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The Bachelorette 11 - Kaitlyn/Britt

The “Bachelorette” Episode 7 Recap Incl “Bachelor in Paradise” News

Hey, look for me tomorrow night as I’ll be on national television. Well, sort of. I’m heading to CA in the morning because it my niece Olivia’s birthday on Friday. I’m taking her to the Angel/Yankee game tomorrow evening and saw that it’s the ESPN Wednesday night Game of the Week. We’ll be in the first row down the left field line between third base and the foul pole. Lets hope there are a ton of foul balls hit our way and the camera pans to us. Don’t even get me started on the fact that Olivia is turning 11. That’s just ridiculous to me. I swear she was 2 like a month ago. I’m amazed at how fast she’s grown up and how different it is now with her than it was even a couple years ago. Sure, I’m the uncle that visits every few months, but I realize that sooner rather than later, I will be uncool to her. That’ll suck. At least lets get through next months visit for her Xmas present from last year as I’m taking her to the Taylor Swift concert at Staples Center. That should be a blast. Probably more so for me than it is for her. No joke.

Ratings are in from last night, and the show pretty much held steady from last week. Last week it drew 6.6 million viewers with a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, this week it was 6.6 million with a 1.9 rating. Last season, episode 7 with Andi drew 6.3 million and a 1.8 rating. So Kaitlyn’s season continues to do a little bit better on their weekly ratings.

Nell Kalter’s RHOC recap talking all things housewives. I may be speaking without knowing here, but aren’t some of the women on these shows not even housewives? Like, don’t you have to be married to be considered a housewife or am I totally out of date with today’s terminology. Whatever. Go read her column. It’s funny. And also, on the next page, we will have an interview that our “Big Brother” recapper Scott Ottersen did with last year’s winner Derrick. Check it out.

Chris Harrison’s blogs are now up. First, in his weekly interview with he talks about how they “flew by the seat of their pants” on Kaitlyn’s season and didn’t plan on changing the format. Hmmmm, not sure I buy that one but I don’t know if we’ll ever get our answer. In his Yahoo blog, he said more of the same, but with less detail, so a bit dumb.

Did you see this little piece written by Nikki Delventhal from Chris’ season? Since Nikki was barely on, there weren’t many dates for her to talk about, so she recapped her group date when they had the relay races with farm animals. It’s always fun to see when contestants recap their days events while on the show. Well, it is as long as it stays up and some producer doesn’t go to them and tell them to take it down. So lets hope for Nikki’s sake that doesn’t happen. Good little insight to what happened that day.

I’m sure a lot of you watched “Celebrity Family Feud” this past weekend with the “Bachelor vs DWTS” battle. It was only promoted 841 times on Twitter so it was pretty impossible to miss. I haven’t watched Family Feud in years, but used to watch it all the time growing up. They’re totally easing up on the questions for this celebrity version, right? This is ridiculous. I remember watching back in the day, and for a family to get the 200 points in the final round, that happened maybe like once a week. And that was a big deal. They’ve had two weeks of “Celebrity Family Feud,” basically four half-hour episodes, and ALL FOUR have ended up winning the $25,000 for their charity. 4-for-4. Sorry, that doesn’t happen unless they want it to. These questions in the final round are soooooo much easier than they used to be. However with that said, Catherine getting 194 points was unbelievable. Has ANYONE in the history of the show ever gotten that many in the final round? No way. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone get like more than 150 or something. Holy crap. She’s like the greatest player ever. I’m still amazed by that. Four of the five questions she had the #1 answer? Wow.

Did you see the first BIP promo that ran at the end of the show last night? If you missed it, click here. Granted, they didn’t show any clips from the upcoming season, but now they have the raccoon talking back to Clare. So dumb. I have no idea what’s gonna happen this season in regards to Clare’s edit, but I can pretty much guarantee you if they’re already centering their first promo around an edited conversation she had last season with a raccoon, you can bet your ass this season we’ll get footage of her talking with some animal. Bank on it.

As for “Bachelor in Paradise,” I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Lacy and Marcus got married down there at the beginning of filming. I had not heard of that so that was news to me as it broke over the weekend. I’m guessing that’s why BIP is a two night premiere on Sunday, August 2nd and Monday August 3rd. They need to give time to showing their wedding. Chris Harrison officiated it, family and friends were flown out for it, and it was basically a cash grab. Remember, these two not only get a wedding a ring paid for, but they also each get paid separately to have it televised, so yeah, of course that’s why they did it. These two will actually have a real reception where other close friends can attend in the near future. No, I’m not buying them a present because as I’ve said for years, it’s only for couples that make it from the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette.” BIP is a completely different animal and a different setting. But congrats to them for actually making it. There. That’s what I gave them. A congratulations.

