Bachelor in Paradise recap: Nick and Wells = best week ever

Bachelor in Paradise recap: Episode 9

Let me begin by saying that I approve of ABC’s decision to have Nick Viall as the next bachelor for season 21. My reasons are threefold:

  1. He’s funny as well as level-headed. We saw this multiple times during this season’s Bachelor in Paradise with Ashley I-Lashes and the Twins. I can see him taking on the same counseling role in the mansion, attempting to walk the dramatic/crazy contestants through their erratic behavior in a more mature manner before gently escorting out the front door. Wisdom comes with age. PS: This isn’t Nick’s first rodeo.
  2. Fans either love him or hate him. For those of us who watched BIP, he certainly did a great job redeeming his image. I actually found myself rooting for the guy at times! I definitely like him better than Josh. This announcement created tons of chatter last night on social media. I don’t think a Luke or a Chase reveal would have been as topsy-turvy. At the end of the day, Fleiss would rather rock the boat than go with the safe choice of a brooding cowboy. For the record, I would have been happy with any of those three suitors.
  3. I think it’s important to point out that casts from previous seasons appear to adore Nick. I’m the dork who follows most of these yahoos on social media and a ton of them think he is a kind, sweet, funny person. It wouldn’t surprise me if we see a handful of alumni on his season, vying for his attention. I imagine one lucky lady will get a phone call from the ABC Intern, inviting her to come out to see this comedian who just so happens to be performing for cast members of the new season — just like the call Nick received during Kaitlyn’s season.

My point? In the words of the talented ensemble of High School Musical, “We’re all in this together!” Let’s dance it out and embrace Nick’s journey just like we did 20 times before!

ON WITH THE RECAP!

Speaking of journeys, Caila is ending hers. She doesn’t want to be in Paradise anymore if Ashley I-Lashes is going to continue her quest to disable any romantic connection she may have with Jared. Jared pulls her into a hug and whispers in her ear that he’s going to go talk to Ashley. Caila backs away and says, “Great! Go talk to her. I’m going to pack.”

Let the record reflect that Ashley is listening from her perch by the bar this entire time with wide, anticipatory eyes. She can’t imagine Jared leaving Paradise with someone other than herself. She hears Caila say, “That’s the problem. You need to talk to other people. I don’t have to do that.”

HEAR! HEAR!

Of course Jared runs to Ashley the minute Caila leaves him to gather the 12 items of clothing she packed for Paradise. He finds her crunching a chalupa. She immediately defends herself: I did it out of the goodness of my heart; I hope you appreciate that I saved you from a ridiculous relationship; I would never hurt you.

Jared explains that Caila is leaving. Ashley pretends to be shocked.

Ash: I did not tell her to leave!
Lincee: That is true. Telling Caila not to stay is entirely different.

Ash: She said she doesn’t like you.
Lincee: Are your pants on fire?

Jared raises his voice and asks Ashley if she wants him to be happy? She begins to cry in a way that makes me hate things. I can’t understand a word she says. I quickly become irritated when Jared consoles his weeping friend. Ashley loves this moment. She tells the camera that she feels safe, loved and that Jared will always be there for her. He’s filling the Lucy void for sure. #RIPLuce

What she didn’t expect was for Jared to pull an Ames and go running after Caila’s ride to the airport. Where was he five minutes ago when Caila had to hoist her own heavy suitcase into the back of the rejection SUV?

He knocks on the window, interrupting Caila’s tearful confession. He hops in the backseat and Caila looks stumped. Not in a good way. I have this feeling that she wasn’t really into Jared and Ashley was her excuse out. But with Jared following her (read: escaping), she had to give it a go. According to the after show that no one watches, they are already dunzo. #RIPJaila

Meanwhile, Ashley is super upset that she just lost her best friend. We’re unsure if she means Jared or Lucy. Carly is done with the tears and tells her through a stoic face that she needs to get over it because everything will work out in the end.

Ashley embraces this new lease on life and decides right then and there that she is going to focus on herself and her new romance with Wells, who is currently on a date with another woman. She sits down at her lighted makeup box, cakes on another layer of powder and chooses the perfect sultry red lipstick to match her bikini top so she can look her best when he returns.

