Hey guys! Sorry I couldn’t live tweet. I was too busy nursing my #BieberFever.
Well, well, Wells…do you need a map? Since you clearly can’t find your way out of the friend-zone.
At the beginning of this episode, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chris Harrison mentioned they’ve hit the halfway point this season. It also hit Wells that he hasn’t even kissed JoJo yet. Poor Wells put so much pressure on himself to make that happen during his one-on-one with JoJo, his first ever date with her! Andddd his last.
At this point in the process, so many relationships are already starting to develop and get serious making it difficult to start something from scratch so late in the game. So, even though Wells finally kissed her, the connection was not enough for JoJo to continue pursuing. Also, for Wells to tell JoJo that today finally felt like his “Day 1”, when she’s already close to “overnight dates level” with some of the other guys (ahem… LUKE…), it’s just too little, too late. Wells shouldn’t be surprised that JoJo let him go.
It sort of reminded me of my time with Chris (cupcake).
Except, in this situation, there were far less tears from Wells… but, not quite as much sweat as me in Bali when I was on The Bachelor. ZING. I just zinged myself. Sometimes, there isn’t time to build romance. Sometimes, you know you care about someone, like I cared about cupcake, but in a different way. Chris is still to this day a great friend of mine.
Onto the group date with Luke, Jordan, Alex, Robby and a very self-conscious James Taylor. James went into the date feeling like he was surrounded by a bunch of sexy front runners, but that he wasn’t one of them. It’s hard being compared to other people. I know from experience. You’re all dating the same person, who would enjoy that?
However, I didn’t agree with how James handled it. At one point, when they were alone, JoJo noticed he was “off”. Instead of just telling her he felt down about himself, he decided to throw Jordan, who he probably sees as his biggest threat, under the bus. James warned JoJo that Jordan can come off as entitled and bossy and insinuated he’s there for fame. Yikes.
You can tell JoJo doesn’t love it when anyone messes with Jordan, so she wanted to hear his side of the story too, and in doing so, had to let Jordan know James was the one who told her. I’m sorry, but not everything you tell The Bachelorette will necessarily be in confidence. In my season, when Joshua told me that all the guys on my season were lying to me, I had to bring it up to the group. The biggest decision of my life was on the line! So I get why JoJo had to tell Jordan what James said about him…
Of course, this led to an awkward moment afterward when Jordan and James were sitting together on the couch. At first, Jordan was silently fuming and James was playing dumb, but Jordan finally let him have it. In the end, both of them left roseless anyway as Luke was the one who got the group date rose because DID YOU SEE THAT MAKE OUT?
With that said, I would have rather seen James open up about himself. I really think he should have just honestly told her he was feeling insecure instead of trying to bring someone else down. Whether he was right about Jordan’s attitude or not.
The final date was another two-on-one and the second one this season. This time, nobody was going to be lurking in the woods afterwards. Yes, the same rules applied – one stays and one goes. At least Derek got a ride home. Oh, Derek…He went into this two-on-one so confident, but JoJo was concerned he was falling behind since their first date (the first of the season).
Meanwhile, she was worried that Chase wasn’t as into her as she was into him. He was shocked that JoJo was even questioning his strong feelings for her, but I totally get it. JoJo is right when she says The Bachelorette needs validation and reassurance, too! I know when we were on the show, I needed that with Shawn. And even after. Just because you’re the “lead” doesn’t mean you aren’t human. It goes both ways.
I have to say though, how perfect was incorporating that performance of ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ while Derek was trying not to cry in the car ride home? Nailed it.
At the rose ceremony, Chase and Luke went in with roses, Robby and Jordan were each given a rose, and then JoJo left the room before “the final rose”. What a great psych out! James Taylor and Alex were both so worried that it meant they were both going home, but she actually returned with an extra rose so they could both get one. Daww!
Sweet James Taylor was the happiest kid in the candy store about it, however, Alex found it insulting. He called it a “pity” rose, adding he wants a one-on-one date to prove himself. Careful what you wish for…I predict a one-on-one date will go about as well for Alex as it did for Wells.
Next week is the episode before hometowns, where JoJo will have to make major cuts in order to decide whose families she wants to meet. Maybe if she’s lucky, they’ll actually be in their hometowns…
Until next week!