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

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-The group date certainly was interesting, no? “Becca’s Big Lumberjack Bash” certainly separated the men from the boys. Or maybe the men from Jean Blanc and Lincoln since neither of them looked like they could handle an ax. Or is it axe? I think we had this issue last season with a word I’m already forgetting, so once again, lets go to Google to find out if there is a “right” answer to this. I guess I always remember it being spelled “ax” since I was a kid. Google, what you say?

“Ax and axe are different spellings of the same word. There is no difference in meaning or pronunciation. However, you might be surprised by all the possible meanings these two spellings share. The Merriam-Webster lists three primary definitions besides the cutting tool. Axe also refers to a hammer with a sharp edge for dressing or spalling stone. Musical instruments, such as guitars and saxophones, are also axes. As a verb, axe means the abrupt removal of something. You’ll recognize that meaning in the phrase, “get the axe” which sometimes refers to a dismissal, such as someone being fired from their job. Many dictionaries say that “ax” is the most common spelling in the U.S. You will find the shortened form in compound names such as pickax and poleax. However, according to Garner’s Modern English Usage, axe is actually about twice as common as ax.”

Great. Thank you for settling nothing. I’ll stick with ax since that’s the only spelling I’ve ever known. And Axe Body Spray is garbage, hence I refuse to use that one.

-So the guys must compete in 5 things for the actual challenge: roll a log, flip a log, the AX throw, cut through a log, then one guy has to climb the log pole. It would so easy to make jokes about Lincoln dealing with logs all through this event, but I’m sorry, I’m all Lincoln’ed out. Enough about him for at least this episode, since his drama is about to ramp up the next couple weeks. We’ll have plenty of time to sh** all over him the next few weeks. Hang in there. I just hope you all giggled accordingly last night when he was rolling and flipping logs. How could you not? Anyway, the surprise “winner” of this competition was John, as he beat Blake in the finals of the pole climb. Who would’ve thought the Venmo guy would now all the sudden become the Brawny paper towel guy? That was definitely out of nowhere, but good for John. His lumberjacking skills certainly have nothing to do with creating an app used by millions of people, but hey, on his next resume, he can throw it down there at the bottom that says “Skills & Hobbies,” which has always been one of the funniest things about resumes. Some of the things people put on there seem so irrelevant to jobs their applying for. I guess they want everyone to know they can play the harmonica or something.

-The after party of this date is where things got real interesting. First they show us her time with Jason so we don’t forget about him and it isn’t bizarre when he makes the final three. He says he’s nervous because he cares about her, and she feels really good about him. They make out, she likes the way he kisses, and now the audience knows he’ll be around a while. Colton came up next and said he’s only been in love once, but with her it feels natural, they make out, and if you could put a thought bubble above Colton’s head, it would be Tia in a bikini, so I can’t take anything he says or does seriously the rest of the time he’s on Becca’s season. Nor should anyone else.

-The one good thing Colton did this episode was call the ass clown Jordan out. Jordan in his time with Becca decides (through I’m sure some major producer prodding) to not only wear his gold underwear, but strip down and take off his pants in front of her to show her he’s wearing them. You know, just a little peak wouldn’t do. He had to remove his pants and walk around in just those for everyone to see. Embarrassing. Colton says he wants to talk to him and basically tells him he’s an idiot for wearing those, he’s making a spectacle of himself, and that he’s tired of his shenanigans. To Jordan, those words just go in one ear and out the other and he just assumes other guys are jealous of him, his model looks, his Goldmember outfit, and whatever else that boosts his ego. There was zero resolution to this “fight” other than Jordan gets in more one liners that he rehearsed for hours on end I’m sure. I’ve never seen someone narrate a season four episodes in this much in the history of this show. The first episode? Fine. Whatever. We’re just getting to know the guys. But it’s obvious he’s doing a bit and it’s not even funny anymore.

