In this week’s “Women Tell All” reunion episode, our host Chris Harrison makes his first notable appearance on the show, checks in with the former contestants from the season, and presumably has a private existential crisis. He kicks off the episode by introducing the twenty or so women who were “featured” on the show this season. I, for one, watched every single episode and think I genuinely recognized five people. You can tell the live studio audience is in the same predicament as they uncomfortably clap for the bachelorettes one-by-one like a group of middle schoolers being encouraged to participate in a “don’t do drugs” assembly.
We then see a clip of the rose ceremony with Peter’s final three bachelorettes. The sequence begins with the bachelorettes doing their makeup and talking about how much they love Peter, feeling very much like an extended YouTube ad for Neutrogena. We then see Peter waiting outside for the bachelorettes to arrive at the rose ceremony, where he confides in Chris Harrison that this process has been “so frickin hard.” Yes, Peter may be the 24th Bachelor, but with this comment, I think he really takes the crown as our very first boy-chelor.
At the top of the rose ceremony, Hannah Ann and Victoria arrive, but we quickly realize that Madison is missing–most likely because of her brutal confrontation with Peter at their last date. When Peter realizes that Madison may not show up and he has possibly lost the love of his life, we see dozens of shots of him holding back tears (some of which have become memes).
Suddenly, our favorite dramatic orchestral music begins to play and we know something big is about to happen. (Whether that thing is a progression of the plot or a bootleg production of Les Miserables is TBD). We see some intense shots of Chris Harrison looking out for something in the distance like a dad at a golf course who is trying to convince himself that he just made a great shot. Then, Madison finally enters the scene, and Peter starts sobbing his eyes out. At this moment, The Bachelor finally becomes the soap opera we have all been yearning for, and I’m not talking about those vegan soaps that the runner-ups will be promoting on their Instagrams three weeks from now.
We then enter a two and a half minute sequence with absolutely no dialogue–just some extremely dramatic music accompanying various shots of Peter, the bachelorettes, Chris Harrison, the rose, the sky, etc. The whole thing feels like an extended version of the theme to the Krusty Krab Training Video. In the end, Peter gives his roses to Hannah Ann and Madison (who accepts the rose with extreme reluctance). We get the feeling that Victoria is going to be just fine, but the rest of the contestants (including Peter) are definitely at the peak of their emotional vulnerability–leaving tons of promise for next week’s intense season finale.
The episode then goes back to the “Women Tell All” segment of the evening. Honestly, the real stars of this portion of the show aren’t even the former contestants–it’s the audience members. The “Women Tell All” night of The Bachelor is really for watching fans of the show get featured on television by standing out from the crowd with overly intense forced commentary, boisterous early 2000s American Idol Paula Abdul-esque clapping, and themed group outfits. There were dozens of fans wearing pilot and flight attendant uniforms, but my personal favorite was the group of women who showed up with matching cowgirl Halloween costumes in reference to the rodeo-themed date from the third episode. There was also a random group of uninterested frat bros there for some reason. At one point, Chris Harrison asks the audience members if they have ever attended a watching party for The Bachelor, and the entire group slowly raises their hands with shame and embarrassment like the girls in Mean Girls when Tina Fey asks them if they have ever talked about a girl behind their back.
When the focus is drawn to provoking fights between the former contestants, the bachelorettes mostly just talk over each other and break out into several smaller fights at the same time. They somehow tend to do so with an impressive amount of coherency, sounding very much like an a capella group doing a pop cover of the sound of a fork stuck in a garbage disposal. During one particular confrontation, we see a shot of Chris Harrison sitting in his chair, seemingly nodding in agreement, but his nods don’t line up with the timing of anything that the women are saying, so you can tell that during one of the commercial breaks the producers just asked Chris to sit and nod paternally for several seconds.
The episode also spends a good amount of time plugging The Bachelor’s upcoming spin-off series, Listen To Your Heart, where several musicians sing duets together and hope to fall in love with their singing partner. I wish Disney Plus would have had this idea first and called it “High School Musical for Adults.” We also end the night with a series of “bloopers” (shots of people dropping things) and a segment of Peter the Pilot crashing several Bachelor watching parties that had a higher budget than my high school prom.
