Bachelor Ben Finale Recap: And the future Mrs. Higgins is…

We’ve walked through 20 seasons of The Bachelor. We’ve been together every step of the way on Peter Brady Bachelor Ben’s amazing journey to find love. Most of us figured (according to the poll from the previous post) that Lauren was going to walk away with the final rose. But that doesn’t mean we weren’t mesmerized by a season full of crazy women and one chicken vying for the affection of Mr. Higgins — the quintessential face on the Mt. Rushmore of previous bachelors.

It was Lauren B. who busted through all the name confusion as the Lauren of all Laurens to beat. And it was JoJo who busted through most of her swimwear as the other one to beat. In the end, they were both winners.

Lauren got the bachelor guy. JoJo got the bachelorette gig. Congratulations to them both!

I have to admit that Mike Fleiss finagled some pretty impressive editing which had me waffling a few times during the two-hour ordeal. Ben dropping love-bombs every chance he got certainly made his final days as a single dude confusing to say the least. I appreciate both Lauren and JoJo’s concern for my well-being, though. Both tried to make me feel comfortable and safe by wearing a pair of denim panties as they enumerated the characteristics they found favorable in their suitor, as well as the exact moment when they knew he had fallen in love with them.

Ben is full of emotion too. He writes a prose that could win awards in UIL Oral Reading, detailing how he used to be unlovable, but now he drowning in affection and good luck. The problem is…he can’t marry them both.

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Ben seeks counsel from his parents. Guess what, Mom? I’m 100-percent in love with two different women! His facial expressions easily uncover that Ben is suffering from just enough insomnia to not understand why his mother is disturbed by this news. Oh look! Here comes Lauren! LoLo wears a slinky black skirt and a tank top tied like she’s trying to bring back the ‘80s, except with muted, khaki colors. Everyone cries. Mainly because they are all overtired and stressed out and a little bit because of the outfit.

She hands over some flowers and a bottle of wine and leads with the embarrassing story about how she told Ben early on that she would love to meet his parents. Everyone cried again. Ben reminds his parents that Lauren has wanted this for a long time. Three whole weeks!

Ben’s dad thinks Lauren puts a twinkle in his son’s eye. He listens as Lauren sings Ben’s praises. She tells him that she’s in love. Then she bids Dave adieu, which is weird because his name is Mike.

Just kidding. His name is David. Not only does she slide into first-name territory, but she shortens it too. I wonder how Carol/Amy feels about this?

Apparently she’s fine with it. By the end of their conversation, Lauren and Amy are holding hands as if they are old friends. Or trying to help each other cling to reality. Whatever the case, Amy makes sure Lauren knows that Ben is his own worst critic and oh by the way, he’s not so perfect. Lauren asks a very smart question, “How do I help him through that?”

Amy and Davie are impressed with Lauren. They use the words “polished” and “at ease.” Amy wants to know if Ben has told the girls that he’s in love with both of them. When he turns green and almost pukes, Amy gives him some solid motherly advice: “That conversation is going to be a struggle.”

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Lauren tells Ben that she’s only going to get engaged once. She’s ready to marry him now. And she wants to be in the Higgins family. She tosses another L-Bomb, drops the mic and kisses him good-bye.

The next day, JoJo shows up bearing gifts too — a conch full of flowers that screams Sandals Beach Resort Gift Shop. She did tuck the ladies in to meet the family, which was appropriate, but the legs were on full display in a shorty romper. Immediately the family is laughing at JoJo’s nerves. She giggles as Ben tells his parents that they flew over the Hoover Dam but chose to make out instead of staring in wonder at the architectural marvel of it all.

JoJo takes control of both parent interviews. She admits that she’s in love. She gets very emotional, which Davie Boy appreciates. She uses the word “safe” with Amy, which makes Amy pause because Ben used the exact same word to describe her. She’s happy with Ben and there are zero doubts that he is the one.

JoJo leaves and Ben sits down with Damy to assess the last 48 hours. Ben insists that JoJo and Lauren are the same and that’s why he’s so torn about which one he loves more. Amy begs to differ. Lauren is a great gal, but JoJo considers him to be a bestie. Doesn’t that say something?

Apparently that says, “Welcome to the Friend Zone!” in Ben’s book.

