just a friend-jojo: week 5

Finally! I’m back with a Bachelorette recap for JoJo’s fifth week in her journey to find love.  A thief can steal my computer and prevent me from making gifs, but they can’t stop love.

While I was offline, we sadly saw the end of Chad.  I hate that I didn’t have a computer available to me to comment on Chad’s antics in the house – which culminated in him whistling in the woods after being denied the rose.  God, I’ll miss the Chad-bear, and can’t wait to see him on Paradise.

I was hoping that this season would be the one I would recap in its entirety, but alas, it was not meant to be. Maybe next season (which in my dream world would be led by the token good-guy James Taylor).

My Takeaways

1. We’re in Argentina this week, and Chris Harrison drops the bomb that there will be another 2-on-1 date this season, as well as a group date and a 1-on-1.  Inexplicably, he also tells the guys that he hopes to see them all at the rose ceremony, when that is actually impossible with a 2-on-1 this week.

Wells gets the 1-on-1 date, and for some reason reminds the guys that he is the only one who hasn’t kissed JoJo.  This gives the guys the opportunity to awkwardly bring that fact up when JoJo stops by to pick Wells up for their date, and then continue to talk about it for what seemed like a very long time. I think all of the talk of Wells not kissing JoJo put way too much pressure on the beginning of the date, which I think the editors agreed with. The montage of them walking around the streets of Argentina was accompanied by some seriously awkward music.

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JoJo takes Wells to a performance art space that actually seems pretty cool.  I don’t consider myself artistically sophisticated enough to understand the running on the treadmill and getting shot piece, but I could get down with that slip-and-slide pool.  Wells decides that sliding around a pool in the dark is the right time to kiss JoJo, and finally lays one on her.  I loved that she called the kiss out, yelling, “That was the moment Wells, that was the moment! We did it!” It was cute and playful – much like their relationship.

At dinner, JoJo asks Wells about his previous relationship, and they get into a discussion about what they are looking for.  JoJo doesn’t want to believe that the passion in a relationship ever subsides, and wants to always look at her husband and think about how hot and attracted to him she is.  Wells is a bit more skeptical of the “unicorn” love that JoJo describes, leading JoJo to the realization that they may not be looking for the same thing.  Sadly, JoJo doesn’t give Wells the rose, sending him packing.

JoJo doesn’t need a man because she goes back to the performance art space, where she was clearly supposed to take Wells, had she given him the rose.  Her black co-ord paired with her leather jacket made her look like such a bad ass.  Just look at girlfriend strutting around:

JoJo_BadAss Strut

2. During the group date, JoJo took Alex, James, Luke, Robby, and Jordan to wander the streets of Argentina, where they danced with street performers, and played soccer with some locals.  Honestly, this date was pretty boring.  I did get a little enthused when they had a soccer shoot-out to win a kiss from JoJo and James was the only one shown making a goal.  I have such a soft spot for that guy.

At the cocktail party, Luke and JoJo make out. And I mean MAKE OUT.

Chemistry is Crazy_JoJo
Their chemistry is cra-zy.

With his time alone with JoJo, James brings up how he thinks Jordan can feel entitled based on his background.  He tells her a story about how they were playing poker and he felt as though his opinions were disregarded by Jordan.  In his ITMs, James says that he wanted JoJo to know what kind of guy Jordan was, but I think that James was just feeling a little insecure from the date.  Although he was the only one to score a kiss from JoJo, he mentioned many times that he felt out of place with the other guys, and that he felt they were much better than him.  I think by telling JoJo this story about Jordan, he was trying to show her what he had over the other guys, and subliminally trying to compensate for his own insecurities.

When JoJo has her personal time with Jordan, she brings up her conversation with James, and Jordan knows exactly what incident she is talking about.  I found Jordan to be very defensive when explaining the situation to JoJo. In the situation he states, “No James, those actually are just the rules, those aren’t my rules”. I don’t know anything about poker, but maybe James plays by different rules when he’s with his buddies than they do at the tables. Or maybe Jordan was actually wrong.  I found it to be a turn-off that Jordan didn’t even try to acknowledge the fact that either of these could be possibilities.

