Bachelor In Paradise 2016 – Week 2
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Well, we made it through week two of Bachelor in paradise.
It looks like Chad’s reign of terror is officially over. I don’t know what all that footage is about where Evan is in an ambulance and a piss-poor EMT blows an IV and lets him bleed all over the place but it wasn’t Chad’s doing.
I guess that’s coming up.
This week, both Josh and Nick mentioned a tell-all book that Andi Dorfman wrote about her experience on The Bachelorette and her relationships with Nick and Josh. And, of course, I want to read that sh*t.
It’s still in hardcover though at $15 and I’m broke so that’s not happening anytime soon. But I did read some excerpts online about Josh and Nick. From Andi’s perspective, Josh is a controlling, abusive asshole which doesn’t surprise me in the least. I knew he was a tool the second he opened his mouth on her season of The Bachelorette.
She said some pretty messed up things about Nick too but nothing compared to the trash talking she did about Josh. Basically, the worst things she said about Nick were that she introduced him to her family before Josh so she could set the bar really low and make Josh look better by comparison and that when she and Nick had sex in the fantasy suite, Nick asked her if she wanted to “f*ck or make love”. She said it “killed her lady boner”.
I don’t know why Andi thought Nick was so far beneath Josh. I only know what I see on TV and what shows up in my Twitter feed, but I don’t understand why asking someone if they want to f*ck or make love is such a “lady boner” killer. Maybe I’m just too open about sex that something like that wouldn’t really bother me that much. If he said it in a really creepy way, I might get turned off, but if he was being sexy or flirty, I probably wouldn’t have an issue with it.
What I really want to know is if Andi thought Nick was so sub-par compared to Josh why she bothered to sleep with him in the first place. I wouldn’t sleep with my runner-up period but there’s a lot of things that would be different in my own personal fantasy season of The Bachelorette. (Ladies, I know you have one too all mapped out in your heads.)
I guess I’ll have to buy the book to find out all the dirt.
If any of you are interested in the book, it’s called “It’s Not OK” and it’s available on Amazon. The reviews are very mixed. About half the people who read it think it’s total trash and horribly written and the other half think it’s amusing and not as bad as the other reviewers make it out to be. I don’t care. I’m definitely going to read it.
One more thing to mention before I start the recap is that I watched a video that Sharleen Joynt was in with a group of women who were doing their fantasy picks for Bachelor in Paradise before it started airing. The video was at the top of her BIP Week 1 recap if you want to watch it (there’s a link to Sharleen’s blog at the end of this post).
In the video, Sharleen claims that Nick really believes he can find love on one of the Bachelor shows and that he’s a hopeless romantic. I’m still finding it hard to believe that he isn’t just on the show to get more Twitter followers but I do put a lot of stock in Sharleen’s opinion. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens with Nick this season and reserve judgment until the end. He’s definitely still in my penalty box though.
All right. Time to revisit this horror show.
Bachelor in Paradise 2016 Recap Week 2 – Episode 1
The first thing that happens this week is Chad’s fairly unceremonious exit given the buildup last week but he doesn’t leave before telling Chris Harrison, “On a scale of 1 to f*ck off, f*ck off!” and musing aloud that there’s nothing he can do now in life because of the show and “that he’s never going to be The Bachelor now”. In what universe could Chad have ever been The Bachelor?
And if that wasn’t deluded enough, Chad claims that all the girls were “vibing” him until they found out they weren’t supposed to like him because he’s bad. No Chad. You are bad and that’s why the girls didn’t like you.
As usual, the drama that was foreshadowed in the previews from last week did not come to pass.
The first girl to show up this week is Leah from Ben’s season. What happened to this girl? She was drop-dead beautiful and now she’s super skinny, her face seems bloated, and she’s obviously had lip injections. I don’t understand the girls on these shows. It’s like they see themselves on television and think they’re fat and ugly so they go away and make themselves look ACTUALLY hideous by indulging in plastic surgery and anorexia.
I thought Leah was one of the prettiest girls on the show on Ben’s season and now she looks like a sea witch. Fortunately, her condition isn’t permanent. She looked much better on After Paradise.
She comes to Paradise with a date card and is disappointed to find that Chad is gone and now she’ll have to date a guy who isn’t an abusive douche nozzle who could have helped keep her downward self-esteem spiral going.
Haley and Emily immediately start trash talking Leah in their ITMs. They call Leah a “lying b*tch” behind her back and then hug her and tell her how great it is to see her when they greet her in person.
Leah interviews the guys to see which one can serve as a replacement for Chad.
Leah and Daniel talk to see if they’re compatible and Leah mentions there are a lot of beautiful women in paradise and if she were a man, she’d be pretty happy. To which Daniel responds, “If I were a man, I’d be pretty happy too.” So he’s admitting he’s not a man. Well, at least he’s honest with himself.