Then Amy tells the camera that she’s afraid of this huge decision. She doesn’t know who he will plant his stake with. Nine sexual innuendos come to mind, but I’m too much of a lady to write any of them down here. You’re welcome, Mama.

Ben has one more special date with the remaining women. Both are full of awkward moments that are covered up by insane amounts of making out and sweet nothings whispered on couches. He takes Lauren on a catamaran. She can immediately tell he’s not right and insists on asking him various versions of, “What’s the matter?”

Oh, I don’t know. He’s on a dating show and is in love with two women and at this precise moment he’s trying to figure out who he’s going to keep and whose heart he’s going to break and still come out smelling like a rose on national television.

Instead, he leads with, “You’re beautiful.”

Ever the sleuth, Lauren confesses to the camera that, “I can tell his heart is heavy. Something’s going on. I don’t know what. It’s making me nervous.”

Bless her.

Since there were no more sea turtles to rescue, Ben is forced to tell Lauren that’s she’s practically perfect in every way and even though that’s technically not a bad thing, he often wonders if she’s too good to be true. He’s worried that their three-week relationship hasn’t been tested like the one he has with JoJo.

Hey Chad! Hey JoJo’s brothers!

That night, Ben shows up to Lauren’s place feeling like a complete jack wagon for wearing a hoodie while she’s wearing a little black dress with a slit up to there. Lauren admits that she’s terrified, but she trusts Ben. She doesn’t have any fear, even though the word “terrified” is a synonym for fear. She whips up a few tears to show that she can be emotional like JoJo and tells him, again, that she’s ready to spend her life with him.

Ben launches into a speech. “No matter what happens, you’ve made me a better person.” Lauren’s eyes widen. That sentence was ominous. I think she’s both terrified and fearful at this point that her boy is about to break up with her tomorrow.

The next day, Ben greets JoJo with one of the most celebratory and passionate kisses on the show. They go to a Jamaican version of the same Mexican swimming hole they visited a few weeks ago. They sit on a wet rock while discussing life, love and other mysteries. This is unfortunate timing. I bet her last yeast infection just cleared up. Thank goodness she’s not wearing the yarn bikini. She brings up the small fact that he will be living in Denver, while she’s in Dallas. But she will do whatever it takes to be with him. Even if it means asking her daddy to buy her a place in Cherry Creek. She trusts him! She loves him! She has faith in him!

Then she notices him and her face falls. Something is not right. She asks him if he’s “feeling good” and he doesn’t stick his tongue in her mouth. Whoopsie. Because he didn’t say, “I love you JoJo,” she is suspicious. She wants him to be honest. He responds, “It’s exactly what you think it is.” She demands that HE SAY IT.

JoJo: There are two people here and you are confused?
Ben: Yes.
Lincee: Why is no one using Lauren’s name?

JoJo feels that the best reaction to this revelation is to make out with him while pushing her boobs into his bare chest. It’s a solid plan. She tells the camera that she’s confused and hopes that she doesn’t look like a fool. Upon hearing the word “hope,” the ABC Intern shares the link to where she can buy her own version of Ben’s HOPE bracelet.

JoJo chooses a LBD for her time with Ben, but her chest is so dominate that her side boob has to be blurred. The Black Modesty Box is sooooooo last season. JoJo kisses Ben when he arrives and begins the night by listing off her anxieties one-by-one. She’s nervous, she’s confused, she’s sad, she’s worried and the fact that he’s struggling makes her want to drink Pepto from the bottle.

Ben wants Joje to know that he cares about her. His feelings are deep. She receives this adoration as a sign that she’s the one. When she begins rubbing her fingers through his hair, Ben pulls back and tells her that there is a struggle. And the struggle is real. Like Lauren, he can’t technically find anything wrong with her. Sure she has a stalkerish ex-boyfriend and two brothers that will probably be reasons he will be in Witness Protection soon, not to mention the fact that there’s no way he’s moving to Dallas, but that’s neither here nor there.

JoJo demands a sign. He pulls her into the bathroom so we can’t see the conversation, but we can still hear it. This is when we get a shot of his floral underwear. He praises her for being his friend and loves the passion they have. JoJo begs him to give her something.

JoJo: You are in love with her too. Am I right?
Ben: Yes.
JoJo: You said that to her?
Ben: Yes.

We hear JoJo crying in the microphone about how she’s sooooooo tired of competing for the affection of the men in her life. So she decided to go on a reality show. To compete for love. And when that didn’t work out, she agreed to go on the show again to be on the receiving end. Makes perfect sense.

