Ben and Caila's special bnch
Ben and Caila's Special Bench
Ben and Caila's special bnch
Ben and Caila's Special Bench

Bachelor 2016: Episode 8 Recap

JoJo’s Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Are we all on the same page that the BS between JoJo and her ex was an elaborate setup courtesy of The Bachelor production team?

Do they seriously expect us to believe that JoJo’s ex just happened to deliver roses and a letter of regret to her door the day of her hometown date with Ben? And that he just happened to be available to talk on the phone on camera about said letter when she called him? Oh, and let’s not forget, JoJo didn’t immediately recognize the handwriting of her ex-boyfriend when she opened the letter. Thanks, ABC intern, for penning it for him.

Don't insult my intelligence

JoJo’s ex is named “Chad” (aren’t all Chads douchey?).  According to Chad during his phone conversation with JoJo, he’s grown and changed and learned what love is during the 39 days JoJo has been on the show. Let’s recall that Chad is an abusive philanderer but in a mere 5 1/2 weeks, he has turned his life around, realized the error of his ways, and is ready to be a good partner to JoJo.

Sure you have, Chad.

Dear Chad,

I think you’re full of sh*t. I think ABC contacted you and you’re such a narcissist that you jumped at the chance to get your 15 seconds of fame by participating in this charade to whatever extent you did. You didn’t write the letter and I’m pretty sure ABC took care of the roses.

Excellent work making yourself available at the prescribed time for your prearranged phone call with JoJo and memorizing the script ABC wrote for you and acting it out respectably. You’re an amazingly talented douche bag.

It’ll be fun for you when 25 guys are competing for the hand of your ex-girlfriend whom you abused and cheated on.

Cafe Emily

So after the Chad stunt is over, Ben arrives and JoJo gets him up to speed. She lets him know that Chad isn’t a factor in her life anymore.

Ben is understanding as always. He even says he wished he could have been there to comfort her when JoJo gave Chad his walking papers.

Finally, JoJo and Ben go to meet JoJo’s family. There are too many people in JoJo’s family to list them all.

The same questions from the mom as from the previous sisters/moms: What sets JoJo apart from the other women? *yawn*

Father is overprotective. *yawn*

Enter JoJo’s brothers!

They grill Ben hard. They ask if JoJo is going to get hurt. Ben’s response, “There’s still a lot of time.”

Cat shocked face

That’s not good.

The brothers warn JoJo to keep her guard up. They tell her Ben isn’t as invested as she is.

Brother 1: “Ben, you brainwash these girls too much. To see my sister like this after only two dates… I don’t think you’re as invested in this as she is…”

Cat shocked face

JoJo: “I don’t want Ben to walk away from tonight thinking he got ambushed in any way.”

Cat shocked face

Yeah, that could have gone way better.

Rose Ceremony

  1. Lauren
  2. Caila
  3. JoJo

Amanda goes home. She asks Ben why he put her through a rose ceremony if he was having doubts. He claims he didn’t know how he was feeling but let’s get real. It wouldn’t have been much of a show if he’d let Amanda go before the rose ceremony. I think Ben’s hands were tied on that one. It’d be nice if every woman could get the axe as soon as the lead didn’t see things working out but there’s a format to the show. You can stray from it once in a while but not every time.

Ben breaks down in tears thinking about how Amanda let him meet her kids and is unable to continue his post breakup interview. I think he was more upset than Amanda was.

After the show, we see a cut scene of Lauren’s younger brothers asking Ben about the fantasy suites.

He has to take a couple of sips of wine before muttering, “I’m not going to put your sister in a degrading position.”

So… missionary then?

See you next week!

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16 thoughts on “Bachelor 2016: Episode 8 Recap

  1. Very funny blog Emily! I especially loved the cat pictures getting increasingly larger during the discussion of the brothers!

  2. Grr.. I hate spoilers! Found your link at Sharleen’s Flare recap… some funny stuff there. Nice of you to post links to other recaps too.

    As a guy, I can definitely understand Ben’s attraction to Caila. She’s too smart (and rich) for him though, it’ll never work. But she’s going to blow her audition for Bachelorette if she ends up in final two — there won’t be time enough to film the season if she makes it that far.

    • Hi, Max.

      I hate spoilers too! It takes all the fun out of the show.

      I post links to other blogs because I know a lot of people will read more than one blog so having the links in a central location makes it convenient for my readers and it also helps my search engine rankings.

