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The Bachelorette 14 - Becca

The “Bachelorette” Becca – Episode 4 Recap, The Proposal, Raven & Bekah, Jared & Ashley, & Next Year’s Fan Appreciation Party

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Man, I feel like I’ve been living out of a suitcase since Becca’s season started only four weeks ago. I guess because basically I have. The weekend before she began, I was in Denver for my first stop on my Summer Tour. Then two weeks after that I was in Vegas for my Fan Appreciation Party. Then this week is Tour Stop #2 as I head to San Francisco. I don’t think there will be any sort of “official” meet up this weekend, but once I’m settled in, Friday night I’ll be tweeting out where I’ll be and I’ll let people know. I’ll take any suggestions since I haven’t been to the Bay Area since college. Saturday I will be at the Giants game in the outfield bleachers Section 143 if anyone wants to attend that. I’ll be watching the game from my seat for the most part, but will also walk around the behind the seats for some portion of the game. Let me know in advance if you’re attending. Next month, I will be going to Chicago. I’m just not 100% sure right now what dates I will be there. The Cubs have three weekend homestands in July/first wknd of August, so I need to see which fits my schedule the best. I’ll keep you updated.

As I mentioned last week, we had a successful 4th Annual Fan Appreciation Party in Vegas two weekends ago. I also mentioned that next year, I wanted to go bigger. And I will. I have already secured the date & location for next year’s party. I know it’s a year away, but for the 5th Annual, I’ve secured a much bigger room so there won’t be a strict head count on capacity. I’ll cut it off at a certain point, but we have much more room next year. Everyone is invited. First come, first serve. One of the best rooms on the strip as it’s on the roof of the Rio Hotel. You’re not going to want to miss this one. Going to make this one the biggest yet. Next year’s party will be held Friday, June 7th 2019 at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Since it’s further down the street than Mandalay Bay (and off the strip a tad) where the first 4 years have been held, you can obviously choose to stay wherever you want, but if you want to book a room using my discount code, the rooms I will have available will be at the Venetian. I should have info on those rooms soon. Since the Venetian is my favorite hotel on the strip, figured I’d change it up and stay there next year. But the party will be at the Rio Hotel and Casino on Friday, June 7th, 2019. Put it in your calendars. Anyone interested in getting their name in early, just email me now and I will save your email until early 2019 when I start promoting it more. And hey, if you wanna book your flight/hotel now, be my guest. That would definitely secure you a spot. But I don’t expect you to this early.

Speaking of the party, since I forgot to do it last week, here were the questions from this year’s Trivia Contest (the answers are on the last page of today’s post). There were 15 questions, but 40 points total. If there’s parentheses in the question, that’s how many points were available for that particular question. The winning team got 37 out of 40, which I still can’t believe. And no, they didn’t even cheat. They missed 1 on question #1, 1 on question #5, and 1 on question #9. That was it. Amazing. So here were the questions if you want to take it yourself and not cheat to see if you can beat 37 points. Good luck…

1. (7) Becca’s season has 7 guys whose names begin with C. Name as many as you can.

2. (2) Name the two places they visit during Becca’s season that they also visited during Ben Higgins’ season?

3. True or False: Peter got Rachel’s first 1-on-1 date of the season last year.

4. Colton, as we know, dated Tia before going on Becca’s season. Colton also has the same last name as a very famous country star, Carrie Underwood. Both Tia and Carrie are originally from small towns in the Midwest. Can you name them?

5. (6) Also this season, Becca’s season has 6 guys whose names begin with J. Name as many as you can.

6. (4) Who were the four couples who came out of Winter Games? (Talking about when it ended but before they came back to film the “finale.” Meaning Clare & Benoit is NOT one of the answers).

7. Which one of the twins is dating Vegas Golden Knights hockey player, William Karlsson. Haley or Emily?

8. Meredith was recently a podcast guest. She was on Bob’s season of the “Bachelor.” Which number “Bachelor” season was Bob?

9. (3) There have been 4 seasons where the show went to Thailand. Obviously we know Becca’s this season. Name the other three seasons they went there.

10. (6) Name all the couples from this franchise that have gone on Celebrity Marriage Boot Camp?

11. Arie was supposed to be the “Bachelor” a few seasons ago, but they went with someone else at the last minute. Who’d they go with?

12. What was the last season where the final rose ceremony was held at the mansion?

13. True or False: Not counting Becca’s season, there are currently 5 former “Bachelorettes” still with the guy they chose.

14. Where was Nick’s final rose ceremony?

15. (3) In the last 10 seasons (Bachelor and Bachelorette), the overnight date location has been different than the final rose ceremony location three times. Name those three seasons.

