August 22, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise: Paradise's Bartenders Save the Day

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Week 2 - Night 2

This week the men are in control at the Rose Ceremony, so the women hope to keep up their connections. Except new girls are here! 

Sarah from, you guessed it, Nick's season walks down in her floral romper and hugs the Nick reject squad. The girls want Sarah to date Ben, but he won't STFU about his dog. Sarah invites Adam on her date after Raven says she's cool with it, but really Raven is far from OK. Sarah and Adam go on the usual Paradise date of drinking margaritas and dancing. It's a great time which makes Adam more torn about who will receive his rose.

Lacey gets a date card but wants a romantic date, not a trip to the friend zone. After asking basically everyone, she settles on Diggy, the guy who like one day ago kissed her so maybe she should've followed that thought sooner. This date is presented by Jorge's Tourges, the travel venture of the show's former bartender. Teased on the date card as a visit to the "most romantic place," the trio go on a horseback riding adventure ending at the very beach where Jorge was conceived. Add this to my bucket list travel destinations. It's a successful romantic date that all comes crashing down quickly when Dominique from, let's say it together say it all together, Nick's season arrives. Her sights were set on Diggy and her friend Taylor confirms they'd be a good match. Diggy heads off for his second date of the day, which might just be a different area of the hotel they're staying at, admitting to Dom that he didn't really connect with Lacey. Diggy and Dominique definitely connect, making their way for romantic hot tub time. Lacey is not pleased and in tears, partially blaming Taylor for playing matchmaker. Love is fleeting in Paradise.

Danielle M isn't really feeling anyone in Paradise except for Wells the Bartender, but he's here to sling the drinks not chug them and aimlessly hook up. Turns out, they went on a date four years ago but chose to remain friends. Given that her love prospects are a flop and she got an amazing opportunity to do charity work in Africa, Danielle M chooses to leave Paradise. Everyone is disappointed to see Danielle M leave, especially someone who came to Mexico to find love. Before she leaves, Danielle heads over to the bar to say goodbye to Wells. Wells takes a break and walks Danielle out, and gives her a big ol' kiss. It's like a movie! Or a reality show. Could love have been lingering in Paradise for Danielle all along? We'll have to wait and see in a non-reality show setting, I suppose.

The last hour of the episode is a Demario/Corinne special, allowing some of the cast and both sides to speak about what went down that day that ended up shutting down production. And because this show truly is tone deaf, in the middle of this very special episode to address a serious subject, they bring newlyweds Evan and Carly out to have a sonogram on stage. I can't even.

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August 21, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise: Highs and D-Lo's

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Week 2 - Night 1

The women are dying for attention since the guys have turned Paradise into a frat party bro down. In comes Adam and he's ready to date, inviting Raven to join him for margaritas at a local restaurant. Raven explains her high hopes coming to Paradise, unsure of her options of Ben Z and Adam. Meanwhile, Adam did initially express some interest in Kristina but she declined due to her connection with Dean. Problem is, Dean is being real cagey and it's frustrating Kristina.

The Rose Ceremony is actually finally going to happen, but there's the cocktail party first for some last minute connecting/campaigning. Raven's totally torn between dog lover Ben and Adam, who gets a pre-Rose Ceremony kiss. Sweaty Robbie decides to pursue Amanda, but she declines his invitation for a kiss. Alex thought he was a shoo-in for Amanda's rose before, but not desperately seeking out someone to give him a rose. Lacey was really down at the beginning of the episode, but a smooch sesh with Diggy seems to turn her spirits around. While their road was a little rocky, it sees Jasmine and Matt are back on track. Dean requests from Kristina that they slow down, allowing her to make a Rose Ceremony decision and pursue more options.

Chris Harrison comes out to remind everyone the goal of Bachelor in Paradise is love and no one audibly laughs in his face. The women are handing out the roses and here's the breakdown: Taylor/Derek, Jasmine/Matt, Raven/Adam, Alexis/Jack Stone, Lacey/Diggy, Danielle/Ben, Kristina/Dean, Amanda/Robbie. Leaving Paradise are Iggy, Alex, St. Nick, and Vinny.

