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The “Bachelor” Matt – Episode 2 Recap, Queen Victoria, a Mini Format Change Last Night, & More on Rachael

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-The largest group date ever is a bridal photo shoot with Franco, who seemingly is the new Fred Willard, as he’s appearing almost every season now for comedic value. This group date was very similar to Nicks first group date where he had a “Brides and Bridesmaid” theme (also shot by Franco) and one woman stood out to make a name for herself when Corrinne took off her top in the pool. No one took their top off, but yet again, everyone was put off by Victoria’s antics because of her wearing her crown, making it seem like her photo shoot was so much more important than the others, and that it was a “royal wedding.” No, it’s not. It’s a silly photo shoot, but since you have zero self awareness, of course you wouldn’t see that. Plenty of other women throwing subtle shade at Victoria on IG last night, so clearly, they aren’t big fans of her. I can only imagine what the WTA will be like. Victoria will defend herself, everyone will attack her, and we’ll get nowhere.

-Chris Harrison then tells the women they will be playing “Capture the Heart.” They will split up into two teams, run around like chickens with their heads cut off, throw paint and other things at each other, and whichever teams can grab a heart shaped pillow and bring it back to their side wins. Yeah, I know. Don’t ask. There were no rules and it certainly came across that way. There also didn’t seem to be any point to anything since we as an audience had no idea what to even look for or were able to really determine what was happening. But Victoria let us know this game was between “a Queen and her Gestures.” Because of course it was. We got a real rocket scientist here. Oh yeah, the red team won but don’t ask me how. All we saw was MJ running across the woods with a pillow to secure the win, everyone else cheering and hugging her, soooooo, I guess that’s how they won. Made zero sense, like most of this show.

-18 women on the group date, which meant 9 were on the winning team and got to go to the cocktail party afterwards, yet they only showed us Matt talking privately with 3 of those 9 – Lauren, Jessenia, and Victoria. Well, we knew there was no chance in hell that Victoria was getting the group date rose, so it was basically between Lauren and Jessenia. For those that have never noticed or don’t pay attention to that stuff, anytime you wanna know who gets the group date rose if it hasn’t already been spoiled, just look to see who they show the lead having 1-on-1 time with at the after party. Only those people have a chance since it wouldn’t make sense for the lead to give the rose to someone we don’t even see them talk to. So last night’s was either going to Lauren or Jessenia and it went to Lauren. They bonded over their faith (shocker on this show). Oh yeah, and if you paid attention in the very first clip of the show when they fast forwarded to the rose ceremony showing Sarah almost pass out, you saw Lauren standing at the rose ceremony with a rose. So that gave it away too.

-Speaking of Sarah, she had the next 1-on-1 date and they rode biplanes. Nemacolin continues to make La Quinta look like a preschool playground. I mean, it’s not even close the amount of things to do there versus in 118 degree Palm Springs heat. I’m sure Sarah was stoked to ride a biplane since that’s not something many people have probably done, I’m guessing she wasn’t completely thrilled with what the wind did to her hair. Every scene of them in the plane Sarah was wiping her hair out of her face. Publicly? She loved the date and it was amazing. Privately? My guess is she hated it because it’s not really suited for someone with long hair like that. It kinda made a mess of her hair. Women don’t like when one hair is out of place. You really think she enjoyed that? Me neither.

-After the biplane ride, they set up a mini picnic and all this was about was setting up what was to come later, which was, “Will Sarah open up about her father to Matt.” He asked her about her family and specifically asked, “I know you said your mom was excited about you coming here, what about your dad?” That’s such a specific thing to ask someone that, just like the Ben situation last season with Tayshia, I believe either Matt was told Sarah has something about her dad you need to get out of her, or, Matt just flat out already knew about her dad and he was getting her to talk about it. It just doesn’t come across as authentic when it’s asked that way. Her dad has ALS. Maybe she doesn’t want to talk about it. But as we head to dinner between them, we get an ITM of Matt saying “I’ve already had other women being authentic and real.” This need for every contestant to share their inner most secrets, especially on a first date nonetheless, is getting old. It doesn’t mean they’re not vulnerable because they won’t share. It means that maybe they don’t feel comfortable just yet. This show really needs to stop doing this, but I know they won’t.

-At dinner, Sarah gives in to what Matt/producers wanted by sharing that her dad suffers from ALS, it was hard for her to leave him, she almost didn’t do the show…aaaaaannnnd scene. Sarah isn’t long for this show. I’m not sure what episode it is, but she definitely leaves because this situation isn’t for her. I think she struggles with the process of watching Matt date other women, but add that to the fact that she felt guilty about leaving her dad, that’s the reason she eventually eliminates herself from the show. Expect that in the next few episodes.

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  1. rob22

    January 12, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    For those wondering about the “heart” game… which isn’t many of you, I’m sure. What they were playing was a boy scout game called capture the flag. Or should I say, a very loose version of capture the flag. Each team has a flag (heart) they hide on their side of a line dividing the two sides. When I say “Hide”, it still has to be easily visible (lots of complaints can occur on what easily visible means). But anyway, you have to cross into the other teams territory to get their flag (or heart in this case) and bring it back to your side to win. But, once you’re in your opponents territory, you can be “caught” and put in a time out/jail. I won’t go into the details of that. But basically you can’t just walk unimpeded into the other territory and grab the flag. I assume that the “paint” was a way of catching opponents, but it was very unclear how since it seemed that everyone was nailing everyone with paint in a total free for all. And I didn’t see a jail/time out spot. But anyway, this was some sort of lame version of the game anyway. It’s actually super fun with a lot of strategy among players who play often. There are always some who are geniuses at the game. We actually had one guy who had the supernatural ability to get to the flag without being seen (even though you KNEW you had to really be on the lookout for him). It was spooky how good he was. I was not one of those who was even remotely good at the game. But, of course, this version was very stupid and even knowing the game it was hard to see what they were really doing. Certainly just grabbing the flag/heart and running unimpeded to the other side is not something that actually happens That is, unless most of your team is in jail & there’s nobody to stop them. So, there’s that. And there is a strategy of essentially overwhelming the other side by everyone attacking at once (once you know where the flag is) with the idea that they can’t catch everyone (this is make or break. If it works, you win, if it doesn’t work, everyone’s in jail & you lose). I’m sure that’s much more than anyone wanted to know, assuming anyone cared at all. So, cheers!

  2. tiggertamer

    January 12, 2021 at 10:33 PM

    @rob22, I always appreciate your thoughtful and well-written comments. In this case, I enjoyed the explanation of Capture the Flag. I also appreciated your COVID-19 comments in a previous post.

    Regarding Victoria, I think Steve’s take on her personality (disorder) is pretty accurate. And, though I don’t generally care much about fashion, I think Victoria’s level of fashion impairment warrants a comment. In addition to some highly questionable fashion choices, Victoria appears to be unaware of her bra, perhaps thinking it somehow becomes invisible when she puts it on. I hope someone close to her becomes concerned enough about this fashion impairment to help her. This should be a relatively easy fix; she does not have to live like this.

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