Bachelor Colton Recap: Someone Get Chris Harrison

For the first time in the history of the franchise (except for that one time Jason Mesnick said “just kidding” and Arie said “Becca, wait, sorry, hold on, I pick Lauren) we have reached the most dramatic episode in Bachelor history. When someone who has been recapping this show as long as I have stands up twice — you know it’s life altering.

My stomach was in knots for a solid forty-five minutes. I gasped and clutched my pearls. I paused the TV once to try and puzzle out WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON while my phone blew up beside me.

But I knew better. I knew Bachelor Nation was trending on all the socials and if I took one peek, I would spoil something. Did Colton lose his virginity in the fantasy suite? Twice? Three times? Did he fall and scrape his knee on the other side of that infamous fence jump?

Before we get to the good stuff, let’s recap the boring stuff, otherwise known as the first half hour of the show.

  • Colton is a virgin.
  • Our Host Chris Harrison helps Colton talk about being a virgin.
  • If Colton is in love, he will make love.
  • The animated map shows an airplane leaving Los Angels, headed to Portugal.
  • Tayshia bats first.
  • She thinks being intimate is an important part of a relationship.
  • She is excited to do the deed with Colton.
  • Tayshia thinks draping a black leather jacket around her shoulders is fetch.
  • Helicopter dates are always cool. Unless you are left behind on the mountain during a two-on-one.
  • Colton tries to make a silky man scarf happen. He fails.
  • The ABC Intern was not extended a ticket to Portugal. We know this because Colton and Tayshia have a semi-awkward date sitting on a blanket spread out over rocks on the edge of a cliff.
  • Colton likes to make fun of his virginity.
  • “I like extra virgin olive oil.”
  • Tayshia wears a shorty robe with her leather jacket to dinner.
  • She does not know how to work wardrobe tape, therefore her boobs keep popping out.
  • Tayshia admits that her ex-husband cheated on her and she is big on the truth.
  • Colton promises to never cheat on her.
  • His pending dates with Cassie and Hannah do not count.
  • They choose to forego their individual rooms to stay as a couple in the fantasy suite.
  • There’s no way Harrison wrote the note.
  • Nothing happens in the fantasy suite.
  • Colton is still a virgin.
  • Tayshia looks slightly irritated and a whole lotta disappointed the morning after.
  • I’m confident she is regretting wearing her shiny pajama pants on national television.

At first glance, one might think that there is plenty of time for Colton to go on his fantasy date with Cassie, his fantasy date with Hannah, and then send someone on the first animated airplane home.

One might be wrong.

Cassie shows up in her best outfit from the ‘90s. Think Mandy Moore in A Walk To Remember. Where Tayshia flaunted her cleavage, Cassie turtle necks hers up and then puts a mauve grandma sweater over it.

Colton is unfazed. He thinks she looks great. Especially with her hair whipping around in the wind, thanks to his sweet convertible ride. Had the ABC Intern been given the opportunity to fly with the rest of the crew, I’m sure he would have offered a spare scrunchie for Cassie to wear.

Colton tells the camera that Cassie was a “pleasant surprise” and that he hopes by the end of the night, they could be in love. They walk around the city, shoving gelato in each other’s face (no thank you) and buying matching pajama bottoms for their big night in the suite.

While Cassie tells the camera that Colton is confident and sensitive and she likes how she feels safe when he’s around, we see Colton sort of halfway execute a lackluster wall kiss with Cassie. It was no Arie/Emily vertical surface kiss, but I give him props for trying to be cool.

Plus, Arie is tainted for me now and I have nowhere to place my wall kissing sentiments.

The pair picnic on the ledge of a balcony overlooking the city and discuss events of the previous weeks. Colton is clearly trying to get Cassie to express her feelings for him, yet she insists on changing topics. Let’s talk about our favorite subject: FAMILIES!

Can Colton fit into Cassie’s family? You betcha. Did they like him? Cassie thinks so! How was the talk with Daddy? Challenging.

Cassie’s eyes squint in confusion. “Come again potential husband of mine?”

Colton tells Cassie that her daddy did not give him permission to marry his daughter. But it’s okay because his only worry was that this entire ordeal was too quick. And Colton toooootally gets that and is fine moving forward without Daddy’s blessing.

One small problem. Cassie isn’t fine to move forward without Daddy’s blessing.

