-I’m gonna combine Jason and Blake’s hometown date on this one page because, well, it’s my column and I can. But also for that I don’t really think a hell of a lot happened, and not to mentioned, these were the two most spoiled hometown dates maybe ever in this show’s history in terms of what they did publicly. You go back to the tweets from that day with Jason, you’d already seen all the pictures and videos from them at Anchor Bar, at the ice skating rink, them walking towards the fake house that was rented for his hometown dinner. Remember, Jason lives in Seattle. And his parents now live in South Carolina. Yes, Jason grew up in Buffalo and that’s where his memories are, but when neither you nor your parents currently live there, I guess renting out a house that wasn’t even yours to film in and flying them in just seemed – different. I can’t remember that ever happening before. They’ve shot in a house that the family doesn’t live in before – that’s happened quite a bit. But not in a house in a city that neither the contestant nor the family lived in as far as I know. If someone wants to do the research on this, be my guest. But search back to ALL final 4 contestants in the last, oh I don’t know, 20 seasons, and I think you’ll find for their hometown date, either they visited the city where the contestant currently lived, or the city where that contestants parents currently lived.
-They eat wings together at Anchor Bar and Becca says no ranch on her buffalo wings. I’ll do you one even better, Becca. How about nothing on your wings like me. I know. I need to live a little. But I’m sorry. I don’t do spicy very well. I like my wings naked with no sauces of any kind. I’m weird. I guess I wouldn’t fit in in Buffalo. And Anchor Bar would probably kick me out if I walked in there asking for naked wings with no sauces. Then they went and skated around the ice rink so Jason could show off his hockey playing skills. They made a bet that if he scored on her, he’d have to get a kiss. Can we stop with these “bets” on the show where the loser gets a kiss unless it’s the first night, please? You guys have been kissing since she arrived, and you’re gonna be kissing later. Do we really care that if you score a goal on her you get a kiss? There’s zero suspense in that. Not to mention it looks like you play hockey in a rec league and lets just say Becca is no Marc Andre Fleury in goal standing there helpless.
-For Jason’s family meet up, thank God he didn’t bring half a village to meet her. It’s just his dad Gary, his mom Dale (yeah, had to do a double take on that one as well. I thought they said “Gail.” Nope, it’s Dale. Can’t say I’ve ever heard that name for a woman, but I’m sure one’s out there), his brother Steven and his bro-in-law Billy. His brother Steven had a little fun on Twitter last night. You see this tweet he posted?
I earned it. pic.twitter.com/RPr56q4hlR
— Steven Tartick (@Tartick) July 17, 2018
Unless he’s getting $40 sent to him every hour for the next couple weeks, what a joke. Not that Steven was some main character on this show or anything, but $40? What’s even the point of paying him anything? How embarrassing.
-You know how they say mom’s ALWAYS know? Here’s what Jason’s mom said to Jason after she spoke with Becca. “I couldn’t read if she was falling for you.” Translation: She’s not falling for you, Jason. And that pretty much summed up Becca’s visit to Buffalo. I’m sure she likes him. But it’s clear her interactions with Blake and Garrett are light years past Jason. However, Jason grabs for a few last straws before he sends Becca off. “When I’m with you, I can’t stop smiling. When I go to bed, I can’t stop thinking of you. When I wake up, I wanna be with you. When I kiss you, I don’t wanna stop kissing you. All that does is tell me one thing…and that one thing is that I’m so insanely, wildly in love with you.” Like all of those things are basically the same, right? Like I never thought he was gonna stop with those. He forgot, “When I’m brushing my teeth, I wish you were brushing yours next to me. When I’m in the shower, I wish you were in there scrubbing my back. When I’m taking a piss…” You get the point. I mean, nice gesture, but it fell kinda flat and went on way too long.