Ben cried right along with her. I do appreciate that he answered her honestly. This will be the conversation he points to when he wants to remind JoJo that she will always be in his Friend Zone.

Ben leaves JoJo and laments about how lost he is in life. He’s emotionally lost. In terms of what to do, he’s lost. He’s physically lost. The ABC Intern fetches Harrison for the first two problems and then helps Ben to his suite after their big talk.

Lo and behold, when Ben meets Uncle Neil the next day to reminisce about his journey while picking out a stellar engagement ring for his lady love, he’s got it all figured out. Harrison helped him process all the feels. He didn’t even need Caila’s feeling stick. Hare is a GENIUS!

Moments later, the camera catches a glimpse of Ben’s junk in royal blue boxer briefs as he’s getting ready to propose. The suit is grey, the tie is purple, the pocket square is houndstooth and the pants are a little short. Let’s do this.

Lauren slips into a dress that is the EXACT SAME BLUE AS BEN’S UNDERWEAR. I knew she was the one! JoJo chooses a bedazzled pink number from the Spring 1996 Jessica McClintock collection. Vintage is everything. Both hop into a helicopter so they can be delivered to a castoff physical challenge set from Survivor. Ben is literally standing at the end of a trail of planks floating on a creek bed of water.

JoJo is the first to step out of her chopper. Harrison plasters on a blank face and carries her to the end of a bridge. Five minutes later, she arrives in front of Ben and walks him down their own personal Memory Lane for another five minutes. She refuses to read his facial cues and does not wrap it up around the 10-second mark. It was painful. Ben tells her that what they had WAS real and he did find love with her — he just found it with someone else more.

Ouch.

JoJo handles herself graciously. She uses the word “blindesided” enough times for it to become the new “amazing journey” of the episode. She calls him out for telling her he loved her before wishing him well and hugging him good-bye.

Ben takes off his jacket and I’m convinced he’s gearing up to pull some sort of Mesnick. I was so disappointed when he didn’t. He mourns JoJo for a few minutes before calling Lauren’s dad to ask his permission to marry his daughter. Then he gives a jaunty “WOO HOO” because he’s so excited about what he’s about to do.

Lauren takes the long journey down the random planks and finally ends up in front of Ben. She keeps it simple by reminding Ben that he’s her lobster person. Ben doesn’t waste time. He tells Lauren that he never wants to say good-bye to her. He wants to wake up every morning and kiss her face. He wants to commit, love, make out and spend his life with her. He gets down on one knee and by A MIRACLE, his tight pants do not split. He asks her to marry him and she says YES.

AFTER THE FINAL ROSE

I think we can all agree that the After the Final Rose was a bit of a hot mess. Here’s what we can take away from that hour we will never get back:

  1. Even though Ben respectfully declined Our Host Chris Harrison’s suggestion that Ben and Lauren get married right there on live TV, the good news is that Pastor Denny scored a free trip to Los Angeles.
  2. Ben claims to be a better man after this year-long journey. PS: He’s super excited it’s over.
  3. Watching the show made his stomach hurt.
  4. Harrison was the one who talked him through which girl to pick by asking, “Which one can you not picture you life without?”
  5. He wants JoJo to know his feelings WERE real, but that’s in the past now.
  6. “Blindesided” made an appearance in the ATFR.
  7. JoJo’s boobs made a peekaboo appearance in the ATFR.
  8. Watching the show helped JoJo move on.
  9. She understands now why he picked Lauren. (I assume the whiskey bar had a lot to do with it.)
  10. JoJo is the new bachelorette. I wonder if Caila is mad?
  11. Chad the Ex-Boyfriend is definitely mad.
  12. Lauren and Ben will be getting married soon.
  13. She’s moving to Denver in a few weeks.
  14. Ricky Schroeder was in the audience.
  15. Jimmy Kimmel brought naked Barbies to the audience.
  16. Ben re-proposes to Lauren and it was awkward as all get out.
  17. Lauren’s brothers are ADORABLE and you can tell that Ben loves them already.
  18. Ben’s family and Lauren’s family stormed the stage at Harrison’s request. We clearly had a lot of time to kill this hour.

And there you have it! Season 20 is behind us and now we can look forward to the parade of chaches that ABC is going to uncover for JoJo. I simply can’t wait!