Wells and Jami do return, holding hands, and Nick fills them in on what has happened since they left for their date that morning. Instead of saying, “Ashley deliberately destroyed any relationship Caila and Jared may have developed in Paradise” he went with a much more politically correct, “Caila felt she didn’t want to be here anymore and Jared left with her. Abruptly.”

When Wells pressures Nick for details, Ashley gets up to have a good cry on Jorge’s shoulder. Before she can reach her destination, Wells asks for a quick one-on-one. Ashley gets a severe case of the maniacal laughs when he explains that his date with Jami was really, really good. Except for that part where they both got crotch rot from sitting on wet rocks while they made out by the waterfall.

Ashley confesses that she gets bummed out when he holds other girls’ hands. Wells does a great job keeping his face composed while alarms of “MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY” go off in his head. Ashley gives him permission to “just be chill” this week and keep his options open. Welcome to Paradise, Wells.

Wells compliments Ashley for being normal and rational in this moment. Bless it.

Out of the blue, Lauren B. from Ben’s season arrives. Jami’s short romper from yesterday looked like a turn of the century bathing suit compared to Lauren’s barely there romper. Bonus: it is a two-piece! And why are we keeping the B. initial behind Lauren’s name? By my count, there are no other Laurens on the island. Is she trying to pull an Ashley I?

Every head turns when she hits the sand. Carly predicts that feathers will be ruffled. Jen/Jennifer immediately pulls LB aside to convince her that she should go after Brett. Who’s Brett you ask? I understand your confusion. He’s the Lamp Guy who currently looks like a prisoner. You know, the one Izzy left Vinny for last week.

Wells tries not to make contact with Lauren because he doesn’t want yet another girl swooning over him. Also, his wallet is too small for his fifties and his diamond shoes are too tight.

To make matters worse, Shushanna, the Russian mathematician from Ben’s season, shows up. Or to use Ashley’s words, Shushanna, the Euro trash from Ben’s season, shows up. And she has her sights set on Wells.

Izzy does her best to drape all over Brett to subliminally show Lauren B. that he is taken, but the kindergarten teacher doesn’t care. She asks Brett and Shu asks Wells. Ash and Iz drown their sorrows in whatever booze is closest.

The girls quickly decide that denim panties and lacy tank tops are the best outfits for a double date. The foursome heads to surf school. LB shimmies out of her denim panties to reveal teeny tinier bikini bottoms. Shu goes a different route with her swimwear. She chooses straight up lingerie, complete with modesty black box.

Lauren immediately gets up on her board and rides in to shore with the cheers of Wells and Shu as her background track. Brett gets up too and manages to run his board right over LB. She doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, they make out in the sand as soon as medics confirm that she doesn’t have a concussion. She tells Brett that she’s normal (?) and attracted to him and she would like to connect on another level. Brett understands and connects his tonsils with hers.

Shu has a harder time surfing, which is totally understandable. Has she ever seen an ocean before? Give her a pair of skis or a flight of vodka shots and she would own this date. She gives Wells a “wish bracelet” and casually mentions that all of her wish bracelet wishes have come true. He asks what she wished for today? She bats her eyelashes, squishes her boobs up against his chest and says, “Guess!” in a seductive, Russian accent.

Home girl is giving every signal in the book and Wells isn’t having it. He tells the camera that she’s basically the hot European villain in a Bond movie who tries to distract 007 while the evil boss gets away on a helicopter. He can’t decide if she’s going to cast a spell on him or murder him. With that said, this is uncharted territory for our deejay. He goes under her spell and passionately kisses her for the sake of the show. And for the sake of his journal.

Dear Diary,

THREE GIRLS LIKE ME!

Love, Wells

Back on the island, E.D. and Carly are all hot and heavy on the beach bed. So much is going on that a black modesty box appears covering the general area of E.D.’s bathing suit region. Carly giggles that she was able to give him that “reaction” and all of the viewers wonder if it is natural or if E.D. is self-medicating?

Was that just me?

