We start back with Ben and Tayshia. She tells Ben he can come to the Rose Ceremony tonight. And she kisses him!
Ben arrives, much to the surprise of Ivan and Zac! JUST before handing out the first rose, Tay asks to speak to Ivan. They go sit down and she says they have differing religious beliefs so she breaks up with him and sends him home! I need more information ABC!!! What are these differences?!?
Back to Ben and Zac ( I swear, rules just don’t apply on this show anymore!!!) Tay tells them they will meet her family.
The next day, Tay’s family arrives. Mom, Dad, and 2 brothers. So cute! Ben is up first to meet the fam and before she goes to get him, Tay fills the family in on the fact that Ben had been sent home but came back. He makes a good impression on the family, especially because he went to West Point and served in the military. Zac meets the family the next day. Dad talks to Zac and likes him a lot. Mom is really soft spoken. Zac knows just what to say to win the family over.
The next morning, Tay’s Dad drops by to lay down some wisdom for her. Then she has her last date with Zac. They learn a wedding first dance from instructors. They do great! That night they hang out at Zac’s suite because by this time the producers are JUST SO TIRED of trying to come up with creative dates at the La Quinta!
The next day is Ben’s last date. Tay goes to his suite and sits him down and tells him her heart is with another man. She sends him home and he’s either really broken hearted or REALLY trying to be the next Bachelor.
So it’s Zac. UGH. There’s still just something I don’t like about him!!! Tay looks AMAZING in a skin tight silver dress! Zac arrives in a blue suit with (THANK YOU LORD) black shoes! I hate a pair of brown shoes with a blue suit!!! And he’s finally wearing socks!!! Praise be! Maybe he just brought the one pair. They give each other speeches full of love and he proposes and she says yes. They cry, I cry. I wish them nothing but happiness!!!
And that’s it my BBs! Until January 4th when the extremely handsome Matt James premiers as the Bachelor! xo 🌹
Jojo comes over for a girl chat. Meanwhile Chris Harrison visits the guys and drops off the 1st Fantasy Suites Date Card!
Ivan gets the first date and he’s pumped! Ivan and Tayshia walk to a clearing that’s staged with 2 ice baths. They will be attempting to break the world record for the longest, coldest kiss. They kiss for 6 minutes and 36 seconds, which is about 6 minutes and 30 seconds longer than I’d be able to last in an ice bath! They manage to break the record and then some!!!
That night over Fake Dinner Ivan tells Tay that he’s falling in love with her and she says the same back. Yay!!! Fake Dinner lasts all of about 5 minutes before they are off to the Fantasy Suite, which is an Airstream! Boy is that thing tiny inside! But the set up is v v cute! The next morning they seem to be in good spirits and Ivan says they stayed up all night talking and watched the sun rise.
Zac gets the 2nd FS date. Their day date is body painting and rolling around on a giant canvas and making out. That night Zac tells Tay he loves her and she says she loves him too! WHAT ABOUT IVAN TAY??? Their FS is an actual suite at the La Quinta. It’s beautiful.
Brendan is the last FS date. He arrives wearing a button up Mandarin collar shirt that’s practically a turtleneck. Man loves his neck covered! I’d fall over if I saw him in a deep V!!! Their day date is hanging with Neil Lane trying on wedding jewelry. Poor Brendan is basically mute and sweating profusely through the whole thing! That night over Fake Dinner Brendan admits he’s not healed 100% from his past heartbreak and he’s not ready for marriage yet. So he basically sends himself home. Tay walks him out and says she really thought she’d end up with Brendan at the end! I’m a bit surprised by this because she’s declaring her love all over the place. Poor Brendan is so sad but kudos for not sticking it out just to do it.
The next day Rachel arrives to give advice. After she leaves, Ben (!!!) shows up at CH’s door! Ben tells CH he’s in love with Tay and needs to tell her. That night is a Rose Ceremony. Tay is getting ready for the ceremony in a hugely boobalicious dress. Let’s hope that tape holds Tay!!! JUST before the ceremony, Ben arrives at Tay’s door. She lets him in and they sit down. Ben declares he’s in love with Tayshia. Tay says she needs a minute and walks into another room where she’s talking to producers.
And that’s it for tonight!!! Cliffhanger!!! Back with the finale shortly BBs!!! 🌹
Hometowns! This is usually one of my favorite episodes because we get a peek behind the curtain and see where these guys came from and who their families are. But COVID messed it all up for me! I mean, them.
Chris Harrison visits the 4 remaining guys and tells them they can’t go to their real hometowns because of Covid so they have to plan dates for Tayshia there on the La Quinta property that represent their hometowns. This ought to be rich! Those poor producers!
