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“Reader Emails,” & Mini BIP Episode 5 Recap

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Well that sure was an interesting night last night. I’m sitting watching Paradise minding my own business and the power goes out with 30 min left in the show. I’ve been in this house 5 years (almost exactly to the day), and I can count on one hand how many times the power has gone out. When it has, it’s momentarily and comes back on seconds later. There was no storm last night, no rain, nothing. I guess something must’ve happened to a power line. After about 30 minutes, I realized it was probably lasting longer than normal. So Luka and I just sat there in the dark doing nothing other than me reading stuff on my phone while Luka jumped in my lap. At 11:00pm, power finally came back on after 2 ½ hours. It’s amazing how little there is to do during a power outage. Seems simple, but outside of looking on your phone, what is there to do? Nothing. I did take Luka on a walk to kill time and saw that other houses were out so it wasn’t just mine. But yeah, I realized Tuesday night is my biggest night of shows DVR’d so either some never fully recorded or some didn’t record at all that started after 9:00. First world problems I tell ya’. I guess you could say I’m a fan of electricity. Let not have that happen again. Thanks.

Small BIP recap coming since, well, I only saw the first 90 minutes, and secondly, not a whole hell of a lot happened last night. There were three major storylines, and that was: the arrival of Leo and him invading the Joe/Kendall relationship, Colton and Tia (shocker), and Benoit arriving putting a wrench into the Jordan/Jenna relationship. Nothing that happened was too much of a surprise, but there were some things to note in these relationships.

-The funny thing about Leo (if there is anything that could possibly be funny), is the fact that all this went down before news broke of his past, his alleged treatment of women, his Twitter meltdown with Bekah, etc. So to hear all the women swooning over Leo showing up like he was some Greek God was utterly hilarious and I’m sure all of them felt like taking a cold shower watching that back last night.

-The Leo/Kendall connection was interesting because they didn’t address the fact they were talking/seeing each other before the show started. They were. Not sure why they wanted to hide it, but by all accounts, they were very much talking, had been on date(s), and they knew they were both going on the show. Kendall was not surprised he was there as much as she tried to pretend she was. Say what you will about Leo, but he’s much more geographically desirable to Kendall than Joe is. That’s just a fact. They live in the same city. One thing Joe has going for him? He doesn’t have multiple women accusing him of sexually harassing him. So I guess he’s got that going for him.

-As for their date and that whole romance novel by Jorge bringing back Ben, Amanda, Arie & Lauren, uuhhhhhh yeah, your guess is as good as mine. That thing couldn’t have been any more stupid if they tried. I get that was just their way to shoehorn in former contestants for cameo’s, but at least have them do something that’s relevant to the episode. Talk to the cast, be part of a date, be judges in something, hand out a date card, etc. None of that was remotely interesting. Just bizarre all around. The best thing to come out of it? Arie & Lauren will forever be referred to as Raul & Margarita. I hope they put those names on their wedding invitations.

-As for Colton & Tia, just when you think things are going as well as they can be since the two arrived, someone’s got to throw the ol’ monkey wrench into the situation, and we’re back to more crying and questioning by Tia. That person happened to be her good friend Raven who came in and laid the smackdown to Tia questioning Colton’s motives. Nothing Raven said was out of line in my eyes. Hell, I’ve been saying the same thing since he was confirmed as a contestant on Becca’s season. And seeing the way Tia has acted over him all season, there’s definitely a reason for us to question why she feels this way. Somehow, the two of them ended on the note of being boyfriend/girlfriend, which only lasts a couple days in Paradise time, but a week in TV time. Since next week is when I believe Tia and Colton break up and leave the show. So for those asking, they are not together. I know she posts on IG about him and they talk to each other on social media, but are they a couple? No. Probably for the best.

-The Benoit entrance was right around the time my power went out, but just looking at the previews for the episode that ran during commercial breaks, I’m well aware they hit it off and it had Jenna questioning her relationship with Jordan. Since we know how that all ends up, I guess it doesn’t make much sense to dissect the Jenna/Benoit relationship. One thing I think producers could’ve done is maybe given Jenna a mirror at some point before her crying ITM when her lipstick looked like Heath Ledger’s as the Joker. Not to mention Benoit had it smeared all over his lips. Maybe when you’re down in the heat and humidity of Mexico you don’t go full blast with your lipstick. Just sayin’.