This week’s episode of The Bachelor gives us lots of awkward Chris Harrison moments, an incredible appearance from one of our previous Bachelorettes, Rachel, and an extremely satisfying glimpse into what is in store for our season finale. Check out the best memes from this episode here!
Best Tweets from Tonight’s Hometowns on ‘The Bachelor’
The hometown dates are upon us on The Bachelor Season 25 Week 8!
Of course, there’s plenty of great tweets floating around the web!
See them below:
*sees Women Tell All promo*
— Trin (@TrinMcBitch) February 23, 2021
— sydneymarlaelizabeth (@sydneymarlaeli1) February 23, 2021
Worst rose ceremony ever.
— Andrea (@icomehereto_cry) February 23, 2021
— KGH (@kassiegee) February 23, 2021
— matthew logan (@tweetsby18) February 23, 2021
— Vierra (@vierra_music) February 23, 2021
— W. E. B. Dem Bois (@WEB_DemBois) February 23, 2021
— Stephanie (@scde_de) February 23, 2021
— Lawrence (@Lawrenc22102996) February 23, 2021
Serena having totally rational feelings that make sense for any normal relationship because seriously getting engaged to a guy who up until your engagement was dating other women…this show is too much #TheBachelor
— Amber Moran (@ambergerbunn) February 23, 2021
— A Clem (@anna_clement22) February 23, 2021
— ry 🦭 (@r_nicole2) February 23, 2021
— Brooke (@orchidorange23) February 23, 2021
— 💋 (@br0wneyedb1tch) February 23, 2021
— Amanda Orr (@amandakokesh) February 23, 2021
— Mahottie (@AmirahMahottie) February 23, 2021
— bachlorette&bachelor (@bachlorettebac1) February 23, 2021
— ❥ (@its_priscillax3) February 23, 2021
— shiba (@shibaanitaa) February 23, 2021
“Worst case scenario we’ll be mending your broken heart together…but we’ll survive”
— Lucy Ferut (@LFerut4) February 23, 2021
— Smoke Show Memes 🔥🔥 (@daddychrisbussy) February 23, 2021
— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) February 23, 2021
Matt: I’ve been taking good care of Bri.
— Britta Kuhn (@brittarosekuhn) February 23, 2021
— E M M A (@iemmathompson) February 23, 2021
— Mayia (@Mymysofly_) February 23, 2021
— saint sagittarius (@HoleScandal) February 23, 2021
— Monica Onumah (@_iammonica) February 23, 2021
— aashsyy (@aashsyy) February 23, 2021
— back in bach (@bachelolz) February 23, 2021
Rachel just crashed harder than Chris Harrison’s career. #TheBachelor
— Zach (@ZachGilyard) February 23, 2021
— medium adult (@mediumadult_) February 23, 2021
— jennaH (@2muchkhafe) February 23, 2021
— jen 🦋 (@sadbway) February 23, 2021
— raz (@arehzed) February 23, 2021
I'm gonna need Michelle's parents to start a TikTok where they provide daily positive affirmations to their newly adopted children aka all of #BachelorNation thanks #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/mBIYYcxqJ1
— L. Weiss (@thelweiss) February 23, 2021
Sure, it’d be real nice to know what happened to Michelle two years ago — but as we know, Chris Harrison doesn’t care about what happened in 2018 #TheBachelor
— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) February 23, 2021
— Niki Bell (@nicoletteholly) February 23, 2021
— petty betty (@ghost_realtor) February 23, 2021
— Bachelor Babes (@bachelorbabes_) February 23, 2021
Who Went Home After Hometown Dates on ‘The Bachelor’ Season 25 Week 8?
The hometown dates are upon us on The Bachelor Season 25 Week 8!
Michelle scored the first date!
The teacher brought her hometown of Minnesota to Nemacolin, a remote location in Pennsylvania, to give Matt a little taste of her life. She put Matt to the ultimate test: a Q+A with her students via a Zoom call!
>Meeting Michelle’s parents is a positive experience — they play basketball, Michelle tells him that she loves him, and everyone seems happy.
The second date went to Rachael, a graphic designer from Cumming, Ga., who has had a bit of off-screen controversy.
