June 27, 2017

The Bachelorette: Dating in Denmark

6/27/2017 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 5 - Night 2

Kenny and Lee's 2-on-1 date continues with lots of bleeping as Kenny gets upset about the lies. Rachel decides to dump Lee on the date and continue the date with Kenny to see if maybe there is a connection worth pursuing. But Kenny puts Rachel on hold, much to her chagrin, to go back to Lee and confront him again and tell him there's a decent person inside him. Just stop, dude. Rachel knows Kenny is there for her but isn't sure if she can trust him, but also wonders how he'll react in a relationship with her. Rachel sees sincerity and a genuine person with Kenny and gives him the date rose. Kenny then calls his daughter and had a good cry sesh.

It's time for a Rose Ceremony and we're thankfully spared a cocktail party again. Clearly Rachel knows who she's digging... and it's not an overconfident Josiah. Josiah and Anthony are eliminated. Now Rachel and her remaining men are headed to Denmark for their next batch of dates.

Eric scores the first 1-on-1 date in Denmark, exploring the city of Copenhagen together and getting to know each other. There's also a random hot tub park so of course they partake and then get flashed by a very overeager hot-tubber. Before dinner, they make a stop at Tivoli which is a pretty awesome amusement park where they have a blast together. Over burgers that they don't touch, Eric opens up about being an overly good kid but didn't receive a lot of love as a kid, so it was hard to reciprocate those feelings in the past. But he knows he's falling for Rachel now. Rachel gives Eric the date rose which he very enthusiastically accepts, sharing a kiss and then a thrilling ride on a rollercoaster. Maybe it's best they didn't eat the burgers.

The group date guys row out to sea on Viking ship then debark to compete in some Viking games wearing some sweet costumes. And Uggs. The games are a lot of pushing and shoving each other out of a circle, but only two men will compete in the finals for Rachel's heart. The two best competitors are Kenny and Adam who grab shields and swords and fight, both eventually splitting their eyebrows by banging each other too hard with shields. The group cleans up for cocktails and more time to bond with Rachel. Rachel and Bryan continue to grow closer, talking about what city they'd live in and if his family would accept her. Kenny is feeling the most insecure because he hasn't had a lot of time with Rachel and hates being away from his daughter. The two have a frank conversation about their relationship status and given where they are at this point, it's sort of mutually agreed the best place for Kenny to be is home with his daughter. Rachel gives the date rose to Peter who she appreciates she never has to question where they stand.

Rachel's last date of the week is a 1-on-1 with Will where they hop on a boat to leave Denmark and head to Sweden for the day. They meet an old-ish married couple and they have a lot more chemistry going on than Rachel and Will. Despite a lot of sightseeing with lots of awkward pauses, Rachel still continues on to see if the night portion is better. They return to Copenhagen, Denmark in an old brewery and the giant copper vats are very cool. Will thinks their day date was such a great time but Rachel isn't as sure. Rachel asks about what he has looked for in a woman, and Will explains he's typically has dated white women. Will opens up about wanting love again and that great feeling, but unfortunately it will not be with Rachel who really hoped for a little more of a physical connection. Will apologizes for working harder on building the friendship than the relationship and the two part.

The dumpfest in Denmark wraps up with one last Rose Ceremony, kicked off with a quote from Hamlet (a real play of romance). With only four roses to hand out, and only two guys with hardly any screentime all season, it seems like an obvious choice that one of those will go home. But it's not! Somehow Adam and Matt both score roses and it's Alex who is eliminated.

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June 26, 2017

The Bachelorette: Matters Of The Heart and Handball

6/26/2017 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 5 - Night 1

Picking up where we left off, it's still the never-ending group date finally ends with Bryan making out with Rachel and getting the date rose. Lee and Kenny continue to go at it, and there's a lot of bleeping but I definitely know when you're bleeping the phrase "balls on chin." Later, Will explains to Lee that using the term "aggressive" against a black man may have offended Kenny. Lee doesn't "understand" the race card and boy are my eyes rolling.

