The Bachelor ‘After The Final Rose’ (S:22 E:12): Arie Wins, So Does Becca

After the Fallout

The live studio show with Chris Harrison making a customary appearance and making the assumption that America couldn’t sleep after the events of the previous night. I slept well, thank you very much. Of course Harrison forces us to re-watch the events of the finale, again. We get to see some new footage of Becca traveling and going through the airport, hiding her face under a hat, as if she’s ducking paparazzi. Compelling stuff.

Meanwhile, we see Arie seeking advice from Jason Mesnick. Probably the right person to talk to after he had a similar fiasco happen to him. Arie heeds the advice and heads to Virginia to get back Lauren. As he arrives at her house he gets a panic attack. Been there myself, that’s no fun.



The producer asks Becca if she still loves Arie, she says, “Yeah” and proceeds to erupt with tears.

After the break, after Harrison reminds us that we left off with Arie in the midst of a panic attack, we get back to Becca. She is sitting on her bed and torturing herself by watching videos of her and Arie together.



Arie finally goes up to the door, knocks, like a torpedo, Lauren jumps into his arms. What if it was the mailman or delivery person? Would she jet into their arms also? Is Lauren’s household that friendly?



Lauren reveals her struggles post-elimination. Then she asks him about his connection with Becca. He walks around it and says that he was scared away by Lauren’s doubt. He then follows up by saying he picked Becca because she felt safe.

When Lauren asks Arie if he thinks he’s over Becca, he lets out the biggest grin and says he’s over her 1000%. The visuals don’t lie. He proclaims his love for her and says that he wants her back. She accepts immediately. Well, that was easy.



The Band of Bachelor Women

After the break, Arie’s runner-up crew joins Harrison in studio. Sienne, Tia, Bekah M., Kendall and the new spokesperson of the group Caroline.

Bekah shoots off on Arie calling him a “manipulative person”.



Harrison asks them about whether they should have aired the breakup. The women are split on that, Bekah didn’t they they should have. Yeah, like the production was gonna listen to their input, when creating buzz and ratings are at stake.

Tia reveals that she was with Lauren on NYE when Arie reached out to her on social media. Do these people even share phone numbers or is everything done by sliding into DM’s these days?

Bekah keeps firing at Arie hoping that Lauren gets out of that. Looks like he made a good choice for him, because had he picked Bekah, he would have been completely on the mend.



Becca Talks

After the break Becca is there to talk to Harrison. Becca talks about the difficulty of watching back the breakup, but it helped her get closure.

Harrison asks her when she found out about Arie reaching out to Lauren and his conflicted feelings for her. She says that he was upfront about telling Lauren he loved her and having feelings for her still, but told her about reaching out to Lauren a week after the fact.



She says she’s doing okay and has gotten lots of closure watching it back and never wanted for him to feel trapped being with her.

Harrison reveals that there have been billboards in Minnesota and California for her. A fund me account that’s raised 6K in support of her. She seems blown away and tells them she’d like the money to be donated to Stand Up for Cancer charity. The show is matching the donation. At least something nice is coming out of it.



As they head to break, Harrison asks Becca if she is willing to face Arie. She agrees to it.

Arie Faces Becca

The time has come for Arie to face the music, aka Becca. They hug. She asks him when did he know that he wanted to pursue Lauren. He says that it was after the phone call with her.

He says he wanted to cameras and everyone to see it, because he wanted it all to fall on him, not her. Becca wants to know why he didn’t tell her sooner, but he says he was sorting out his thoughts. Also known as making sure he’s safe and not risking it all for nothing.



Harrison interjects and asks Becca where she stands now. She says that she’s ready for the next chapter in her life and will always have love for Arie.

Arie’s regret was proposing to Becca. He felt the pressure of the show and the lack of time forced him to do something he wasn’t ready for. Hard to argue that fact. It keeps on getting overlooked how unnatural it is to force a proposal as the show does.