Raven and Bekah went at it a bit over the weekend on Twitter, in case you missed it. My opinion is this: this never should’ve happened. Bekah didn’t HAVE to tweet what she did, but she wanted to get a rise out of people. Knowing Tia couldn’t respond, she knew exactly what she was doing when she tweeted that out. She’s quite calculating in what she does. As for Raven, I totally get her sticking up for her friend while she was away filming, I get that. But it was never going to accomplish anything. They went back and forth and nothing was resolved. Hence the reason it’s pointless to ever bother getting in a Twitter back and forth with anyone. I’ve posted over 12,000 tweets, and none of them have ever been a back and forth with anyone that carried on for multiple tweets. And there have been plenty of occasions where I easily could’ve. I just don’t see the point. But I get why Raven did what she did. I think even she realized it was going nowhere, hence the reason she deleted a few of them. Bekah has a hard on for Tia, that’s clear. Still isn’t over what happened on her season, her tweet even alludes to that. But in my mind this whole situation is so much more on Colton than it is Tia, I just don’t get it. But no point in going back and forth on it. Those that don’t like Tia don’t see it that way so I’m not going to try and convince them. We’ll see how BIP plays out then take it from there.

In other “Bachelor” world news over the weekend, Jared and Ashley got engaged Sunday down in Paradise. I have nothing to add to this. I do not care. The only thought I took from this news was I’m curious as to how Kaitlyn truly feels about this. I don’t expect her to say anything publicly. But assuming Jared and Ashley do eventually walk down the aisle, you know damn well ABC is televising it. And here sit Kaitlyn and Shawn, their longest running engaged couple, and apparently have never even been approached about televising their wedding. Yet Ashley and Jared will get one after dating for two months. Seems fair.

Ratings are in from last night and Becca’s season held steady to what it’s been producing all season, which is 5.5 to 6 million viewers (5.67 last night) and a 1.4 rating, which won the night for any show on network TV in the 18-49 demo. However, the “Proposal” were the ratings I was most looking forward to. I knew the curiosity factor would get people to at least watch the first episode to see what the train wreck was. It drew 3.85 million and a .8 rating. Meh. The key is to see what it does next week and the following weeks to see if they can keep their audience. My guess is no. The show is f***ing awful. And I think they know it is since they’re basically openly mocking the contestants who are on the show. It’s embarrassing, the formula isn’t original at all, and no one cares if any of these couples stay together anyway since we have zero time invested in them. It’s shock TV, which is what Fleiss is known for. Jesse Palmer attaching his name to this flaming dumpster fire is amazing. He doesn’t need this. Oh well. His career, not mine.

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  1. rob22

    June 19, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    RS was spot on about The Proposal. My wife and I watched it and she kept asking questions because, I guess, what they were doing was too stupid to believe. My answers were always, yes, that’s exactly what they’re doing or, I have no idea why they’re doing that. When the guy proposed, we both burst out laughing. It was SOOOO stupid!

    The only thing of note in the whole episode of The Bachelorette was Lincoln telling everyone about his flat earth views. Someone once asked one of these flat earth guys to prove their theory without linking to a YouTube video. They can’t do it. YouTube videos, which I assume are raking in big time ad revenue, are the main sources of this idiocy. And yet, these people cling to their beliefs. I guess this is the way people, who maybe feel insecure about their intelligence, try to show that they’re super smart. Smarter than everyone else. They know a secret truth that the rest of us fools just cannot handle. Yeah, and they’re so smart they don’t realize that they are having the exact opposite effect. Lincoln is just a complete misfit in this life. I’m sure I’ll get around to feeling sorry for him. Because, what a sad life this guy must have.

  2. ctrealitygirl

    June 19, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    I actually got a kick out of watching The Proposal…a least it was more entertaining than last night’s episode of The Bachelorette! I fell asleep in the first 1/2 hour and missed the whole episode, woke up and The Proposal was just starting. At least they poke fun at themselves and doesn’t seem to be so serious. I’d laugh it if the couple lasted longer than the average Bachelor couple or got married!

  3. jlal

    June 19, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    Rob22 thanks for the review. Happy I didn’t waste my time watch the Proposal.

    Agree with RS that Lincoln is a total moron.

    Jordan apparently isn’t worried about his “brand” as a model.

    Agree with RS too that it was obvious about Becca and Garrett.

  4. rob22

    June 19, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    The thing I don’t get on The Proposal is why they put the guy into a “Pod”. Why is some disembodied voice preferable to the guy sitting there next to them? Or, even separating him from the girls with a partition, a la the old Dating Game? OK, that’s not the only thing I don’t get. Didn’t the “swimsuit competition” kinda feel creepy, especially in the #Metoo world we live in? It kind of reminds me of the movie “Congo”, where afterwards we spent hours with our friends trying to top each other with the most stupid scene in the movie. Oh, and how about that question about, I can’t remember exactly, “the most interesting, or whatever, thing you’ve done in bed?” WTH? At least the girl had the sense not to give a direct answer. I could go on…. but I won’t…. OK, maybe a little. I could see watching this again for the joy of being able to mock it. But there is really no other reason to watch. None. This could be the worst show ever made. Even the “Who wants to marry a millionaire” show was better than this dumpster fire. Oh, and Jessie Palmer is a giant doofus. That’s being kind. I was kind of getting used to him being a college football analyst. That’s now over. How can anyone take the guy seriously ever again? His only hope is that this POS gets cancelled quickly so not too many people actually see it.

