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.
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
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.
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!