Danielle L aka D-Lo is the first new girl to enter the scene and the guys are all like ow-oooooo-ga! Kristina's simmers with rage when Dean accepts D-Lo's date invitation to ride ATVs while wearing extremely ripped jeans. Kristina wonders where the Dean who came with her to Kentucky went. Well currently, kissing D-Lo at a scenic overlook. Dean and Kristina talk about his date, admitting they kissed. But both admit they missed each other during the day, glad they can be open and honest with each other. Just when things seem peachy keen with them, Dean gets up and surprises D-Lo a half birthday cake. Aw hell no. Kristina walks off the beach to her bed in tears.

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August 15, 2017

Bachelor In Paradise: Happily Evan After

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Week 1 - Night 2

While Bachelor in Paradise's production was shut down, the show sort of went on. Evan and Carly, who met on the show last summer, are getting married and of course the cameras are there to capture it all in front of their friends, family, and Bachelor franchise alums. These two quirky goofballs are adorable and what we all need, not to mention a reminder that Bachelor in Paradise has produced the same number of marriages as The Bachelor itself and likely to overtake it soon. Not only are they married by Chris Harrison, but they are married by the shaman that was part of their date last year. It's delightful and I'm so happy for these two.

Production resumes on Bachelor in Paradise and of the cast has returned, sans Corinne and Demario. Chris Harrison corrals the gang for a pow wow and discussion of what went down. Apparently, an outside firm was hired to look at all video footage and interview the cast and staff to determine if anything inappropriate occurred. The cast is adamant that producers don't force them to do or say anything, particularly forcing them to drink alcohol. They feel bad about the awful things the public said about Demario and Corinne, especially an unfair depiction of Demario. The cast also admits they think race played a part in this, concerned about the long-term implications for Demario from this scandal. The cast also didn't like the "slut shaming" of Corinne. Consent is discussed, also when alcohol is involved. Chris Harrison asks the cast if they want to be here and it's a unanimous yes. So the show goes on.

The Rose Ceremony that was supposed to happen before is going to finally happen (but not tonight). The cast splits into a group of guys and girls to rehash who they have/haven't connected with as either audience exposition or a claiming process. Even outside of filming, Derek/Taylor and Dean/Christina continued talking and connecting. Derek and Taylor get a date card and their relationship only grows stronger on their dinner among the candles. Christina wants to solidify her and Dean before others start to join the cast, but he's also putting up a wall between them (metaphorically of course). Jasmine and Matt are good-ish, but Jasmine is more interested in them being an official couple and Matt's more open to pursuing options. And then other connections fizzled fast, particular Alex and Amanda who were over before it even got screentime but he's not taking the hint, despite people telling him talk to someone else. Amanda stresses that she'd only be giving him a friendship rose. Lacey left Paradise due to a death but the production halt lets her return, and she's having a hard time finding a connection. By the end of the episode, everyone's crying. But we won't know any choices this week because, shocker, no Rose Ceremony again!

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August 14, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise: Hello Paradise, Farewell Jorge

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Week 1

Are you ready for the most awkward season of Bachelor in Paradise? A shoeless Chris Harrison tries to explain this is meant to be summer fun and to find love (ehh), but there was the major scandal that happened and they're going to address it.

The cast of mostly Rachel, JoJo, and Nick's rejects assemble and sip drinks by my beloved Jorge the Bartender. True to form, Alexis the dolphin lover arrives in her shark costume and ready to celebrate. Demario arrives hoping for a new beginning of being on reality TV without a girlfriend, so he has to make inroads with the girls upset about his experience with their friend Rachel. Corinne arrives with champagne in hand and her season rival shows up too, which seems to round of the Rejected by Nick Posse. Amanda Stanton is all about returns, both to Paradise and giving the show back her engagement ring.

Before the dates begin, we are faced with a Paradise break-up: Jorge is leaving to run his business Jorge's Tour-ges, and no long will be bartender. Instead of hiring a real bartender, they bring in Wells from JoJo's season to take his place. Jorge, you will be missed.

