Monday, July 14, 2014

Who will make the final two on The Bachelorette?

I gave up an invitation to go swimming with Paige and Peyton tonight so that I could go to the grocery store (I had no form of cheese or eggs) and be able to blog with The Bachelorette live.

Actually, I went over to my parents house to eat after work and left late enough to have to run through the grocery store, and I'm still 20 minute late starting The Bachelorette. I'll be caught up by right after an hour in though. That's how many commercials there are.

As much as I hated to say no to a very chipper sounding Paige, I was down to my last 4 Coke Zeros in the office fridge and goodness knows, that is more troublesome than being without cheese. Plus, I didn't want another late night of blogging on the episode some other night like I have for the past two or moer weeks.

So who will Andi invite to the fantasy suite? Word around the web is that one of the three guys will be let go before the invitation is extended. I don't guess there is a chance that the word of it being Chris isn't true? I don't think Josh is the best choice, but I can't stand Nick.


After Andi's last fantasy suite experience with Juan Pablo, Andi is fearful of a guy being one way on camera and another behind closed doors. I think the time has come for a lot of second guessing.

To start off the week at the Dominican Republic, she's glad each of the guys are there for a different reason.

Josh has a personality Andi thinks most women are attracted to. (Yeah, the cocky guy...) Outgoing, funny, lively, kind, and compassionate. She has so much fun with Josh. I don't know that I would say easy going like she does. He has been pretty intense since the whole lie detector thing. It is hard to resist tall, dark and handsome. She admits to being giddy around him.

He admits to falling in love with her.

For all the positives, however, a red flag comes up with the former athlete type she has had trouble with before. (Juan Pablo ring a bell?) She has been guarded with Josh because there is that side that came up after the lie detector test when he went crazy about trusting him. Blame the show, not Andi is all I have to say about that.

Chris is a sweet, smart, light-hearted and funny guy. He is cute, charming, romantic and makes her feel like he is there to find love. Andi is attracted to the manly qualities of the farmer. He impressed her by writing down and sharing his feelings for her. In her words, Chris is mature and sexy.

Until Andi met his family, he couldn't even begin to picture herself in Iowa.

Nick has always stood out to Andi for reasons I will never understand. His shy and skeptical side has always been memorable to her. There is a mental connection that intrigues her. Flattery evidently gets him everywhere.

He is sweet, affection, smart and serious, in her words. His lisp gets me. He gets her, she says. He sees her (according to a poem) and has that passionate side. Evidently, he is a good kisser.

The potential of growing old with him is there.

Sigh. Go ahead. Take him off the market. I don't know who wants him if they have watched the show.

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There isn't even a video of Nick's boring date available on the site.

Her first date - or the first date shown - is her date with Nick. She wants to talk to him today about his past break-ups. Evidently, his version is not as dramatic as his family described them to be.

Nick is ready to share how he feels about Andi with her. He's been wanting to say something since Belgium.

They hop a helicopter and try to make out while wearing giant earphones with microphones. They land on a private island (or at least beach) for the day.

I'm getting a sunburn watching them. The cameras pan them both taking of their respective shirts and cover-ups. I'm struck by the side shot they didn't edit out of an obviously padded bikini. I mean, the padding is coming out the side.

Now, it's time for Andi to pry into his past relationships. Andi says it was more like his family was more worried about him getting hurt than whether or not they were a good fit. Nick says one time he broke up with a girl and didn't speak to much of anyone for six months. I'm not sure if it was the same or a different relationship where a fiance broke up with him. I'm not backing it up to listen to him any more than I have to in order to figure out the details.

He admittedly rambles on a while. I don't even know what he was talking about. Now he can't spit out his feelings.

Later that night, Andi tries to get Nick to open up. She starts by asking what is his most embarrassing thing is--like are you clumsy? He just owns up to being quirky. Then, he says he has to show her what he's been up to this week... what any 33 year old guy would do... write a fairy tale. I think he may have pulled out his box of 24 Crayola crayons to illustrate the story.

I thought it was a cheezy retelling of the season. She found it childish in a really, cute, fun way -- but very romantic. This makes her think of a side of Nick being a father and reading to their children.

There are a lot of blank pages left to finish off the story. At that point, she hands over the envelope with the invitation to the fantasy suite. She asks him what she thinks, and he rambles on for a while about talking her ear off when she finally interrupts him to ask, "is that a yes?"

FINALLY, and I do mean finally, he says, "I love you." He's been rambling to the camera forever (like weeks) about wanting to say it.

I try to block out their loud sucking face noises during their make-out session before they go off for the night.

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Next up... A day in Santo Domingo with Josh. Josh tries to show off his Spanish. I think he remembers about as much as I do which is not much.
Andi is putting a lot of pressure on this date. They spend the day soaking in local culture - food, shopping, street dancing... She then takes him to watch a local sandlot game of baseball. The two get out and play with the kids. They are Dominican, so it's future Major League Baseball players here.

Josh feels for Andi something he's never felt before. He asks Andi what she thought about his family. Andi admits to be a little scared of his mother. He understands why.

