Bachelor 2017 Recap Episode 5
This week’s episode resumes where we left off last week in the middle of Taylor and Corinne’s cat fight to the death. I gotta admit, I’m not a violent person but I really wanted to punch Corinne in the face… A LOT. It’s not that I think Taylor handled the situation well because she didn’t. But Corinne was overly nasty. I felt nauseous listening to her verbally shred Taylor.
Taylor’s biggest mistake was in allowing Corinne to engage her. As someone in the mental health field, she should have known better than to get into a verbal altercation with an emotionally manipulative brat. She also should have known better than to try to bring Corinne’s psychological shortcomings to her attention. What was she expecting Corinne to do? Thank her?
I feel like Nick is just humoring Corinne at this point. I remember seeing an interview with him after the first episode of Ben’s season aired and he knew immediately that Olivia was the season’s villain. Given everything all the women said to him at the pool party about Corinne, I very much doubt he hasn’t figured out that she’s the villain.
He might be giving her more of the benefit of the doubt because he, too, was a villain once but he’s very observant and Corinne isn’t exactly his intellectual equal. I think he sees through her even if he finds her physically attractive. Sometimes it seems like he’s trying not to laugh out loud at her antics.
Danielle, Kristina, and Raven already have roses.
- Danielle M.
Did anyone NOT know that Corinne and Taylor were going to get the last two roses and in that order?
Sarah and Astrid go home. Everyone else goes to New Orleans.
Raven: I would not be surprised if one of these girls went and bought a voodoo doll.
Raven’s got a serious Addams Family thing going on which I dig about her (one of the many things I like about her).
Chris Harrison announces there will be a one-on-one, a group date, and a two-on-one.
Dun, dun, dun! The dreaded two-on-one! I wonder who will be on it!
Let me consult the spirits… will it be Taylor and Corinne, the two contestants who hate each other the most, the same as it’s been every other season prior to this one?
The spirits are hostile today.
“Rachel, where have you beign-et all my life.”
I’m excited to see a Bachelor who is taking a black contestant seriously. I’m so sick of the tokenism on the show. If a man doesn’t like black women, why cast them and get their hopes up knowing they don’t have a shot?
While I’m glad that Rachel got a real date and things are going well between her and Nick, the date was boring.
They eat beignets, they kiss, they twerk in the streets carrying parasols. (Okay, that last bit sounds kind of funny now that I write it out.)
They promote a female musician named Lolo. She has 26K Twitter followers on Facebook so she’s in a similar popularity ballpark as Chris Lane from last week.
At dinner, we find out that Rachel’s dad is a judge and he’s intimidating. A black male in a position of moral authority intimidating? The hell you say.
The most interesting part of the date is when Nick lets his intentions slip with regard to calling Rachel’s father “Sir” as if it’s a given that he’s going to meet him.
Rachel gets the rose. Date over.
Let’s move on to the “haunted” house, shall we?
“‘Til Death Do Us Part.”
- Danielle M.
- Danielle L.
(Which means Taylor and Corinne are on the two-on-one.)
I’ve got serious dirt on the story about the little girl who supposedly haunts the house and the alleged painting of her.
The short version is that the producers are a bunch of lying bastards (I know, shocking) who counted on American ignorance of art history to put forward the tale of the little girl in the painting being a portrait of a deceased spirit who haunts the plantation house Nick and the contestants visited. But I’ll let them dig their own grave first (pun intended) before I rat them out.
The girls arrive at Houmas House in Louisiana.
Nick: Who believes in ghosts
so I know who NOT to bring home to meet my family?
Nick raises his hand to encourage the women to raise THEIR hands. Most of them do.
(For the record, I believe in ghosts but I don’t think Nick does. It’s not hip in intellectual circles to believe in ghosts or anything supernatural but if you’re like me and you’ve spent a decent amount of time living with a disembodied entity, you either come to believe in ghosts or that you’re completely batsh*t and hallucinate constantly. I decided it was more likely that ghosts are real.)
Nick: This is one of the most haunted houses in Louisiana.
And I will be available for naked cuddling to any of you who scare easily.
Raven: If I see a ghost, I’m gonna rebuke that thing in the name of Jesus!
The women are introduced to
the hired actor the Bachelor producers hired to play “Boo”, the caretaker of Houmas House.
