Because she's been there and done that, literally, former Bachelor contestant/tear fountain Ashley Iaconetti is recapping this season of The Bachelorette for Cosmopolitan. With insider insight as well as a clear eye for what's going down both in front of and behind the cameras, read on for her thoughts.
This post contains spoilers for last night's episode of The Bachelorette.
This week was really a mini-episode with an hour long recap of the first half of the season attached to the end. The first hour focuses on who else, but Luke P. Like I said last week, I expected him to get a second chance, but didn’t expect him to get a rose until the rose ceremony. I obviously have my doctorate in Bachelorette Theory because that’s exactly what happened. Luke demonstrates more passion and emotion when groveling his way back into the competition. We’ll see if this expressive behavior Hannah craves continues, or if he goes back to dropping lines and stirring up drama. If my studies serve me well, the teaser alludes to Luke P. making it much further into this season. (We’ll get to this in my preview breakdown soon.)
Luke goes home and tells the guys that Hannah didn’t give him a rose on the date and admitted that it was her worst date thus far. This had to be tough to confess. Garrett asks Luke if he brought up any of the other men on the date. He says he kept his promise and didn’t speak about others. Only minutes later, we find out this isn't true when Garrett prompts Hannah. Garrett officially seems more infatuated with the drama than Hannah when he heads back to the group at the pre rose ceremony cocktail party and informs everyone that Luke is still talking to Hannah about the other guys. With all due respect, Garrett, you’re kind of doing the same thing as Luke by always bringing him up during your solo time.
The bickering begins and Hannah can’t take it anymore. She tells the men how fed up she is of them constantly putting the focus on Luke. She explains that she’s turned off by everyone because of their behavior. Hannah wants the guys to drop the drama and allow her to figure out the Luke situation on her own. She doesn’t need their help and she’s tired of talking about stupid shit.
When she walks away and downs her champagne, Hannah hears the fighting carry on proving the men aren’t listening to her. She cancels the rest of the party after standing up for herself like a queen. At the proceeding rose ceremony, she eliminates Devin (who basically didn’t speak until this episode), Kevin (who had yet to kiss her), and the “unemployed” Grant. (Pretty much everyone is unemployed by Week 6 of filming, to be fair.)
Completely thrown off by the everyone’s obsession with taking Luke down, along with her own confusing emotions, the rest of the episode consists of pow wows with Chris Harrison. She needs to work through the drama with the show’s staple mentor. Hannah doesn’t even know if there’s someone she feels intensely for at this point. She’s too frustrated and overwhelmed to develop real feelings. She ponders how this process has worked for anyone.
Honestly, we don’t learn much in the hour long recap. I’m not sure why we got this recap instead of dates in Latvia. I can only think that they’re trying to drag out the season.
Because there’s not much more for me to analyze in this week’s episode, I want to pick apart the super teaser. Yes, we’ve seen the clip of Hannah saying she’s had sex and Jesus still loves her a number of times now. This new teaser has now given us more context to this soundbite. Luke P., who infamously found God in the shower after banging too many girls in college, wants he and Hannah’s marriage bed to be pure. He says something along the lines of not wanting her to sleep with any other men there. In the same jacket she’s wearing in this scene at a dinner table, Hannah gets fired up, saying she has had sex (in a way that makes it seem like she’s had sex recently on this season, not in her past back home). But really, that's just an educated guess.
Does this mean Luke P. made it as far as overnight dates and that conversation takes place at a dinner scene before the card is normally handed out?! Or did she possibly pull a Kaitlyn Bristowe or Bachelor Bob and sleep with someone before the fantasy suite? Hannah’s not being shy about her sexuality between the way she speaks about it in the teaser and the streamy scenes.
It seems (keyword) that Luke ends up slut shaming her after the pure marriage bed conversation and the powerful, self assured woman that Hannah is sends that asshole home...finally. Hannah has every right to do whatever she wants sexually, but I do have to say that sex and the fantasy suite can cause issues in a Bachelor franchise relationship post-show. Imagine your significant other sleeping with someone else less than one week before proposing to you. This is why there’s less sex happening in the fantasy suites than you think.
In another new teaser scene, we see Chris Harrison telling Hannah that a man is there with a ring in his pocket ready to propose to her. Does this happen once she’s narrowed the group down to the top two? Doesn’t seem like it or it wouldn’t be such shocking news. Is this one of her eliminated men coming back or an old flame from home? Possibly? Whomever it is, he’s deeply upsetting Hannah. Again, this is all speculation and we’ll have to watch what actually unfolds over the rest of the season to know anything for sure. I can't wait.
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