Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 8

The smart and sexy opera singer from Ottawa (and former contestant on The Bachelor season 18) shares her take on last night’s episode

(Photo: The Bachelor Facebook)

(Photo: The Bachelor Facebook)

Five hours of The Bachelor in the space of two days is not for the faint of heart. I couldn’t help but imagine the eye rolls and grunts of disapproval your average non–Bachelor viewer would make when scrolling through the channels, catching a glimpse of last night’s drama.

Britt’s departure had me torn. I totally understand wanting to feel like No. 1. (Or, like a panda in a room full of brown bears!) Every woman deserves to be the first priority of the man she chooses. But, um, has Britt ever seen this show? It’s as though she didn’t realize Chris would also be fairly deeply in with other women at this point. Her beef wasn’t with Chris, but rather the entire premise of the reality show that she herself signed up for.

While reading Chris’s People blog this morning, I couldn’t help but feel validated in my season-long misgivings about Britt:

“I also started feeling like Britt’s over-the-topness wasn’t fully sincere. It started to feel like she was putting on a performance. And the girls’ comments supported that. It was too bad because we did have such a strong connection right off the bat. But truthfully, now I question all of that. Early on I thought she, and our connection, was too good to be true. Turns out it was.”

Seeing Jade go was bittersweet. I’ve had a soft spot for her all season, but since she had escaped a small town of her own to make it big in L.A., I think she’d be miserable in Arlington. The heavy focus on Jade’s “wild mustang” past struck me as both interesting and inappropriate. On one hand, selfishly, I’d be insanely curious to pick the brain of a pretty girl from a small town who moves to L.A. and poses nude. What’s the thought process? Was it liberating? Does she regret it? On the other hand, I felt bad for her that it was addressed to the extent it was. For example, I highly doubt it was her idea to suggest that Chris see her spread. (Pun intended.)

We’re down to three! My predictions…

1. Whitney, 29: Her hometown date sealed the deal for me. Whitney and Chris seem to bring out the best in each other. Their day at her work as a fertility nurse was both funny and fascinating, and Chris really seems to admire her and her accomplishments. Above all, heading into meeting Whitney’s family, Chris says, “This is the last time I’m going to see your family until that final day. I want their blessing… I want someone who’s important to you to give me that blessing. I want to talk to them about that.” Can you imagine him ending up with anyone else after that??

2. Becca, 25: My prediction that Becca will stay over Kaitlyn is research-based. It speaks volumes that Chris took Becca on a second one-on-one a mere two weeks after her first one. (Technically only one week if you consider that South Dakota was followed by Iowa; Episode 7 was stretched out into Episode 8.) Kaitlyn’s first one-on-one was way back in Week 2; she was a shoo-in for a second date. But I think Chris sees real potential with Becca.

Going home next week:

3. Kaitlyn, 29: It pains me to predict Kaitlyn’s departure, but I just don’t see this dynamic, urbane woman settling down in a town of 429 to make babies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I think she’s too good for that. If I felt she and Chris shared this palpable, one-of-a-kind connection that jumped out of the television screen, I’d say she should pack up and move to Arlington. But since I see that connection more strongly with Whitney, I think Kaitlyn should move on to greener pastures… (ahem, #KaitlynForBachelorette)

The Bachelor airs Mondays on OMNI. For more on this season of The Bachelor from Sharleen Joynt, visit her blog, All the Pretty Pandas.

Catch up on previous recaps: 
Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 1
Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 2
Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 3
Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 4
Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 5  
Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 6
Sharleen Joynt on The Bachelor: Episode 7