What did you think of the episode? Are you glad JoJo is the next bachelorette? Will Caila be on Paradise now? Are Ben and Lauren MFEO? Did you love this season as much as I did? Sound off in the comments section!

The fun’s not over either. Join me every Monday for Dancing with the Stars recaps! My girl Edyta is back!!! To quote Ben, “WOO HOO!”

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A in Spain

The drinking game word of the night should have been ¨blindsided.¨

Happy for Ben, one of the best bachelors I have ever seen (and I have been watching since Andy Baldwin!).

Lincee

So true!

Cindy S.
Cindy S.

My respect for Ben dropped the last 2 episodes. I have no problem if he fell in love with 2 girls. But he should have kept that to himself. He definitely led JoJo on. Yes, she was totally blindsided and understandably so. And while I’ve been Team Lauren this entire time, he sure seemed to be happier and more comfortable with JoJo last night. I guess it was the friend zone thing. Great season though and Lincee you are as hysterical as always. The well never runs dry with you girl!

Morgan
Morgan

I agree. And he really didn’t apologize to JoJo for leading her on; because I truly don’t think the guy realizes that he did. He clearly “loved” Lauren more and if he had been a little more self-aware he would have realized that. Yes, he can’t help how he feels, but he could have helped how he communicated with the two women knowing full well that he would only pick one in the end.

JoJo was incredibly classy. I do however wish that she would have addressed his lack self awareness. He wouldn’t have acknowledged it because he is clueless, but I still wish she would have. And I agree, Lauren was the right girl for him. It’s just unfortunate that he had to do what he did to JoJo to be with her.

Christine
Christine

Ben is wonderful, but my respect dropped for him too. He lost a few points with me.
Sean Lowe remains the gold standard for The Bachelor. A class act.

Patrick
Patrick

Sean Lowe, like Hugsy, is a wonder human being.

Skylar
Skylar

On the Sean Lowe thing: don’t watch him on Wife Swap then (he switched with the Mesnick fam). He’s so controlling and poor Catherine…I felt/feel bad for her. She doesn’t mind it but that relationship takes a very special type of person to handle him.

Joy
Joy

He claims (via his blog/Twitter) that the producers of Wife Swap told him that it would be a “funny” episode, so he came up with silly/ridiculous things for Molly to do, and was playing an act. I can’t see Catherine going along with his behavior (if it were really like Wife Swap!

Laurie
Laurie

I saw that! He controls her every move down to each menu he makes her cook for him. I think the show helped them though. She was virtually a prisoner.

Lincee

I agree Cindy. He should have stayed quiet instead of telling them both.

Sara Jamoney
Sara Jamoney

Wondering if you also saw what I thought was a “cold pack” tucked into the back of Ben’s pants following the departure of JoJo? His mic battery and wires were there but also showed a shot of what I thought was an ice pack to keep him from sweating profusely in the Jamaican heat??

Cindy S.
Cindy S.

YES!! I saw that and even rewound to see if that actually a cold pack. Looked like it to me!

Janis
Janis

Me too! I thought it was a cold pack. Lord knows that boy was sweating. Me thinks fear. Time to take Lauren and hide.

Chiromom
Chiromom

It had to be a mic pack. I’ve done some community theater and we used them for the guys so the microphone battery packs wouldn’t get damaged by the sweat.

Lincee

I didn’t notice but that makes sense! They used to hand those to the dancers at Disney World!

Anna Marie
Anna Marie

Did they just leave JoJo’s parents in the holding room all night? Did they even have a bottle for JoJo’s mom? I’m over Lauren. Basic, basic, basic. Bring it JOJO!!! Can’t wait for YOUR season!

Cindy S.
Cindy S.

I knew the gig was up for JoJo when I saw they only brought the 2 parents for her but brought the entire family for Lauren. Guess bringing JoJo’s 2 brothers would have been dangerous for Ben! And you KNOW JoJo’s parents HAD to know. She wouldn’t have come home these past few months and been all excited and happy. I’m sure they weren’t too happy to be there.

heather
heather

Agreed!

Yelena
Yelena

JoJo posted a pic of her mom drinking champagne from the bottle!

Lincee

I’m quite confident JoJo’s mom had a bottle back there!

