tijuana sunrise- bip4: episode 5

BIP 4-5 - Raven_WhatDatMoufDoTho

My Takeaways

The episode starts with a really fun game of ‘what dat mouf do tho’ between Alexis and Jack Stone. Unfortunately for my favorite human ever, Alexis, Jack thinks she took it too far when trying to feed him a dead crab. I tend to agree, but it shouldn’t cost her her rose, Jack!

Christen arrives and Jasmine tells her that she shouldn’t bother talking to Matt or Derek because it would be a waste of time. This is repeated by Jack Stone who tells her those two are coupled as well as Dean and Kristina. I find it interesting that everyone says Dean and Kristina are a couple instead of Dean and DLo. Matt interrupts Jack Stone to talk to Christen and to tell her that he isn’t actually spoken for. He doesn’t want to tie himself down and just wants to have fun in Paradise. Christen thinks that she and Matt were vibing so she asks him on the date which he accepts. This is also known as lighting the fuse on the Jasmine Bomb.

Matt tells Jasmine that Christen asked him on a date, and Jasmine tells him he’s not going. He asks her if he can go and she ultimately says that if his heart desires to go on a date with Christen then he can do whatever he wants. When a girl says that, she does not mean it, especially Jasmine. Jasmine decides the best thing to do is to confront Christen and goes to find her while she’s getting ready for the date. Christen tries to tell Jasmine that Matt told her that he wanted to go on the date and that he wasn’t spoken for but Jasmine has a forceful personality and steamrolls her. She tells Christen that she thinks its slimy that she asked Matt on the date when she knew the two of them had a thing. It’s interesting that Christen is getting this reaction for asking Matt when DLo didn’t get it as bad when she asked Dean. To me, it seems like Kristina and Dean have a more real connection than Jasmine and Matt, and least one that was reciprocated. I wonder what it is about Christen that is producing this ire?

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Christen and Matt seem to be having a fine time on their date, but Jasmine can just not let it go. She spends the entire time they are on their date bad mouthing Christen, telling mean stories about her, and genuinely making herself look bad. Jasmine tells everyone she will just make out with Matt when they get home, which is just an awful thing to do. Generally, it just left a bad taste in my mouth for all of the malicious badmouthing going on, when Christen wasn’t there to defend herself.

In addition to the behind the back badmouthing, there is a whole story about Christen eating scallops in a car with her fingers, and everyone thinks it is so funny. Funny enough that when Christen orders shrimp and is eating it with her fingers, everyone can’t stop laughing at her. WHO CARES??!? You’re telling me that all of these people eat peel-and-eat shrimp with a fork? That is not natural and weird and everyone is just being mean. I don’t like it.

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At night, Robby tries to woo Amanda with glow sticks in a pool. Seeing her reject him for a kiss continuously amuses me to no end. Sarah talks to Adam about where they stand and he says he’s trying to figure out what his feelings between her and Raven are. Sarah doesn’t like this answer, as she doesn’t want to play second fiddle to anyone. She is right when she says she doesn’t deserve that, but it’s the nature of Paradise. Dean and Kristina chat and I’m with Kristina when she says that Dean had basically told her that he is just going to do him. He wants to keep getting to know DLo and wants her to stay around but also wants Kristina to stay around. She is annoyed that he is leading them both on but Dean doesn’t see it that way.

Taylor and Derek have a weird argument about their relationship in which they talk about how much they’ve learned about each other but apparently, they haven’t learned enough. Taylor tells him he shuts down when he is annoyed and his response is “F*ck you”. Derek, you need to learn more about Taylor so that you can recognize that that would trigger (ugh hate that word) her. I actually believe in Taylor and Derek as a couple because this is a fight that a normal couple would have, while they are learning about each other. A not normal fight is because they have gone on dates with multiple women in a one week period. That being said, I think Derek did try and understand and apologize and Taylor just wasn’t ready to hear it.

At the rose ceremony, a lot of roses are up for grabs. Raven grabs Adam and he gives her reassurance that he wants to explore where things are going with her and kisses her. However, when Sarah talks to him he tells her that he enjoys Sarah because she is great at communication and that they have a different type of firework. Then he kisses her. ADAMMMM!

