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Старый 01.06.2017, 04:16   #226
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...and just kicked his ass*to the curb. I’m a very chill person … until I’m not.

Once he was gone I started reeling from the realization that, throughout this journey, at any second, things could completely change in the worst way.
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I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get back in the right head space at the after party that night. Luckily the concern and honesty the remaining guys approached me with that night carried my head and heart back to where they needed to be. It was clear to me that first impressions were already over and the men were trying to make connections.
Josiah out of all of them seemed the most affected by DeMario’s lies because he felt the closest to him in the house. He felt played, too — we shared that. Then he opened in more detail about how he became a prosecutor, the challenges that he faced as a child and how they made him the man that was sitting before me.

I gave him the rose that night because our moments together resonated deeper than I had expected and it was clear that even when hurt himself, his focus was still on protecting me.
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Старый 01.06.2017, 08:34   #228
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Going into the cocktail party the very next evening I thought we had pumped the brakes on the drama and I would finally be able to focus on finding the relationships that had a future, not a past. I was wrong. The guys in the house seemed to have gotten to know each other well enough that they felt they needed to warn me about each other instead of letting me figure it out myself.
The past beef Blake and Lucas shared from both being on a prior dating show had gotten packed in their luggage and brought to the mansion. Blake warned me Lucas was not genuine, Lucas warned me Blake was watching him sleep and doing shameful things with produce from the kitchen. I like a corny joke, but Lucas had run out of good material — or maybe it was just never there — and Blake spent so much time focused on getting back at Lucas for past sleights instead of on me, I was really questioning his intentions.
Then Chris Harrison interrupted the cocktail party and asked to speak with me and I knew something serious was about to go down. I love Chris, he’s my rock through the good and bad times, he’s challenged me when I needed it and comforted me too. But there are certain situations where he walks in and you just know the news isn’t going to be good.

Then he told me DeMario had Uber-ed his way back into my life. I felt a wave of anger wash over me. I thought about leaving him out in the driveway and not wasting another second of my time on him when there were so many guys who were still waiting for an opportunity to share my company, yet something in my gut told me to hear him out. I hate going through life leaving loose ends, wondering what if, so I needed to know if he was here to apologize or to offer up more excuses and lies.
Thanks for hearing me out guys. Writing is actually a creative passion of mine, and I love sharing as much of my journey with you as I can.
Check in next week to get the scoop on the return of DeMario, the end of the most dramatic cocktail party of my season, the return of a few familiar faces and the dirtiest group date in Bachelorette history. Yes, that seriously all happens in one week. Thanks for reading!
Sincerely,
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Старый 02.06.2017, 03:33   #229
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Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelorette: Episode 2

OH MAN. That girlfriend confrontation! Did it feel almost nostalgic to any other longtime viewers the way it did to me? An alleged girlfriend storyline is pretty old school in this franchise (I think this dates back to Jillian Harris’s season?), and the Other Woman actually coming ON the show feels like deja vu, à la Desiree’s season. And wow, was this particular alleged girlfriend no shrinking violet.

I understand that Lexi felt jilted and wanted revenge (that much was certainly clear), but she came off as no walk-in-the-park either. Her crassness and inability to stop speaking over others when it wasn’t productive or helpful sort of counteracted her credibility. Ultimately, though, the proof was in her phone; I suppose she could say whatever or behave however she saw fit.
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Старый 02.06.2017, 06:36   #230
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So, DeMario The Dirtbag. First, he was obviously caught red-handed and the whole thing was cringe-worthy. Like, when Rachel was scrolling through Lexi’s phone I was thisclose to covering my eyes. But to me, having Lexi in the wings wasn’t even DeMario’s worst transgression. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if half the men on this season have some lady on the side they occasionally hook up with (or at least try to hook up with). You’re telling me the last woman any of these men had sex with was their ex-girlfriend, which had to have been a substantial amount of time ago for the break-up to not seem either concerningly or suspiciously recent? Give me a break. None of these guys are hurting for a date, and people have sex on dates.
The difference is in the ethics. An ethical player makes sure his or her partner(s) know where he or she stands; they’re not leading them to believe a parental meet-and-greet is around the corner. Thus, it wasn’t so much DeMario’s “wrong reasons” that gave me chills, but rather the familiarity and ease with which he lied. That shit-eating grin turned horrified, turned innocent: “Hey, who’s this?”

