Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Bachelorette: Clare: Week 4: Let's Move On

I hope these two hours fly by tonight because, I am ready to go to bed. I don't know why a one hour fall back time change feels like three. I am ready for sleep. 

The day after the non-rose group date, the men date are bummed. Kenny leads a discussion with some of the men that they are all wasting their time because Clare is only into Dale. 

Over in Clare's cabana, she's thinking of... Dale. Their connection... How it feels like she's known him forever... There's a thin line between respecting the process and going for what she wants. She wants Dale. 

Chris Harrison comes over and drags up a chair to talk to Clare.

She didn't know he was coming. He says they need to talk. Right now the guys in the house are unhappy and confused. They are smart men and know what is going on. Chris says they can't continue down this path. 

Clare respects the process, and there are some amazing guys here. Chris tells her to cut to the chase. She says that she is so head over heels for Dale. 

When they were shut down for COVID, she looked up everyone's social media. She was drawn to Dale's account and what was going on with him and related to him. She felt they were parallel. 

Chris asks Clare to be honest and not **** him. Did the two of them talk beforehand? She said not at all. She knows what she wants. She feels like Dale is her match. 

Chris almost gets teary eyed as she talks about him being the one. 

Anyone else wonder along the way if he feels that way about her or if he's just been playing along? I don't really have an opinion one way or the other, but I do wonder. 

Clare asks what to do next. She doesn't want to waste the guys' times. Chris says they have to reinvent what happens next. Clare wants to let Dale know how she feels and spend as much time with him as possible. In her mind, this is over. That's when Chris says the line that has been teased for weeks. 

"Congratulations. You've just blown up The Bachelorette."

The men are sitting around talking. Eazy wants to ask Clare some things to figure out what is going on. Kenny wants some clarity too. Every man is getting fed up of their limited time focusing on one person. They are talking about what they plan for tonight at the cocktail party before the rose ceremony. 

Chris Harrison shows up. He asks how they are doing. He just talked to Clare. There's not going to be a cocktail party tonight. There's also not going to be a rose ceremony. He will see all of them tomorrow. 

Then, Chris asks to talk to Dale outside. When they walk out, the men all want to know what's going on. They are confused. Kenny wants to know if there's any point to this. 

Chris tells Dale that Clare wants to spend time with him tonight. 

Clare is breathing heavy on her dog as she contemplates if Dale feels the same thing for her. I feel bad for the dog.

Clare has a date with Dale. She's putting a lot on the line not knowing what he is going to say tonight and if the feelings are mutual. 

Clare she picked the spot for this date. When Clare asks how he is, he pauses, speechless. Clare says she knows what she wants and is doing this the way she wanted to do this. She said she couldn't give out a rose the night before because she was thinking about him. Even though they have not had a one-on-one date, she feels like she knows him. She feels like he's the man she's prayed for... the one that's like her dad. He looks a bit stunned. He says he has wanted to know more about her family. 

So the story goes, after Claire's dad met her mom one night, three weeks later, he hitchhiked to propose after meeting once. Three years later, they were married. 

Dale's dad hitchhiked to see his mom too. His whole family was lost after his mom died. He didn't want to feel for two years. Clare says she went through the same thing when her dad died. Clare asks how he's emotionally mature today. 

He goes on to share how he was blown away when Clare was announced as The Bachelorette, and he started having feelings again.

Clare is worried about what Dale is going to say when she tells him how she feels. 

Meanwhile... No one has seen Dale since Chris pulled him out of the room. The angry guy Clare dated last week is ready to go off. Blake, the closest thing to #2 on the totem pole thinks it's too early for her to be into just one guy.

Clare is trying to get out her thoughts and feelings. She talks about how early it is in the process. He agrees. Clare tells him that every time she wakes up and goes to sleep she thinks about him. At first, he has no reaction. Then he smiles. Then he almost looks scared when she says that she's fallen in love with him. 

Dale says his heart is open, and he's falling in love with her.

Clare says she couldn't to through one more rose ceremony without talking to him about this. Then, there is some loud, smacky kissing.

