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The “Bachelor” Chris Episode 2 Recap Including Next Week’s Dates & Who Returns in a Future Episode

-Speaking of Mackenzie, before Megan’s 1-on-1 the next day, Mackenzie sat all the other girls around in a circle and told them all about her glorious date with Chris the night before. Namely, how much they kissed. Of course, this is usually a big no-no in the house but since Mackenzie is fresh off her senior prom and doesn’t know any better, she shared with the rest of them that they kissed numerous times. Of course, she left out the part about where she told Chris she likes big noses, asked if he believed in aliens, told him she hadn’t been on a date in a year, and pointed out to him that he had his ears pierced. Probably a good idea she left that out since the other girls would’ve probably laughed in her face and realized they were dealing with a child who has a child and has no chance of eventually ending up with Chris. But nice try Mackenzie on trying to make the girls jealous. Maybe some day before we all die, Chris Soules will explain to us exactly how in the world he decided to give Mackenzie that date over everyone else.

-When Megan’s date card arrived the night before, it said “Love is a natural wonder.” Megan, being the astute observer she is, just thought it was a note Chris sent her and had no idea she was getting a 1-on-1. So lets break this down: In two episodes, they’ve shown Megan admitting to not getting Kaitlyn’s walrus joke last week, ramming her head into things with Chris’ motorcycle helmet on, and now has no idea what a date card is. I’m telling you, this is an act. She’s playing it up for the cameras and knows exactly what she’s doing. Maybe others are buying the ditzy blonde thing, but I’m sorry, I don’t. It seems too forced and too unnatural. I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll get of Megan acting like a complete dope considering how much they’ve focused on it in the first two episodes. Just keep in mind this is the same girl that left to film the show with an on again/off again boyfriend back home, musician Dakota Bradley, that she’s already back together with. So yeah, I’m pretty sure she knows what she’s doing out there. It’s a game to her and a way for her to get exposure.

-Megan and Chris are picked up in a limo and while riding Megan says she notices an airport. Wow. This girl is good. So observant. And what does airport mean Megan? That’s riiiiiiiiight, you’re gonna fly somewhere. Good girl. Now Megan, point to California on a map. Goooooood. Now point to Nevada on a map. Very goooooood. That’s where you’re headed. Here’s a sucker for you. Once they touch down in Nevada, were they headed over to the Venetian for some late night shows and gambling? Ummmm, no. They got into another form of air transportation called a helicopter. Can you say helicopter Megan? They take the helicopter over the Hoover Dam and finally reach their destination of the Grand Canyon. God it would’ve been the best if Chris gave Megan a history lesson on what historical landmarks they were witnessing. Somehow I’m guessing she would’ve failed that miserably.

-Once the helicopter touches down in the Grand Canyon, Chris has a blanket and a picnic basket for them to lay on. It was a date filled with tons of hyperbole (I know, go figure). Just the two of them repeating over and over and over again how amazing the view is, and they can’t believe they’re there, and how crazy it is they’re sitting in the Grand Canyon, and how many days after he finally boots her from the show will she go running back to Dakota. Very exhilarating conversation I tell ya’. Not that Chris is necessarily a wordsmith himself, but it was really like pulling teeth watching these two talk about – nothing. Again. I understand the dates are very surface level at this point and it can be kinda awkward being in a place like that with someone you barely know, but it was like the show went out of their way last night to make sure that we saw Chris had zero intellectual connection with any of these girls. Between Mackenzie and Megan, the depths of these conversations ran about as deep as a blow kiddie pool. Something I’m sure Megan swims in on a daily basis. This is just painful.

-Megan does eventually get around to telling the story about her dad who died in July, just months before she left to do the show. I guess she felt she needed to say at least one thing interesting about her life before Chris completely shut her off, so she went to the ol’ “my dad just died” story and got herself the rose. So we’ve got Juelia in the house whose husband committed suicide just a mere 18 months before she appeared on this show, and Megan leaves for filming less than 2 months after her dad dies. Hey, people deal with grief in many different ways. To each their own. With that said, I find it ridiculous that either of them would do this show after such tragic events. Said the same thing when Dylan went on Andi’s season less than 5 months after his brother had died. I’ll never understand it. But for the first 1-on-1 date of the season, if you really break this one down, absolutely nothing of substance was ever said on this date. Not to mention it was one of the shorter 1-on-1 dates in recent memory in terms of time dedicated to. They were more interested in flashing back to the mansion to let us see what’s going on back there rather than this snoozefest between Chris and Megan. Thank God. Two 1-on-1 dates so far that couldn’t have been more boring if they tried.

