The 2020 Bachelorette Recap
By: Sara Dastgerdi
Tuesday, October 13th was the premiere of season 16 of The Bachelorette. Clare Crawley is the leading lady, but she definitely isn't a new face in the bachelor franchise. She debuted in Juan Pablo Galavis’ season and made it to the top 2. She was also featured on Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor in Paradise Again, as well as Bachelor Winter Games with no luck. Fun fact, she is also the oldest bachelorette in bachelor history at 39, but is back with full confidence that she’ll find her husband this time around.
The season premiere was actually supposed to air months ago, but was postponed to now because of the Covid pandemic. All contestants flew to California where they were tested and quarantined to ensure a safe season. They are all living in a La Quinta resort corona free with no access to outside contacts so they can freely communicate and experience all the season has to offer.
The creative intros are always my favorite part of the show, especially since everyone had been quarantined for months on end prior to this. They finally had the ability to have human interaction as well as physical contact upon meeting Clare, which many of them were just excited to finally hug another person. Some of the more notable entrances were: Ed arriving in a bubble with a play on quarantine, Jay in a straitjacket because he was crazy in love, and Demar in a parachute. However, viewers could tell Dale had a special place in Clare’s heart from the get go. He ultimately ended up receiving the first impression rose.
On to the legendary cocktail party. Clare mixed and mingled with a few guys before, of course, drama emerged. Tyler C. claimed fellow contestant Yosef was messaging other women from Tyler’s town and was not there for the right reasons. Clare had to step in and Yosef ended up denying the claim. Clare was not going to let this bump in the road affect her happiness this season, so she brushed it off and continued to mingle.
Blake was another contestant that stood out in Clare's mind. Apparently, he messaged her during quarantine, which is against the rules to have prior contact. She applauded him for his boldness and they shared the first kiss of the season.
The rose ceremony was hard for Clare because she was unable to meet every contestant. Despite that, she sent Tyler C., Jordan M., Robby, Page, Mike, AJ, Chris, and Jeremy home, with 23 men still remaining.
The second episode had just as much drama. It started out with the first group date, which featured Riley, Ivan, Bennett, Jordan, Yosef, Ben, Zach J, Zach C, and of course, her personal favorite... Dale.
She decided on doing a date centered around the love languages. Up first was words of affirmations and with this one she lived out every girls fantasy. Clare stood in a princess tower while attractive men went one by one as they graced her with their words of affirmation. The second part to this was that the men had to go to their rooms and gift Clare with something of value to them and explain their choice. Next was physical touch, where she was blindfolded, while hugging and touching each contestant. Finally, it really started heating up during the quality time portion of the event, which was a cocktail party. There was an awkward silence where no man tried to take Clare away right at the start, but Bennett took initiative. Clare was visibly upset by this and couldn’t even focus on her one on one time with Bennett, which ultimately made Clare march right back up to the group of men and lecture them.
"I really couldn't concentrate and focus on talking with [Bennett] because I'm a little bit taken aback. I'm sitting here, I made a toast, and then there was the longest awkward silence and I just sat here and was embarrassed. Does anybody want to spend time with me?"
There was a trail of sorries matched with more awkwardness and talk of wanting bro time. Sorry, but the bachelorette is neither the time or place for brotherhood. Aren't they supposed to be competing against each other? Anyway, Riley ended up receiving the group rose.
Clare selected former pro football player Jason for the one on one date. It was honestly a real nice concept for a date. She had him write a letter to his past self and she did the same. They opened up, were vulnerable, and even let it all out by screaming into the night. I think they learned a lot about each other and it even resulted in Jason receiving a rose, as well as a kiss.
Now this is where the conflict starts. The second group date involved a game of dodgeball with a twist Clare added. Everytime a team lost they had to strip an article of clothing and the winning team was awarded an after party with Clare. The teams were divided by the colors red and blue. They ended up playing four games until ultimately blue took the loss. The blue team took their walk of shame like pros, but there was one sore loser. Blake actually interrupted the red after party to take Clare away, which caused a huge altercation between the red team who won the time with Clare fair and square. Clare still ended up awarding him with a rose for being bold yet again, which I thought was kind of weird. Chasen got the group rose.
Another thing that happened in this episode was Brandon being sent home, for a pretty hysterical reason too. She finally had one on one time with him and he told her he was so excited to be a part of this season when he found out she was going to be the bachelorette. She was flattered, asking what he liked so much about her and he literally couldn't answer. Like he could have said anything.
On to week three……
Remember Yosef? Well he calls Clare out this episode. He explained that the strip dodgeball game from the prior episode was immature and a “classless display”. He even went as far as to say he was “ashamed to be associated with [Clare].” This of course got a reaction out of her and just like that another contestant was gone.
Clare gets a special visit from former bachelorette DeAnna Stagliano. She was so excited to talk to someone that understands this experience and process, but she ends up on the topic of Dale the whole time. I mean who's really surprised?
Speaking of Dale, he was definitely the most hated contestant this episode.To kick off the group date, he explained that he was only going to steal Clare for five minutes, which to the other guys dismay turned into an hour. This resulted in the other guys not having adequate time with the bachelorette and to make matters worse, he had the audacity to steal her again from poor Jay. Can you give the other guys a chance please?
Chasen swooped in and interrupted the love birds. When Dale returned to the other men, they ripped him a new one before Dale got the group rose. Zach J got the one-on-one this week, but honestly I just feel bad for anyone that's not Dale at this point. Clare and Zach hit the spa, where Zach got his first ever pedicure. Multiple times she mentioned how much she wanted Dale to be there during her interviews. I also had the worst second hand embarrassment. They both hung out at the pool and as Clare was leaving to get ready for their dinner date, she went in for a kiss, but somehow noticed that Zach was pulling away, which he claimed he wasn't. He tried to pull her back in but this rattled her. She didn't show up for dinner and he was sent home.
In my opinion, the best part of the entire season so far was this second group date, which was a comedy roast where they were encouraged to roast someone in the house. Of course, everyone came for Dale. It was absolutely hilarious, but someone that didn't appreciate the comedy gold was the women of the hour. She ends up not giving out a rose because they flamed her man.
The preview of the next episode was shocking. The guys were shown packing up their things, Chris Harrison was explaining that this has never happened before, Clare is crying, and Tayshia Adams emerges from the water. New bachelorette?
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