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01.06.2019, 22:03   #351
 
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Brown spoke about how the experience made her feel empowered. In this post-#MeToo era and with a spotlight always on the franchise, are you happy that you have her leading the show at this time?

One of the things that we have talked about that stands out about Hannah is that she's at a point in her life where she's coming into her own skin as a woman on this journey. She's embracing that and feeling empowered by it, and shes not afraid of the feelings that come along with it. What's great about The Bachelorette is that it's a woman in power being able to exercise her voice and be in charge. It's putting women in the forefront of the decision-making, and that goes for all of the Bachelorettes.

But I think what people will relate to is the less-polished part. The other thing I appreciate about Hannah is that this is her experience and not anyone elses. No matter what people say to her, shes going to make the decisions for herself and not make them until she knows they are the right ones for her. If you overanalyze everything you can easily get confused by other peoples opinions I cant imagine being in her position and dating so many people. She stays really open and engaged and treats every relationship as if its the only one. I commend her for that because its a lot to take on.
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01.06.2019, 22:26   #352
 
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After getting got off to a rocky start with her live debut, the first three episodes show that Brown found her footing. Now that youve wrapped, how was she doing by the end of the season?

I think she's held onto staying true to who she is the whole time.

She feels things deeply and isnt afraid to show that, and thats something that I struggle with still. Thats all very relatable. She will fall over her words and doesnt know where to put her hands, and that awkwardness is also really endearing and charming. Whereas, you have the Instagram perfection that doesnt make anyone on the other side feel any better about themselves. So she's very relatable in that way.
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01.06.2019, 22:31   #353
 
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Brown used her Miss USA platform to speak about anxiety and depression and said The Bachelorette was another place she wanted to be candid about those issues. Will this season open a dialogue about anxiety?

Because of my schedule I havent seen all of the show, but we really tried to embrace all of those things as they come up along the way and really follow her on this journey, rather than hit all the check marks. When she isnt feeling great, she expresses it. That is what were going to show. And when shes feeling amazing, well showcase that as well.
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01.06.2019, 22:39   #354
 
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How would you think Brown she feels by the end?

Totally exhausted! The last couple of weeks are the most informative. I dont want to speak out of turn, but when I last saw her, she was down to four guys and really having to make the tough decision soon. But also, she was falling for these guys.

Since you left early to prep for Paradise, do you get real-time updates?

I do but, its hard to keep up because they were 10 hours ahead of me. I get text messages, but its different than being able to see how its all unfolding. Thats another hard part about not being there.
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01.06.2019, 23:52   #355
 
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What can you say about the trailer scene where Brown is sobbing into Chris Harrisons arms: Is that this seasons fence jump moment?

My first question is which time? I think that might have happened more than once!

And that's another point, the fact that she feels comfortable enough to just let it out and get a hug when she needs a hug. Everyone needs that. I really appreciated that when we were filming. It was refreshing to see. I dont know that I could tell you what this seasons fence jump is going to be. There might be a couple! Im really excited for this season, I think its going to be very good.
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02.06.2019, 00:06   #356
 
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The casting was a little different this season. Thirty-three names were released early, and 30 made the final cut after Bachelor Nation helped to eliminate potentially bad seeds, which was an idea from ABC reality chief Rob Mills after Becca Kufrins controversial season. On the premiere, one contestant was kicked off for having a relationship back home. (On Mondays episode, contestant Tyler G. was also removed without viewers seeing his exit.)

How has social media impacted the Bachelor and Bachelorette process?

I am not that hip to social media. Because I have no time! But it has helped us have access to more information to Robs point in a way that we havent utilized before. Its a lot easier for our cast to find out about each other or connect with each other before theyre on the show. After the show, its hard to manage them from talking to each other, but thats part of this age. You cant control it. Social media has also been a wonderful thing for the show by providing us with new tools and exposure that we werent receiving 10 years ago. I think its helped us become more of a household name.
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02.06.2019, 04:46   #357
 
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from Sharleen's blog:
Episode 3

As I mentioned last week, Im currently on vacation!
Ive been trucking away at this recap slowly but surely during my bits of downtime. I purposely went light on the fashion section to save time, not going down my usual sleuthing rabbit holes, so there are a few things missing. Ive also axed my usual fashion commentary. Other than that this recap is (miraculously) normal. Thank you for your patience with this one!

