Bachelor in Paradise recap: Together Again

Bachelor in Paradise: Season 4, Episode 2

When we last left Paradise, the entire island was shutting down. Terrified social media influencers panicked, wondering how they were going to fulfill sunglasses and swimwear contracts? What about the cameras? Who screwed this sweet deal up for the rest of us?

Have no fear, Harrison is here! And our host is going to explain everything in great detail.

But first, you have to sit through 107 minutes of Carly and Evan’s wedding. Buckle up.

A slew of Bachelor alums (excluding Carly’s brother) have gathered together in Mexico to watch Harrison officiate Carly and Evan tying the knot. Carly looks amazing, Evan cries and compliments his bride the entire ceremony, and ABC reminds us for the hundredth time that this show really does bring people together in holy matrimony.

Don’t believe us? Watch this two minute montage featuring:

  • Bachelor Royalty Trista and Ryan
  • Poetry Lovers Des and Chris
  • Public Sonogram Fans Ashlee and JP
  • Cutest Couple Alert Sean and Catherine
  • Pending Parents Jade and Tanner
  • We Almost Forgot About Them Jason and Molly

Kaitlyn and Fake Gosling are there, along with Nick and Vanessa who look completely broken up to me. No sign of JoJo, but Ashley I-Lashes, Jared, Cupcake, Wells, Tanner, and Juelia all toast the happy couple with shots of tequila afterwards

So does the topless woman (thank you Black Modesty Box) who played “Hot Cross Buns” on her recorder. The service was “them” and I truly hope they live happily ever after.

SIMPLE DISCLAIMER
The following information you are about to read is of personal opinion. However, if you or someone you Snap happen to personally know, sort of know, is friends with the Chick-Fil-A drive through girl who obsessed with This Is Us and looks exactly like one of the contestants on the show…none of this is personal and I’m sure they are all lovely people.

There’s no time to do the mental math to try and figure out if Carly was pregnant at her wedding. WE HAVE THINGS TO DISCUSS! Our Host gathers the children around his pedestal to have a very serious talk about what happened two weeks before.

He first reminds everyone that Warner Bros determined there was “no evidence of misconduct by cast on the set.”

Hare’s piercing blue eyes gaze around the group as he asks a general question: “Do you trust that conclusion?”

All nod their heads in agreement. Raven once again steps up as official spokesperson for Bachelor in Paradise Season 4, claiming that “we all knew nothing happened.” She is sad that the media blew it out of proportion.

Taylor decides to give Raven a run for her money, hoping she can one day be the president of this particular Student Council. She congratulates everyone, including the crew and producers, for coming together as a cohesive group. Her campaign manager Derek reiterates that under no circumstances do the producers tell them to do anything or force them to do anything. They are all responsible for themselves.

Everyone who has ever seen an episode of unReal is rolling his or her eyes right now.

Taylor wants everyone to know that she doesn’t drink at all. No one has ever forced her to. Derek tag-teams, concluding that every drink consumed on the island has been “ordered.”

Raven takes the ball back so she can debate about how it’s unfair how Corinne and DeMario were treated. Diggy chimes in, saddened by the fact that this will follow DeMario all the days of his life.

Harrison asks if anyone thinks that race was an issue. They all agree that it was. He also wonders why Corinne referred to herself as a victim if all of this was blown out of proportion? The group blames her lawyer for that, since the statement was vague. Then Harrison leads them through a discussion about how slut-shaming is not okay, which leads Raven to admitting that she was once sexually assaulted. Absolutely no one said anything, except Derek who gave her an obligatory squeeze on her shoulder.

Finally, Our Host walks the group through an exercise known as “the consent talk.” Although he didn’t pull out any training tapes from HR, or puppets, he did ask “How do you know when someone has given consent?”

Many mumble the words, “It’s verbal.” Amanda remains quiet. Dean lays down on the floor because he’s tired and just wants to get back to his cabana instead of listening to RA Harrison drone on and on.

Taylor takes the mic to talk about non-verbal cues. Ben Z adds that you need to keep asking for consent, even if consent was given before.