E.D. gives us the lowdown on the Josh/Nick fiasco from the night before. We find Josh and Amanda basking in the glow of their very own date card. Josh is excited to get away from the drama almost as much as he’s excited to discover that dinner will be pizza. Their conversation is all about Nick (naturally) and Amanda’s vow to not be worried about all the other people who think Josh is not good for her. The one regret she has is that the cast isn’t excited that she found love.

LISTEN TO YOURSELF, WOMAN!

Josh calls Amanda his best friend in the world. He wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Neither mention the two kids that will be part of this relationship in the real world. Details.

Across the island, Ashley is slowing beginning to freak out. Even though Nick praised her for “keeping it together the last 24-hours,” Ashley is having a hard time with her Wells also liking the “random Canadian” and the “Russian hooker.” It doesn’t help that Jami is being super aggressive by going after what she wants. How dare she take a page out of Ashley’s book!

When Ash finds out that Shu kissed Wells on their date, she goes in for the kill. She wants to know exactly what is up with Wells and why is he being so unclear about what he’s thinking?!

Ah, Wells. Three women, one rose. One stays, two go…es. Who will it be? Will he give it to Jami? Is Shu even in the running? Will Brett pick LB or Izzy? Do we trust Josh? Raise your hands if you miss the Twins and Damn Daniel’s commentary! Are you pumped about Nick’s new Bachelor status? Sound off in the comments!

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Ann
Ann
4 years ago

Dear Diary, Three girls like me. Love, Wells.

Love reading your recaps. First want to say, I can’t believe Amanda says she doesn’t see red flags! Hello? Is she deaf? She was standing right there when Josh went off at Nick. I just know she’s going to be sorry. Coming from a blonde myself, she really is a dumb blonde, and sad to say there are kids involved. On a lighter note, I am so pumped about Nick being the next Bachelor! It’s going to be a great, interesting season. Thanks for all the laughs.

T-Bone
T-Bone
4 years ago
Reply to  Ann

I think a great way to kick off Nick’s season would be to have the new Bachelor, Nick, and Shawn Booth get together for some sausage and appletinis. They could then reflect on all the good times they’ve shared and discuss plans to add additional members to their exclusive eskimo brotherhood.

Ann
Ann
4 years ago
Reply to  T-Bone

Ha, totally forgot about the Shawn and Nick events.

Deebee
Deebee
4 years ago
Reply to  T-Bone

I think there a lot of eskimo brotherhoods in bachelor nation.

Tricia
Tricia
4 years ago

Great recap as always! I have also started to actually like Nick this season. He seems pretty level headed. So tired of Ashley’s crying…….

sincethebeginning
sincethebeginning
4 years ago

Love that it was Nick last night!! I’m excited to see more of him and his middle-aged-wise-old-self. 😉 I do miss Daniel!!! He was TV Gold! He should be the next co-host on the next season of After BIP. Watching Ashley I. last night on ABIP, I wanted to strangle her. Ok, maybe not her as much as Jared…He’s a complete moron and deserves the pit of despair that he’s dug for himself. Blek! Caila was precious and well composed, I’m kinda hoping that she and Wells find love. Her body language last night was either all Wells, or so… Read more »

Babs
Babs
4 years ago

I agree and was really wanting to know who Calia was initially there for since we know it wasn’t Jared. Producers ask them to name a few people they want to see so they can stir the pot and I really think she wanted Wells and when he was not there yet decided to explore the Jared option ( not that there was anyone else at that point besides Damn Daniel.

Ann
Ann
4 years ago

Agree about Daniel. I just loved to hear him talk, his accent was charming.

Darcy
Darcy
4 years ago

Yes! Finally, someone mentions how bizarre Jared really is. I used to love him, respect him, but now this?! In the after show, I could not believe my ears when Jared STILL insisted that Ashley was only trying to protect him… help him… not One word about sabotage. Someone on the panel even reminded Jared how Ashley admitted she wanted to ” mind f &$j” him… but no… , he wasn’t having any if it. It’s disgusting. This once, sweet, cool guy, has become a whipped puppy. Unfortunately, he needs the attention so much, he’s willing to continue his ”… Read more »

Watch cuz I like this blog
Watch cuz I like this blog
4 years ago
Reply to  Darcy

I agree…..that female moderator is so annoying….. acts like she is over caffeinated to the max! I find Sean BORING and the guest commentators seem overly excited. Get Chris back on and some low key but amusing guest commentators please!
Maybe Jared needs to learn to have some boundaries. Can’t believe he defended Ashley after he was able to watch the show and see her behavior. Yikes!