You were writing letters to guys because you thought you were going home?
Hannah

Fun fact: Letters are a thing among contestants when going home. Since you rarely know in advance when youre heading home, you rarely get to say a full goodbye. In some cases, your belongings are actually packed for you (when you arent sent home on a 1-on-1 or at a Rose Ceremony), so you dont get to return to see your housemates. Therefore, the notes are either written in advance (à la Cam), or even smuggled to each other. On my season, I both received and sent notes via sneaking one into the pouch of a handbag (before it was packed up), and via a dress I had loaned a housemate. I remember crying reading and writing these notes, so heightened was my emotional state. It was all very dramatic.
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02.06.2019, 04:48   #358
 
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GROUP DATE #1

In my opinion, this show starts to really get good at about the halfway mark, when you see everyone getting legitimately invested. That said, I still love me an early episode now and again, if only for the large Group Dates and their oftentimes absurd activities. The labor simulator is definitely up there in my books, providing some highly memorable and true LOL moments. John Paul Jones really delivered in this department (honestly, all of the guys reactions were funny but JPJs was .GIF-worthy). Also note Hannahs Direct Look Into Camera as she screams in pain from John Paul Jones iron grip on her hand
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02.06.2019, 05:03   #359
 
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In the evening, we get the beginnings of Cams irritating hypocrisy. Despite being the guy who crashed last weeks Group Date (and in doing so, whether he or not he meant to, took precious time with Hannah from other guys), he plays victim to justify his actions. He even goes so far as to insinuate that the other mens time may not be as valuable as his given what he wants to discuss with Hannah. So, in my humble opinion, this is horse shit. His important topic with Hannah was to lay on a guilt trip about how he quit his job to be there. (For the record, a good half or so of all contestants do this. Either that or theyre self-employed or freelance, or they have very understanding bosses. It is not rare for someone to have quit their job for the experience of going on this show.) Second, whether or not a producer encouraged him to crash last weeks date, he is in charge of his actions, so it bugs me that hed demand the very respect he wouldnt give the other men just days ago. And look, I actually dont mind the aggressive behavior (from an entertainment perspective) as long as the contestant just owns it, but Cam is an annoying mix of Always Be Cam (the guy who acts like the rules dont apply to him), and Victim Cam (the guy with a chronic underdog mentality). You cant have both, but Cam wants it all.
A little editing observation: Note how during the following Man Chat, Cam starts out with Tyler on his right and John Paul Jones guy on his left, but ends up at the end of the same sofa, with no one on his left

Its obvious the men were made to sit and talk with each other (about having time, what theyll talk about with Hannah, avoiding regrets, etc.) for quite some time, enough for the seating arrangement to have changed.
Also note how Kevin, one of the few guys who didnt get time with Hannah last week because of Cams visit, and the guy most annoyed by it, also just so happens to be on this Group Date with Cam. Coincidence? Thankfully (and impressively), he controls himself.

Before I wrap this date, I want to introduce a new toy to All The Pretty Pandas that Ive been wanting to add for awhile. Were going to start playing Word Watch, where someone (anyone!) gets points for using a good word. Because it doesnt happen enough. A Word Watch point goes to Mike who, during his 1-on-1 time with Hannah, says, You know me as a jovial, energetic, enthusiastic, always positive type. We dont hear words like jovial every day here on The Bachelor/Bachelorette, so Mike! It goes without saying that if you feel I miss any Word Watch-worthy words, let me know in the comments!
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02.06.2019, 05:20   #360
 
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CONNOR S 1-ON-1

As Connor S is summoned to Hannahs apartment for his 1-on-1, the cutest conversation ensues among the men back in the mansions kitchen. What I find cute about this is that its NOT (for once) a formal, prompted Man Chat. The guys are just hanging in the kitchen having a real conversation about how great itd be to take care of a sick Hannah and to cuddle

