Ben & Lauren Series Premiere Recap: Will You Accept This Bachelor Spinoff?

Andy Swift

Confession: I didn’t watch Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell fall in love on The Bachelor, so I had no idea what to expect going into the couple’s Freeform spinoff Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?

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I will say this, though: Based solely on Tuesday’s series premiere, it’s clear to me that Lauren has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. For someone who spent an entire season on a reality dating show, she seems strangely oblivious to how that world works, including her post-Bachelor responsibilities.

Case in point: The big drama of the premiere centers around Ben and Lauren being asked to attend the taping of JoJo Fletcher’s After the Final Rose special. JoJo, of course, was the runner up of Ben’s Bachelor season — he told both women that he loved them, a fact Lauren reminds him of every five minutes — and Lauren is worried that seeing JoJo again could stir up old feelings.

“That’s a weird request,” Lauren says — which it’s not. In reality, It’s a perfectly reasonable request to ask a former cast member of a television show to return for a reunion event. It makes a lot more sense than, say, attempting to install a toilet yourself after merely Googling the procedure.

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Following a few more shenanigans — if someone messed with my Oreos like that, I would call off the wedding immediately — the (mostly) happy couple eventually does go to Los Angeles for the AFR special, bringing us full-circle to where the episode began. (Seriously, there’s less time-jumping on The Flash than there is on this show.)

If nothing else, this first episode did a great job of answering my biggest question about the series, which was: “Why is there a question mark after ‘Happily Ever After’?” It turns out that, as long as JoJo is slithering around on this earth, Ben and Lauren’s future will always remain in jeopardy. So… this should be fun.

Additional Thoughts…

* Ben’s intense fear of clowns is oddly well-timed. I hope he hasn’t been reading the news lately.

* How many shopping carts do you think Ben will break over the course of his lifetime?

* Did Lauren really not know about street sweepers? I think we might have another Jessica “Chicken of the Sea” Simpson on our hands.

* My new go-to excuse for having to get off the phone is: “I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over this really aggressive mariachi band. I’ll call you back.”

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