      I can see why a guy might like Caila. She’s very cute and bubbly. But I’m at a loss as to why you think Caila is too smart and too rich for Ben. I don’t view her as being particularly bright (though, admittedly, my standards are very high. Sharleen Joynt = bright in my book). Her family seems to be well off based on the fact that her dad owns a toy factory but she works in software sales, same as Ben.

      As a guy, you might pick up on things that I don’t though.

      I really do not want to see her as the next Bachelorette and I really haven’t seen her doing much auditioning for the role. So far, from the edit, JoJo seems to be doing all the auditioning. That Chad stunt wasn’t for nothing 😉

      We’ll see what happens though.

      Thanks for the comment and the feedback! 🙂

  3. Emily – I’m SO glad I found your blog (I read reality steve and saw your link in the comments a while back.) I really only read him, Sharleen and now you.
    Thanks for the laughs this morning!

    • Hey, Kim!

      I’m honored that I’m lumped in with Steve and Sharleen. I enjoy them both.

      You’re welcome for the laughs! Thank you for reading my blog! 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness, I laughed my a** off, you have some wit gurl. Unfortunately I find myself wondering how much of this entire episode is a put-up job. I say half. The look on Joelle’s face mid ex-letter is classic, but not as much as her Mom going bottom’s up, no pun intended. Yeah the creepy, weird, angry brothers were a hoot, but hey….they love them some Ben too. Oh this is gonna be good……………

    • Hi, Chad Just Kiddin’.

      I’m glad I made you laugh. I aim to entertain 😀

      I’m with you. At least half the episode was completely staged.

      I must have looked down at my computer when the mom took a swig of wine. Everyone is talking about it and it didn’t register with me. Maybe ’cause the brothers’ antics had me captivated.

      Thank you for the comment! It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

  5. Hilarious episode and recap!

    Amanda: that shirt? What the hell? We’ve all seen half-sleeves but none that start at the elbow. And the back was completely open. From the start of the season I expected the producers would want squeaky-voiced Amanda to make it to hometowns for the drama of meeting little kids, though I think he genuinely liked her. However, I did not think at any point he was ready to become an insta-dad. As for why he didn’t let her go before the rose ceremony – um, because he isn’t allowed to?

    Lauren: he really does look at her a different way than the others. They’d make a great couple. Thought his tears with hot sister were genuine. Was she drinking wine at the whiskey library or whiskey in a wine glass?

    Caila: at first I thought she had a normal shirt on until I saw it was 6″ shorter in the front. Their date was cute – it gave them something to do other than force conversation and make out. This girl has some gorgeous hair! And her mom was so cute! If she is next B’ette maybe her Filipino family/community can be part of her journey.

    Jojo: My hubby watched from this point on (rare for him) but must have a sense of humor similar to yours because he noted all Chads were douches. And come on that she didn’t recognize Chad’s handwriting (she’s prob never seen Ben’s but still…) Imagine if she took him back and sent Ben away? We thought for sure she’d be going home this week. Her mom chugging straight from the bottle was gold! Hubby noticed that and her plastic surgery, noting “Jojo had a boob job – plastic surgery runs in their family.” And the younger of the 2 older brothers looked so familiar to me! I still can’t stop thinking about where I have seen him before. How funny one your commenters listed his name was “Chad (just kiddin’)”.

    The bit at the end was hilariously awkward. Ben should have just laughed Lauren’s little brothers off. When he said he wouldn’t degrade her my hubby immediately said “so, not doggie-style”. See, you have the same minds 🙂

    Lauren FTW and Caila and Jojo for B’ette. Have them both for the entire season: the sweet, giggly too-young-to-get-married girl and the slutty-dressing, probably still not over Chad lady.

    I’ve used my real name on this site but I also write recaps under the name Little Lisa at Someone else does the Bachelor, but I’m on my third show (The Amazing Race) and enjoy writing them. I see no harm with recappers sharing their sites – I found you through Pretty Pandas and found IHGB and the Austin guy through you.

    Can’t wait for the finale – I am spoiler free and loving it!

    • Hey, Jennifer.

      I wondered if you were a writer based on some of your previous comments. You should start your own blog about The Bachelor since you obviously have a lot to say about it. It’s real easy to set one up through WordPress or Tumblr but I recommend Tumblr since you’ll be able to monetize if you get popular enough. You can monetize a WordPress blog too but it’s a little more complicated. is the easiest to use but you can’t monetize it. I have a site which means I have my own host and have installed WordPress myself. I have a background in web programming and know a lot about the internet though so it was pretty easy for me to set this site up.