As for the spoilers, well, you will be getting those shortly. My goal was to post them before I leave for CA tomorrow. We’ll see. Still some loose ends I need to tie up but hopefully they’ll come through and you’ll have them tomorrow. If not, next week after I get back for sure. So keep your fingers crossed.

And finally, this week’s poll question came to me after watching Shawn whine and bitch his way through last night’s episode. Vote now:

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  1. rob22

    June 30, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    This does feel like Disneyland with all the characters. We have Alf, Peter Brady, Captain Jack Sparrow (Arggggh!), Cupcake (really not a good guy nickname at all. I’d sue.), and of course, Mary Hartman herself.

    I mean this truly was a Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman episode. Everyone was all depressed. Various cast members were sleeping with one another or threatening suicide. Had all the elements.

    So, I’m not sure how Mary Hartman ends up picking Wolverine O’Tool at the end. Although I fully realize she had to pick one of these gems if she didn’t want to be waterboarded by MF himself. I’m not sure why he didn’t follow the path of Ian & others who just walked the hell out when they realized what this season was going to be all about. But, nope. He stayed. Too bad, the angst from the crazies if she would have picked Nick Cialis would have been awesome.

    And Cupcake. Sweetheart. Shawn may have made some serious man-card violations this episode, but from now on, the only Kaitlyn you have a shot at is Kaitlyn Jenner. Your man card is gone, time to start the hormone treatments.

  2. dogmomma

    June 30, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    This recap was hilarious, and rob22’s comment was equally funny. I guess the positive side of a bad season is that it makes for better recap material.

  3. kitt0nmitt0ns

    June 30, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    God just watching how paranoid and scared Kaitlyn was the entire time that the other guys knew she banged Nick was just so uncomfortable to watch.

    Ben H: I know something happened.
    Kaitlyn: Wait, what? Can you elaborate? What exactly do you know..

    I know she cant come out and say she regrets sleeping with Nick, but jesus, anything that causes you that much anxiety is totally regrettable.

    Also – Do you think that they really changed the show format bc she needed to “level the playing field” and have “off camera time (sleep with) all the other guys first?

    I am really confused about last nights dramafest.

  4. goosiegirl

    June 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I actually remember an episode of Family Feud years back, when the first person in the final round got to 200. They wanted to keep it a secret from the second person, so when the second person came out, they just asked them the most ridiculous questions, then told them that they had gotten to 200 already.

  5. xnuzboss

    June 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    The only question left for me is whether Nick will get another overnight. Seems kinda dumb to me, but WTF? I do feel that this season has been a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thing. If I’m producing, changing up everything helps, because the focus is all Shawn & Nick anyway. I don’t think they’ll ever book a “loose” girl for the lead again, because there’s just no room for drama. Everything has to be manufactured.

  6. wuzafed

    June 30, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    The odds against Tanner and Ben Z getting rose over Shawn were even less than 0000001, especially since the editors let the camera pan to the table clearly showing one rose left after Shawn and no rose left after Ben H. Ben H. got the last rose during that ceremony. Masterful as always.

  7. sungold

    June 30, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Shawn’s appeal completely escapes me. Face long as a thoroughbred and a honking big nose to go with it. Nice voice, but it won’t get him a radio gig.

    Nick’s appeal is equally mysterious. Seriously, all he talks about with Kaitlyn is … himself. “I felt this.” “I felt that.” Peeyuke.

    So, question for you: In last night’s UnReal episode, Rachel uses silhouettes and a sound track to cover up Faith’s coming out at the church deal. Do you think Kaitlyn and Nick really did the deed, or did producers film the closed door and dub in the moans? It was a great case of serendipity, of Life imitating “Art” imitating Life.

  8. valadega

    June 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    They DID do the deed, sungold. On FF Catherine is really smart and looked smoking hot. No wonder Sean chose her.

  9. purplerayne

    June 30, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    You gotta love how illogical people are. Kaitlyn’s IG page is full of women (teens and bored housewives) yelling at her for eliminating Cupcake. First of all, thats the whole purpose of this show. To date multiple people, dump them, and pick just one. Formula hasnt changed since day one. Second, just because a viewer likes a particular contestant, it doesnt mean the lead should. I mean its quite simple. Duh. Third, Cupcake = gay. Or at least he’s on the verge of discovering himself. The same women who want him as the next Bachelor are probably the same women who think its a ” sick relative” calling their man at 3 am in the morning. Clueless.