Becca says that he robbed her of a first engagement and proposal. He profusely attempts to apologize and own up to his mistakes. Becca accepts Arie’s apology and wishes he treats Lauren right and doesn’t hurt her. She wishes him happiness. Classy move by a woman who has taken the high road throughout this process. The segment finally comes to an end. Arie looks shooken up and nervous.



Jason and Molly’s Advice

For all the talk about Arie committing the crime of all Bachelor crimes, Jason Mesnick is up next with his wife Molly. Jason was Arie, before Arie. Jason picked Melissa Rycroft, only to propose to Molly right after.

They talk about how social media has such pull these days, something they didn’t have to deal with when they were on the show. His advice to Arie is to get away, literally, away from a big city to work on his relationship.



Jason is sticking up for Arie and vouching for what great of a person he is. He’d know better than most. He wants people to give him a chance. Harrison won’t be the one to do so apparently as he blows off that statement and turns to Molly to ask her about Lauren being the new version of her.

After the break, Arie is back. Harrison asks him why he did “this,” Arie says he did it for his fairy tale love. He’s right. He was The Bachelor. The show was supposed to center on his story and search for love, so as long as he’s ultimately happy, it worked, even if it took crazy turns and twists along the way.




Lauren and Arie Reunited

Lauren finally comes out to join Arie. Harrison asks her about when she hear from Arie. She confirms what was already stated before, NYE. She says that Arie reached out through Instagram, of course, but that the only reason she decided to respond was due to a bit of curiosity she had. She wanted Becca to be aware that her and Arie are talking. She is aware now.

She says that she’s never ben more in love. She continues by saying that she loves how honest, brave and respectful he was.



Harrison seriously seems to have a issue with Arie. He asks Lauren if she trusts Arie. She says she wouldn’t be with him if she didn’t.

Arie said the risk he took was worth it and that people don’t understand the gravity of what he did.

Harrison wants Arie to address the haters, but Arie doesn’t care about the hate. He has his woman and he’s in love.



After another break, Harrison wants to know what’s next for the couple. They are heading out of the country. Mainly to get away from Harrison and his judgemental ways. Afterwards Lauren is moving to Arizona.

Insistently, Harrison wants to know how they will deal with the backlash. Arie and Lauren just want to focus on their relationship and not pay attention to outside noise.



Lauren reveals a little nugget of into when she says she was always hoping Arie would come back to her, but didn’t think it would happen.

At the end of the day both Lauren and Arie say the entire thing was worth it to them. Harrison utters the biggest lie of the season when he says he’s happy for both. This coming from a guy who always promises drama that never delivers. The past hour and half did absolutely nothing to make him seem anything but happy for Arie.

Arie has the final say. He proclaims his love and dedication to Lauren and gets on his knee. He proposes to her and she says “definitely”. Wonder if old pal Neil Lane contributed to this ring? Probably cost Arie a few home sales. They walk off the set to go greet their families in the audience, while Harrison begrudgingly claps his hands.



The Next Bachelorette

After the break, Harrison confirms the announcement of the Bachelorette will be made now. So the new Bachelorette is Becca! That was pretty obvious. They had a built-in reason. The crowd erupts in cheers. Bekah, Kendall, Sienne, Tia and Caroline cheer as if they got picked on The Price is Right.



Harrison says that it was one of the easiest selections they have had to make. She adds that it was an easy choice for her to accept.

He asks her what’s it mean to her to be The Bachelorette. She says she has big shoes to fill. Really? Rachel? Andi Dorfman? Kaitlyn? About a size 5 shoe to fill. Not hard to do that.


Harrison invites the girls from the show to come up on stage. They try to fit on that tiny couch. They all seems thrilled with the selection. Harrison calls them the most awkward couch ever, but Caroline refutes by saying “you’re awkward,” hahaha. Line of the night.



