Bachelor in Paradise 2016 finale: Final Thoughts
Sorry I’ve been AWOL. School is taking up most of my time but I wanted to put something up quickly to close out the BIP season.
First, thank you to everyone who commented throughout The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. It really means the world to me. Your feedback keeps me going. I finally responded to all of the comments last Wednesday (?) that I was behind on. I hope I didn’t spam those of you who subscribe to the comments section.
I’m not going to do a regular recap. I’m just going to cover the Bermuda Love Triangle and the final couples.
The Bermuda Love Triangle
I’m referring, of course, to the Jared/Ashley/Caila debacle.
Thanks to one of my readers and some information I got from Reality Steve, it seems that:
1) The real reason Caila left was NOT because of Ashley. She told Amanda that she would get engaged to Jared even though she wasn’t that interested in him to get the exposure and the money they would get as an engaged Bachelor couple for making appearances, etc. SO word spread around the campfire and everyone wanted Caila gone. Remember when Caila walked by Lace and Lace said, “I can’t stand that girl”? Yeah, that’s why.
Caila left because she was persona non grata in Paradise but the story was edited to look like it was because Ashley is a crazy person (which she is but maybe not as crazy as she appears to be).
2) Jared is PRIMARILY responsible for Ashley continuing to have romantic feelings for him. According to an interview Ashley did before BIP with Patti Stanger (Millionaire Matchmaker), every time Ashley told Jared she needed space to heal, he would “blow up her phone” with texts and calls. It’s a case of he said/she said but I believe that Jared liked the attention that Ashley gave him and felt insecure when she disappeared.
I’m just glad Ashley is over Jared and I never have to see Caila’s face again (hopefully). I never liked her but if she really said what Amanda claims she said, I like her even less.
Let’s start with the fight between Nick and Josh on the beach.
First, the thing with the twins deciding not to hand out their roses and then dropping the “Josh isn’t here for the right reasons” bomb on Amanda right before they ran for the getaway van to avoid the fallout was an OBVIOUS setup. The fact that they went to Nick in the first place with the “rumor” that Josh was only in Paradise to fix his image was a setup too. I wonder who gave them that idea. Maybe the producer who suggested to Josh in the first place that going on BIP would be a good way to repair his image? Hmmm…
And then Nick continued his comeback tour by offering the twins his articulate and rational opinion of Josh based on Andi’s book and his personal experience with him. Another obvious setup.
Josh does put on a front and he is a narcissist but I genuinely believe he loves Amanda. The most authentic I ever saw him was when he was screaming at the rest of the cast on the beach. And he had every reason to be angry. Wouldn’t anyone be pissed if they were building a relationship with someone and other people were trying to sabotage it?
Josh and Andi didn’t work out because Josh is a domineering control freak and Andi is a stubborn, independent woman. They couldn’t both wear the pants in the relationship. So they broke up.
Amanda, on the other hand, is a gentle, docile woman. I’m not saying she’s weak but she and Josh complement each other much better than Andi and Josh did.
However, Josh is still a domineering jerk and if he wants it to LAST with Amanda, he’s going to have to tone it down or she’ll walk. She’s already been in one abusive relationship. I don’t think she’ll put up with another one.
I’m glad I got to see Josh’s true colors. Now I know what he’s hiding behind his “polish” and it’s not as bad as I thought it was.
I think Carly and Evan are a cute couple and are the most likely of the three who got engaged to last. Yes, Evan is a little weird and creepy at times but he’s attractive and he means well. Carly is an intelligent woman with a good sense of humor and is plenty weird herself so I don’t think it’s that strange of a match.
I also stated earlier in the season that I thought they lined up in terms of masculine and feminine energy. Carly (whose name literally means “man”) has a lot of masculine energy and Evan has a lot of feminine energy. They work. I wish them happiness.
Huzzah! A black man has finally made it to the final rose ceremony of a Bachelor show. Racism is officially over!
Okay, not really. But I’m glad to see this show is capable of progress.
I’m not sure how I feel about Lace and Grant. Lace is batsh*t and Grant seems to dig crazy. It could work. Or it could turn in to a four-alarm dumpster fire. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Nick and Jen
I really thought Nick was going to propose. Obviously, the meeting with Neil Lane was just to psych us out.