She’s stunned that her father didn’t even leave an ambiguous “maybe” hanging or “ask me again later” as an open ended pseudo-promise.

Cassie is baffled by this revelation. For several reasons. Pick and choose which ones likely make up her cocktail of perplexity.

  • But I left feeling like my family trusted me to make this decision.
  • I wish you would have told me during hometown dates.
  • I hate that my dad didn’t approve.
  • I care about my family’s opinion and this is super frustrating.
  • The fact that they are not one-hundred percent sold freaks me out.
  • Why aren’t you more upset that you didn’t get his permission?

A lone tear slides down Cassie’s face as she confesses to the camera that this process is just…so…hard and that she is just…so…sad and she just…needs…more…time.

This is what twenty-three looks like ladies and gentlemen.

Five minutes later, it’s DADDY TO THE RESCUE!

Wait, what? Daddy as in Cassie’s Daddy? Or have we nicknamed Harrison “Big Daddy?” Now I’m confused.

It’s Daddy, as in Cassie’s father shows up at her hotel room to express his concerns about the potential engagement looming in the future. He wants his baby to remember that marriage is a very important commitment and he can’t give his blessing to a nice guy he met for thirty minutes.

Cassie: But Daddy, all the other girls got permission from their fathers!

Cassie’s dad realizes this is going to be more complicated than he realized and pulls out the big guns — Daddy’s love for Mama.

You see, Cassie’s parents knew from the moment they saw each other that they were MFEO. Remember the part in Frozen when Anna and Hans sing “Love Is An Open Door” and then get engaged? It was just like that.

Daddy is worried that Cassie seems conflicted. The collective “we” of pretty, blonde family members all thought so. Another red flag? Dad tells Cassie that Colton said he loves her. When Dad asks Cassie if she loves Colton, she answers, “I think so?”

Notice the question mark.

Ever the professional protector of his daughter’s heart, Dad encourages Cassie to finish that sentence. “Is there a but?”

Cassie hems and haws about needing more time and how she doesn’t want this to be over. She’s also scared to get to the end and “not being there.”

Hans tells Cassie that there should not be a single hesitant bone in her body. Not one. This is a lifelong decision and she can just accept proposals willy nilly. “We” did not get the vibe that Colton was her soulmate and “we” think she deserves more than “I think so.”

That’s when the waterworks come. Daddy pats her head and instructs her to break it to Colton gently, because the longer she waits, the worse it’s going to be. Then he slips her a first class plane ticket and tells her he will be waiting at the gate and oh, PS, he got her and the other kids an upgrade on their iPhones because family plans rock. Mother will be waiting at home with her favorite dinner. Let’s get this show on the road and get out of here.

Cassie preps herself for battle. Her chainmail dress may steel her body for what’s about to happen, but her face gives her emotions away. She’s teary, jittery, and unwilling to rip the Band-Aid right from the beginning. She summons the courage after two glasses of wine and a few quick make out sessions.

Thinking that Cassie is weirded out by her father’s non-blessing, Colton reminds Cassie that this changes nothing for him. Cassie’s eyes drop and she launches into a conversation that completed neither one thought nor one sentence. Here’s the gist of what she tried to communicate:

  • My parents never doubted their love for one another.
  • I want you to have what you want.
  • I don’t know why after today I don’t know…
  • This is confusing.
  • I’m so frustrated.
  • This is a lot…

Colton: Can I ask you something? Were you planning on leaving tonight?
Cassie: Yes. Not because I don’t care about you. I don’t know if I can get there with you.

She abruptly gets up to speak to her male handler then goes on to sort of say:

  • If I had been sure by now I would have, I don’t know…
  • I can’t.
  • I’m seconding guessing…
  • What do I say? What do I do?
  • I didn’t know this was so hard.
  • How am I going to get there?

Colton retrieves Cassie. They sit forehead to forehead for a few minutes. He finally tosses everything onto the wall to see what sticks, because THERE ARE NO RULES ON THE BACHELOR!

Colton: I’m okay with being patient. I don’t want to lose you. Don’t make a decision tonight. I want to be with you. It’s not easy going on other dates when all I think about is you. But this is the rest of my life and the last thing I will do is give up. I will not walk away. It’s okay for you not to know right now. You are overthinking everything. Every relationship moves at a different pace. We don’t have to get engaged at the end of this. I’m in love with you. I don’t know where your doubts are coming from, but you need to forget the next two weeks. There is no pressure. I care for you. I love you. And I want it to be you at the end.