Harrison announces that Becca is about to meet some of the guys from her season. The same kind of awkward shtick they pulled when Rachel was named Bachelorette on the After the Final Rose.

Meet Becca’s Men

After the break, the fake stage is set and here comes the first guy. First guy is so nervous he can’t seem to know what he’s even talking about, neither can Becca, especially with his thick British accent. This guy is uncomfortably lingering around.



The next guy almost rips off her arms by pulling them tightly and swinging them.



The following guy is out musician of the night, coming out with a banjo and singing awfully.



Darius comes out next and addresses her as “hey man,” which will most definitely leave a lasting impression on her.



Blake and Bradley come out next. Blake is the guy, but Bradley is the horse. Bradley is far more impressive at first glance. He walks her over and helps her get on the horse. Signifying some sort of innuendo. Harrison wraps things up by revealing that Becca will be back on May 28, as her season begins.





Here are some take aways from After the Final Rose:

  • Kudos to Arie for not feeding into the crap Harrison was putting him through. Arie seems to have gotten a bit of a raw deal here. Harrison kept insisting on pushing the social media backlash angle.
  • America seems to feel more awful for Becca than Becca herself. Credit to her for keeping it classy throughout this ordeal. She has consistently taken the high road.
  • It’s a bit ridiculous the lengths people went to in regards to the billboards and go fun me account they created for Becca. People, she went through a breakup, not a death or bankruptcy. At least she decided not to partake in this silliness and asked for the money to be donated to charity.
  • It was surprising to see Lauren be all-in on Arie and taking him back that easily. Looks like their connection was stronger than shown on TV.
  • Ultimately, looks like Arie made the best choice for his present and future. Can’t blame him for finding the happiness and woman he was searching for.
  • Becca being named the next Bachelorette wasn’t a big surprise. The scale was tipping her way all along.
  • They brought out some of the guys from Becca’s upcoming season and one word to describe them—nervous. It was just awkward to watch.
  • Becca should be a solid Bachelorette. She’s classy, sweet and has some spunk to her. She’s currently America’s darling and has a lot of momentum and fan support behind her. Personally, would have loved to see Kristina Schulman, but Becca is a good option also. At least it wasn’t Vanessa or some retread.

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The Bachelor (S:22 E:10): Oh Hi, Ross

Kendall’s Day

The final three are set. The overnights are coming. It’s down to Lauren, Kendall and Becca. The destination is Peru. Arie’s first date is Kendall. He meets her in the desert. To ride a car through the sand, only to follow that by sand boarding. Off-camera she reveals that she isn’t ready and wouldn’t propose to Arie if he asked her.



On the dinner date she’s scared that she’s not ready for him like the other women are. He tells her that he’s never dated anyone like her and he’s so curious about her. All the confusion and uncertainty makes her tell him that she’s falling in love with him? Ah confusion.

The A-man pulls out the fantasy suite card and Kendall immediately clears her throat. She goes back on her talk of not being ready and accepts the fantasy suite. Kendall changes her mind on her feeling about every minute.



All Arie managed to learn about her after spending the night was how she likes her eggs done. Important, but not quite marriage like. Arie lets it slip out that he’s falling in love with her.

Lauren’s Day

Lauren’s date is next. She goes on a plane ride with Arie to see the sights from above. The stronger she feels for him the more afraid she gets. Sounds complicated. She doesn’t know if she can do it anymore. Arie is scared shitless over that. The biggest take away is that Arie seems to have a big hickie on his throat. Thanks Kendall.



Lauren smiles and nods and nervously keeps saying “like” as Arie voices his concerns about her, yet he reassures her that he loves her and doesn’t want to lose her. That’s two for two on him proclaiming his love. Becca, the pressure is on you to make him say I love you. That was good enough for her to be convinced to accept the overnight date.




The rooster wakes them up from the overnight. Arie feels so much closer to her. I bet. Although he can’t stop telling her that he loves her. Now, she can’t see him ending up with anyone but him.