It was as though he was flipping through a Rolodex of scenarios and corresponding lies. What I would have liked was to see him just own up to that relationship being exactly what it was: some sort of casual sex buddy, emphasizing it wasn’t serious and they both always knew it. But that’s where he lost me. Last night, he lied right up until he couldn’t lie any more, and then he was trapped there by his own lies from months ago. Had he been an ethical player and not led Lexi to believe what they had was something meaningful, I might’ve been defending him here today. But nope. There’s guilt in passivity, too; if he knew Lexi was growing attached and seeing herself as his girlfriend, to allow that when you know you don’t reciprocate those feelings is also not alright. Either way, DeMario The Dirtbag he is.
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Старый 02.06.2017, 06:55   #231
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My Top 4 predictions based on last night are…

1. Peter, 31: Rachel was not shy about her interest in Peter. The first 1-on-1 recipient is almost always a major frontrunner, and it’s hard to imagine a Bachelorette who’s been more excited about a guy than Rachel is about Peter this early on. The only thing that gives me pause about Peter is how dreamy he is. Like, I can’t imagine a world in which he doesn’t know that and it innately makes me wary of him. Dreaminess and likely-coinciding conceit aside, Peter does nothing wrong. He’s a good sport, has a good attitude, loves dogs, and seems into Rachel. As I said in my video recap, I love how not instantly “in love”-seeming he is. There is a sense of equality there, like they’re both intrigued and excited but still feeling things out. I always look for that and they’ve got it.
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Старый 02.06.2017, 07:09   #232
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2. Bryan, 37: Like clockwork, the First Impression Rose recipient didn’t get a date the first week. It’s so standard that Rachel, FIR recipient herself, bonded with Bryan over it. Bryan isn’t going anywhere and likely has a quality 1-on-1 coming his way in Week 3 or 4.
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3. Dean, 26: I was super close to putting Dean in my Top 4 last week and now I’m mad at myself for not doing so. His time with Rachel is never glossed over and I think he’s got legit frontrunner potential. My only issue is that I wish he were a few years older; I’m just not sure I see Dean being ready for marriage and kids in the next few years. That said, his kiss betrays his baby face. For me, theirs was the kiss of the season so far. HOT.
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Старый 02.06.2017, 07:41   #234
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4. Josiah, 28: If you watched my Morning After video, you know where I stand on Josiah. I maintain that he’s super accomplished and has got an incredible story. I can also picture him being surprised by how hard he starts to fall for Rachel. But this early on, and I admit I’m hyper-sensitive to this, I find the way he speaks to Rachel a bit too ‘for-television’ for my liking, especially when contrasted with how he speaks with the men in the house. Regardless, Josiah is a major player this season and will be around for a long time.
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Старый 02.06.2017, 11:01   #235
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I understand that Lexi felt jilted and wanted revenge (that much was certainly clear), but she came off as no walk-in-the-park either. Her crassness and inability to stop speaking over others when it wasn’t productive or helpful sort of counteracted her credibility. Ultimately, though, the proof was in her phone; I suppose she could say whatever or behave however she saw fit.
не совсем согласен. То что она агрессивна и "не подарок" было очень видно, но само её крайне экспрессивное поведение меня как раз заставляло ей верить. То как она уверенно и безапелляционно отвергала его заявления. Когда люди врут они больше стараются контролировать свои эмоции. Дамарио был прекрасным примером, потому что начинают говорить лишнее как например "who's this?"
И в телефоне, если я правильно понял, ничего такого не было. "Good night babe", и ещё пару неоднозначных фраз.
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Старый 03.06.2017, 04:57   #236
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Да, в телефоне он был очень мил с Лекси, видимо не хотел обрыбать концы или хто его знает. И Рэчел сказала, что не нужен ей парень, котрый желает спокойной ночи другой женщине таким образом.
Меня отношение Шарлин несколько удивило, ну и что, что Лекси такая, откуда нам знать каки именно у них были отношения?
А как тебе свидание с Питером и сам он?
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Старый 03.06.2017, 05:03   #237
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Старый 06.06.2017, 01:58   #238
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Episode 2