I’m pretty sure after that profession of love at this stage in the game cost him something, rules or no rules. Details. This is Colton telling Cassie that she is THE ONE. There’s no need to worry! What an ordeal! What a love letter! How can Cassie pass this up?

By not forming sentences or a train of thought.

Colton starts to shake with all the adrenaline coursing through his veins. He also looks like he’s about to puke. He pulls Cassie into a hug and smells her hair. She pretends to cry. He promises to give her space, time, whatever she needs and then prepares her for the simple fact that he will be fighting for her.

He gets to the rejection SUV and gives her one last hopeful look.

Cassie: I want you to be with someone who is insanely in love with you.

And that was the knife in the heart that shattered it into a thousand pieces. Up until then, he just thought it was timing. He thought she was caught up in the fast and furious pace of this silly reality show. It never occurred to him that “not getting there” had nothing to do with synchronization. It had to do with her heart.

Cassie hops in the SUV, wails in the backseat, and questions if she would ever “get there” with him. Notice she never questions if she did the right thing or not.

Colton feels all the feels. He shoves the camera, whacks something onto a table, and then ditches his mic pack. Then he CrossFit jumps over the wall. It was the leap heard around the world and the reason Bachelor Nation is did not riot last night.

“Someone get Chris.”

Exactly, people. Someone get Harrison. We need a mature, wise host who can ask basic questions like, “Isn’t there a code to open the gate?” instead of shouting “COLE’N” over and over and over again, while huddling up to form a human pyramid for Our Host. As if Harrison climbs walls. Please.

And who was the person who whistled? You, good sir, are a chach.

The gate opens and Harrison searches left and right for his good buddy. Nothing.

Then Harrison swears. And starts to run.

See? Most dramatic episode ever. Has Our Host ever run in skinny jeans? Or produced a sheen of sweat on his forehead? I think not.

Needless to say, Colton is gone and is presumably NEVER COMING BACK. But he does come back because he hugs his mother in the hallway, weeping huge tears in next week’s “finale.”

Now let’s break down what we think is going on here:

  • Is Cassie genuinely not interested in Colton?
  • Did her Daddy come to Portugal to give her an out so she doesn’t look so bad? With the hope that she can be the next bachelorette?
  • Will Colton find an Uber and try to track Cassie down?
  • Will Cassie have the SUV driver turn around to go back to Colton?
  • Is Hannah going to get her date?
  • Is Tayshia halfway home by now?
  • Will he propose to anyone?
  • Does Cassie have a snowball’s chance in hell of being the new bachelorette?
  • Or does that title belong to Caelynn?

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Gina
Gina

My friend and I paused the show SO MANY TIMES to analyze what was happening. Here were our thoughts (fully formulated):

-Cassie likes him a lot but she is scared of moving too fast….

-Yes, the pace of the show IS fast- but she (unlike most other girls ever on this show) is trying to think realistically.. like “can I actually get engaged to someone after 2 months or do I just want him to be my boyfriend and see where this goes…” She’s overthinking and letting the pressure get to her because this show makes them feel that way. I would legit like to see if in their contracts it says something about HAVING to get engaged at the end or nothing. (Juan Pablo and Nikki would make me believe leaving without a ring is fine… even though he was the worst human ever and I don’t like to even speak of him)

-Colton basically ended the show last night. Telling her he loves her and “wants it to be her at the end”- it’s over. There is NO WAY he goes on a date with Hannah. Both she and Tayshia are on the next flight out. 100%. The show isn’t over, but it’s actually over.

-If his interviews since the show wrapped are correct and he is truly happy, Cassie must come back. She either leaves and comes back or never actually left and just had to clear her head. There is no way that he ends up picking one of the other girls after all of that. Literally no way. Maybe they get engaged- maybe they don’t.. but he doesn’t care about being with either of the other two at this point. If he’s not with Cassie right now, he’s happy being alone.

-23 is too young to be on this show.

Maribeth Joyce

Absolutely, 23 is too young to be on this show!

Jen S. 2.0
Jen S. 2.0

23 is way too young. The casting department somehow got carried away with the young hotties this season (although I have face blindness for Cassie. 3 days from now, I’ll have no idea what she looks like).