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  1. dogmomma

    August 22, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Am I just imagining things, but is this season deeper in the gutter than other seasons? The Tia/Colton relationship has been crammed down our throats and every comment I see on Twitter is about how sick people are of seeing them and not other people. And the shady characters seem to be prominent this time, unless I’ve just forgotten other seasons. On the other hand, as much as I disliked Jordan on Becca’s season, I found him to be fun to watch last night. Maybe that was because nothing else was entertaining. Actually the funniest part of the whole show was when my husband walked in after the Jenna and “Ben Wa” makeout session and he wanted to know what was wrong with the guy because the bottom half of his face was so red.

  2. jlal

    August 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    I too thought Jordan was funny, until he was not. His humor is always at someone else’s expense; he lashed out at innocent people when angry; he hit below the belt; he’s petty and viscous; insecure; and jealous, both of which are not good qualities. So, yeah I’m pretty much over the Jordan show now.

    Interesting that Kendall and Leo had something going before the show. I couldn’t believe how Leo told her he’d be upset if she kissed someone else, after sucking face with Chelsea a few minutes after sucking face with her. What a douche with a double standard too.

    Pissed they didn’t keep Bibi there, since they used her to keep Colton around for their lame story line with Tia. Also, I believe Colton cares for Tia, he just cares for being the bachelor more.

    The entire Jorge photo shoot and Ben, Amanda, Arie, Lauren fiasco was a groaner. WTF? Why did they even bother with that, I don’t get it at all. How in anyway did that enhance the show or move the narrative forward?

  3. tinyred500

    August 22, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    I think the initial concept of BIP was a fun one. However, even in the first series didn’t AshLee F stalk Graham B on SM? Maybe even had contact with him before filming? All that beforehand contact has gradually got worse as the years wore on. It’s got tackier and sillier since series 3 and completely lost the plot last year….with that scandal.

    I agree it all seems so contrived now and even at the start of this years series, didn’t Chris Harrison say to them all how BIP does work because of Tanner and Jade and Evan and Carly? It seems a big sell for them to aim for an engagement. I think most viewers are okay with some contrived and manufactured drama, but if it comes across as 100% fake and contrived and just a downright slutfest, it won’t wash (with the viewers) and the franchise is on an even slipperier slop then we thought.

    I’m not sure what RS is alluding to with Kevin though.

  4. tinyred500

    August 22, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    With Jordan, there is a possibility that he’s hamming it up for the cameras, I wouldn’t put it past him. Not a great excuse or good look though regardless.

    I must be the only one that doesn’t like Bibiana! Lol

  5. jlal

    August 22, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Tinyred, I too didn’t understand the Kevin comment. I like Bibi because she seems real, unlike most of them.

  6. adelina

    August 22, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    I think it’s very possible that Colton has not come to terms with his sexual identity, thus the virginity and thus the lackluster pursuit of women/Tia.

    I do not see for the life of me the attraction of Leo. Even putting aside his skeezy past, he’s just gross to me.

  7. tinyred500

    August 23, 2018 at 12:43 AM

    Colton’s emotions appear to be all
    over the place, there could be an underlying reason or he could just not be as stable as he should be. Overall, I just feel he has a lot of maturing to do.

  8. tinyred500

    August 23, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Bibi is down to earth I totally agree, I just didn’t like her edit on The Bachelor. I’m an episode behind on BIP, and I’ve re-evaluated my opinion of her, her and Kendall are the best out of the girls so far.

  9. corn29

    August 28, 2018 at 6:33 AM


    Make it 2.

    I cannot stand Bibi.

    Whiny AND entitled is never a good combo.

    Good riddance!!!

  10. nursej

    August 28, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Agree 100% with Adelina!

  11. stars5026

    August 29, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Not sure where you got this information from but the idea that Kendall and Leo dated before BIP is completely false. Your sources aren’t very reliable if that’s what you’ve been told. They followed each other on Instagram but they never dated or came anything close to that.

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