After remaining in date-airing-date-limbo, Rachel has her 1-on-1 date with Jack Stone and if that's not the name of a thriller novel protagonist then I clearly need to write the new best seller. Rachel and Jack head to an oyster festival to shuck and suck down some tasty treats and dance. Jack is so into Rachel, overly so in a cringy way that you feel bad for him. Rachel is not feeling Jack and his alarmingly white teeth and that dude can't read the obvious signs that every single viewer can see. Rachel doesn't want to lead Jack on and explains while they have a lot in common, there's a missing energy and connection between them so she's not giving him the date rose.

Rachel forgoes the cocktail party which is a relief so we can get this show on the road. Lee and Kenny's rivalry lives on while Iggy and the Tickle Monster (giving Rachel one last squeeze) are eliminated. Sorry fellas, but you're missing out on a trip to NORWAY!

Bryan accompanies Rachel on the first Norwegian 1-on-1 date where they take in a scenic view high above at the Olympic ski jump... then rappelling down it (with some loud kissing midway). It's the classic Bachelor franchise metaphor date about letting go, trusting your partner, etc. Rachel is super smitten with Bryan and he feels justified in his overconfidence. Over dinner, Rachel opens up about her insecurities and Bryan talks about his past longterm relationship and reiterates his strong feelings for Rachel with an admission that he's falling in love with her. Of course Bryan receives the date rose and they makeout all over the place.

The group date card invites along all the guys except Kenny and Lee, who of course at paired in a 2-on-1 date - but more on that later. The guys put on their best unitards and play a rousing game of handball, which is a much more intense sport in Europe. The guys all try to showoff for Rachel and get noticed, though I'd say Dean's choice of jockstrap on the outside wins the night. Rachel uses the after party to get a better feel for her connections with the remaining men and it's a success as they all open up, some maybe too much (Josiah, who thinks Rachel is the girl of her dreams but doesn't ask about her). Will gets the group date rose, but I'd say Peter doesn't have to be worried considering he spent a reeeeeal long time making out with Rachel in a random group date hot tub.

Kenny and Lee's 2-on-1 Thunderdome date card arrives and each prepare differently: Kenny calls his daughter at home, Lee shines his cowboy boots and reads a book about Norway. A helicopter picks the men up and this date annoys me so much I'm not even excited for a Bachelorette helicopter date. The helicopter lands for the trio to awkwardly sit by the choppy water and pretend this is all normal. Kenny tells Rachel how amazing she is and hopes she'll see the real him, hoping to get away from the drama and back to her. Lee's time alone is immediately about Kenny all the names he called him, which Lee blames on alcohol. Rachel wants clarity but feels she isn't getting the full truth from either, so she pulls Kenny aside again and says Lee said he has a "dark side" and pulled him out of a van, to which Kenny can't believe the lies. But hey, guess we'll finish this off tomorrow since it's to be continued.


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June 25, 2017

Big Brother 19 Pre-Show Winner Prediction

6/25/2017 Posted by Mel Got Served , , No comments
It's not officially summer until Big Brother is on the air. Well everyone, the time is here! Big Brother 19 begins on June 28 with a two-hour premiere and I'm excited! This cast of all newbies has a great variety and a lot of people I actually like - not to mention actual fans of the show!

While I won't be writing recaps on the blog this year (but follow me on Twitter for blog-esque photo updates), I HAD to continue doing my pre-show winner prediction. As I do every season, I suffer through watch all the Jeff Schroeder cast interviews on CBS.com and read the contestant bios and try to predict the winner. Could this finally be my year?

Melissa predicts....



