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Старый 26.07.2018, 05:28   #1101
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“I Would Be Happy to Be Wrong!” Sharleen Joynt on Episode 8 of The Bachelorette

Eliminations like last night’s are a prime example of why I work so hard to avoid spoilers. Had I known Colton would be axed this week, I may have watched last night’s episode through tears of boredom. I know I spend a lot of time (lovingly) criticizing this show for manufactured drama but MAN OH MAN, when, like last night, it’s just a series of peachy Hometown dates and a collect-them-all of perfectly on-cue ILYs, even the romantic in me yearns for something more, entertainment-wise. There wasn’t even a mildly difficult parent or protective sibling willing to make a stink. So thank God for the element of surprise; I was SO SURE Becca would be keeping Colton and sending Jason home that the shock value alone had what was otherwise a completely milquetoast episode leaving a surprisingly good taste in my mouth.
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Старый 27.07.2018, 08:44   #1103
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Another surprise that might’ve been much more interesting had previews not completely spoiled it: Tia pulling Becca aside to tell her she still had feelings for Colton.
Speaking of manufactured, I would not be surprised if the entire group of ladies was brought in solely for Tia to drop this anvil, but I sure as hell don’t mind given the episode as a whole (snoozeville) and the fact that I shamelessly LOVE girl talk. (Becca dishing that Jason is “the best kisser ever”? I live for this stuff. Stuff like this in a natural-ish conversation with girlfriends just doesn’t translate in ITMs.)
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But back to Tia’s confession, I was in awe of how classily Becca handled this unwelcome information. I can see how, in Tia’s case, she probably couldn’t have predicted a) how far Colton would make it, and b) how witnessing that would affect her.
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Старый 27.07.2018, 19:09   #1105
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But let’s be honest here: in Week 3 she gave the go-ahead, back when it would have been WAY easier on Becca’s end to cut it off with Colton out of respect for her friend. Instead, I think Tia was trying to be easygoing and accommodating, which is well-intentioned but which most definitely backfired here.

I really relate to Becca’s Girl Code perspective and admire how quickly, cleanly and almost ruthlessly she cut out the mere beginnings of what could become a cancer in her friendship with Tia. As she herself said, “I don’t want to lose any friendship over a guy.”
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Старый 27.07.2018, 19:17   #1106
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Okay, okay, so that’s probably not the only reason. In yet another example of pure class, rather than even suggesting Tia had anything to do with it, the reason Becca gave Colton was that his father (totally reasonably) asked of her: if he’s not the one, to end it now and not later.
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Старый 27.07.2018, 19:20   #1107
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I’ve been pretty sure all season that Colton wouldn’t end up being “The One,” but I still got the impression she was invested, very attracted and would likely want overnight QT with him.
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Старый 27.07.2018, 19:27   #1108
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Further, with his much-hyped virginity, it seemed obvious that the show would want to riddle an entire Fantasy Suite episode with sexual innuendos and cherry-popping references. Actually, in that sense, I’m amazed they LET Becca vote Colton off the island. But I can see Becca not wanting to even bring Colton into that situation, where there could be pressure on him to “perform” (in a number of ways), especially given she knew she would be sending him home at some point.
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Старый 27.07.2018, 19:33   #1109
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Regardless which of those was her main reason (Tia, Colton’s dad, or the will-he-or-won’t-he aspect of Fantasy Suites), they’re all strong. I give Becca major kudos for, despite her powerful attraction, not only extricating Colton from the sinking ship that was their relationship, but also doing so as gracefully and respectfully as humanly possible.
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Sharleen Joynt’s Frontrunners Following the Hometown Dates:
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Старый 27.07.2018, 20:00   #1111
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Старый 27.07.2018, 20:12   #1112
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Старый 28.07.2018, 22:49   #1113
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Старый 29.07.2018, 05:36   #1114
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Старый 30.07.2018, 03:27   #1116
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“This Struck Me As a Red Flag:” Sharleen Joynt on Episode 9 of The Bachelorette

I really, really wish that, this far in, I were more captivated by this season than I find myself. Instead of nodding along when Chris Harrison asks Becca things like, “Can you believe we are down to two men?”,

I find myself declaring (or writing in my notes, rather): YES. YES, I CAN.
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Старый 30.07.2018, 03:40   #1117
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Seriously, is anyone remotely surprised that we’re finally down to two, or that those final two are Garrett and Blake?

