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The Bachelorette 16 - Clare

The “Bachelorette” Clare – Episode 1 Recap, Ratings, Yosef, & Luke Parker Thoughts

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-We start off by basically getting a 15 minute recap of what the pandemic did to this show. Yay! More reminders of how shitty 2020 has been! What, you couldn’t throw in some political debate stuff? Maybe show us footage of Karen’s in grocery stores yelling at people because she doesn’t want to wear her mask? I understand that we’re in this place now of airing this season months after it was supposed to because of the pandemic, but, it’s almost like there was too much pandemic stuff last night. I think people are over it in terms of having to see how its affected others. We know it has. It’s affected everyone in some way. But watching more and more footage of it gets old after a while. Or maybe that’s just me. Literally the first 1/8th of this show was all based in pandemic stuff, and then numerous references to it throughout the show. I’m good. Thanks.

-We got to re-live Clare telling Juan Pablo off. Something we saw just two months ago during the GOAT episode. We also got to see what Clare did during the pandemic – sleep in, walk her dogs, meditate, aaaaaaannnnnnddddd…that’s it. Yup. Pretty much what a lot of us have done. We also got to see her get the phone call from Chris Harrison telling her she’s the “Bachelorette.” That’s kinda the new thing they do. We saw it with Hannah Brown last season and now Clare. We never see them doing that with the “Bachelor.” Why? Because the guy probably won’t get emotional? It’s almost like if they show that now and the woman doesn’t get emotional, then she’d be looked at differently and compared to others. Just seems like this is unnecessary to show, especially when you don’t do it for the “Bachelor.”

-Hey, did you know that they did tons of testing at La Quinta and you couldn’t go on the show unless you were negative? Yeah, not sure if you knew that. That’s another thing that they seemingly wasted time on last night. I think it’s a fairly well educated audience that watches this show. Pretty sure we’re well aware that if you tested positive for COVID-19, you weren’t going to be allowed on a show where you interacted every day with a group of guys and got to make out with Clare. Call me crazy. But hey, here’s Chris Harrison doing his best Maury Povich impersonation showing up at Clare’s door with this announcement: “I got your final test results.” Man, the times we’re living in. Not 8 months ago if that line would’ve been delivered to someone on this show, pretty sure all of us would’ve giggled under our breath a few times.

-In replace of intro videos from the guys, we got to see the guys arriving in Palm Springs, quarantining, getting tested, and basically doing whatever it is they chose to do in their room for a week before filming began. Lets take Mike Tobin for example. He got in a bubble bath with a make shift Clare made out of soap bars and wash rags. Ben Smith meditated in his sink. Other guys worked out. I think the intro videos should’ve been shown (if any were even done) since one of the main things I noticed during limo entrances last night was that there were a ton of dudes that never said their name to Clare. At least, it wasn’t shown if they did. I’m sure intro videos were done for guys who were originally set to be on cast in March. Once filming re-started in July, I’m guessing production crews weren’t sent to hometowns to film intro packages of any new guys who weren’t in March’s cast. Either way, I don’t think many people focus on the names on the screen during limo entrances, do they? Just seemed like in years past, a priority was made to show each person out of the limo saying their name and greeting the lead. Sooooo many times last night it was skipped over and we never saw that. Just something I noticed.

-Then again, any guy who came after Dale could’ve said they were Leonardo DiCaprio and I don’t think Clare would’ve batted an eye at it. I’d say overall limo entrances this season were pretty tame compared to season’s past, but there were some doozies. Per usual, on the next page I will break down the limo entrances that stood out since I’m not about to comment on 31 guys when in reality only one really even mattered to Clare.

Limo Entrance thoughts on Page 3…

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  1. crushonspivey

    October 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    Last night confirmed what we all already knew–Clare got issues. Yeah she is very beautiful, but she is also very off. Crazy eyes, weird speaking cadence, and just a bit unhinged. Gonna make for some solid episodes if they let it play out and don;t hide it.

