Bachelorette Blog - Better Late Than Never (Weeks 1-3)

The Bachelorette took a week off this week due to the NBA finals which left me with the perfect opportunity to catch up on blogging. The first episode of Rachel's season aired on May 22nd, and I gave birth to my son on May 21st. So, as you can imagine, the last three weeks have been hectic adjusting to life with a newborn and blogging was low on my totem pole so the Bachelorette Blog had to wait. With a few weeks as a new parent under my belt (and some handy dandy accessories - I'm currently wearing my son so I can use both hands to type), I think I can commence writing. Even if some weeks the posts are less timely than usual.

To be honest, I did not take diligent notes during these first few episodes but there are definitely a few things that stand out in the progression of Rachel's love journey.

First Impressions

Starting with our new Bachelorette, Rachel. I think Rachel is a great Bachelorette so far. She is fun and sassy, in it for the right reasons, seems to know what she wants and is very much no-nonsense. Great pick by the Bachelor producers on choosing her for this season.

Now for the guys. On the first night the guys that Rachel had the best interactions and chemistry with (in my opinion) were Peter, Eric and Kenny. Others of interest on that first night were Lucas (furthermore referred to as Waboom), Blake (who took an instant disliking to Waboom), and Fred who knows Rachel in the creepiest way (she was his camp counselor when he was a kid, gross).

Weeks 2 and 3 Dates

The first couple weeks gave us a few group dates and only two one-on-ones. The group dates during week 2 consisted of a husband obstacle challenge with Bachelor celebrity fans Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kuis, which was super fun. Somehow, Waboom won that challenge even though he almost drowned his doll baby and then spiked it like football. Clearly he is not the paternal type. The next group date was playing basketball at a local high school. DeMario was the star of that date, doing everything he could to win Rachel's attention. Unfortunately for him his "girlfriend" showed up. According to this woman, who by the way seems legitimately like a stalker rather than a girlfriend, he was dating her up until she saw him on After the Final Rose when Rachel was announced as Bachelorette. Rachel confronted DeMario and I was actually willing to give him a pass. I can't say I really believed the crazy woman, she seemed more like a fame seeker than he did. But he did a piss poor job of explaining the situation and Rachel don't got no time for that so she sent him packing. He tried to come back during the cocktail party to redeem himself but Rachel politely asked him to take a hike.

In week 3 we got a visit from Rachel's "girls", Raven, Jasmine, Corrine, and Alexis. Seriously, Rachel referenced them as "my girls" probably 30 times in the 20 minutes they were on the show. It got old, come up with another way to talk about your girlfriends, Rachel. During that date Raven asked a couple guys who Rachel should watch out for and they both said Eric. Here is some background on why. Eric was all up in his head questioning the situation he is and wondering whether Rachel was serious about him in particular. Unfortunately, he made it sound to the other guys that he was questioning Rachel's intentions in general and that rubbed them the wrong way. Also, he was kind of aggressive in the way he spoke to them during this encounter. He brought up how he was feeling to Rachel during their one-on-one time on the group date and she boosted his confidence in their relationship. However, since those other guys were still annoyed by him they told Raven he wasn't a good guy for Rachel. And Raven told her. Personally, I don't think Eric is a bad guy, but he is making it pretty easy for the others to target him as a one and potentially knock him out of the running. One of the main opposers of Eric is Lee. The more I see of Lee, the more I think he is a sociopath. I kind of despise him. That being said, Eric does have a temper and is clearly not afraid of confrontation. I like him when he's with Rachel but he needs to let go of the other guys talking shit about him because it's going to make him look crazy.

Aside from the Eric drama, the date took the men to a bar where they had to mud wrestle and everyone got their asses kicked by Kenny, who is a professional wrestler. Except the last guy (I can't remember his name right now) who pulled out all the stops to beat Kenny! The other group date was a trip to the Ellen show which was pretty funny. Alex revealed that he is the only one who has peed in the mansion pool, or at least the only one willing to admit it on national television.

As for the one-on-one dates, Peter got the first date and Anthony got the second. Both were typical Bachelorette dates, they were fun and Rachel seems to have a good connection with both (which is why they both got roses on the dates). I do think that Rachel has the best physical chemistry with Peter so far. I like him as a contender, even though I don't have any front runners just yet. I also like Dean and Kenny, and Alex is starting to grow on me. I think Eric will probably stick around despite the drama because Rachel seems genuinely excited about him.

Lastly, let's quickly talk about Blake vs. Waboom. I thought it was really weird that Blake was so distracted and upset by Waboom so quickly. Waboom was silly but all Blake had to do was wait it out. I mean, there was no way Rachel was going to choose Waboom in the end so it was only a matter of time. Instead, Blake chose to use his time on the show to talk shit about Waboom and so Waboom did the same thing. Except he flat out made stuff up, like the story about Blake standing over his bed at night provocatively eating a banana. WTF. It turns out Blake and Waboom live in the same town and have mutual acquaintances. So the dislike didn't come from nowhere and wasn't quite so sudden as we might think. Luckily, Rachel is smart and rejected them both. Upon leaving we got to witness the most immature exit ever where both men seemingly transformed into six year olds shouting "I know you are but what am I" at each other. Good riddance.