The whole uncomfortable time I was watching Colton and Cassie, I kept saying, “He thinks she’s terrified he won’t choose her. She’s actually terrified that he will.” Bless his heart, and I’m not even from Texas.

Wendy
Wendy

There is no way they can finish the show with a final rose. Colton played his cards last night. We may have additional episodes but this turd is fresh on the ground…and the cows have stepped in it a few times!

I’m literally going to have to watch the Tell All from under my covers tonight!

Addy

I watched this episode, then read this recap, listened to some podcasts, and watched it again. At first, I thought that Cassie was just feeling gunshy or like she didn’t have enough time, etc etc. But now I just think she’s kind of playing him, and it makes me so sad for Colton. I think he’s really in love with her. I think she is not in love with him at all.

I think she relies entirely too much on her family’s approval and it bothers me how she treats him in this episode. Everything is great and fine until she finds out her dad didn’t give Colton his blessing for the engagement she told him two weeks ago she was ready for (see: Denver train date). Then all of a sudden she melts down.

Sure, maybe shit got real when her bestie was sent home, but the way the show was edited made it seem like all her doubts came from her dad not giving his approval for her to get engaged.

And listen to her dad’s advice when he comes to see her again – he didn’t not give the approval because of the amount of time. In fact, he told her that she should know IMMEDIATELY when she meets someone if he’s the one for her. He didn’t give approval because she didn’t seem excited/in love enough.

So she goes into dinner like everything is a-ok, questions him more about her family’s approval, then says she loves him but isn’t “in” love with him? Blah blah blah she’s so confused and has to leave in some sort of self sacrifice since he deserves more even though all he wants is her… I’ve been there. When someone bends over backwards for you and has a response for all your concerns and you still reject them? YOU ARE NOT THAT INTO THEM.

Then she has the gall to ask if he’s mad at her??? Bitch you just stomped on someone’s feelings! AND THEN she says she loves him before driving away! Her guilt in the car after from hurting him, not from feeling less than he did.

I just can’t see this ending well, even if Colton manages to convince her to be with him by the end of the show. He can’t really pick either other girl at this point now that he’s told someone was the one… then they are just second best and they deserve better. Not that this show has a good track record of successful relationships, but even if Cassie magically comes back I’m not sure how anyone can see her feelings as legit for him.

Poor Colton. Ugh. It’s going to take some major editing prowess to make people like her and support that relationship again if that’s how this ends up going.

BA77
BA77

Just started reading – so glad it is up earlier than usual! – but I wanted to throw Brad W’s refusal of BOTH women at the end of his first season as another truly dramatic moment. It was only the second season I had ever watched and I was so surprised, I HAD to read more about it. That moment lead me to YOU, Lincee, and your blog !!! 🙂

Reno
Reno

I loved that! Didn’t they show him later sitting on a couch eating a sandwich watching TV? It was the best!

scraptordelight
scraptordelight

This was quite an episode! It actually lived up to the hype and then some. I feel for both of them and hope Cassie takes him up on the offer to take it at her own pace. Yes, 23 is too young for all this and she probably had no intentions of anything more than free trips and fun, but who knows if she might actually fall in love. And Colton going so off script! Love it. It was like an episode of Unreal! I’m thinking after the mud tub
and shower moments Hannah G might have been on the receiving end of Colton’s undying love if it wasn’t for the whole bread and butter with Laura Linney debacle. Oh, and her rapping probably didn’t help matters.

BA77
BA77

Yes! I agree. The episode was almost meta, like an episode of Unreal!!! Exactly! And good point about the etiquette class maybe not leaving a good impression!

BA77
BA77

AND of course, the recap did not disappoint! I love how someone was like, “Call Chris!” I felt like I was watching a fiction show of a reality show, if that makes sense! This was all REALLY intense!

Favorite line: “And who was the person who whistled? You, good sir, are a chach.”

I remember when I was 23 and truly not knowing which way was up. I think if Cassie was even a few years older, it would make all the difference. If I had met my husband when I was 23, there’s no way I would have been able to commit…

And Colton shaking like he was!!! He was so upset! It was hard to watch. I agree the moment it clicked was when she said, “I want some to be insanely in love with you.” You could somehow feel that this was the moment his heart really broke. And it also clarified for me that she is just not that into him.

