Bachelor Matt Recap: Peace and Harmony

Bachelor Matt Recap | Week 6 |

This show is, more often than not, a runaway train wreck. At other times, we have to sit through a hefty serving of “boring” before we get any drama. 

And then, ABC tricks us. We lean into the theatrical antics of a random girl from Colton’s season showing up at the cocktail party, wearing all the leftover puka shell necklaces from Abercrombie’s summer of ‘96 collection, sewn onto a gossamer white gown, only to be brutally rebuffed from any juicy drama. 

You got me again, Mike Fleiss. I’ll patiently wait until next week to truly enjoy Matt James sending Heather back home in her minivan. As long as you never make Our Host Chris Harrison pretend to be surprised by this person’s “sudden appearance” at the Neapolitan. 

Come on, guys. You know he’s better at spontaneous, witty banter. Please don’t make him act. 

SIMPLE DISCLAIMER

The following information you are about to read is of personal opinion. However, if you or someone you follow on TikTok happens to know, sort of know personally, or is friends with the local Starbucks barista who’s obsessed with Bridgerton and looks exactly like one of the contestants on the show — none of this is personal. I’m sure they are all lovely people.

When we last left MJ and Jessenia, they were seething, sitting across from one another, each on her own coral velvet couch. ABC blessed us with a bit more bickering, knowing that we would love to hear about the peace and harmony MJ brings to any situation. 

Matt James enters the alcove tucked off of the main lobby, rolls his eyes, and asks Jessenia to join him around the corner. She rises, smoothes her royal blue jumpsuit, and follows obediently. Jessenia wastes no time explaining that MJ may not have been the bullying ringtail leader, but she definitely heckled Anna and Victoria on safely from the sidelines. Jessenia also claims that MJ was the creator of the Varsity versus JV moniker. 

Meanwhile, MJ folds in on herself and collapses to the ground in a ball, crying as she manages to teeter on her four-inch heels. After she pulls herself together, she joins Matt James and reminds him that her heart is big, she leads by example, and she promotes peace and harmony. The fact that Jessenia would question her character is absurd. 

MJ knows she’s being filmed at all times, right? Does she understand the premise of the show? ROLL THE TAPE!

MJ returns to the alcove, rejuvenated and ready to rumble. She declares to the camera that she is shifting into “bad b!tch” mode before lashing into Jessenia once again. 

Isn’t that sweet? Look at MJ promoting peace and harmony. 

Matt James walks in, picks up the rose, and compliments both girls on their connections. Then he tells MJ he can’t give her the rose. MJ remains in “bad b!tch” mode. Her black ‘80s power suit (no pants) does not disappoint at this moment. I thought she was going to tell her handler to “Hold my hoops,” but she remained stoic and stalked out of the resort. 

There were no hugs. In fact, she didn’t say anything until she settled into the rejection SUV. Her biggest concern? How Jessenia managed to sabotage her, even though she clearly promotes peace and harmony. 

Which would have been the names of their first two children, by the way.

ROSE CEREMONY

Jessenia swaggers into the rose ceremony staging area, casually carrying a rose like it’s no big deal. I couldn’t tell if the remaining women were happy about MJ’s absence or indifferent. Either way, all were super excited to have time with Matt James at the party.

Except there is no party. Our Host breaks the news, and the women react sharply to this unfortunate turn of events. By the end of the night, two other newbies bite the dust. Brittany and Ryan are sent home, along with Magi. Ryan’s tears remain unstoppable. Someone is overtired.

And someone else is on the warpath. Serena C. blames Katie for the absence of a cocktail party before the rose ceremony, and she has no problem knocking on her hotel room door for a quick chat. 

Here’s the gist: Serena C. thinks that Katie is somehow connected to each of the dramatic moments which have unfolded in the house so far. She, therefore, deduces that Katie is not there for the right reasons (right reasons). 

Here’s the truth: Katie is definitely connected to each of the dramatic moments in the house but never calls anyone by name. She claims she tells Matt James about toxic situations, then lets him puzzle through the details himself. No one has been thrown under the bus. 