Becca’s Day

Becca wearing daisy dukes runs and jumps into Arie’s arms. She asks him how he’s been. Oh he’s been just fine, Becca. Arie needs to stop being good at everything cause it’s driving Becca wild.



These two are wildly boring and plain. They agree on everything and have no concerns, besides the obvious concern that there is a major lack of passion between them. Arie completes the trifecta and tells Becca he loves her. Three for three. Well done.

Of course she accepts the fantasy suite. He follows with a semi creepy giggle he’s been doing after every girl accepts an overnight.



Next morning Becca is the happiest girl in the world. She can’t believe he said he loves her. She sees her life partner, father of her children in him, yet little does she now two other girls are aware that Arie loves them.

Oh Hi, Ross

After the high Becca rides off with, in comes Ross, Becca’s ex who claims to be her soulmate. He goes right up to Arie’s door. Arie lets him in thinking it’s management. It’s not. Ross proclaims his love for Becca and vows to fight for her. Your turn Arie.




Of course production is going to guide Ross to Becca next. Ross makes his proclamation that he is meant to be with her. He acknowledges that his life is like The Notebook. She doesn’t understand why he would think he had a chance. It’s because crazy has no limits. She doesn’t want him back, that’s all it took for crazy Ross to beat it.




Arie still can’t wrap his head around how Ross made his way to Peru. Easy answer, the same people who got you on the show Arie. Becca and Arie chat again. Arie is having serious reservations about Becca and doesn’t want this situation to muddy his future should he pick her. Makes sense.

After the craziness of the Becca boyfriend, Arie sits down with Chris Harrison for a chat. Very casual.



How was your week?

Oh fine, just an ex that flew half way across the globe to try to steal the girl I’m in love with.

Anything else?

Not really, good dates.


Rose Ceremony

We actually get a rose ceremony. As always, Arie asks to speak to Kendall before he hands out the roses. This time Kendall’s outcome isn’t as positive. Arie doesn’t feel she can catch up to other women and she didn’t give him the assurance he wanted, so it’s game over Kendall.



In fact, she takes the news great. Doesn’t seem rattled or disappointed at all. As if she just came to an end of a fun date and it was time to go home. Clearly she wasn’t ready or in it for the long haul. She’s free to make her own taxidermy man now.




(Becca’s ex crashes the show and little happens from it)


These are the episode take aways:

  • Lauren can’t stop herself from constantly saying “like”. Like as if she’s a hyped up high school cheerleader.
  • Becca and Arie are just so unspectacular together. They agree with everything and get along, yet there seems to be a lack of passion.
  • Kendall is just having fun, she’s going along for the ride and going with the flow. Too emotionally unavailable to allow herself to take it further with Arie.
  • There is no way that Ross wasn’t tipped off by production. I mean he shows up directly in some village they were at. They even sent him right to Arie’s door. I wouldn’t be surprised if they covered his plane ticket also.
  • It’s sort of embarrassing and shady that the show sets up their cast just in hopes of a minor ratings boost. Putting people in uncomfortable and awkward situations just for shock value. Tough luck for Arie.

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The Bachelor The Women Tell All: Arie Is Feeling The Heat

Here We Go

Just as Arie’s season is about to wind down, we get The Women Tell All episode. Chris Harrison previews all the drama that’s coming, but the most dramatic thing from the start seem to be the overly excited and odd studio audience members. Check out these two in particular. The bandit man and the hyped up woman.





The first order of business is the silly glam sham between Chelsie and Marikh. It’s stupid and just an attention grabbing topic.

Petty Feuds

The better feud between Tia and Bekah M. is touched on. Lauren S. sticks up for Bekah saying that as one of the oldest girls there at 31, she found Bekah to be mature. Oldest at 31? Geez, I feel ancient being 32 then, much less Arie at 36. Bekah comes on strong by pointing out to Tia that she has no right or idea about speaking of her readiness to love. Seems like a fair point Bakah is making.