I know a huge part of my writing about this show involves analyzing edits and making predictions based on those analyses, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like a blindside now and again. Is a mild curveball too much to ask for?! I feel like we’ve known it’d be down to these two since Night One, and if and when it’s so obvious that we’re right, the storylines themselves had better be pretty darn compelling.
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Старый 30.07.2018, 06:04   #1118
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That textbook predictability can be negated by a real, moving romance. Watching two humans go from being total strangers to being in love can truly be a beautiful sight (if not a social experiment) to behold. But this is where I find myself frustrated this season, and brace yourself, I’m about to rant about it. With different people, I expect different love stories. I objectively know that what Becca shares with Garrett and with Blake are different than, say, what JoJo shared with Robby and with Jordan. So why the hell do these storylines feel so, well, the same?? We all know there’s a formula, not only in terms of airtime and edits, but with the dates themselves, the props, the soundtrack. But nonetheless, this deep into the season, it shouldn’t feel as familiar, as tired, as DONE as it does.
I often credit this show when I think it makes an effort to evolve with the times and to keep one step ahead of its ever wise-growing, curious viewers. But in this regard, I think it’s time for another step up. Even Jason’s return, with his walk down the hotel hallway to the tune of dramatic music, felt so mundane. We saw previews for it and were subjected to the uneventful scene itself. And then, 10 precious minutes later, we were right back where we started, with Becca calling Jason one of the best guys she’s ever met (exactly what she said right after she sent him packing).

Don’t get me wrong, I sympathize with Jason’s hard time and the fact that he wanted closure. But not only was what Jason sought the same thing most second runners-up seek (and receive) at Men Tell All, with how it was previewed, edited and inserted into the episode, it just felt like something we’ve seen before. Many, many times over. And it left me wondering if I’d have still watched the episode to the end if it weren’t for the fact that I had to recap it. Because my intelligence felt as insulted as my time felt wasted.
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Старый 30.07.2018, 06:14   #1119
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Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s only the show to blame here. As someone who values words and their power to clearly and concisely describe one’s feelings, I can recognize maybe I’m just the wrong audience for this show. But I for one am getting deeply annoyed at the lack of specificity in every “in love” person’s professions of said love. There’s a surplus of “special”s, “amazing”s and an overall generic hyperbole, yet there are so few distinct statements to set relationships not only apart from each other within in the same season, but across ALL seasons. This week, when asked by Chris Harrison how he felt about Becca, Blake responded with: “I’m in love with her. A lot. Very in love with her. I absolutely do see me getting down on one knee and seeing a future with Becca.”

Like, we get it, he loves her. But why? Why should we see what he and Becca have as any different than the next relationship??
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Старый 31.07.2018, 00:04   #1120
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So starved have I been for words to give the relationships individuality that I eagerly took note when Jason said he loved how “charismatic” and “strong” Becca is. My pathetic excitement over these simple words show just how rare they are. But they’re SO important: they not only give us some insight into what the two share, they also show that man’s ability to identify key traits about their potential future fiancée. What about Becca draws each of these guys to her and they can recognize complements them?? Garrett was my early favourite in this department since he, on Night One, called Becca “witty” and as having a “quick rapport.”
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But it’s like being on this show gradually turns you in a vocabulary-challenged clone, as Garrett’s descriptions of his love for Becca have grown more and more broad and have increasingly sounded less and less different than Blake’s.

I’ve never met Becca in person but I can still use words to describe her based on what we’ve seen: she’s empathetic and sensitive to others’ feelings. She’s perceptive. She’s curious. She’s a good listener. She’s quick-witted and goofy. She’s very confident and self-assured but quietly so. I’ve already used more words to describe her personality than we’ve shown all of the men have COMBINED. Now, I of course realize a) it’s possible (though unlikely) those words are on the editing room floor, and b) these aren’t necessarily the key traits that make one fall in romantic love with someone. And I realize things like pheromones and chemistry aren’t things words can’t necessarily capture. But, for the audience’s sake (and interest), I still feel like people on this show should TRY to verbalize those feelings. Or their producers should TRY to get that out of them. Because right now I’m reaching a point where the final few relationships blur into one another. It’s a general wash of “I’m in love with her,” “I can see a future with her” and “I can see myself proposing,” regardless of who’s saying it. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard as hell to become invested in what feels like just one of several versions of the same relationship.
Alright, rant over!
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Sharleen Joynt’s Prediction for Becca’s Final Rose
Becca will choose….
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Старый 31.07.2018, 18:37   #1123
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Becca will send home…
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Episode 9

I know, I know... it's Monday.

I could regale you with excuses, but without going into too much detail, since last week's recap from Germany, I've been in Paris for a few days, back home for a few days (to choose materials for our upcoming kitchen/bath reno, YAY!), and am now with family in Ottawa. It's been an exhausting week and I'm afraid my priority hasn't really been getting this out as on time as I usually aim to. It's been me making .GIFs on planes and fashion-sleuthing while half-watching the nightly news with Andy.
THANK YOU guys for always being so patient, especially around these middle-of-Summer weeks when I always get in the weeds. Men Tell All is my week off and let me tell you, it couldn't be better timed! Whew.
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“It felt so good to speak with a clear heart and not a calculated head.”
—Jason, ripe for the booting

BLAKE'S OVERNIGHT

The famed Fantasy Suite week kicks off in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where Becca greets her date (in this case, Blake) in the only way she seems to know how...
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