What a week, Bachelor Nation! Over the last two nights we’ve seen a little bit of everything. From the heartbreaking goodbye with Luke, to the romantic overnights in Thailand, to the contentious fight between Chad and, well, everybody on The Men Tell All. Let’s dive in.
We picked up on Monday where we left off last week. JoJo was crying on a tarmac and trying to figure out what to do about her feelings towards Luke. Luke had finally opened up and told her how he felt, and it was everything she had always wanted to hear from him. Unfortunately, she had already made up her mind and emotionally prepared herself to say goodbye to Luke. I’m not sure she knew if she was making the right decision, even after she made it. JoJo liked Luke so much from the very first night, and I’m not sure she thought she would ever say goodbye to him. Luke, a military man, had been trained to leave his emotions at the door, but he fought through and finally let down his walls, but it was too late. JoJo knew this was a turning point for her: saying goodbye to men she never thought she could say goodbye to.
Every cloud has a silver lining though, and JoJo, Chase, Jordan, and Robby were going to get to continue to explore their relationships in beautiful Thailand. We’ve been to Thailand a few times over the years, but the country is so vast and diverse, there is so much left for us to explore, even after this amazing trip.
We all saw how Jordan and Robby’s overnight dates went, and it is clear, at least now, that JoJo has feelings for both of them that are irreversible. And it seemed as if Chase was going to further complicate things for JoJo. She already really knew she was falling madly in love with two men, and that was something she never thought would happen, even though it’s exactly what happened with her and Lauren on Ben’s season. Part of me wonders if JoJo accidentally closed herself down with Chase because she already knew she couldn’t say goodbye to either Robby or Jordan. We may never know. She may never know. The heart works in mysterious ways, and sometimes the mind overrides the heart and tries to protect you by not letting anyone in. Was this the case with Chase?
Sometimes during a breakup, you say things you don’t want to say and sometimes you know you made a mistake. Chase felt that way, and I’m glad he got the opportunity to express his kindness and gratitude to JoJo before he flew home to America. Chase is a great guy, and it would be so unfortunate if someone viewed him otherwise just because of a few angry moments.
JoJo is down to two men, but 18 other men descended upon Los Angeles for the Men Tell All, and boy was it heated. We don’t need to recap everything here, but there are a few things I want to mention.
Chad is unapologetically Chad. I don’t endorse or condone Chad’s actions, but I do respect the fact that he takes full ownership for how people feel about him, whether it’s good or bad. Part of me wishes he could see other people’s feelings as a higher priority, and obviously I think he should cool it with the threats, but it’s so easy to blame the situation for who you are. Chad owns who he is. It may not be a very good guy, but that’s really a choice he is free to make. Not everyone has to be liked, and Chad has proven that being disliked is something he is very, very good at.
You didn’t get to see Wells in the hot seat and that’s a shame, because Wells is a hilarious guy with a great heart. We loved watching his love story, but do not fear, because he will be back on Bachelor in Paradise very soon, along with Evan, Daniel, Vinny, Grant, and, of course, Chad.
JoJo was as gracious as ever, and she was truly happy to see all the men that were kind enough to join her on her journey to find love. The way Luke told her that he was so thankful for all they had been through really melted the hearts of everyone in the audience.
Next week is going to be wild. On Monday night, we will be coming to you LIVE from Los Angeles with JoJo and the final two men! Who will JoJo pick? Will it be Robby or Jordan? And what has happened since then? Join us live for the most dramatic night of the summer.
That is until the next night. Tuesday is the premiere of the third season of Bachelor In Paradise. The Twins, Lace, Amanda, Nick, Jubilee, Evan, and Chad will be back for what promises to be the best part of your week for the next six weeks. We hope you join us all summer, and we promise to keep you on the edge of your seats. Until next week, Bachelor Nation!
The Bachelorette season finale airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.