  5. lexie

    June 19, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Jordan is a Grade-A douchebag, but this show would be so boring without him. After he is eliminated, I probably won’t even watch until they get down to hometowns.

  6. ctrealitygirl

    June 19, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    I agree with you rob22 about the swimsuit portion…especially after the recent news that the Miss America pageant has done away with it! I picked the woman who “won” from the gitgo. She was by far the most attractive but nor overly sexy. I give the woman credit who got asked the question about how adventurous she was in the bedroom.Maybe he was testing her. When she declined to answer, he kept her for the next round. I did find it very awkward that the poor woman runner-up had to stand on stage right behind them watching him propose to the other woman…talk about embarrassment!

  7. ctrealitygirl

    June 19, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    PS: the most bizarre part was the video of the guy looking like a robot with no face…totally creeped me out!

  8. adelina

    June 19, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    I’m not sure how The Proposal was “poking fun at themselves?” I must’ve missed that part.

    I had vowed I wouldn’t watch…but there I was, mouth agape. From the girls clomping down those steps to coming out in swimsuits to present themselves to the mystery man in the “pod.” It was so bizarre that I had to stick with it even though I was ashamed!!

    Why did they introduce the guy as a marshmallow man? That was so odd.

    I actually was expecting more from the producers of The Bach. This was beyond tacky and although a total train wreck, once is enough for me.

  9. crushonspivey

    June 19, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Didn’t watch The Proposal Didn’t need to. Already saw it back when it was called “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire”, and it was a total cringefest. Darva Conger and Rick Rockwell. Marriage, annulment. And no real millionaire. But a Playboy spread for Darva, so I guess she was the real winner?

  10. crushonspivey

    June 19, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Also, this show really needs to up its game in selecting contestants. This groups is weak. The fake drama can’t carry it anymore. It’s boring now. They need real drama now over the contestants actually wanting the lead, and to not wait so long to show it. Real, raw and gritty. DOwn and dirty emotions and pettiness. That would be much better to watch.

  11. jlal

    June 20, 2018 at 4:22 AM

    Crushonspivey – I agree and have said the same thing numerous times. The fake drama is getting really, really old. I’ve been watching (some seasons more than others) since the beginning. Back then the drama was fairly real because the contestants were fairly real (I say fairly because you always have the fakers). Everyone now goes on the show to build their “brand” not to find love. Because nobody really cares about the lead they have to manufacture the drama and it is obvious, overdone, and overplayed.

    Social media ruined the show in my opinion. Every season I think with the overplayed manufactured drama they will have “Jumped the shark” (For those too young to know what that means, use Google), but it keeps on going. The Chad season was a perfect example. In the far past we would see real emotional drama and discord between the contestants. I’m sure the producers conducted things back then too, but not the obvious eye rolling, groaning crap we see now. It just seemed more authentic back then, not has acted out. Oh, to go back to the good ‘olé days before social media took over the world!

  12. rob22

    June 20, 2018 at 6:54 AM

    I’ve been thinking that this show was headed for the dumpster for about 3-4 years now. The Juan Pablo season, to me, felt like the beginning of the end. The Arie and Nick seasons should have been nails in the coffin. And ratings have declined. But it keeps moving along, mainly because in the current fragmented TV world, you can keep going if you hit the right demographics, even if your overall ratings aren’t that great. So, they continue to hit the “right” demographic, so they’re good.

    I don’t know if the show was ever real. There was always a desire for their personal 15 minutes of fame. The lead was always secondary to that. But I do agree that social media makes it worse…. and what doesn’t social media make worse?

    I also agree that Chad showing up and playing the ogre was bad. Worse, it wasn’t just once that he showed up. They went back to that well again for the manufactured drama. Eventually this type of thinking will result in an assault and a serious incident. I think this is where the show Jumps the Shark. With an assault or a sexual assault. It’s inevitable. They almost went there once already since they play so fast and loose. And even though it wasn’t technically a sexual assault, allowing people to become so intoxicated that they have public sex for the camera is really irresponsible. It becomes hard for the show to distinguish “good drama” from something truly dangerous. This is their achilles heel.

  13. jlal

    June 21, 2018 at 4:10 AM

    While all of the manufactured drama is groan worthy, the Chad crap really took the cake. Rob22 you’re right that it could all backfire on them. It happen back in 1995 when the Jenny Jones Show (daytime talk show) surprised a guy with a gay admirer. Remember this was 1995, the guy was so humiliated and embarrassed he ended up shooting and killing the admirer. It was like a glass of ice water on the head of all the shows who were pushing the envelope of smut TV. The industry has obviously slid back down into the muck. Way back down.

    I’ve thought about it and have come to the conclusion that younger people are now accustom to and expect this type of programming. So, the industry is giving them what they want. Dinosaurs like me miss the more authentic good’ole days.

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