Prior to meeting the family, the couple had a whirlwind date that involved going skydiving and Rachael’s crash landing. That seemed to bring her down to reality because while they both admitted that they’re falling in love with each other — and the family meeting went well despite her father’s objections that things were moving too fast (has he ever seen the show?) — Rachael realized she wasn’t the only one in the running after sharing that was disappointed that Matt didn’t ask for her father’s blessing.
— UNI Chicks (@UNIchicks) February 23, 2021
Rachael, hunny, we still have two more hometown dates ahead of us!
The third date was with Bri, who previously revealed she quit her dream job as a communications manager.
She threw it back to the first date in which Matt “almost killed” her and took him off-roading! A taste of his own medicine!
Bri was excited for Matt to meet her single mom and her infant baby sister, but her mom was skeptical and wanted to remind her daughter to be “honest” and “vulnerable” about her feelings.
And finally, Serena P. introduced Matt to her hometown of Canada before allowing him to meet her family. It’s a must if you’re going to date a “proud Canadian.”
However, during the meeting, her sister said she thinks “something is missing” and Serena doesn’t seem smitten, which kind of ruined the whole mood and made Serena realize she has a lot of doubts about the relationship.
She wanted the hometown to get her to the point where she’s certain, but instead, it left her more confused about the situation.
When the two sat down for a one-on-on, Matt tried to smooth things over. While Serena P. said that she initially thought it was fear, she later admitted to herself that she can’t go through with it because Matt’s not her person.
“I’m just not there, and I don’t know why,” she informs him. Despite the heartbreak, Matt took it like a champ and asked Serena P. to walk him downstairs. What a role-reversal! Is Serena P. The Bachelor now?
“I’m just disappointed because that’s not how I saw our journey ending,” he said.
And thus, the final three women moving onto Fantasy Suites are….
Rachael, 24, a graphic designer from Cumming, Ga.
Bri, 24, a communications manager from San Francisco, Calif.
Michelle, 27, a teacher from Edina, Minnesota
But which woman was the second choice had Serena P. not backed out?! I guess we’ll never know… XoXo.
Ahead of tonight’s episode, Matt James also issued this statement on Twitter about the controversy surrounding Rachael and Chris Harrison. He explained he’s learning about these “incredibly disappointing” photos in “real time,” which leads me to believe the winner is Rachael but the duo broke up because of what transpired off-screen.
He also condemned Harrison’s behavior.
Check out his tweet below:
— Matt James (@mattjames919) February 22, 2021
What do you think? Who will Matt choose? What did you think of that statement?
Let us know in the comments section!
Best Tweets from Tonight’s ‘The Bachelor’ Which Saw Several Women Eliminated
With hometowns just around the corner, the pressure is on!
Here are the best tweets from The Bachelor Season 25 Week 7.
— Kayla (@KayGGlo) February 16, 2021
— Kristen (@OMGKristen) February 16, 2021
— ♛ MalloryJordanBunkley ♛ (@maalliboo8) February 16, 2021
— My Thoughts Are Free (@ksthoughtss) February 16, 2021
— mari (@marishakishviIi) February 16, 2021
— medium adult (@mediumadult_) February 16, 2021
— 100% that bach(elor fan) (@THATBITCHELOR) February 16, 2021
— heidi hamilton (@heidhamilton) February 16, 2021
— Rebecca van Nostrand (@NostrandRebecca) February 16, 2021
— Carly (@xcarlylongx) February 16, 2021
— meghan (@m3g4tr0n_) February 16, 2021
“I resigned from my job for you”
— jel (@angelica_fio) February 16, 2021
— allaboutthebach (@allaboutthebach) February 16, 2021
— Stephanie (@scde_de) February 16, 2021
— Kiley Brewster (@kiley_brewster) February 16, 2021
— Tera LaShun (@teralashun) February 16, 2021
— the bachelor🌹 (@bachelortweettz) February 16, 2021
— Amie (@iMEamie) February 16, 2021
— petty betty (@ghost_realtor) February 16, 2021
— Brandon Maly (@MalyBrandon) February 16, 2021
— AcceptedMyWifesRose (@AcceptedR) February 16, 2021
— TheBachBabes (@TheBachBabes) February 16, 2021
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