell her armpits and ask him if that’s the best pit stop of his life
  • Annaliese, 32, Event Designer: comes in with a mask over her eyes and says she heard he was the kissing bandit.
  • Maquel, 23, photographer: gets to come up in a race car, with a driver, takes off her helmet and is able to whip out her hair and look like a girl in any Bond movie ever.

Alright, we’ve got 29 beautiful women all there for Arie and he’s already feeling chemistry and don’t forget there is a First Impression rose. He comes in and they all start yelling and cheering, I would so not be that person. No wooing for me!

Chelsea grabs Arie first, and Arie tells her that she seems very mysterious and he is curious about her. Arie is intrigued by her, but look through her Arie! She admits that she just took her real estate test and she is going to be the pot stirrer!

I really like Jacqueline! She gave me nothing at the limos, but in her one on one time, she actually has a conversation with him and asks him why he came back, why will it work this time, why hasn’t it worked in real life. It’s a meaningful conversation, that she admits she wouldn’t be asking these questions in real life 5 mins after meeting someone, but I’m glad she’s doing it now. It shows she cares, but also that she’s skeptical of this process and wants to make sure it’s worth her time as well.

Brittany T, grabs him and they have tiny kid race cars and Arie’s car is so much faster than hers, but he lets her win because her terms were if she won, she’d get to kiss him. She talks about how soft his lips are and then like you would at any junior high sleepover when you and your friends are all crushing on the same boy, you’d be telling your story and then slyly talk about how he kissed you first before any the rest of his girlfriends….and that Brittany is putting a target on your back. These aren’t your real friends sweetie, they don’t want you to end up with the guy.

Jenna, whom you’ll notice I said talks with her hands way too much and almost hit him, he finally sees what I’m saying. He says Jenna is a lil wild, she’s on the couch, she’s on the ground trying to give him a foot massage, she’s on the couch again. She’s throwing her arms over, throwing her head around. She may be high or drunk and all over the place and Arie is intrigued and wants to keep her around to see what she is like.

Annaliese is not a nickname person, do not call her Anna! She could go by the kissing bandit, since he kinda was and she’s looking for the passion and physical chemistry because that was lacking in her last relationship.

Harrison walks in with the first impression rose and he gets an ovation from the girls, since this is the first they’re seeing of him and then they realize the implications of the rose and they aren’t as excited to see Harrison. Girls are now showing no mercy.

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Chelsea comes back for round 2, even though some girls haven’t had 1 chance with him yet. She needs to go in for the kiss since Brittany already got a kiss and she goes and tells the girls that she went to Arie for a second round and he’s still the same charming guy from an hour ago, so that’s good news.

Bekah asks Arie to tell her 3 things that make him excited to be alive and they have a good conversation. I like Bekah, but she is a pot stirer as well which makes me sad because I want to like her so bad, but she’s more into drama than the girls I typically cheer for.

First impression rose goes to Chelsea and Arie wants her to open up and share more info with him.

Rose ceremony time!

  1. Chelsea—First Impression Rose
  2. Becca K—bended knee
  3. Marikh—Indian restaurant with mom
  4. Kendall—Barbie dress
  5. Lauren G-
  6. Krystal—I like Krystal she does have a soothing voice, but needs to speak up more!
  7. Bekah pixie girl
  8. Lauren S
  9. Seinne—-well the tape held up and the girls stayed in
  10. Caroline
  11. Brittany T—good thing the first kiss girl got the rose
  12. Bibiana—she says to the camera, come on boo say my name already
  13. Annaliese—not Anna, kissing bandit gets the rose
  14. Jenna—she’s a wild one who didn’t wave her arms around getting the rose this time
  15. Valerie—bright yellow dress
  16. Jacqueline—-she is my favorite, I think!
  17. Jenny—-I loved Jenny’s pink dress and she drew a photo of Arie he liked
  18. Lauren B
  19. Ashley
  20. Tia—-Raven’s twin sister
  21. Final rose goes to: Maquel, the girl who showed up in the racecar and stole him from Chelsea the first time.

Armpit girl, television host who’s dad had met Arie before, Amber who owns the spray tan business and has seen a bunch of **** and 5 other girls are going home. Sorry girls, maybe you can be on Paradise next summer!

My guess for who the final 4 will be are:

  1. Bekah
  2. Jacqueline
  3. Chelsea
  4. Krystal

Let’s buckle in for what will surely be a dramatic, bumpy ride 🙂

See you next week!
Lindsay

Rachel’s Finale

Alright, we’re doing something we’ve never done before, we’re going to have the live show with Chris Harrison walking us through what’s going on our screens with a special guest….we have Rachel and her boobs! Her girls are on full display and look like they aren’t being held in by anything. She’s in a skin-tight dress that doesn’t look like it’ll be comfortable to sit in, let alone sit there for 3 hours.

Before we can jump in, we hear that our old douchebag Bachelor Juan Pablo is now married, so that gives me hope, if he can get married, there has to be a guy out there for me, as JP says “Ettttss oooookay”

Finally, we’re getting back to where we were 2 weeks ago. Remember how we were left with a “To be Continued” before the Finale…this is the first finale we’ve had with 3 guys going into it an will have 2 rose ceremonies.

We have Rachel and Peter that are at the crossroads of him not knowing if he’s ready to propose at the end of this or not. She cries, he’s in a way happy to see her cry because it shows she cares for him. They are going to just keep forgetting the fact that neither of them are going to bend on this very important topic, and will go ahead and forgo their individual rooms and go to the fantasy suite. We see them the next morning and they’re happy and cheesy and talk about how their night together made everything better and after seeing Peter shirtless, I could see why.

Dear Lord, I forgot that Bryan still has his overnight date to go….he greets Rachel and has his button down shirt basically only covering his naval and that’s about it. He’s pulling a full David Hasselhoff here. They get to do a winery thing like Peter & her did. They are sitting there, and Bryan is attempting to talk to her and he is such a player. He’s saying all the right things, but she’s not giving him a whole lot to go off of, so it just shows that he knows what to say and how to say it, but I still don’t buy it.