Izzy gets uncomfortable when Leah interviews Vinny – not because she likes him or anything but because she really needs his rose to stay in Paradise. And she says it like that’s a perfectly good justification for potentially preventing the possibility of someone else’s happiness.
After Leah talks to Nick to see if they might be compatible, Jubilee, the twins, and Amanda get caught spying on them from the cabana so Nick goes over to talk to them. We find out that Nick has a biologically large head in proportion to his body.
We also find out that Hemily has scoliosis and offers to let Nick touch her “hump” (which just happens to be right above her ass) but just as he’s about to cop a feel, Leah interrupts them and asks Nick to go on her date with her.
Nick and Leah scamper off to get ready for their date while both Hemily’s gratuitously eat bananas in slow motion. A soft-core porn score plays over the scene. Really? And what was with the hair flipping? I eat bananas every day and not once have I felt the need to flip my hair while eating one. It seems like the producers were really scraping the bottom of the barrel for material after Chad left.
Next, Lace drags Vinny into some unnecessary drama with Grant. She’s afraid of going home but she’s also afraid to talk to Grant so she asks Vinny to do it for her. Fortunately for Lace, Grant is really into crazy and is more than willing to cater to it but I have no patience for it. Good luck with that, Grant.
Nick and Leah’s Date
The first stop on their boring Paradise date is to a margarita festival which I’m pretty sure was put there just for filming purposes. There’s a margarita sample booth set up where people can try free margaritas. I imagine if Mexico had Costco’s, they’d all have a margarita sample booth… and then we’d all move to Mexico and get Costco memberships.
Wow. This date is really lame. At the end of it, Leah sticks her tongue down Nick’s throat but he doesn’t seem to be into it. Riveting. Moving on.
Amanda is jealous that Leah got to go on a date with Nick instead of her (which will make it all the more obnoxious when she suddenly gives him the shaft when when Josh shows up).
A little after returning from his date with Leah, Nick receives an unexpected date card. This is very unusual because this week, the girls are supposed to get date cards and ask the guys out and the guys get to hand out the roses. But according to Nick’s date card, there are no rules in Paradise. No rules the producers aren’t willing to break to create drama that is.
Leah mistakenly believes that Nick is as into her as she is into him and will obviously want to take her on a second date for the day. Nick, however, has no interest in Leah and asks Amanda out instead.
Leah decides to torture Amanda while she’s getting ready for her date with Nick by claiming Amanda is trying to be like her. I don’t know what this is about but it definitely has a Single White Female vibe to it. Leah is a creeper.
Nick and Amanda’s Date
Amanda and Nick go to a cantina where Nick tries to get Amanda to admit she has edge but all she can do is tell him she has a big heart and that she stands up for herself because she’s boring and not particularly bright. She has about as much edge as Minnie Mouse.
At the end of the date, Nick and Amanda make out in front of a beach-side bonfire.
Amanda seems really into Nick. Nick is into Amanda. I can’t tell you why it was so easy for Josh to sweep in later and break them up. I guess if you’re a female on the dumb side, Josh seems like a smooth talker but he’s actually just a meathead thug and a playa’.
Carly and Evan hang out together a lot and seem to be couple-like even if they aren’t quite a couple.
Carly breaks the ice and kisses Evan. Evan thinks the kiss was heaven and Carly thinks it’s hell. Carly can’t figure out how Evan has two children. Maybe because he’s good-looking and perceiving someone to be a bad kisser is a subjective experience and not objective fact? Oops. I made the mistake of expecting rational thinking from reality show contestants.
I can tell a lot about how somebody kisses by looking at their mouth and the way that they talk and I have no idea why Evan would be a bad kisser unless his breath is rank. It could also be that Carly has a slit for a mouth so anyone with even slightly full lips would envelop her mouth completely. That’s always awkward but I don’t think his mouth was so much bigger than hers that it should’ve been the problem it was.
And newsflash, Carly, not every first kiss is great. Sometimes both people have to adjust their kissing styles to kiss well together. I don’t see any reason why these two can’t kiss reasonably well. The anatomical differences are not significant enough to make it a deal-breaker.
Lace and Grant decide to sleep in the same bed together and think they’re so clever by throwing a sarong over the camera at the end of their bed. They must be dumb because I know they’ve seen this show before and must have witnessed what a fool’s errand it is to escape the prying eyes of the Bachelor producers.
At this point, Lace seems to be sleeping with Grant for a rose. Way to keep it classy, honey.
I love the screen grabs of the crabs boinking on the beach while we hear Lace moaning behind closed doors.
I have no idea why Leah gets up in the morning and inflates a giant swan but Emily looks on in confusion, trying to remember from Ben’s season the difference between a duck and a swan.
Next: Cocktail Party, Rose Ceremony, Episode 2, and After Paradise