Bakah isn’t sorry she was born in 1995. Wow, I actually remember 95′ as a elementary school kid in Poland wearing Power Ranger boxers to school believing they were shorts. Fact.

Krystal Hot Seat

Kystal goes up on the hot seat. She gets immediate heat from Caroline, who is disgusted by the way she referred to all her cast mates in derogatory terms.



Bibiana tries to play therapist and tells her she needs to look within. Until the unknown Olivia (no idea who she is) brings up the topic of Krystal changing her voice. She does sound a lot different on the show than she is on the hot seat with Harrison. Krystal blows it off and attests her show voice to vocal chord stress.

Krystal changed the topic to mention that her homeless brother saw her on the show. How? Because of that he’s rejoined her family and is off the streets. Well that’s nice, but how does he have this intel and TV access? He had an option not to be on the streets to begin with? I wanna know way more about the story.




Sienne Hot Seat

After the break Sienne gets a seat on the hot seat. Did I miss the memo that she was a fan and house favorite? She was so well put together, quiet and polite. She maintains her self awareness by explaining that she realized she was on borrowed time with Arie and wouldn’t make it till the end.

She also wonders why her education and accomplishments aren’t a bonus rather than an intimidation. Fair points, but when you’re dating a guy who couldn’t cut it at Pizza Hut, do you expect something else?



Sienne leaves by confirming she’s dating, single and looking.

Bekah Tell All

It’s time for Bekah to tell it all. Bekah brings up how she was unfairly judged for her age, bringing up the fact that there were many women there there were only a year or two older than her.

She talks about Arie’s attitude shifting after she revealed her age. Noting she felt him being insecure about his age, more than she was.



The big scandal about her going missing is brought up by Harrison. She talks about being on a weed farm in some mountains and sleeping in a tent. Surely, she was not missing but probably indulging in all that the farm was growing.

Harrison pulls out his phone and suggest Bekah call her mom to check in and let her know she’s safe in the studio. Probably less safe there than on that farm, then he lets the cat out of the bag and basically proclaims that she will be gone for the summer and partaking in Bachelor in Paradise. So there it is.



Tia Tell All

Finally there is Tia. She is pissed at herself for leaving it all out there. She wishes she could take it back. Ok, this after the fact desire to put up walls isn’t working. She was bothered he couldn’t give her an explanation. Tia confirms that she was in love with him and shocked she was sent home.



Harrison reveals that Arie came up to him after eliminating Tia and telling him that he was unsure if he made the right choice.

Arie Hot Seat

So they finally bring out Arie. Immediately Tia wants to know why she was sent home when he had doubts with Kendall. He explains that his connection with Kendall was farther along and his only question was if Kendall was ready. Basically, he just wasn’t that into you Tia.



Jacqueline feels it’s unfair that PhD issue was an obstacle. He claims it was a difference in life and he applauds her for being mature and pursuing her education.

Looking back Arie claims his heart was with Bekah and her age let him scare him off. He is very ready to settle down and he had a fair to move forward with her.

Caroline throws shade at Arie. She brings up something about what he did and how horrible it was. Apparently it has something to do with the remaining three women. Arie just answered by saying things will play out in the coming days. Uh ohh, now that’s a tidbit.



Krystal Part 2

Krystal comes back on the couch, this time with Arie. Apparently Caroline’s shade was enough for him to take out his frustrations on Krystal. He was cold and snappy with her. Telling him how he should have had sent her home earlier had he seen and heard all that he found out watching back the show.



After the break we have bloopers. Arie quirks. Arie’s flat ass. Bibiana eating.



John Cena joins the couch along with Leslie Mann and their co-star from the upcoming movie Blockers. A trailer for the movie airs that’s followed by Bachelor blocking attempt moments. At this point they are buying time and trying to fill it desperately.



A preview for the next two episodes airs and the show comes to a close.


