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Bachelor 2017 Recap: Episode 2

Night Portion of Bridal Photo Shoot Date

Corinne: Nick held my boobs today. No one’s ever held my boobs like that before and no one ever will!

Is Corinne a virgin? I mean she doesn’t act like one but neither did Mena Suvari’s character in American Beauty and we all thought she was a dirty, dirty whore until she ended up topless on Kevin Spacey’s couch at the end of the movie where she confessed to having never done the deed.

I think I’m old enough (yeah, OLD enough… that’s the right descriptor) that I can safely say that one man touching your breasts is pretty much like any other man touching your breasts. So either Corinne’s breasts haven’t been touched much or Nick has some special technique heretofore unknown to womankind (doubtful).

Corinne is the first to steal Nick for some one-on-one time. Of course she is.

After that, Nick takes full of advantage of his role as the Bachelor and makes out with any girl who wants to make out with him. He’s going to have to pretend to be monogamous for a while after the show is over so he’s gotta get his kicks while he can get ’em.

Corinne tells the other girls Nick is Prince Charming.

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Yes, Corinne. Nick is Prince Charming. That’s why he just HAD to go on reality TV to find a wife. All the best guys find their soulmates on television and get engaged to them after spending less than 24 hours of quality time alone with them.

I can’t wait until he kicks her to the curb. Wonder what she’ll be saying about him then. I hope she’s not a cutter. (Sorry, trigger warning.) She seems unhinged.

Raven, on the other hand, has her doubts about Nick after witnessing his “connection” with Corinne: “Are you the type of guy who wants someone like Corinne who leads with her sexuality? Because if you are, no wonder it’s your fourth time.”

Damn. Edgar Allen Poe’s muse speaks truth to power (at least in her ITMs).

We find out during Raven’s conversation with Nick that her last boyfriend cheated on her and that she’s attracted to a-holes because they’re honest… EXCEPT for the last one you mean… or did he come right out and tell you he cheated on you?

An honest cheat. How paradoxical and oxymoronical.

Nick likes Raven because he feels like she can’t help but be honest. I like Raven because she’s Wednesday Addams on the outside and sunshine and sprinkled cupcakes on the inside.

Raven stops Nick mid-convo to wipe glitter off Nick’s nose. *cough* Man whore! *cough*

Back at the harem, the coveted one-on-one date card arrives. Liz hopes it’s for her.

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“Danielle M. our relationship is about to take off  – Nick ”

Liz is really excited for Danielle.

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Back at the same top-floor hotel bar that 70% of all Bachelor/ette night time group dates are filmed, Corinne has achieved white-girl-wasted on the breathalyzer scale. She interrupts Nick and Alexis. Alexis reluctantly leaves Nick just as they’re about to have a real conversation.

Nick listens to Corinne yammer on for about 5 seconds before he shuts her up with a kiss.

Next, Nick and Taylor sit down to talk. Here is my armchair psychoanalysis of the unfolding dynamic between Nick and Taylor and how their “relationship” will end:

  • Taylor is fascinated by Nick because he’s an intellectual like she is.
  • Nick is fascinated by human relationships and the human condition.
  • Nick mistakenly believes that anyone who has studied psychology has secret knowledge about these topics.
  • Because Taylor has studied psychology, Nick believes she possesses this secret knowledge and therefore finds her interesting.
  • Taylor also mistakenly believes she has secret knowledge of these topics but what she really has is academic knowledge.
  • Academic knowledge of psychology is a useful tool for understanding human relationships and the human condition but it’s a tool that requires life experience and self-awareness to use effectively.
  • Taylor has very little life experience so she still has a great deal to learn about human psychology but because she lacks the self-awareness to recognize this fact, she is likely to believe that she will be more compelling to Nick than she actually is.
  • Nick, having no formal education in psychology, will find Taylor interesting only until he realizes that he understands more about human relationships and the human condition than Taylor does because of his greater life experience and self-awareness.
  • After Nick loses interest in her, Taylor will notice and wonder why their connection was lost not realizing they never actually had one.
  • Nick will send Taylor home.
  • Taylor will be sad.
  • Nick won’t give Taylor a second thought.
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YUP. THAT’S ABOUT HOW MUCH IT’S WORTH.

That isn’t to say that Taylor isn’t interesting and that her academic achievements aren’t worthwhile. It’s just that it takes a lot more to get inside people’s minds than mere academic knowledge. Nick, I believe, wants someone to get inside his head, to see him for who he is and challenge him to let down his walls. A master’s degree in psychology alone is not nearly enough to accomplish that.

Meanwhile, Corinne has worked herself into a drunken frenzy over Nick spending time with Taylor, her main “rival”. She stumbles back over to Nick’s assigned corner of the bar and interrupts a fellow contestant for the second time that night which goes over about as well as a four-pound porterhouse at a vegan BBQ with the other women.

Nick is hesitant but seems under producer orders to comply with interruptions, especially from Corinne, the producers’ primary drama generator this season. Taylor leaves. She is not amused.

