Hi lovelies, Happy Tuesday. I am back with a recap of last night’s episode of the Bachelorette. Last week it became apparent that this season of the bachelorette had two villains: Luke P and Cam. This week she gives one a stern talking to and sends the other one packing after he gets vulnerable.
Jonathan, Matteo, John Paul Jones, Jed, Tyler C, and Cam got the first group date. Hannah wants the guys to learn about what women go through during pregnancy, childbirth, so she enlists actor couple Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen to help her.
“Most men know how much fun it is to make babies. The men get quizzed on female anatomy and (shockingly) they aren’t that well versed! They wear pregnancy bellies, practice diaper changes and comfort baby dolls. The guys also wear clothespins to simulate breastfeeding pain but it is just an excuse to see the guys shirtless. Which I am not complaining about. The best part about the group date was the labour simulator and all the men got a chance to experience “childbirth” John Paul Jones screams, Tyler C tries to look sexy but fails to play it cool, and Jed succeeds in connecting with Hannah. Tyler C still makes a case for himself in the competition, He tells Hannah, “Today made me want to call my mama and tell her I love her” and that “women really do run this world” and deserve respect. At least someone learnt something today! Mike, however, wins the group date rose. He opens up to Hannah about his ex got pregnant and that he was ready to start a family. She lost the baby during her second trimester. “Quite honestly you give me hope,” he tells her. Hannah appreciates that he showed her a different way to be bold. We also learn on this date that Cam will indeed “always be Cam”. He wouldn’t stop interrupting Hannah and Mike’s date, and each time grew more and more painful. Cam ultimately talks to Hannah and tells her that he had to resign from his job to be on the show which OK yes but how is that her problem? Jonathan awkwardly forces Cam out of there. (Like physically) Cam later confides in John Paul Jones that Johnathan was an overpowering and insecure chihuahua. Connor C snags the week’s one on one date after not going out at all with Hannah last week. But before anything can even happen, she cancels on him. She says she is not feeling 100% but invites him to her hotel suite to keep her company. “Why? We don’t receive too many details. She headed to the emergency room after she woke up and basically passed out, and now she needs to rest. Connor S., forever the gentleman, goes to buy her flowers, soup and a card. Your man could never! Hannah leaves a sticky note on the door for him to come in and he finds her in bed. She tells him about her hospital trip and how they gave her fluids and she’s better. The two spend time kissing and cuddling, and Connor opens up to her about when his mother had a stroke when he was 13 years old. It taught him how strong his parents’ relationship was. He leaves without a rose (ugh) but decides to leave STICKY NOTES ALL OVER THE APARTMENT, including one that says “your beautiful smile.” We melted into a healthy pool of tears over here. She later finds them and learns they are all the things he loves about her: how pretty she looks without makeup, her beautiful eyes, etc. Marry him now, Hannah, marry him now. He returns to the house but Hannah sends someone to come and get him, so she can give him a rose after all! They enjoy a private concert from singer Lukas Graham, who performs “Love Someone” while they dance. It’s eerily reminiscent of a one-on-one between Caelynn and Colton from last season, and we (sadly) know hIn a voiceover, Connor says he feels like he’s falling in love with her. Luke P., you hear that?
A snake, a pig and a Luke P., oh my!
We learn at this point that Tyler G. had to go home (though we aren’t told why). So much for that first pivotal one-on-one. The week’s other group date includes eight guys who will participate in a photo shoot, pairing up with models. Animal models, that is. For example, Joey gets a pig named Sally Sue and Grant spends some quality time with a snake. Hannah wants to hear about all the guys’ pets, and says that tells you a lot about a man. What else can tell you a lot about a man? Spying on them! Demi returns to help Hannah monitor what these guys are like when Hannah’s not around. She sets up cameras everywhere and hires actors to play an animal handler and make-up artist who have been instructed to flirt. It’s boring; all the men pass muster. But Luke P. becomes noticeably jealous over the course of the date. Hannah says it’s annoying when Luke P. tries to flaunt their connection in front of the guys. Hannah talks about it with him and says that his confidence is irritating her. “I like confidence, but it’s, like, cocky in a way,” she says. “I don’t like that at all.” It seems like he gets it in front of Hannah, but doesn’t later. He can’t understand her seeing him that way and wants to move on like the conversation never happened. Wow. Luke P. pulls a Cam and starts interrupting dates, and even admits he’s had thoughts about leaving that night because he can’t handle the dating situation on the show.