Oh, gag. A personal concert. The singers: Chris & Bri from that stupid Bachelor finding love and music mini season thing that aired at the beginning of quarantine. The show I couldn't deal with even though I was literally not leaving the house or doing anything. I remember doing a jigsaw puzzle while trying to listen. 

After the awkward concert moment, they go back to her room. 

FOR SOME STUPID REASON, MY COMPUTER FROZE UP, AND I HAD TO PUT IT TO SLEEP SO I COULD WAKE IT UP. ONLY 23 MINUTES LATER, I'M BACK AT IT. I REALLY DON'T NEED A SECOND COMPUTER TO DIE THIS YEAR.

Ok, so Clare and Dale did the fantasy suite thing, and now they don't want to join the real world. 

Neither thought they'd wake up this morning where they are. {Insert eye roll.}

What does Dale think is going to happen next? Clare tells him he needs to think about it. This has been a game changer. She's mumbling on something about feeling what she's feeling. 

Clare thinks they should "lie detector it" since no one believes either of them when it comes talking before this whole thing. 

Clare then does a producer interview monologue where she says, "Dale is the kind of guy you get when you refuse to settle. He is strong and sensitive, kind and compassionate, makes her feel protected. Dale is everything."

She supposedly genuinely wanted to get to know the other guys, but she could most definitely, gladly spend the rest of her life with Dale. 

Gag. Enough about Dale. 

The next day, the men still wonder where Dale is. They assume he is on a one-on-one overnight date. Someone (don't know his name because who are these other guys?) doesn't think she would do that so soon. 

Chris Harrison comes over to see Clare again. He asked how last night was. She needed that time so bad. He was even better than she expected after the cameras turned off. Yes, she told Dale that she loved him. He said the same to her. "He's my person," Clare declares. 

Chris is like, "You broke every record for this show."

Chris says the next step is proposal. Clare wants to know when they are doing this. Chris says tonight. Hmmm. Wonder if Dale is really ready for this. Can't they just go off and whatever? Why engagement? 

Chris says, "I can't believe what you are doing to us. 

So, if you've read any of the articles or spoilers, the producers saw this coming because Clare was googoogahgah over Dale before she even met him thanks to social stalking. They knew she was going to be stuck on him. 

Oh, goodness, Clare's talk drives me nuts. "He's the reason I haven't settled." She's not going to pretend this isn't happening. 

The men need to know what is going on. They've been sitting there for days now. Guys are checking out, and that's not a good thing, according to Blake at least. No sooner do they say Clare needs to talk to all of them than Clare shows up. 

It's been an interesting last couple of days for her, but she 100% wanted to come talk to them about it. She says they are all amazing... She came here to find the love of her life... She thinks she found what she came here for, and it's with Dale. The guys stare in disbelief. She tells them she's a woman that goes for what she wants, and she's going for it. She has too much respect for them to lead them on. She claims she was present while she was with them. (NOT!) No one really says anything for a hot minute. 

Finally, someone speaks up that they didn't get enough time. Blake says that he's scared she's going to get hurt. He doesn't know how she can know this quick. Kenny asks if she and Dale communicated beforehand. She denies it.

Kenny says she needs to apologize to the group. Clare asks, "What should I apologize for?" He said that when they talked it was obvious that she wasn't into it. She needs to apologize for faking it because she was in love with Dale since the first night. 

Clare says she will apologize if she wasted her time or hurt them, but she won't apologize for love. 

Some of the men thank her for her courage and standing up to say these things. She asks if she can hug some of them because she will miss them. 

Clare cries on the shoulders of the crew. 

The men sure have a lot to say after Clare leaves. Someone estimates that Clare spent a whole two hours with Dale before this. Blake bought a book on dementia to try to understand Clare's mother. He's the one that really believes she knows nothing about Dale. 

The men are waiting to find out what happens next. 

Chris Harrison calls up Neil Lane to see if he can get a ring today. Hopefully, there will be a proposal today. 

It's time for Chris to go break the news to Dale. He goes over to Dale's cabana, sits down and asks Dale where his head and heart are. Dale does want to explore things further, and he is in love with her. 

Chris tells Dale that Clare broke up with all the other guys today. Dale laughs. Chris says, "This is it. No more steps. Clare is going to be waiting for you. She's going to be waiting for a proposal." 

