This week’s episode of The Bachelor kicks things off with Peter and Madison’s one-on-one date. Peter shows Madison that he has removed the medical bandage on his forehead–revealing a character-defining scar, which means that it’s official: Peter the Pilot is Harry Potter. Check him out in theaters this summer in the upcoming blockbuster: Peter the Pilot and the Sorcerer’s Rose.
Peter and Madison enjoy a romantic picnic on a boat and then stand on the bow of the ship like in Titanic (1997). I can’t wait to see what happens at the next (Jack and) Rose ceremony. At the end of their date, Peter tells Madison that he is falling in love with her. Usually when people on The Bachelor say “I’m falling in love with you” it feels more like “I-advanced-like-you,” but when Peter says it to Madison, you can practically hear the recorder version of “My Heart Will Go On” playing in the background.
Natasha, the event planner, expresses her professional concerns about scheduling, observing that she has not gone on a one-on-one date but some of the girls have gone on two. While talking about the slow pace of his relationship with Natasha, Peter says “It’s not about how fast it goes, it’s about how strong it is once you get there.”–which would be a great slogan for a Popeye-themed go-kart with an inferiority complex.
During our commercial break, we see an ad for an upcoming tv show guest-starring one of the men from last season of The Bachelorette–Tyler C.. He leans against the edge of a front door smiling to the camera with the name “Tyler C.” written across the screen in primary blue comic sans like it’s the theme song for your Kindergarten class’ 90’s sitcom.
After the commercial break, Peter does take Natasha on her scheduled one-on-one date. They go out dancing and discuss the status of their relationship over a candlelit dinner. Sadly, Peter sends her home at the end of the date with a truly heartbreaking goodbye. As Peter escorts Natasha to her elimination limo, a full string orchestra appears and begins performing a montage of depressing music. This breakup was orchestrated in more ways than one.
Next, it is announced that Peter will be taking Kelley, Victoria, and Hannah Ann on a three-on-one date. The date card reads, “Tomorrow won’t be easy.” Then, all at the same time, the three women say — “Tomorrow won’t be easy,” “Tomorrow is going to be hard,” and “We all know tomorrow won’t be easy,” –like they’re middle school students in a core-curriculum required drama class playing random civilians in a bootleg production of Annie and their teacher just told them to ad-lib “The sun won’t come out, tomorrow.”
Kelley takes things to a whole new level, however, when she tells Victoria and Hannah Ann that she wishes she could push them in front of a bus, really bringing us into the world of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls (2004). If we’re casting Mean Girls with the contestants on this season of The Bachelor I think Hannah Ann is Karen and Victoria is definitely Gretchen Weiners because she has brown hair and is super anxious. In the next shot, the 3 women walk up to the date in slow motion with determination and attitude. Those are the Plastics(urgery).
At the end of the group date, Peter gives a rose to Victoria, and some Marvel-franchise sounding music plays as Peter addresses Kelley and Hannah Ann. Just like Tyra Banks eliminating a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, a stoic Peter summarizes the pros and cons of the bottom two contestants with dramatic intensity. Two beautiful ladies stand before me, but I only have one rose in my hands.
The episode ends with Peter giving the final rose to Hannah Ann, and we get a sneak preview of all the drama that awaits us next week. Will Peter find love, or will this dark-haired magical prophecy boy be prepping for the upcoming film, Peter the Pilot and the Prisoner of Chris Harris-san?
See all the best tweets and memes from tonight’s episode right here!
Chris Harrison Leaving ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise After 19 Years
After hosting The Bachelor for nearly 20 years, Chris Harrison is leaving the show.
His exit follows the February controversy in which he defended Season 25 contestant Rachel Kirkconnell after photos of her at an Antebellum party in 2018 surfaced. At the time, he defended Kirkconnell’s actions stating that they only looked bad through a 2021 lens.
He since apologized publicly on Twitter stating he promised to do better and took a hiatus from hosting in which he became “educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
However, Variety reports that despite Harrison’s desire to stay on the show, the incident’s escalation pushed Harrison’s lawyers to devise an exit strategy. A settlement was reached with Warner Horizon along the lines of eight figures.
With the hiatus becoming permanent, Warner Horizon and ABC issued a joint statement: “We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”
While there has been no permanent replacement for the host of the franchise, the current Season 17 of The Bachelorette is being hosted by previous contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. And this summer’s Bachelor in Paradise will be hosted by David Spade, among a rotation of other celebrities.
Harrison took to Instagram to express his gratitude and confirm his exit: “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”
Who Won Matt James’ Heart on the Season Finale of ‘The Bachelor’?