Oh also, Rachel let Fred go after he finally kissed her and she felt like she was kissing him as the little kid she knew at camp. I repeat, gross. So that's it for the first few weeks. If you can believe it we're almost half way through the season (as far as number of episodes)! I'll do my best to keep up. It's amazing how entire days get sucked away when you have a newborn and yet nothing seems to get done!

Until next time! 

Bachelor Blog: Finale, ATFR and all the Weirdness

Well, that was weird. Does anyone else think this season of The Bachelor was kind of disappointing? I had really high hopes for Nick. I seriously love this guy. He is funny and speaks his mind and I thought this would make for a great season. Plus, don’t we all genuinely want him to finally find love? I really hope he has and at the very least, he did not get rejected again. Let’s break it down.

Meeting the Family

Raven had already met Nick’s mom, dad, and sister, Bella, on the Wisconsin date so it she might have had an edge with the family. She definitely did with Bella. Overall, she made a great impression and as usual expressed herself very well and maturely.

Vanessa was up next and she had some more serious talks with the family. They all believed that she is truly in love with Nick, but worried that she might not be ready to get engaged at the end of all this.

All in all, I love Nick’s family. They are so sweet and I sincerely hope this is his last go at The Bachelor franchise because I don’t think they can handle another round.

Vanessa’s Final Date

Wow, Finland is definitely a great place to fall in love. It is so beautiful. And apparently, Santa lives there! After riding horses through the winter wonderland, Nick brought Vanessa to Santa’s house. Santa greeted them merrily and asked them what they were wishing for for Christmas. Then he gave them a special gift, a heart shaped wood burning of their faces with their Finish names and the symbols for love and fertility.

Afterward, Vanessa and Nick got back to the serious business of discussing their relationship as usual. I don’t blame Vanessa for having questions and apparently, she’d never watched a full season of this show before coming on so she was less prepared for the sharing her boyfriend with other women and felt like their journey toward love was less special because he had had feelings for other women while he courted her. I’ve generally liked Vanessa throughout the season but last night I became much less enchanted.

Raven’s Final Date

Remember back in Wisconsin when Raven and Nick went roller skating? Their love story came full circle last night when he took her ice skating! They always have a lot of fun together and as Raven says their relationship seems very effortless. Basically the exact opposite of Nick’s relationship with Vanessa which seems very effortful.

They had a great time, Nick said some really nice things to her and gave her solid confidence going into proposal day. She was very sure she’d be getting engaged to Nick.

The Break-Up

And then poor little Raven’s feet came out of the car first and we all knew for sure that she was about to get her heart broken. I have to say, I really did think Nick was going to choose Vanessa in the end but the last couple weeks I secretly hoped we were all wrong and that he’d end up with Raven. It was very sad watching him break up with her and he took it very hard because he’s been in her exact position twice before. Raven handled it very maturely, but I wouldn’t expect any less from her. She’s proven to be a class act this season.

The Proposal

The moment of truth. Nick was ready to propose to Vanessa but would she accept? I’m sure she had an inkling when she walked through the door because he grabbed her into a hug and started kissing her. Usually, the girl goes first and give her last pitch/profession of love but instead Nick jumped in and started to tell her when he first started to fall in love with her and how he was so happy he didn’t have to try to fight it or hide it anymore.

Vanessa reciprocated and then Nick got down on one knee (he finally made it to the knee without getting stopped in his tracks) and popped the question. Vanessa broke down while he was asking and emphatically accepted. And they seemed super happy! Yay for Nick!

After the Final Rose

This was a super awkward ATFR. First, they went away from some of the things you come to expect from these things. There was no montage of the couple’s journey to happiness, they were not forced to re-watch the proposal, they were interviewed separately before coming together, and there were virtually no Bachelor alums present in the audience to offer support or advice. It was weird.

First, Chris Harrison talked to Nick. He seemed less than ecstatic. He just said things were ‘good’ and he was ‘happy’. Then Raven came out (looking fierce!) and had a super boring chat with Nick. The good news is Raven will be joining the Bachelor in Paradise cast the summer which is awesome!

After the break, Vanessa was in the hot seat (sans Nick, I guess they asked him to go backstage again). Her conversation with Chris was less joyful than expected. She addressed that it’s been hard but they are in love and both really want to make it work. Then Nick came out and it was even more awkward. Maybe they just aren’t big on PDA but they didn’t seem very ‘cozy’ and in love. They both talked about how they are realistic but hopeful which is good but they don’t have a wedding date set because they are still getting to know each other.

One good thing is that they did figure out where they would live, and Vanessa is moving to LA to be with Nick while he participates in Dancing with the Stars. Then I imagine they’ll move wherever they want their home base to be. Nick is from Chicago but maybe they’ll decide to stay in California. Who knows?

It just didn’t seem as happy an ending as I think we were all hoping for. But I wish them well and hope that things work out!

The last super strange moments of the show were dedicated to the next Bachelorette, Rachel. Chris surprised her by making her journey start right then and there on live TV as she greeted four of the men who will be vying for her heart very soon. It was bizarre.

Rachel’s official journey begins in May and then I can’t freaking wait for Bachelor in Paradise which is fast becoming my favorite in the franchise!

So concludes this season of The Bachelor!