"Sometimes people do a Jekyll and Hyde on you... you never know." —Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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FIRST GROUP DATE
I always love a kitschy competition of sorts, especially when there's nothing serious (like being allowed to attend the evening portion of the date)*on the line.*This "Husband Material" race was hilarious and it reminded me of Chris Soules' Group Date "Hoe-down Throw-down" from 2.5 years ago (wow, times flies).*The celeb cameos are becoming more and more impressive with each passing season and I looooved Mila and Ashton's cute ITMs...

That said, didn't they meet on That 70s Show when she was, like, 14?*And didn't they each have serious relationships (including a marriage)*since meeting? Ehhh, the sentiment is still super sweet.
(меня это тоже слегка озадачило )
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Старый 06.06.2017, 02:04   #239
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I laughed when, while Blake E was pointing out Lucas' cheating, all Dean seemed to care about was that his baby was properly changed...

Also note Rachel's expression above. She's just like, "Can we not?"
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Other than a dark horse showing by Dean later in the evening (THAT KISS = he's jumped up to 3rd in my Top 4 list), the Group Date cocktail party mostly consists of terrible game. Eg:*Jonathan: "So, one of the keys with changing a diaper is to minimize your wiping. You may not know this, but people wipe way too much and actually irritate the baby." This is a REAL SENTENCE from his 10-20 MINUTES of 1-on-1 time. I'm told he's a doctor, but that's still weak getting-to-know-you material. And I'd probably go easier on him if he hadn't tickled Rachel on first meet.*��
There's also an excess of the Blake E vs Lucas show, where these words are actually uttered in this order...
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Старый 06.06.2017, 02:11   #241
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Rachel has some 1-on-1 time with Kenny and a subsequent ITM about it,*but first observe what an ITM from this Group Date looks like...
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Старый 06.06.2017, 02:14   #242
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Based on the hair, makeup, outfit, and background (aka EVERYTHING) in the following ITM, it's obvious it's taken from an entirely different conversation with Kenny. After all, if it were meant as a Pick-up, she'd at least wear the same dress as above...

It's safe to say we'll be hearing more from Kenny regarding his daughter, most likely (based on his airtime so far)*in the context of his own 1-on-1 date. Also note the furry pillow background; it was used for a Pick-up of Night One last week, and I'll point it out again later in this recap.
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Старый 06.06.2017, 02:23   #243
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PETER'S 1-ON-1
This was a pretty great 1-on-1, but let's be honest about who the real star of the show was... (also note the epic Direct-Look-Into-Camera™!)

CUTENESS OVERLOAD
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My favorite part of this date was Rachel and Peter's conversation about their teeth gaps. It was a sweet thing to bond on, and on a deeper level served as a sort of metaphor for embracing one's natural, unique beauty.*I had to make a .GIF of the following; Rachel is never remotely arrogant yet oh-so confident...