We know have Chris & Rach talking in real time and Rach is talking about how Peter has a way of getting in her mind that the other guys don’t have. She’s not able to compartmentalize her relationship with him, like she can with the other guys. That my dear, tells me all I need to know…you should choose Peter, but we all know you’re going to go with the attractive, player safe pick Bryan.

Believe it or not, Bryan and Rachel decide to forgo their individual rooms and go to the fantasy suite.

Rachel tells Chris Harrison on the “live” show that the overnight dates were so important because she had a list of questions in true lawyer fashion that she wanted to ask the guys. Questions she still had, questions her family had, thanks to Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher she was asking about credit scores and background checks, which I’m sure Mila & Ashton are so thankful that she took their advice, for those of you that don’t remember they told us that the guy who Rachel ends up with, is not on their group date and they were correct! Here are the guys who were on that date, non of our final 3

  1. Dean—smiley guy (once you go black you never go back)
  2. Jack—Jack Stock lawyer
  3. Jon—tickle monster
  4. Blake—aspiring drummer who talked about all the sex he gets and how “BIG” he is
  5. Iggy—the running commentator of the season
  6. Kenny—-pro-wrestler who has the adorable daughter
  7. Fred—she was his camp counselor
  8. Lucas—-WaBooom

Alright, Rose Ceremony time and dear Lord this is a real unfortunate choice of an outfit for Rachel. The orange dress is fine, but then there are large sequins or clips or something all down the arms that do not look comfortable at all.

  1. Bryan gets the first rose and no one should be shocked by that
  2. Peter gets the second rose, the guy that Rachel thinks is ready for marriage even though he doesn’t think he is

She says that Eric is not ready for marriage even though he says he is. Eric is such a gentleman and my heart breaks for him. He has grown up so much on this show and has opened up to all the experiences that life is offering him. He is going to make some girl a very lucky lady and is going to have a better life and give his future kids a better life than he ever had. There is no bitterness or hate at all in his goodbye. Also, there’s not really tears from either of them. Eric is sad, but still Eric about it.

Harrison tells us that everyone in the room was shocked that Eric went home, were people really shocked by this?!? I think you could always tell it was going to be Peter & Bryan as the final 2, you know it from the lazy editing job this season.

Since Eric wasn’t able to be on the Men Tell All, we get him to come out now and talk with Rachel on the couch with Harrison now. He has grown out a full beard. He asks how she’s doing, how her heart is, if her heart is happy. He talks about how tough it was to hear that Rachel loved him, but then he had to leave right away. He was locked in and ready to propose and was ready. Their progression was good, but there was her relationships with the other guys. Goodbye Eric, I enjoyed watching you dance into our hearts during the Bachelor finale and here you are on the Bachelorette finale, you did it!

Bryan gets the first final date. Him & Rach are going to go on a hot air balloon ride where they can look at scenery and make out. During their night portion of the date, Rach talks about how he’s been the most constant/consistent guy and he says all the right things at the right time, but I STILL do not believe him. What meaningful conversation have they had?!? Is he movin to Dallas? What are they gonna do? He gave her a Spanish/English dictionary, that’s just words for them, pretty sure we have wine, bikini, hot-tub, rose and kiss in there and  that’s all they need.

Peter gets the first one-on-one date of the season as well as the last one-on-one date of the season. Rachel & Peter are going to explore a monastery for their final date in the mountains and just enjoy the beauty. This is something that they are both enjoying and I really do not think Bryan would enjoy this at all, it’s not flashy enough for him.

They have a conversation with a monk, where he is trying to reassure them that they shouldn’t break up over a little thing. Peter talks about how engagement and marriage are forever.

We have to have the engagement talk again and Peter talks about their future and what their life could look like. Peter has no fear of marriage and looks forward to in life. Marriage doesn’t scare him, but multiple marriages or proposals scares him. He’s willing to give you a commitment Rach, but he wants you to give him a commitment too. You’re the one holding all the cards here, and he has no idea where he stands with you.

I think it’s commendable for Peter to be so honest and refreshing in his views and values. He’s not going to propose because ABC and Neil Lane want him to, he wants to know that the girl he’s proposing to is only dating him and they’ve been together for longer than what 72 hours total over a 7 week process with 29 other guys and I love him for this!

Rachel tells us in her interview that she was very vocal about needing a proposal….so basically she wants to bully him into a proposal though she knows where he stands. I’m confused, he’s been very open and honest in his thoughts, so I don’t know why she thinks he’ll just change his mind here when you haven’t gotten rid of Bryan and given him a reason to change his mind.

Peter tells her that he loves her, and that has been reaffirmed today, he does love her and wants to stay with her and not say goodbye, but he’s not ready to propose to her tomorrow. She is angry and confused at him, because he’ll fantasize their life together, but she is angry he won’t take the steps right now. At this point, she’s selling out for everything just to get the proposal. She doesn’t care how she feels about someone, as long as she leaves here with a ring. Without a ring, she “lost” and it would be a failure. Peter is laying it all out there and being so honest and holding onto his values and she wants him to compromise them.

Peter throws it back at her and asks if right here right now can she answer the question that he’s the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. She’s crying and looks over to the side where the camera/producers/interns are all at and tells him she can’t answer that right now. He asks why not and is cryin and she says she can’t….and that ladies and gentleman is where I’m on #TeamPeter, why does he have to lay it all out there and not get anything back…and with my favorite Bachelor Ben Higgins breaking the rules and telling 2 girls he loves them during the show, I know Rachel could break the rules, but she is choosing not to do so.

Peter tells her that he wants to propose when it is the correct time, however he would sacrifice that and propose to her tomorrow, if she chooses him, he’ll choose her! That’s what she wants….but now she’s all mad and saying that she doesn’t want him to feel pressured into doing this, yet that’s exactly what she’s been doing all day and there’s no way to come back from this, so they end up breaking up, though you can tell neither one of them wants to do this and they’re both devastated by it.