MATTHEW CLINES will win Big Brother 19

When I saw Matt's video and bio, he popped as winner potential to me. He has charisma but not on a level that will bother people, like many of my past picks. He isn't a major Big Brother fan which could be a detriment but he's a nice guy and hopefully a fast learner. I need to give a shoutout now to my runner-up for winner pick: Christmas. I loved her video and think she's  a great personality and potential player, but her career as a "fitness superstar" might make her a target.

Who do you think will win Big Brother 19? Use the handy form below to submit your pre-show winner prediction. Winners will receive [a picture of a] trophy at the end of the season! 




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June 19, 2017

The Bachelorette: Blimps and Bees

6/19/2017 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 4

Picking up from the last episode, it's still the cocktail party and many guys are making excellent impressions with Rachel. But then there's Lee, the instigator who after antagonizing Eric decides to interrupt Kenny's alone time to show Rachel that he can carve words into wood. Dean points out Lee's "intolerance" but its not dwelled on much because Kenny is more upset by having his time interrupted. Rachel is feeling a lot of pressure being the first black Bachelorette and let down by the men's drama, pretty annoyed by the whole evening. She calls the Rose Ceremony to order and explains the good conversations helped her get through the nonsense occurring that night. Diggy and some other guy I don't know don't receive roses.

The AirBnB rental of the Bachelor mansion is up, so Rachel and her men head to Hilton Head, South Carolina for the next round of dates. Dean gets the first 1-on-1 date where they get to ride in the freakin' Good Year blimp. Blimps are a dream for Rachel, but a nightmare for height-hater Dean who slightly loses his mind. Nothing a little hand holding (and kissing) from Rachel can't help. Plus the Good Year blimp flies by to inform the men that this is in fact Rachel and Dean's super awesome date. Rachel and Dean move along to the quiet dinner portion, where he talks about his mother passing away from breast cancer and dear god is it sad. But wipe those tears away because there's a concert for Rachel, Dean, and cheering women by a random country singer to close out the night.

Still nursing the wounds of the Good Year blimp's sick burn on them, the group date card arrives to invite men out for a boat ride. The group imbibes some cocktails via Krazy Straw which leads to some poor dancing, poor rapping, a makeshift Limbo competition, and then the guys showing off how many pushups they can do. Rachel also re-enacts the "King of the World" Titanic moment, a true staple of sailing. But this is all just a lead-up to departing the boat to compete in a spelling bee, judged by children. If you're wondering, some of these guys are terrible at spelling (Peter, you won't have coitus if you can't spell it). Josiah wins the spelling bee with the final word of "polyamorous" and the most amount of time BSing. 

The date still goes on with a night portion, which Josiah move along from kissing to sipping booze from his trophy. Rachel and Peter continue to grow closer, with her being open to the idea of moving to Wisconsin. She also enjoys time with Eric and sharing her love of cleaning (he likes hugs). Continuing his streak of being that guy who has nothing to talk about but other guys, Iggy tells Rachel that Josiah isn't right for her. Continuing the streak of throwing men under the bus, Lee babbles on about his argument with Kenny. And so Kenny has to follow-up another meh freestyle with defending the shouting match he had with Lee. Kenny feels worried that Rachel doesn't believe his side and heads inside to get Lee. So, this is how the first 30 minutes will begin next week? Wonderful.



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June 5, 2017

The Bachelorette: Never Have I Ever Blogged About Horse Poop and Bananas

6/05/2017 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 3

Picking up where last week left off, DeMario returned to the Bachelorette mansion to tell his side of the left-my-kinda-girlfriend-to-be-on-reality-TV story. Rachel agrees to hear him out and DeMario explains he screwed up and should have been honest. Unfortunately, Rachel isn't accepting bullshit or allowing him back in the house. She tells him to move forward, but forward isn't into the mansion (but it's probably forward to Bachelor in Paradise). Now back to cocktail party and rose ceremony nonsense!

