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Episode 4

“Literally all I’ve been told about her is that she fucking sucks. But also I don’t know her.”
—Anna, who is hopefully learning many, many lessons watching this

What a terrible episode this was. There was so much contrivance, so much nastiness. This is the kind of Bachelor episode I despise watching (and despise recapping even more!), the kind of episode that makes you want to quit this show. If it weren’t for this blog, I honestly would have quit the season based on this episode—that’s how much I hated it. Also, I tend to have a potty mouth when I’m angry, so be warned that there is more swearing in this recap than usual! 😬

LAST WEEK, CONT’D

Episode 4 picks up after Sarah’s departure, with the women in a large Girl Chat, clearly prompted to discuss her. With the group shot (with our favorite U-formation) at the beginning of this scene, note how Katie is not yet present while MJ and Anna are talking about Sarah, yet she’s suddenly there when Victoria is…

First, I don’t agree that Sarah’s situation reflects MJ’s “the first time things get hard” argument (it’s obvious Sarah struggled more so because of women like MJ than because of difficulties in her relationship with Matt), but that’s not the point I’m making here so I’ll resist picking that apart. Last week we saw Katie arrive in this same outfit, to this same chat, to tell the women Sarah had left. So, Katie’s reappearance act here tells us Victoria was the one to still double down and call Sarah “trash” after knowing she’d left. I’m mentioning this mainly to give MJ and Anna the benefit of the doubt, that they weren’t necessarily talking shit about Sarah after hearing of her departure.

Oh, and Katie is a HERO. A lot of people (and perfectly kind people!) would just be passive and silent in this situation, so for her to speak up and really stand up for someone (someone who isn’t even there anymore) speaks to such a strong sense of empathy on her part, not to mention courage in taking on someone as outwardly mean as Victoria. Katie is the season’s MVP by far.
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GROUP DATE #2

It would seem Sarah’s departure took up much of the day because this Group Date appeared to only be an evening Cocktail Party. Add that to the list of grievances the women likely had in general: Annoyance at Sarah for (inadvertently and indirectly) causing the first Group Date to be cancelled, then further annoyance with both her and the process in general that, in lieu of a daytime activity, those second Group Date ladies instead sat around being made to talk about Sarah.

I don’t have much to say about this Group Date except to mention how likable Chelsea is. I appreciated hearing her describe hair as “emotional” and sharing how she’d chemically straightened it for as long as she could remember. This was a really lovely moment in its honesty, but I couldn’t help but wish we’d gotten more moments like these. It’s safe to assume we were shown this because Matt would give Chelsea the Group Date rose, which leaves me wondering just how many little conversations like this are left on the editing room floor, unworthy because they don’t culminate in a rose and don’t involve icky drama.

Finally, I enjoyed Chelsea’s adorable ITM after receiving her rose…

People often ask why contestants become close with producers because they seem like the obvious enemy. But ITMs like this show us why: you can tell your producer feelings you’d be rude to tell your housemates. Not only can you celebrate getting the rose, but you are encouraged to.
There is an element to being on your best behavior with each production and housemates, which I think is another factor in the emotional difficulty of being a contestant on this show. You can never let your guard down completely.
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ROSE CEREMONY

We all knew things would begin going horribly awry when we were shown the women saying…

“The night is young” and calling the train you’re on a “positive” one are not feelings production wants to induce in their contestants… unless it’s to then pull the rug out from under them. Something about Serena C in the above clip makes me laugh, though. Her expression seems to suggest she knows how dangerous this conversation is.
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Chris Harrison pulls Matt outside to drop the bomb that 5 new women will be arriving. I laughed out loud at Matt’s face scratch and tepid “okay” upon hearing a “record number” of women wanted to date him…

He may be new to this but he’s appropriately apprehensive.
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So, five new women arrive. Excuse my French, but this is some tired bullshit. Not the twist itself (though we did get a glimpse of this same thing on Tayshia’s season), but the impact it was obviously meant to have: causing the existing contestants to officially crack and creating a clear us-against-them mentality…

Of course, the above also serves as foreshadowing, because no way would new girls arrive and for not one of them get a 1-on-1 date. Everything about this gimmick is so heavy handed and predictable.

I mentioned we got a glimpse of this late arrivals twist with Tayshia’s season, but at least Tayshia was a new Bachelorette and therefore deserved a larger selection of men—she was meeting ALL the men for the first time that night. There was an acceptable excuse for throwing five new guys into the mix partway through the season. But this… this was sooooo unnecessary. What was the reason these women couldn’t have arrived on Night One like the others? No reason was given, of course. The Powers That Be didn’t even pretend it was for any legitimate reason other than to incite hostility.

To be clear, this was unfair for EVERYONE. It was unfair to the existing women. It was unfair to the new arrivals. It was unfair to Matt, who then had the unpleasant task of mitigating feelings for a twist he had no say in. Further, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was pressured to keep the majority of the new women, in the interest of causing even more anger among the “OG” women, seeing their friends go home only to be replaced by strangers.I’m not even addressing Victoria because I’m sick of her and her antics. As for the rest of the contestants, do I think the existing women were ruder than they needed to be? Of course. I didn’t quite understand the emphasis on feeling “disrespected” by the new ladies—it’s not like those women wouldn’t have arrived on Night One had they had the choice. However, just to play devil’s advocate, I think it’s very possible women expressed feeling disrespected by the SHOW, by production, by the process, and that vitriol was redirected at the other women in the edit. (We know by now this happens all the time.) But yeah, many—but not all—of the women were unnecessarily unkind. Their frustration was understandable, but no amount of frustration warrants treating other innocent women like scum. And this is where I do think Victoria comes in. I mentioned last week that I think she’s an enabler; she makes the women around her meaner than if she weren’t there.
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GROUP DATE #1