My favorite line that he threw out was that she can find someone else and “enjoy a mediocre life.” He will give her the world. Peter also tells her that she thinks they are both going to regret their decisions, and she knows where she can find him if that is the case. He helps her with her coat and they hold hands to the door, hug it out, kiss it out and both are very distraught over this…..the way she kisses him goodbye tells me she loves him, she keeps kissing him, says she can’t say goodbye and runs into his arms again. This my friends is the love she’s looking for, but she’s going for the safe choice in Bryan and in a season that I’ve loved every move Rachel has made, this is her biggest mistake and one I saw coming for weeks and it still breaks my heart it came to this….she’s sobbing walking away, Peter rips off his sweatshirt and is sitting on a dresser in a white tee, also crying, and whispers to himself “what’s wrong with me” and I’m done….that is a heartbreaker. NOTHING is wrong with you Peter!!!!

Harrison is now live with Rachel in the studio and Harrison tells us that he’s seen lots of breakups in the last 16 years, but that was a doozy. She gets pretty defensive and angry at Peter for not wanting to build a future with her. Harrison points out that they didn’t actually say goodbye and he isn’t sure it was a breakup. The kiss, the tears and she cried her eyelashes off and Peter has been watching this backstage and they are going to talk.

Rachel tells us she’s not ready to talk to him, which again points out to me that he’s the one she should’ve ended up with, but then again how often have they chosen who I’d choose, but maybe that’s why they break up so often!

Peter comes out to a big ovation, he hugs Rachel and looks real uncomfortable. You can tell that she has shut down her emotions and has her guard WAY up. Peter is emotional and honest yet again. Rachel is in lawyer mode and is going in for the kill by telling us how confused she was, and we’re rehashing everything that we just saw on our television screen that ended with both of them in tears and breaking up.

Rachel talks about how the editing made it seem that everything was about them not proposing, since she rehashed that part the first time she sees him in 3 months, it makes me think that is the focal point of their relationship. Rachel seems bitter and scorned about this all even now.

Peter really points out how little time they had together. They had their first one-on-one, then he got the last one-on-one before hometowns, then it was hometowns, then it was meeting her family and this overnight date and then the last date they broke up on, when it’s actually spelled out like that, dear Lord no wonder he wasn’t ready to propose!

He wishes he could’ve gotten out of his head more. Rachel argues that and how he thinks and talks about how great it was for him to go at his own pace and then she tries to ruin his chances to be the Bachelor because she doesn’t want to have to watch him on her television screen courting 30 girls and dating 30 girls, and if you don’t think that’s why she’s trying to shut it down, then I’d love to know your thoughts.

Peter talks about watching their break-up and being upset backstage and he comes out and feels attacked, but doesn’t say it angrily, but Lawyer Rachel is out and wants to know why he feels attacked, she didn’t attack him….though everything is his fault and he should’ve known better than to waste her time. He said he doesn’t want to talk about how he feels attacked. He still has feelings for Rachel and he wouldn’t want to change anything about their break-up night because they each stayed true to what they were thinking and feeling.

Peter gets the final words by saying thank you and he was skeptical of the process but he could get feelings and wishes her nothing but the best, and wants happiness for her (and wants to be the next Bachelor 🙂 —- or maybe that wasn’t explicitly said, but was there in the subtext).

Alright, let’s finish this season! We have Neil Lane and Bryan the player picking out a ring. We got Rachel getting dressed up in the gown, and she’s still emotional about saying goodbye to Peter in her interview right before Bryan gets out of the limo by saying this may be too soon after the emotion of last night, exactly what every guy wants his fiance to say!

Bryan goes up on top of this hill to meet Rachel and pretty sure there is a tornado/hurricane winds that are greeting them. I don’t know if you believe in bad omens, but the way the winds are going makes it seem that this may not be the best thing. I don’t know why Rachel even did her hair because it’s too wind-swept. We’re not going to be able to hear what he’s saying to her in her proposal because of the wind…..except he did use the words “Chemistry bomb” in his proposal….dear future fiance, do NOT use the word Chemistry bomb when you’re proposing to me, unless you want to make me laugh at you, because there is no way I could hold it together. I also promise I will not use the words “my heart has never been as conflicted as it has this week” and that “I have to do some soul searching before saying yes.” How come the only thing we can hear clearly of this proposal is there lips smacking as they’re kissing?!? I hope that we don’t have to hear this on the Bachelor next season.

Bryan gets on his knee, she freaks, comments multiple times on how pretty the ring is and this just points out again how she was after the ring this whole time, not the man and then keeps yelling out “we’re engaged” Bryan got her first rose and will get her last rose.

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Bryan re-proposes to her on the After the Final Rose. And now we get the cliche response of how tough it was for them to be apart these last 3 months but they’re both so happy to be able to be seen in public. They want to bring their lives together but they don’t know where they’re gonna live, you know there are 3 cities for them to choose from, Dallas, Miami and now we get to see Bryan craving the lime-light and wanting them to move to Los Angeles…..interesting…..and believe it or not no wedding date has been set. Rachel wants a winter wedding, they aren’t rushing which makes it seem it’s not gonna be this winter, but maybe winter 2019.

We’ve got Bachelor in Paradise starting next Monday, we’ll see if I end up blogging it or not, it looks like it will be quite dramatic!

Alright, we made it through Rachel’s season and while I’m happy with her, I wish she would’ve chosen Peter, but understand why she felt she needed to choose Bryan. Here’s hoping they prove me wrong and make it and that Peter will be our next Bachelor!

Until next time!
Lindsay

Rachel’s final 3

How bizarre is this?!? We’re still in Dallas so the guys can meet Rachel’s family. I’m shocked though, because we have all 3 guys in a hotel suite with Rachel. Normally the guys wouldn’t see each other after it’s the final 4 for hometowns. They’re meeting the family now because Rachel’s sister is 8 months pregnant so she can’t travel to the exotic location.

Alright, so Peter is the first one to meet the family. Rachel & him go into a chic baby boutique and are going to pick out an outfit for Rachel’s new niece/nephew and the big brother who’s going to be 3 in July. I love Peter because he’s smart enough to ask the size of Alistar the gonna be 3 year old, and Rachel talks about how he’s a big guy, and he immediatly thinks that he’s in 3 or 4 T clothing. Peter gets it you all. And Peter falling in love with these baby clothes and outfits and shopping for baby things has me even more in love

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Rachel asks with a onesie if it’s 1 size fits all and Peter laughs at her that it’s not how it works, but he doesn’t make her feel stupid about it. I feel you can tell that Peter knows more about kids than Rachel does.