The rose goes to Peter after he and Hannah bond more. Peter tells the story of how his parents met: His flight attendant mom (a Miss Illinois pageant queen) met his father, a pilot, on a flight. He walked past her and after seeing his butt, she told a friend that was the guy she was going to marry. Cute? Cute. Both Hannah and Peter can’t stop smiling. They later make out against the wall and he lifts her up. “That was the smoothest takeoff I’ve ever had and this is gonna be the greatest flight of my life.” A little cute.
A tailgate party and a Cam-bake
Hannah opts for a tailgate instead of a cocktail party, and it doesn’t take Cam long to let the other guys know he wants to turn it into a Cam-bake. Cam tells the group he needs to tell Hannah something serious tonight, that he hasn’t had an opportunity to mention yet, and it’s something that’s been a downfall in past serious relationships. He wants to pull Hannah aside first thing. Mike quickly shoots down the idea, though that doesn’t stop Cam from going for it anyway. He tells Hannah about surgeries he’s had, his grandmother dying and needing to re-home his 10-month-old puppy − “the full picture of who I am,” he says. Poor Hannah was just looking for a relaxing night. Mike later tells Hannah a version of what we see on screen regarding Cam; it’s unclear if Mike is exaggerating or if there’s footage that can back up his claims. He says that Cam told the group that he was going to tell Hannah a sad story to angle for the “pity rose” that would keep him on the show longer.
“I don’t give pity roses,” she says in an aside.
Hannah confronts Cam about it. “I would never compromise the integrity of what I’ve been through for a pity rose,” he tells her, but ultimately says he did think he was going home. With Hannah thinking Cam’s actions are “scheme-y” and “slimy,” things aren’t looking good for the first rose winner of the season.
Who goes home?
Jed, Tyler C., Dustin, Dylan, Grant, Luke P., Garrett, John Paul Jones, Matteo, Devin, Luke S. and Kevin all receive roses. A reminder: Peter, Mike and Connor S. received roses beforehand and Tyler G. already left.
Jonathan, Joey and Cam are out.
MY TOP FOUR MEN FROM EPISODE 3
Peter continues to hold down my top spot despite the leaps some other men are making. We got serious Group Date 1-on-1 time shown this week, where the conversation continued to flow easily. Peter revealed his mother was Miss Illinois and shared the cute story about how she and his father met, and the banter culminated with a killer makeout sesh (complete with Arie-esque against-the-wall action). It was about as picture perfect as 1-on-1 time gets, securing Peter the Group Date rose. It’s safe to say a 1-on-1 date card bearing Peter’s name is coming any week now.
CONNOR S, 24
Everything about Connor S. and Hannah together still feels very young and high school-ish, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying it—and enjoying it immensely. In fact, I caught myself grinning throughout his entire pajama-clad 1-on-1 date, it was so sweet. Their conversation feels very natural and effortless (Cam should be taking notes), and Connor S.’s adorable Post-It notes put Post-Its back on the dating map but in a good way. (Yes, that was a Sex and the City reference.) It’s hard to see Connor S. going anywhere anytime soon.
Jed’s time with Hannah landed early in the episode, but was memorable. I like that Hannah took note not only of Jed’s passion, but his pursuit of that passion; this observation says a lot about both of them. These two have terrific chemistry and I enjoyed the wish-making chicken nugget toss; Jed stating that they’d reveal their wishes to each other on his 1-on-1 date was a smooth, confident move. No way is Jed not in this season’s Final 4.
TYLER C, 25
I never thought I’d say this about a guy in his mid-20s, but Tyler C. is my crush of the season. He is quietly confident, a bit quirky, relaxed and funny. I’d argue his light banter with Hannah is the season’s best. His game is very smooth (but not disconcertingly smooth), and I LOVE that he took his 1-on-1 time to observe Hannah’s strength (instead of selling his own). Tyler C. being in my 4th spot has more to do with airtime than the fact that I think he’s behind the other men here, so here’s hoping we get a 1-on-1 soon.
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