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  1. punka

    January 13, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Ashley S is this years producer pick. Meaning, she is a plant. I know a guy who has been on multiple reality shows, gets hired to do a job in the early episodes then gets canned when the real action starts. Just there in the early parts for some nonsense to boost ratings at first. Once the field gets cut back and some girls start to be frontrunners, that nonsense is not required anymore. It is a reality TV industry thing, so please don’t act like it does’n’t happen.

    No rationale guy keeps picking Ashley S after her behavior on that date last night. So yeah, she is the producer pick. She is just there to mess with Chris and the girls for a while. She is the Michelle Money of this season.

  2. lk23

    January 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Did you see Chris’s People blog?
    He mentions that it wasn’t shown, but a girl named Evie crashed his and Mackenzie’s date. I think you originally named Evie as a contestant on the show, wonder why they didn’t show this…

  3. diora

    January 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    What happened to Tandra? I didn’t see her receive a rose nor did I see her exit.

  4. maddie86

    January 13, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    I understand anything for ratings but Ashley should not be on the show, I have no idea what to make of it either. Britt seems sweet but I don’t believe for a second she came in with the goal of staying until the end, she’s an actress and she’s a very good one too – I have to give her that. I love Whitney, hopefully in the coming weeks we will be privy to more intelligent conversations but who knows.

  5. angelfish

    January 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    That Evie was from Oklahoma, so unless she specifically decided to stalk the whole production, it wasn’t the same girl. Likely just a local whackadoodle trying to get on camera.

  6. vessel

    January 13, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    I wish Steve would put a little description of what the videos are of, the deleted scenes, etc. for those of us not living in the U.S. since we’re unable to view them.

  7. rob22

    January 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    I don’t think the dialogue is going to get much better. Old McDonald is probably a nice guy and I’m not saying he’s a moron, but he lives a simple life & he’s doesn’t really have an outgoing personality. What do you talk about in Bumphuck, Iowa anyways? Corn? Combines? Pork Belly Futures? Maybe the cool new talkie movie theater over there in Mount Pilot? You add in a bunch of pretty, but vacuous girls (with or without the high pitched squeaky voices) and what do you expect? I’m sure with the F4 Chris’ got, there will be plenty of sexual chemistry that may make it more interesting (the Bob Guiney record may well be ready to fall), but I expect that they will need to pour in as much drama as possible…. or this could be the most painful Bachelor ever. Chris is going to be one of those guys who specializes in awkward silences, wide eyed staring into space, befuddled body language and foolish facial expressions. You pick a farmer…. you get a farmer. Whitney seems like a nice girl. She’s probably completely sincere. But at the end of the day, you’re going to pick up and move to rural Iowa? I’m a city boy and I get nervous in cities of 500,000 or less. I can’t fathom a city (is it really a city?) that has less than 400 people. It’s a very Twilight Zone concept to me. It would freak me out. This pairing is never going to work for that reason alone, even if they really like/love each other. Some sacrifices are just not realistically going to be made for a guy you just met a few weeks ago.

  8. bazooka

    January 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    The whole Juelia/Jillian thing at the rose ceremony was the icing on the cake. Slipped and fell in front of everyone and it wasn’t even your name that was called. I was dying