For a franchise that loves to hype up each season as the “most dramatic yet,” Matt James’ season of The Bachelor really outdid itself with real-world drama surrounding Rachael Kirkconnell’s racial controversy, Chris Harrison’s downfall, and the bullying between the women in the house.
In the season finale, Matt James expressed some doubts about his final two women: Rachael and Michelle Young.
After Michelle gave him a jersey with his name on it (and a matching one for herself that read “Mrs. James), Matt decided it was the perfect time to break her heart. He explained that he didn’t feel the same way about her as she did for him.
“I just want clarity,” Michelle said about his feelings, to which he responded: “I don’t think I could get there with you.”
And thus… that left us with one woman standing: Rachael.
But does she get the final rose?
Matt still had doubts because he took what his mother said about love not being enough to sustain a relationship. He took that into consideration and questioned whether or not he was “there.” He realized he wasn’t sure that was ready to make a big decision or commitment like marriage regardless of the woman.
“What do I tell Rachael,” he questioned, adding, “Rushing into something I’m not ready for is… I’m not willing to make the same mistake my dad did.”
Harrison then informed Rachael that there wouldn’t be a date that evening because Matt was confused and needed some time. Naturally, she took it personally and broke down crying.
After some time to think it over, Matt revealed that he’s never felt this way before and that he knew he loved Rachael.
During their last meeting, Rachael poured her heart out and said she’d choose him everyday from here on out, through the good and bad.
Matt said that he saw what rushing a marriage did to his mom and his family and explained it’s not something he wants for them. “That’s why I can’t propose to you today,” he said, adding, “but that doesn’t mean I want to lose you.”
He explained that he wants to live his life with Rachael and wants to commit to her and build on what they started during their Bachelor journey.
“I’m in love you, and I see you as my wife and the mother of my kids,” he said.
So, while there’s no proposal, there is a future for Rachael and Matt… that is until those photos from the antebellum photos surfaced. All of that will be addressed during the “After the Rose” ceremony hosted by Emmanuel Acho.
During the “After the Rose” post-show, Matt revealed that his relationship with Rachael did not overcome the controversy.
“I’m really sorry that I hurt you,” Rachael told him in their first post-breakup meeting. Despite her apologies, Matt said he couldn’t get back together as she still had a lot to do. And though it was painful, the duo went their separate ways.
Best Tweets from Tonight’s ‘The Bachelor’ Finale and ‘After the Rose’
Tonight is the night.
Does Matt James make the right choice between Rachael Kirkconnell and Michelle Young on the season finale of The Bachelor Season 25?
And what did Twitter have to say? Find out who won Matt James’ season now.
Here are the best tweets:
Emmanuel: you ready to see Matt?
Rachael: no I’m not
— Lauren (@lperkowski3) March 16, 2021
— nic ミ☆ (@dwtsbach) March 16, 2021
— Nadja (@itsnadjanicole) March 16, 2021
“You can love someone and still want them to do better.”
— Geena Arevalo (@GeenaA_WAVY) March 16, 2021
— Chloe Crozier (@ChloeCrozier) March 16, 2021
— Rachel Tal (@rachelmtal) March 16, 2021
Matt James 20 times an episode: pic.twitter.com/Zr2I3O5b8J
— Bob Lunch (@miladyramos_) March 16, 2021
— Natalie Caballero (@NatCaballero5) March 16, 2021
— erin carley (@erincarleyxo) March 16, 2021
— J (@juliesgotjuice) March 16, 2021
— FIRE HOWIE ROSEMAN ✨ (@meerkatttttt) March 16, 2021
— Rachel Ferry Thoms (@ChachyFerry) March 16, 2021
— K & S (@90day_bachelor) March 16, 2021
— SB (@MonieeLovee_) March 16, 2021
— Kara (@kdeyerme) March 16, 2021
Listen, I want Matt to make the best decision for himself. I also get TV is smoke and mirrors. However, Matt and Michelle seem so much more connected than he and Rachel. #TheBachelor #TheBachelorFinale #Bach
— BlakeClifton (@BlakeCNorman) March 16, 2021
— yams (@aquariusneptune) March 16, 2021
— Served Hot N Ready (@cancel_2020) March 16, 2021
— Lex (@alexis_menard) March 16, 2021
— L (@LMo_Rouge) March 16, 2021
— Alyssa Schifano (@alyssaschifano) March 16, 2021
— Joy ⭐️ (@joydanielleeee) March 16, 2021
— wotv4women (@WOTV4Women) March 16, 2021
— Bachelor(ette) Highlights (@bachspilltea) March 16, 2021
— Tundun (@Tundun7611) March 16, 2021
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