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A. Холостяк #25 Matt James

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At the Rose Ceremony, Brittany and Ryan are shown getting the first two roses.
And in case we needed help realizing what this meant, Jessenia is conveniently edited in
to explain…
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RACHAEL’S 1-ON-1
We all knew Rachael’s 1-on-1 was coming but I have to admit I liked this more than I was expecting to. Rachael is modest (to a fault) and gloriously low-key, and I loved how Matt had observed so much about her. (For example, how she was never the first to run up to and straddle-jump him.) I particularly related to this moment on her Cinderella date, where Matt appeared to be leading her to dance or strut or shimmy, and she just gave him a look and said…

I’ve gotta say, this is EXACTLY how I would have behaved in this situation. Some folks are comfortable dancing and strutting and shimmying and all the things, with or without music, but I am not one of them. Not only would I have needed music, I would have needed precisely two drinks. Anyway, this was just a cute moment where Rachael struck me as more relatable than her supermodel looks would suggest.
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GROUP DATE
For the lone Group Date of the week, Matt takes his ladies to a farm where they perform various farm chores. This was a very familiar date and brought back memories of Nick’s season and Corinne refusing to shovel poop.

At this point in the season it’s standard to get a Group Date where the Bachelor shows one woman affection and in doing so, makes the others upset. Thus, this date was pretty par for the course. I don’t doubt there was some truth to what transpired here, but the editing was pretty wonky. First, in the scene where Matt throws MJ an egg, note how it must be drizzling, since the women with hoods (namely Michelle and Serena C) have put them on…
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… yet, as Matt returns from sneaking a make out with Pieper, those same ladies
do not have those hoods on yet….

I realize it’s possible they put up their hoods and later took them off, but it’s far more likely that this an editing inconsistency. Next, note how Serena C magically moves from being alone to being on Abigail’s right (when moments earlier, that’s where Serena P was). Finally, note how you cannot see “Pieper’s making out with him over there” come out of MJ’s mouth.
In short, this scene was mega edited. I do feel the outcome was likely more or less the same—there was, after all, audio of MJ saying “Pieper’s making out with him over there”—but I suspect this didn’t transpire at all how it was shown. I wonder if MJ told one or two friends and then that got spread around. I wonder, too, if Matt was intentionally pulled aside for his own ITM, to make his absence all the more noticeable while he women discussed him and Pieper. At any rate, I feel like we got the Colesnotes of what happened here, with the very strong message that the women are becoming jealous and FEELING ALL THE FEELINGS.
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In the evening, something Chelsea said stood out to me…

This struck me as one of those meta moments, of a contestant clearly aware of what tends to happen—and is most likely to happen—to those in her position. She’s all too aware that she’s in an environment designed to make her feel confident enough to let her guard down and “fall”, only to have the rug pulled out from under her, to be “blindsided”. I liked this very real, very practical moment of Chelsea’s, and I found her so-called awkwardness with Matt endearing.
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It’s easy for a 1-on-1 date to feel momentous but it’s far rarer when short conversations during Group Dates can feel just as powerful. Enter Michelle, who, like many of you, I’ve had my eye on. But it was this 1-on-1 time that really catapulted her to the front of the pack for me…
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There’s something about the way Matt says this to her, and something about the way she pauses before responding, that almost gave me goosebumps. This went beyond the usual 1-on-1 time reassurance—it’s like they’re both aware of a certain something between them that neither of them even really know how to describe. And, of course, their make out…

… felt SO. INTIMATE. Something about the way their faces touch almost feels animalistic. I don’t always make .GIFs of kissing, so that says something about how powerful I find their chemistry!
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On this Group Date, Matt mentions to MJ that hers was one of the Mean Girl names
mentioned to him, and MJ’s immediate response is facepalm-inducing…