-Next is up Bailey, CO with Blake. They visit Platte Canyon HS where Blake went and is on the Wall of Fame for football with this giant mop of hair. I mean, that’s great and all with a wonderful trip down memory lane, but hey, even I’m on my HS’s Wall of Fame, so is it even really a huge deal? People who take their women back to their HS to show them their pic on the Wall of Fame pretty much confirm that they peaked in HS. I sure did with my athletic career, so it’s ok to admit it and join the club, Blake. Then again, I haven’t taken anyone back to my HS and brought them over to the wall either, soooooo, I win. To make up for his nostalgia tour he took Becca on, he shares the story of how when he was a senior, Platte Canyon HS was unfortunately part of a school shooting in 2006. Unfortunately because we’ve had quite a few of these over the years, I don’t remember this one. Was this major news when it happened? I don’t remember it if it was. Nonetheless, reading up on it, I had no idea any of that happened, and it was horrible for everyone involved. Crazy that he, his sister, and his mom were all there that day. Blake tries to convince Becca that he did have some great memories in high school, and I’m scratching my head to figure out then why is he choosing to tell her about all the sh***y things that happened during that time? After his oversharing last week about his mom finding the man she was going to have an affair with at his high school, he’s doing one hell of a job trying to convince us his high school years were a good time. His mom leaves his dad for his basketball coach and there was a school shooting. Seems like two major crappy memories from high school.
-Anyway, Betty Who? is the surprise performance for Becca in his high school gym and that was exactly my response back the day it was happening, and now. Betty who? I will give her this: she’s a great Pink knock off and can lip sync with the best of them. Oh boy. Now here come all the Betty Who? fanatics. It’s ok, people. Breathe. We’ve seen this time and time again on this show that it’s getting so old, but why do the contestants say, “Oh, I love how so-and-so gave me this surprise.” C’mon Becca. Blake didn’t pick up the phone unbeknownst to producers, dial up Betty Who’s agent, book a concert at his high school, and surprise you all by himself. Here’s how it went: Producers knew Betty Who is your favorite singer and they booked it during Blake’s hometown date. The end.
-At Blake’s parents house, we get more talk of a guy who’s been spurned by his last girlfriend and doesn’t want to be hurt again. Just as I said for Garrett, I’ll say for Blake. We’ve all been hurt or burned in a relationship. All of us. Garrett has a little more leg to stand on in his situation considering he was married to the girl. Blake just apparently got dumped by some heptathlete last year and he’s bummed. But here’s his family yet again reiterating to Becca he’s been through major heartbreak and they’re just being very protective of him. Although they said it’s been two years since he brought someone to Bailey and he dated the heptathlete last year (we saw the pics and video on Twitter), so is that not the girl he’s talking about? Or did he never bring her home? Whatever the case, I think we’re all over every single one of these guys not being able to move on from breakups that happened over a year ago. I’m sure they’re playing it up for cameras because it makes for a better storyline, but it’s getting old.
July 17, 2018 at 10:21 AM
Blake talking Becca to his HS was probably a ruse to see Betty Who in the auditorium. I really, really like Blake. Didn’t notice him too much before now. He should be the next bachelor, guy is too hot and nice. Also, kudos to Blakes’s parents for getting along after such a messy split.
Becca was never picking Colton, so Tia telling her about her feelings didn’t stop anything. Also, I took the Colton Chris conversation as he asking Chris if sex is expected. However, it was a totally planted question, give me a break.
I’m team Blake, unless he does something to blow it.
July 17, 2018 at 11:02 AM
I’m really curious about Robby Hayes being on the show. He’s been dating Scheana Marie from Vanderpump Rules for at least THREE months. AFAIK, they are still together and tweeting each other. He helped her move into her new apartment last month. This makes no sense unless he snuck off to Mexico and didn’t tell her.
July 17, 2018 at 11:20 AM
After seeing how unfairly Becca has treated Colton for 2 episodes straight now, I’m pretty disgusted with her.
I guess Colton didn’t get the word about Becca requiring a coitus curriculum vitae before dating her given how many times Becca has fussed about his lack of “experience”.
Seesh… and all Becca wanted was honesty.
At this point, all I gotta say is #ArieWasRight
July 17, 2018 at 11:56 AM
I believe Becca was referring to relationship experience, not sexual experience. Also, I don’t get how she treated him unfairly at all.
It has already been established she didn’t just get up and leave after he told her; they edited in a restroom break for drama.