We have Bryan and Eric in a hotel room talking about what Peter is feeling and how Peter may not propose at the end of this. How in the hell does Bryan know this? Is a producer feeding him this info? Did he see footage that no one else has seen because he knows more about this, than just a normal guy should know, especially since Peter & Bryan don’t seem like besties.

Peter stops Rachel and sits on the stoop of Rachel’s family house, by talking about how Peter is falling in love with Rachel, and she tells him she’s falling in love with him too. He also tells her that she means the world to him and he wants her to feel confident in bringing him home to her family before they go inside.

Peter is meeting Rachel’s sister, brother-in-law, mom, girl cousin and aunt & uncle. Rachel’s dad will still not be appearing on camera, he didn’t appear when Rachel had her hometown on Nick’s season either.

Rach’s family asks about Peter’s family life. He talks about how his parents met when they were 20 & 21, knew each other a month and were proposed and have been married now 36 years.

Peter is very eloquent when he’s talking to Rachel’s family, he tells them how skeptical he’s been about this process, about how even though he’s been skeptical, him and Rach hit it off the first night, and have built their relationship slowly, and it wasn’t until he saw her at the rose ceremony last night that he realized he missed her and is falling in love with her. He has won over the family with this declaration.

Rach’s mom asks Rach what her red flag is with Peter and she says that she’s worried he may not propose in the end. Rach’s mom talks with Peter and ends up leaving it by telling us the audience that she knows Rach came on this show to end up getting married, but she appreciates the honesty that Peter brings.

We have Bryan & Peter now in the hotel suite talking about how Eric hasn’t met a family in 6 or 7 years. Bryan talks to Peter about how he wants to show the family their chemistry….oh yeah and the bond that they have….oh and I’ve found out now that Peter didn’t ask for her hand in marriage, so now I want to do that as well.

Peter always the level-headed one talks about how Bryan is being ballsy and arrogant. What he tells Bryan is that there are things in all of their relationships that are different and unique and it’s weird to be sitting here with Rachel’s boyfriend while her other boyfriend is meeting the family.

And then Peter gets as real as you can on this show while still being a gentleman and polite and making me still really like him, by looking Bryan right in the eye and telling him something we’d all love to tell him.

Eric & Rachel are on-top of a huge building and looking out and enjoying the sights of Dallas. Eric went home for Senior Prom and with a girl he dated in college. Rachel wants him to be himself and talk about how far he’s come.

Rachel’s family recognizes Eric from the finale when he was introduced to Rachel and they do his “HEY” dance with him. They ask about his family and you can tell that Eric’s family is completely different than Rachel’s family. Rachel’s family enjoys that he’s not a fairy tale person, he’s real and mature and understands he hasn’t been in love before, but he’s very upfront and knows how he’s thinking and where he’s coming from.

I have to say that Eric has grown on me this season. I’m surprised that he’s warmed his way into my heart. He ends up asking for Rachel’s mom’s permission to ask Rachel to marry him. She agrees, because I’m pretty sure she’s contractually obligated to do so. I like Eric, but am concerned that this guy is gonna get his heart broken. I want Eric to get married and have a family, I’m really rooting for this guy and it constantly surprises me!

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Now we get Bryan to meet the family. I have to say that Peter & Eric in the hotel suite is the least awkward combination that we’ve had. And again Peter endears himself to me more when he admits to not being a Bryan fan, and talks about Bryan’s confident Miami swagger and in Miami there’s a lot of fake boobs, asses and cheeks and Eric thinks that he’s not gonna be as smooth after today.

Bryan is going to meet the 2 girls that signed Rachel up to go on the journey of Nick’s season. Bryan gets all cocky when he finds out that the other guys didn’t meet the friends. Bryan is way too smooth of an operator, he knows what people want to hear and he gives him the spiel, and does it all on his terms, so you think he’s opening up, but then realize he’s only telling you information he wants to share.

We now get Bryan with Rachel’s family. They start with the tell me about your family and again I notice how he’s not as open as Eric & Peter were. He talks about his parents being together almost 40 years and that he’s his mother’s only child…..that struck me as odd, does that mean his dad has another child?!?

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The family sees thru slimey Bryan and his use of the word LOVE so quickly. They ask where the loyalty will lie if Bryan’s wife and mother bump heads. Bryan says with the wife, but that they’ll need to get along. Rach’s mom said sometimes that doesn’t happen, where does the loyalty lie? Bryan has a deep sigh and that says EVERYTHING, but while Bryan is deep in thought not answering, Rachel jumps in and says he already answered the question and answered the wife. Rachel’s mom is not impressed. Neither is Rachel’s sister…..actually everyone seems super uncomfortable, because the other 2 guys have talked about how it’s been a slow burn and have been a lil awkward, but have opened up and shared without needing to be pried open. Rach’s family notices that Bryan is a charmer and is insincere so they have to ask more questions and Rach is SUPER uncomfortable, which should tell her everyone she needs to know, but you know she’s going to ignore this.

The BEST tweet ever has to go to Tanner with this tweet:

As we all know, this did not work well with Andi when she chose Josh over Nick. We know that Rachel is going to make the same mistake, but then here’s hoping that Peter will be the Bachelor 🙂

You can tell that Rachel’s family feels the same way, they like Peter and Eric way more than Bryan, but that’s not gonna matter to Rachel, I still think she’s gonna chose Bryan but that’s gonna be a big mistake.

We’re in Spain now with Rachel & her 3 guys. She’s hoping that when she leaves Spain she’ll be leaving as an engaged woman.