(One of the better Tell All episodes)


Some take aways from the Women Tell All:

  • It was the Krystal show again. No matter where she is and what she does, if she’s on TV she’s definitely taking over.
  • Arie went after Krystal savage style. Surprised how he didn’t hold back or sugar coat and seemed honest.
  • Caroline was the spokesperson of the night. She might have single handedly saved Arie’s season with the upcoming tease reveal.
  • Bakah M. came off well. She was well-spoken, composted and made great points about being judged unfairly about her age.
  • The women were out for Arie, he was on the defensive.
  • It was cool to see John Cena and the cast members of Blocked. No real point of Cena being there besides promoting his movie. Weak Bachelor tie-inn.

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The Bachelor Winter Games (Ep. 4 Finale): Couples On Thin Ice

Bibi Gone Wrong

The final week (episode) of Winter Games has arrived. Chris Harrison plows through the snow to inform everyone that it’s not about games, it’s about relationships. Oh great, so what was the entire point of this show and the theatrics pretending it’s some Olympics event?

First the couples have to practice dancing. In preparing of their ice skating event. Coach Bibiana isn’t thrilled with Jordan’s moves.



Lily and Courtney decide to be crazy and do snow angels and run back into the hot tub to soak up. That’s how you get pneumonia folks.

The guy who was dogged for flipping a coin (Jordan) appears to be the most mature person in the house by having a convo Bibiana about their future after the show and wanting to make it work together.

Bibiana can’t handle the heat so she runs off to fold clothes, while Jordan does some therapeutic dish washing. Now I’m convinced these two would be great living together in a sparkling clean home.



After they finish cleaning they have another chat and Bibiana decides she’s not ready to pursue a relationship and decides to go home. It’s goodbye for both of them. No kiwi romance.


Time to by trained by some figure skating experts. Nancy Kerrigan is one the celebrity coaches. Somewhere Tonya Harding is lurking, I’m certain. This is going to be a tough group to make look presentable.



A winded Chris Harrison arrives at the house after practice to tell the remaining couples they all will have a one on one with a fantasy suite option.

Dean and Lesley make their relationship official, boyfriend and girlfriend.



Luke and Stassi talk about their future. She feels stressed and uncomfortable about the pressure of the overnight suite. They will not be spending an overnight together.

Lily and Courtney seem to be the strongest and most comfortable couple. Courtney tells her that he’s falling in love with her. These two genuinely look like they are falling in love.

Then there is Ashley I. and Kevin. He’s jealous of her virginity and tells her her first time will be great. Yeah, because he’s hoping it’s with him. She accepts the fantasy suite with Kevin.

Lily is getting a rough wake-up when Courtney starts pelting snowballs at her window.

Dean and Lesley make breakfast. I wouldn’t touch any food he makes.

Ashley doesn’t want to reveal whether she had sex with Kevin. Calling her night with him “incredible”. Ok, she must have had sex then.



The Final Event

It’s showtime. Final event. Hannah Storm has never seen or felt anything as electric as the atmosphere in Manchester, Vermont ice skating rink. Yup, here career is sadly indeed over.

Hannah is impressed that Luke is able to handle anything thrown at him, including Stassi. Insert face palm emoji.



Kevin’s clumsy ass trips and face plants getting on the ice. Making Canada proud.

Time to rise for the Bachelor anthem. Are they still rolling out this farce? Another low point.

Dean and his eyeliner makeup plus Lesley get things started. It’s not terrible, so that’s a positive, even though they don’t do any skating.

Naive Courtney actually is taking this seriously and thinks this is a big deal, it’s not.



Stassi and Luke did fine. She ended it with doing the splits, so there is something.

Ashley I. and Kevin have a choreographed shtick. He lifts her at one point. They do look connected to another.

So the winner of this competition wins the entire Winter Games? Did none of those other competitions count?

In a nail biting moment full of tension, Ashley I. and Kevin are crowned winners of Winter Games. Amazing. Everyone is a winner.