In a world full of possible "tweaks" to one's appearance and a culture of those tweaks being increasingly normalized, I am over the moon at this sentiment being expressed on national television. I've personally never understood the general public's interest in shoe-horning Bachelor/ette contestants into being role models. Not because they're not good people, but rather that what the general public gets to know of them is often so altered and limited, what America ultimately sees hardly represents them as a whole. But regardless of whether we see 50% or 95% of Rachel as a person, it's undeniable a) how beautiful and natural Rachel is, b) how completely self-assured and confident she is, and c) what excellent role model material the combination of a) and b)*makes her, for any of the younger folks out there watching this.
And fun fact, my dad is a dentist and he would absolutely say what Rachel's dentist said to her, and he has his own character-full gap in his two front teeth.
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Regarding Rachel and Peter,*I personally like how level the playing field feels between these two. You don't get the feeling like Rachel's in full control over this relationship (as leads often are in every relationship). That said, I couldn't not point out how,*on the first Group Date earlier in this episode, Rachel specifically said she likes when the guy makes the move. Yet,*she clearly made the move when both hugging AND in her first kiss with Peter...

And not to be redundant with what I've said over at Flare, but my only concern about Peter is how next-level good-looking he is. Not to stereotype, but it's very possible he doesn't need to make the moves with women as they typically just come to him. I'd be happy to be proven wrong on this.
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Старый 06.06.2017, 02:35   #246
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SECOND GROUP DATE
Heading into the basketball Group Date, DeMario expresses what every contestant feels after being held captive in a beautiful prison for several days...
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Little did DeMario know he was walking into quite the trap. I absolutely get where Lexi was coming from, but I'm a big advocate in believing what people show you (rather than what they tell you) about themselves. Obviously everything she and DeMario had wasn't so meaningful if he had the ability to do what he did to her, so the best use of energy moving forward is getting over it and bettering oneself. But it's clear where Lexi's energy was focused...

No "I can't wait to have closure" or "I can't wait to clear this all up" or anything along those lines. This girl wanted �� REVENGE ��. Again, it's easy to see where she's coming from and I totally get that she wanted to sabotage DeMario's success on this show since success on this show can lead to longer term success outside the show. But I still believe #happinessisthebestrevenge.
I don't have much to add here on the DeMario front that I didn't express over at Flare, except that apparently he was approached by the show and not vice versa. (Thank you Jillian for the link!) I know that doesn't make him innocent but there's a difference between an opportunity falling in your lap and you actively seeking out said opportunity.*Also, a good number of all contestants end up back with their exes after filming the show (myself included!), so you have to wonder just how broken up a lot of these folks are when they go on the show in the first place.*I'm not saying they're not broken up, but obviously some threads are still intact. Don't get me wrong: DeMario had absolutely spun a web of lies and ended up trapped in it. But I don't think we should assume that every other guy whose girlfriend/girl on the side/ex-girlfriend/friend with benefits who isn't as vengeful (and possibly interested in being on TV) as Lexi,*is automatically an angel. AND THAT'S OKAY.*Like Rachel said last week, it's about being open to what could happen.
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And though Rachel was obviously (and rightfully) PISSED at DeMario, she harbored a lot of (understandable) anger towards production for their (huge) role in this. This is best shown in the following .GIF, where Rachel won't speak to Chris Harrison despite obviously being ushered towards him. (Believe me, Chris Harrison doesn't just hang out out in the open. If he appears, it's to speak or be spoken to. Note how ready to leave he is when she goes to the restroom.) Also note how, while Rachel enters the gymnasium, she has a female producer with her. But in the the next angle of her (from the camera behind Chris Harrison), the producer is none other than Elan Gale. Something tells me this episode of (again, understandable) anger lasted a long time and was heavily edited...

Producer Watch™!
Remember, it's not like Lexi found her way onto the show on her own. The puppeteers were just as involved as anyone in all this, yet the episode was edited as though her anger was directed 100% at DeMario.
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Later on in the Group Date, there's an old familiar friend in the form of a Pick-up ITM room. This is what an ITM from this Group Date evening portion looks like...
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Старый 06.06.2017, 22:58   #250
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... making the following a textbook Pick-up...

The ITM room, her hair, and her makeup are identical to the cream sweater ITM above (re: Kenny and his daughter). This was one productive Pick-up sesh.
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