Ben Higgins arrives and has planned a reasonably wholesome Group Date. As silly as squirrel costumes were, I enjoyed this date, if only because it didn’t involve wedding gowns, violence, unnecessary near-nudity, or sex. (Yes, the bar is low.) I was also just impressed by these 1000-lbs pumpkins…

Seriously, not nearly enough time was spent marveling at these things! How long does it take to grow one of these?? I want to know more about the sheer manpower it must have taken to prepare and transport them for this! They all seemed unique and that would surely make a difference in mobility? Was I the only one amazed by the pumpkins?!?!
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Mari wins the the race. Chris Harrison awards her a trophy with acorns on it and says “These nuts are yours”. Sigh.
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In the evening MATT with BRITTANY
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In the evening, things unravel quickly. Anna had alluded to knowing so-called dirt on newcomer Brittany (as evidenced by the lovely quote of the week) but she was in need of a little push before she really ran her mouth. Queue producers, who send Brittany to claim her 1-on-1 time while Anna is chatting with Matt. (NO WAY was Brittany interrupting Anna some coincidence.)
That push was all Anna needed. She feels somehow wronged by Brittany doing what she herself would have done and has done countless times (interrupting 1-on-1 time for her own 1-on-1 time) and proceeds to declare on national television that Brittany is probably an escort…

Note the sheer glee on Anna’s face in saying this. Remember who she’s talking to: a producer who feels like a friend, and someone who’s snickering along with her, egging her on, likely sharing in her disbelief. I’m not REMOTELY excusing Anna’s behavior (more on that in a bit) but I say this as a general reminder of the circumstances which would bring Anna to share something like this in the first place.

As for what Anna’s actually saying. Just… wow. There’s nothing I can say about this that hasn’t already been said. There are so many wrongs it’s hard to know where to start. First, to claim on national television that someone is a sex worker is not only wrong from a ethical standpoint (it’s no one else’s business to share), but given the stigma still surrounding sex work, it’s also wrong from a safety standpoint. Second, it’s 2021: the derogatory tone is painfully passé and just makes Anna seem sheltered and judgmental. Finally, the coup de grâce: ANNA WAS WRONG. She didn’t even know for sure and STILL said this on national television! It’s like a babushka doll of wrongdoings!

Now, observing the .GIF above, I find the cutaways suspect. We never SEE Anna say Brittany “may be” anything. Part of me wondered if this was frankenbitten, if “may” was used (as opposed to “Brittany IS an escort” or “Brittany IS having a transactional relationship”) potentially to protect the show from a legal standpoint (especially given how many times they’ve ran these lines in their teasers). However, I couldn’t detect any weird audio here, so I sadly don’t have clips to back up my suspicions. But I’m still suspicious!
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After Matt gives Bri the Group Date rose and leaves, Anna decides to confront Brittany.
And just when I didn’t think it was possible to do more things wrong than she already had…
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MICHELLE’S 1-ON-1
Michelle’s 1-on-1 is a much needed reprieve in this hellish episode. This is a lovely date. These two have such an easy rapport and mutual understanding. Their chemistry is through the roof. Best of all, that evening conversation where Michelle shares her experience as a school teacher, especially in this past year with a pandemic and George Floyd’s murder. When she said she became a teacher because she wanted to help people, I really believed her. That could sound so trite coming out of so many people’s mouths, yet not hers. There’s nothing not to like about Michelle.
Something that stood out to me here…

You guys know this is a longtime peeve of mine, when a conversation we weren’t shown is referenced. And in this case, a conversation about the opportunity gap!!! I mean, COME ON. Instead, at that Rose Ceremony Cocktail Party, we were shown Victoria talking shit and Anna saying Brittany “fucking sucks”. 🤦🏻*♀️
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GROUP DATE #2

On the Group Date, every women except Katie seems to be venting about the new girls and their general “entitlement” and “cockiness”. This wasn’t the best look for a lot of ladies but the editing was wonky enough that I am reserving judgment for now. For example, note how so many of the ladies magically switch positions in this clip alone…
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So Serena C goes from being on MJ’s left side to her right side. Kit suddenly appears on MJ’s left during MJ’s eye roll. Pieper and Rachael take turns being on Chelsea’s right (I’m including these screenshots because they were cut out in Chelsea’s above frames)…
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… and Chelsea’s snort could have been taken from anywhere, in reaction to anything.
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Pieper with her Rose Ceremony look
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Rachael with her Rose Ceremony look
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Kaili

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Episode 5

“The time component here is so frustrating.”
—Serena P, fully aware that this is no accident.

LAST WEEK, CONT’D
Episode 5 picks up with a Rose Ceremony Cocktail party. Anna is showing uncharacteristic confidence in her standing among the group, the sort of thing we know tends to be shown prior to a rug being pulled out from under her. One thing did stand to me about this…


I realize we don’t see the first part of this sentence come out of her mouth, but even without it, it’s undeniable that to be “above some people” would suggest Anna sees this as more of a race or a competition. It’s just funny to me how contestants are always quick to sprinkle in Matt’s name, or time with him, to justify their complaints. For example, they were only upset about new girls because of how it’d affect their time with Matt. Brittany being an escort would be a problem because it would somehow mean she’d be playing Matt (I’m still not sure how that one works). However, in this moment, Anna shows her true hand: instead of individual romantic relationships, she apparently sees this as some sort of hierarchy.
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Matt tackles the Mean Girl situation head-on, and I mean HEAD ON. I have to say, this was the scene that really won me over with him….
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With Anna gone, Victoria begins to flail. She learns that Ryan told Matt about her “ho”
comment, and Victoria defends herself with…
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Victoria makes a beeline for Matt and what ensues just may be one of my favorite
responses of a lead’s we’ve ever seen…
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