Joy
Joy

I don’t see the need to trash Lauren. I think both women got what’s best for them/their personalities/desires. I don’t see Jojo as someone who would legitimately settle down in Denver. She’ll be a great Bachelorette, though.

Kim
Kim

YES! Soooo BASIC!

JustLiz
JustLiz

Such a great season of recaps Lincee!!! Thank you for the many many guffaws and giggles.

Congratulations on successfully making ‘ackotaco’ and ‘denim panties’ official ‘things’ 😉

I cannot tell you how happy I am that Jojo will be the next Bachelorette! She’s smart, sweetly vulnerable, and funny. She has a personality, unlike Calia, whom I’m sure is a lovely young woman. That said, perfect hair and a perpetual smile do not count as compelling personality traits. Now, if it had been Calia chaperoned on each date by her mother (‘no need for a glass, I’ll just take the bottle, thanks!’), THAT would’ve been an awesome season. Let’s hope mom follows her to Paradise…

Janis
Janis

Jojo’s is going to be fantastic

Jude

…it was Jo Jo’s Mom who drank from the bottle though…not Caila’s. Maybe they can just invite Jo Jo’s Mom to go and be the “Paradise Party Mom”!

JustLiz
JustLiz

*me smacking my forehead*

Thank you Jude. Dumb mistake that I’m blaming on my excitement at the next Bachelorette NOT being Calia, and having posted my comment pre-AM cup of tea.

I love your idea of mama Jojo being the PPM (#noglasses/nocups). As another commenter suggested post-hometown visits, she could also be the Paradise Relationships Counselor (#don’tworry/you’repretty).

Macedonian Hussy
Macedonian Hussy

JustLiz, you are a riot. That humor you have is infectious. I mean it. Anyway, now I will watch Bachelor in Paradise because of that.

KMB
KMB

I think Caila’s lack of personality was mainly because she was scared of getting a bad edit, so she said very little and was always happy and bubbly for the cameras. I’m sure wanting to be The Bachelorette was a factor. She wasn’t the best choice for Bachelorette, I just wish they hadn’t led her on and hurt her feelings unnecessarily.

And it was JoJo’s mom with the wine bottle, so you can probably expect to see her more on The Bachelorette. She seems to have a fun sense of humor! 😛 I’m so excited for this season. JoJo is great.

Lincee

Thanks JustLiz! I think it will be a good season for sure.

KMB
KMB

I’m really glad he re-proposed to Lauren. I thought it was super inappropriate to tell another girl he loved her and propose within the same day. I’m also glad they didn’t get married on the spot, but I hope they do get married soon. They need to adjust to real life and have a wedding with all their family and friends. It sounds like they won’t do the Shawn & Kaitlyn thing and just take the ring and coast through a long engagement of self-promotion.

Even though I had a feeling they’d choose JoJo, it surprised me when Chris Harrison pointed one way as if the Bachelorette was coming on stage, then switched and pointed to JoJo. Chris Harrison, you trickster!

I feel awful for Caila. I’d rather see JoJo as Bachelorette too, but Caila doesn’t deserve the bullying she’s gotten. She was never mean to anyone on the show, and she just got the rug ripped out from under her, and people on social media just keep saying “OMG she’s so boring so glad I don’t have to watch her.” I’m sad for her. She had a really classy response to the whole thing congratulating JoJo, Lauren, and Ben. I’m sure she’s a lovely person and I hope she is able to move on. What the producers did to her was despicable. They did the same thing to Arie with Chris’s season.

This was such a weird episode full of long pauses and awkwardly timed face kissing. :/ I kept wanting to fast forward before I remembered I don’t have DVR anymore.

I love JoJo. I did not love JoJo’s dress at ATFR. Horrible. She’s a gorgeous girl, she doesn’t need to have her boobs out 24/7.

That was my absolute favorite proposal setting ever. I loved the creek and the ocean in the background!

I hope Pastor Denny got to sit down between filming. It looked like he had to stand there awkwardly for three hours straight!

Great recap! 🙂

Donna
Donna

I agree with the setting for the proposal. A year ago we got a barn in Iowa! Ugh

Laura Jean

Having married an Iowa man, I can tell you there are about 100 better places to get engaged in that state!

Lincee

I thought it was a little weird that he proposed again, but I like your explanation of why he did it. I imagine they will be married by this time next year for sure.