Where can I download the Bachelor Winter Games Anthem?


(Lack of intrigue, aka predictable)


Courtney, Lily, Rebecca, Ally, Eric, Christian, Jordan, Josiah, Benoit, Yuki, Bibiana, Clare and Ben are all there in attendance.

Jordan and Bibiana are done, he wishes she finds love.



Ally still feels bad for Josiah having to kiss her after the puked.

Yuki is saying a bunch of stuff nobody is understanding. She’s still  fun.

The Couples Making Waves

Lily and Courtney are invited to the couch to talk to Chris Harrison about their experience. They rented an RV and traveled America together and decided to move to LA together.



Dean and Lesley are up next. They talk each other up. Proclaim their love for each other. Dean gets on his knee and offers—a key to his house. Air went out in the studio.



Then there is Stassi and Luke. The connection that started at the heart. Apparently Luke doesn’t have much heart as we find out from Stassi that he dropped her like a bad habit immediately after the show stopped taping.



In happier news, Ashley I. and Kevin seem to be going strong. They are visiting each other. She gave it up to him without admitting it. She even took him to a Patriots game to see his idol Tom Brady. Needless to say if Ashley I. can find love, anyone can. There is hope for you Jim, I’ll keep saying that to myself.



Oh Clare

Now, the promised shocker of the night. Harrison kept promising something major, as he always does. Clare comes out and talks about a “man” reaching out to her after she got back home. She connected with this man and says she’s fallen in love. That man is revealed to be Benoit. He joins her on stage. Talks about how it was fate that brought them together and he wouldn’t give up on her.



So happy ending for Clare, but it’s not over yet.

Benoit gets on his knee and unlike Dean he pulls out a ring and proposes to her. She accepts. We have a successful and happy Bachelor Winter Games ending. Everyone is joyous, the fellow cast members join them on stage and congratulate them. Wonder if Christian’s self-imposed German rules allow him to partake in this celebration? Needless to say everyone does. Clare is taken. Finally. The end of Winter Games. Lots of winners.




(Surprisingly lots of decent couples that stayed, but super corny presentation)


Take aways from the finale and Tell All.

  • Pro: More romance and drama than the current Bachelor season
  • Con: Disappointingly short season, four episodes?
  • Pro: Interesting world cast
  • Con: Lack of use and featuring world cast
  • Pro: Christian and his wild German reasoning
  • Con: Dean
  • Some surprising connections: Luke and Stassi, Ashley I. and Kevin
  • Most legitimately believable and naturally compatible couple were Courtney and Lily
  • They messed up be making it an Olympic theme, instead of just making it about fun winter events. Can they even do a spin-off now?
  • The corny presentation of trying to make it like a real Olympic. The Bachelor Anthem? Come on.

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The Bachelor Winter Games (Ep. 3): Teary Goodbye’s & Steamy Kiss-Off

Downhill Mess

It’s part one of the two part finale. Yup, a finale after one week of episodes. Why not make this entire thing a long two night event? This is crazy.

Narrator Luke explains to us who is with who. It’s kinda needed actually.

The competition gets started early. Chris Harrison announces they will be participating in downhill skiing. Talk about upcoming casualties. This will get ugly—fast.

The women are first to fail. Clare starts things out with a decent time of 43 seconds. Ashley I. is the disaster that you can expect and doesn’t even want to get out of the starting gate. Bibiana is concerned about her vagina muscles. The remaining women crash and burn. Leave it to Lesley to confidently complete the challenge in the fastest time, earning a date card.

The guys are better, except for Josiah who crashes into fences. It comes down to Luke whose score can only be bested by Dean. Looks like being raised by the wizard father in Colorado finally worked in his favor.



Lesley and Dean have a spare date card (they both won individually), so they give the spare one to the desperate Ashley I.