  9. lauren1969

    January 13, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    RE: Ashley, it’s one thing to exploit drama queens and over-imbibers for entertainment sake, but another to exploit someone with a potential real mental disability. This would not be tolerated if the disability was physical! Being a mental health professional trying to watch The Bachelor, I was not entertained by how Ashley’s scenes were depicted; excessive screen time, “crazy” music playing in the background, nobody trying to help her. I was disturbed at the ethics on display on a number of fronts. Ashley’s behavior may have been out of anyone’s control on the set, but certainly the final edit we all see is subjective.
    Perhaps Ashley was suffering a stress- or substance-triggered psychotic break (in other words, something “temporary”) last night, or maybe she has a more serious ongoing issue. None of us – including Chris, the show’s producers, and the viewers – knows what’s really going on. Maybe Ashley herself does or doesn’t either. All I know is the edit job she got was humiliating, even though many will say she “earned” it. Imagine having your friends, family, employer, and all of America see you at your worst with a brain chemistry imbalance – temporary or not? I worry for her ability to handle the repercussions.
    By submitting themselves to being on this show, I realize these women are set up to be treated at the whim of producers looking for ratings, and, ultimately, revenue. That’s just the reality of this sort of programming. But there has to be a place where human decency trumps profits and ratings; where someone’s health and wellbeing are regarded and respected. I hope it can be a lesson show producers embrace without the experience of a tragedy to modify current judgment and practices.

  10. angelsbbfan

    January 13, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    So, I guess what you’re saying is you don’t have the episode by episode spoiler list today??? Hehehe

  11. angelfish

    January 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    You realize that the producers have a complete background and medical history on all the contestants, right? And the ABC Network, owned by Disney, is never going to put themselves in a situation where a mentally ill person is going to be able to file suit against them for mistreatment, right? You do understand that despite any waivers a contestant has signed, a gigantic multinational conglomerate is NEVER going to open themselves up to that kind of possible liability.

    Ashley is acting crazy, except for when she’s not. We see the sequences the producers have edited to show her acting crazy.

    Can anybody honestly believe that her family or friends wouldn’t have said something if she was truly mentally compromised?

    It’s a gimmick to get people talking. And it’s been working GREAT! *LOL*

  12. ladyjane747

    January 13, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Exactly Angelfish, Ashley is either a producer plant or she’s acting to stand out and stick around. There’s no way ABC would keep a mentally imbalanced person on the show – imagine the liability if she harmed herself or someone else. Even when Gia killed herself a few years after being on the show, ABC made it clear that all the contestants underwent psych evals and also spoke to a psych when they were eliminated, just in case someone decided to hold ABC liable for Gia’s suicide, blaming the show. No way is this chick really crazy.

  13. duckquack

    January 13, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    looks good on Josh ridiculing Nick and JP showing off his macho self worth, by putting other men down for a p***y.
    they had to show up on the Premiere, its a Bachelor nation you owe us….plus they have no say as in when to announce the break-up….as if Harrison will tell the truth about it.

    what do some of you think about Sean Lowe and his book coming out on the 27th of January….Catherine almost left him, she was fuming and did not like Peta his dancing partner….hehe so much for Peta and Sean saying Peta will be at their wedding and choreograph a dance for them…the stoopid giggly Cat would not be in the house she is in if Sean didn’t bust his a** dancing and doing all the appearances…what does she do but pitter patters and copy and paste stuff from what’s on the web.

    Anybody see the size of Catherine’s feet, size 11…and her bazookas are like as large as her feet…
    Farmer Chris would suit her better she can really express herself on that farm, no need for shoes, just her umbrella looking cheap cape with oinky oink wings….

  14. rob22

    January 14, 2015 at 5:52 AM

    To me, it looked like Ashley was on something, most likely pills mixed with alcohol. But, who knows? I see the concern around her being mentally ill. It certainly crossed my mind & although I would think the show’s lawyers would veto including somebody who’s mentally ill, you can never underestimate the show for their ability to exploit anything for drama and ratings. Since Old McDonald is such a dud in the personality department, the entertainment has to come from somewhere. Zombies (creating screaming little girls) and cray-cray Ashley were the featured attractions on Monday. Expect more of the same going forward.

  15. rob22

    January 14, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    I know RS is “On” the Whitney has a super annoying voice thing….. and maybe he previewed it as SO annoying that I was expecting much worse. But, I don’t think her voice is that annoying. It’s ….. semi-normal. There is an affectation in there, I realize. But if RS hadn’t said anything, causing a some heavy analyzing, I don’t think I would have noticed anything at all. Maybe it’s just me.

  16. rawrkaz

    January 14, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    At Robb2 – finally! Someone else who feels this way. I started watching with trepidation and it’s really not that bad. I’ve heard much worse.