So, two things about this. First, it actually bewilders me how this could be the immediate reaction to hearing someone (someone you’ve spent considerable time with) thinks you aren’t a nice person. I know everybody’s different, but for me, I would likely a) have a big cry about it, b) try to find out who I offended with the intention of making it right, and c) forever feel terrible and guilty about it. Now, I spend far too much of my life apologizing and feeling like I’m in the wrong, so in no way am I suggesting my reaction would be the “right” one. In fact, I could probably use a sprinkling of MJ in me. However, I think it’s still important to look inward a bit and wonder if there’s any truth, no matter how uncomfortable, to what was said. MJ’s response swings in the opposite direction: automatically assuming that anyone who has anything negative to say about her must feel “threatened” by her. 🤦🏻
Second, I’m not a huge fan of MJ’s tendency to write off getting specific about how she really feels about something. In this case, instead of peeling back one more layer as to why someone would mention her in negative light, she just writes it off with, “that’s a big deal”. You’d think, if it coming up were such a “big deal”, that maybe, JUST MAYBE, she actually did do something to cause it. Her writing this off as a “big deal” directly contradicts her quick dismissal and debunking of it.
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KIT’S 1-ON-1
I haven’t really known what to make of Kit before this date. I do think she was on the verge of being lumped in with the season’s Mean Girls. (She was, after all, walking with Victoria at the beginning of the episode, not even greeting the new girls as they walked by, and she was pretty harsh on Sarah.) However, I do chalk some of that up to her youth. There’s a big difference between 21 and 26, and 26 and 31. (It’s not surprising to me that Katie, the one who goes out of her way to stand up for others, is 29.) When I was 21 I was more likely to lean into my rage over what felt like injustices, rather than take a deep breath and not get involved. I strongly believe getting older mellows you out. So, I’m giving Kit the benefit of the doubt here; she certainly was nowhere close to being an Anna or an MJ. (Victoria, meanwhile, is in a league of her own.)
In terms of this date, Kit was very pleasant surprise. I was half expecting Kit to be a splashier “character” contestant, similar to Demi, but she’s much softer than I predicted, and far more sincere seeming. When Matt was describing what he liked about her, pre-rose, her expression was one that can’t be faked…

Kit said during this date that she feels very “seen” by Matt, and in her Bachelor bio she expressed needing a guy with emotional intelligence. The camera loves her and she has a certain star power, but I love how there’s also more to her than meets the eye. All that said, I can’t say I’m convinced there’s a future between her and Matt. They seem to get along well enough and there’s decent chemistry, but I just can’t picture Kit “winning”. (That’s not to say I think this’ll be the last we see of her, though!)
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QUASI 2-ON-1

Ugh. You know what I’m gonna say…. these forced, thrown-together 2-on-1s are very, very tired. I said last season that these sudden pre-Rose Ceremony versions feel like a desperate grab at drama, before tension has a chance to subside naturally. In this case, we know the conflict between MJ and Jessenia only really came to a head at the last Cocktail Party, one date ago (so probably two days prior). This wasn’t some longterm discord that needed to come to a head. Notice how The Powers That Be didn’t even pretend this had anything to do with the ladies’ relationships with Matt.
My gripes about these forced showdowns aside, I think it’s probably obvious whose side I’m on. We’ve just seen too many examples of MJ being a less than pleasant human to assume Jessenia (who has otherwise been drama free) might have made this up. Further, MJ never really has any explanations or real defenses for Jessenia’s claims, always a fishy sign. In fact, MJ tends to retort with blanket catchphrases, like “I preach harmony and peace” and “I lead by example'“, without providing any actual evidence of those claims. (Don’t even get me started on the “I lead by example” one… like, that doesn’t actually MEAN anything, especially when your behavior is terrible. It’s not like leading by example automatically makes the example you lead by a good one—you can lead by poor example, as MJ has been… so in that case, I guess she’s right?) I always come back to my favorite saying: Show, don’t tell. MJ keeps dismissing anything negative anyone has to say about her by telling us what a great person she is, but she has been showing us otherwise.
The only redeeming part about this head-to-head was Jessenia’s 4th wall breakage…

She’s right, obviously. But notice MJ’s response—it’s another example of her copping out, similar to her calling Jessenia’s mention of her “a big deal”. She doesn’t specifically address what Jessenia’s said or even how she feels about it. Instead of taking a moment to consider why Jessenia might have said this, she writes it off as a “childish” thing to say. I really can’t stand this behavior as it prevents any possibility for personal growth. Even in the wake of Anna’s and Victoria’s departures, we’ve (amazingly) seen zero examples of MJ being self aware or reflective, nor even backpedaling for the sake of her own image.
I’m sorry to say MJ has been quite the letdown. In the beginning she seemed so cool, like a girl you’d want to be friends with. But with time, she appears to be one of those people who confuses refusing to be wrong with being a strong person. She strikes me as the kind of person who values toughness, who thinks she’s a straight shooter. But… you can be tough and strong and a straight shooter and still be wrong once in awhile. As always, it’s entirely possible the environment (and, as I’ve mentioned before, the addition of Mean Queen Victoria) has enabled and highlighted her worst sides. I’m interested to see, in her final moments on the season (which are clearly coming soon), if she takes an ounce of responsibility. We shall see.
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Bri with her casual look
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Rachael with her casual look
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Brittany with her Group Date look

Bri with her Rose Ceremony look
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