Harrison lets the boys and girls know he’s going to go around the circle and expects each islander to answer the following questions truthfully: Do you want to be here?

One-by-one the residents verbally answer in some form or fashion that they indeed want to be in Paradise with these other yahoos. They all sign consent forms in blood. Harrison glances at the team of compliance lawyers huddled in the corner. They give him the a-okay.

Welcome to Bachelor in Paradise Season 4.2 — After The Scandal!

The ladies are in control of the rose ceremony. Since it’s been two weeks since they last saw each other, the girls head in one direction, while the boys take the opposite route. This appears to be a theme we will more than likely revist throughout the season. We’re going to call it the “Danny and Sandy PowWow.”

Lacey is up first. She doesn’t know what to do with her rose. Neither does Sholphin. Nashville thinks she might give hers to Jack Stone, but she’s unsure. All eyes are on Raven when she vacillates between the good kisser Ben Z and Crest White Strip Robby. How will she choose?

Over on the boys side, Robby has a very respectful moment with Ben Z. He acknowledges that they are both out to woo the same girl. May the best man win. Cue the mature mic drop.

Meanwhile Amanda bemoans her promise to give Alex her date rose. He’s become low-grade annoying and she’s over it. Jasmine is still crushing Matt. And Dean went to Kentucky with Mother Russia during the break.

SAY WHAT?!?!

That’s right. Kristina took Dean home with her. For ten days. She feels “optimistic” about their relationship.

Speaking of relationships, Derek all but announced that he and Taylor were already in one. After almost crying that she was nervous no one on the island would like her, Taylor admits that she is blissfully happy with Derek.

Whose names didn’t come up? Iggy, Nick, and Vinny. Uh oh.

Later that day, Jasmine and Matt hang out by a beach boulder (true story) and she lets him know that he is totally getting her rose. Matt laughs, but he tells the camera that he wishes he didn’t pin himself down so early in the game. It doesn’t help that Jasmine praises him for being such a gentleman. If a girl asked him out on a date, there’s no way he would go!

Or is there? Time will tell.

Over by the pool, Alex is laying on the “charm” because he and Amanda are MFEO in his altered mind. He actually thinks they have a connection, even though every possible form of body language displays the contrary. She CLEARLY doesn’t like him and everyone knows it but the Marine. Nashville draws the short stick and is burdened with the task of letting him know that he’s suffocating his only shot at a rose. Stop swooping in. No more stalking. Take a risk by being normal.

Alex heads to the beach to talk it over with a group. Raven takes the bull by the horns and tells him to MOVE ON FROM AMANDA. She even encourages Alex to talk to other women. Alex agrees and walks straight over to the beach bed where Amanda is horizontal with three other dudes. He asks to steal her away and the woman doesn’t even hide her exasperation. Her head plops down on her arms, her eyes roll back into her head, her voice issues a serious “uuugggghhhh” sound, and all the boys giggle that her crush won’t give up.

Alex tells Amanda that there’s no reason for her to feel like he’s pressuring her. He’s staying neutrally cool.

Come on, Alex. You can’t say your neutrally cool. That totally negates the cool. Did Joey teach you nothing?

Side Note: Alex and Vinny pretending to be Amanda and Alex was horrible. And funny.

While all that nonsense is going on, Lacey begins her official meltdown bemoaning the fact that no one loves her, even though she is in power this week and is certainly not going home. She thinks Iggy is full of it. Diggy isn’t romantic. Alex is a “fun size candy bar.” All she wants is Damn Daniel! Why can’t he be on the island?!

Hey! ABC Intern! Douse Lacey with tons of ice water and make her drink some Gatorade. Clearly the girl is suffering from a heat stroke if her idea of forever love is Damn Daniel in his Canadian man panties.

Lacey is also upset that Taylor and Derek get the next date card. What about her???? They already know they are in love. What about the people who are still deciiiiiiiiding?????

Taylor and Derek celebrate their newfound love with a Day of the Dead themed dinner. Both were skeptical at first, but they are diving into this relationship one slow, lingering kiss at a time.

