The Bachelor Winter Games (Ep. 2): Trouble in Claradise

Another Failed Activity

The Benoit-Clare-Christian love triangle continues. Luke connects with Stassi about their ailing hearts, no seriously, they both have had heart issues.

Time for a game. Speed skating is the next event everyone is going to be failing at. Clare is so defenseless by Benoit’s niceness that she wouldn’t be able to pass on a date card from him. That’s the least of his worry and all the other guys who are having to deal with shrinkage. Now that’s a problem.

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Broadcasting legend Hannah Storm is announcing this competition with Chris Harrison. Unfortunately for Hannah, her legend status has been revoked as soon as she appeared on this show. These two set sports commentary a few decades back. Mainly because of Harrison.

Kevin comes up with a novel idea that the guys might not be familiar with winter sports. No, really Sherlock?

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All American final with the losers of the initial race. Great idea, considering they all are bad. Dean wins in a photo finish against Luke. Wow, how thrilling.

Post event Dean looks like he wants to use the date card on reporter Ashley Brewer. I know I would.

The women’s worst compete for the date card. Stassi wins, so Luke wins also.

Hello Jordan

When the group returns home they discover Jordan in the house. Jordan is rumored to have flipped a coin on two women of his New Zealand season of The Bachelor.

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He gets pressured into admitting that he flipped the coin on the girl he picked.

The exotic Stassi picks Luke to go on a date. Meanwhile conflicted Kevin is trying to change course and pursue desperate Ashley I., who is planning a wedding with him in her head.

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Lesley shows some fortitude that Dean can’t and tells him to man up. Finally. He’s getting on thin ice (no pun intended) with her. He asks her on a date.

A new weird fad emerges when Clare and Lesley hang out in a bath tub in their clothes.

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Luke throws his relationship with JoJo under the bus and says that his connection with Stassia is more emotional than with JoJo.

How and when did Bibiana and Jordan connect and start making out?

Bye Benoit

Benoit’s desperation is at an all-time low. He’s fallen in love with Clare and apparently the kiss meant everything to him, but not much to her. Just a friendly Clare kiss, that’s all. She rejects him and he decides he has no choice but to leave.

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With one man left for Clare, it’s all about Christian now. She quickly can be out of options as Christian calls her out and gives her the business, the German way.

Stassi wonders if Luke feels about snow to same way he feels about her. Ok, so he prefers her.

Kevin and Ashley are hitting it off, until, Aussie Tiffany comes around and starts crying.

Clare is requesting a translator for her and Christian. He doesn’t get why she’s pissed at him. Nobody in Germany makes a move on a woman when she shows interest in other men. That’s the Christian German rule folks.

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Rose Ceremony

Courtney hands out the first rose to Lilly. Luke gives his love to Stassi. Jordan gives his to Bibiana. Josiah and Ally still going strong. Dean and Lesley Murphy. Kevin hands his to Ashley I. Ben Higgins gives a rose to Yuki. Michael gives his rose to Tiffany. It all comes down to Christian. For all the talk Clare has done, she accepts the rose from Christian. Rebecca and Jenny are heading home.

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Episode Rating: 6/10

BACH TALK:

In episode 2 they went away more from the winter games and focused more on the romance. Here are the take aways:

  • Clare is being back to the drama queen. How did she have two men fighting over her?
  • I’m surprised with the unlikely Luke and Stassi romance. Just am. Talk about opposites attracting.
  • Ashley I. has a new man in Kevin? Nah, that can’t and won’t last.
  • Dean and Lesley are the most solid couple? Now that’s something.
  • This Jordan guy came in as a villain, five minutes later he’s liked by everyone.
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The Bachelor (S:22 E:2): ‘Checking Out’ In Style

In Style

Some things never change, and episode two of The Bachelor assures us that Bekah has yet to find a bra. Becca K. wore a bra and gets to go on a solo date with Arie. Gray-man Arie arrives to take Becca on a motorcycle ride. At least Arie admits to not knowing female style so he takes Becca to a renowned stylist to get her looking top-notch. Even I know Christian Louboutin are baller shoes. Becca is at the right place indeed. Becca better just head back straight where she came from in Minnesota, because the women will tear her apart with all those material gifts she’s gotten.

Arie admits to his gray hair! A novelty, folks. This is the questions the entire world has wanted him to admit.

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Meanwhile at the house the women get a date card. Krystal gets a one-on-one date.

On their dinner date, Becca K. reveals her dad passed away from brain cancer. Arie relates to her honesty and gives her a rose. He proceeds to reveal that she only gets to keep her earrings, so much for those Louboutin shoes.

Sweet Home Arizona

Home is where the heart is, that’s the theme of Arie’s date with Krystal. Unless he’s getting her some Louboutin’s then it surely will be a letdown. Apparently Krystal has never been to Scottsdale (his hometown), well she’s not missing out on much. His high school looks like a strip mall gone out of business. To make matters worse he turns on his home VHS videos of his childhood, ensuring to bore her to death. This girl needs this misery to end.

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Krystal is getting her hometown date from the get-go as she gets to meet his family. On the contrary, Krystal reveals she’s not close with her family. Her parents divorce and her brother’s issues. She opens up to Arie and are returns the favor with a rose.

Bumper Cars

The group date is a demolition derby. Well, that’s fitting. The cars were the last thing to crash and burn here. The sad story of Annaliese and her childhood bumper car trauma comes to light. The mirrors, the bumper cars, the circus music. Yeah, bring some clowns for her also. The car bumping proceeds to go flawless.

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The next big reveal was Chelsea telling Arie that she has another man! Scandalous! Not really, she tells him about her kid. Bibiana or whatever her name is, becomes enraged over not getting her solo talk with him. Barely legal Bekah M. doesn’t wait around to make out with Arie, who could probably be more of a father figure to her than boyfriend. Chelsea gets complimented for telling him about her kid, but Seinne is the one to get the rose.

Brittany returns from her bumper car injury and gets some alone time with Arie from that. He gifts her with the “most hardcore” certificate, which means absolutely nothing. Don’t even bother framing it girl.

While Brittany is basking in glory with her new certificate, kid nurse Bekah M. is making out with Arie, again.

Krystal won’t ever be confused with Where is Waldo, that girl is always lurking. Bibina is the wrong tough chick to mess with and steal her time with Arie. Bibiana “checked” her. She went straight gangsta on wide-eyed California princess Krystal.

Rose Ceremony 

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Maquel, Jacqueline, Bekah M., Jenna, Chelsea, Lauren S. (first of a dozen Lauren’s), Tia, Annalise, Lauren B., Kendall, Brittany, Ashley, Marikh, Caroline, and Bibiana gets the final rose. Gotta keep the one that stirs things up. Valerie, Jenny and Lauren G.

Distraught Chicago Jenny is heading home and doesn’t give Arie a hug. Blows him off but he runs after her to get a hug. Her first break-up.

EPISODE RATING: 7/10 (Some drama, but nothing to take away)

REACTION:

This episode was all about Krystal, with a side order of Bekah M. getting in on some solo action with Arie. Krystal is slowly being painted as a nice villain. She’s got shades. She has to be an early frontrunner. 

The bumper car date was okay, I get the theme, but kinda childish. 

Bibiana got to bark a bit and unleash her dominance, earned her the final rose of the night and one more week on the show. 

Arie showed a comforting and sympathetic side of him when he consoled with the Annaliese breakdown. I mean she’s dreading bumper cars! Well done Arie. 

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