-What happened next was just bizarre. So Jean Blanc is like totally madly in love with Becca even though he hasn’t had a date yet. I guess his pants got all excited when he got the group date rose in episode 2. Whatever the case, he hasn’t forgotten about it and wants to open up to Becca. I transcribed this full conversation for everyone because it certainly was…different. Here’s exactly what was said from the moment he sat down with her til right before she walked him out the door:

Jean Blanc: “Really haven’t felt like this in a long long time. And I wanted to let you know that, I’m truly falling for you, and I’m falling in love with you. And I’m just putting it out there.”
Becca: “…I don’t know what it is that brought it on so quickly, it’s very intense. I don’t know if I’m on that same page. This is a lot…”
Jean Blanc: “Well I do realize it’s early on and we are at the beginning stages of the process…”
Becca: “The very beginning stages…”
Jean Blanc: “Don’t wanna jump the gun, if you felt the same sparks that you felt in the beginning, I hope they’re still there, maybe we can get back on track, or…”
Becca: “I don’t think so…”
Jean Blanc: “What if we took a step back?”
Becca: “I don’t know if it’s fair though to keep you around if I don’t know if i necessarily see it and we can get there…I think we’re just on different wavelengths right now. Can I walk you out?

(They get up to walk out. Before they open the door to the outside, Jean Blanc tries one last Hail Mary that falls incomplete by about, oh I don’t know, 50 yards)

Jean Blanc: “So with regards before we walk out, the uh, ummm what about the gift?”
Becca: “Do you want the perfume?”
Jean Blanc: “I just felt as though you really appreciated it…”
Becca: “I appreciated the gift so much, I loved the sentiment. I didn’t realize where you were at in your feelings with me…”
Jean Blanc: “That’s not necessarily where I’m at. It’s just…I thought that…it’s where you wanted to take things and that’s what you wanted to hear…”
Becca: “So what you just said isn’t true? You’re just saying things because I want to hear certain things?”

Lets first address the perfume he gave her, which he titled “Miss Becca Blanc.” Someone on Facebook sent me this last night which pretty much goes to show, he didn’t create anything for Becca. This was another producer set up where they do all the work to help create a storyline. Certainly looks to me like they took a bottle of Miss Dior, changed the label, and tried to play it off as his own.

Soooo yeah, major fail there. Nice try.

As for that conversation, of course Jean Blanc already took to IG claiming there was more to the conversation that we missed, but from what was shown to us, it pretty much sounded to me that he did tell her things that he thought she wanted to hear, and when her feelings weren’t reciprocated, he took them back. He got caught, she called him out on it, and now he’s backtracking. With that said, the rest of the episode sucked because Becca could not let it go. Like yeah, that sucks Jean Blanc did that, but that seemed quite dramatic to carry it out through the Wills date and cancelling the cocktail party. Especially in an episode where it was pretty solidified Becca and Garrett were going to start planning a future together. Like who cares what Jean Blanc said or did? I don’t know. I’m not Becca. I guess this was some sort of trigger for her after what happened with Arie, which I get to a certain extent. It just seemed like she let it bother her longer than it should’ve. Especially since she’d already made the decision to get rid of him is when he backtracked on what he’d said. I would’ve been like, “And hey, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.” Deuces.

-I really would spend some time talking about the Wills date, but as mentioned in the above paragraph, the whole date was such a downer, Becca kept harping on what happened with Jean Blanc, how it triggered her, etc that it was such a nothing date, there’s no point in talking about it. Couple that with the fact that Wills isn’t the most charismatic guy in the world either, it just made for an incredibly boring and bland date. Hey, at least Wills seems like a good guy. He just got stuck on the wrong date. I mean, watch Garrett’s date and watch Wills’ date. Are they even remotely in the same stratosphere? Didn’t think so. Snowmobiling? Great. Fun times. Then sitting on a blanket being all somber about the Jean Blanc stuff, it just wasn’t the least bit entertaining. I’m guessing with Vegas ahead, Becca quickly gets over the Jean Blanc stuff. But for Wills’ date and the cancellation of the cocktail party, this show gave us nothing.