Eric gets the first one-on-one date in Spain. Eric gets to go on his first helicopter ride. They get to walk up to some castle, look out and see the sea and old buildings and they keep laughing and really do enjoy one another. It is pretty easy and relaxing for the 2 of them. You can tell that Eric & Rachel are equal partners in this, they challenge one another. Eric is more serious, and Rachel challenges him to be honest about his feelings. Eric challenges Rachel to not take herself so seriously and lighten up. Eric tells her that he’s in love with her, and he’s tried to run but she wouldn’t let him and he’s super happy right now and has never been this happy with a girl before. She’s smitten and they make-out and get the forego their individual rooms and go to the fantasy suite card. They have a wonderful night, and get coffee in the morning. Now that Eric has told Rachel he loves her, he can’t stop saying it and dangit if I don’t believe him!

Peter gets the 2nd one-on-one date. They are going to explore a vineyard together. They get to go into a cave and see all the great wines that are around. Rachel admits that Peter is reserved but he can read her and gets her unlike anyone else on this journey. Raquel & Pedro have their own locker with all this wine in the cellar that this cute old Spanish guy gives them.

Peter & Rachel talk about how they are a good balance for one another and how that is what their family saw in one another as well. Peter talks about how engagement is a direct correlation of marriage. Basically Peter admits he wants to be engaged once. They are in the middle of a conversation and believe it or not, another adorable child comes and talks to them and then they end up stomping grapes and living out one of my favorite childhood scenes in one of my all-time favorite tv shows:

At the night portion of the date, Rachel & Peter are talking about where they stand on the engagement and end of this whole journey. Rachel talks about how she didn’t come this far and put her life on-hold just to walk away with a boyfriend. She needs a proposal. At what cost, it doesn’t matter. The fact that the guy is insincere and they’ll be broken up within 6 weeks because Bryan’s Mama doesn’t like her anymore, won’t matter because she got her engagement. Even though she could have a loving boyfriend in Peter.

Twitter was on a roll last night, because this Tweet was also spot-on:

This is another very true tweet. Becca was the one Chris wanted to choose, but she wasn’t ready for a proposal and wasn’t a sure-bet, so Chris went with Whitney who was the sure bet, and where are they now?!?

We end with them talking about how they are on polar end of the spectrum of this whole engagement thing, but neither know where they’re going to go and they don’t know where to go….and we end up with a “TO BE CONTINUED” does this mean that’s a way for us to think that Eric will be in the final 2, but he won’t. I can’t believe we have a To Be Continued to lead us into the final 2 and the engagement, how crazy is that?!?

Next week is the Men Tell All, it’s going to be a train wreck, that I do not see myself bloggin about, because it’s gonna be the same old, same old I believe.

We’re 2 weeks until the finale! We’ve ALMOST made it!

Lindsay

Rachel’s Hometown Dates

We’ve made it to Hometown dates and how wonderful has Rachel been but how disappointing has the editing been on this season? As someone who avoids spoilers, I feel the editors have just phoned it in and have spoiled the season for us. You could’ve guessed after week 2 or 3 that 3 of the top 4 were going to be Bryan, Dean & Peter.

Eric, our surprise top 4th is Eric. He gets the first hometown date and we’re in Baltimore and we get to see that Eric is not from the nicest parts of the city, but he shows us that he doesn’t take anything for granted and has such a positive attitude. He takes her to a basketball court and they play around and she is introduced to his cousin and they joke that the last girl Eric brought home was for prom. He was a “cool square” growing up that got straight As.

He didn’t have a role model growing up, but took care of his friends who sold drugs and was the one who was always there for people. He has such strong admiration and love for the women in his family. Eric has really grown on me and dang if he’s not the sweetest and I hope he either ends up in Paradise or is up for the Bachelor, because he’s not ending up with Rachel, but dang do I love him!

Rachel is flipping out right before they go into meet Eric’s family as she is the only girl he’s brought home. We’re going to his aunt’s apartment and there are about 15 people sitting on a long sectional couch, Eric & Rachel walk in and they all start yelling and happy to see them. There is such love that comes from their family. They are so loud and awesome, that I find myself smiling for no reason, I’m not there, but I feel welcomed by this family.

Eric’s aunt starts asking her about how she’s handling the race card and being the first Black Bachelorette and she’s able to be a confidant almost for Rachel. She talks about how it’s harder than she ever thought it’d be because she’s being judged by black people and then is being judged by everyone else.

Eric has an interesting relationship with his mom. It seems that maybe she wasn’t as open and loving as she could’ve been. She tells him that it’s because all the men in their family didn’t reach their potential because they hid behind their moms and she didn’t want that, and he’s reached his potential. You can tell there have been many a conversation/argument about this, but it appears that they aren’t going to air their dirty laundry on tv (which I do appreciate) and are going to be adults, and I think Eric must be closer to his aunt than his mom and that’s alright.

Eric’s dad gets emotional as he’s talking to Eric and dang Eric must’ve had a crappy home life growing up. Again Eric shows his positive attitude and the stuff that his dad, uncles and cousins took him through when he was younger brought him to where he is today and it drove him to be a better man. Even though he lives on the West Coast and they’re on the East coast, there is love and support in that family and I’m going to be sad to see this family leave my screen because I think this is going to be the best/most genuine family hometown visit of the episode.

Bryan’s hometown is next and we’re in Miami. She greets him with a “Hi Baby” which I think tells us all we need to know about how this date is going to go. Is there a point in watching? We know he’s a rose.

The theme of this episode is Will Smith if you didn’t pick up on it, here’s your clue:

Instead of taking her to a beach since that’s all they’ve been doing, they go out and play dominoes with world-wide famous players. They lose horribly. We go into a Salsa dancing place and they dance and make out (shocking, I know ;)) Somehow Bryan thinks that they will take to Rachel as the daughter they’ve never had. Bryan is an only child and his parents are opposites attract. Dad is charming and charismatic and mom is a ball of energy and he admits to basically being a mama’s boy and remember the last girl he brought home after dating for 3 weeks, once that girl met Mama, they broke up, so good luck to you Rach!

Bryan’s mom loves him and talks about how he’s her everything and can’t believe that in all the girl’s he’s met he hasn’t found one yet, and then found the one on the show to fall in love with. I’m a little confused and feel like Mama is talking in circles, or maybe it’s just I don’t really care all that much, because I know that this doesn’t matter, Bryan is in the top 2.