Beth
Beth
4 years ago

Agree that the commentators need to be better…how about Michelle Money instead of that female whoever she is?? And Sean….just sat there with barely a word. Boring.
At this point Jared may as well hook up with Ashley because his allegiance and “friendship” with her will continue to sabotage any relationships he may try to have. No self respecting girl will tolerate that. He’s stupid and must be flattered to have Ashley so obsessed with him. Caila was way too good for him.

Watch cuz I like this blog
Watch cuz I like this blog
4 years ago
Reply to  Beth

I want Michelle Money and damn Daniel as co-commentators for ABIP. People would love it!

OKThen
OKThen
4 years ago

Yes please. ABC needs to make Michelle Money and Daniel happen.

Kim
Kim
4 years ago
Reply to  Darcy

Yes, yes, yes!!! I totally agree with everything you said (and you said it way better than I did )!

True about the host, too. There is no way CH should have made Caila sit on the same couch as Jared AND Ashley and he would have called Ashley out on all her lies and the pawing (and Jared on his delusions).

Nik
Nik
4 years ago

Oh my gosh, please don’t call Caila “precious.” There is something wrong with that girl.

Abby
Abby
4 years ago

i actually love michelle as a host! she is hilarious and brings a light-heartedness to the show. i think sean is boring (as much as i love him and catherine), so i think we might strike the perfect chord if we had chris harrison and michelle as co-hosts!

OKThen
OKThen
4 years ago
Reply to  Abby

I think Michelle interrupts too much and doesn’t let the contestants talk. I keep thinking “I’m not here to watch you, I’m here to hear the contestants’ take on things.” She has some funny moments but she’s wearing on me. Especially with that B.S. astrology junk with Jen last night. I wanted to hear Jen talk!

sincethebeginning
sincethebeginning
4 years ago

Oh and what was up with Ashley’s eyes last night?!?!? She couldnt open them, keep them opened, it was so weird!

Christine
Christine
4 years ago

I think her father sedated her so she wouldn’t scratch Caila’s eyes out.

Jennymoose
Jennymoose
4 years ago
Reply to  Christine

More than funny!

Kaydeedid
Kaydeedid
4 years ago

She’d gone a size up on her fake eyelashes and they were too heavy maybe? Or the studio lights made the glue ooze and there was a tackiness problem?

Julie Eps
Julie Eps
4 years ago

Thrilled about Nick. THRILLED y’all!

Irishwind
Irishwind
4 years ago

Is it just me, or when Josh is flipping out he looks like Bruce Campbell trying to channel an intoxicated Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson?

Tammi
Tammi
4 years ago

Lauren B is engaged to Ben. It is Lauren H who joined Paradise. All these initials!!!

Missing summer already
Missing summer already
4 years ago
Reply to  Tammi

I had forgotten how annoying Lauren H’s voice is.

Jamey Jam
Jamey Jam
4 years ago

SO, SO bad. I was ready to slam my head into the TV. If I ever come across her in real life, I’m going to have to ask, “Why do you talk like that?”

Babs
Babs
4 years ago

VERY! Must be from hanging around kindergarteners all day?

baseballmama
baseballmama
4 years ago
Reply to  Babs

Honestly? It probably is, Ive been a substitute teacher for 25 years and when I talk to pre K kindergarten kids, I notice my voice is higher pitch. weird I know. the older the kids , the lower my voice.

Heather
Heather
4 years ago
Reply to  Tammi

That’s what I was thinking! I didn’t get to watch last night so I was so confused! Ha ha. And Lauren H’s voice is the WORST.

