We begin this week by taking the crew from Los Angeles to Atlantic City, the first stop of The Bachelorette world tour. Only 13 men remain, who will make it to the end of the episode??
The first one-on-one date is with Brad, the accountant.
They spend the first part of the date on the boardwalk riding roller coasters and having a seemingly good time. Someone allowed them to run wild in a candy factory.
The guys- esp Zak - are trying to watch their date from their high rise Atlantic City digs.
Everything seems fine until dinner. The awkward silences go on for an eternity! Then Des invites him to climb a million stairs to the top of a lighthouse only to inform him that he doesn't get a rose, and go home. Brad cried. Why, I am unsure. The saddest part is that Brad perpetuates the stereotype that accountants are boring, which is obviously not true in my case. lol.
So then on the group date, we endure a Mr. America pageant. It was actually pretty funny, and I enjoyed seeing this goofy side of all the guys.
Kasey won with a tap dancing routine.
Zak, who was the first runner up ended up with the rose for the group date because he wrote her a mushy song and sung it for her. Other tidbits be learned, Juan Pablo has a daughter...(?!) is this Daddy edition of the Bachelor or what?? Chris struggles with interview questions, and Mikey wants you to know he isn't just a piece of meat...though he loves showing off his dancing pecks. Oh, people.
Then on the last one-on-one date was with James. ABC threw us for a loop an instead of a fancy extravagant date, they took a helicopter ride to see all the damage from Hurricane Sandy.
We were on a rollercoaster of emotions.
If that weren't sad enough, we meet Manny and Jan. We tour their house that was destroyed in the storm, and they tell their story of how they lost practically everything. It was totally heartbreaking.
Des and James heard that Hurricane Sandy hit right on this couple's anniversary, so they sent Manny and Jan off for the extravagant date meant for them. It was really sweet, and this couple seemed so excited and happy! They ended up having a fab time and I totally teared up when they received a restored copy of their wedding album <3 so sweet.
Pause for soapbox moment. There were people tweeting about how, oh thanks ABC, send them on a fancy date when they probably just want their house to be livable, etc. Crap like this really gets me because people want to go on and on about how whatever you did isn't enough. Can't you just be happy that these people got to escape their reality for a night and have a nice memory. You know, you tweeter didn't sell all your belongings to help victims either, you probably just sent a text to whereever to donate $10 and think you are Superman or whatever and have free reign to criticize any good deed. Stuff like this I feel discourages people from doing anything because they can't do everything, and it is beyond dumb. ABC could have sent them to NYC and they would have been all fabulous and we'd be none the wiser, but they instead probably got the Red Cross some more donations/publicity and gave Manny and Jan a night to remember in exchange for them sharing their story. (which isn't exploitation in the slightest either, other tweeters.) Plus, who doesn't have insurance on their home - that is who is supposed to pay for repairs, not TV companies.
So yeah the whole date was depressing, but you feel like James and Des are really connecting...
Until James admits to Des that he cheated on his girlfriend of 5 years. Whomp whomp.
She appreciates his honesty, but if I were her I'd appreciate to know that when no one is home he likes to take bubble baths and eat chocolate covered strawberries. For real.
So then Bryden was being weird. He didn't really get any time with Des this week and he felt his fire for her was dimming. I think he is just worried that she is connecting with the other guys, and isn't all about Bryden, so he is going to reject her before she can reject him. I heard some rumors that he's got a gal back home, so who knows. She ended up keeping him and getting rid of Zack with a C. Who is that guy?!
Plus a total swoon moment with Chris. I totally want him to lose so he can be the next Bachelor.
So this week we said goodbye to Brad and this Zack person.
Next week we're in Munich!
What did you think of this week's episode??