Diggy pulls Lacey aside because he wants to check in on her. She starts in on him about how she is so disappointed in him and that he isn’t the kind of guy that she thought he was. Diggy is trying to explain himself, and she will not let him get a word in. He tells Lacey that he is confident in giving his rose to Dominique this week and she is flabbergasted. To be honest, I’m not going to be sad to see Lacey go because I think she needs to work on her communication in a relationship before she is ready to make something work.

Dean tells Kristina that he puts her feelings before his in most circumstances and that he cares so much about her feelings. He says he considers her feelings in every decision that he makes. Kristina melts at hearing this and feels confident that she is going to get Dean’s rose. However, Dean’s actions do not indicate that he puts Kristina’s feelings above his own because he pulls DLo away to talk to her. She tells him that he needs to man up and make a decision. Dean takes that as his cue to go in and kiss her, really taking into consideration Kristina’s feelings.

Amanda continues to rebuff Robby’s advances, even as he gives her presents and tries everything to woo her. I think the cast is rooting for Robby to get that kiss, which Amanda is not giving up easily. Unfortunately for my amusement, she finally gives in and Robby gets his kiss.

Derek and Taylor have a conversation and continue to handle their relationship as an actual real relationship. Derek apologizes for triggering Taylor, and they talk through their issues. I’m actually rooting for these two.

Matt and Christen talk and he tells her that he is in an uncomfortable situation because he doesn’t like to hurt people. He communicates that he doesn’t know if her rose is going to come from him and he has to talk to Jasmine. Christen take this to mean that he wants to give her his rose but isn’t out of sympathy for Jasmine. I didn’t exactly get that but you do you, Christen. When talking to Jasmine, Matt tells her that there is something that is keeping him from falling for anyone in Paradise and that he doesn’t really think they would work long term because they are so different. Matt tells her that he is glad that he came but that he is ready to go home.

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Jasmine and Christen are both left in tears over Matt leaving and both left to fight for the rose of Jack Stone. Christen seems to have the upper hand with her last minute make out session with him.

We don’t get a rose ceremony to end the episode but we do get an additional Bachelor, Lacey’s dream guy, Daniel. Who will he give his rose to – we’ll just have to wait for the next episode to find out.

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

There wasn’t a ton of fashion that I loved this week but no surprise, Kristina was the one in an outfit I loved.

BIP 5-4 - Kristina Romper

I think Kristina’s romper is L’Atiste but I couldn’t find the exact one. Here is a similar romper in cream, and if you liked the floral print, this dress is similar (both really affordable!)

One more episode to catch up….except there is a new episode tonight. We’ll see how it goes. As always, I’d love to hear any feedback from you – you can always find me @third_and_girl on Twitter.

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mai tai-bip 4: episode 4

‘I’m over halfway done with the catch-up! Let’s get to Episode 4!

My Takeaways

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We get to the action pretty quickly with Sarah’s arrival, and Raven instantly knows that she is going to go after Adam. During the shutdown, Raven and Sarah stayed at Adam’s place and Raven walked in on the two of them cuddling. Knowing that he and Raven had been on a date, Sarah checks with Adam about where they stand. He acknowledges that he and Raven had a great date but also says he would say yes if she asked him. During girl chat time, Raven gives her blessing for Sarah to go on the date with Adam but, all of the girls push Ben Z. After not being wowed by her conversation with Ben, Sarah asks Adam on the date.

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Sarah and Adam go to dinner and out dancing on their date, and Adam acknowledges that Sarah has an energy, or ‘something’ as he calls it, that Raven does not have. Sarah works to confirm that Adam would have asked her out on a date in the “real world” and they share some kisses. Overall, uneventful.

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Back at the resort, Wells and Danielle are chatting at the bar. The friendship between these two is so endearing and they make a deal if they are both single in 5 years they are going to be together. Why wait the 5 years?