The only girl from this season I would be interested in watching is Tayshia. I felt kind of bad for her; she was clearly disappointed.

Looking forward to next week! I am guessing he cuts both of the other girls loose….

Deana
Deana

I also think Tayshia would be a good choice. I think the others are too young.

Kelli
Kelli

First of all, they have GOT to QUIT using 12 year olds for this show. There is no way any of them are ready for marriage and I don’t want to see ANY of those young girls come back as Bachelorette. Elyse would be a different story.

I had a number of WTF moments, the first one being in the forego room with Tayesha. Did anyone else notice that when they went horizontal, Colton only had one arm around her? The other arm was flat on the bed. That was weird.

And Daddy showing up was a total Ross from Becca’s season moment. Boo hiss, but it did give young little Cassie an out. Sorry Colton, but all y’all are too young. Kevin was a little put out by all the stupid virgin talk again. WE KNOW, COLTON. YOU’RE A VIRGIN. GET OVER IT, WE HAVE.

Kevin also wanted me to tell you two words ACO. TACO.

BA77
BA77

I TOTALLY noticed Colton’s awkward position on the bed! He was just laying there, like, just flopped! It was so weird!

Rebecca
Rebecca

So tired this season of all the comments about how everyone’s too young. I was 21 when I got married and had my first baby at 24. Sure, my husband and I still had some growing up to do, but we did it together. I’m glad I didn’t waste an entire extra decade of extended adolescence , that’s 10 fewer years I’d have been able to enjoy my family, including grandkids.
Have fun at the fertility clinic, all you Millenials out there!

Lynn
Lynn

There’s a decent-sized population of single women who have been dating for 20+ years with the hopes of finding the right guy. Reasons for not using your ovaries as hoped or planned are not always so black and white.

Ilovelesueurpeas
Ilovelesueurpeas

Amen

Susan
Susan

I’m hardly a millenial but didn’t find the right person until I was well north of 21 or 30. So judging! Good it worked for you, it doesn’t work that way forall.

Chloe
Chloe

Yes and most people married at 21 are on their second marriage. Or third.

Jenny
Jenny

You obviously haven’t reached a mature enough age to realize what a bitchy and judgy comment that is. Not everyone meets ‘the one’ at such an early age. And I can tell you from experience…there is no fun to be had a fertility clinic. Good luck with your close-minded ‘perfect’ life.

Kristen
Kristen

That’s rude and uncalled for. I didn’t find “the one” until I was 28, and got married at 29. He was 40. We’d both had enough life experience at that point, beyond what you would call “extended adolescence” to know what we wanted and what we didn’t. It’s great that things worked out for you, but everyone doesn’t follow the same path, and for many, many people, our early 20’s is just too soon. What I’m most upset about, though, is your comment about the fertility clinic. My best friend struggled with fertility beginning when she was 24, and went through several rounds of IVF — which, btw, is anything but fun — and lost her twins at 24 weeks. I pray that you and the other snotty little twits like you (because I know there are more) wake up one day with a little more compassion and empathy for people who don’t live such perfect and blessed lives.

Becky
Becky

I also got married young, at 22 and had my first baby at 25. I wouldn’t change a thing, either! I don’t think you can put an age on it, it’s all just about maturity.

A B
A B

Rebecca,

As someone who is currently going through fertility treatments (5th round of IVF over here), I would just like to say that your last comment is extremely insensitive, and you really should reconsider before joking/wishing something that terrible upon other people. Because you have expressed how important your family is to you, please just sit and think for a few minutes about what it might be like to face the reality that you may never be able to get pregnant, carry a child to term, or have a biological child. Try walking in those shoes for a minute. Infertility is a medical diagnosis, and mine wouldn’t have changed if I was trying to get pregnant at 23 or 32.

To Becky (the second person to comment here), thank you for expressing your opinion in a respectful, thoughtful manner.

Kerry
Kerry

Rebecca, I totally agree with you, I also was married at 21 & had my first child at 24. Many people said we would never last but here we are 22 years later. I think it may be a generational thing though because my 19 year old daughter only wants to focus on college and a career (which is fine). Being married young is hard work but it can work!

Laura Jean

Just wanted to say: I got married in my early/mid 20’s, my husband was in his 20’s as well. And hey – we ended up dealing with infertility and couldn’t have kids until we were 30. Oh, and I’m a millennial.