There’s a young girl talking to Rachel and I have no clue who she is, I’m assuming a cousin since we know Rachel will be the daughter Mama never had. Girl cousin tells us that ex-girlfriend was threatened by the relationship that Bryan has with Mama, which again reiterates how much of a Mama’s boy he is. Which is sweet to some extent, but depending on how dependent he is on Mama gets a tad concerning since he is 37 years old. Bryan seems less mature right now to me than Eric and Dean though Bryan is older (significantly more so than Dean!)

Mama tells Rachel if Bryan’s happy, Mama’s happy. If Bryan isn’t happy, Mama will kill you, Rachel laughs, Mama not so much, I’m thinking she’s not joking, especially after girl cousin used the phrase “that was her demise” a couple times when talking about the ex-girlfriend.

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Bryan tells her that he loves her and she melts and it shocks me that she doesn’t pull a Ben Higgins and tell him she loves him too….and the way she acts I guess this is the first time he’s said that, but I swear he told her that like 2 weeks ago, but it must’ve been the whole “I’m falling in love with you” and not the official “I love you”

Peter’s hometown is next in Madison, Wisconsin! We have to see the Wisconsin capitol or we’d have no idea we were in Madison, I guess. Peter greets her with a “welcome home” and while she’s excited to see him there is no “hi baby.”

They walk around the Farmer’s Market and he explains that he does this every Saturday when he’s back home. We get to meet Peter’s friends at their local watering hole. You can tell they have a close group. He had told Rachel he has 10 close friends and 8 outta the 10 are black. Peter’s now mortified and his friends jump all over it askin if he pulled out his black friend card too. They talk about how goofy he is and they’re sure she’s seen it. She admits that he’s been a little reserved. I like Peter because he’s so normal and keeps talking about how weird and bizarre this situation is and that he’s happy to see her out of their bubble and get to know her around his friends and not see her in their alternate universe that’s nothing like normal life. Peter talks about how basically 3 weeks from today he should be getting down on a knee and proposing to her and that’s terrifying to him because he only wants to propose once in his life.

Rachel melts when he sees Peter with his niece and she talks to Peter’s sister about would he be ready for marriage and kids someday because she’s a little concerned since he goes at his own speed, however that’s how she handled it when she was on the show as well. His sister assures him that he’s ready. Peter’s family is great, but they’re just a normal family that loves and supports one another, but don’t have the drama that goes with it.

Peter’s mom talks about how he could be ready for a commitment but not for a ring and proposal. I think my big argument is wouldn’t you rather have a commitment from Peter which you know will actually be worth something, than a proposal from Bryan which will basically be a tiny commitment, but who knows how long the commitment will actually last?

Peter is saying encouraging things, but has not dropped the “l” word yet, but has told her that he’s very happy and wants to keep getting to know her and hanging out with her. I’m glad he’s not saying things, just because that’s what your supposed to do.

Dean is the last hometown in Aspen, CO. I think before I talk about his date it’s important to point out this Instagram post he made over the weekend:

Dean meets Rach and he’s nervous bu excited to see her, my question is which of the two of them has the tightest pants on?!?

They’re riding ATVs instead of riding horses today, she’s scared because she’s never driven one before but has riden on the back. She’s worried she’s going to flip it but she ends up surviving and not flipping it.

Dean hasn’t talked to his dad in 2 years, and I want to know why in the hell ABC is making him do this. I feel like the producers are manipulating this and forcing this reunion that let’s be honest all of America doesn’t need to see. He doesn’t appear to be wanting to do this.

We’re gonna meet Dean’s father Parumrup (which is his self-given name as of 6 years ago meaning “divinely beautiful”) his 2 brothers and his sister and his dad’s new wife. The first time that all of them have been under the same roof in 8 years.

Rachel wants to know why he hasn’t talked to his dad, and Dean asks if the responsibility is all on him to make sure there’s a relationship. So it appears that his dad isn’t reaching out to him either. Rach also wants to force Dean to say that his dad wasn’t there for him when he needed him the most, and idk if that’s the right advice to give or not. I mean it sounds like a good idea, but as someone who’s never gone through that before, I don’t think I could tell someone to do that.

Dean is FREAKING out as they’re walking up to the door. He’s not nervous, he’s terrified and I’m afraid he’s going to break down in tears and isn’t ready for this and I don’t want him to have to do this, and I really don’t want tv cameras to capture this, this seems like a real intrusion of privacy.

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Dean walks in and the whole family is on the floor and he asks where the table is and Dad says there is no table. Dean does call him Pops….Pops says they were all waiting for King Dean to arrive, can’t tell if it’s sarcasm or not….some girl jumps up to hug Rachel and welcome her and attempt to stop the awkwardness.

They are now on the ground and poor Dean is surpressing every emotion and is saying the right things, but wants to be anywhere but where he is, and God love him. Dad plays a gong and they all have to lay down to listen to the gong and just let yourself go and experience it.

Dean’s father gives Dean & Rachel a gift that has feathers with it, because before Dean’s mom passed away she said that anytime they saw a feather it was a gift from her. Dean’s dad breaks down in tears, and his new wife handles it gracefully.

Then dinner comes out and Dean isn’t eating anything, he just wants this night to be over. Dean talks about his concern is going to be that the family is going to put on a front of being a big and happy family, when in reality when his mom passed they all grew apart and away from one another, especially Dean and his dad.

We now get an awkward conversation with Dean & his dad. Dean’s sister is talking with Rachel and Rachel is all hopeful that Dean & his dad will have the talk tonight to talk about how angry they are with each other. Dean’s sister starts to cry because of all the crap Dean’s been through, he’s always been so strong and she admires that because she’s been weak. She also admits that dad wasn’t there for Dean at all.

Dean’s dad tries to talk about the leaps and bounds and new energy he senses in Dean and then throws out the nail in coffin phrase of “I must be a good dad because look how great my son is.” Dean was able to bit his tongue through most of it. But that was the straw that broke Dean. They get into it about how Dean’s mom was awesome and created this great life, and Dean’s dad was angry that his wife died and left them, but instead of rallying the kids around one another, and learning to do the things she had done, he just kept doing the things he knew, he made money and supported Dean financially through school, but wasn’t there emotionally for him. Dean wants his dad to talk about how angry he was and actually get to that point where they can bond over their shared grief, but Dad shuts down.