The next day, Lacey gets a date card. She is adamant that the person that she takes on the date wants to go because they are romantically interested in her, not because they just want to be friends. As discussed in earlier posts, if she wasn’t so brash and dismissive, I think the men would be much more interested. She’s talking to Ben Z. and says, “As of now it’s not you, but I’ll let you know.” What a way to a man’s heart. Matt plays it best by saying that if she asked him it would be a mostly friendship date because he thinks her and Diggy would have the best time together. Taking his advice, Lacey asks Diggy who accepts.

BIP 4-4 - Diggy_Lacey_Makeout

The two of them go on one of Jorge’s Tour-ges which involves riding horses to a beach where he was conceived. Diggy genuinely seems to be into Lacey, and the two of them have the romantic time that Lacey was looking for.

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Back at the resort, Danielle M and Raven are discussing Wells, while Wells and Jack Stone are shown discussing Danielle. Wells tells Jack that he and Danielle went on a date 4 years ago, but he has never wanted to throw away what they have as friends to pursue something more. He says that Danielle is out of his league and that she is one of the best people he’s ever met. Danielle tells Raven that Wells is such a good man, but that he isn’t able to date anyone here in his bartender role. Since that is the case, Danielle doesn’t feel like her ‘person’ is here. She tells Raven that during the filming stoppage she was given the opportunity to go work in Africa, and she doesn’t want to miss that opportunity simply to stay in Paradise for no reason.

Next to arrive in Paradise is Dominique, who tells the ladies that she was interested in Diggy. Lacey is worried about Taylor getting in Dominique’s ear because she doesn’t think that Taylor likes her very much. Taylor does get in Dom’s ear, telling her that she thinks her and Diggy would be a great match. It didn’t seem that Taylor did this with malicious intent, but who knows? Dom does ask Diggy on the date, upsetting Lacey.

Diggy goes on his second date of the day, and he is really into Dom. He tells her that he went on a date with Lacey but he thinks they are on different wavelengths (I guess I was wrong when I thought Diggy was into Lacey). Luckily, he also says that he wants to make sure that Lacey is ok, which keeps Diggy on the side of the good guys.

That night, Danielle is leaving Paradise and everyone is sad to see her go, especially Wells. Wells walks her out to the car AND GIVES HER A BIG KISS. Loving this, loving them. Get married, and have babies, please.

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Best Tweets

[It’s hard to find funny tweets two weeks late  – I’ll pick this section back up while recapping Week 3]

Best Dressed

BIP 4-4 - Raven Green Swimsuit

Raven’s swimsuits have been some of my favorite this season, and I thought this army green one was super sexy. I always love tasteful side boob. Raven seems to love the L*Space swimsuits this summer, the Pamela one-piece can be purchased here (just in time for that one Indian summer weekend we hopefully get!).

Both Dominique and Sarah chose floral printed Show Me Your Mumu for their arrival outfits.

BIP 4-4 - Sarah Arrival Outfit

I knew as soon as I saw it that Sarah was wearing a Show Me Your Mumu set. I’m a big fan of the brand, and it seems like the ladies of Bachelor Nation are as well (Carly’s bridesmaids’ dresses were also by the brand as well). Sarah’s top can be found here and the bottoms here.  Lucky for us, both pieces are on sale!

BIP 4-4 - Dom Arrival Outfit

Dom’s romper can be purchased here and is unfortunately not on sale. Boo!

Two days until the next episode and two episodes left to recap. I think I can do it!

know better-bip4: episode 3

Work got in the way a little bit, but it can’t keep me from my goal of catching up on Paradise. Let’s get to Episode 3!

My Takeaways

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We start with the day before the first rose ceremony, and a bunch of the girls are super concerned that none of the men are romantically interested in them. First, there are going to be like 15 new men that come into Paradise at any point. Second, you have the power! It doesn’t matter if they don’t like you – they have no control. This should be easy peasy for them, no need to freak out.

Speaking of new men coming in, Adam makes his way into Paradise with a date card. He gets the low down on current relationships and gets the go ahead to take any girl he wants, minus Taylor. Adam is interested in Raven and Kristina and talks to both of them. I knew he was going to pick Raven for the date when he called her dynamic – I think that is such a powerful compliment.