Ashley Pottery Try

Things get off to a bad start at their dinner, when the topic of Ashley’s virginity comes up. Kevin believes it’s one of the most important aspects of a relationship. He somehow gets the reassurance from her that she’s just waiting to lose it with the right guy. This is Kevin’s shot.

Next they go to a pottery class and reenact a scene from Ghost. Not quite Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, it’s freaking Ashley I. after all.



Clare Hot Tubing

Clare joins Christian in the hot tub to discuss some big cultural rules. According to Christian you need to have a feeling in your stomach (gut) to give you the go-ahead. The stomach speaks to Christian.



Meanwhile, gullible Lesley is buying all the nonsense Dean is spewing about NOT being a player. Sure Dean, and I’m not writing this article.

Going Home

Poor Aussie Tiffany got the memo that she’s gonna be single throughout Winter Games, so she decided to make the journey back home.



All this makes Ben think that he is not ready to meet anyone and find love. Ashley I. does the summary of Ben’s status and thought process. What’s the best way to deal with heartbreak? A chat with Chris Harrison heals wounds. Ben is tearful and emotional over the loss of Lauren (she’s alive).

The sappiness is stretched out when Ben informs the cast that he’s heading home. He cracks again and can’t hold back tears, while every woman (and some guys) are dripping tears. Yuki, groans and moans some infant blabber. Ben walks out to some heartfelt country music. The house is in depression. It’s as if he’s headed to the battle fields.



The dominoes are falling, as Michael (whoever he is) decides that he has to go. He wore out his welcome. Bibiana claims that Michael leaving is bad for everyone. Yeah, by everyone you mean the one person who knows he’s an actual cast member.

Yuki is the lone single person remaining, so the best conversation of the show follows as Harrison attempts to say a few words in Japanese and tell her that she has a flight to Japan waiting on her ASAP.



Bibiana continues her mourning, be mentioning how shocking it is to loose three people. Memo to Bibi, they are ALIVE and well.

Kissing Competition

Now that they cleared the extras, it’s time for a kissing competition. What’s the point of this? While others are “practicing” their kissing, Clare and Christian can’t connect, so they decide their time is up. They leave in the blistering snow blower manufactured cold. Once again Clare can’t find love and she has no one to blame but herself.

The kissing contest judges arrive. Familiar faces: JoJo Fletcher, Rachel Lindsay and current Bachelor Arie.



Dean and Lesley are first with some ball room samba attempt that leads to him flipper her up as she wraps her legs around his head and they kiss. Yeah, there is a lot going on there.



Courtney and Lilly had a lipstick smearing kiss.

Bibiana and Jordan didn’t do anything special.

Kevin and Ashley I. seemed pretty hot and heavy with another.

Ally had to leave and puke. Josiah waited, then they had an underwhelming kiss.

Finally, Luke stood like a tree trunk and stared at JoJo while Stassia tried kissing him gently.

The tallies are in. One couple must go. Best kiss-off of the night goes to Kevin and Ashley I. Who would have thought.



Luke and Stassi were up next to be voted on to stay.

Courtney and Lily get to stay also.

Who would have thought Bibiana and Jordan would have made it.

Final rose of the night is between the group of Dean and Lesley and Ally and Josiah.



The power couple of Lesley and Dean get the final roses.

Ally and Josiah bid farewell. Anti-climactic breakup.





Here are the the take aways from the episode:

  • A few expected eliminations. Ben Higgins, Michael and Yuki are sent packing. They had no place there. Kinda just hanging out.
  • Surprised how Ashley I. and Kevin have hit it off. This may be 4th time the charm for her.
  • Are Luke and Stassia for real? Looks like it. Will they be able to keep it post show.
  • Interesting judges. Arie, Rachel and JoJo. Rachel still grumpy. JoJo bubbly. Arie being Arie. None of the judges were needed.
  • Lesley and Dean keeping it strong. They have been most legitimate couple. I can’t believe I’m saying the words Dean and legitimate.

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