Five months after the unique airdate of The Bachelorette season 16 episode 1, we lastly get to start watching Clare Crawley’s—and Tayshia Adams’—journey to seek out love.
Even earlier than the pandemic hit, I used to be skeptical about this season. Clare has been on 20 totally different Bachelor franchise collection, the place we watched her get her coronary heart damaged, rip a brand new one into the most important a**gap in Bachelor historical past and even get engaged to a man who appeared…good. I used to be by no means the biggest Clare fan, however as a hardcore member of Bachelor Nation, that wasn’t going to cease me from tuning in to the primary episode of a Bachelor present in over six months.
And so the journey begins. I’m loving this new intro the place we start with the Bachelorette studying they have been chosen because the lead. I hope this scene is real as a result of it was actually cute.
We transfer onto reminiscence lane the place we watch Clare give it to Juan Pablo and go away Paradise in tears (twice). But are we simply going to completely skip over Winter Games the place she received ENGAGED to Benoit?! Interesting selection producers. Most folks could have forgotten however I definitely didn’t.
Clare is all excited and raring to go when, OH NO! Flashing ambulance lights seem on display screen and George Stephanopoulos declares California is on a state-wide lockdown as a result of COVID. Her pensive stare out the window set to dramatic music is sending me. This is The Bachelorette I do know and love.
After reminding viewers 87 instances that Clare is 39 (this can be much more talked about than Colton’s virginity), we get this chef’s kiss of a scene with Chris Harrison arrange at a rose-adorned desk telling Clare by way of video name that The Bachelorette is again on. Is this desk at his home? At the ABC studio? I’ve so many questions, largely as a result of I need an actual duplicate of this masterpiece in my dwelling.
Clare arrives at La Quinta resort the place she awaits the results of her COVID take a look at, and will get the excellent news delivered by Chris Harrison himself. I really feel like they need to have been sporting masks right here to no less than fake she doesn’t already know that she examined unfavourable. Like, I do know this present is contrived however they may no less than strive more durable to idiot us? IDK shifting on.
Next, we move onto the men arriving on the resort and getting examined. Look, I’m all for the dramatics, however with regards to exhibiting thousands and thousands of individuals what a COVID take a look at is like, perhaps we are able to go together with the “it’s super easy and not a big deal!” route as a substitute of “that was miserable.” We’re nonetheless driving out this pandemic, and the extra persons are open to testing the higher. Let’s use this platform for good, Bachelorette producers!
As we head into the primary cocktail celebration, I couldn’t assist however discover the absence of water on the driveway, a characteristic that’s grow to be synonymous with the Bachelor franchise. RIP moist driveway, RIP.
And we’re off! I like seeing what dumb, hilarious and really fairly good entrances these men come up with, however straightjacket man takes the cake. Not solely can he not hug Clare after they first meet, however he leaves the jacket on the complete celebration. Take that factor off and hug your woman!
Kenny’s canine t-shirt was in all probability probably the most well-thought-out schtick and undoubtedly left an impression with Clare. They didn’t get to speak on the cocktail celebration (extra on that later), however he nonetheless received a rose ultimately. Nice transfer, Kenny.
And lastly, we meet Dale, the contestant Clare allegedly shuts down the show for. He’s cute and arrives trying nervous and pretty regular. No schtick together with his entrance, only a honest speech and a stunning smile. But Clare honey, you may’t simply determine somebody is husband materials off a vibe and an vitality.
I’m hoping Clare no less than offers the opposite guys an opportunity for a bit earlier than she sets her mind to Dale. She’s so targeted on him she doesn’t appear to be giving the opposite guys a good probability. Bad transfer, Clare!
I used to be personally charmed by Blake, Ivan and Ben and his Listerine packets. They all appeared fairly down to earth and I used to be pulling for Blake to obtain the primary impression rose. He truthfully deserved it for “breaking the rules” and reaching out to Clare throughout quarantine. He even received a scorching and heavy kiss! But, deep down I knew it was going to Dale.
I’m not even going to get into the pissing contest between Yosef and Tyler C, however I’m fairly certain producers made Clare hold Yosef for *the drama* and if it have been as much as her, they’d each be going dwelling.
Now let’s speak about that preview the place Chris Harrison says, “In the 18 years I’ve been doing this show, we’ve never dealt with anything like this.” We all know that Clare goes to “blow up The Bachelorette” fairly quickly. She’s already dead set on Dale and we don’t get many previews the place it seems to be like there are lower than 10 guys.
I can’t wait to look at this go down. We’re actually wading into unprecedented waters and truthfully, I’m excited to see Tayshia as The Bachelorette as a substitute of Clare. Clare is deserving of affection, however does she need to take up two hours of my actuality TV time each week? Jury’s nonetheless out on that however I’m leaning in the direction of no.
We finish the episode with the rose ceremony and previews for what’s to come back this season. I discover it very suspect that we’re seeing the identical few scenes over and over in previews. Clare is certainly leaving, and she or he’s doing it earlier than we all know. Can’t wait to look at!
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