While Raven and Adam go on a very nice, but boring, first date, Dean and Kristina continue to be on the rocks. I love Deanie Babies as much as the next person, but he really is a child when it comes to relationships. He liked Kristina enough to go to Kentucky with her during the filming stoppage but, not enough to have a conversation about where they stand. At this point in Paradise, he isn’t interested in anyone else but her so I can imagine how aloof and confusing he will be when someone else he is even remotely interested in arrives (Spoiler alert: we will get to see this).

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We FINALLY get to our first rose ceremony, and a lot of the men are feeling uncertain. After Amanda tells Alex that he no longer is going to get her rose he is scrambling to find a new one. Robby, unsure if he will get Raven’s rose, makes the move on Amanda. Robby is hesitant to go for her at first because she was engaged to one of his friends but he goes for it anyway. This conversation is so frustrating and annoying for me because they keep calling Josh Murray ‘Anonymous’ when everyone knows who they are talking about. If you don’t feel comfortable saying his name while you are having this conversation maybe you shouldn’t be having it.

BIP 4-3 - Amanda Robby You're really sweaty

Finally, Dean decides to have a semi-adult conversation with Kristina and tells her that he has felt weird vibes between the two of them and thinks that they should take a step back. He tells her that he wanted to have the conversation before the rose ceremony so she could make a good decision for herself. Too bad he couldn’t have had the conversation with her all the times she tried to have it, which would have actually given her time to get to know someone else.

Unfortunately, Kristina still gives Dean her rose. After watching the episode, the only mild surprise was Danielle M giving Ben Z a rose but after Raven gave hers to Adam, Danielle wanted to have a nice guy stick around.

BIP 4-3 - Alexis Damnsource

The next day Danielle Lombard arrives, and all the men go crazy. To be honest, I was never a DLo fan, and I’m not a fan of her now. She has a tendency to laugh after everything anyone says and it drives me crazy. She gets the scoop from the girls as to who is with who, and knows that Kristina and Dean have some type of connection. She disregards that, and asks Dean on a date anyway. To be honest, I don’t blame her for that too much, as I don’t think her and Kristina are great friends and Dean and Kristina are “taking a step back”.

On their date, Dean and DLo ride ATVs, talk about their seasons, their families, and share a kiss. God, these Paradise dates are boring.

Upon returning from their date, Dean goes to talk to Kristina to tell her about their date and tell her that him and DLo kissed. I know that he is just trying to be honest with her but I don’t think it’s necessary. Dean tells Kristina that he missed her during the day, and she leaves the conversation feeling good about their relationship.

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That night, everyone is having a bonfire and roasting s’mores. Dean and Kristina seem to be pretty cuddly around the campfire; that is, until he goes and brings DLo a half-birthday “cake” (watermelon with whipped cream). Understandably, it upsets Kristina to see Dean giving another girl attention when she thought they were moving forward. The episode ends with Dean oblivious, and Kristina crying on her bed with Alexis (who I would like to recruit to be my new BFF).

Best Tweets

[It’s hard to find funny tweets two weeks late  – I’ll pick this section back up while recapping Week 3]

Best Dressed

I was a big fan of the rose ceremony dresses this week.

BIP 4-3 - Danielle M Rose Ceremony

I couldn’t find Danielle’s purple maxi dress but I found a similar cut in hot pink here.  I loved the chunky gold necklace that she paired the dress with, I found a similar one here (only $18!).

BIP 4-3 - Kristina Rose Ceremony Romper

Continuing her romper domination, Kristina looked hot in this outfit from Calypso Boutique, which can be found here.

BIP 4-3 - Danielle M Off the Shoulder Dress

Of the casual outfits, only Danielle M.’s off the shoulder look stood out to me. This dress is Flynn Skye, which we know Danielle loves,  and can be bought here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the season! You can find me on Twitter @third_and_girl.

 

is she really going out with him?-rachel:week 5

Wow, I am the worst. Real life took over the past couple weeks – I had a crazy week at work to hit our 6/15 deadline and then capped that week off with an amazing weekend in Nashville to celebrate with one of my best girlfriends. I needed about a week to recover from that, only to go into a whirlwind wedding weekend in New Hampshire. I’m waving the white flag on two weeks of recaps – if I don’t, I’ll never get them done. The highlights of those two weeks: the funniest scene talking about a banana I’ve ever seen, Lee being a lunatic, America falling in love with Dean, and Rachel continuing to be the best Bachelorette I can remember. I’m determined to finish out the season, so let’s get to recapping week 5.