  2. adelina

    October 14, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Speak for yourself “crushon..”. Categorizing someone as “having issues” is such an easy take and the most low hanging fruit when it comes to labeling women. I didn’t see Clare’s “crazy eyes” but I see you found lots to dislike including she’s “off” and “unhinged.”

    Clare was great. There is no “beautiful, but….” for me.

  3. justsaying

    October 14, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    She really pounced on Dale before he’s even ready to kiss her during the FIR

  4. rob22

    October 14, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    On one hand, I get having a visceral attraction to someone immediately. We’re wired for that. But, I mean, you go on a dating show known for phonies who want to promote themselves & basically call “game over” after the limo entrances? That’s just bizarre and really wacky. Isn’t Clare the one the show portrayed on BIP, or similar, as talking to a lizard? This is so off the rails. I, for one, am glad that Taysha gets to take over. I don’t think I could handle Clare for the whole season.

  5. tinyred500

    October 14, 2020 at 12:57 PM

    I don’t mind Clare, I don’t think she’s crazy, impulsive yes. I would want time to see if the one I liked was trustworthy and not there for the fame etc. I think Taysha will be a great Bachelorette, as far as that role goes.

    For the record @Rob22, it was a raccoon not a lizard! Lol Clare said it was a set-up and she was actually speaking to a producer.

    As for Luke Parker. I totally understand why he wanted to speak out and defend himself. The franchise has a dire record of setting contestants up and making them look bad. The franchise has changed a lot of contestants lives for the better, but it’s ruined some reputations too, and this shouldn’t be swept under the carpet and ignored. However, I did read his contract expired in July this year, why didn’t he wait till it expired (like all the others do) before speaking out?

  6. tinyred500

    October 14, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    On reflection, I’m not sure raccoons exist in Mexico?! …it was a ‘fluffy thing’ Clare was seen speaking to. Lol

  7. jessie

    October 14, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Clare is just a bit off to me – she is way too emotional and is so guided by desperation – it’s pretty sad. She is very pretty (although – how much of her is real? not that that really matters I guess) I can’t imagine a man wanting to put up with that level of emotional basket case. I have known guys that get themselves into those situations and end up regretting it massively – but can’t deal with what it would mean to get out of it. Anyway – still silly fun so watch on I will. 🙂 Maybe Clare will end up with the happy emotion. lol

  8. safetyprincess

    October 15, 2020 at 6:36 AM

    Why was there no mention of her engagement to Benoit? Or does that demonstrate Clare’s history of jumping in without thinking too much?

  9. jessie

    October 15, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Oh – I forgot her other engagement. She does jump so quickly – typical of an overly-emotional person.

  10. mgb970

    October 15, 2020 at 8:48 PM


    > Last night confirmed what we all already knew–Clare got issues.

    Yep. I’ve been on the fence about that previously. I mean who is as smoking hot as Clare — look at all that beauty, and 39 never married or no family? Nobody who doesn’t come with a LOT of baggage that is.

  11. mgb970

    October 15, 2020 at 8:49 PM


    > She really pounced on Dale

    Jeez no kidding. I don’t know how RS says they’ve never met before the show and she’s ready to do him right then and there.

  12. mgb970

    October 15, 2020 at 8:52 PM

    I don’t know what y’all think but Tyler C is giving me a Lee Garrett vibe.

  13. mgb970

    October 15, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    Some of these guys need a tailor. Their suit pants look like capris.

  14. shellylite

    October 18, 2020 at 2:39 AM

    Claire doesn’t have “issues” or crazy eyes. That’s what sexist people say about women. If you don’t like her, say you don’t like her, don’t say she’s got “crazy eyes” whatever that means. Half the guys she met had “crazy eyes”.
    I hate how men are wearing super short pants now with no socks. It looks almost as ridiculous as rolling around in a bubble.

    I’ve never seen one of these shows end early because someone had a contestant picked out almost immediately.That has happened before and they didn’t end the season, so, it’s weird.

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