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! 

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