Boo: Our main ghost’s name is May. She was born in 1849. She died of yellow fever at 8 years old. She spends her days looking for her doll. It was her favorite toy and when she died, she didn’t want to give it up.
Boo takes Nick and the women on a tour of the house. They stop in May’s room.
Boo: This is the room she was born in. It’s also the room she took her last breath in. Don’t make her mad… don’t touch her doll.
He then points out May’s actual doll which is in a glass case. The women recoil in creepitude.
Boo continues the tour and points to a painting on the wall: There she is. That’s our little May.
Nope. Most of that is total BS made up for The Bachelor.
Allow me to explain how I came by this information. First of all, the painting looked familiar to me. I was going to take a picture of it and try to get the internets to identify it for me but there turned out not to be a need. I found out the real origin of the painting through other means.
The story of May seemed made up to me, mostly because it’s very similar to the plot of a film called (coincidentally) “May”. May is a mostly obscure indie film made in the early 2000s but I liked the poster so much, I had a movie poster collector track one down for me and it’s now hanging on my wall. Let it be known (if it wasn’t already) that I’m a person of eclectic interests and I happen to have a fascination with the macabre. This is the poster that is hanging on my wall. Also the DVD cover of the film.
May is the story of a young woman who has something akin to Asperger’s. She’s sensitive and socially inept. She doesn’t make friends easily and is taken advantage of a lot. May loves dolls. She has a huge collection of them but May’s best friend is this doll (notice the glass case):
I don’t think the film was as good as the poster but I’m still not going to give away the ending just in case any of you see it. But in order for you to understand the connection between the film May and this BS ghost story the producers tried to foist on us, it is necessary to tell you that, in the film, the protective glass around May’s doll shattered and shredded her doll. May gets very angry and takes revenge on the people she holds responsible for her tragic loss.
This is GHOST May’s doll at Houmas House:
To me, the dolls look similar. The dark eyes and the glass case are what do it for me. The doll in the case looks like it’s from the 1950s or ’60s though so right away, this story stinks.
I can also tell you that those other dolls on the bed did not belong to a little girl who lived in 1849. They are all modern dolls. The big giveaway is all that shiny synthetic hair. They didn’t have plastic in 1849. Plastic was invented in the 20th century. That bed was staged by the producers.
I know about dolls because I used to buy these very same mass-produced porcelain dolls (which are virtually worthless) at the Goodwill, paint them and change their hair and clothes so they looked creepy, and resell them on eBay for a huge profit.
If you want to see some of my creations, you can check out the very old website I made for them (it’s a flash site so you probably won’t be able to access it on a phone or tablet).
So we have a ghost named May who loves dolls, has a doll in a glass case that she prizes above everything, and takes revenge on those who try to take her doll from her and a film character named May who loves dolls, who has a doll in a glass case that she prizes above everything, and takes revenge on those who destroy her doll.
It could be just a coincidence… but wait! There’s more! SO. MUCH. MORE. (Because I’m a crazy person.)
This is the portrait of “May” at Houmas House:
Notice the bit at the bottom where it says “Portrait of Julie Manet”. If you look at this photographer’s website, this is what it says about the painting:
“The present owner of Houmas House has installed an art collection that takes visitors by surprise. Two of the most notable treasures are placed within inches of each other on a mantle in one of the living rooms. The gilded clock is said to have belonged to the estate of Marie Antoinette, and later purchased by Napoleon. Our guide told us that the painting just behind it is attributed to the French painter Édouard Manet. The woman in the painting is likely Manet’s niece.“
First take note that it says the PRESENT owner installed the art collection. The present owner is Kevin Kelly who purchased the house in 2003. The painting was there no earlier than 2000 and f*cking three! So definitely not a painting of anyone called “May” who lived there in 1849 and died of yellow fever.
And Édouard Manet, kind of a f*cking famous artist but what rube who watches The Bachelor would ever figure that sh*t out, right? Because we’re all just a bunch of bubble-headed wallflowers whose minds are full of hyper-unrealistic romantic fantasies from reading too much Cosmo and too many Danielle Steel novels, right?
I mean it’s not like he’s MOnet. Someone might catch the producers if one of the Water Lilies paintings was hanging at Houmas House and they tried to convince American women that’s where a little girl drown but MAnet? None of us morons could possibly know who he is.
I think a lot of the women who watch the Bachelor franchise are a hell of a lot smarter than they’re given credit for. I don’t stalk you guys but I pay attention. Most of you are a bunch of girl nerds and I mean that as a huge compliment.