    You know what’s really scary? That Nick is coming off as the most normal one left! Rational, level headed, a bit self deprecating etc. Get it together Shawn. (More convinced now than ever that Kaitlyn released snapchat video to appease his feelings knowing that the press/media was about to give Nick A LOT of focus).

  10. purplerayne

    June 30, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    @sungold Steve mentioned before that the sounds we heard did not belong to Kaitlyn. It was most likely old footage from a previous season (Bach Pad, Bachelor etc). But yes, she and Nick had sex and she’s admitted to it. Side note: I give her props for owning it. She could’ve said we made out, we almost went there, we took a nap etc etc. But she didnt.

  11. havana

    June 30, 2015 at 12:34 PM

  12. Serpephone

    June 30, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    I wish Steve would recap UnReal… last night was crazy!

  13. locondcoco

    June 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Every season, there’s always the one guy (or gal) who “can’t stand seeing [the lead] with other people and has a hard time”. And i always yell at the TV- “HAVE YOU NEVER WATCHED THIS SHOW BEFORE?! THIS IS HOW IT WORKS”. But Shawn was the last person I thought it’d be this season….

  14. kelsum01

    June 30, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Sweet, fancy, Moses, I had no idea what the hell was going on last night. The whole format is out of whack and I don’t know if I’m coming or going half the time. This season has been all about Kaitlyn/Nick/Alf and the rest of the flush outs might as well go home. This is the biggest bunch of pathetic losers the show has ever produced and by far, the worst lead. The best thing that has come out of this train wreck is the fact that sleeping with someone on a whim has major consequences. Those people that said that Kaitlyn sleeping with Nick was no big deal, should have seen the anguish on her face last night. I’m shocked that any of the guys have such little self respect that they’ll actually see this thing through to the end. Please, LORD, we can’t get to the end of this season soon enough!!

  15. rob22

    June 30, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    @sungold: yeah, the moans were dubbed in. Sounded like something they pulled from the internet. Which is really sick when you think about Elan Gale pulling up some porn site for the Nick/Kaitlyn baloney pony sound track.

    The snoring dub was also obvious though I wasn’t totally sure RS would catch it. But he nailed it. Wouldn’t it be kind of embarrassing being the producer who’s responsible for this nonsense? What was the point? That Shawn’s a slovenly loud whiney b*tch? I think they’ve already driven home that point ad nauseum.

    So, I guess the show is wanting everyone to believe that the lead’s a slut and the F1 is a hairy loud old washerwoman who gets sloppies. Nice edit MF. You should be really proud of your show.

    Good call by wuzafed on the roses being out of order with Shawn not getting the last rose. I look for those things, but I’m not wired to pick up on them like that.

  16. rob22

    June 30, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Oh, and Cupcake is the first guy who actually seemed to care that Kaitlyn cut him loose. JJ kept the string alive of guys who couldn’t have given a rats a*s that they got cut…. except that they wanted to continue the ride as long as they could. To the few guys who bothered to hang out for the rose ceremony and didn’t get a rose, it’s looked kind of like the equivalent of losing a supermarket raffle for a waffle iron. Oh darn. I guess I don’t have to (errrr…. get to) take it home.

    Knowing the show, and my God showing the producer hovering so that Cupcake wouldn’t jump (like that was really going to happen)…. I’m wondering what they did to make Cupcake cry. Did they interrogate him for 5 hours? Threaten to revoke his country club membership? IDK: even though it was funny (in a pathetic way) to watch a guy break into an ugly cry, I really find it hard to believe that Kaitlyn had much to do with it. I mean this is the Bachelorette who’s breaking records for the number of guys cutting her loose. The same one that picks Alf and a show retread for her F2.

    Yes Bachelorette advertisers. You too can get in on this prime demographic.

  17. randpaul

    June 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    If Kaitlyn is ‘real’ and represents the modern woman, then it is a reminder of how the values and morals of this country are in the trash.

    She comes off as quite a tart and if she were my daughter, I would be embarrassed. I have yet to see her have any meaningful conversations and I really haven’t learned anything about her other than she has horrible taste in men (Shawn, Nick).

  18. Cndgirl

    June 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    I had a hard time making it through this episode. I’m all for a good dose of drama, but this wasn’t even funny – it was just really depressing and slow and I could not handle the look on Shawn’s face.

    I thought the whole switch up of fantasy suites first hometowns after with Harrison was funny and was waiting to read all kinds of funny comments from Steve on that one – similar to @kitt0nmitt0ns, her being able to have alone time off camera to ‘level the playing field’ was hilarious – there were all kinds of innuendo’s through that whole 10 minute scene!