-Rose ceremony time. Garrett and Wills safe with roses and Miss Debbie Downer enters the room after cancelling the cocktail party. “I know it’s been a while since I’ve seen you guys…that night was tough…old emotions…hurt…questioned who I can trust…not only showed what I don’t want in a relationship, but also what I do want. And that’s not Jean Blanc and his knockoff perfume he didn’t make, buy, or put together. Thanks Elan. Or Todd. Or whoever had that horrible idea.”

Leo: When does he tell her about “High Heel Homicide?”
Colton: When does he tell her he has doll at his bedside made to look like Tia that he makes out with every night?
Blake: When does he show her the video his ex made of them driving together to help her move?
Jason: When does he let her know how much goop he puts in his hair on a daily basis?
Connor: When does he let her know he’s fighting with Jordan Rodgers over who can have the biggest poof in their hair?
Lincoln: When does he let her know he’s the shittiest guy to ever appear on this show?
John: When does he tell her his Venmo app made more in a day than she’s probably made in her career?
Chris: When does he finally come clean and let her know his name isn’t Chris, it’s Danny Wood and he used to be in NKOTB?
David: When does he let her know his new broken nose doesn’t give him the ability to smell anymore so he can’t tell her how awful “Miss Becca Blanc” perfume is?

“Becca, gentleman, it’s the final rose tonight. When you’re ready. When am I ever going to belly laugh at one of these rose ceremonies knowing I get paid $60k an episode to stand off to the side and count roses?”

Jordan: When will Becca fully recognize I’m a walking turd sandwich and send me away?

Jordan was very upset about being picked last. So much so that he utters this beauty. “I’m like a sponge. You can squeeze me, and get everything out of me, but you will never know unless you try.” The millions of Americans watching last night officially declared him the stupidest human ever after that sentence. Remember how in middle school you used to have dissect sentences? I think that sentence should be put on the SAT’s now, and anyone who can remotely begin to describe what the f**k he was trying to say should be automatically admitted into the Ivy League school of their choice. As we know, Jordan and David are on the final date next week in Vegas, which is the 2-on-1. But something tells me they are going to milk Jordan for as long as they can and we’re gonna get a “To Be Continued…” again and no rose ceremony next week. I don’t know that for a fact, but knowing he’s been the lead narrator all season, I just highly doubt next week will be a regular episode with three dates and a rose ceremony. Since she sends David home first on the 2-on-1, I can totally see the episode ending there and that’s when America thinks Jordan survives yet another week, when in reality, he doesn’t and she sends him home next. I just get a sense we won’t see that until the week after. Lets see if that’s what happens.

Here are your answers to the Trivia Contest questions from page 1:

1. (7) total points

Chase, Chris R, Christian, Christon (or Chris S), Clay, Colton, Connor.

2. (2) total points

Vegas and Bahamas

3. True

4. (2) total points

Weiner, Arkansas and Checotah, Oklahoma

5. (6) total points

Jake, Jason, Jean Blanc, Joe, John, Jordan.

6. (4) total points

Ashley & Kevin
Courtney & Lily
Lesley & Dean
Luke & Stassi

7. Emily

8. Season 4

9. (3) total points

Sean, Ashley, & JoJo.

10. (6) total points

Trista & Ryan
Sean & Catherine
Michelle & Cody
Jade & Tanner
Ashley & JP
JJ & Juelia

11. Chris Soules

12. Kaitlyn

13. False. There are 6. Trista, Ashley, Des, Kaitlyn, JoJo, and Rachel.

14. Finland

15. (3) total points

Becca’s (Thailand and Maldives)
Kaitlyn’s (Ireland and LA)
Chris Soules (Bali & Iowa)

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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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