-Cocktail party time, and our first guy drama of the season. Eric gets the first 1-on-1 time that we’re shown, and it’s for a reason. Yeah sure, he told he wanted to thank her for their first date, but the whole point of this was to have his date interrupted by a bouquet of flowers and a card that Nick sent through. The transparency of this scene is so ridiculous, it’s mind blowing. In 28 seasons of the show, NO ONE has ever interrupted 1-on-1 time with a gift. Sure, they interrupt all the time because they’re told to walk in and interrupt, but to see this gift brought in was just laughable. Oh, so Nick got on the phone, called the florist, and told them he wanted it delivered at the exact time Andi was sitting down with someone else? Sure he didn’t. So dumb. So contrived. And so utterly pointless. I said in the spoilers that a guy this season writes Andi anonymous letters. That person eventually will be revealed to be Chris. I think she gets her first letter from him on tonight’s episode. This wasn’t anonymous because they made it known it was from Nick. Chris is the letter writer this season who does it anonymously. Not sure when he eventually tells her or if she figures it out, but it’s definitely him who does it.
-It took all of a whopping couple days, but now skeptical Nick is all in. They kiss outside the mansion and Nick is sold. “I have 100% genuine, real feelings for Andi.” As opposed to what? 50%, maybe half hearted, phony feelings for her? I’m a little confused Nick. Is one hiking date and kissing on top of the clock tower all he needed to be sold. Or was it the prodding from producers behind-the-scenes convincing you after a week of filming how much you were into her and things were looking great between you two? Now we can kinda see why Nick said the things he did on the plane. I get the sense that Nick was pretty oblivious to this show, how it worked, and past seasons. My guess is Nick had never watched this show before, got caught up in all the dates, faux romance, and what not, then when he gets dumped in favor of Josh, what he said on the plane was his true feelings. He had no idea it was coming, totally thought she was gonna pick him, and was pretty surprised when she didn’t. And that shock and awe came from the fact he was probably easily manipulated behind the scenes into thinking that Andi was going to pick him. Nick is no different than the previous 27 second place finishers. Don’t worry pal. It’s not like Andi or Josh didn’t hear you call them out or anything. Oh wait….
-The drama begins when JJ pulls Josh outside and talks about the story behind Andrew getting a waitresses number when they went out the other night. He’s talking about the night of the stripping group date, since JJ, Andrew, Nick, Chris and Eric were the only ones not on that date. I guess producers took them to dinner, Andrew was flirting, got a waitress’ number then flaunted it in the car. JJ and Josh decide to confront him on this at the cocktail party. Not sure why they wouldn’t have confronted him the night it happened, or bothered to tell Andi, but I guess that’s not important right now. They go up to Andrew, tell him they don’t think it’s right what he did, and Andrew calmly gives a, “I’m not gonna engage in this” comment before walking away, up the stairs, and into his room closing the door. I think Nicholas did the same thing this weekend when his mom told him he was in trouble for not cleaning his room, so this really went over well. JJ and Josh follow him and call him out for walking away from the situation. Andrew doesn’t seem to care as he sits in the room sucking his thumb so they can go to commercial break. I’m assuming.
-Marcus with another stealth appearance at the cocktail party and he says that he “believes in love at first sight…you’re a sweet, most unique girl I ever met…can’t stop kissing you.” Sorry Charlie. Josh already beat you to that one. He can’t stop kissing her either and told her, so you lose. Maybe those lines will work on some of the girls down in Mexico, and since I’m guessing they didn’t get to watch last night’s episode, you’re totally in the clear. Use those again and see which poor sap falls for them. It’ll be comical if they do. Marcus really does come across as a loner this season, and Andi has already pointed out that twice that he’s in the background. By all accounts, this is all accurate. Marcus did keep to himself in the house, never really got that close to anyone, and only liked talking with certain producers.
-Andrew finally comes out of the room after changing his pants that he pissed down his leg in, and says he’ll speak to the guys. He claims he was handed a waitress’ number the 2nd or 3rd night he was there and doesn’t remember talking about it with the guys or flaunting it in the car ride home. Obviously JJ and Josh’s story (further collaborated by Nick) is completely different. Someone is lying. Did they completely make up an “Andrew got a girls number” story for the sake of some cocktail party drama, or did it really happen? I wasn’t there so I can’t know for sure, but I was told that’s what happened, hence the reason I pointed it out last week. I guess we’ll get more of a resolution to this at the “Men Tell All,” so it’s just picking sides at this point. And I’m guessing more people like JJ, Josh, and Nick than they do Andrew who comes across as a complete weasel on the show. So he’s probably got very little support in his corner. Really? Women just come up to him and start handing him their number? Wow. Congratulations.
