Just when I thought I couldn’t take another second of this episode, the second half picked up. Kalon’s one-on-none date dragged a bit but he was a good sport about making fun of himself. Jackie grew on me quite a bit. The girl is nobody’s fool and, notably, seems well-liked by all the women. The most interesting thing to happen was the open discussion about the cameras and their locations. On The Bachelor, there were no fixed or hidden cameras; when a camera came around, you would usually know. It was entertaining to see how people who need to watch their mouths—ahem, AshLee—were affected by this change. This week’s winners are as follows…
Biggest Pot-Stirrer Award Michelle, who isn’t afraid to surrender herself to this “process.” She cries, generously does other girls’ hair, is alarmingly down on herself, cries some more, listens to the other girls’ problems, oddly accepts Kalon’s date offer but bails on him shortly before they’re meant to depart, doesn’t censor herself in ITMs [in-the-moment interviews], deems it her job to tell Graham how two-faced AshLee is, and cries a bit more. I don’t know how much she was paid to do this show, but whatever it was, it wasn’t enough.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role AshLee, who catapulted to the top of everyone’s Hate List by proving to be full of hate herself. Her telling Clare she’s “not sure what’s wrong,” followed by a very careful but insincere apology, was some of the most fake, two-faced behavior I’ve ever witnessed. It was a transparent act of self-preservation and she’s lucky Clare wasn’t harsher on her.
MVP of the Week Cody, who didn’t act like all the women are interchangeable. After Clare declined his date offer, he didn’t trot off to the next available candidate, but rather gave the date away completely. Major points—he just arrived and his stock has already skyrocketed.