Love, or probably lust, is already in the air of the Playa Escondida. Everyone has their eyes on Dean, but he hits it off  Christina. They bond over their complex family dynamics and attend the first date of the summer, chatting and dancing to mariachi music. This makes Danielle M disappointed, receiving a pep talk from bartender hottie Wells and eventually talking to Jack Stone. Demario and Corinne get very flirty on day one, but he also has interest in Alexis. Jasmine is smooched by "St" Nick and his Santa beard, but his drunken antics push her away into the arms of Matt. Matt loosens up a bit on his date when they dress him up and have him perform in a drag show. Taylor wants a guy who can build a fire, and Derek flips houses and can put logs on a fire so that's good enough. Iggy's romance with Lacey is short-lived after she needs to depart Paradise due to death in the family. Raven gets invited on a Ski-Doo date by day two arrival Robbie, JoJo's runner-up in the mintiest green shirt he could find and dragging a suitcase full of swimsuits. Raven isn't feeling him and laughs about him talking about being an "influencer" on the date. This is good news for Ben Z who likes Raven, though a fraction of the like he has for his dog.

The first Rose Ceremony arrives and the eight women have the power and four dudes are about to be eliminated. Derek and Taylor's relationship heats up with a kiss. Ben Z stops talking about his dog for a few moments to kiss Raven. The night seems to be going well and then a Producer pulls aside Corinne, then Demario. The crew puts down the cameras and production is halted. Not shocked they used this as a cliffhanger.

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August 7, 2017

The Bachelorette: Rachel Finds Her Forever

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Week 10 - Finale

Before kicking off the three hour finale, Chris Harrison brings Rachel out at the live audience viewing and gets to give commentary.

Last time we saw Rachel and Peter, they were at an emotional standstill over Rachel wanting a proposal and Peter unsure he's ready for that big step. Rachel says her feelings for Peter are very deep, hence her emotional reaction. Peter hopes this whole proposal thing isn't what holds them back. Rachel and Peter accept the Fantasy Suite key as an important time to talk out their issues while sitting on a janky daybed. But they awake all smiles and popping out of dual windows and making breakfast together. Rachel feels their alone time helped their relationship but is also worried about this potential no-proposal thing. I'll tell you that I'm just tired hearing about it, so it must be exhausting living it.

Bryan and Rachel meet up for the last Fantasy Suite date where they explore vineyards again, but this time on horses so it's totally different. Rachel's trying to pay attention to Bryan and the gorgeous scenic overlook, but she's got Peter on the brain and Bryan can tell she's distracted. At dinner, Bryan calls out the weird vibe and asks how she's feeling about everything. Rachel apologizes for her distraction taking away from their time together. They accept the Fantasy Suite card for a hotel room that's attempting to be modern but kinda reminds me of 90's "modern" style. Cue some passionate kissing and Bryan getting up to shut the door that already has a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the handle.

It's time for the last official group Rose Ceremony and Rachel's got a lot of her mind to eliminate someone at this stage, the same place she was eliminated in Nick's season. Rachel says she wants a proposal not a boyfriend, so that's one for heavy hint to Peter... then the Rose Ceremony begins. Rachel gives the first rose to Bryan and then has to make a difficult choice. Eric has said "I love you" but Rachel is concerned he's not ready; Peter seems ready but still hasn't said "I love you." And so Rachel gives her rose to Peter and eliminates wonderful Eric. Eric looks gobsmacked and heartbroken, but he thanks her for being open and making him better. He says he'll always love her and Rachel for the first time wonders if she made a mistake.

In a total break from standard finale format, Eric is brought out onstage to talk to Rachel right after their breakup aired. Yes people, we've been duped in watching After the Final Rose in a slow painful way! It's the first time Rachel and Eric have seen each other since May and in that time Eric has grown a very handsome beard. Eric was surprised to be dumped after she said she was falling in love with him, which sounds just like Dean's story. Rachel did feel love for Eric, but the feelings with the other two men were stronger. Eric was ready to propose to Rachel, and while it didn't work out for them, it's allowed him to grow up and be ready to let love happen to him again. 