Johnathan the "tickle monster" charms Rachel with giant foam hands that are probably the size of a five year old child. That's not the last of props a there's a Rubix cube, kid's basketball hoop, and photos of children. But the prop comedy fun has to be paused for the never-ending rivalry of Blake and Whaboom Lucas, which is an accusation that Blake ate a peeled banana over a sleeping Lucas. Well Blake doesn't eat carbs so this is total blasphemy according to him. I can't get over that Rachel, an accomplished woman and attorney looking for love, has to deal with two grown men antagonizing each other about eating bananas. It's a surprise only to the two of them that they are both eliminated at the Rose Ceremony because Rachel doesn't have time for banana BS. Outside the mansion, Blake and Lucas get into a shouting match with a lot of pantomiming and weird voices.

Rachel brings the six group date guys to see her appear as a guest on The Ellen Degeneres show but surprise, they're going to be on Ellen too! As everyone anticipated, the guys have to dance shirtless to a fake version of Ginuwine's "Pony" (guess they blew the episode's budget on Ellen's appearance fee). To get more dirt about the guys, Ellen has them play "Never Have I Ever" and Rachel appreciates getting the answers, including Alex admitting to peeing in the pool, all the nude selfies texted, and that Fred hooked up with a much older woman. The date moves along to their night cocktail party, where Fred realizes he's real behind the ball in terms of kissing Rachel. And so Fred asks her to kiss, then goes in for the kiss - it's not as good as he thinks. Rachel doesn't reciprocate the feelings for Fred, still viewing him as the kid from camp years ago, and lets him go. The group date rose goes to Alex, who charmed Rachel with their conversation and keen skills to notice Rachel makes eye contact with his left eye.

Anthony goes on the 1-on-1 date to ride horses down fancy-schmancy Rodeo Drive. Stores desperate for good PR allow Rachel and Anthon to ride their horses into the stores and of course a horse poops inside a boutique. Blame it on the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM horse cupcakes (which are allegedly a thing). Later the couple shares a romantic evening under the stars with an amazing view of LA behind them. Anthony talks about his childhood and feeling rich with love, which makes him want to be a great dad too. Rachel loves how brave Anthony was to ride a horse on Rodeo Drive for the first time and open up to her; he gets the date rose. A random quartet is up in the hills with them to serenade them for dancing and kissing. Classic Bachelorette.

Rachel's friends from last season stayed in town a little bit longer than the first episode so that they could help plan the final group date of the week: mud wrestling. The bar is full of rowdy women cheering to see the men get shirtless and wrastle, so it's basically what went down at Ellen but with physical fighting. While Kenny the professional wrestler was the assumed shoo-in for the battle, it's some rando named Bryce with that wins. But in a dance off, Kenny's gotta win because he reveals he used to be a Chippendale's dancer. Rachel asks her girls about who they like (Dean) and who are they not sure about (Eric). Rachel gets to talk to Eric, who has been really insecure about their connection and it moving slow; Rachel reassures him of their connection. But where Eric gets really upset is the accusations by Bryce and Lee that maybe he's not here for Rachel. Eric ends up getting the group date rose and this might be the beginning of a new rivalry.

Come cocktail party/rose ceremony time though, it's time for the men to tattle. Iggy got yelled at by Eric, so he tells Rachel that Eric questioned if she was genuine. Lee hops along and tells Rachel about the yelling. Rachel talks to Eric and asks him straight up if he questions her being genuine, especially after she felt good after their group date talk. Rachel warns that she's on high alert but believes him for now. Eric returns to call a group meeting which starts as "focus on Rachel" and turns into "my name is in your mouth!" Oh boy, drama time... buuuut to be continued until next week.