Liana
Liana

Oh Lincee! Bless your heart for staying up to write the recap! What a gift when I saw your comment on FB.
Loved the show last night. Even though he had me confused a couple of times my money was on Lauren all the way..
I hate those denim panties JJ and LL both wore. I know all the milenials wear them but I hate them.
Hard to understand why you can be so in love with two women at the same time but I take his word for it.
JJ’s pink dress was so 1980s local pageant style. Give me simplicity any day.
The proposal platform made me nervous, I kept thinking they were going to float away.
Like the idea of JoJo as the next Bachelorette. Feel bad for her final two having to deal with her brothers. Can’t wait to see Mom’s frozen face again.
Beyond excited Edyta will be back to DWTS, missed her a lot. Woo Hoo!

Ruby
Ruby

Hate is a strong word. I, too, hate the denim panties.

Lincee

Thanks for hanging in there with me Liana!

Wenda

I’ve been watching since Season 1 and I thought this was the best season ever. Ben was very open about his feelings with all of the girls. I know that hurt JoJo, and I really thought he was going to pick her, so I can only imagine how much that hurt her. I like that he never held back saying how he felt. He was the most “real” bachelor and the most real season so far. It was clear he was serious about finding a wife. I think Ben and Lauren are a great couple and they will be great together forever.

White
White

I have also been watching since season 1(alex) and i agree this was the BEST season. Extra excited because lauren lives nearby so ill be having to do that awkward but necessary mid 40’s woman stalker house drive by….
They are absolutely darling and love both of their families too! Quality people CAN emerge from this beloved bachelor nation.
When is OHCH going to be the bachelor?!?!?

Also– lincee you are my bff we just havent met yet… love love love yourheart and brain !
Did anyone else notice spanx oeeking out on BOTH laurens sister and mom at the ending family hug scene?!? Yikes.

Alli
Alli

I noticed the Spanx too!!!

Katie
Katie

Me too – best season!

toointothis
toointothis

“…awkward but necessary mid 40’s woman stalker house drive by”!!! HAHAHA! So true!

Eleanora

I third this! Best season yet. This is the only season I genuinely liked the lead AND the 2 remaining contestants.

Lincee

I have to agree Wenda. It’s my favorite season too!

Ashley K
Ashley K

I’m so excited that it’s JoJo! I would have fallen asleep half way through every episode if it had been Caila.

PS Thanks for the UIL reference! I totally competed in UIL speech and debate! 🙂

Lincee

I DID TOO!!!

Megan
Megan

I agree that he shouldn’t have dropped the L bombs. He also seemed way more comfortable with Jojo. So sad. Can’t wait for her to be the bachelorette.

Jeni
Jeni

I agree that the way last night’s episode was edited (or maybe because she went second for dates?), it did seem as if Ben was more comfortable with JoJo. BUT, all season long I think he was more comfortable with Lauren. JoJo’s boobs were a huge distraction (as they should be), so Ben was a little confused in the end. I don’t know if I will be able to watch JoJo’s season because of her lack of skill in the English language. Happy for Ben and Lauren. Thanks for the recaps Lincee.

Lincee

She’ll be a good one.

Miss
Miss

Jessica McClintock!! Oh the prom memories. Hah. You are perfectly on point as usual. Can’t wait to read your DWTS recaps!

Lincee

Thank you Miss!

Ross Burton
Ross Burton

I’m thrilled! A whole season of Jojo’s boobs!!!!

Cindy S.
Cindy S.

My husband was sitting in the den while I watched. Ben said something to JoJo during his rejection speech like ‘I’m going to miss…..’ and my husband yelled ‘YOUR BOOBS’. I cracked up.

Lincee

It’s exciting, isn’t it?

Mary
Mary

I loved this recap so much! Being from Denver, I LOL’d at the Cherry Creek reference! Well done, Lincee! So much to love! Hard to pick favorites! I loved the 3 week reference, I thought the same thing about all the stuff JoJo and Ben worked through. Hey Chad! Hey JoJo’s brothers. priceless!

So looking forward to your DWTS recaps! Go VON!

Janis
Janis

Lived in Denver when married… Years ago. Loved the cherry creek reference

Lincee

I’m glad you picked up on Cherry Creek, Mary. I totally Googled it.