Brendan is up first and he takes Tay to a makeshift carnival, which does’t tell me a thing about his hometown! His little niece joins them and it’s sweet seeing Brendan interact with her.
That night Tay and Brendan meet up with Brendan’s brother and SIL and the niece is there too. Brendan telling his brother how great of a brother and father he is is making me cry! Dammit ABC, don’t make me have real feelings for these people!!!
Zac is next and he says he’s taking Tay on a tour of NYC. I still can not figure out what she sees in him!!! Anyway, they get into a cardboard taxi and go to a “bagel shop”, “pizza joint”, “Central Park” and then they full on get into a fountain and make out. It’s strange. But I have to admit, the taxi was cute!
That night they meet Mom, Dad, and Brother. Mom is in a strapless black top! Go Mom! I’m all team Mom until Mom says let’s have a cheers. UGH!!! People! It’s let’s have a TOAST! What’s so hard about that to remember?!? Ivan (yay!) is next up and he takes Tay to his suite where they watch a video starring his adorable little niece. Then they cook some Filipino food and dance around the kitchen. Too cute!
That night Tay finds out she’s only the 2nd girl Ivan’s ever introduced to his parents! YIKES!!! Ivan’s parents are cuties and I can’t help but notice his mom and Tayshia are basically dressed alike. Mom is a big skeptic of this whole journey. Toward the end of the visit Ivan’s brother Gabe pops out and surprises him and there are tears all around! So sweet!!!
Ben is the final hometown date. He’s from Indiana but takes Tayshia to Fake Venice Beach. What the what?!? Makes no sense to me. They roller blade, stop at a fake juice bar, shop at a fake outdoor shop, and swim in the pool.
That night they meet up with Ben’s sister and close family friend. He’s talking with the friend who has to pull it out of him that he’s in love with Tayshia. But he doesn’t tell Tay! What’s wrong with you Ben???
First rose goes to Ivan. #2- Zac, #3- Brendan. Ben!!! You’re going home because you won’t open up! Tay walks him out and he’s a stone faced robot and shows ZERO emotion. Here’s his last chance to say I love you and he clams up. In the car he realizes that maybe she loves him but doesn’t think he loves her. That’s called REGRET my friend.
And that’s it for this week! Next week is the 2 night finale in this rushed season. I don’t see how any of these guys OR Tay are ready to marry each other at this point, as they’ve only spent like 45 minutes with each other. Oh well, that’s show business baby!!!
Chris Harrison is back from taking his son to college and his subsequent quarantine. Thank goodness because the 2 episodes Jojo hosted were kinda yawn inducing!
Blake’s 1-1Somehow Blake and Tayshia get a pass off the La Quinta premises and they go out into the desert. They are met by a Reiki & Crystal Master (her words). They are told to disrobe down to their undies while Crystal Lady swings crystals over their chakras. It’s at this point that Blake pops a boner! All season long the other guys in the house have talked about how Blake talks non stop about sex, so it’s no surprise he can’t control himself! Gross.
They then do this tantric breathing exercise where Tay has to sit on top of Blake, facing him. They are told to look in each other’s eyes. Blake is totally into it (obvs) but you can see in Tay’s face she’s just not feeling it. Sure enough she doesn’t let Blake make it to Fake Dinner and sends him home right after Crystal time! Tay then changes clothes and goes to the guys’ room and tells them “We need to talk”. She is crying and asks to talk to Riley. They go outside and she breaks up with him. I’m a bit surprised because they seemed to have a great connection and he’d really been opening up of late. Sorry, Riley, I was rooting for you!
The next day is the Rose Ceremony & Cocktail party. The guys all gather and Bennett walks in with a big smile on his face. He explains that Tayshia invited him back. I can’t help but notice that only ONE man in the whole group is wearing socks and they are ALL wearing suits. WHAT is going on with this??? Please ask the men in your life what their stance is on suits and socks! CSP never wears dress shoes without socks so this is all strange to me.
CH comes in and announces that there’s no cocktail party. Tay arrives in a HIDEOUS pink satin floral dress with a crinkly bottom that really confuses me. They can’t all be winners!
Zac gets the 1st rose and I die a little inside. Ivan gets the second, yay!!! Brendan gets #3 and Ben already has a rose from last week. So that’s your hometown gang! Noah and Bennett are sent home. It’s weird because why let Bennett come back just to turn around and send him right home? Not that I’m on Team Bennett, just wondering.
Men Tell All
This is not correctly titled because they didn’t tell A THING. First of all we’re missing Joe, and Chasen, and Eazy, and who knows who else! So I’m mad about that. And the whole thing feels weird without all the seething women in the audience. Damn you Covid!!!