Rachel has her last dates which each of the two men. First up is Bryan, where they smooch high in the clouds on a hot air balloon. Later Rachel confides that him being constant this whole time scares her a bit, used to being a fixer. He insists it'd be a mistake if she didn't pick him and he'd be devastated. For his craft project gift of love, Bryan gifts Rachel with a Spanish language dictionary with a cheat card at the beginning with important phrases to know and I admit, good gift. 

Going into her final date with Peter, Rachel is still concerned that she's going into the finale with a guy unsure about proposing. But when they're together, she forgets that stuff and is in the moment of romance (while exploring/being lectured in a monastery). Once the monk stops talking, it's back to them discussing their commitment problem. Peter admits he's in love but it's new a recent, and he's not sure he can ask Rachel to marry him tomorrow... but he's not ready to stop being with her. Rachel can't understand why he talks about and fantasizes their future, but can't fact that reality in this moment. Rachel fears her past will repeat itself and won't lead to the marriage and family she wants. But when Peter asks if she wants to spend the rest of her life with him, she says "I can't answer that question." Peter thinks Rachel is his right person, but this isn't the right time - he's willing to propose if it means not losing her. This conversation goes on and on and it's painful to watch. They depart by exchanging "I love yous" and more discussion of the pressure of this whole process. 

So apparently that night at the hotel was the last time Rachel and Peter saw each other. Never officially breaking up, but broken up. It's super awkward and Rachel explains again that he was all talk about the future, but no action of those plans (AKA proposal). Peter couldn't understand what was wrong with him to not get to that point faster, however wishes he could've been less in his head. But Rachel said there were other flags besides the proposal that caused issues. Peter apologizes for saying she would be settling if she didn't pick him. "Frustration" is the big word of this segment. Peter says there are still feelings but he wouldn't change how that night went (including not cleaning up Rachel's cried-off eyelashes on the floor). Rachel basically says this show wasn't for him. He wishes her nothing but the best and she wishes the same.

Oh hey, remember Bryan? Let's go back to the big proposal day. Neil Lane visits Bryan to pick out a ring, which is a hot second of air time before showing off a pear-cut halo ring as his choice. Rachel is still reeling a bit from the Peter breakup, while also pondering if what he said was right: is she rushing into a proposal? Bryan arrives and says his first night words to Rachel, standing there shimmering in silver as the wind loudly hits the mics. Bryan gives his passionate speech about all his love for Rachel, and she talks about trying to find the cracks in his "perfect" facade but it challenged her and says she sees her forever when she looks at him. She squeals in delight at the proposal and says yes. And of course Bryan, recipient of the first rose, also accepts the last rose of the season. They loudly kiss again.

Rachel and Bryan are reunited onstage and Bryan proposes again. Rachel is so happy to be able to be open about their love and I'm very happy for Rachel. Listen, I'm no Bryan fan but I typically dislike all the choices on The Bachelorette. Check my track record! Hey editors, maybe start giving the winners better edits! But we all love Rachel and want her happy, so let's hope her seeing forever with Bryan pans out.

Thanks for reading my recaps another season and see you for Paradise!

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July 31, 2017

The Bachelorette: Rachel's Men Tell All

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Week 9 - Men Tell All

After filling 10 minutes with a best of the Men Tell All segment, the men of Rachel's season are brought out to the stage. Whaboom vs. Lucas is briefly touched upon before moving on to Demario and his "side chick" back home (his words, not mine) and Iggy being a snitch. Dean gets called to the hot seat eventually, rocking a dapper purple camouflage dinner jacket. Dean is very appreciative that his father accepted to call to allow a hometown date and this also allowed him to address his repressed feelings. Dean genuinely felt like he was falling in love with Rachel, but now is ready to move on and to which he will/did in Mexico... ooooon Paradise!