If anything I have never gotten the impression that Colton was at all serious about Becca, but rather just playing along.
July 17, 2018 at 1:48 PM
@corn29 — I think it’s understood when you come on this site that you have an understanding of how the show works and how it is edited to fit the plot narrative. My point is – you’re buying into the portrayal of Becca having a strong reaction or opinion to Colton’s lack of sexual experience.
In other words, your reaction is inaccurate because it’s based on editing, not reality.
July 17, 2018 at 5:32 PM
@jlal I have to agree with your perception that Becca has not treated Colton poorly. And the whole Tia thing, geez c’mon girl… two weeks ago you said it’s all good to Becca. Also, Tia and Colton spent a couple days together and Tia has feelies? I don’t buy it. Me thinks Tia is just plain ole jealous of Becca. Dizzy girl that Tia.
July 17, 2018 at 6:37 PM
Thank you oh so very, very, very much for ‘splaining how The Bachelorette works.
I cannot believe I’ve been getting it wrong for so long now.
Thank you, thank you, thank you once again. From the bottom of my heart.
Now run along little princess and do some research so in the future you’re just not parroting this site’s POV.
July 17, 2018 at 7:19 PM
Steve, I know the recaps are totally secondary for you now, but c’mon… Garrett lives in Reno, not Manteca. He’s a pharmaceutical rep, not in on the family farm. It is nothing like Chris Soules in bfe Idaho. Manteca has a Costco and a minor league baseball team and is 1 hour from Oakland international airport. I expect this level of ignorance from Ashley and Ben but not you. Sheesh. Make fun of Garrett for the fact that his tractor was being driven by… yet his IG likes are of … being tossed over the wall? Ahem
July 17, 2018 at 11:33 PM
Okay, so I have been lurking the site for years now, and today I went through the trouble of setting up this login, pw, everything to respond to the inane post that Steve made. I agree with wavecatchingmom about the errors, but here is what is bugging me:
1. Steve telling everyone to not write/comment/react about what a contestant says or does from this show, because instead of saying something negative just let it go. I am sorry but where was this advice when he and AshleymilitantSpivey trashed Garrett? They took on their holier than thou position and lectured everyone about how horrible Garrett is. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not at all supporting any kind of hate-based memes or anything, all I am saying is that how does he and Ashley get to be the people to tell us what we can or cannot react to and how. I am not supporting bullying anyone on the Internet, but for God’s sake, if people question Tia’s intentions or friendship, it’s not that big of a stretch of imagination to see why. Besides, doesn’t Steve threaten all sorts of contestants from this franchise to expose them, what they messaged to other people, etc. and tweet about it day in and day out. When Corinne was on, he didn’t like what she was doing and he trashed her then too. He trashed Arie, Peter, and Nick as well. I am not saying that I love these contestants. I couldn’t care less. But the self-righteousness is absolutely nauseating.
2. Ashley Spivey – WTF is wrong with this woman? Who made her the Bachelor/Bachelorette investigative journalist? Does she get paid to go dig up dirt on contestants? Is she trying to be a mini Steve? You look at her thread on Twitter, where people are engaging her in a civil manner and she is trashing them, left and right, especially if those people are raising decent points without namecallung or being mean. And then she virtue signals to everyone else saying they are bullies. Lady, you’re the bully when you go digging up dirt on people, plaster it all over the Internet, and then state that anyone who doesn’t agree with you is part of the problem and berate them. I mean I am politically on the left and even I get nauseated by how she goes at conservatives. Politics have become so divisive and we don’t listen to each other, and I fully admit 100% that people like Ashley are huge part of the problem. They think they have the right position and go lecturing others. I am sorry, but I doubt that any one polarized view, left or right has the whole picture. We have to talk and not see each other as enemies or think only our way of thinking and doing things is right. Its disgusting to me how she berates people. Her fragility is on high display when someone engages her politely, cogently, and holds their own with her.
I cannot for the life of me see how she is capable of giving any decent advice when she is unable to consider anything else other than her own closed-minded thoughts.