Noah and Bennett are still at odds. Kenny is wearing a head to toe camo hoodie sweatsuit that is an affront to my eyes. There’s literally no good drama so they had to bring Yosef back. He says he has no regrets about how he verbally attacked and abused Clare. He says if his daughter did the same thing he’d hope someone would call her out on it! And he says he’s not apologizing to Clare. He’s a pure garbage human.
Tayshia comes out and they rehash her breakups with Bennett (boring), Blake (they spent like an hour together and he’s still hung up on it!), and Riley (he was V emotional and obviously still not over Tay, but acted like a true gentleman).
They show some lame bloopers and that’s it until Hometowns! So, until tomorrow BBs!!! 🌹xo
Week 9!! I can’t believe it’s week 9 and Tayshia still has 47 men left to choose from! Narrow the field!!!
We start back at Noah and Bennet’s 2-1 Date, um I mean stern conversation. I saw on Instagram someone comparing Bennet’s teeth to American Girl Doll teeth and now I can’t unsee it. Google it for a treat!!! So Bennet gets to talk to Tay first and she just looks at him with this glazed over expression. I’ve seen more interest come from a tortilla. Also, Bennet is WAY TOO OLD to be wearing bright, white sneakers with a suit! Come on man! I don’t wanna see those ankles!!!
After talking with Tay, Noah goes back and starts up again with Bennet! Not that Bennet doesn’t deserve it but stop being a shit stirrer Noah!!! Tay comes back and tells Bennet he’s condescending and she can’t give him the rose. I could see this coming from a mile away yet I’m still a bit shocked! I say send them both home! This fight they’re in isn’t even interesting! Tay walks a STUNNED Bennet out and then says sending him home just didn’t feel right.
Cut to Noah who’s shoveling Tic Tacs in his mouth as fast as he can. Tay tells him this is NOT a victory for him and doesn’t give him the rose either! But she lets him stay around for the rose ceremony. She also tells Noah he’s not ready for marriage.
Noah doesn’t get any time with Tayshia. Meanwhile, after finding out that next week is Home Towns and approximately 30 of them are going home tonight, the guys pull out all the stops to try and get that coveted rose!
There are only 5 roses and this sends the guys into a group panic! Noah skates by by the skin of his teeth and gets the last rose. Going home: Ed (thank you Lord), Demar, and my dear, sweet, super cute Spencer!!! BUT she kept Blake!?!?! This world does not make sense!!!
There are now 7 men left.
The next day Zac gets all emotional about the possibility of bringing Tay home to his family. There’s just something about Zac that does not sit right with me. Hmmm.
Ben gets the 1-1. They do a scavenger hunt around the La Quinta property and it’s a pretty lame date. Even by Covid standards. Step it up producers!!!
I notice that Ben has really good hands. I like good hands. He opens up to Tay telling her about his post-military struggles. He broke his back. AND he had 2 failed suicide attempts. I just want to hug him so hard. This is some really personal information that he’s sharing and I think it’s so brave and so important. Kudos to ABC for letting these guys’ personal confessions air. Tayshia gives Ben the rose.
Group Date Jojo is there to administer the cheapest, jankiest looking lie detector test I’ve ever seen! They couldn’t bring in an “expert” for the day??? Personally, I wouldn’t trust anything that hunk of bolts told me, but I digress. Tay goes first and then the guys strap in. Zac admits he’s cheated in the past, the machine says Riley’s name isn’t his name, and Brendan is straight up terrified to take Tay home to mama.
Later at the after party…. Tay shows up wearing a set of white damask curtains pretending to be a dress. It has a VERY bridal feel to it. It even has a train!!!
Zac says he did cheat. In the 6th grade. UGH. Brendan’s wearing a Star Trek costume knock off top and it’s so distracting I can barely pay attention to what he’s saying. Riley changed his name due to some painful family history. He was a Junior but there was lots of drama with his dad so now he’s not.
Tayshia says she can’t give out the group date rose and they’ll have to wait until the rose ceremony.
Tay goes back to her room and who should be standing outside her door like a creepy stalker but Bennet!!!! WHAT?!? She lets him in even though I’m screaming at the tv for her not to. They sit down and Bennet says he loves her. He’s breathing all heavy and now she’s all confused and caught off guard. She tells him to give her till tomorrow to think about it. They stand for her to walk him out and hug. Bennet goes in for a kiss but Tay says NO, nice try!!!
And that’s it for this week!!! I personally think Bennet just doesn’t like to lose. He’s not once spoken about Tayshia in a tender, loving manner. My 2 cents.