The biggest drama of the season is Kenny and Lee, which impacted the vibe of the house and the experience of dating Rachel. Kenny felt their beef was never racial, just that Lee was "a dude out of his league." Kenny didn't appreciate Lee's putdowns or being labelled as aggressive since he's a father and wouldn't want do anything on this show that would shame his daughter. Kenny's daughter is very proud and joins him on stage, then gets very excited at the birthday surprise to send Kenny and his daughter to Disneyland. Lee admits he lied about being pulled from the van and apologizes for not being a better man. Lee goes on about seeing how he needs to change, especially when the men call out Lee being delighted about instigating conflict. Dean calls out Lee for never apologizing previously on social media before and saving it for this show. But Chris Harrison puts Lee the most on blast, sharing his sexist and racist tweets, to which Lee pulls the "I have a lot to learn" line again. Josiah runs up to join Lee and ask why he would be on The Bachelorette with a black lead when he had so many derogatory comments. Lee says he hates racism but the guys don't understand why he never apologized for his tweets, which he eventually does apologize for after a looooot of discussion. Lee admits needing to learn and the guys offer to help, wrapping in a Kenny/Lee hug.

Rachel is brought out to discuss her experience and face the questions of the men. Dean asks why Rachel would say she's falling in love with him then boot him days later. Rachel admits it's truly how she felt at the time. Rachel laughs about the Demario situation and that lying is a dealbreaker which is why he had to go. Rachel appreciates that race wasn't an issue while she was filming the season despite her status as the first African American Bachelorette. She admits being disappointed in Kenny letting the Lee drama overtake their potential connection. As for Lee, she hopes watching the show made him learn and if not she'll school him backstage. The unknown entities aka Adam and Matt weren't dragged by accident, they were victims of editing and Rachel hopes another woman will see how great they are. Frederick feels he never was given a fair chance because of knowing each other as kids but still respects her. And with that cathartic release, it's time for BLOOPERS!!

The Men Tell All ends with a recap of Rachel's final three with no sneak peek - lame! Who are you hoping will win? For me: anyone but Bryan.

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July 24, 2017

The Bachelorette: Family, Feelings, and 1 Fantasy Suite

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Week 8

Before the final three can get to Fantasy Suites AKA the Bone Zone, they must face the biggest challenge yet: Rachel's family. But Rachel's dad the judge isn't there so that's a slightly less imposing force. 

Peter's up first and before meeting the family, he takes a big leap forward: the tells Rachel he's falling in love her and she says she's falling in love with him too! I'm excited because I love Peter. He meets the family and is very honest with his feelings, good and bad, but there's still a little bit of worry he might not be ready for a proposal. Rachel takes Eric up to Reunion Tower for a nice view of Dallas and he confides he's nervous due to limited experience meeting girlfriends' families. When Eric reveals he hadn't brought a girl home until Rachel and has never been in love, but Eric turns this red flag into a moment of sincerity and openness to love. And then there's Bryan. He gets a bonus of getting to meet her friends for brunch, where Rachel confesses his charm came off douchebaggy at first. Only at first? While brunch was a success, the family visit isn't a homerun. There's a sense he's a charmer with all the answers and none of the sincerity. Rachel doesn't love the energy her family is putting out and chastises them for not embracing him the way they did Peter and Eric. Hearing "love" this quickly throws mom off and Rachel defends her feelings.

With meeting the family behind them, Rachel and her final three depart Dallas and make their way to "the northern region" of Spain for the overnight dates.

Rachel and Eric soar over La Rioja, Spain in a helicopter, the ways true Bachelorette franchise ballers travel. They get off the helicopter to sip champagne and chat with an extraordinary view and then ring a bell to make a wish. Onto the romantic night portion of the date of sipping red wine and staying bundled up in their pea coats because it's cold. Eric is super vulnerable at this date, talking about how Rachel pushes him and nothing else matters without her. Eric tells Rachel he's in love with her, the first time he's ever said it and it's such a genuine moment of happiness. Rachel is so relieved to finally know how Eric fully feels. Rachel and Eric accept the Fantasy Suite key and walk to the hotel that's conveniently like 100 feet away for a night of champagne and off-camera romance... until the morning after pajama shot.

