Just when I was just beginning to fall in love with Arie after last week’s episode (click here to read my Bachelor recap week 2), I feel like I have to put myself on pause and rewind. Last week’s recap was so fun.. it was great getting so much feedback from all of you. I love it when you tell me what you’re thinking.. especially when we think along the same lines. ;)
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I have to be honest… this week’s episode was a hard pill to swallow. I loved last week’s show but this week… I was taken aback, pretty much from the very beginning when Chris Harrison reminded the girls that they don’t have very much time left – meaning… they needed to step up their game a bit if they want to be noticed. It felt like a cattle call of sorts… Another thing about Chris Harrison’s opening scene tonight. What was up with Bibiana and Krystal sitting next to one another? Weren’t they arguing and trying to kill one another just the night before?
First Date (Group Date)
via ~ People
All about the ring. As the date description was read from the first group date card, my friends and I died. It wasn’t hard to figure out that this was going to be some sort of wrestling or boxing situation, and I hate those kinds of dates more than anything. The next thing we knew, the girls were shown entering an auditorium with a wrestler/boxing ring placed center stage and Chris Harrison announcing (WWE style) Arie’s arrival as the ‘Kissing Bandit’. It’s one thing to be referred to by the fans as the ‘Kissing Bandit’, but ABC?
As Chris talked to the girls… two former women wrestlers popped out from behind a silver curtain. The GLOW women played their roles like it was 1985. They scared me more than Bibiana’s tough act last week. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, one of the women began picking on all of the girls one-by-one. I’m all for having fun and I can handle sarcasm… but when you begin bashing someone’s name, then drag their mother into it like she’s in the ring too, everything loses it’s comedic value. I felt bad for the girls.. except for Bekah (the 22 year old pixie cut girl) who literally acts like she’s trying out for WWE. When one of the former professional wrestlers pulled one of the girl’s hair, Tia… I realized this was no longer a “fun” ridiculous date. It seemed instead like a stupid date that ended up hurting a lot of people’s feelings.
Next thing you know the girls change into costume and play/wrestle in front of a crowd. Kenny (one of the guys from Rachel’s season of, ‘The Bachelorette) appears and all the girls seem excited. He “fought” Arie and “lost”. Nothing to say about that… ;)
During the one-on-ones later that night, you can easily tell which girl Arie liked/wanted to kiss based on the music. It’s funny because I have watched this show for so many years yet I have never noticed every detail like this before. (boredom perhaps?) What does this mean? Everything bothered my girlfriends and I as we were watching this episode – the conversations, the face-cupping, the sloppy kisses, and the music. After Bekah’s date was over.. I honestly felt like The Bachelor had hit an all-time low. (especially after the 22 year old jumped on him while they made out)
Just before the second date begins, Krystal decides to have a one-on-one with Marikh by the pool. Krystal started talking about her friend’s 8th grade boyfriend falling in love with her like it happened yesterday. I’m lost… I don’t even know where to go with this except I do want to ask Marikh about her skincare routine, hair, and her amazing eyebrows!!! Lol.
On with the one on one date. Lauren S….who? My friends and I had no idea who she was and didn’t remember her intro from the first night at all. We were hopeful because she seemed very nice and she came across as smart.
Immediately she was whisked away in a limo to the airport where Arie was waiting for her. They flew to Napa Valley, then they hit a winery. Upon arrival, they poured themselves a glass of wine and walked through the vineyards. Living in the SF Bay area, I’m able to visit Sonoma & Napa often. Jeff and I actually visited the very same winery last summer – it’s beautiful. It seemed the perfect date.
During the beginning of their conversation, everything was going beautifully until Lauren never. stopped. talking. the rest of the date. She seemed very nervous as she kept mentioning to the camera. She kept talking and talking and talking until she finally brought up her mother’s eye infection. We were snoozing, Arie was snoozing, and none of us thought she would get a rose. She didn’t. Bye Lauren S!
The final group date sounded like the girls would be doing something with dogs. All the girls are happy except for bumper car girl. (remember last episode?) She begins to tell us that not only did she have a traumatic bumper car experience (you have to follow my recap from Week 2 to fully understand this), but she also had an issue with dogs after she was bit as a young child. (not funny I know but she kept talking about how this really affected her… years and years later)
Fast forward to the beginning of this date… The girls arrive at a park. Everyone’s excited except for bumper car girl, who keeps talking about her horrible situation. I don’t know why, but ABC felt the need to show us a re-enactment of the entire scene involving someone’s sweet little baby and a cute growling little dog. LOL! When the girls began their dog show act for the date, all the little children in the audience watching began crying… none of the dogs would do their tricks. Bumper car girl was cast as the “Pooper Scooper”.. enough said.
Later that night Arie and all the girls spent more time together after their doggy date. Arie immediately pulled Chelsea aside. She is the single mom who was given the first impression rose. He’s clearly into her because he sounds happy when he talks about her.. At this point I’m thinking they might have a true connection.
Bumper car girl/ Annelise really wants to get a kiss from Arie during their one-on-one conversation this night but rather than playing it cool… she comes across as extremely nervous. She doesn’t take cues very well, because once they sit down and begin talking, it’s clear that Arie isn’t into her. He won’t even look at her in the face. Chelsea intervenes and he looks thankful. It’s sad, and I feel bad for Annelise because she seems so sweet. (she just hasn’t a clue!)
Becca (pretty girl who had the very first dress up date with Arie) and Arie have a little time alone tonight. They honestly seem like a natural fit and he laughs genuinely when he’s with her, which is so important. Watching them gives me a little flutter because it reminds me of my relationship with Jeff. Plus, he said that she looks good in yoga pants… what girl wouldn’t want to hear that?! Lol!
After all that… Arie ends up giving Chelsea the group date rose, which I was surprised about. The target on her back is only getting bigger by the day…
Cocktail Party/Rose Ceremony
All of the girls are on edge because it’s week 3 and things are getting tougher. Girls see that other girls are gaining connections with Arie, and it’s stressful for them. Bibiana comes up with an idea to set up a little special space for she and Arie to have some one-on-one time with candles & a bed by the pool as well as a telescope to look up at the stars.
Arie and Lauren B. happen upon Bibiana’s romantic setup, and have no clue it was from her. They talk about how cute it was, and start kissing when Bibiana comes out and greets them. Arie asks for 5 more minutes, and she ducks and leaves. Arie ends up using the daybed as a fun spot to chat with all the girls except for Bibiana. I actually felt bad for her.
Nothing else really happens in this episode, except Annalise (bumper car girl) attempts to kiss Arie and he full-on rejects her. It was really sad, and he actually decided right then and there to take her to the limo and have her go home. I felt for her because that must have been mortifying. I don’t even remember the last time a bachelor rejected a kiss.
At the end of the show, Bibiana was sent packing. Just when I was actually beginning to like her a little more… I heard she’s taking part in the Bachelor’s Winter Games. (Airing in Feb) Maybe she’ll find a cute ex-contestant to fall in love with!
I refuse to give up hope for the show even if Arie is making it a little difficult this week. What do you all think? Do you like the makeout/kissing bandit? I’m on the fence…
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