Katie and Serena C. yell at each other, which doesn’t paint a pretty picture for either of them. There’s a ton of “not my story to tell” and “LET ME FINISH TALKING” before Serena C. bops downstairs to report on her findings. Moments later, Katie shows up to make sure Serena C. is not spreading rumors. 

Guess what? She was spreading rumors. 

FIRST ONE-ON-ONE
Pieper
“Tonight Will Be Worth the Wait”

Side Note: Is the ribbed turtleneck the new ubiquitous scarf and statement necklace? 

Matt James takes Pieper deep into the woods. Instead of killing her with his bare hands, he tries to kill her with a Ferris Wheel erected in the middle of nowhere by a sketch carnie, out on parole, missing several teeth. 

The potential of throwing up on one’s crush is always a fun way to play your own personal version of Russian Roulette. Good luck, Pieper!

The couple plays all the carnival games and later meet for dinner. Matt James tries to get Pieper to cry about how her family never displayed any emotions. He succeeds. Kindhearted, adorable Matt James tells Pieper they can “work on that together.” She smiles and tells him she’s falling in love. Matt James smiles and gives her a rose. 

Notice, he did not reciprocate the sentiment as he did with Rachael. 

Matt James escorts Pieper to Ballroom C, where Temecula Road is playing a private concert. Fresh out of quarantine, the trio harmonizes as Matt James and Pieper sway to the rhythm, whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears.

Matt James: “Hey Pieper?”
Pieper: “Yeah?”
Matt James: “Who are these people?”
Pieper: “No clue. Kiss me!”

GROUP DATE
“This Lane Leads to Love”

Of course, the Neapolitan has a bowling alley. Without a doubt, this group date is going to be a competition. Naturally, all the women who are “tired of losing” will be on the losing team. 

Spoiler alert: the pink team wins. The victory cocktail party is theirs! The losers must walk home in the rain. And not one person recreated the third-best song from Grease 2.

Of course, the losing team complains to the other girls in the house. Without a doubt, the winning team is stoked to get ample amounts of alone time with Matt James. Naturally, he sends a card to the house, inviting them to come to the after-party because he feels bad. 

Oh Matt James. You irresistible, stupid, handsome man. 

Needless to say, the winners are M-A-D. Yet, they can’t say anything because our bachelor invited the losers. And if we learned anything from Clare’s season, it’s that you do not question the one with the roses, lest you accidentally accuse them of not having a mind of their own. 

We see snippets of all the women chatting up Matt James. Serena P. seems better when he assures her that she’s in this competition. Chelsey asks Matt James to “hold on a little while longer” while she figures out how to take down her walls. But it’s Michelle Obama Arms who walks away with the date rose. 

I’m telling you, she’s one to watch.

SECOND ONE-ON-ONE
Katie 
Tyler C.

Tyler C. is back, you guys, and he’s shirtless. All is right with the world. 

When Katie was stuck with the “let’s prank my best bro” date, we should have known that she too holds a permanent residence in The Friend Zone. I have to say that Katie did a great job coaching the paid actress. Her suggestion of “nipple tweaking” and “mounting” had me rolling on the floor. 

It’s too bad Katie didn’t get a chance to have a spa day herself. I assume Matt James was eager to get to dinner so he could rip that breakup Band-Aid. 

Katie shares a few dating stories with Matt James. She reminds him that she is who she is and proud of it. She also wants someone playful. Someone who would rub oil all over his best friend’s muscled back. 

Matt James picks up the date rose and holds it under Katie’s nose. He thanks her (uh-oh) for “setting the tone” (not good) in the house and appreciates (that’s bad) the experiences they’ve had together. 

BUT…his relationships with other people have progressed, and he can’t give her the rose. 

Instead he gives it to Tyler C. 

ROSE CEREMONY

Matt James arrives looking like 007 in a dashing tuxedo. He pulls Abigail first and asks her to hang in there. Next, he makes out with Bri (hello lipstick!) and visits with Serena P.

When he’s deep into a conversation with Pieper, Heather swishes into the room with her bright blue eyes and white hair. She asks Matt James if she can talk to him, and he takes a millisecond to register that this woman is not on his current roster.

Then he starts laughing. Heartily laughing. Repeating her name over and over. 

