Brooks and Jackie
When Brooks arrived first, they made it seem like there was mutual interest on his part towards Sarah. But either he was scared off by Robert’s threat, or, he really wasn’t that interested in her since he never asked her out. I’m sure that would’ve sent her head spinning if he did. He ended up asking Jackie out and these almost committed a huge fashion faux paux by wearing white after Labor Day. Granted, this was shot back in June, but yesterday was Labor Day and they were wearing white so screw them. They sure were testing the fashion gods I tell ya’. They ended up at dinner where Brooks seemed fixated on the fact that he was sitting across the table from someone who was attractive. Either Brooks doesn’t date much, or, he doesn’t date women. One of the two. Jackie is very attractive, but the way Brooks went on and on and on about being at dinner with someone so attractive makes you kinda scratch your head a bit. You know, like, he doesn’t usually do this often.
After dinner, they decided to play a game of foosball. Brooks has a brilliant idea of how he can get a woman to kiss him. “If I beat you, I get a kiss. If you beat me, you kiss me.” Is there a reason so many guys on this show need to either ask for kisses, or give warnings to women before they kiss? Isn’t that a major turn off? Chris Harrison seemed to throw Marquel under the bus in his interview posted on page 1 about it. And somehow they also rounded up some of the locals to bet on this foosball match between Brooks and Jackie. Wouldn’t you know it, a girl beat Brooks and he kissed her…on the cheek. In the most friend zone way you could possibly imagine. Because of course as we remember, Jackie doesn’t kiss on the first date. Unless it’s with Marquel. Or Zack later on. I love how the people on this show say things then do the complete opposite of what they preach. Really makes all the sense in the world.
Zack and Jackie
The next day, Brooks and Jackie are playing horse on the makeshift basketball hoop that’s been created. What is this, Gilligan’s Island? Who made that thing? Couldn’t you just get a real hoop out there? How low budget has this show become? I’m surprised they were even able to give them a ball to play with rather than coconuts. All while Brooks and Jackie are playing a game of “H-O-R-S-E,” (another game in which Jackie won, albeit because after missing every shot, Brooks just says next shot wins and Jackie made hers. I think), Zack is a little bothered by the time these two are spending together. And if we haven’t learned anything in six episodes of BIP, it’s when somebody is unhappy, or somebody is jealous of someone else’s relationship, within minutes, that person will be getting a date card. Whaddya’ know? Zack gets a date card and gets to ask Jackie out. How convenient. This was the point where AshLee started crying because Graham didn’t get the date card. Not sure she should’ve cried over it, but really, it didn’t make a lot of sense as to why Graham never was given a date card. Obviously all these date cards are arranged by producers. They are strategically done since they know who will be going on dates with who. It’s not like every episode people were randomly picking date cards out of a fish bowl and Graham ended up on the short end of the stick every episode. So what’s the point of not ever giving Graham a date card the whole season? Everyone else got one. Whatever. It’s over and done with, but just something interesting to note.
Guess what Zack and Jackie did on their date? You guessed it. They went into a cave. If I don’t see another “swimming in a cave date” on this show…it still won’t be soon enough. When basically every date is the same, and no one does anything out of the ordinary, what exactly is so “paradise” about “Paradise?” Another head scratcher. Zack: “I haven’t felt this comfortable on a first date in forever.” Or since his date with Clare a few days ago. One of the two. I’m sure Clare was sitting at home venting to her raccoon stuffed animal listening to that. I don’t know who said it who, but one of them said that the other was a “breath of fresh air to me.” If Zack said it, more reason for Clare to start ripping her pillows apart, and if Jackie said it, well, see ya Brooks. I think Jackie might’ve been put off a tad by Brooks’ effeminate-ness. Yes, I just made up that word. Go with it. Makes all the sense in the world. Especially when we see him at the cocktail party later on painting Jackie’s nails. That certainly didn’t do anything to dispel what people thought about him during Des’ season. Whoa. Nail painting? Really? And oh yeah, Jackie made out with Zack in the water even though she doesn’t kiss on the first date. Of course she did.