Missing summer already
Missing summer already
4 years ago

Is anyone else wondering if Josh will somehow steal Nick’s intended at the final rose ceremony of the new Bachelor? That definitely would be “the most dramatic moment in Bachelor history.” Also the funniest.

tsinivari
tsinivari
4 years ago

The funniest which would also likely end in a homicide – and I’m not sure a court in the land would convict Nick.

Kay
Kay
4 years ago

I was thinking the same thing…and maybe Andi will show up mid-season as a contestant saying she wants second chance with Nick! Then Josh will ring the mansion doorbell and tell Nick they can’t sleep in the upstairs bed…he put a fan there already.

Missing summer already
Missing summer already
4 years ago
Reply to  Kay

I think we’ve come up with a Bachelor meme worthy of its own blog.

Crystal
Crystal
4 years ago
Reply to  Kay

He put a fan there already! Best comment!

Mollie A
Mollie A
4 years ago
Reply to  Kay

I’d watch that!

Kim
Kim
4 years ago
Reply to  Kay

You made me LOL!! Thanks!

Abby
Abby
4 years ago
Reply to  Kay

HA! that made me laugh out loud. watch out for that fan.

Laurainc
Laurainc
4 years ago

Can’t wait for Amanda’s Tell-All book….except she is so vapid and expressionless that I’m not sure a logical thought has ever passed through her head. Perhaps Andi can be her ghost writer?

tsinivari
tsinivari
4 years ago
Reply to  Laurainc

You know, it wouldn’t bother me so much if she didn’t have two little ones at home. As a childless person you’re free to ignore all the red flags you want (and the fact she claims she hasn’t seen any – she’s either delusional or just dumb, or really, really needs to work on her own self esteem). However, once you add children into the mix, even the smallest red flag should be attended to in depth because it’s not just your life you’re potentially ruining. The way Josh behaves – just from what we’ve actually seen on TV –… Read more »

Jamey Jam
Jamey Jam
4 years ago
Reply to  tsinivari

Agree with all of this 100%. To leave little children at home (twice, to boot) to “find love” on a TV show, and then the love you find clearly has control and anger issues? If you have the time to step away from your life and children–twice–to be on TV, then you have the time to find love by some other, higher-quality means, like through volunteering, going to church/temple, doing stuff outdoors. To choose being on TV over your children… I just don’t get it. To choose a guy who has no problem waking you up, slapping your ass, and… Read more »

Carol S.
Carol S.
4 years ago
Reply to  Jamey Jam

What does Josh do for a living? That’s the only thing I could imagine would make her look past those red flags…money.

Suzie
Suzie
4 years ago
Reply to  Jamey Jam

I couldn’t agree more, especially how he treated Amanda when she was sleeping and he wanted to prove his point to Nick when he claimed he and Amanda were already planning on sleeping upstairs. He’s a jerk, an asshole and controlling. And apparently Amanda is just stupid.

Deebee
Deebee
4 years ago
Reply to  Suzie

Also when she told him she didn’t want to talk about it and he kept pushing. Seems everything is about him. Josh is way too controlling and has a nasty temper.

OKThen
OKThen
4 years ago
Reply to  tsinivari

I’m thinking the grandparents raise those girls, and Amanda just dresses them up in cute outfits. Still, she’ll move out of her parents’ home eventually and I can’t imagine how awful it’d be for those girls to have Josh as a stepdad- especially in the teenage years. Eh, what am I thinking, they won’t last THAT long.

baseballmama
baseballmama
4 years ago
Reply to  tsinivari

Exactly what I have been thinking. Josh appears to have some serious control, anger issues and she seems your typical abused woman that makes excuses for him and for her staying with him. Bad enough but when you add in the children it is sickening.

