The Good, The Bad & The WTF: “The Bachelorette” Whittles It To Two

Considering that Ashley Hebert’s season of “The Bachelorette” has been a mess so far, what with a sociopath derailing the proceedings for weeks, I’m pretty impressed by Ashley’s final three guys. Even more surprising, in last night’s episode, Ashley cut it down to two—and they are exactly the pair I’ve found most appealing throughout this process. Who am I talking about? Find out after the jump, as I go through the good, bad, and puzzling moments of last night’s episode. And if you haven’t watched yet, SPOILER ALERT. The Good:

  • Ashley’s date with Ben. While I think Ben is hot, mostly because he owns a vineyard, I haven’t been super sold on his relationship with Ashley. But watching them on their snorkeling and yachting date, I was struck by how they both have a similar goofy energy. “We are giddy little school children,” Ben said, capturing their vibe pretty succinctly. I approve.
  • Constantine steps aside, turns down the opportunity for sex. I felt bad for Ashley when Constantine turned down her offer to spend the night in the Fantasy Suite and explained that he just isn’t sure about things. But then again—hello!—why should he be? They’ve barely spent any time together. So props to Constantine for giving this speech: “I would want ideally for me to be madly, head-over-heels, 100 percent sure, ready to meet your father and say, ‘I want to ask for your daughter’s hand in marriage,’ and say that with 110 percent confidence. And I have too much respect for you, for myself, for my family, and ultimately your family also, to do anything but that. I’m sitting here now, like, thinking, I don’t have that yet … This fantasy suite, I know what it means — and I also know what it implies. And I knew if I got to this point and I wasn’t in love with you, I wouldn’t accept the fantasy suite.” Good man.
  • JP gets the deserted island date! I have a little “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” theory—if a contestant ends up on a deserted island with the show’s title character, they will most likely win in the end. I remember Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi having a private island date. Ditto for Brad Womack and Emily Maynard. Does this mean JP is it?

The Bad:

  • Ryan’s return. I’ll give the guy half a point for flying to Fiji and walking to Ashley’s abode in the rain. But really, dude, did you study the Jake playbook? I do think Ryan was actually into Ashley, but I feel a hint of angling to be the next “Bachelor” in his choice to return. I’m just glad that Ashley didn’t take the bait here and realized that they had zero chemistry.
  • Ashley’s panic at Ryan’s return. You can tell by the way she asked, “What are you doing here? My heart’s racing,” that she was worried he was bringing her bad news about one of the remaining guys.
  • Ashley’s freak out at Constantine’s speech. Naturally, she instantly went into “what if I end up all alone” territory instead of realizing that (a) Constantine did her a big favor by being cautious and (b) that she’s in her early 20s and doesn’t need to freak.
  • Ben’s date night outfit. Sorta sheer, no?

The WTF:

  • President Obama’s cut in. Hey, we watch “The Bachelorette” for escapism. No budget talk, please! Luckily the episode picked up again where it left off.
  • That second check in with Ryan.. “I’ve been waiting for several days now,” he said. Ryan, take the hint and go home. That said, did the producers need to structure this clip so that Ashley and Constantine flew over Ryan standing forlornly on the beach while they were on their date?
  • Constantine’s brilliant observation. “Houses and women are not the same.” Good, because he looked at 108 of those before buying one.
  • The rain. There’s much of it this season! Feels symbolic.
  • We have to look at Bentley’s face again. From the scenes from the upcoming “Men Tell All” special, it sure looks like Bentley shows up. How will that go down?

What are your thoughts on last night’s episode?

[NY Daily News]

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