Did you hear that? It’s ABC booking the Hilton in Puerto Vallarta for this time next year.

Taylor doesn’t believe in true love. There’s no such thing as someone completely your puzzle. BE YOUR OWN PUZZLE, READERS! What you should be looking for, if you had any emotional intelligence at all, is someone who compliments your puzzle. Because puzzles right next to each other with skylines and clouds will always be more successful than rando pieces trying to fit into another scene. Also, something about a tree and moss.

Taylor needs to share her puzzle theory with Jasmine, because all she wants to do is fit her piece into Matt’s piece. That sounds grosser than I meant it to be. I apologize.

Jasmine teases Matt with an enticing proposition. She wants to ditch their mic packs so they can go galavanting around in the Mexican jungle. Matt wants to go to sleep. The decline to consent angers Jasmine, but not enough to choke his neck.

Now let’s talk Mother Russia and Dean. What once was a solid foundation built on Kentucky soil is beginning to erode. Kristina wonders where the spark went? Is he different around cameras or something?

Dean asks Kristian for some alone time. He just wants to gauge where her head is at. (On top of her neck.) He wants to figure this out before she gives out her rose. Kristina calmly asks how he is feeling? The problem is that Dean isn’t feeling good about anything. And he tells her that.

She responds with a quick, “okay” and heads to the bar where Wells embraces her with a hug only island bartenders can give, while Nick stands there like a drunk bump on a log. Wells breaks the tension by asking Kristina, “How do you say I rigged the election” in Russian?

He’s no Jorge, but that line slayed me!

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Hilary
Hilary

I kept asking “Where is Zak! He is her brother!”

MittenKitten
MittenKitten

His wife is super pregnant (more than Jade) and they opted to not come.

Eileen
Eileen

I guess they are even now since she missed his wedding to go to Paradise? (I need the “grimace” emoji to go along with this sentence)

Shoshana
Shoshana

Good to know about her brother. I was wondering. I was also wondering about Evan’s kids. Good call if their mom was like, ‘no way are my kids gonna be paraded on BIP.’ But they weren’t even mentioned. Evan didn’t even cry about them not being there. What gives?

Knox12
Knox12

Evan’s kids were there, I listened to Carly & Evan on Kaitlin Bristowe’s Podcast & apparently they all gave amazing speeches (and adore Carly). I think at least one had a blurred out face.

Ann
Ann

I admire Evan for not exploiting his children. He obviously had them excluded from most photos and when one did appear, his face was blurred.

Emily M.
Emily M.

His kids were there. Watch back. Their faces are blurred in the scene before wedding and during reception. Carly gently pulls one of the boys between them during toasts. It was cute. Clearly, their mother didn’t give permission for putting them on camera.

Emily M.
Emily M.

His kids are in the people mag story so I guess he stil made money off them! http://people.com/tv/bachelor-in-paradise-carly-waddell-evan-bass-inside-wedding-photos/

Fancy
Fancy

Thanks for posting the link, I had not seen that story. I love Evan and Karly, thought the wedding was so sweet. Oh my Evan’s youngest is his total mini me !

Tara
Tara

Thank you! I was wondering where he was and hoping he wasn’t just playing tit for tat. A super pregnant wife is a good reason to not attend a destination wedding. 🙂

Kelli
Kelli

Good one, Wells! I loved Evan and Carly’s wedding, as did Kevin. Especially the recorder music.

I completely agree that Nick looked miserable when the camera was on him and there was enough room between Vanessa and him for another person to fit in.

When Amanda and Fun Size were on the bed talking, I was dying because she was completely turned away from him with her arms crossed. I was yelling “Fun Size–here’s a buck, buy a clue!”

And what DID happen with Dean and Mother Russia? Did that 2 1/2 week break smack some sense into him?

We need Evan and Carly as house parents. And God bless Raven–she’s adorable. But Jasmine scares me, like if Matt doesn’t do what she wants, she’s going to hurt him.

anon
anon

My first reaction upon hearing Taylor doesn’t drink was, “you mean… she’s that horrible SOBER?!”