Allia
Allia
4 years ago
Reply to  baseballmama

Amanda seems like she has some growing up to do. She got married really young… Maybe she didn’t have a chance?? I will never understand a parent who would consider getting engaged on TV after knowing the other person for a measly few weeks. But Josh???!! The guy actually gets rage when someone shows him his own red flag… he’s like one of those bulls. You show him a red flag and he mindlessly charges at it. I’m going to be so disappointed if those two actually get engaged. More so in Amanda. I mean the guy hasn’t even met… Read more »

Kaydeedid
Kaydeedid
4 years ago
Reply to  Laurainc

Vapid and expressionless. Bingo! And those constantly pursed lips! Zero personality, that one.

tsinivari
tsinivari
4 years ago

I watch the Bachelor and all its iterations pretty much religiously because sometimes you need candy for the brain…but I have to say this is the first time I’ve been actively excited about an announcement of who the next Bachelor/ette is going to be. I legitimately like Nick – I didn’t mind him at all on his original season, or on Andi’s, but his time on BIP has really just made me kinda adore him…his spot on commentary, the fact he actually seems to be a mature human being. The only concern I have is…look how many times he’s been… Read more »

OKThen
OKThen
4 years ago
Reply to  tsinivari

I hope they’ll let him genuinely react to the more bizarre girls and be himself. Chris Soules acted completely oblivious to Ashley Salter’s antics even when she was right in front of him. She was hilarious and there was so much wasted potential because all he wanted to do was make out and giggle. Nick’s got a personality, he’s funny. I hope they don’t edit it all out like they did on his “villain” seasons. This could be the best season yet.

Carol S.
Carol S.
4 years ago
Reply to  tsinivari

Won’t they need to cast some 30 year old women? Will they do that vs a bunch of twins/low 20 year olds?

OkThen
OkThen
4 years ago
Reply to  Carol S.

Probably. I think Nick gravitates toward mature, sophisticated women in general, when you look at Jen and when you look at how Andi used to be before she quit her job. But there will probably be a few younger girls mixed in there. Much of the casting is based on who’d be good TV rather than who would be best for the lead.

Courtney
Courtney
4 years ago

Am I the only one who was annoyed that the twins didn’t give out their roses to two of those three guys (preferably Damn Daniel and hot Carl…because I can’t even remember the other guy’s name) and at least let them have a shot at love before they exited? I think it would have made Shushanna and Lauren’s choices a little more interesting. However, I do think that Wells is finally getting the recognition he deserves, because he is ADORABLE. Ashley I makes me want to punch my couch cushions. She is really a piece of work. I can’t believe… Read more »

LAnderson
4 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

Courtney, I’m with you! I have liked Nick since the beginning. He didn’t need redemption from me…I was already a big yes back from Andi’s season.

Mary
Mary
4 years ago
Reply to  LAnderson

I agree! I loved him with Andi and thought she made a big mistake not picking him. I’m very glad he’s the new lead.

OKThen
OKThen
4 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

We don’t know everything that went on between Caila and Jared, particularly after they left paradise. I was a huge Caila fan and thought they were adorable together, but other BIP cast members besides Ashley have said they saw some red flags that we’re not seeing. There’s a reason Ashley and Jared are close friends, and still remain close friends. Ashley is playing up a caricature of her personality for the cameras. It’s in her best interest to be memorable and keep people talking about her. I think Jared knows she’s not actually that crazy and I think once he… Read more »

Deebee
Deebee
4 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

And Ashley sure got over Jared leaving real quick. Because of her behavior towards Caila I hope she doesn’t wind up with anyone on BIP.

Darcy
Darcy
4 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

So agree!

Addicted to dating shows
Addicted to dating shows
4 years ago

Did anyone see the million dollar matchmaker episode where Patti Stamger fixed up Ashley I? More crying – stock in Kleenex went up from that episode alone but Patti Stanger made a match for her! She made Ashley unfollow Jared on Facebook and Instagram too- Patti went ‘all jersey’ on Ashley which involved a lot of yelling as part of teaching her a ‘love lesson’. Was kind of ironic to me because Ashley is originally from New Jersey if I recall..

Carrie
4 years ago

was this recent?! now i need to see this episode. the part i can’ get over is that ashley I is a millionaire??

malgorzata szostek
malgorzata szostek
4 years ago
Reply to  Carrie

@carrie, do not underestimate Ashley I. She is not only a millionaire (her net worth in 2015 was $5,000,000. but it certainly doubled by now) but also an alumna of the Syracuse University, N.Y. with a master’s degree in broadcasting and journalism. She owns her own video production company , too. In my book, she is one smart cookie.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 years ago

I saw the episode but Ashley said on instagram she had filmed it before Paradise. The guy she chose looked a lot like Jared and even if Ashley deleted him I bet he contacted her. I think Jared actually likes the attention. I’m not sure if the people are necessarily millionaires since it seems like there are a lot of celebrity figures.