Both Steve and Ashley think that they have become huge celebrities because of the franchise and their role in it and treat so many of the viewers like crap. Its unnecessary. Their connection to this show’s contestants doesn’t make them special or in any way better or superior than anyone that they can feel legitimized for treating people with so much disrespect.
That’s all. This rant was just bubbling up for a while and I had to put it out there.
July 18, 2018 at 2:18 AM
I couldn’t agree more, and I could add more, but not today. 🙂
Ashley S has the ‘c’ word in her Twitter profile thingy, that speaks oodles about her, and I’m not interested in that type of person in anyway.
July 18, 2018 at 6:32 AM
Agree with bachfan2014 and Tinyred. That is why I would never waste my time listening to any podcast of Steve’s with her in it, only Steve’s bachelor podcast. I would bet anything she was one of the bully mean girls in high school. I guess if she can judge other ppl then I can judge her. Way to set an example for her kids with that filthy mouth of hers.
July 18, 2018 at 6:43 AM
> Steve telling everyone to not write/comment/react about what a contestant
> says or does from this show, because instead of saying something negative
> just let it go.
Yep… sometimes it’s okay for one to have an opinion. And if that opinion goes against the grain, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s negative.
While were on the topic of edits/portrayals, I get that this show prods contestants, that things are staged at times, that there are portions which are scripted. BUT, contestants have to own their behavior. No matter how much a producer was in Corinne’s ear for example, her slutty behavior is still her behavior; not ABC’s. Same with Ben or Juan Pablo. The other Ben — the one who proposed to Courtney. Ditto for Becca’s BS that she had to go “gather her thoughts” as some kind of code speak for having to use the toilet.
> Ashley Spivey – WTF is wrong with this woman? Who made
> her the Bachelor/Bachelorette investigative journalist?
Plus, simply clicking the like button on something is not a -ist, -ism, -phobe, or bullying or shaming or hate act. The meme Garrett clicked for the difference between conservative and liberal women was actually kind of funny.
Sometimes stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason… heck, it’s how most of the comedians and late night talk show hosts people worship so much make a living!
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS, Ashley S didn’t personally agree with it. If Colbert did it, for example, she’d be re-tweeting it all over the place.
MOREOVER, Ashley S needs to take a few law classes… when a defendant has an agreement in place in lieu of a sentence, it’s NOT going to show up in a standard background check. It will now for Lincoln though since he failed to meet the terms of the agreement.
July 18, 2018 at 6:45 AM
> I believe Becca was referring to relationship experience, not sexual experience.
You believe wrong then.
Go back and re-watch the last two episodes. Sexual experience, in addition to dating experience, were specifically addressed.
July 18, 2018 at 12:18 PM
I didn’t remember hearing about the shooting at Blake’s school. Much worse than I imagined. I can’t even imagine this and how he seems to be so put together. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platte_Canyon_High_School_hostage_crisis
July 18, 2018 at 1:39 PM
Come on Steve – You don’t remember Roy Rogers and Dale Evans? The King of the Cowboys and his wife.
July 18, 2018 at 5:08 PM
I am notfamiliar with Ashley’s rants, as I never heard her or read anything. But RS always slams people for buying the scripted and edited BS, then does it himself. I also think he is bored with his job. The Garrett mistake is a prime example. Also, how he goes onand on and on how he doesn’t care about anyone on the show. If he doesn’t why is he doing this?
I also stand by my opinion that Becca’s response was edited, she probably didn’t even get up right after he told her. And, Tia and tBecca were playing into the drama.
July 18, 2018 at 5:19 PM
If this shows twice sorry, but it did post the first time. I stand by my opinion that Becca didn’t even get up right after Colton told her. It was edited to look that way. I also don’t think she gave a rat’s a$$ whether he was a virgin or not, because she was no more into him than he was her.
As for RS, he seems bored with his job. He goes on and on how he doesn’t care about anything with the show. He also slams people for buying into the edited drama, then does the same thing.
September 26, 2018 at 3:35 AM
Totally agree with jlal. RS doesn’t like the thing the does. His regular complaining about the show awakes the desire to knock him off. Why are you on the show, if you don`t like it? Stop complaining, dude!