KarenS
KarenS

Right?!? I was going to use the fact that she’s loaded as an excuse, but nooooo. Ugh.

MinnesotaNice
MinnesotaNice

Really? What’s horrible about her?

Sincethebeginning
Sincethebeginning

Omg! The outtakes with Wells and Kristina were amazing! I died laughing. This is going to be an awesome season. Not because there are going to be proposals at the end, but because I feel like they’re not taking the show too seriously and the funny is more powerful than the drama.

Favorite line: Come on, Alex. You can’t say you’re neutrally cool, that totally negates the cool.

Lincee, I just binged your podcast and scared my kids multiple times with laughing. Some Guy in Austin and you have great banter and relatable humor. I feel like you’d fit in to my group of friends really well.

Are you planning to podcast BIP?

Maya
Maya

Trying to be fair here with Taylor …. but I.just.can’t.even. I am sure I was not alone when I was privately thinking just STFU….regardless if what she was saying was articulate or accurate, she blows all credibility with her uptalking which immediately speaks to her young age. Take another class Taylor, public speaking skills would benefit you immensely, especially if you want people to take you seriously and your advice respected. Come.on. You are some kind of counselor, correct?

Sincethebeginning
Sincethebeginning

I agree about Taylor…I’m trying so hard. And then the “entrepreneur” conversation…I wanted to slap her but instead laughed so hard. Is she so “smart,” that she can’t even accept when she’s wrong? I want live for everyone, but really have to work hard with her.

Sincethebeginning
Sincethebeginning

*love

Jodie

Taylor and the tiny marine would be a good fit. They try to use too many “big words” but make no sense! Put down the thesaurus and say something meaningful.

Frank
Frank

I almost fell off my sofa when Alex said “… deconstructing some misperceptions” LOL

Sincethebeginning
Sincethebeginning

Yes! I die!

Emily M.
Emily M.

I keep wondering what her patients think about her, like, life advice? In like therapy ?

Terri S
Terri S

I know!! It drives me crazy when someone inserts the word “like” 3 times into every sentence.

Donna
Donna

I totally agree on Taylor’s uptalking. Drove me nuts and certainly not articulate considering her education. I kept thinking, spit it out already! And Evan, he is horrible and I think Carly totally settled. I love that he said it was the greatest day of his life. I’m sure his 3 boys will feel great about that one day.

Emily M.
Emily M.

I thoight the same thing. Why not say, after the birth of my boys, this is the best day of my life? Maybe edited tho. He’s so annoying but she seems happy so there’s that.

Christine
Christine

I agree about the boys! The days my boys were born and the days my grandchildren were born have been the best days of my life! I think most parents and grandparents think that.
Hopefully Evan was just caught up in the emotion of the moment.

Zandi
Zandi

This was a good one, Lincee! You had me at ‘puppets’ and ‘RA Harrison’ 🙂

abby
abby

two recaps in one week!! what a treat. i actually laughed out loud at your line about the black modesty box lady playing “hot cross buns.” i mean, who wants a naked lady standing at the front of your wedding ceremony??? i was so confused by this. did they choose that? did they have to sign off on it? did they have no choice if their friends and family had to stare at the random naked lady during their loved ones’ wedding?? so weird. loved your subtle caila/tree/moss reference–fitting! also, DON’T DISAPPOINT US, DEAN. DON’T RUIN IT!!! i’m getting nervous about whether he will act like a jackwagon now…lastly, you mentioned alex’s and vinny’s mocking thing, but i think you meant alexis 🙂

Teri
Teri

OMG watching that wedding was a total snore! And those bridesmaids’ outfits? Girl, please. Hey, did Des and Chris not have a televised wedding? I didn’t see any footage.

Kelli
Kelli

I don’t think they did–there were pictures, but I don’t think it was an ABC televised extravaganza.

Fancy
Fancy

To each his own. I loved the wedding and thought the bridesmaids’ outfits were totally Karly.

