While The Bachelorette and The Bachelor has plenty of drama throughout the series, it seemed like last night’s episode of The Bachelorette was more focused on tension and dramatics instead of romance and love. Based on last night’s episode it seems like four contestants are there to find love with, the bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, while the eleven other contestants are just there to get fifteen minutes of fame.
To kick off the two hour episode, we come back to the where we left off which was with an argument between contestants, Eric and Lee. Lee is definitely the villain of the season as he continues to stir the pot and try to make other contestants look like “angry men”. The pattern to notice is with who Lee targets is black men. Even contestant, Dean, commented on Lee’s behavior saying “The only person I’ve seen Lee pick fights with have been not the people that he’s used to seeing on a daily basis from a cultural perspective.” Rachel did not witness the arguments but could overhear the commotion. Rachel also witnessed Lee interrupting her one-on-one conversation with contestant, Kenny. After all the drama, before the rose ceremony, during a confessional, Rachel cried and emotionally discussed how hard it is for to put her heart out on the line, how she knew her decisions would be questioned, as well as how she felt a lot of pressure being a black woman on the show.
The rose ceremony occurred and definitely Rachel’s decisions were questioned. Everything with the ceremony was going fine as she was giving roses to the guys who definitely seem to be there for Rachel but then she gave roses to both Iggy and Lee, the most troublemaking cast members on the show. After all the roses were given out, Diggy, Bryce and Brady were sent home.
After the ceremony everyone heads out to Hilton Head, South Carolina. At the resort the guys were staying in, it was revealed that Dean will be going on a one-on-one date with Rachel. Dean and Rachel went on a blimp ride on their date and Dean was able to overcome his fear of heights. After the blimp ride the two had a dinner where Dean showed much vulnerability as he discussed his mother’s passing due to breast cancer. After the dinner, Rachel gave Dean a rose. Eventually Dean and Rachel danced on a platform during a Russel Dickerson concert.
The next day all the guys except for Dean and Jack went on a group date with Rachel. Everyone on the date had a boat party and then had to prove their intelligence in a spelling bee. All of the guys except for Josiah were unenthusiastic about the spelling bee as it was obvious they were not great spellers when many of them messed up on simple words like “champagne” and “facade”. Josiah eventually won the competition and received a trophy as a reward for knowing how to spell.
After the spelling bee, each of the guys on the date got to spend some one-on-one time with Rachel. The viewers did not see all of the one-on-ones but based on the one-on-ones the viewers saw the guys did not use their time well. Iggy, Lee, and Kenny spent their time with Rachel terribly as they all trash talked other guys or discussed drama in the mansion. The episode concluded in a cliff hanger as we saw Kenny approach Lee after Rachel told Kenny that Lee was describing Kenny as being very aggressive.
Next week will be interesting as there will be a two episode special. Based on the trailer for the special, Kenny and Lee are going on a two-on-one date with Rachel where only one guy gets to return. Also in the trailer Kenny has blood running down his face so possibly Kenny and Lee physically fight. It really seems like that the only guys that would be a good match for Rachel are Bryan, Dean and Peter which also seem like the front runners of the show.
Here are some tweets that sum up how it felt watching this week’s episode of The Bachelorette
— Khayah (@True2_KP) June 20, 2017
— Christi Trottie (@ChristiTrottie) June 20, 2017
— Kathleen Morris (@kat_morris101) June 20, 2017
— Sarah Wainschel (@Swainsch) June 20, 2017
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) June 20, 2017
— JessicaLynnBeauty (@jlynnbeauty) June 20, 2017
— Khayah (@True2_KP) June 20, 2017
— BachelorNationUnite (@bachnationunite) June 20, 2017
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.