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My Takeaways

We pick up at the cocktail party of the group date, with Kenny confronting Lee about talking to Rachel to him. Part of this argument stems from (besides Lee being an ass) the fact that Lee is using the word aggressive to describe Kenny. Despite being told that the word could be a trigger for Kenny, Lee continues to use the word, further annoying and enraging Kenny. I was really impressed with the calmness with which Kenny spoke to Lee, even if all of his frustration was evident under the surface. Kenny knows who he is and that he is there for Rachel, and he is working his hardest to not let someone who is there with disingenuous intentions get under his skin.

Bryan gets the group date rose, and Kenny gives a passive aggressive speech about how Bryan is not a snake. Lee tells him to F*** off, which made me laugh out loud. All of the smart guys in the house (Peter, Bryan, Will) know exactly what Lee is doing, and the fact that he would even get offended by Kenny’s speech is laughable – he’s getting exactly what he wants.

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Next is Rachel’s one-on-one with Jack, Jack Stone. You can tell this date isn’t going to go well, simply by the way it is being produced. Jack isn’t eloquent in his ITMs, and their interactions are being shown as awkward. Personally, if Rachel would just try calling him by his full name, they might have a chance.

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Jack Stone tried so hard to have that romantic kiss moment, but Rachel was just not into it. She continuously gave him the cheek, but the guy was just so deliriously happy to be on this one-on-one date that he didn’t see what was coming next. At dinner, Jack is pouring his heart out to Rachel about how he feels that they could really work out because they have so much in common. If they were spending a day together in their hometown of Dallas, he would just want to lock her in the house and lay in bed. Romantic, right? Rachel is not feeling it and sends Jack home. I feel for the guy because he really thought that things were going well. The real gut punch was the perma-grin that has been on his face since the beginning finally falling.

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Rachel decides that they don’t need a cocktail party, she knows what she is going to do. Iggy believes that the people who are going to go home are the ones who have been causing drama, pretty much unintentionally foreshadowing his own departure. Following Iggy out the door is the tickle monster, Jonathan. Oddly, I’m kind of sad to see him go. He seemed sweet and made Rachel laugh. I think the producers upped his creep factor, but he really needs to stop tickling people.

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The crew is headed to Oslo, Norway and we get our first Dean sighting of the episode. What a welcome distraction.

Bryan’s one-on-one date is up first and the two of them are just exploring the city of Oslo. they repel off a ski jump and obviously kiss on the way down. Everything between these two seems very easy, and this is causing Rachel to wonder why is he still single. He is 37, has a good job, is handsome, why has no other girl snatched him up? I think this will be a reoccurring doubt and fear that she has as her journey continues.

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Rachel and Bryan’s chemistry is off the charts. He is not my favorite (because, Peter) but I can see him making it very far in the quest for Rachel’s heart. It is surprising to me that he is ready to drop the L-bomb already, the two of them haven’t really spent any time together. Obviously, Bryan gets the rose.

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The group date has the guys playing handball, and the singlets they were wearing were enough to keep me watching. Most of the guys are trying to be uber competitive (causing Rachel to make a ‘Jordan in the ’97 Bulls’ reference, and causing me to girl crush even harder), but Peter has his eyes on the prize. He is flirting and being affectionate with Rachel any chance he gets, and I think it is winning him some major brownie points. He is just so adorable!

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At the cocktail party, Will tells Rachel about his past relationship. He tells her that around the same time she was being heartbroken by Nick, he was being heartbroken by a girl that he was in love with and thought that he would never put himself back out there. Yet, somehow, here we are with Will on a nationally televised show to find love just a few months later. Hmmmm….

During Josiah’s one-on-one time, Rachel calls him out for never trying to get to know her. He lays lines on her constantly, always trying to appear sincere but she sees right through it. Also, his hand was lingering on her shoulder so awkwardly the whole time, like he was afraid to touch her.