He loves her, and tells her that he knows that she can't say it back. This makes her more giddy than she already was.

That night at dinner, it gets more serious. She needs to know that he is serious about proceeding in a relationship.

Looking back, Josh admits he thought he was done after the first night when he came off as cocky, or just maybe overly confident. They move on to talking about what kind of parents they picture themselves being. Josh talks about picturing the future when they are around kids like they were today. I think she can see his level of seriousness about a family now. He says he is ready to propose and get married. After a little kissy face, her mood changes a bit. She brings up him being happy all the time which seems to be problematic for her.

Out comes the invitation to the fantasy suite. Andi says she wants to see how she is without all the cameras. So, off they go, but not without a swimming pool/hot tub moment first. *gag*

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The final date is with Chris. Before the date starts, she expresses to the cameras that it is a make or break date for them as she isn't so sure she's at a point that she is ready to spend a night with him. There's the admission it isn't just talking all night, as if there was ever a question.

They go horseback riding which is a fantastic idea for someone who isn't really comfortable around horses. He's quite comfortable. I don't really think about corn farmers riding horses. It's been like 20 years since she has ridden. The horse starts trotting more than Andi was prepared for, and I thought she was going to lose it. They observe farm life much more manual than Chris experiences now before stopping for a picnic. He seems more talkative than she is, thanking her for their time together in Iowa. They talk a bit about her impressions of his family. Chris' dimples show as he smiles while listening to her talk about his family.

She's much more somber on this date than the others. They try to make it a little more light-hearted by playing hide and go seek like their date in Iowa ended.

That evening things get real. The poor guy really likes her. She's just mentally in a not great place for the date - probably over thinking everything. He doesn't want to beat a dead horse, especially after riding horses all day, but asks her, "what do you think of Iowa?" Understandably so, she's concerned about the transition. Chris tells her that he is willing to make sacrifices. She starts onto her struggle, not only with the thought of Iowa, but the seriousness of the fantasy suite card for her. He asks, "where do you want me to try to go with this?" Alls he really wants to do (he starts saying alls, I notice) is let her know he's in love with her and try to work it out.

He's in a tough spot. Chris is in a family business. Farming is in his blood. He's willing to try to work it out. He's told her all of this, but Andi is going to have to make the call if it is worth the risk to her. I really think he's done all he can do -- it's up to Andi to decide if she likes him enough to pursue it further.

Now she starts ugly crying that she can't see herself in Iowa and that she doesn't see herself in the relationship where he does. Andi needs a paper bag as she is just short of the hiccups. She says she has more respect for him than to say it's just Iowa and wait for a rose ceremony. At this point, she cuts him loose. Chris stays really calm and listens to her. Finally, Chris pats Andi's back, tells her he is disappointed. She rants on about being an idiot, then says her head and heart doesn't match up. Chris tells her that she's not an idiot -- the whole thing comes down to her feelings. He awkwardly can't decide how to make his exit. She walks him out, and he tries to calm her by saying that she did the right thing. He graciously takes his exit.

Chris tells the camera that he didn't see it coming and that it hurts. He takes it like a man. He came on the show to take it seriously, and tries not to cry while the camera is in his face in the car. It just dawned on me how awkward it must be to talk to yourself on camera because you have to say something with the camera there.

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And then there were two...

Andi recovers quickly after the commercial break saying it's been a good week even though there were some hard things. It's time for a breakdown of the week with Chris Harrison. If she had it all to do over again, she'd still pick these two guys. 

Chris Harrison asks her about Bachelor Chris. He asks if it was about Iowa. She said the foundation wasn't there, but complimented him on being a class act, a gentlemen.

Then, Harrison goes on to ask about Nick. She talks about the main thing she wanted to discuss with Nick - his break-ups. Then, she reveals his confession of love. 

Harrison asks if Josh said "I love you" too. He did. 

There are concerns with both. The intensity of Nick (can he be funny) vs. the fun of Josh (can he be serious?). She likes both sides of the spectrum.

Going into the final rose ceremony, it's a given that she is going to offer the final two roses, but supposedly she is wondering if both will accept. They've expressed their love, so I don't know what else she expects.

As they arrive at the beach to claim their roses, each guy tells the camera how excited he is to meet Andi's family. When they arrive, neither guy says anything about wondering where Chris is. Chris Harrison points out the obvious about him not being there. Andi arrives to hand out roses. She starts by telling how she didn't see a future with Chris and how even though there are only two left, she still wanted to have a rose ceremony. She wants each guy to have the opportunity to bail if that's what he wants to/needs to do.

She gives the first rose to Nick, leaving Josh with a funny look on his face. Maybe it's just the sun grins. It could easily be the sun grins. Then Josh accepts his rose.

Josh thinks he's going to be proposing.

Nick wonders why she didn't send Josh home too.

However, we have to wait two weeks before we find out if she makes the horrible choice, picking Nick.

Next week is the "Men Tell All" episode. I hope there is dirt, not just a lame show. 


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