-Andrew then starts laying into some of the guy’s for accusing him of this and in an ITM calls them “low life’s.” Josh angry. Josh want to punch wall. Nick say Josh has temper and Josh show he get angry when someone disrespect Andi. AAAAARRRRHHHHHHH. Maybe Josh hasn’t watched much of this show in the past as well because he decided to steal a phrase from who could be the douchiest character we’ve seen on this show in the last 5 years. Josh tells Andrew he’s a “grown ass man.” Oh boy. Don’t ever say that. Seriously. You realize that Chris Bukowski coined that phrase while trying to bow up to guys during Emily’s season, and look where that got him? Telling someone you’re a grown ass man is never a good thing. Your actions should show it. I guess at least Josh can get away with it since he ends up getting the girl in the end, but still. Awful phrase that needs to be retired and any guy who says it in the future needs to be immediately booted from this show after being given a blanket party by the rest of the guys. Code Red, fellas. No excuses. New rule I’m implementing.
-Rose ceremony time. Nick, Josh, and JJ already with roses. Andi: “These nights are bittersweet…cannot say how grateful I am and thankful I am…and how lucky I feel tonight…by the way, this waitress Andrew hit on isn’t as hot as me, is she?”
Marcus: Every time I hear him speak I feel like I’m in the most boring science class with some teacher rambling on and on about microbiology.
Brian: Ooooohhhhh boy…tonight’s his big night. Brian gets to live out his fantasy of showing off playing basketball in front of Andi.
Marquel: I’m guessing the members of Boyz II Men were most disappointed in his performance cuz, you know, c’mon. He should know better.
Tasos: A musician, had a halfway decent voice, and he couldn’t remember the chorus of the song?
Cody: I think in the past week, I’ve gotten three emails comparing Cody to a different character. Those will be in Thursday’s column.
Patrick: Really has done nothing in three episodes other than make love to Andrew.
Chris: Took a backseat this week with no date other than being the shoulder for Dylan to cry on. Budding bromance.
Eric: Get ready.
Dylan: I’m guessing his story next week on his 1-on-1 will start tugging on the heart strings.
“Andi, gentleman. It’s the final rose tonight. When you’re ready. I wonder which former female contestants I can woo with my rendition of ‘I’ll Make Love to You’ being a single dad now. I’m sure it’ll work on one of them.”
Andrew: If the guys were that upset at what he did (which they should be if he got a chicks number), why wouldn’t they immediately tell Andi? I wouldn’t look at that as tattling. On something like that, she has a right to know since the whole concept of the show is to fall for Andi, and if he got another girl’s number and shared it with the guys, then well, it’s kinda obvious he’s not there for her, right?
I’ll be back with another column tomorrow which I’m sure a lot of you will have thoughts on since, judging from the previews, looks like they are going to show Eric’s exit in full. I mean, they’re showing Andi’s reaction to after she let Eric go and they even show Eric leaving in a cab, so it looks like they’re gonna show the whole thing. Here’s what I can tell you how he left. During the cocktail party, Eric and Andi got into an argument outside. He confronted her about being fake and being an actress who wasn’t reallyt here to find love. This obviously set her off, she got upset, she starts crying, she let him go and ends up canceling the cocktail party. Looks like we will see more of that conversation tonight but that’s the gist of it. Eric thought she was being a bit phony and called her out on it. Does it make Eric a bad person? Of course not. That’s his opinion and he’s entitled to it. If that’s what he witnessed, then that’s what he felt like he needed to express to her.
Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding what happened to Eric after the fact magnify this situation. If Eric were alive today, this thing would have been promoted from the very get go, because unfortunately, Eric’s drama is what brought the mood down in Connecticut. If he was eliminated at a rose ceremony, it would’ve been easy not to show. But this was a separate argument she has outside with him, it got a little heated, and it made Andi upset enough to start crying and cancel the cocktail party. In a sense, Eric is right. Of course she’s acting. Every lead has to act or else there wouldn’t be a show. They act like they like some people more than they do, and they have to act like they don’t like someone as much even though they really do. It’s part of the job. Eric had every right to call her out on it if that’s how he felt, especially if they just had a 1-on-1 date less than two weeks previous and he’s noticing a change in her behavior. He called her out, she got upset and sent him home. So yeah, it didn’t end well for him and it certainly wasn’t positive, but the show wants you to see everything that happened, so it looks like they’re gonna show it. I don’t know how they don’t considering they’ve already showed her reaction to it.
Seeing a guy who got the first 1-on-1 of the season already gone by episode 4, you knew this was bothering him enough to speak up. And unfortunately the guy ended up passing before this topic could’ve been examined more in depth at the “Men Tell All.” Guys were not happy with Eric and this drama he brought to the table, right or wrong. It’s just how they felt at the time. Obviously in the grand scheme of things, it’s small potatoes. Eric spoke his mind before he left, and unfortunately, this will be the lasting image of him on the show. But lets not pigeonhole the guy into whatever they show tonight because he’s obviously much more than that. Because he didn’t like a girl on a reality TV show and called her out for not being real and being an actress doesn’t minimize anything he’s previously done in his life. Talking about it the day he died wasn’t necessary. Too soon. But you’ve all been asking since he died what the circumstances were surrounding his exit, and the show certainly looks like they’re not shying away from it, so that’s what happened. I’m sure what airs tonight will be a lightning rod topic for the next week or so.
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