The first date is with Becca K. She gets to meet Rachel Zoe and get styled. She also gets to keep a collection of gowns that will come in handy for rose ceremonies. Finally, she gets spiked, sparkly Christian Louboutins. Not bad, Becca, not bad. Arie & Becca make a gorgeous couple. They both have amazing blue eyes and dark hair. Finally, Neil Lane's lackey shows up and brings some borrowed jewelry. Arie uses his signature move and gets all handsy as he puts on the jewelry and moves suavely into a kiss.
Bachelor producers being the shady brats they are, send Becca back to the house to show off her haul. COLD.
Becca dons all her bling and they go to dinner. They have a very normal conversation and it feels very off for the franchise. They actually talk about stuff that MATTERS. What??? Their chemistry seems off the charts. I think Becca is the one to beat.
Meanwhile, back at the house, we're having a discussion about Arie's pillowy lips. Krystal, the fitness coach with the zen voice, gets another one-on-one. Two in a row!
Becca tells about her seven year relationship. I'm going to guess that's the guy who is coming back on the show to "get his woman." If so, dude, you HAD your chance. If you didn't put a ring on it, cry me a dang river.
I have to say, I love that this was just a normal date and they actually got to know each other. What a novel concept.
DATE #2 WITH KRYSTAL -- HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
The date is a private plane ride to Arie's hometown of Scottsdale. LOVE Scottsdale. Seriously, they have an awesome mall where the glass ceiling opens up. Just saying, if you have to live somewhere, that's not bad. They get off the private plane and into a Porsche SUV. She gets a hometown tour, the pizza hut where he worked, the high school he went to, and finally, to his home. He sure has a way of getting women to his place, doesn't he?
These two don't really seem to have the chemistry of he and Becca. We'll have to see if he gets all handsy when they kiss. They are literally watching his home movies, and you know, that's a WEIRD first date. Now, they're meeting the parents. Arie says he needs his family's approval. So yeah, bring the first date. That's not intimidating or anything. Arie's younger brother is there with his new wife. They all seem like really sweet people and Krystal seems to fit right into the group. But later, she turns on the water works and tells Arie her sad tale of woe. She's a deep feeler. He's her friend. I don't see anything between them. Time will tell. To be honest, she doesn't seem to be the one feeling it. She gets the rose as he "loves her story."
And we have the first private concert of the season. Connor Duermit -- very talented. But it's like brother and sister having a dance. Yeah. There's no hands in the kiss.
DATE #3 GROUP DATE DEMOLITION DERBY
Annaliese, who has some kind of bumper car trauma, cries at the thought of this date, but then takes chicks out right and left. Seriously, dressed by Rachel Zoe, private plane to Scottsdale and a demolition derby. Okay, that's fair. Sienne "wins" and gets more time with Arie. Meanwhile, Bibiana is plotting her time with him, while Chelsea swoops in and takes him away instantly. Are there men who like to be pursued, chased and taken down like that? Girl has a lot of testosterone. She uses her time to tell him that she's a single mom. (Ie., she chased the wrong one the first time, I guess.) . He uses his hands, but not as intensely.
Sienne casually lets it drop that she went to Yale and studied abroad. Arie reminds us he barely passed high school and worked at pizza hut. Bibiano is working herself into a frenzy wondering how she'll get time. Until she slams out.
The only girl he really seems into during this date is Bekah. The hands are moving. Sienne gets the rose. Yaley for the win!
At the cocktail party, Bekah says, she's simple, no drama and easy to please. His hands are RACING. Their chemistry is off the hook. Bibiana, meanwhile, is still complaining. Lauren B gets some time, and Krystal interrupts and Bibiana may just spontaneously combust at this point. She finally gets her time and the two of them are like watching paint dry. Krystal interrupts again. You know there's some producer in the background offering her stuff if she interrupts. Or she is genuinely clueless. Bibiana calls her out. "You already have a rose and you already had a one-on-one date." Point, Bibiana.
Finally, the rose ceremony is back where it belongs -- at the end of the episode. Thank you!
The women's faces while waiting for a rose are exactly how I felt when waiting to be called for the cheerleading team in high school and watching others get called up. I'm glad that life ended for me in high school. LOL
The producers once again, so shady. Calling Bibiana last is straight out of a Bravo reunion show. It was worth it to see Krystal's face.
Going home: Valerie, some blonde chick who won't acknowledge Arie and tells him, I'm not sad about you, but leaving my friends. (Jenny) BURN. Though she puts down the taxidermist, and I love her. She's quirky and entertains herself. I sincerely hope this season gets better.