Jordan confronts James about talking about him to JoJo, and James doesn’t try to deny it (in stark contrast to Leah last season). James didn’t feel like he did anything wrong in bringing up the situation with Jordan.  He wasn’t warning JoJo about Jordan or telling her that he wasn’t the right guy for her.  He was just telling her how something made him feel.  If you are supposed to treat the relationship with the Bachelorette as a regular and real relationship, shouldn’t you share your feelings with them? Even if they are negative feelings, or feelings about something other than her?

3. If the group date was boring, the 2-on-1 date was even more boring. Derek and Chase are taught a 3 person tango. Derek goes on about how much passion he feels with JoJo, while Chase seems to be putting a guard up.

At night, Derek tells JoJo he loves her. During her conversation with Chase, she tells him she noticed the wall and Chase attempts to let it down.  With JoJo asking for words of affirmation, he tells her that he came here for her – to be with her and to leave with her.  That’s all she needs to hear, because the declaration of love wasn’t enough to keep poor Derek around. She gives the rose to Chase, and sends Derek to the limo to talk about himself in the third person.

Derek is Imperfect

At the rose ceremony, JoJo can’t make a decision and everyone gets a rose.

Best Tweets

Best Outfits 

JoJo Red Dress_Ep61. JoJo’s scalloped red dress would be the perfect dress to take from the office to after work cocktails or a date. I’m not positive if this is the exact same fabric dress, but its the same designer and pretty darn close.  Plus, SALE!

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2. It was only when I started researching this post that I realized the cut out in the front of this dress wasn’t open, but instead was black mesh.  I love the subtle sexiness of the mesh, as well as the contrasting black straps.  I can’t find the Noam Hanoch stunner in stock anywhere, but you can get the contrasting straps and cut out in this NBD dress.

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3. Robby can rock a neutral suit like nobody’s business.  I think the blue-grey in his tie and pocket square really gives that “southern gentleman/beach wedding” look I assume he was going for.

What did you think about this week’s episode? Is it starting to feel like a two horse race to anyone else? How are everyone’s fantasy teams looking? Let me know!

xo
Em

burnin’ up-jojo:week 2

Hi there! I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend, and pray that you didn’t have as much trouble getting back into the swing of things at work as I did.  I’m back to recap the second week of Jojo’s journey to find love, so let’s get to it.

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My Takeaways

1. We start the second week of JoJo’s journey to find love with a group date, which features the men donning firefighting gear and competing for the chance to save JoJo. The only thing I could think for most of this date was how embarrassing it would be for Grant if he didn’t win. Imagine if a legitimate firefighter lost this competition to a radio DJ? Thankfully, that didn’t have to happen because Wells almost died (I’m not thankful for that, I’m really glad Wells made it through, he’s one of my faves), and Grant beat Luke up to the top of the “burning” building to save JoJo.

Grant wins extra time with JoJo at the cocktail party that night, and they have a really nice conversation about Grant’s career choice. JoJo is into it and Grant gets the first kiss of the night. Luke and JoJo also have a nice talk, which ends in a steamy make-out on the balcony.  JoJo is definitely into Luke. My favorite one-on-one chat of the date was between JoJo and Wells. Wells was the perfect amount of self-depricating about his poor physical showing at the firefighting challenge, and he had JoJo cracking up. Wells is really turning into a dark horse in the competition for me, I just hope that he doesn’t end up getting friend zoned. I don’t think we have to worry about that quite yet though, because JoJo loves that Wells never gave up during the competition and gives him the group date rose.

Self Depricating Wells

The second group date of the episode was one that I would love! The guys got to visit ESPN’s Los Angeles studios and run a Bachelorette combine of sorts trying to get on Marcellus Wiley and Max Kellerman’s big board. The guys had to perform a Bachelorette worthy touchdown dance, and give JoJo their best proposal after playing a non-alcoholic form of dizzy bat. Lastly, they had to give a press conference complete with questions about their feelings for the other guys (DRAMA ALERT!).

Chad was a big subject on this date, but enough went on with him this episode to warrant having a whole section devoted to his behavior. So stay tuned for Chad-talk.