I love it when guys, among other men and when not prompted to talk gushier topics, can just admit to loving things like cuddling and wanting to spend time with a woman. On top of that, the above also shows that theres a legitimate interest in Hannah, especially from Tyler, who I do believe is very into her.
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02.06.2019, 05:28   #361
 
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There was a ton of cuteness throughout this episode, actually! I melted when Hannah read Connors note about having left notes around her apartment for her and she grins to herself in the sweetest way, along with a girlish Direct Look Into Camera

Ive mentioned over at Flare that Connor S and Hannah together feels super young and High School-ish to me (not in a bad or critical way, mind you), and the above REALLY feels that way to me. Its like her High School crush left a cute note in her locker. Also, this will probably age me, but for some reason when I saw the above clip I immediately thought of a hilariously bad board game I used to play as a girl called Girl Talk. (Anyone else ever play that??)
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02.06.2019, 05:33   #362
 
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I would so definitely make fun of the spelling on this Post-It

if it werent for my own blunder in my Premiere mailer. In my defense, I sent it from my phone while running out the door to barre class! But still, mortifying.
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02.06.2019, 05:49   #363
 
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Exhibit B of adorable High School-ishness is later in the evening, when Hannah attaches Connor S rose to his leather jacket. Just look at the way Connor S obediently stands still and looks straight ahead, occasionally stealing glances at Hannah, holding back grins

CUTE CUTE CUTE.
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02.06.2019, 05:55   #364
 
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GROUP DATE #2

The second Group Date is the requisite movie plug, this time for The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (I confess I didnt even know there was an original ). Demi is brought back yet again to snoop on the men, and I was amused by her use of air quotes for hired. Like, of course we know she didnt do any planning here (much less hiring!) so it was refreshing to have her subtly admit to that
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02.06.2019, 06:08   #365
 
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There was a quick peek behind the curtain as Hannah and Demi spied on Luke Ps conversation with his makeup artist. He casually reveals one of the biggest factors in how emotions unfold on this show (which youve heard me mention in my recaps before): being trapped in what is essentially a beautiful prison

Ive mentioned it before but it always bears repeating: the above is a MAJOR factor in so much of the contestant experience. Being trapped with nothing to do and nowhere to go expedites becoming irritated with one another, heightens the anticipation and excitement to go on dates (aka leave the housenote how this is always aired to seem like excitement about the lead). Plus, when you begin to travel and desperately wish to explore the foreign land youve been brought to but cant (Ive mentioned before that youre not even given a key card to your own hotel room), that adds a whole new dimension of irritation and anticipation.
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02.06.2019, 06:18   #366
 
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The evening portion of this Group Date heavily revolves around an already unraveling Luke P. I appreciated Hannahs following point on the matter

I love the above because it is SO TRUE. Its incredible how someone is attractive until theyre suddenly not, and how fine that line really can be. You want to be pursued but not too hard. You want effort but not too much. Its amazing how delicate and fickle ones intrigue can be, and how a slight misstep, especially today in a world of disposable dating, can be fatal. The above really encapsulates dating to me and is one of those deceptively simple Hannah-isms that Im coming to really appreciate about her.
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02.06.2019, 06:46   #367
 
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Luke P is an interesting character. On one end, when the guys first ask why he seems upset, he straight up tells them that Hannah had given him a talking to. He was honest and showed cards he didnt have to. I was impressed and felt for a moment that Id underestimated him. And then, just when I was feeling like I had him all wrong, at a Man Chat later that same evening, he drops this doozy

Just, ugh. What a textbook narcissists reaction. But given his willingness to declare the L-word (or the beginnings of the L-word) just last week, I guess its not surprising that hed just as willingly retract it to save his precious ego. Easy come, easy go.
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02.06.2019, 06:58   #368
 