Darcy
Darcy
4 years ago

I saw it, but AFTER that we saw the After Show.. for BIP WITH Caila, Jared and Ashley. She’s got her evil daggers in deep. Damn Jared. When are you going to be embarrassed? She’s still and forever going to be into Jared.. obviously with his permission.. they “talk.”

Jessica
4 years ago

So… I have never been a watcher of this franchise. Never even WANTED to be… and then I found myself sick at home on a Monday a few weeks ago (week 2 of BIP, to be exact). I was sick of the Olympics (shame!) and flipped the channel over to this hot mess of an amazing show on a whim. NOW I AM FREAKING HOOKED. (Your recaps had a big part of me coming over to the darkside…). All of that to say, without any prior knowledge of Nick’s shenanigans, I am so pumped to see him as the next… Read more »

Melissa
Melissa
4 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Same for me, but it was 2012, my first time living alone right out of college. I remember seeing a commercial at a friends house and saying, “oh gosh, is that show still on?”, and she confessed that she loved the show. The next week I was sitting home alone, landed on ABC and been hooked since! It’s a really fun thing to be a part of/ follow. I’ve formed friendships with co-workers once realizing we’re avid watchers. Monday night is a ritual now! Wine, snacks, gabbing, texts with the girlfriends that aren’t there, hilarious recaps… I’d never jump ship!… Read more »

OKThen
OKThen
4 years ago
Reply to  Melissa

2012? So like, Ben Flajnik’s season? That’s when I started watching too!

I would love to have viewing parties, but nobody I know watches the show. *sigh*

Janet
Janet
4 years ago
Reply to  OKThen

Maybe nobody you know wants to admit to watching the show.

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Watch cuz I like this blog
4 years ago
Reply to  Janet

Janet, I know what you mean. I don’t watch the show and I don’t read this blog.

Lisa
Lisa
4 years ago

I am so over Ashley I. I wanted to like her and thought I would at one point, but…no. She appears to be vain, immature and dishonest, and I am not basing that just on creative editing. On the live after show (which I do watch), those same qualities were evident. I think Caila should be commended just for sitting on the couch with the dysfunctional duo.

Carol S.
Carol S.
4 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Jared seemed pretty ashamed of his situation. He went from a fav to a real weak dud in my books.

Darcy
Darcy
4 years ago
Reply to  Carol S.

I didn’t see the shame. Wish there were a bit.?. He completely defends and excuses Ashley

Carol S.
Carol S.
4 years ago
Reply to  Darcy

I thought he had his head down, seemed not to smile much and I didn’t think he seemed with it. Seemed defeated to me.

Darcy
Darcy
4 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Right on!

Mari
Mari
4 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Jared is a spineless wimp. He is responsible for making it clear to Ashley that they will never be more then friends but he gives mixed signals and I think enjoys having someone so crazy for him (I mean that in every sense of the word). I feel bad that Caila got in the middle of that love triangle and took so much abuse from Ashley because of it. I think she’s fortunate to be done with Jared and Ashley. She’s much too good for him.

OKThen
OKThen
4 years ago
Reply to  Mari

Except she’s not done with Jared and Ashley. She appeared on Ellen with them both today. Super bizarre to me.

Jen
Jen
4 years ago

I feel like Amanda took all of the red flags and used them to construct her date outfit for her date with Josh. Speaking of which, what did she eat on that date? Clearly Josh consumed a whole pizza, but the only thing I could distinguish on her plate was two spears of asparagus. Perhaps her state of hunger has affected her judgment… In other news, I could have gone the whole series without seeing the whole ED modesty box segment. So much yuck!!! And poor Caila – clearly Jared can’t let go of his stalker, and she wasn’t ready… Read more »

paulanancy
4 years ago
Reply to  Jen

Sister-Wives with Ashley-I!!! Diet Coke out through the nose onto the keyboard!!

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