He minds his manners, turns to Pieper, and asks for a few minutes alone with Elsa. I’m here to tell you that Matt James appears SMITTEN. They hug like old friends, yet she introduces herself as if they’ve never met. Curious. 

Back in the lobby, Pieper shakes with rage. It’s contagious, and soon all the women ponder the same question:

Will Matt James allow this woman to waltz in halfway through their journey? Or will he send her back to Arendelle, where she belongs?

In the first scenario, Matt James will have ten angry women in the house. In the second scenario, he has a phone number if this all goes to hell in a handbasket three months from now. 

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Mallory
Mallory
February 9, 2021 10:42 am

Great recap, Lincee! Just FYI, it’s not showing up on your home page yet.
My favorite part about the random private concert date is always when the contestant pretends to know who the band is and be super excited.
As for Heather, she was wearing a freaking wedding dress!! Bold choice, I guess.

lm3js
lm3js
February 9, 2021 11:34 am
Reply to  Mallory

I think the website is holding on to cached content and new posts don’t show up. When this happens, try using incognito or private browsing mode or go to the recap homepage and put a ? after the url. If it is posted, will show up then.

Grace
Grace
February 18, 2021 9:01 pm
Reply to  lm3js

My problem is not that i cannot open the most recent post, but that the website usually says unavailable

greenbeansforever
greenbeansforever
February 19, 2021 1:46 am
Reply to  Grace

Lincee and Some Guy in Austin both live in Texas where there’s a severe power outage. This may explain why Lincee hasn’t posted her recap this week and why she and Some Guy haven’t done their podcast. May also be why the website was unavailable for you, Grace, but that’s just a guess.

Grace
Grace
February 19, 2021 6:07 pm

Website issue has been ongoing for weeks i offer deep sympathy for the suffering in Texas

Rosa
Rosa
February 9, 2021 11:34 am

ROLL THE TAPE!! I was waiting for that as he was debating between MJ and Jessenia!! I don’t think Heather stays based on the previews they’ve shown. I couldn’t help but giggle at her driving around in that minivan. What the heck?? Is that the only rental car she could get? Poor Katie! She was definitely in the friend zone and there was no comparison to her and the other girls. I still like her and would love to see her in Paradise! OK lastly, I am just in AWE of Matt’s season at this resort!!! It looks FABULOUS, and… Read more »

Lisa
Lisa
February 9, 2021 10:21 pm
Reply to  Rosa

Please, no more Clare!!

Rosa
Rosa
February 10, 2021 12:39 pm
Reply to  Lisa

LOL! I don’t actually want Clare to get another season. Please no! Just saying she got screwed on her location! HAHA

Libby
Libby
February 11, 2021 2:35 pm
Reply to  Rosa

Lol Clare stayed at La Quinta for like 2 episodes. Tayshia is the one who really got done dirty here.

Kelli
Kelli
February 9, 2021 2:47 pm

I’m curious what the first and second best song from Grease 2 is. I can only assume Cool Rider is number 1 and Reproduction is #2. It is my favorite movie.

MJ pulled a full Mesnick and I think she borrowed the blazer from Darcy on 90 Day Fiance. I kept waiting for the modesty box to appear. Chelsea is getting on my last nerve. I liked her at the beginning, but now she’s just a whiner. I can only hope Serena C is next out the door. Maybe she can share Heather’s mini van.

Lexie
Lexie
February 9, 2021 4:45 pm
Reply to  Kelli

Now I want to watch Grease 2!

Susan
Susan
February 9, 2021 7:25 pm
Reply to  Kelli

Cool Rider. Cool cool cool cool rider. C. O.O. L. R.I.D.E.R.

Jenny D
Jenny D
February 9, 2021 6:21 pm

…”and he can’t give her the rose. Instead he gives it to Tyler C.” Best line!