Date #2 sends Rachel and Peter off to a vineyard to be serenaded by a winemaker in Spanish and not know the majority of what he's singing. Buy, hey, free wine locker just for these two! Rachel and Peter recap meeting her family, and explains that he didn't ask for a marriage blessing but a dating blessing. They're interrupted by a little girl who ends up coercing them to stop this conversation and instead squish grapes with their feet. But back to the important conversation but skip ahead hours later to the night portion of the date. Peter has Rachel sign their wine cork from the day as part of a family tradition, then it's onto the deeper stuff. Rachel didn't come on this show to find a boyfriend and doesn't think the proposal isn't this 100% we're married right away thing. Peter's belief of engagement is marriage, hoping to only propose to one woman ever and marry her. "Somebody's gotta bend," Rachel says about if they're together at the end of this. They're both not sure what to say or do at this point, leaving Rachel speechless and teary-eyed. Could Peter and Rachel officially be over? Well find out next week!

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July 17, 2017

The Bachelorette: Rachel Meets the Families

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Week 7

Rachel heads to her first hometown date with Eric in Baltimore, Maryland. They shoot some hoops, get a visit from Eric's friend/wingman, and hear more about Eric's tough life growing up in his old neighborhood. The family visit is big for Rachel, but maybe even bigger for Eric who has never brought a girl home to meet them. His family is so welcoming and excited, but not afraid to ask the real questions about race and her role as The Bachelorette. Eric has the ability to talk and mend fences with his parents about their past, but talks about how he's ready to find love with Rachel. Rachel loves how Eric challenges her and they get through it together. Around the table, Eric makes a wonderful toast about his family making him the man he is today. Eric tells Rachel how strong his feelings are and is close to saying "I love you" without it being the exact phrase.

It's off to Miami for a date with Bryan, complete with a rip-off of the Miami Vice theme song. Bryan and Rachel play a quick round of dominoes for a hot second, then head off take in some snacks and dancing. Bryan gives Rachel the lowdown of everyone he'll be meeting and gives the warning about his mom being protective of him. Rachel's a little nervous to meet his mom given her involvement in the dissolving of Bryan's last relationship. When Bryan says "I know she's the one," mom makes a very odd facial expression and urges him not to rush. Rachel tells Bryan's mom how she loves his confidence, openness, and how wonderful he treats her. It all goes well with mom and the family, and even better with Bryan who tells Rachel he's in love with her. 

Rachel meets up with Peter in Madison, Wisconsin and both are wearing gray to complement Peter's salt and pepper hair (I can only assume). They wander a farmer's market to pick out flowers and eat some treats before meeting up with Peter's friends at a bar. Peter takes the guys aside to level with them about how he's scared about three weeks from now he's supposed to propose. This is a running theme with Peter, who talks to his mom about this and Rachel expresses this as her main concern. Peter's mom thinks he's ready for a commitment but maybe not a proposal and Rachel's not super pleased to hear this. Peter tells Rachel he's very hopeful and happy, as is Rachel... but she's still nervous the amount of time for this process might not be enough.

The hometown dates conclude with riding four-wheelers with Dean in Aspen, Colorado. Dean explains to Rachel that he'll meet his siblings as well as his dad, a converted Sikh yogi who he hasn't spoke to in two years. Dean is terrified about this but Rachel tries to soothe his nerves. Inside, there's some gong meditation and a tribute to Dean's mother, who passed when he was fifteen. But overall Dean is still very uncomfortable and has time alone to talk with his dad and confront their issues. Rachel tries to talk to Dean's dad but he's a bit thrown off by the evening and doesn't want to proceed with the night, but invites her back if they continue their relationship. Rachel heads inside to talk to Dean who has had an overwhelming night but tells Rachel he's falling in love with her.

With four hometowns complete and only three roses available, Rachel talks to Chris Harrison who offers up deep conversation like "What was his family like?" You're getting rusty, Harrison. It's time for Rachel to make her decision and convenes the Rose Ceremony. Unfortunately, it is Dean who does not receive a rose. They say their goodbyes and part cordially, though Dean is upset he said he was falling in love and Rachel sort of said the same back.