The only reason people might be too young on this season is likely because they are too immature. The majority of my friends in college were married at age 22-25. Some of them didn’t deal a lick with infertility. Some of them didn’t deal a lick with immaturity. And some of them did.

Regardless of the side of opinion here in this comment thread, it’s pretty difficult to make judgment calls like these with any accuracy when you use gross generalizations.

This show is for entertainment, and it has rarely had the ratings with mature contestants (I can think of Emily M., Sean L., and maybe Desiree). The Bachelor THRIVES on the young, the loud, and the controversial. I’m just sad that Colton’s virginity, for whatever is left of it, was again the sole focus of a season, much like the wedding episode for Sean and Catherine Lowe.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I know, I was like, “Flaccid arm? Why the flaccid arm?!”

Patrick
Patrick

It was so weird that it was noticeable. I think it was a tell, though… “just not that in to her.”

Rachel
Rachel

Does nobody remember this same thing happened to Desiree?? The guy she wanted to be with most (his name was Brooks, I think) ended up leaving at the end on his own because he just “wasn’t there” with her. Desiree then proceeded to choose her final man standing and they are still married today. So I’m not 100% convinced that Colton leaves the show without one of the other two women.

tracy
tracy

i was just having a conversation with my sister about desiree/brooks/chris and how that has worked out just fine., but i don’t know how you come back from “it’s hard to go on dates with 2 other woman because i’m thinking about you”. eeeeeks.

Kate
Kate

I remember that very well! I am still haunted by the look in Desiree’s eyes when she realized that he didn’t want to go forward – it was a very definite shadow that crossed her face.

I also remember during the proposal scene that she told Chris that she loved Brooks and was devastated that he left, but that her feelings for him blinded her to her feelings for Chris (can you tell I watched that final episode several times?). I don’t know how she did it, but she made it sound sincere and believable, and as we have seen, she made the right choice.

I think both Brooks and Cassie are beautiful people who went on the show for fun/exposure, and ended up having strong feelings for the lead, but not being ready to get engaged or commit. They dazzled their respective leads with their charm and beauty, but I think Colton probably went too far to go back and work things out with Tayshia or Hannah – but we will see!!

And can I say – Colton was actually very appealing when he spoke from the heart. His words to Cassie were very romantic and I, who have never really cared much for him, was blown away.

White
White

I totally agree that Colton spoke very maturely and wisely and that was a pleasant surprise!

Rachel
Rachel

I feel like Desiree said very similar things to Brooks. Because I remember thinking how in the world can she end up with Chris after all this?

Rebekah
Rebekah

She did, I remember she said to Brooks “it was you all along”. She was devastated.

MamaBecca
MamaBecca

I was told by someone who married a cousin of Chris that producers warned Desiree and she was encouraged to play it up for the drama of the show. They were worried that her season would be too boring. I don’t think that happened with poor Colon.

Jen S. 2.0
Jen S. 2.0

They’re not married yet, but it wasn’t all that different with Rachel and Brian. She cried her eyelashes off over the dude with the gap in his teeth, pleading with him to get on board, and then went with somebody else in the end anyway.

I remember thinking at the time that it’s probably more common than anyone wants to admit that sometimes you go ahead and roll with your A- choice if for whatever reason your A choice isn’t ready when you are tired of waiting.

Jaime
Jaime

Being unsure after what? 2 dates with someone is NORMAL. I don’t blame Cassie. But having said that, this is the Bachelor Universe and nothing is normal. She knew how things work. They had the best chemistry right from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what happens. And I agree with others, immaturity is on full display with these young ones.

Tammi
Tammi

Chris Harrison tried jumping the fence several times, but couldn’t. Colton talked about that on one of the talk shows and said he hopes it shows up in the bloopers, because it would make for great TV.

Meegan
Meegan

I would like to see that!