Wynter
Wynter
February 9, 2021 10:47 pm

Please tell me I’m not the only one who wasn’t “rolling on the floor” during Tyler C.’s inappropriate massage. Imagine if they had tried that trick on a woman? Just because the violation is being done to a man doesn’t make it somehow “feminist”. I can only hope that Tyler C. was in on the gag (pun intended) the entire time. 🙁

Reccalyn
Reccalyn
February 10, 2021 10:27 am
Reply to  Wynter

I was extremely uncomfortable with this. NOT OK. And it just made me dislike Tyler C me shirtless and sidekick Covid James even more than I did already. Actions speak louder than words and these 2 frat boys are NOT here for the right reasons. Rant over. Also, there was an actual sexual assault on a bachelorette by a masseuse (Meredith). So not funny to joke about ABC.

Libby
Libby
February 11, 2021 2:38 pm
Reply to  Wynter

Yeah I was a bit icked out by the lack of consent too and feel like Tyler must have been in on it. Like when the masseuse talked on her friend on the phone, there’s no way Tyler wouldn’t have said something at that point if that were a real situation. I’d be so pissed if my masseuse took a phone call during my massage in the first place, let alone started talking about me to the person on the phone. No way Tyler is that polite and non-confrontational.

Sal in Utah
February 10, 2021 8:26 am

Tears! Lots of tears for no reason-you can tell being cooped up is getting to some of these girls.
Love how MJ fell apart then said “oh I forgot to fluff my hair”. It was fun watching Matt tease her and her thinking she skated by then he said I can’t give you this rose.
Bringing Heather in is just going to churn up the mean girls who are left. Do not see the point. If Hannah B wanted them to meet, that could have happened any time before he became the bachelor so makes no sense.

Libby
Libby
February 11, 2021 2:42 pm
Reply to  Sal in Utah

I’m certain that Heather and Matt have already met. He would not have remembered her or her name or started laughing otherwise. I think her “nice to meet you” was a half-hearted stab at pretending they didn’t already know each other. And her reasoning of “I’ve just heard he’s a really great guy” is not enough to crash the bachelor production over. They’ve met before and Chris Harrison and the producers 100% knew she was coming. How else would she even know where to go? Especially once she got inside the mansion? And what a coincidence she arrived right before… Read more »

Lee
Lee
February 11, 2021 9:18 pm
Reply to  Libby

Libby, it’s much more than CH 100% knew about it – it was set up by the producers. Why else were there cameras in her van and at the guard gate?? It was all planned.

Libby
Libby
February 11, 2021 2:45 pm

Wait wait wait. Did Jessenia really say “bullying ringtail leader”? Like a combo of “ringleader” and “ring-tailed lemur”? Or was that an unfortunate autocorrect on Lincee’s part? PLEASE tell me it’s the former.

votemom
votemom
February 11, 2021 5:01 pm

heather was ridiculous. how embarrassing.

DonnaMarie
DonnaMarie
February 12, 2021 11:05 am

My theory is that Heather and Tyler hook up and that’s the BIG twist. Of course they knew each other. That was obvious. She probably hung out with the 3 Amigos while they were supposedly quarantining together. Tyler and Heather were probably dating all along and the producers turned it into this lame story.

Libby
Libby
February 12, 2021 1:27 pm
Reply to  DonnaMarie

God I hope not. I don’t think one goes from Hannah Brown to Gigi Hadid to Heather but what do I know. She’s pretty but does she have a personality besides “embarrassing”?

Katie Burdett
Katie Burdett
February 13, 2021 11:43 pm

Hi Lincee! Love your podcast with Some guy. Did you post his blog about his wife? I would love to read it! Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️

Grace
Grace
February 18, 2021 8:30 pm

Lincee, love yor recaps and podcasts with Sone Guy. However, 9 times out of 10 I cannot open your website. Any himts?

Amanda
Amanda
February 23, 2021 12:36 pm

I wanted the full story on the whole Rachael/Chris Harrison thing, and I found this super-informative article: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a35521241/matt-james-rachael-kirkconnell-racist-bachelor-controversy-explained/

I’m incredibly proud of Michele (the contestant’s) post and Rachel Lindsay’s grace and willingness to have important, and uncomfortable, conversations. Also, if you read Rachael’s whole statement, I’m hopeful that she might be genuinely remorseful and maybe learned something that will help her be a better human moving forward. Fingers crossed…

Amanda
Amanda
February 23, 2021 3:14 pm
Reply to  Amanda

Whoops, meant to post this on the most recent one. Sorry!

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