    It is getting increasingly difficult to separate Bach from Unreal. They are starting to fuse together while I watch – and I don’t remember seeing the producers so much in the episodes – this is the 3rd acknowledgement of a producer so far. Either they’ve increased their exposure on the show, or I’m just noticing it more – that they are breaking that fourth wall. Perhaps the editors are also trying to capitalize on the Unreal show too and showcase their producers a bit more? Only one I ever remember seeing is Elan. In BIP there is much more running by contestants, so I think they get in the shots more accidentally – but this seems more deliberate. Either that or I’m noticing the show differently than I used to.

  19. angelfish

    June 30, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    I think the show-runners pretty much view their job like Steve. There are tasks to do and money to be made. Personal likes don’t matter. Personal preferences don’t matter. Personal biases don’t matter. Personal morals and ethics don’t matter.

    Whatever gets people watching the show/reading the site is the goal. Ratings/page views are the things that count. Sponsors/advertisers have to get what they’ve paid for.

    Some Professionals keep their feelings completely separate from their job. That’s how I see the execs that run this show.

    I think from the beginning, this season was meant to be anti-romantic, raw, scattered and half-assed. Next season they’ll go back to pulling out all the stops and bring the romance back.

  20. adrie

    June 30, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    This season is a mess. It’s hard to watch, depressing and almost anxiety inducing. Kaitlyn is SO paranoid about getting caught that that should be enough for all those who defended her actions – she feels guilty so it was a mistake. Shawn drove me nuts in this episode, get it together buddy!! You’ve known her for a minute and you’re all overprotective-stalker-crazy-in-need-of-constant-reassurance-guy. All the other guys this season have been filler for Shawn and Nick and it’s really obvious (making it pretty awkward to watch). I agree with the above comment Nick is looking like the normal guy!!

  21. freeasabird

    June 30, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    I always read Steve’s blog first and then watch B’Ette and now I get to follow that with UnReal. It takes me a few days to get through B’Ettte. I just finished half of Shawn’s second visit for more reassurance from Kaitlyn. By this time I would be telling him to take a hike. If he needs so much reassurance at this point I hate to imagine what a life would him would be like.

  22. freeasabird

    June 30, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Whoops! Meant “with him would be like” not “would him with be like.”

  23. ashleigh11

    June 30, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Whoever edited this episode must have recently been going through a nasty breakup or a death in the family… I can’t remember an episode from any season that was this much of a consistent downer… like two full hours of crying, whining, complaining, reassuring and stressing. Ugh. Then capping it off with Cupcake hysterically sobbing into his shawl on the edge of the cliff and suggestively moving toward the edge like he was getting ready to pitch himself off it…. it’s like the show has turned into a parody of itself.

    I was sad to see Ben Z. go. I think they missed a quality guy in that group… which is probably why they decided not to focus on him this season – instead, it was ‘bring on the clingy, neurotic and insecure’ types – they make for better TV anyway.

    I hate the format of this season – it’s hard to follow with the random rose ceremonies and constant changes. It’s also kind of boring because – instead of fun drama, it seems to be stuck in some morose Groundhog Dog loop where all Kaitlyn does is reassure over-emotional men, one after the next. Imagine how dull the season would be if she hadn’t slept with Nick! Thank god for whiskey and jacked up libidos.

  24. brick

    June 30, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    This has to be one of the most boring seasons I’ve ever seen. Kaitlyn’s one on one conversations are tedious and I find myself watching the clock wondering when the episode will finally end. She’s a horrible conversationalist. I knew she wasn’t a deep person and obviously those who cast her knew it too, but come on. This is just getting too painful for words. It’s no wonder she constantly has her tongue down men’s mouths. What else is she capable of doing, other than sounding like she’s 15 year old with hardly a thought in her head.

  25. shelly3265

    June 30, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    I am just disgusted with this season! I have watched every season of the Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor In Paradise. I have to say Kaitlyn is the worst that I have seen next to Juan Pablo. No class at all, wishy washy & just plain disgusting! WOW! Really??? These poor guys I feel so sorry for them all ( except Nick!) what a piece of work he is. Good Luck…. She’s a real Gem!

  26. soccertory

    June 30, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I am having a hard time deciding if Kaitlyn is worse than Chris was at 1-on-1 conversations. Chris had the personality of a wet paper towel.

    I kept thinking through the episode about Shawn and UnReal. I am sure that his producers manipulated him so badly. It was pathetic and obnoxious when he whined so much, sure, but I just figured Steve would give him a little pass knowing how they are. They probably fed him all sorts of confidence busting lines about how happy she seems with Nick. And the sounds that those two make together.