Did anyone else notice that while Nick was “sobbing” during his proposal to Jen, no tears were actually coming out of his eyes? Nick, Nick, Nick. Next time your going to fake cry, try hiding a bottle of Visine in your breast pocket (you know, where you would have been hiding the engagement ring if you’d really intended to propose which we all know you didn’t).
I feel bad for Jen because I honestly think she never had a chance. I think Nick had his eye on the prize of having his own season and that’s why he couldn’t/wouldn’t let her in. But Jen is a great girl and she probably deserves better than Nick. An astrologer called in during After Paradise and told Jen she needed to remember that she was the prize. I completely agree.
I’m not saying that Nick should have definitely given Jen a chance. It’s possible that there just wasn’t anything there between them and Nick really does need a big personality to bring his color out.
I do think that Jen is one of the classiest and most decent contestants to ever appear on the franchise. I hope she finds someone worthy of her in the real world.
But, alas, Jen’s (and arguably Nick’s) loss is Bachelor Nation’s gain.
I’m stocking up on popcorn now. January can’t come soon enough. Bring it on, Mr. Viall.
And now I bid you adieu
It’s time once again to take off our bitch caps and go into hibernation while we await the next installment of the Bachelor franchise. I don’t know about you guys but I need a shower.
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4 thoughts on “Bachelor in Paradise 2016 finale: Final Thoughts”
I am going to miss you until January, oh funny one! I look forward to laughing my butt off come Nick’s season. And GO CEVAN!
Thank you, Jaime! And thank you for all your support and feedback this season.
I’m looking forward to rolling my eyes at the women Nick is supposed to consider as wife material. Most of them were cast before the announcement so I expect the standard fare of crazies and morons. I am crossing my fingers that there will be a gem in the group that I’ll be able to say, “Yep, she’s a keeper.”
I also hope Nick is for real and deserves her.
See you in 2017! :O
Great recap and cap off to the season/summer. My thoughts:
– I don’t want “ladies” who were cast pre-announcement. I have always been Team Nick and one of the reasons is that he is a bit older. No offense to youngins (get off my lawn) but the twins thinking vegetables were ugly made me realize this “process” won’t work unless the person was at least somewhat ready for commitment and that doesn’t happen until around the mid-late 20’s. Amiright?
– Count me in as someone who adored Michelle Collins on After Paradise. I thought she had a great rapport with the guests and was funny as hell. Sean was meh but loved him waving wifey Catherine and their baby out at the end of the 1st After Paradise episode. What a cute family.
As for Grace – blegh. They’re lucky the tattoo can be spun into a different story (it’s not like it said “to love & protect your heart” a’la Vienna). I was pleasantly surprised about Cevan/Evanly – good for them. As for Jamanda: I’ll never look at (crappy) pizza the same again!
Thanks again for a great season. I may not have been commenting but I was reading and think you are doing a great job!
Until the next rose ceremony…
Thanks, Jennifer for your kind words.
I agree with everything you said. Unfortunately, the women have been cast per Reality Steve. He said there might be a few additions after the announcement but there are going to be a lot of the same characters there were on previous seasons only with different faces.
I think it’s going to be kind of funny watching the women who aren’t that smart vie to break down Nick’s walls.
I do think they need an older cast. The good thing is that they were probably casting for Luke and he’s close to Nick’s age so we’ll probably see some ladies in their late 20s. 30 seems to be the cutoff for women on The Bachelor. I’m not sure why. There are beautiful women in there 30s. The women on this show seem to age badly for some reason but they could cast up to 33 for Nick. Plenty of women still hot in their 30s. And they might find more attractive women if they went up in age because they’re starting to feel the pressure to get married. That’s when I got married… and then promptly got divorced! 😛
The last bunch was a nightmare because they needed young women for Ben who was only 26(?). The twins were THE WORST.
My boyfriend and I said the same thing about Michelle Collins and Sean. I thought it was also weird that Sean looked so small next to her. She could do the show by herself.
Reality Steve said something about maybe they were considering someone taking over for Chris Harrison and they were testing Sean out. There’s no way he could take over for CH though. If they want to find someone else, they’re going to have to find someone who can actually speak. CH is like a game show host. He’s super cheesy but that’s part of this show. I can’t imagine the franchise without him.
Haha! I never knew that about Vienna. That was a painful season to watch. I’m cringing just thinking about it.
Yeah, Grace is an easy tattoo to explain away.
Take care, Jennifer. Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