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Bachelor in Paradise 4

“Bachelor in Paradise 4” Episode 5 Recap, Upcoming Podcasts, Nick & Vanessa Break Up, & Finale Taping on Thursday

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-Last night’s show summed up in one word to me: weird. Just…weird. The scallop story, how the first 45 minutes of the show was nothing but Jasmine complaining about Christen, Robby doing Robby things, Derek and Taylor’s bizarre fight, Dean apparently not realizing that he was on a TV show and all his crazy fans would clearly see him playing two girls at once, etc. I felt like punching myself in the head numerous times while watching last night because there were a lot of things that just did not make sense. Lets begin, shall we?

The Scallop Story

-I tweeted out at the time I had no idea what the hell Alexis was talking about in her story about Christen. And I didn’t. So I had to go back and re-watch her tell the story. So it goes like this. Sometime in the past, 8 of the girls were in a car together, Christen had some scallops in her purse, started eating them while in the car, and then proceeded to touch Alexis with her slimy scallop hands. The rest of the episode basically became a “lets call Christen ‘scallops’ as much as we can.” Ok, got it. I mean, the whole thing was just bizarre. Who puts scallops in their purse? Who eats them to go? Is this a thing now? I mean, I love scallops. But no thank you, I’ll eat them at the restaurant and never bring them home. That’s the equivalent of the guy at the office that heats up fish in the microwave at lunch and destroys the kitchen for the next 3 days. Just…no.

So yes, while I agree that Christen bringing scallops in her purse in a car of 8 women is totally a random story, I also was amazed at how fixated some of the others were on it. Then again, this is where I don’t want to get carried away too much because I know how this show works. I’m sure they were egged on to run with the scallop story to the 100th degree. Granted, it’s their decision to ultimately do it and therefore they should own up to it, but I’m pretty sure they were told to run with it. I guess at this point it’s a matter of how Christen feels about it. Did she tweet or IG anything about it last night? Did she seem put off by people ganging up on her for it, or did she have with it? I honestly don’t know and I could see it going either way. Hang on a sec. Be right back.

Ok, looks like I got my answer. The sense I’m getting is that Christen felt bullied by what happened. If that’s the way she feels, that’s the way she feels. We can all agree there are levels of bullying. They didn’t make fun of her physical features. They didn’t harp on the fact she was a virgin (although I think Jasmine may have made a comment). They told a story about scallops and how she had it on her fingers. I don’t know. I’m on the fence about it. The story was pretty harmless in and of itself, but maybe the constant harping could’ve taken it down a notch. However in the grand scheme of things when it comes to this show and this franchise, there have probably been 1,000 things worse said about people that were much more hurtful than that. But alas, I’m sure Christen has a side to this story that I’m sure we’ll hear about some day. I’m curious to hear how much this bothered her.

Jasmine, Matt, & Christen

The beginning of the episode started with Jasmine telling us how great things were with Matt, and if someone were to show up, it wouldn’t even bother her, which automatically means someone will be entering the show in the very next scene to disrupt that, and that’s exactly what happened with Christen. She makes the rounds, is told that Matt and Jasmine are “coupled,” so she talks to Ben Z. and Jack and thinking is she’ll ask one of them on her date. Until Matt sits her down and basically tells her, “No, I’m not taken and I’d totally go on a date with you.” So this becomes the question: If Matt essentially gave her the go-ahead to ask him out, even though she was just told by Jasmine that he was taken, is Christen breaking girl code by asking Matt out WITHOUT telling Jasmine first? Even though Matt said what he did, should Christen have gone to Jasmine and said, “Look, here’s what Matt just told me. You seemed to tell me something different. I’d like to take him out but only if it’s ok with you.” I think that’s the route she should’ve gone. Do I think what she did was as bad as Jasmine made it out to be? No. Because Matt then went to Jasmine and told her Christen was interested in him.

Just like I called Corinne out for the episode where she called Taylor a bitch over 10 times during their 2-on-1 on Nick’s season, Jasmine must feel the same heat. I get it that she was bothered by Matt’s flippy floppiness (yes, that’s now a word), and I get she seemed pretty drunk during most of the day. It’s part of what makes this show what it is (new drinking rule be damned). But the amount of times she called Christen a bitch was unnecessary. You’ve spent a few days with the guy. You know how this show works. And you know that this show is looking to stir sh** up every single chance they can get. Again, I’m sure she was egged on with alcohol in her ITM’s and fed stuff like, “Hey, how does it make you feel that Christen is out with him right now when you told her you and him were a couple,” just hoping to elicit those type of responses. But it doesn’t make it right. She could’ve not called her that as many times as she did. So yes, another part where I’m curious to see what bothered Christen the most about the episode. I just thought Jasmine’s anger should’ve been directed more towards Matt than Christen.

So how did this all end up? Well, ultimately Matt decided that he couldn’t decide between Jasmine and Christen, so he leaves the show. However, if you read the spoilers, you know that Matt returns during the rose ceremony, gives his rose to Jasmine because he feels she deserves to stay, then he leaves again. And Christen gets a rose from Jack Stone, who made out with her once she realized she might not be getting a rose from Matt. And during that makeout, is now challenging Bryan in the kissing department. A lot of face sucking going on with that one.



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