It might not have happened this week, but that fence jump we’ve all been waiting for draws promisingly near.
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On Monday night, Colton Underwood’s Bachelor season went off the rails. The episode opened with a rose ceremony in which Colton sent Onyeka and Nicole packing after their feud last week; a second contestant, Sydney, later dumped Colton after realizing he wasn’t making much of an effort to get to know her. And finally, pint-sized season villain Demi flew too close to the sun, telling Colton she was falling in love in a failed bid to take his virginity—only for Colton to admit he’s not sure he sees a future with her, and send her packing. Oh, and did I mention that three separate exiting women have warned Colton that some of the remaining contestants aren’t really in this competition because they want to get married, while Tayshia has conspiratorially promised to spill some “tea”? Just another day in paradise
Going into next week, the question on everyone’s minds will undoubtedly be what juicy gossip Tayshia has apparently been sitting on. After a departing Katie warned Colton that not all of the women in his remaining pool have pure motives, he returned to his remaining harem spiraling. His tone was tense as he warned the women that come next week, he’s going to need answers. Tayshia said she’s pretty sure she knows who Katie was talking about, and seems eager to share what she knows—even though women who gossip about fellow contestants usually do not fare well on The Bachelor. That said, Colton seems to actually like Tayshia—so perhaps she manage to guide Colton’s gaze in the right direction without seeming manipulative
Who, though, are the women earning the scorn of their fellow contestants? Sydney might have given us a clue as she made her exit. Before she left, she gave Colton a warning: “Figure out what you came here to find. Don't be distracted by shiny things, especially now.”
Presumably, she was warning Colton about a woman he has spent a decent chunk of time with—and speaking with producers earlier in the episode, Sydney got even more specific. “Some girls, like Demi and Hannah B., they're not as ready for marriage, and if that's what he wants, then great. But I want to be very clear: in order for him to find his wife, he's got to make a lot of changes, and hopefully he can hear me and understand what I'm actually saying to him.”
Demi left the show before Katie’s exit, but Hannah B. remains in the mix. Could she be the one Katie was talking about? From next week’s preview, at least, it appears that she and Colton are having a great time while other contestants weep. TO BE CONTINUED. .
But first, let’s go back to Tayshia for a moment. She didn’t only promise to spill tea; she also made a curious comment to Kirpa following the rose ceremony. As Colton left the group, she murmured to Kirpa—in front of all the other women—“Watch, it’s us two at the end. Literally us two.” Although Kirpa isn’t shown replying, and the response is barely audible, captions for the episode make it seem she replied, “We’re going to; I feel it.” Does this mean that the only two non-white women in the house about to team up? Given this show’s track record, forming some sort of alliance is probably not a bad idea. But given Kirpa and Colton’s lukewarm chemistry on their first one-on-one date this week, it seems unlikely that she and Tayshia will end up as the last two contestants standing
Although this week’s episode was undeniably messy, it’s only fitting that the rose petals have started to really hit the fan. We’re arriving at the home stretch: hometowns, fantasy suites, and a proposal are all on the horizon. This stage tends to make contestants and Bachelor/ettes alike a little more emotional, and a lot more prone to tears. (Given the preview for next week, there’s going to be a lot of sobbing on all sides.)
But while Monday’s eliminations were prolific, they were also generally unsurprising—with one exception. Given Demi’s backstory—a mother who just got out of prison during her time on the show—it seemed almost certain she would make it to hometown dates. The Bachelor franchise does, after all, love to mine family trauma for dramatic effect. Colton did, however, previously tease that his Bachelor season was a little unorthodox; maybe now we’re finally getting to the episodes that will prove that to be true. Let’s hope so, because so far—and despite all the drama surrounding him—Colton’s Sunburned Beefcake with Feelings shtick has proven extremely blah
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