Bachelor 2017 Recap Episode 7
I’m going to have to make this short because I’m running out of time to get the blog out before the new episode airs.
The episode resumes the morning after Nick’s emotional meltdown due to cutting Danielle L. They are crestfallen and worried that Nick may quit the show but we are right on track for where we should be in terms of how many girls are left so while the producers may be trying to throw us off, this is top 6 week. They just got down to top 6 through unconventional methods. This is how I knew in advance there would be no rose ceremony.
Chris Harrison, world-renowned psychoanalyst, sits down with Nick to talk about what Nick is going through. Chris smiles and nods with zero comprehension as Nick dissects his own psyche and past.
Chris: Be honest, are you ready to walk away from $100k, a solid two years of D-list fame, and a staggering social media following that you can use to gain profitable sponsorships all this?
Nick: If I’m being perfectly honest, there’s a part of me that does not want to be tied down to any of these women for the next two years and that’s what scares the hell out of me but I really don’t want to give up the money or the fame so I’m going to bite the bullet and put a ring on the finger of the woman least likely to give me crap about whoring and drinking while we’re engaged.
Nick returns to the women’s suite, lets them know he’s going to continue being the Bachelor (was there ever any doubt?), and that there will be no rose ceremony. They’re all going to Bimini.
And all is right in girl world again.
Vanessa’s 2nd One-On-One
“Let’s go deeper. –Nick” (…Annnddd my mind is in the gutter.)
Corinne is not amused that Vanessa has gotten a second one-on-one before she got her first one. I don’t find myself saying this often but I’ve got to agree with Corinne on this. I really wish Nick had cut her before this point but if he likes her enough to bring her to the final 6, he should have been respectful and given her a one-on-one. Not even villains deserve to be led on.
It’s also scary that Nick is going to her hometown without ever having spent one-on-one time with her aside from the time she stole. A makeout session in a bouncy castle does not a relationship make.
Corinne is “frustrated and really bloated”.
Vanessa and Nick take a mini cruise on a yacht to check out an old ship wreck.
Vanessa: I’ve never been on a boat before.
Uh, did those vodka shots laced with moonshine and magic mushroom sweat cause you to completely black out the trip to the beach volleyball court last week? I do believe a catamaran is a seafaring vessel commonly referred to as a “boat”.
Nick and Vanessa have fairly effortless grownup conversations about love and relationships. It’s good to see adult talk on this show.
Back at the beach house that has been padded for Corinne’s protection while producers continue to prey on her deepest narcissistic fears by denying her time with Nick, Corinne decides that Rachel would be a good person to confide in about her rich white girl problems and her concerns about Vanessa’s compatibility with Nick.
Corinne: I think Nick wants Vanessa to open up more but honestly, I’m not sure there’s much to open up about. All she ever talks about is being Italian and being a special needs teacher. I mean she doesn’t seem like she has much depth.
Yeah, because special needs teachers are notoriously shallow unlike 20-something princesses who live in Palm Beach in multi-million dollar beach homes and have nannies who cater to their every whim.
Meanwhile on the yacht, Vanessa and Nick are probably having the deepest conversation two people have ever had in the history of the Bachelor franchise but whatever gets Corinne through the day. That’s not to say it was an especially deep conversation but the bar for deep conversations is pretty low on this show.
Later in the evening, Vanessa and Nick have dinner on a random pier.
Vanessa: I know relationships aren’t easy but I feel like things with you are just easy and that’s one thing I said I wanted in my next relationship was for things to be easy.
So you know they aren’t easy but when you imagined your next relationship, you wanted it to be easy?
(I kid Vanessa. I know what she means but it sounded funny the way she said it. What she meant is she wanted someone it was easy to be with, where understanding and communication come almost effortlessly. It’s much easier to deal with the hard parts of a relationship if you have that foundation.)
Vanessa: P.S. I’m falling in love with you.
Cue sweeping music and a long, romantic kiss.
Nick (verbatim): “I’ve been in love before. I’ve fallen love in this environment before. I have said I love you in this environment before and I’m not ashamed and I don’t take it back but I’m looking for the type of love I’ve never had before. And I do believe even though I’ve been in love before and I’ve had some great loves of my life, that there is a greater love for me. I really, really like you. A lot.
It is incredibly important to me if I’m lucky enough to feel love or say I love you in this role, I only say it to one person. I’ve never dated multiple women before. I’ve never grown relationships with multiple women before and so I’m taking it slow and I’m glad I am because if I’m lucky enough to say I love you, I want to feel in a way that I’m saying it for the first time. I’m leading with my heart with you.”
Vanessa was disheartened by this speech but there’s a reason I didn’t mess with it and it’s because I think it’s probably the best thing Nick could have said. It was honest and considerate.
Ben said “I love you” to two women and ended up breaking one of their hearts. It was thoughtless and inconsiderate. Nick hasn’t made up his mind yet which woman he’s going to propose to but I think it’s obvious that he believes Vanessa is someone he might pick because he wouldn’t have considered saying it back if he weren’t feeling something akin to being in love with her.
Vanessa is upset because she thought Nick would give her a different response than he would give to the other women because she feels their relationship is on a different level but she doesn’t have the benefit of seeing what happened when Danielle L. confessed to falling in love with him: he sent her home.
Nick doesn’t want to lead Vanessa on but at the same time he doesn’t want to discourage her affections because he can picture himself with her.
Raven ALSO told Nick she was falling in love with him and did not receive so grand a speech as Vanessa did (he actually said nothing in response to Raven) but again, Vanessa doesn’t know this. The thing she claimed to want, the different response than he gave other women, she actually got.
Whatever ends up happening, I think it’s safe to say that Nick is taking his relationship with Vanessa very seriously. He doesn’t want to hurt her and he doesn’t want to discourage her. There’s not much else a lead on this show can do other than remain silent. But Nick obviously felt he could be open and honest about the position he was in with regard to how he felt about Vanessa and THAT IS DIFFERENT.
So, Vanessa, darling, remember that thing you said about knowing relationships aren’t easy but that you wanted a relationship that was easy? Here is the true test of your ability to handle the hard part of a relationship that feels effortless: You must be able to hear and appreciate your partner’s truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted him to say.
And, technically, Nick did say “I love you” three times. I’m not saying it was code but I’m not saying it wasn’t. That’s not a speech you just pull out of your ass. He’d thought about those words before he said them.
Next Up: The Three-On-One, Danielle’s One-On-One, Rachel’s One-On-One