During Peter’s one-on-one time, things get steamy. I LOVE that he puts the break on their make out session because they only have a limited amount of time to get to know each other. Her response, “Do you wanna cover ground in the hot tub?” I don’t know about you but I didn’t see much talking happening in the hot tub.

Will got the group date rose, and poor Peter is doubting himself a little. Personally, I think that she wanted to give Peter the rose but knew that it may make him a target for the guys. They already had mentioned that he was gone on his one-on-one time for awhile. All of this may be very incorrect, but I am shipping Rachel and Peter 4ever.

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The two-on-one date between Lee and Kenny is up next, and we all know this isn’t going to end well. Rachel and Kenny’s time goes well, and Kenny only brings Lee up once. I think he is trying so hard to focus on her and their relationship, but the situation with Lee has just gotten under his skin too much.

During her time with Lee, he makes a point to tell Rachel all about Kenny. He says that Kenny pulled him out of a van and tried to get physical with him. Lee said that this side of Kenny comes out when he drinks and that he is a different person when he is not drinking. I have to think that if there was a physical altercation of any kind that the producers would have shown it. Not only that, all of the guys seem to be on Kenny’s side.

Rachel tells Kenny about what Lee told her, and the entire thing is turning into a big game of ‘he said, he said’. Understandably, Kenny is not pleased with Lee upon hearing this, and that is where we leave the episode.

All that being said….why do Kenny and Rachel appear to be so cold on this date, and Lee seems to be fine wearing a long sleeved henley? Anyone?

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Best Tweets




Sorry for that one Jack – but I literally LOL’ed

Best Dressed

OneonOneSweater_Rachel_Episode5Rachel went casual on her date with Jack. I found a cardigan similar to this one here.

OneonOneNecklace_Rachel_Episode5I love the triple Maltese cross necklace Rachel wore on her one-on-one date with Jack. I’m pretty sure the designer is Nan Fusco, and it is ‘call for availability’ expensive. You can visit the designer’s website for more information here. This side-eye is good too.

CowlNeckwithBryan_Rachel_Episode5Rachel’s sweater is BB Dakota, and I wasn’t able to find the exact one anywhere. I did find some similar options here (sleeveless), here and here.

HandballJacket_Rachel_Episode5Rachel does athleisure so well. This bomber jacket is by Lime & Vine, and can be found here.

TwoOnOnePuffer_Rachel_Episode5I am going to be crushing on this jacket big time come winter. The brand is Mackage, and I’m pretty sure this is the jacket, but if not its similar enough. It’s not cheap, but looks so warm!

Thanks for coming back and checking out the blog after my unintentional hiatus. I’ll be back soon to recap Episode 6 of Rachel’s journey. Which of the guys do you think will be great with Rachel? I’d love to hear! You can find me @third_and_girl anytime!

who let the dogs out-rachel:week 2

As much as I want to write 1000 words about Copper and his pool party, I’m not sure that is what you guys are here for. That being said, expect a BUNCH of dog party gifs.

My Takeaways

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The first date of the week is a group date, where after a BBQ and some backyard football, the men compete to show Rachel who is the best “husband material”. The relay race includes changing a diaper, vacuuming, unclogging a drain, and setting a table. The star power was amped up big time this episode, with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis serving as guest judges for the competition. I know that tons of celebrities are fans of the Bachelor, but I think it speaks to the popularity of Rachel that two A-list celebrities wanted to come on and help her find love.

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Unfortunately, Whaboom (this is what most of the men call him, and I think it’s funny so I’m going to join them) wins the competition. I’m unsure if he won any extra time with Rachel, or if he is so boring that they just didn’t show it. I was rooting for Kenny in this race because as a dad it seemed like he actually had the most experience in this arena. And he knew better than to dunk the babies head in the sink while “unclogging the drain”.