Sara
Sara

They didn’t have a televised wedding. Apparently, they had originally planned on it, but it didn’t work out.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Great recap. My fav parts:

#1. Moss & tree reference
-Taylor jockeying with Alpha Raven for Student Council President
-That you’ve started calling Chris H. “Hare”
-“The Danny & Sandy PowWow”

Re timing of Carly’s pregnancy, I read yesterday (I think on Us mag website) that she took a pregnancy test when in Mexico for the wedding that came up positive.

Susan M
Susan M

So we had “the consent talk” and ABC made a public statement about it. But what about Jasmine being so abusive? If it was a guy constantly grabbing women by the throat, or threatening to choke someone, people, and hopefully ABC, would be up in arms about the domestic abuse and violence. This double standard is NOT OK.
On a lighter note, I kept calling Alex – Alex Eyelashes. He just reminded me so much of Ashley I, and her inability to read body language and determination to have things work out her way. And why did they cut to her so many times during the wedding?

tracee
tracee

Thank you for bringing that up. It’s so crazy. May be mildly funny to say “I’m going to strangle you” if you are angry with somebody….but She basically attacked Nick and now she’s doing it over and over. Hmmmm……she doesn’t deserve Rachel’s cast-offs

Karen
Karen

Jasmine bugs, don’t get me wrong… but I think she is just trying to joke around. She knows that she got labeled as “She Who Chokes” from Nick’s season so I think she’s embracing it a bit too much. Seriously, I would run if I were Penguin Man!

Chris
Chris

Favorite line: “Everyone who has ever seen an episode of unReal is rolling his or her eyes right now.”

I may have rolled mine so hard that I sprained a cornea.

Julie
Julie

Yes! I was thinking of unReal (and aggressively rolling my eyes) through that entire consent talk.

Jodie

Can we discuss the giant flower halos the bridesmaids wore?!

Linda
Linda

Ugh yes; they were awful!!

Julie
Julie

Soooo unflattering! I felt bad for them.

RicksterB
RicksterB

I’m sorry. I still refuse to believe the whole Karly / Evan thing. I won’t believe it, I tell you.

Emily M.
Emily M.

Does anyone understand what happened with Demario and Corrine? Why did they shut down production if nothing happened? Why wasn’t it explained? Where are they during 2.0? And – final question- was the whole thing a publicity stunt to boost ratings?

Emies
Emies

Yeah it’s sorta weird they didn’t really go into details at all! Maybe it was because Corrine lawyered up? Via the internet: a few producers, one of whom is apparently good friends with Corrine, lodged the complaint the next day. Neither was there for the incident itself, supposedly they heard about it from other producers or the grapevine? Neither Corrine nor DeMario apparently thought much of it when they were pulled aside and showed the footage of the encounter after the producers lodged their complaint. The footage supposedly showed Corrine trying to get DeMario to do some, uh, sexy time stuff with her in the pool. However, once the complaint reached the powers that be, they stopped production to launch an investigation. The investigation basically confirmed that Corrine and DeMario got drunk and hooked up in the pool but there was no evidence of wrong-doing or coercion by either party. Social media blew the story up, Corrine lawyered up and called herself a “victim,” DeMario went on TV to defend himself against implied assault allegations, and supposedly the producers who lodged the complaint regretted ever doing it. Corrine and DeMario will be on the show next week to talk about the events that transpired. Because of the legal circus, neither one of them was asked back to be a cast member when filming resumed. In my defense, I have been 9 mos pregnant and now at home with a month-old! Too much time on my hands apparently!

Emily M.
Emily M.

Well bless your new baby for, among other things, allowing you time and answering all my questions 🙂 Now I really feel awful for Demario bc as – diggy said – he will e stuck with this doubt if he sexually assaulted her forever. He should sue everyone to clear his name.

AlphaKitten
AlphaKitten

I would rather read your recap and than watch this season of BIP…which seems like it will be too sexualized and raunchy/fringe TV.

Fave funny (LOL!) line from your blog above: “They all sign consent forms in blood.” And everything you wrote leading up to it. So funny!