      LMK if you start a Bachelor/ette blog and I’ll do a link exchange with you. (You link to me and I link back to you – it helps us both.) I can also give you guidance on how to set it up if you need it.

      Yeah, Amanda’s shirt was ridiculous. I did not understand the construction at all.

      I assumed Lauren was drinking whiskey at the whiskey bar but it could have been water or apple juice if they were just staging the scene. Drinking the amount of whiskey required to make it through the number of takes they probably took would likely have rendered her unconscious by the time they got to her parents’ house.

      I didn’t notice Caila’s shirt. I usually don’t notice what anyone is wearing because I’m not very fashion-conscious but Amanda’s shirt just looked so uncomfortable and weird that it was one of the rare times I did notice.

      Caila has Disney princess hair. She always looks ready to star in a Pantene commercial. I wish I had hair like that.

      Well, if Caila does become B’ette I pray there are a bunch of nosy people getting up in her business because I find Caila utterly un-fascinating. The show’s going to have to make up for it by being a train wreck in order for me to not be bored out of my mind!

      I have kind of a guy’s sense of humor sometimes ’cause I was raised by my dad so I can be very Beavis-and-Butthead. That could be why your hubby and I had similar reactions to those moments in the show. But also, great minds, right? 😛

      You recognized the brother because he was on a show called “Ready for Love”.

      I’m not sure I could handle another 2 B’ette season. The only person who doesn’t completely annoy me is JoJo so my vote is for her. I think the Chad thing was part of her audition tape. She showed healthy behavior in the midst of a f*cked up situation which all B’ettes need to display. Think about it: why did they set all that up if it wasn’t to cast JoJo in a certain light? And her super over-protective yet thoroughly entertaining family? Think Andi and Des.

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with recappers sharing their sites either as long as they’re linking to related content. It’s actually beneficial for the search engine rankings of the blogs you post your links on. You write for The Amazing Race so it would benefit you to post your links on other blogs that cover it and to link back to them. It’s a search engine thing.

      I’m glad you found me! I always appreciate your comments. Also glad I was able to point you to IHGB and SGIA.

      What I saw was a glimpse of a spoiler and I have reason to believe now that I might have misinterpreted what I saw so I now feel in the dark again which is where I like to be when it comes to this show.

      Thanks for your great comment! 🙂

    • Hey, Cynthia.

      It might have been Amanda’s ex that was abusive. I get JoJo and Amanda mixed up because they look very similar to me. All I know is one of them had a one-on-one one week and said their ex was a cheater and the next week, the other said their ex was a cheater AND an abuser. I can’t remember if the abuse was physical or verbal. Being a survivor of domestic violence, I consider both to be forms of abuse.

      I’m glad you like my blog so much you want me to write more. Usually I do write more but now that the weirdos are gone, there’s not enough material to work with to make the blog my standard length.

      Hopefully, the fantasy suites will provide more blog fodder.

      Thank you for your comment! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  6. Great recap of this week. I also do not find Caila attractive, something about her rubs me as she is fake. reminds me of the last season girl Brit. puke so glad Brit did not become the b-ette and I hope I never see Calia again after this season, dont even want to see her in paradise. fake fake fake.
    Jo Jo seems the most mature of the bunch and the best of the remainders. I didnt some research and found out Lauren is a party animal and loves to drink booze and live it up… If he picks her I dont see it lasting she still has to go through about 10 more men before she is ready to settle down… Like a M. Money… will likely find a bum at age 36 and call it the day

    • Hey, Cy.

      Yeah, Caila seems too peppy to be real. I’m not a fan of people who are always peppy. It makes me think they have no sense of reality. Life is good and bad, not just good all the time. I don’t see Caila going to Paradise but you never know.

      I agree with you about JoJo.

      That’s funny about Lauren. She doesn’t seem like the type at all. I didn’t get a bad vibe from her but I also am not sure she or Ben is ready for marriage. They’re both really young.

      Hey, now! You can find a decent guy after 36. You just have to be a decent gal. Life doesn’t end in your 30s. I hadn’t heard Michelle Money got together with someone. Last I heard, she was dating Cody. They’re not still a thing are they?

      Thanks for your comment! Always appreciated! 🙂

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