Hello lovelies! I'm still thinking about the insanity that went down on last night's episode. Between the tension between the men and Nick, Joshua lying to the bachelors about his chat with Kaitlyn, and Ian's verbal beatdown of Kaitlyn at the cocktail ceremony, there was enough drama and fireworks to light up the San Antonio sky! Never a dull moment in Bachelorette territory. Grab your bevvies, and let the games begin!
We all knew that the addition of Nick to the mix would cause some tension, but you could have become a human Popsicle from the chilly reception he received when he entered the suite! The guys wasted no time grilling him about why he was there, why he waited four weeks to contact Kaitlyn, and what his intentions were towards her. I had to applaud Nick for standing his ground, and saying he didn't need anyone to like him. He was there for Kaitlyn, plain and simple. If they didn't have a connection, she wouldn't have asked him to move in with the others. Of course, where there are storm clouds, there will be a huge hail storm of drama! Stay tuned.
I have to admit, having the cocktail party and Rose Ceremony at City Field was really cool. How many people can say they ran bases in an empty baseball stadium that was home to the New York Mets? In Kaitlyn's case, not many can say they were carried over all of the bases! While Jonathan was busy trying to score on the field with Kaitlyn, trouble was brewing inside. Joshua's growing dislike for Nick was adding pressure to the situation, and Shawn was telling Kaitlyn that Nick was full of crap. I couldn't have said it better! Kaitlyn's response to Nick is to trust her. At the end of the day, she needs to figure out who she has the best connections are with. That's why she's The Bachelorette!
The Rose Ceremony begins, and everyone is nervous. Cupcake Chris, Jared, and Justin already have roses at this point. Here's how it went down:
Ben H, Ben Z, Shawn B., Tanner, Joe, Ian, JJ, Joshua, and Nick receive roses. The men are angry that Nick is still there, but Kaitlyn obviously needs more time to figure out if their connection is real, and if she did the right thing allowing him to stay. Next stop on the tour d'amour is San Antonio, Texas! Giddy up...it's going to be a bumpy ride!
The men arrive at their suite at the gorgeous Knickerbocker hotel, and the mood has completely changed. This is what happens when you throw a new guy into the mix that no one wants around. Luckily for Ben H., he gets the first date of the week, and it's a 1:1 with Kaitlyn. The date card says "Let's take our love one step at a time." Little does he know what he's about to be doing! Kaitlyn picks him up in a sassy, pimped out red 1950 Ford pickup truck, and they take off for a day of two-step dancing! They may not have been the best dancers on the floor, but they were awfully cute together. Huge props to Ben H. for all the lip biting. It's cute as hell! Kaitlyn seems to love it, too! ;)
While they're out getting their dance fever on, the next date card arrives. It's a group date, so everyone is curious to see who doesn't end up on it. That will be the person who gets the next 1:1 with Kaitlyn. All of the men are on the date card, except Shawn B, who will receive the 1:1 date. The date card says "I love a man in uniform". She didn't say what kind of uniform they would be wearing. I can't wait to see how this turns out!
During the evening portion of the date, Kaitlyn is happy to be with Ben H, and really wants to get to know him better. He shares that his previous relationship was 100% long-distance from the start, but has trouble opening up to her about it. With her encouragement, he tells her that his ex said she lost the chase in their relationship. We have all heard the expression "It's the thrill of the chase". When you lose that desire to pursue someone, it's game over for relationships. Many of us have been there, and it's not fun, so I feel for Ben H. Kaitlyn obviously did, too, as she offers him the rose, and we see that their relationship progressed, as she hoped it would.
The next day, the bachelors arrive at the group date, and find out that they will need to dress up like Mariachi singers, write an original song, and serenade Kaitlyn with the help of a mariachi band! If a cute kid from San Antonio can do it, no doubt a group of men can step up to the challenge!
Let's face it...none of these men will win a Grammy for their performances, but they'll get Oscars for being great sports! Joe serenade of "Kaitlyn, will you mariachi me" was cute and corny, Ian crashed and burned out of the running, and Nick stole the show with his over-the-top, take her to the balcony to screech at her performance, As showy as it was, he stole the show with the performance, and made a huge impression on kissy Kaitlyn.
During the evening portion of the date, Kaitlyn almost scalped Joshua with the crappy clippers she used to give him a Mohawk! Taking a chunk of his hair out from one side of his head seemed like poetic justice for what he was about to do. Hair grows back, but lies tend to stick with you for a while. Hope Joshua learned his lesson after this date.
Nick spends his 1:1 time making out with Kaitlyn, and telling her no one has been rude to his face yet. When he returns to the group, everyone stops talking. Joshua doesn't trust Nick, and tells him so. Nick tels him he doesn't need to trust him, as he's there for Kaitlyn. Joshua wastes all his alone time with Kaitlyn telling her how he called Nick out on what his intentions were for Kaitlyn, and how he spends all his time talking about his time on Andi's season of the show. He has no idea that he's shooting himself in the foot, and is about to face the firing squad for his lies.
Kaitlyn says he's stressing her out with this information, and confronts the men about all the things Joshua said to her. She wants to know if they have been honest with her. She calls Joshua out on everything he said and no one speaks out to back him up. They all say Nick's presence in the group doesn't affect their relationships with her. Joshua is upset, saying they threw him under the bus. Nick ends up getting the group rose, and Kaitlyn tells them she thinks Nick is there for the right reasons.
The final 1:1 date with Shawn B. is a kayak adventure, and Kaitlyn is really excited to spend time with him. They had an instant connection when he got out of the limo the first night, and it's obvious the connection has grown on this date. Hell, the girl's talking about how she loves his voice and the way he smells. Kaitlyn is a smitten kitten! Shawn tells Kaitlyn he feels bad about what happened with Joshua last night. He knows some guys held back their true feelings, and Joshua took the brunt of the heat during the date.
Shawn is thankful to be there with her, and opens up about the huge accident he had five years earlier. He was told he should not have survived, and this makes him appreciate everything in life even more. Shawn lets his guard down, and tells Kaitlyn he's falling in love with her. She tells him she's falling in love with him, too, which doesn't usually happen on the show until the end! Obviously, Kaitlyn follows her own rules, but it caught up in the moment, which shows her vulnerability. I will say they are cute as hell together! Dating a sweet, considerate Ryan Gosling look-a-like would work for me, too! Kaitlyn offers Shawn the rose, and the date ends with them watching fireworks together.
At the cocktail party the next evening, Ian is about to unleash fireworks of his own. He doesn't feel a connection with Kaitlyn, and thinks he's not being noticed by her the way he should be. Joshua is still stressing about what went down on the group date, and thinks his days are numbered, too. Ian's ranting about how she's not half as hot as his ex, how he has no trouble getting women to sleep with him at home, and how he should be The Bachelor was seriously testing my gag reflexes!
While Kaitlyn is off making out with the other men, Ian is practically writing his own exit interview. The snowball he creates for himself becomes an avalanche, after he lays into Kaitlyn about how he's there to find a wife, not the superficial stuff she seems to be into. He questions her intentions, saying she's there to kiss guys and not find a husband. Calling her a surface person and shallow isn't exactly endearing, and I'm sure there will be a firestorm from Kaitlyn when she has a chance to respond to his complaints about her. Say what you want about Kaitlyn, but his comments were incredibly rude and hurtful. These cliffhangers are killing me!!
What do you think about Kaitlyn's decision to keep Nick on the show? Do you agree with Ian's comments about Kaitlyn? There have been a LOT of complaints about the current season. Are you still Team Kaitlyn? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Until next time...xo