I wish that were the end of it but it’s not. I’m not at the bottom of the rabbit hole just yet. Julie Manet was the niece of Édouard Manet but she was also the daughter of two other famous artists: Berthe Morisot and Eugène Manet. The painting is attributed to the more famous Manet brother but his niece was only 4 years old when he died. Is that a painting of an at most 4-year-old girl? Or was it painted by one of her parents? Or Renoir? Renoir was a friend of the family and painted Julie more than once.
The mystery was driving me batty so I actually contacted Kevin Kelly, the current owner of Houmas House. He wrote back to me in less than 24 hours and told me the painting was of Julie Manet and was painted by her mother, Berthe Morisot, circa 1894.
I should just take that at face value and if I were a normal person, I would. But I’m a crazy person so I don’t.
I already know from all this digging that Julie Manet was born in 1878 which means Julie Manet would have turned 16 in 1894. In fact, here is a photograph of Julie in 1894 (not a little girl):
I also looked at Berthe Morisot’s paintings and her style does not even remotely resemble the style of the painting at Houmas House. It’s possible she was experimenting with realism. Most masters paint realistic paintings at some point in their careers but Morisot painted her daughter more than once during her childhood and they’re all VERY impressionistic. The style of dress on the little girl is also a little bit further in the future than I would expect but they were French and France tends to be ahead of fashion. So ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Despite having heard it from the horse’s mouth, I am still left wondering if that portrait is really of Julie Manet and painted by Morisot. If I were Kevin Kelly, unless the painting has a signature, I’d get a second opinion about it. Paintings by famous artists cost lots of money. They’re investments. I can’t find this painting on the internet except in reference to Houmas House.
I also found out from visiting the Houmas House website, there have been sightings of a little girl ghost but no one knows who she is and there were no reported sightings of her before 2003 when they did major construction on the house.
Maybe it’s Julie Manet! Maybe she’s not haunting the house, she’s haunting the painting! 😆
I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted. I think most of us are in agreement at this point that, while some hauntings might be real, this one definitely wasn’t. All the nonsense with the chandelier falling and the doll being missing from her case and the books falling off the shelf in “May’s” room was ALL FAKE.
The producers set it up because a haunted house was in keeping with the New Orleans’ creepy, otherworldly theme The Bachelor was going for this week and it would create drama.
***UPDATE*** I just acquired new information while looking up the owner of Houmas House. According to this website, there was a little girl named May Preston who lived in the house and died in 1848 of yellow fever – but not in the house.
The story is the historian of the house acquired the doll at auction from the Preston estate and they think it was May’s because there was a handkerchief with May’s birth date attached to the doll. And when the doll was moved back to Houmas House, May followed – according to a psychic who conducted a seance to find out who the little girl was who was wandering the halls (and we know psychics are never wrong).
So the story about May being somehow related to May the movie WAS a coincidence but I spent way too much time on this post already so I’m not going to go back and rewrite it.
BUT May is definitely NOT the girl in the painting and I don’t think the doll they used in filming was May’s doll. It looked like it was made of plastic. It *could* have been wax but it looks like a regular old 1950s doll made of hard plastic. ***
Jaimi: Let’s play with ghosts!
Kristina “finds” a Ouija board under a sofa in the living room.
Nick: What’s the worst that could happen?
Vanessa: I’m not messing with the spiritual world. No thank you.
However, nothing comes of playing with the Ouija board other than cuing the lighting guy to shut off the lights in the house.
Boo is outside the house pacing: Oh, no. They touched the doll!
F*ck you, Boo. We know you’re an actor.
Back at the hotel, Corinne and Taylor are keeping their distance from each other.
Corinne: Nick will see Taylor’s not good for him. She’s way too high maintenance.
Corinne: I’m smart in my own way. I’m people smart.
I bend people to my will by gaslighting them. It’s too bad she can’t see other forms of intelligensy. Is intelligensy a word?
The date card arrives: “Corinne and Taylor, Meet me in the bayou. -Nick”
Back at Houmas House, Vanessa and Danielle M. disappoint me for the first time by trying to contact “May” and not realizing that the producers were f*cking with them. On the set, it should have been obvious.
Raven accidentally blurts out that she’s
infatuated in love with Nick.
Danielle M. gets the rose.
Next Up: The Two-On-One