Frank
Frank

omg! Ben how do you pass on super nova hot Jojo? Sure her family is wacky but who’s isn’t. She even has a pretty cool attitude for such a hottie. Big big miss my man. You’ll be so bored stiff with that flight attendant. Anyway I anticipate the male applications for her season will be an all time record. ABC better hire more casting support…they’ll need the help in keeping up with applicants.

Eleanora

But Ben is a boring guy – they’re a perfect match. Both very vanilla.

Dave
Dave

You couldn’t pay enough to fill an application out for JoJo, sure she is hot and there isn’t a thing about her that is wrong. Saying her family is wacky is an understatement, her brothers are so far off the reservation I wouldn’t want any part of that family and when you marry her you also marry her family. The brothers are a sure deal killer for me, which is too bad because I admit JoJo is a catch.

KMB
KMB

One of her brothers was in a failed reality show a while back. I’m sure they were doing that to make Jojo’s story seem more interesting and up her Bachelorette chances. The producers LOVE the family drama. Take the drama with Des’s brother Nathan, for example, and look how that worked out for her. Bachelorette.

Whoever Jojo picks this season, her brothers will probably welcome with open arms once the cameras aren’t around.

Lincee

I bet you’re right, Frank!

Sara
Sara

You sd the ‘friend zone’ but wouldn’t the fact he feels the most himself with her and can be open and honest re his real feelings be better for a marriage than not admitting to Lauren he is in love w both?
I feel like he wanted to keep the ‘perfect’ relationship w Lauren by not introducing the reality of the situation?
However, I do see the way he looks at Lauren and the love he is describing. To me, the love felt like the ‘shiny new penny’ with her and the one w Jojo like they had been together longer. I felt like they didn’t show much of Lauren’s personality. She seemed to not say much other than the same things over and over. My husband sd – hmm, so he wants the shallow blonde? I sd what do you mean? He sd- she seems a bit simple and not very deep. Interesting to hear that’s what he got out of it. Not sure if Lauren is his soulmate or a great new relationship but happy for them anyway.

Am I the only one who thinks when they announced Jojo as the Bachlorette that Ben had that same jealous expression as when he found out Chad called her? He seemed ‘blindsided’ …or did he already know? I felt like he seemed distracted by the reality of what he just heard for a bit into the show. Maybe me reading too much into it but he doesn’t hide his emotions well.
Can not wait to see all of Jojo’s clothes! ( other than the demin panties-perhaps they can leave those to this season)
Overall- I loved her clothes. She looked fantastic last night, loved the hair color- did Chad color it? I live in Dallas and would love to have whoever color mine!
Re her dress- it was a bit pagent like but she has friends from pagents so am thinking she borrowed it and we may see more of them in her season?
She seemed genuine to me but with brother Ben’s background on reality tv, is she a good actress and looking to capitalize for possible future entertainment opportunities or is she looking for love or perhaps a combo of the two? Opinions?
I think she has more layers than the rest of Bachlorettes have had and looking forward to watching.
Thought Ben was pretty classy and normal to thank everyone and give his speech. I could see politics in his future.

Kris
Kris

I thought Ben looked less than pleased with the announcement too…

JustLiz
JustLiz

This is my take on what happened- Jojo def. put herself in the friend zone b/c she’s such a natural nurturer. She was shown constantly checking in on Ben, she put him at ease, etc. Ben said that he felt the most comfortable with her and she’d become his ‘best friend’. Jojo inadvertently became Ben’s confidant and comrade in the oft stressful process of Bacheloring AKA ‘His Journey’.

I think it was all over for Ben the minute he set eyes on Lauren, but Jojo’s nurturing plus their chemistry together (read: BOOBS!) became confusing, ergo the 2 ‘I love you’s. If Jojo hadn’t been such a natural support, I don’t think he’d have become as confused as he said he was and it would’ve been an easy road to Lauren B. for the final rose. And none of this is to take anything away from Jojo or to imply that she did anything ‘wrong’ by being the nurturer that she is. I’m just sorry it resulted in hurt on her end.

Sara
Sara

Good point! The hot friend! The nuturinh probably hindered the romantic feelings.

Lincee

I saw it too, Sara. He looked taken back when she was announced. He had his “Chad” face on for sure.

Sara
Sara

Haha! Texans think alike–I sd to my hubby- he has the Chad couch face . Btw- thanks a lot for naming denim panties…. Every time I see them-it makes me cringe even more except that your branding them makes me laugh! Will always see way too short jean shorts as jean panties now.

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