All right- I had a lot of feelings watching the latest episode of The Bachelorette. Let’s go through them in the order of how they occurred. It was a long, wine-and-cake-filled evening.
It’s very difficult for me to find any joy in her relationship with Jed until these stories have been addressed. Obviously that can’t happen until the show ends, and I believe he is in the final two, if not the one she chooses. So I’m watching and wanting to feel happy for her because she’s opening up to him and clearly is falling for him (she literally says she is- which is unprecedentedly early to do so), but their relationship really is shadowed by the girlfriend’s story. So in the moments where we should be happy that she is feeling something strong for someone other than Luke, we can’t even truly thrive in that joy. It’s very frustrating.
Love Tyler. I thought it was hilarious that he was scared of horses and didn’t want to eat the herring. The whole date with the horses going in all different directions was just very funny. It would actually make a rather good metaphor for their relationship, though, because I don’t think they’re really on the same page. She’s just not as into him as she is Jed, Peter, & Luke. I truly cannot understand why. He’s deep, emotional, thoughtful, and the hottest man to ever be on the show. I don’t know if he’d make a great bachelor because I’d be afraid that the women would be blinded by his hotness and not develop deeper feelings. We’d have to see- I’m sure he’s America’s pick at this point.
Oh Connor. He knew the writing was on the wall when he didn’t get a one-on-one. I did feel kinda bad that Hannah was basically like “this is nice and all but I don’t have any feelings for you because you didn’t do this when I was still mildly interested” or something along those lines. That was the vibe anyway. I think he knew that already, though. To be fair, Luke has taken up so much of her time and energy that any guy who wasn’t a complete stand out had no chance of capturing her attention. He just wasn’t bold enough, but I think that bodes well for him in paradise because hopefully he learned his lesson and won’t let himself hold back and will be ready to take risks. He’s tall, handsome, and sweet, so hopefully in paradise he’ll meet a girl who will take the time to build a relationship and a foundation with him. I think the extended one-on-one time in paradise is exactly what he needs.
Oof. Mike’s goodbye just about put me over the edge. Mike is seriously the cutest. His smile lights up his whole face. I thought it was nice that Hannah respected him enough to say that she couldn’t look his family in the eye and tell them she could see herself with him if it wasn’t true. It was really just so sad. I truly hope he is the next bachelor because as Hannah said he “deserves fierce love” and I believe he is going to make his future wife very happy. He’s such a stand up guy and an amazing listener. If America can’t get behind a guy like that for their next Bachelor, than I’m not sure who they can. He’s sincere, honest, reflective, positive, and kind. He never tried to taunt Luke, but instead was straight up and honest with him.
My feelings about Peter are a wee bit complicated. I know there are some rumors swirling around about Peter dumping his serious girlfriend to be on the show, and I’m sure he’s not 100% innocent in this matter, but until we know the timeline of this breakup I think we should accept what he says. On the show, Peter seems to be truly invested in Hannah and happy to be around her. I’m not sure if it’s all the guys being so anti-Luke that they jumped for joy when Peter got back, or if they just love Peter that much. Either way, he’s so cute, he seems very sincere, and I really feel like he and Hannah are a good match. I think they’re both silly and they want the same things. They clearly have physical chemistry, but I think it goes beyond that. We’ll have to wait and see.
The final person to be sent home this episode was Garrett. Honestly- his face annoys me. I feel like he’s super pretentious and his smile does not look genuine. Did he really love her? Maybe. But here’s what I know: he continuously stirred the pot with Luke, he has no chemistry with Hannah, and his whole vibe is privileged white boy in the most annoying way. I’m not saying he’s a bad guy or anything, but he’s not right for Hannah, and he’ll probably do fine being a player on paradise. Maybe he’ll find the one. Who knows. Either way, I’m not sad to see him go.
And then there was Luke. My goodness. He gets more and more manipulative each week. When he said “I know you’re gonna say I don’t know you” and she smiled at him like “yeah, you got me,” I was like oooohhhhh no. This is not good. She is under his spell and he knows it. He repeats everything that is said to him and is just trying to say everything that she wants to hear. He does it to the men too, but they are clearly over him and not charmed by him in the slightest. It’s hard to even feel bad for him being bullied by the group anymore because he is just the worst. Based on the previews, it’s clear that he makes it to the fantasy suite, but I really hope it ends there and that Hannah is able to move past it and find joy in whoever her final two may be.
All in all, I’d say it was quite an emotional week. Hopefully it won’t take too much wine to get me through to the end of all of this.