  17. escherfan

    January 14, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    It’s not just RS going on about Whitney’s god-awful voice. I wrote that on his blog the night after I saw her. Seriously? Chris want’s to listen to that annoying, high-pitched bizarre voice with the funky accent for the rest of his life? I’d sooner harvest the entire corn crop by hand before I would spend even 10 minutes with her. She’s pretty, sure, but once she opens her mouth, everything is ruined.

  18. cjscjs711

    January 14, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    @lauren1969 The Ashley S. Charade bothered me, too. Not because for a minute do I believe she’s honestly as crazy as she portrays herself to be but because the whole act is like a parody of mental illness in a way. Personally I think more likely the gal is high on hallucinogens or needs her meds adjusted. At best, it’s an ill-advised, stupid act – parody of mental illness. Or she’s high. What I saw didn’t even look like drunk behavior.

    It was Chris’ night. It would have been very wrong of Andi and Josh to announce their breakup there and take attention away from him, or appear to insult him by not showing up at all. Sorry it didn’t work out. We wanted our fairy tale to have a happy ending.


    January 15, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    I guess I’ll be the token Iowan defending my home state. In Iowa, we talk about all the other things that people talk about anywhere: politics, sports, movies, music, books, families, themselves, etc. For being a more rural that city-strewn state, we are highly educated and well-informed about global news and culture. It is a beautiful state, with plenty of urban sprawl for you city boys, but a quick drive out to the country gives you peace and quiet and space. Trust me, it is awesome here. If you haven’t been, I’d invite you visit or to shut up and stop talking about how boring it is. I regret that the whole “Who wants to move to Iowa” angle is being exploited by the show, but oh well, guess that comes with being a part of this trainwreck (the show, not my state).

  20. bustedstuff

    January 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    First time commenter here! And one time potential bachelorette contestant. I applied for many reasons (to perhaps really find love in a cool way and also to help my broadcast career…and travel- hah!) and they wanted to interview me in person but I had just moved, was super busy and kind of chickened out. Plus, I had a feeling the next bachelor was going to be Sean (which it was) and I had no attraction to him (I like manly men) so knew I couldn’t fake it.

    Anyway, all of these women this season are pitiful. I think Whitney was chosen by Chris as she is really just the most normal of all of them. They all seem extremely self-absorbed and very loose (you can still be a vaginal virgin and be a total slut bag!!)

    The whole Ashley thing is just ridiculous. It’s so obvious that she is either a plant and/or just a sympathy pick from Chris.

    As for Andi and Josh- I think it was pretty much over when it was revealed she slept with Nick and then accepted his engagement right after. They’re both intense people and that would be awfully hard to deal with and get over in general. I know I couldn’t get over it! Josh actually seems like a very loyal man and it probably crushed him and made him angry and resentful when he learned that she did this.

  21. gobsmacked

    January 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Andy and Josh is a publicity stunt, get on camera, remind everyone how much they love us, announce 3 days later (just enough to bounce off the show but not too much to bring down the show), then wait a few days and run with the publicity. Silly.

    I just watched the 2nd episode, I wait for RS’s recap before watching, otherwise I miss the little stuff.

    Ashley seems like an acting job or one really in need of help. Let’s hope its acting. The producers must know the truth, so if they’re not getting her help then it must be acting.

    The girls using mourning as a gimmick is kind of sick, how many ? The dad, the husbands? Julia’s crying on the couch while all the girls act sad for her, but in reality are not, they’re probably all counting her out at that point. Gotta hand it to the producers for that pick. How’d they think that would play? Do any of these girls have morals? What about the families of these guys? I’d like to hear how they think about the wife in mourning on a television show using the death of their husband for publicity. That’s going as low as one can go.

    Gotta hand it to Whitney. Since RS has been right on the final picks for years, I feel for Chris dealing with “that voice” on a day to day basis. Maybe he thinks she’ll be good on the farm hollering for the animals to come a running. @Robb22 what’s up with your ears? That voice is god-awful seriously. Chris and Whitney together on the farm I hardly doubt it.

    Another good train wreck season. Thanks for the recap Steve you nailed it.

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