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July 10, 2017

The Bachelorette: Swissed and Dismissed

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Week 6

It's off to Geneva, Switzerland this week with Rachel's finale six, though of four of them you have any vested interest in (unless you like terrifying doll likenesses). This week there's no Rose Ceremony and instead roses on the 1-on-1 dates and the group date.

Surprise, surprise: the first 1-on-1 date is with Bryan who is clearly the frontrunner of the season. Rachel and Bryan embrace the luxury lifestyle of Switzerland, cruising in a Bentley, making out on a boat, and buying fancy watches...on ABC's budget. They continue to connect and by that I mean talk and makeout in various scenic locations, leading to the usual romantic dinner. Since family visits are next week, Rachel wants to get a better sense of Bryan's background and life growing up. Also, Bryan reveals his last relationship was passionate but it ended because his girlfriend and mom didn't hit it off - which is a bit intimidating for next week. It comes as no surprise that Bryan gets the date rose and the fancy empty theater they're "dining" and the night continues with more making out while violins appear in the theater boxes to serenade them.

Dean's date card asks him to put on his "Sunday best" to go to a French Catholic mass together which screeeeeeeeeeams romance. After church they walk around the quiet city and Dean looks visibly uncomfortable, dodging Rachel's more serious questions. In Dean's defense, favorite dinosaur is something you should ask on a first date. But Dean's awkwardness stems from the thought of bringing Rachel to his hometown into his awkward family situation. At dinner Rachel tells Dean she loves his fun side but needs to hear from the real side, so Dean opens up that his family visit is not going to be happy-go-lucky like all the rest of the guys. Dean's honesty and openness is exactly what Rachel likes and hopes she can meet whoever is the most important to Dean in his hometown, family or not. Rachel gives Dean the date rose and they head outside to "explore" (kiss with a view).

Rachel takes Peter in a helicopter to visit the Alps in the final 1-on-1 date of the week. Ditching one mode of transportation for another, the couple debarks the helicopter for a dog sled ride through the snow-capped mountains. Peter admits to Rachel that it's been hard to watch her date other guys and even pondered if it was worth staying, but he feels their connection is so strong. They ditch the parkas for formal wear and head to an estate for full-size glasses of wine and more conversation. Peter talks about the family members Rachel will get to meet and how close he is with his family and friends (and yes they'll love her). Rachel wonders if they'll be concerned she's Black (no) and then reveals a lot about his last break-up which didn't end well and he holds responsibility for it. But red flag time: Peter's honesty that if he's not 100% ready for marriage at the end of this experience he won't propose scares Rachel. She's a little scared of the risk but she's super into Peter, so he gets the date rose and then they kiss on a balcony.

The last date in Switzerland has three guys (Eric, Adam, Matt) and only one rose. The group hops on a boat and sail over to France for the day to chill at a fancy estate. Eric gets alone time first and talks about how he gets so happy around Rachel now after a rocky start. He suggests they toast for this to be hard but worth it. Next up is Matt who we've seen maybe for three minutes total before this episode and he's still holding on hope that there could he happiness together but he doesn't have any idea about his future invisible edit. Rachel begins to cry because she thinks they're so similar but other relationships have moved faster and she's going to have to let him go. Matt leaves Rachel and takes his champagne to go. Fast forward to the night portion of the date, which has transformed into a 2-on-1 with Eric and Adam, a guy who has had no air time but to complain about the word "difficult" and have a doll doppelganger. He asks if she thinks they could fall in love to which she says yes, and then he goes on a long ramble about how strong his feelings are and how when they're together he forgets everything else but her. Adam is so excited to bring her home to his family. Eric also can't wait to bring Rachel home to Baltimore and she'd be the first girl to meet his family, but shares more about the tough life he experienced which made him become a positive person. Rachel insists she's torn by the decision and in the moment perhaps but to the viewer it's no surprise when Eric, who actually has been on this show, gets the rose and Adam is eliminated.

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June 27, 2017

The Bachelorette: Dating in Denmark

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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

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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.

[All images credited to ABC]

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 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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