-We begin this week where we ended last week, and that was Ashley crying hysterically (a theme throughout the episode) over Jared. She tells him she came to Paradise to get over him, but didn’t want to see him falling in love. I think if Jared had a hammer he would’ve bashed himself in the head 100 times listening to this conversation. I think all of us pretty much at home did. Jared is frustrated, he says he wants to go home, Ashley can’t stop wailing away, and then she drops this doozy on him: “Are you sure you don’t want to be with me ever?” Uhhhhh, yeah. I think he’s sure. You guys have been friends for 9 months and he’s gone to second base with you, whatever that means for Ashley. Probably holding hands or something. Jared tells her he’s there for Caila and essentially, Ashley needs to get over it. Which she doesn’t.
-Watching this scene needs to be given a little perspective though. Ashley, Jared, Jade, and Tanner all took a trip to St. Lucia in late July well after BIP filming, so obviously it’s tough to watch this scene knowing that happened. Not to mention Ashley last night on IG and Twitter admitting her and Jared just laugh now at how ridiculous all of it was. I think Ashley knows how she comes across to a lot of people. And here’s the thing: She doesn’t care. When a nationally televised show watched by millions of people every week is focusing on her drama as much as it is, and people are reacting, well, that seems to be all she cares about. I know she’s more self aware than she’s letting on, but we all know she’s moved to LA and she wants to be on TV. So it’s hard to watch this show and not think that part of it is an act for attention. Do I think she’s a highly emotional person? Absolutely. Do I think she’s completely inexperienced when it comes to boys? For sure. But I also think part of her knows what her role is in this franchise and she plays it up.
-I don’t doubt Ashley likes Jared as much as she says she does. And I don’t doubt he probably has led her on into thinking he’s more into her than he is. But is it normal for someone to be that obsessed with a boy they’ve never had a romantic relationship with? Absolutely not. But that’s for Ashley and whatever future guy that wants to date her has to figure out. We all know she’s emotional train wreck. But we don’t have to date her. We can just sit back, laugh, and make fun of how crazy she gets. If she thinks being the center of attention and playing a character on this show is that important to where her dignity gets thrown out the window, that’s on her. She’s trying to build her brand (like most of them), so I can’t fault her for doing that. I just think she’s going about it the wrong way. I think this character she’s created for herself, and the overreaction to everything involving Jared, just isn’t a good look. Don’t think I’m breaking any news with that opinion. But in terms of dissecting all her crying, it’s a moot point. It’s who she is, it’s what she does, and there isn’t much depth there.
-We then see Carly and Evan having a little chat and Carly telling him she appreciates him waiting out all her weirdness and for her to come around on him. She admits it’s taken a while, but she says she’s come around and really likes him. They then kiss and, well, all those that freaked out and said, “Are you sure the spoiler is right” or “How can Carly possibly be engaged to him” after the first couple episodes…you’re welcome. It wasn’t that hard to see. Again, you have to remember where I come from when I report this stuff. Same goes for “Bachelor/ette.” I know the ending. So whatever the show tries to show us in promos, or in early episodes, or on dates, when you already know what’s going to happen, it doesn’t matter to me what the show wants to portray. HOW they get to that point is kinda irrelevant. They are engaged. The first few episodes Carly could barely look at the guy. I knew it would turn around at some point, I just didn’t know the exact moment or what was said. But I never understood why people thought it’d be so impossible for a girl to have a change of heart and start coming around on the guy. Sure, you can question if they ever will get married or is this just another business relationship, but that’s a completely separate argument. It almost makes it a better storyline for the show that Carly had her doubts early on, since that would be a surprise to the unspoiled at the end. But c’mon, in now 6 season of “Bachelor Pad” and “Bachelor in Paradise” combined, name one major spoiler that I’ve gotten wrong. It just doesn’t happen. If you really think I’d get an engagement wrong on these summer shows, well, I guess you have less faith in me than I do myself.
-Approaching this next rose ceremony, Daniel holds all the power. Everyone else is coupled up at this point except for Daniel, and he has 3 choices to give the rose to: Sarah, Ashley, or the twins.
-Sarah woos him by making him a cake on his half birthday. Daniel seems to think that means she wants to have sex with him, which he’s sorely mistaken.
-Haley decides to take one for the team and decides to kiss Daniel in the you’re-totally-just-a-friend-kind-of-way that makes me like the twins even more.
-Ashley uses her time to talk about Jared again, while Daniel brings up the fact that she’s a virgin…again. I think if Daniel was around last night, his pairing with Ashley S. would’ve been magical. Could you imagine those two airheads carrying a conversation with each other? It’s possible that the apocalypse might’ve been upon us.
-What’s funny is at the cocktail party, Jared knows he’s going to be picking Caila, they are essentially an “item” at this point in the show, the Ashley drama is seemingly behind them, yet I watch Caila with Jared and it looks like she really has zero interest in the guy. Almost like Caila came on this show (you know, deciding two days beforehand like she said) to build her brand. Imagine that? I don’t think she’s the least bit interested in Jared outside the show, I reported back when I posted the spoilers, and watching last night only further solidified it. At least for me it did. Not to mention on the live chat this past Thursday night, I told you I heard right now they aren’t together. Nothing’s changed in that regard. That came from a pretty good source, so I certainly believe it. I think she was with him on the show so she could be with somebody and not get sent home. Too many red flags with her.
-The rose ceremony pretty much went as planned, with only Daniel’s rose in question.
Grant to Lace
Josh to Amanda
Nick to Jen
Vinny to Izzy
Evan to Carly
Jared to Caila
Daniel to Haley. Ashley and Sarah are sent packing. Or so we thought.
Because there’s no way Ashley would agree to come on this show for two days and one episode, all the sudden she magically reappears asking the group if she could stay, and they say yes. Yeah, because it was really their decision on whether or not Ashley could stay. Nice precedent you set there. Ashley had no reason to come back and ask that other than she’s Ashley and producers love her being on TV. You think they’d let Sarah do that? Jubilee? Christian? Brandon? Of course not. But they knew this was going to happen. Nothing organic about it whatsoever.