During the evening, Rachel and the guys spend time, and Rachel is #unimpressed. None of the men are wowing her, filling her time with uninspired conversations, and the inability to make a move. The only guys who even attempt interesting conversation are Dean, who Rachel shares a sense of humor with, and Kenny, who tells Rachel about his daughter. We also find out on this date that Whaboom and Blake know each other from outside of the show. Blake says that he used to live with Lucas’s ex-girlfriend and that he knows he is there just to gain publicity. Funny that Blake would say that, as Whaboom and Blake were on the same season of a show called ‘Ex Isle’, where couples came to fix their relationships, only to be tempted by ‘sexy singles’. Lucas was there with his ex-girlfriend (the same one that Blake lived with), and Blake was there to try and create friction in the relationship. I don’t blame either of them for not liking the other, but it’s a bit of the pot calling the kettle black for Blake to say Lucas is there for the wrong reasons. Dean gets the group date rose, and finally takes initiative and kisses Rachel as he walks her out.
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Rachel_Episode 2_Copper ArrivesThis has got to be the greatest surprise of Peter’s life.

Is everyone ready to swoon? Peter gets the first one-on-one date, and Rachel is taking him to Palm Springs on a private jet. Not only that, her dog Copper is going along, and they are going to a dog pool party. If any of you know me, you know that this is literally my dream. I want to live at this dog pool party.

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It took awhile for me to settle down from seeing all those dogs, but once I did I liked what I saw. Rachel and Peter have an ease about their relationship that can’t be manufactured, you either have it or you don’t. At night, Peter and Rachel bond over their mutual love of therapy and gapped teeth. The therapy conversation was interesting because it showed that both of them are interested in improving themselves, and are not afraid to ask for help when it comes to relationships. I think that this will help them both immensely as their relationship progresses.
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The last date was another one I would love, a basketball date featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This season is really amping up the star power. The men were put through drills by Kareem, and he essentially just made fun of them the entire time. It was fantastic. DeMario and Eric thought they were ballers on the court, but only one of them could back up their talk with an actual game. Unfortunately for DeMario, that wasn’t the only game he was playing.

At the conclusion of the date, Rachel is confronted by Lexi, a girl claiming to be DeMario’s girlfriend. He essentially ghosted her upon coming on the show, and she had the text messages to prove it. There were so many great moments in this exchange; whether it be the look on DeMario’s face when he recognizes Lexi and then remembers that he has to pretend he doesn’t know who she is or, Rachel telling him to ‘Get the F*&! out’. Gold.

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Rachel is upset by this whole exchange and tells the remaining men that she isn’t there to play games and if they are they can get out as well. I was surprised that she chose to have the nighttime portion of the date. In the past, I feel like if the lead has a large disruption to their process like this, they normally cancel the nighttime portion because the day has just been too much. At night, all the men seemed very concerned about Rachel, and how she is holding up after the afternoon’s shocker. She has the best conversation with Josiah and gives him the group date rose.

At the rose ceremony, an uninvited guest shows up. Any guesses who? Obviously DeMario comes back to talk to Rachel. We don’t get to see if Rachel allows him to talk to her as the episode ends with Mr. Harrison (as the security guard calls him) telling Rachel of DeMario’s arrival. To be Continued….

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

Obviously Rachel is always going to be the best dressed in this season, unless her gal pals make more appearances. Here are the details on some of her outfits from this episode!

Rachel_Episode 2_BBQ DressFor the afternoon BBQ, Rachel opted for a fun floral dress. Her dress is Self-Portrait and can be found here.

Rachel_Episode 2_Purple Sparkle DressRachel wore this sparkly shift dress to the nighttime portion of her basketball date. This dress is Mlv and appears to be sold out. I found a similar dress in a different color which can be found here (and it’s on sale! WOOT!).

Rachel_Episode 2_Zipper DressThis zipper detailed dress Rachel wore is absolute fire. This dress is by Michelle Mason, and can be found here (at over 50% off).

Rachel_Episode 2_Rose Ceremony DressRachel’s rose ceremony dress is by Mac Duggal and can be bought here.

Rachel_Episode 2_SweaterI tried so hard to find this asymmetrical ribbed sweater that Rachel wore to play with Copper. Alas, I didn’t have any luck. I did find a pretty similar sweater here, although it has a bit of a high price tag.

What did you guys think of Episode 2 of Rachel’s quest to find love? I’m still loving Peter and Kenny, and am looking forward to getting to know even more of the men!