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May 29, 2017

The Bachelorette: Husband Material and Puppy Love

5/29/2017 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 2

The first date card of the season is for a group date to find "husband material." Well Whaboom was invited, so that seems like a stretch. Rachel brings the guys out to the "Husband Material Challenge" obstacle course with a surprise: Bachelor fans/celebrity supercouple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are hosting! Ashton and Mila are so into being on this date, with Ashton insistent that none of the guys on this date will be Rachel's final pick. The obstacle course is pretty hilarious, having the change a poopy baby, vaccum while holding the baby, cleaning out clogged drains (and nearly drowning the baby dolls), and setting a table. Unfortunately, Whaboom Lucas wins and basically all he wants is a celeb to say his stupid catchphrase. Hard no from Ashton.

In terms of location, the night portion is so cool with this lounge surrounded by old video games, lawn chairs, etc. Actually, it might just be a prop wearhouse. But it's still cool. Rachel is surprised Lucas was so into winning the challenge, which included pushing Kenny out of the way to win, and even more shocked by the poem he wrote for her. But guys, Blake says from a previous "encounter" (AKA another reality show they were both on) he knows Lucas is fake and not here for the right reasons. Not to mention, Blake's roommate used to date him. Rachel's pretty bored by the convos with her guys which is showing zero luck for romantic prospects. Thankfully, things turn around with Dean who infamously said "Once you go black you never go back." Rachel's disappointed she didn't get to say that first, but her convo with Dean is natural and fun amongst a night of duds. She also hits it off with wrestler/single dad Kenny. Rachel gives the group date rose to Dean, who offers to walk her to her car and then ends the night with a romantic kiss. So the group date wasn't a total flop!

Peter gets the first 1-on-1 date card but he's not alone with Rachel: Copper the dog is joining! The trio board a private jet to Palm Springs and drive to Barkfest, with the most adorable doggos ever having a great time. Rachel and Peter hit it off, and most importantly Copper likes him. After Barkfest, it's off to a private dinner complete with a dog bed for Copper. He might be the first in existence to eat on a Bachelorette date. Rachel asks what Peter's parents think about him going on this show and they're so supportive. They also discuss a common trait they share: gap teeth. Also seeking therapy to help with their relationship problems and questions. Rachel is so excited to feel romance and an amazing connection with someone. Rachel gives Peter the date rose and they share a kiss, then head outside to watch fireworks just for them (with more kissing). No idea if Copper was a fan of the fireworks.

Rachel brings in NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar to put the men through some basketball drills and training. But training isn't great TV (except when DeMario dunked on Rachel) so the guys are split into two teams to compete in front of a crowd. And they're horrible. Like really bad. But there's teamwork! And Chris Harrison randomly appears to be the game's announcer. After the game, fans come up to get pictures and talk to Rachel, but there's a lingerer named Lexi who has some important news. Turns out DeMario, who Rachel is totally smitten with, is this girl's boyfriend. No breakup; just ghosted and went on national television to date Rachel. Rachel is shocked because DeMario's a guy she's pretty been pretty into. DeMario's jaw is dropped as Lexi goes off on him and he tries to defend himself. There's questions of if keys were returned, when contact ended... it's a mess. Rachel isn't buying DeMario's side of the story and the text messages only a bigger grave. Rachel isn't here to be made a fool of and dumps DeMario on the spot.

Despite a rough day on the courts, the group date persists on for cocktails. Rachel worries that there are more guys with bad intention there but the guys step up to show they care for her. This group date has far better conversations than the husband material date. Josiah comforts Rachel and they share a kiss, but Alex makes Rachel crack up with some awkward singing. Eric gets a smooch in too. It's Josiah that gets the group date rose after the deep conversation they shared. And that's what we call a slam dunk ending.

Fast forward to the next night where Rachel wears a gorgeous black gown with gold trim to the cocktail party. First impression rose Bryan didn't have a date but grabs time with Rachel right away to kiss, catch up, and give her a relaxing message. But there's not much time to relax when a guy shows up at the front gate hoping to talk to Rachel: it's DeMario! He wants to apologize so Chris Harrison is off to relay the message. A curious Rachel heads to the front gates but we'll have to wait until next week to hear the conversation.

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