Nick tells Corinne he had so much fun today and she’s a big reason why. Yup. Grabbing boobies is always a good time. I’m not sure she contributed much more than that.

Back in the contestant holding area, Taylor is upset that Corinne interrupted her but she’s not going to let Corinne get under her skin so she marches back over to Nick’s area and interrupts Corinne. (Way to not let her get under your skin.)

Corinne’s reaction:

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Corinne leaves then complains to probably the last person who gives a damn about anything Corinne has to complain about: Jasmine.

Corinne: I can’t believe she interrupted me! I was talking to him and I interrupted her but then she came back and re-interrupted me with him. SHE RE-INTERRUPTED ME! That’s just rude.

Jasmine:

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Corinne: There’s a way to go about things. The way I go about things is very classy and not directed towards a character in general. When she did it it was very directed toward Corinne. Take a direct hit at Corinne and I’m going to say something.

America:

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Corinne “confronts” Taylor.

Corinne: Sorry about interrupting you it’s just the situation we’re in. (SUBTEXT: I can’t believe you had the nerve to interrupt me.)

Taylor nods in understanding. (SUBTEXT: You mad, bro?)

Corinne: Do you have a problem with anything it happened? (SUBTEXT: I have a problem with EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED!)

Taylor: Do you mean when you came and interrupted me which I barely remember? (SUBTEXT: I remember, bitch.)

Corinne nods. (SUBTEXT: Please, be as upset as I am.)

Taylor: No, it’s fine. (SUBTEXT: I’m gonna give you some rope and let you hang your drunk ass.)

Corinne: Just as long as there’s no situation about the situation, it’s all good. (SUBTEXT: I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU ARE OKAY WITH THIS SITUATION! I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS SITUATION!)

Taylor: I’m good. (SUBTEXT: I see the noose tightening around your neck…)

Corinne: Are you OK? You seemed a little hesitant. (SUBTEXT: I’M STILL NOT OKAY!)

Taylor: I’m OK. (SUBTEXT: I’ve never been as satisfied as I am right now watching you unravel on national television.)

Corinne: OK, good because I want you to be OK. OK? Good, great! (SUBTEXT: I’m about to lose my sh*t.)

Taylor looks at Corinne trying to hide her glee. (SUBTEXT: Let it out, girlfriend…)

Corinne: Guys, we are all here for the same reason. I cannot stress this enough: it’s going to get uncomfortable, it’s going to get crazy, it’s going to get weird. We have to get used to it. We’re going to interrupt each other. You’re going to interrupt your friends you’re going to make your friends feel weird. You’re going to make your non-friends feel weird.

But we’re here for one reason and that’s Nick. You have to go and do what’s good for you and be true to yourself. It doesn’t matter how it makes other people feel you have to be there for yourself. So just remember that. No matter how weird it gets, we’re here for Nick and that’s it.

(SUBTEXT: Everything I just said was directed at myself even though I don’t possess the self-awareness to recognize I’m projecting all of my insecurities onto other people.)

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The award for Most Awkward Moment in Bachelor History goes to… Corinne! Tell her what she’s won!

A rose from Nick?!?! Pesky producers. The other women are not amused.

Corrine’s acceptance speech:

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Say what you will about Corinne, she never fails to entertain.

Next Up: Danielle M.’s One-On-One and Group Date 2

4 thoughts on “Bachelor 2017 Recap: Episode 2

  1. Nice recap Emily! You’re right that the episode wasn’t all that interesting but you made what was there a lot more entertaining. I’m thinking we’ll be seeing quite “a lot” of Corrine in the future as Nick does seem entertained by her. Hopefully we’ll be getting to know some of the other ladies better. Your psychoanalysis of Nick and Taylor was very insightful and I think it will prove to be true as time goes on. I did love the conversation between Taylor and Corrine on the interrupting. As always, thanks for blogging. I’m looking forward to another distracting episode tonight that will keep my thoughts off the mainstream news of the week!

    • Hi, Julie.

      So sorry for the delayed response. Writing recaps takes a lot of my time.

      It looks like Taylor and Corinne are going to be one a two-on-one so we’ll see how that goes. No woman who has a serious chance at winning ever ends up on a two-on-one so they’re both going home. It’s only a matter of time.

      Haha! I’ve stopped watching TV news because I just can’t take it. I feel you.

      Thanks for the comment! I really appreciate it.

  2. Emily, as always, this was an insightful and hilarious review. I agree this was a boring episode. The stuff with Corinne was dull as dirt. No one cares and she is vile. I watched online and was able to fast forward through most of her ridiculousness. Raven’s comments were spot on and I hope we see more of her.

  3. Hey, Megan.

    Thanks for the comment and for retweeting me. It really helps.

    I find Corinne both entertaining and vile. I like her ignorant one-liners but she is almost a cartoon villain.

    I’m sure Nick knew she was the villain and that he had to keep her in spite of the other women’s dislike of her. He’s been on the show enough times to know how it works.

    Glad I could entertain you. I hope that ice storm passes soon. I’ve never been in an ice storm before. I’ve seen snow and hail but not ice. Sounds scary.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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