Dad then says that in his faith they believe that whatever you believe about me is what you actually believe about you. Dean wants to work things out with his dad, but his dad is shutting things off and Dean’s dad argues that he has honored Dean and opened his house to this new experience. Dean’s dad gets up with a “Good blessings Dean and I wish you well even if you don’t believe it.” Dean tells his dad he loves him, and no matter what he loves him regardless, and it breaks my heart that Dad never says he loves him, he responds with “well whatever”

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Rachel has to talk to Dean’s dad now and he says he’s done unless she has something specific. Rachel wants to talk to him because he welcomed her into his home and she wanted to meet Dean’s family. Dean’s dad is talking and then notices the camera, shuts down and gives blessings to her.

Dean asks Rachel about her night. She talks about the conversation with his sister. Dean tells her about how heartbreaking it was that his dad walked away mid-conversation. And he’s falling in love with her. They kiss.

Rachel talks about how amazing Dean is, and I just want to give Dean a giant hug for having to go through this hell on camera, I hope you’re freaking happy ABC because I am not.

We get the sit-down with Chris Harrison so he can get his money for coming in and recapping the episode we all just watched.

Rose ceremony time and dang do the 4 fellas look dapper!

  1. Bryan—Mama’s happy and the rest of us are not shocked at all
  2. Eric—-I’m shocked he’s in the Final 3 as I thought this would’ve been his week to go, but I will be happy to keep him on my screen for another week
  3. Peter—I want Peter to be the final one standing!

 

Oh Dean, Dean, Dean………….Bachelor Nation loves you Dean. We support you and you’re not abandoned and we all want the best for you! You deserve happiness and all the love in the world.

She basically tells him in his goodbye that the reason she’s dumping him is because he’s young and she thinks the age is going to get in the way. And DANG IT DEAN! You’re so classy! He tells her she’s a great girl with 3 incredible guys and he hopes she finds what she’s looking for. He is hurt because he told her he’s falling in love and she had said the same thing and she tells him that everything she told him is true.

We have the final 3 next week. We’re in Spain and meeting Rachel’s family! We’ll see what happens! I’m thinking poor Eric is going home next week and it’s between Peter & Bryan, but then again I thought Dean was top 3, let’s see if Eric can keep sneaking in there.

Until next week!
Lindsay

Rachel & her guys are in Switzerland

Hi friends,

Sorry for the delay in my blog, WordPress wouldn’t open last night, so it was not emotionally prepared for me to watch and blog about the show last night, so here you go, a day late!

We are going to be in Switzerland this week and believe it or not, it’s a PERFECT place to fall in love. We see the Swiss Alps from the hotel with the guys and all I can think of is this:

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And dang, if I don’t LOVE the Sound of Music. Though I gotta be honest, I had no idea half of what was going on in that movie when I was a child. I knew the had to get to Switzerland because they were running away from bad people, didn’t realize until much later that it was Nazis, but you know, I digress.

The guys remind us that we have hometowns coming up next week, so this is a HUGE week. All the guys want the 1 on 1 dates.

DANG we are NOT doing a rose ceremony this week! Rachel is making up rules! We have 3 one-on-one dates and then a 3 on 1 date. The first 1 on 1 date is Bryan, shocking! All the guys know that Bryan is the front-runner.

They are dressed up and it’s a luxury date. They’re gonna be driving in a Bentley. Rachel talks about how she likes to treat her guy well, but she’s really going to treat her man well now, Bryan this is not Rachel paying a dime for this, this is ABC paying for it. They go to a watch store and Bryan gets a fancy watch. He’s getting Pretty Woman’ed here and getting all the fancy items, because you know she’ll be your sugar mama when you get home and she’ll keep buying you things.

They have chemistry, I cannot deny that. And I don’t think he’s a horrible person. I just don’t see them talking much and he inhales her face when they kiss, but I guess she likes that kinda thing.

She talks about how he’s too good to be true, and I agree. I like him, but I’m suspicious and Rachel, you’re a lawyer and smart girl, you gotta follow your gut here! If you think he’s too good to be true, he has to be.

I saw this tweet and I’m not that shocked by it.

He manages to steer conversation away from him, she’s trying to get to know him, but he talks about how he grew up in a loving household, and the only rebellious thing that he had going for him is he wanted an earring. He seems like such a player, I don’t trust him Rachel!!!! Especially when they start talking about her school experience in a private school, which had a uniform and he starts getting pervy about it and trying to figure out if it’s the Catholic school girl uniform. Well Bryan, hate to break it to you, but when I was in high school, my Catholic uniform was a polo shirt (rolled, to appear to be tucked so I didn’t get a demerit) and pleated shorts or if I felt real fancy, a skort, not the sexiest image in the world.

He talks about how his last relationship was a fling, and when the girl met his mom they ended up breaking up, so of course he’s nervous to introduce her to his mom, but she’s willing to take the risk and shockingly gives him a rose. They make out as they’re serenaded by a string quartet, and I could handle more music and less kissing noises. If you’re going to swallow her, you gotta give her a chance to breath, or she may die!

We’ve got Dean and Rachel on the next 1 on 1 date. They are dressed in their Sunday best. They’re going to a Catholic Mass, and it’s going to be in French. She’s never been to a Catholic mass before and she says if it’s horrible they can just leave, and he looks horrified and said they can’t do that. She proves she hasn’t been to a Catholic mass before because she’s talking out loud in the pews and during mass, and I’m really tryin to get a grasp on if Dean is Catholic or not, he seems to know the etiquette a little better. She does say that faith is very important to her and it’s going to be a big thing for whoever she’s with to respect that and her faith, but they don’t have to worship the same way….but then she talks about how today isn’t a day for religious belief talk, church is about tradition and community, which I get, but I’m sorry, when I get engaged the guy will know that I’m Catholic, that’s not a conversation we’ll hold over until after the engagement.