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On to more feel-good pastures: Peter. I reeeeally like Hannah and Peter together. I loved this first kiss so much. (Yes, their FIRST KISSthats on the slower side for this show and I was all about it). What I like here is the transition from conversation to kiss. All too often, I find the kisses (especially the first kisses) on this show robotic, like they go from talking to kissing without a segue. Here, you can FEEL the chemistry, the attraction, the electricity. Theres reciprocation for daysthey both know the kiss is comingand then as theyre lips are meeting, he says, Im super happy. Its just really romantic and to me is by far most natural build-up to a kiss Ive seen this season

I guess the fact that I deem clips like the above .GIF-worthy is a giveaway that Im a gushy romantic at heart.
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02.06.2019, 07:00   #369
 
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That said, I also deem thinking-better-of-an-ass-grab moments .GIF-worthy, so who the hell knows
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02.06.2019, 07:07   #370
 
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Later on, before Hannah hands out the Group Date rose, she pulls Luke P aside, rose in hand. And here Joey shows how unfamiliar with this show he is

Gotta love Garretts subtle reaction to the prospect of Luke P receiving the rose. Its so funny seeing the guys in these early stages, before theyre all completely at their wits end with each other. Theyre still trying their darnedest to be respectful and well-behaved.
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02.06.2019, 18:36   #371
 
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TAILGATE PARTY/ROSE CEREMONY
Chris Harrison arrives to deliver the now-standard Episode 3 news thatduh duh duhthere wont be a Cocktail Party, but rather a Pool Tailgate Party. After he leaves, Cam once again feels the need to assert his victim status onto the other men who are all in the same boat as he. But note John Paul Jones position when Cam gets everyones attention, versus when hes shown glaring in Cams direction

Dont get me wrong: I dont think Cam is remotely popular and I wouldnt be surprised if John Paul Jones expression was in fact in reaction to something Cam said, but it wasnt to this thing Cam said. One of countless reminders of how reactions are inserted whenever and wherever needed.
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02.06.2019, 18:54   #372
 
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I laughed out loud at the wrap-up of Cams long-winded speech about how he might be sent home and how Mikeafter the perfect amount of silence for comedic and dramatic effectcalled BS, followed by a fantastic Direct-Look-Into-Camera

What was annoying about Cams Man Chat moment here is that it was a speech about wanting something from the guys (being left alone with Hannah, or having his time with her respected), thinly veiled as a speech about most likely going home. He was using a brotherly farewell as a tool to get his way when his way, when his way in this context is the complete opposite of what he had proven to do for others.

Now, before you think Im being too harsh on Cam, Ill say this: IF Cams story really were so tragic, it would have been shown. (I did mention this over on The Morning After but I think its worth having in writing.) The show is always pretty respectful of sob stories. They very well may exploit those sob stories, but they do air them in a fair, more or less accurate (if not complete) way, and with appropriately emotional music. Even Chad from Jojos season, one of the most villainous villains of recent memory, got his sob story shown. My point is, I have a strong feeling Cams story was as not heart-wrenching as it was shown to be. Im not saying one needs a sob story to be taken seriously or liked on this show, but if youre going to use it as a tool with which to play victim or to stay on the show longer, it better as hell be good.

Everything about Cam reads as calculatedin a way that I suspect bleeds beyond the confines of this showand it is A CRYING SHAME. I say that because its clear Cam is intelligent and a thinker. I said in my premiere recap that I want to like him so bad because hes different than your typical Bachelorette bro. It troubles me that he tries so much harder than he needs to. Dude needs to chill and BE HIMSELF. Heres hoping that if he graces us with his presence on Paradise, he does just that.
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02.06.2019, 19:03   #373
 
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Peter, 27
Pilot, Westlake Village, CA
In this pilot's family, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Peter's parents met while his dad was a pilot and his mom was a flight attendant. When Peter is not flying the friendly skies, he enjoys snowboarding, watching football and line dancing. Peter's life motto is "you should live this life always expecting something great is about to happen to you." Could meeting Hannah be that next great thing? - Peter's grandma's name is Rose. - He once took a girl on a sunset flight to Santa Barbara for dinner. - Even though he is a man of the world, Peter still lives at home.
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02.06.2019, 19:05   #374
 
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03.06.2019, 01:53   #375
 
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