  27. rob22

    July 1, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    soccertory: you stole my thunder. With all the (very true) comments about Mary Hartman having no personality…. well, we just had Farmer Fred and Huan Pah-Blow. Only Andi broke the streak of pathetic mono-syllable speaking cretins. Kaitlyn’s not exactly non speaking, just non speaking of anything that shows a hint of depth. So, 75% of the last two years have been inhabited by leads who prefer to speak with their mouths open and tongues extended. The show has been shifting slowly, but this season is as CH likes to call it… a “dramatic” shift.

    I do feel like the producers manufactured the situation where Kaitlyn would sleep with Nick. I’m sure Nick was “all in” on that idea. And it probably didn’t take much to create the mood for Kaitlyn. Now she gets “off-camera” time with everyone. I guess “off-camera” is a thing in reality TV. It needs to be entered in Urban Dictionary. I can’t wait for more 70s porn sounds loudly emanating from a closed hotel door. Great TV.

  28. redrose65

    July 1, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Honestly, I can’t say that I have anything against Kaitlyn as the Bachelorette, and I definitely have no issues with Nick. I understand why some women would find him very appealing. I don’t really even think I have a problem with the amount of time K is spending making out and more. I don’t find her conversation necessarily more shallow than that of previous leads… even Andi’s conversation was hardly scintillating. Each season, it just seems to be a group of naive, easily manipulated but attractive young people doing things on television that they will regret later (most of which is to do with what they say, not who they make out or have sex with). Nevertheless, it continues to be an interesting and engaging show to watch… perhaps I just like to see how far people can be pushed for the sake of our entertainment. Weird.
    I also can’t say that I particularly enjoy Steve’s writing style, or find his witticisms terribly witty. Maybe I enjoy the psychology of seeing what he’ll decide to write. It’s often arrogant and frequently cringe-worthy, but the spoilers are fun.
    I do, however, find some of the comments on this site worth reading and often insightful. I think some of you should probably be blogging / re-capping the show yourselves. rob22?

  29. cjscjs711

    July 1, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe Kaitlyn’s guilt and Buyer’s Remorse over having sex with Nick stems from her guilt about what it could do to her other ‘relationships’ with the other guys. She has seemed to have formed little if any emotional connections with any of them nor they with her. Beyond making out and a lot of laughing (forced laughter?) about yuk-yuk unfunny stuff.

    So how did the producers get her to cry? Or get Chris to cry? I don’t know – maybe telling Kaitlyn the guys are about to all walk off the show by the next episode, and she’d be washed up forever in Hollywood? Or no way make it to DWTS? Or pulling psychological stuff on the set? Typically the whole staff treats the performers with kid gloves; they bow and scrape. Maybe start treating her like crap; make her cry.

    I think by being so cold about manipulation (clearly they are) the production staff is losing touch with humanity. For example, when Jared was injured boxing competing for Kaitlyn, logically any human being would visit the person in the hospital or something. She did nothing. Just said in a voiceover (maybe recorded after the fact?) that she was so worried about him. Meanwhile, when she got the note to see him, said something to the guy she was about to make out with, like, ‘I have to go take care of something.’

    Is this a new staff producing this season? They’re putting in these silly random dramas – the Bromance and other forgettable ones – far out scenarios: the wake, the creepy house, the boxing and wrestling. Spending a lot of time on these events that reveal nothing, not even entertaining; at the expense of character development. For the life of me I couldn’t name, identify or tell anything about at least half the cast. Even Kaitlyn – what does she do for a living? How does she live? They said she was a “dance instructor” but I’ve yet to see her dance anything with grace or a sense of rhythm even. Then she said she was trained as a hairdresser. And the vapid conversations – either she is a shallow person or she is just so very very very not into this role or these guys…..

  30. serapa

    July 2, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    I agree with most of you that the producers have hit rock bottom of their moral compass this season. It’s just so wrong on so many levels.

    I feel bad for Kaitlyn. She’s being manipulated and making herself look like a fool. Same goes for Shawn. It’s painful to watch.

    Kaitlyn wasn’t emotionally ready for this. It shows on so many levels. She needs to go and sew her royal oats some more. I don’t see her getting married any time soon.

  31. amyrn22

    July 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    @rob22 you have me in tears from laughing. The comment section of this site is better than the recaps. amazing.

  32. trooper321

    July 9, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    Hilarious recap Steve. Especialle when you write about Shawn with blood shooting through his eyeball, at some point I thought you were writing about Jared who literally has blood shooting through the eyeball. Have we ever imagined a bachelor like cupcakes? What a dramatic exit, I’m sure producers were stressed out about him literally jumping of the cliff. I cracked up after reading your comment about caitlyn not being able to hold in her own tongue. I laughed out loud after reading this.

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