Next week is a two night event- Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday being the Men Tell All, which I LOVE! Can’t wait!!! Until then my BBs! 🌹xo
Welcome to Week 8 my BBs! We start with an appearance by Jojo at Tayshia’s room for brunch and advice. Then we cut to the guys all gathered around and Chris Harrison KNOCKING on their door. He did take a note from Ed last week! Ha!
CH is going to take his son to college so Jojo will be filling in. NOT my favorite Bachelorette. But I digress. Zac and his underbite get this week’s first 1-1 date. I’m not excited about this, there’s just something about him I don’t like. He says he doesn’t live a straight and narrow life. Oooh mysterioso!!! Zac & Tay are going to have a Fake Wedding photo shoot! Tay looks less than thrilled, which surprises me because don’t the producers run the dates by her? Anyway, they try on a HIDEOUS, truly, array of wedding ensembles. One of which shows a bit of underboob for Tay. The scandal! This is a family show!
Afterwards the two of them are talking and Zac shares that he was married before for about a year. Tay shares that she was also married previously for less than 2 years and Zac seems oddly excited that they share that in common.
Zac talks about himself using his own name, which drives me up a wall people!!! But then he shares that when he was 23 he had a brain tumor which really messed him up and led him to get involved with drugs and ruin his marriage. He ended up in rehab and now sits on the board of that rehab. Again I applaud ABC for not cutting this footage and letting people show their true selves!!! That couldn’t have been easy for Zac. Tay gives him the rose then they are off to ride a ferris wheel that you could not pay me enough to get on! You KNOW that thing was cobbled together in like 30 minutes by some poor PAs and interns! But it’s pretty and they seem to have a good time making out on it!
Today’s group date is all about artistic expression! So the guys and Tay assemble in what was most likely the wrestling ring a couple weeks ago, and get their art on. First they have to draw a nude couple. Then they are blindfolded and have to sculpt something that reminds them of their time with Tay. Bennet has jockeyed for the seat next to Tay so he takes the opportunity to kiss her while everyone is blindfolded. He and Noah keep exchanging barbs throughout the date. It’s so annoying and childish. Back to the sculptures. Blake makes a giant penis. Keeping it Klassy with Blake!
Next up the guys have to create their self portraits with mixed media. Brendan just makes a picture frame, but most of the guys go deep! I’m proud of them! They talk about emotional childhood traumas that they’ve lived through. Opening up like that on national tv has got to be hard, so bravo guys! Then it’s Ben’s turn and he… he…OMG WHY DOES HE STRIP DOWN??? He takes off all his clothes and stands in front of Tay and the art instructor and all the guys and you KNOW he choked making his self portrait and is embarrassed and doesn’t want to be shown up. UGH. Who ever does the best gets 1-1 time with Tay. Tay is brought to tears by the guys and decides she can’t pick just one winner.
Tay is showing lots o’ boob tonight! Bennet and Noah are still pecking at each other and it is tiresome! Ben shares with Tayshia that he had an eating disorder for years and I’m impressed that he’s brave enough to share that AND that ABC didn’t cut it because you never hear about men’s eating disorders and that could help someone. Ben gets the rose.
I think Tayshia is doing a great job at being the Bachelorette! Not that she had a hard act to follow with Clare. Man, Clare was the worst! But I like how Tay talks about each guy who made an impression on her that day before giving out the group date rose. Among other things. Ok, carry on!
Tayshia and Eazy are going ghost hunting tonight. Who knew La Quinta had so much going on?!? An oil baron who went mad when his bride and child died?!? I couldn’t really get into this date because it was all just so contrived, but Eazy screamed a bunch and that was funny!
As soon as they sit down for Fake Dinner, Eazy professes that he’s falling in love with Tay. WHAT? Y’all have spent like 15 minutes together!!! The look on Tay’s face tells me she is NOT feeling the same. And sure enough, she sends him home. Fake Dinner lasted all of like 10 minutes!!!
The next day the guys are thinking they are about to get ready for the Pre-Rose Ceremony Cocktail Party when Jojo (ugh) shows up and tells them while there will still be a cocktail party, it will be after a mini 2-1 with Noah and Bennet.
Noah and Bennet arrive first and Bennet presents Noah with a gift box. Inside it is a bandana, a sock with mustaches on it, and a book on emotional intelligence. NICE. Bennet is such an arrogant ass. I’m not a big fan of Noah the Liar, but come on Bennet! You can’t give a “gift” like that to Noah and then 5 minutes later, when Tay arrives, tell her you don’t have any animosity toward Noah. Tay looks amazing in her dress btw. Noah and Bennet argue a bit in front of Tay. Then, Tay notices the gift box. “What’s in the box?”….. and that is how the show ends this week!