The nighttime portion of the date took place at the Houdini mansion, which was a really cool venue. James Taylor steals her away first, and creates one of the sweetest moments in Bachelorette history. He mentions that he knows JoJo isn’t in his league, and that scares him, but he thinks she wants a guy that cares for her and that is him. I loved that James mentioned his faith, and how he really can’t believe how blessed he is to be in the situation that he is currently in.  You can tell that this really touched JoJo, and I think they connected on a deeper level in that moment.  To solidify that connection, James goes in for the kiss, and JoJo goes in for the second one.  To round out James’s awesome qualities, he said yoked, so that’s another one in the plus column.

Nothing too interesting happens on the rest of this group date that doesn’t involve Chad. James got the group date rose (no surprise there), while Chad thinks it should have been him.

2. JoJo’s one-on-one date this week was with Derek, someone who I think could be a quiet contender.  I mean, the guy looks like John Krasinski but with ice blue eyes. However, their date was not super eventful, as it consisted of them making a series of “difficult” choices, which would create components of their date.  It was pretty much a real-life create your own adventure book.  However, I’m not one to lose sleep over a decision about whether to take a private plane north or south.

Their choices ultimately lead them to San Francisco, where they have a picnic overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and later, dinner. During their dinner, JoJo opens up about getting back on the dating scene after Ben, and encourages Derek to open up about his past relationships. Derek reveals that he had been ready to propose to a previous girlfriend, but then found out that there was another guy in the picture. He was being very vague during all of this, and for awhile I wondered if he was the one doing the cheating.  Alas, we wouldn’t get that drama, and JoJo gives him the date rose.

Chad West Side Story_Ep2

3. Ah Chad, finally we get to the center of the episode. Chad was the narrator of all the dates this week, even the ones he wasn’t on.  The man has a comment about every other man in the house and how he is better than all of them.  Chad is above doing any bonding with the other guys (Although, I don’t think I’d be into singing songs about JoJo with a bunch of dudes either. I guess they get bored without their phones). He would much rather tie a suitcase full of protein to his waist and do some pull-ups.

On the group date, Chad simultaneously was taking the Bachelor “combine” not seriously and WAY too seriously. When asked to propose to JoJo he went with a simple “Will you marry me?”. JoJo asked for him to explain a little why he wanted to marry her, and Chad said that if they were at that point she should already know. He wasn’t above trying to woo her though, going with the always successful “call a woman naggy, and she’ll love you forever”.

Chad’s main gripe with all the men was that they were all lying to JoJo by telling her things that they loved about her, or really by expressing any feelings toward her. It was his idea that they barely know this girl, so all their feelings were based on what they had seen on TV. Unfortunately, he’s kind or right in this situation. There is no way that any of these men love JoJo, but the “proposal” on the group date was meant to be fun.  JoJo certainly wasn’t taking any of those proposals seriously. At the night time portion of the date, Chad actually opened up, and talked to JoJo about losing his mom.  This endeared him to JoJo, and reminded America that there are multiple sides to every person.

At the rose ceremony, Chad was back in Chad form. He greeted JoJo when she arrived to the mansion, stealing her away before she even got to see any of the other guys.  I’m not sure if this was Chad’s idea, or a producer’s, but I actually think it was a good move.  Honestly, if any of the other guys had done this, no one inside would have been mad.  The show is about finding love, and the way to do that is to spend as much time as you can with someone. Once inside, Chad was confronted by the other men, which only made him steal JoJo away more. The main contention seems to be between Chad and Alex, who he had a few confrontations with during the rose ceremony.  One of them almost got physical, with Chad claiming that Alex should be afraid of him.  Maybe he forgot that Alex is a U.S. Marine? Also, Chad did all this while eating copious amounts of meat.

Best Tweets

Best Outfits
Unfortunately, there are a lot less outfits of interest to look at during The Bachelorette than there are during The Bachelor.  Fortunately, Jojo has great style, and many of her men have got this style thing down as well.

JoJo Derek Date_Ep21. I loved this sparkly mini JoJo wore on her one-on-one date with Derek.

JoJo Group Date_Ep22. JoJo brings the edge factor with this leather legging and white sweater combo.  I didn’t love the fringe on the sweater, but the make-up and giant ring made up for it.

Luke Rose Ceremony_Ep23. As for the guys, my favorite look was Luke.  I really fell for that gingham pocket square.

What did you guys think of the episode? Who are your favorites? Next week we have two episodes, so look out for double Bachelorette posts next week!

xo
Em