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After church, Dean has Rachel waltzing in the square. Rachel talks about how she wants to challenge and deepen her relationship with Dean, but I have to say that it seems their relationship is deeper than hers and Bryans, but what do I know.

Peter & Eric are back at the hotel talking about how it’s a surprise Dean & Bryan got the 2 dates so far and is it because she had questions still for them? They’re freaking out wondering if they’re gonna be chosen or not. This is the last time we get the guys to have conversations and hash it out together, after this week, they’re separated and won’t see each other again, until they go on trips together.

What I appreciate about Dean is that he’s not putting on a show saying he has this wonderful family environment. He’s saying that it’s going to be awkward. And while I’m sad for him, that’s a reality that in all the years of this show, we haven’t really seen. We’ve seen everyone sweeping things under the rug, and introducing the Stepford families. And God Bless Dean, he’s honest and genuine and isn’t going to play that game.

Rachel puts Dean on the spot and wants him to open up to her and is getting frustrated, and humor is his defense mechanism and he doesn’t like attention on him.  He’s endearing, because he doesn’t want to be the center of attention. He likes this girl and doesn’t want to share all of his deep and dark scary thoughts on the 2nd date they’ve been on. It’s refreshing! I love Dean, I know she’s not gonna choose him, but I love him!

Peter is getting the last one on one date, and bless Eric when he finds out, he says if Dean comes home tonight, he will now think that Dean, Peter & Bryan are the top 3, and you all thought Eric was just a pretty face! See he’s able to put 2 and 2 together.

OH DEAN!!!! I love you man!!! He finally opens up to Rachel and talks about how his dad when he was growing up was always the fun, let’s go and do this type of dad. More of a buddy than someone looking out for his well-being. And after his mom passed, his dad didn’t fill that role. He stayed a buddy and that took a beating on their relationship and I guess Dean’s dad has become more eccentric.

And then Dean says the most heartbreaking thing, about how he wishes Rachel could meet the family he had in his most fundamental years of -0-15 and not the family that abandoned him in the most vulnerable stage of his life. And all I wanna do is give him a big hug so he knows he’s not alone and people care!

Dean gets the rose and tells her that Aspen will be weird, but she said she’s ready for it. He has to now stay until the Final 3 because you can’t send him home after his crazy family!

Peter & Rachel get a helicopter ride to go to the Alps. They’re able to see everything as they are flying above and keep pointing items out to one another. Rachel asks him if he realizes that he had the very first 1 on 1 and the very last 1 on 1, he points out that yes, he is aware and has been in his head plenty. Rachel tells us that it’s something that Peter has been able to not only keep her attention this whole journey but has grown their relationship even with the delay in dates.

They got to go dog sledding and are now sitting in the snow having a talk, and I have to tell you that it seems like that is the most uncomfortable place ever to have a conversation! This is where I would want Bryan’s tongue to attempt to keep me warm. Or at least give me some alcohol, I know it’d actually end up making you colder, but the burn would be worth it initially making you feel warmer. Poor Peter doesn’t even get a hat and has the salt & pepper look working from the snow.

Peter talks to Rachel about how he went through dark days that he had thought about leaving, because he saw Rachel dating other guys and he was scared, but wanted to stay because he trusted their connection. And now they start making out by lying down in the snow, which is probably not what I’d do, but tomato/tomato I guess.

Peter gets chocked up when he’s talking about how his last relationship ended with him driving away from his ex, and it was an amicable break-up, but she waved goodbye to him as he drove off, and was crying. Peter has held onto the guilt of hurting that girl because he couldn’t love her the way she loved him. He basically tells Rach, that if he’s the last one standing, he’ll propose if he’s in love with her, but isn’t gonna propose just for the sake of proposing and now all of a sudden she’s scared that he may not choose her, even though she hasn’t chosen him. Rachel ends up giving him the rose and ready to take him to hometowns.

This always confuses me each season. Love is a true partnership, right?!? Give and take. So just because one person chooses to love you, that doesn’t automatically mean you have to love them. You have free will and intellect. Whenever on the show, a chance comes up where someone shows some hesitancy, the lead normally goes with the “sure-thing” though the “sure-thing” is just the person who knows what to say, and very rarely do they end up together and the lead would most likely be in a better position if they chose the person who is honest about their feelings and having doubts, as any sane person would in this situation!

Alright, now we have the awkward 3 on 1 date. She’s going to have to say 2 hard goodbyes today. They are going on a boat to France and Eric is so stinking cute, he starts jumpin up and down because he’s so excited.

Eric is so sweet when he gets his chance to talk. He tells her he knows this is a difficult journey and it’s been taxing, but she deserves it and has earned the right to be selfish. He says all these phrases, but I believe him! I don’t think he’s telling her how strong she is so he can get a rose, I think he’s saying it because he honestly believes it. Eric has such a youthful/genuine quality about him, that I can’t help but smile when I see him and Rachel interact because he’s so smiley and realizes how cool this experience is.

Matt’s one on one is cut short when she decides to send him home. She’s really broken up about it and in tears as they say goodbye. She can’t say anything bad about him, and he seemed like a really sweet guy, but there just wasn’t that connection and passion there with them, that was present in her other relationships, but you can tell she cared for him as she really breaks down watching him leave.

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The night portion of the date has turned into a 2 on 1 date, with Adam, Eric & Rachel. Adam has been confident this whole episode and I don’t know if it’s so we as an audience member can remember who in the world he is, as he has certainly been flying under the radar this season. Or the have made him confident this episode, so when he doesn’t get chosen we feel more sympathy for him.

Eric tells Rachel he’s never brought a girl home ever, and at 29 that’s a huge red flag for her and could be his final nail in his coffin.

Eric gets the final rose and he’s overcome with emotion. Let’s be honest, between Adam & Eric, they’re just fighting between 4th and 5th place. I think it means more to Eric though, so I’m glad he got the rose. Adam’s pissed in the limo and doesn’t have the most grateful exit, he thinks she made a massive mistake. Rachel cries, but not to the extent as when she told Matt goodbye, so I don’t think she made a mistake.

Alright, next week’s hometowns look like they could more interesting than normal, poor poor Dean! I’ll see you all back next Monday!

Lindsay