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Bachelor in Paradise 6

“Bachelor in Paradise” – Episode 9 Recap, BIP Reunion Taping Spoilers, & Episode #22 of the “He Said, She Said” Podcast with Ashley Spivey

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I thought one really interesting thing we saw last night showing how much the show was changing, was hearing Blake say people were telling him at the wedding that social media was already all over him. A very meta moment if you ask me. While they’re out there filming the show, Blake is being informed pretty much what the reaction to him was in real time. Can’t say we’ve seen that too many times. I remember on JoJo’s season when Robby had his hometown date, it was brought up that his ex-girlfriend Hope had spoken to the media while he was filming, and that got out. But not too many other times have we seen anything like this happen. Actually surprised they even showed it, but, I’m glad they did. They can’t ignore stuff like this. Because on the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette,” we know those contestants have no idea what the public is saying about them while they’re out filming. So for Blake to be told he’s getting crucified while he was out there was pretty interesting.

The Double Date

We had Old Matt Donald join the show, followed shortly thereafter by Luke S. which meant a double date was happening. This is something I think they’ve done at least once a season. Matt chooses Sydney and Luke chooses Kristina. The most notable thing from this date was the fact that Old Matt Donald doesn’t make out with Sydney because he’s worried about what his mother might think. Does Matt realize what show he’s on? It’s not like he was walking around one day, kidnapped “Old School” style, blindfolded, thrown into the back of a van, and then dropped in Mexico to be on this show. He knowingly applied for and signed up to be part of this. To then say that he feels weird making out on TV seems pretty ridiculous.


Tayshia decides it’s time to pull Derek aside and tell her how she’s really feeling. Which is completely confusing. Because immediately after we saw her make out with JPJ for the first time and they seemingly were becoming an item, the whole Demi/Derek thing blew up, Derek became single, then we realize that Tayshia had her eyes on Derek and she was interested. But then when it came down to making some sort of decision on him, she decided she “couldn’t get there” with him. Which is fine, but she didn’t commit to JPJ either. And then knowing she gives JPJ her next rose, but then they end up breaking up on the show, getting BACK together post-show, but then her having no problems hanging out with another guy last week in Orange County, pretty much confirms what I’ve suspected about Tayshia all along. She’s like a lot of the rest of them. Nowhere near ready to be in a relationship, and is just on the show to gain more followers, attend events, do ads, and enjoy being part of Bachelor Nation. Don’t buy her act ever since she downplayed being in the Bahamas with a guy two weeks before leaving for Colton’s season.

The Return of Dean

Even though we won’t be getting this until tonight, sans mustache, it’s worth talking about. So right when Caelynn and Connor can’t stop implanting each others tongues in the others mouth, Dean will show up tonight to throw a monkey wrench into everything. Not that I buy anything that Caelynn is selling either since Colton’s season, but good Lord, this really makes zero sense on so many levels. Lets look at Caelynn’s journey this summer in just two short weeks:

-Came onto the show with an agenda to character assassinate Blake, even though before the show they were clearly cool with each other and she wasn’t upset in the least bit by anything that happened with them pre-show.

-Once realizing she might not be getting a rose at the first ceremony, makes out with Cam and pretends to like him.

-Dean shows up and it’s church for her. They’re inseparable, she doesn’t care about his lack of a job, being a world traveler, and living in a van. No one makes her feel the way he does.

-Dean leaves her high and dry because he sees nothing post-show, she’s miserable, a crying mess, and wants to leave.

-Connor shows up, she immediately perks up, they hit it off on the same day, she’s making out with him right away, and all the sudden the Dean living in a van and not having his shit together is something she openly talks about.

-Dean shows back up tonight, he asks for her back, and she dumps Connor to leave with Dean.

Were they seen together again in Venice, CA this past weekend? Yes. But I don’t think anyone sees these two together long term. She turned 24 during filming of Paradise. And she’s acting every bit that age. She’s pretty lost if you ask me.

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