Working two jobs is definitely getting in the way of my bad television habit. So I'm late with my recap, but here it is, so let's talk about what you liked/didn't:
Ben the winemaker opens the show. He's darling, and I like him more hearing him talk. But I still want to give him a haircut. So the first one-on-one is with my favorite: William. In Vegas.
Is it me or does Vegas seem like a terrible place for a first date? I mean, I know, the Vegas tourism board pays a lot to showcase the same restaurant and all the services in the Bellagio, but enough already. We get it. If we want a big, tacky over-the-top date head to the Bachelorette Hotel.
I will take Ashley's convertible Maserati though. In fact, I may have never headed to the airport. That would suck to have to go back to your dentistry-student vehicle after driving that baby.
Personally, I find William's date, where they essentially plan a fake wedding, horrifying, but he's a good sport. In what alternative universe would a woman ever get away with that?
Back at the mansion: The masked crusader has announced he's taken the "stealth" route. You say stealth, I say mentally-unbalanced. I hate the way he lurks about and it seems he thinks he has special powers. He informs us he's watching from "above." He's like watching my ghost shows, but I would MUCH rather run into a ghost than him. HE freaks me out.
In Vegas, Ashley and William row for their dinner into the magical lake of mystery. William wants to be a stand-up comedian. No wonder I love him and he's got the first major qualification: dysfunctional childhood with alcoholic parent. Ashley admits to the same and their date turns into an Al-Anon meeting. But before we have a total buzz kill, let the dancing Disney waters ERUPT!!! Now, they kiss and the crowd claps. Oy. That is not romantic to me. Sorry, that's a bad jr. high date where you have to meet the guy at the water park because neither of you drive and everyone's looking on...and your friends make fun of you. Not that I'm speaking from experience here!
So they fly 11 guys to Vegas for a bad rendition of "So You think you can dance." And they cannot. Jaba wha?
They break up into two groups: "The Best Men" and the "No Rhythm Nation" (They aren't kidding!) Oddly, Bentley, our devoted single dad from Utah likes the dancing and being in front of the crowd. Let me state for the record, it is NOT because he has any talent.
West talks into the camera. A lot. He makes love to the camera. I think it's because he sees his reflection, but don't quote me. He gives the standard Bachelorette lines, "I'm 100% here for you." He tells Ashley it's hard for him to open up and I'd almost believe it if it weren't for the verbal deluge. He tells the story of his deceased wife with too much skill for my tastes. It's well-rehearsed (I would guess from a warm bar stool.) I do not believe a WORD this guy says.
Bentley. He makes her want to be...a weaker woman. She is pathetic with him. Ladies, take notes. When you're acting like this? It's HIM not you. Move away. I don't really buy that he's villain though. He's not even a good tool. Seems like he's looking for a job in acting, and dude, don't quit your day job.
JP and Mickey have a coin flip for a one-on-one. Mickey wins. Mickey is like Clark Kent/Superman. In his glasses, he looks like Leonard on "Big Bang Theory" and without them, yowza, he's John Hamm. Mickey is the kind of guy who is too good looking to actually talk to. I don't care for men who are prettier than me, but Mickey pulls it off. He doesn't get that he's that gorgeous, and after watching their date, I think he's better for Ashley than my fave, William. Mickey seems more mature and more masculine. Plus, he's creative (a chef) but not TOO creative to have a job and be successful.
Back at the mansion: Batman has a sleeping mask on over his regular rubber mask. Dude, is there a closet you sleep in?
The one thing I noticed about the evening is that when she kissed William and Mickey, she bent backwards. But when she kissed JP, she was all-in. I like Mickey and JP for her. I think William is too immature. But he's darling. Didn't watch the Rose Ceremony yet, but I can tell by that kiss JP isn't going anywhere.