Rosa
Rosa

THE SCARVESS!!!! I’m so glad you pointed them out! And the conversation with Tayshia about her ex hub cheating on her and Colton telling her if she was the one, he wouldn’t cheat on her. Never mind he was about to cheat on her with Cassie and Hannah. This episode was definitely dramatic!! I feel bad for Hannah – I wonder if this will set HER up as the Bachelorette? No way Cassie is a candidate after wrecking the whole show. If she’s the Bachelorette they might as well drag her whole blond family along. Her dad showing up was so random! I just wonder if that’s how it happened, or was it totally edited and scripted that way. I felt horrible for Colton. Although I do follow in on IG and he seems perfectly happy, so I’m anxious to see how this ends next week. Great recap! You hit ALL the points!! p.s. Hannah’s outfit in the show preview last night was questionable as well. She and Cassie both had some strange looking boots/shoes/shoots on.

alisa
alisa

I think that her dad changed her mind. I think before he came, she would have told Colton she wasn’t ready to be engaged. Then he would have told her that was okay (like he did). And she would have stuck around. She needs her father’s approval too much though – and when he basically told her to break up with Colton, she did.

And I think I’m way too invested in this :).

Holly
Holly

my two cents – cassie was never genuine. cassie wants reality show “fame” (see “Young Once”). i honestly feel bad for colton. he got a pretty crappy crop of ladies who were just not that into him.

tracee
tracee

Totally agree….Just wanted to win at all costs. I will feel betrayed if she or Kaelynn are the bachelorettes

DIane
DIane

I agree 🙁
Although, I am glad she tried to break it off before being engaged!

Ella
Ella

But, here’s my thinking. If she knew at the home show that she either wasn’t ready or wasn’t interested. . . . Why push forward. . . Fame???

Lex
Lex

I agree! Cassie was just in it for the instagram fame and possibility at being the next bachelorette. She realized she went too far down the rabbit hole and decided to stir shit up and leave

Deana
Deana

I agree, but I remember how Colton treated Tia in Paradise and I’m thinking it’s Karma coming back to pay him a visit. I think Colton is like a child who wants what he can’t have. Every time someone says they are in love with him his eyes gloss over and harden and you can tell he’s done.
He says his biggest fear is choosing someone who doesn’t feel the same way but he ignores all the waving red flags and picks the one person who is just not that into him.

Amy H
Amy H

Awesome recap, Lincee, particularly the first set of bullet points. I almost spit out my lunch I was laughing so hard! “Colton promises to never cheat on her.
His pending dates with Cassie and Hannah do not count.” Perfect. I agree with everyone who has posted that this was a very engaging episode. I wonder if Colton is kicking himself now, recalling just how many women had warned him that Cassie is not ready to get married. She comes across as a 23-year-old on the less-mature end of the 23-year-old spectrum, which is perfectly fine. She’s so young! I applaud her for listening to her gut and to the wise words of her dad and putting the brakes on a relationship that was clearly moving too fast for her. I do feel bad for the other women on the show who came legitimately wanting to get married, and instead were asked to compete with a stunning 23-year-old who could tempt any happily married man into going astray. ..

tracy
tracy

that was so. hard. to. watch. the whole thing just made me sad. i think he lets the other 2 go and then goes after cassie. i really don’t see what else could happen?

Sincethebeginning
Sincethebeginning

Great recap Lincee. First time in a long time that I was excited to see what would happen. However, all of Cassie’s part felt scripted…she kept poking Colton about how the conversation with her dad went, as if she needed him to tell her that he didn’t get the approval. It felt very contrived.
One correction about Cassie’s dad…he didn’t tell her to break the news gently to Colton, I believe his exact words were, “you just go out there and be brutally honest with him.” Who says that?!?! AND what was he doing in Portugal??? Very scripted and set up, and unfortunately, the only one not in on it was Colton and us.
I thought the funniest part was Colton asking Cassie if they should buy matching PJ’s like they were girlfriends in middle school. He’s very much himself, an innocent, a naive sweety. Unfortunately, Mike Fleiss chose to take advantage of that.

tracee
tracee

By the looks of his family….he is well versed in leaving guys in the dust

AnnieLu
AnnieLu

It all seemed fishy to me. Cassie’s Dad being in Portugal at that moment, that takes planning, flying overseas. It was just too pat. I think because she is such the front runner, the producers are paying Cassie to act “confused” and she’s not a good enough actress to flesh that out, that’s why her comments were so disjointed. They are trying to salvage this debacle (Colton definitively picking this one contestant) and create “the most dramatic season ever.” Call me cynical, that’s what I think. Cassie is in on it, maybe her Dad. Colton is not. He is being manipulated for entertainment purposes.

Cassie
Cassie

I think the producers knew she was having doubts and bringing her Dad over was an attempt to salvage the relationship since she was clearly the front runner.