I’m starting a weekly blog series called the Tuesday Walk of Shame. In it I’m going to take a look at the newest episode of The Bachelorette (or the Bachelor when it is on again) and discuss. I’ll tell you what I loved. I’ll tell you what I hated. And most importantly, I’ll tell you what I would have done differently.
Vote Kris for a decidedly different Bachelorette.
Because socially anxious, kinda bitchy, hopelessly un-romantic nerds deserve love too.
Drama. Drama. We had a bit of heat on last night’s episode and it definitely lit the spark for some heated online discussions. But before we delve into that excitement let’s look at what else happened:
– Could there have been anymore Bachelor clichés packed into this episode? Sporting competitions, rappelling, and “private” concerts with an unknown artist…Classic.
– Trains are awesome. Dylan is not awful but not spectacular. He just is.
– The WNBA chicks seemed really fun…but I would never choose basketball as my season’s sport of choice. I would be all about the dodgeball! I know Des beat me to it, however…and I don’t want to brag but…I was once a dodgeball All Star. My university residence had an extremely elaborately structured & immaculately run dodgeball league. In my time there I learned that I can kick-ass on the court. I’d pit those guys up against a group of my friends and watch them fall…Mwahahaha! I have some male friends with terrifying throws. That being said, I think I could assemble a team of ladies that could still easily take my contestants down. Instead of the winning team getting to spend time with the Bachelorette, all of the guys would be on one team and if they lost no one would get any time with me. Either a night of men doting over me or some quality alone time…seems like a win-win to me!
– How awkward is Brian!? Goodness I love awkward men.
– I enjoyed the rappelling date. At first I was like, “Why did she set this date up if she was that scared?” Then I was all, “Marcus stop telling her to look at you instead of down when you are down from her.” But then he coaxed her into moving and distract her with the “She’s nicer than me” convo about her mom and I started to get it. By the time they were having that wonderfully real moment of exhilarated celebration on he ground I was 100% behind this date choice.
– “Should we kiss?” Oh Marcus, trying to get her to kiss you in front of the other guys.
Now I have tried to look at the Andi-Eric ‘argument’ from both sides and I think it comes down to lack of connection & poor phrasing. You might not agree with me but this is my blog so I’ll say what I want. Just kidding…let me know your thoughts in the comments!
I see where Eric is coming from. He and Andi lack the spark she has with other guys so they haven’t reached the same level of comfort and ease. They still seem to be forcing things in an attempt to feel romantic. The situation wasn’t working and Eric knew it…and that’s what he should have said. I think things came out more accusatory than they were meant to.
On Andi’s side, she is perfectly allowed to be upset by someone calling her fake…she could have handled it a bit better though. There was no need to go lecture the other men or become quite so emotional. She could have saved the tears for after the cocktail party. But this is coming from an emotional wasteland (being me of course). Plus the Producers probably encourage dramatic outbursts. Maybe she gets a bonus if she has enough of them? I don’t know how the show’s contracts work.
In my head the problem isn’t that Andi has a “poker face” on sometimes, it’s that she’s not owning it. This show is so manufactured that I can imagine it being impossible to be real & natural all the time. I would show up on that first night and lay down the law:
- I will be awkward; push through it.
- I will be guarded; try to get around it.
- My heart is frozen; just chip away at it.
- There will be no touching until I touch you.
Boom! Done. No one can call me out on my stand-off-ish-ness. Andi is not little miss perky social butterfly. She needs to own her pensive, introverted side. It’s part of her and you can bet I would be letting those Men know it’s a part of me. How else will I get my ‘curl up in a corner with tea & a book while no one talks to me’ time?
There’s no episode next week but I’ll be Walk of Shaming again in 2 weeks 😉 See below for my new Definitive Ranking.
Love & Luck,
Here is my Post-E04 Definitive Ranking:
1. Chris Harrison – Always #1 in my heart.
2. Marcus – Still holding strong at the top. His one-on-one was a date I could actually bear being on.
3. JJ – I love how you can always spot him when the guys all stand up…nice pants JJ. LOL
4. Chris – We saw very little of him this week again. For the record, I’m choosing to believe the Secret Admirer letter was from him for no reason excel tI like thinking about him. Not sure if that counts for or against him in my books.
5. Marquel – His style is so fun. And he thinks of unique things to do in their quality time. I’m worried he’s getting friend zoned though.
6. Brian – Bonus Points for awkwardness. We’d be hilariously trying to send each other signals that the other was completely oblivious to…that’d make good tv, right? (Up 6)
7. Nick V. – Meh. (Down 1)
8. Dylan – Double Meh. (Down 1)
9. Josh M. – Perhaps I’ll warm up to him when he has a one-on-one? (Down 1)
10. Cody (Down 1)
11. Andrew (Down 1)
12. Patrick – Did we even see him this episode?