The guys wonder if Dale is scrambling. Is he on the same pace? They think she's ready for a wedding, but is he at the moment?

The producers talk to Clare. Clare knows she's ready, but isn't sure if he's at the same place. Chris comes to check on her. Clare says she's used to showing up and the other person doesn't. She's scared now. Chris tells her she needs to trust herself. 

Clare monologues about falling in love with Dale "this entire time."

This entire time = less than two weeks.

Clare steps out and gets ready. Chris says, "I need to tell you something..."

Flash to Kenny and Blake talking about how Dale probably is not ready for this so soon."

Chris just wanted to tell Clare how proud of her "they" are. Whoever "they" are.

When asked, Dale doesn't seem so ready for tonight. 

Clare is going to tell him what she has been feeling "this entire time." 

Seriously though. Even if he is into her, this is super duper fast and lots of pressure. 

Clare starts her proposal speech. He has to be wigging as she talks about she knew when she met him that she had met her husband. Comparisons to her dad... He's everything... He would never runaway or leave her. He keeps showing up for her. 

It's been 11 days. People have to stay under strict quarantine after a positive COVID test for longer than what these two have known each other. I've had milk expired in my fridge longer than this this relationship.

"Yeah, it's a while ride, right?" is his response. 

He does find something to say. He talks about what his mother would have thought about her. 

Dale does go down on one knee to propose. She gives the final rose. 

This is the most ridiculous season ever. 

To add to the ridiculousness, he says, "When you know, you know." That's her line. 

Dale tells Clare that she's going to hurt her wrist due the ginormous diamond he just gave her. He carries her off. 

The rest of the men guess it's time for them to pack it up to head home. They've been hanging around for a few days now. 

Riley didn't expect things to be cut short. Well, dude, who did? 

Kenny is ticked. They went through a lot of trouble to be in the bubble. 

Some guy (I literally don't know his name and neither does the people doing the captions because they never show it) feels like there is some unfinished business. "There's more love to give and more to be received."

Chris comes in and says he's sorry it's turned out like it has for them. Interrupting Chris, Kenny asks what Chris' opinion is of Clare having researched Dale before arrival. Chris says that Clare promises they didn't speak. He continues that Dale proposed and that he and Clare have left the resort and the bubble. 

Chris says he feels like the guys were cheated, so they are going to do something historic. He is there to tell them their journey is not over. Each needs to make a decision... where their head is, where their heart is, where their relationship was with Clare. Can they move on? 

C'mon, who has had more than five minutes with her in the past two weeks? 

If they decide they can't get past this and have had enough, they can walk away. 

Jason wants to know how much time they are getting because he opened up to Clare.

Chris says they have until tonight to decide. If they want to move on, they need to be dressed and ready tonight. 

Blake's mind is blown. He has to clear his mind. 

Jordan is wondering if it is going to be one woman or a Paradise situation. Riley has been thinking about Clare for months in quarantine. Can he think about anything else?

Bennett says he wasn't invested. Clean slate. He's ready for whatever is next. 

Blake did talk to Clare beforehand. He put a lot into Clare. He doesn't know if he wants to do it all again. 

The guy whose name I cannot figure out is excited. Again. No caption like the others.

Jason says it sucks... opening up like he did. 

There are 16 men left. How many will stay? The men gather again.

Zac C. That is the nameless guy. Finally, they show his name. Or wait, is it Jay. They look alike. They could have been alternating back and forth all night. I don't know!

Blake is going to stick around. He came here to find something he hasn't found yet. 

Everyone wondered if Jason was going to show up. He finally does. 

Chris arrives and gives a speech. Everyone decided to stick it out. The journey is about to continue if they take a leap of faith. Chris tells them that their new Bachelorette is on the way. They are about to start this all over again. He's about to go out and bring her in.

Chris heads out to meet the limo. 

Tayshia steps out to make her first appearance. 

Meanwhile, the men are all talking about how they are nervous to start again and ready to see where this leads.

And the episode ends with "To be continued..."

Next week, we get a "Tell All" with Clare and Dale.

(Final side note... GIPHY is letting me down tonight. There aren't any from tonight's episode! Tweets from @BacheloretteABC it is.)

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