HOLLYWOOD—”The Bachelorette” this week offered fans a double-dose of drama with a two-night event, which aired all-new episodes both Monday and Tuesday night.
Monday night’s episode highlighted the rising tensions among the group of 17 remaining men – the heat of the competition has intensified and Chad’s over-the-top aggression has built up barriers between the guys.
JoJo invites Chase to accompany her on the first one-on-one date, as the two embark on a full day of getting to know each other, starting with hot-yoga, which sparks some intimacy between them. The date ends with dinner and a private concert by country star Charles Kelly. The electricity between the two outwardly sparked JoJo’s interest and may have potentially placed Chase as a front runner in the competition.
At the “Bachelorette” estate, however, controversy is erupting while Chad continues to enrage the other contestants with his negativity and narcissism. Ali enters the room of contenders with a date card, which invites 12 contestants (Jordan, Grant, Wells, James. F, Christian, Ali, Daniel, Vinny, Nick, Alex, Evan, and Chad) on the next group date – leaving Derek, James T., Luke, and Robby dateless.
Chad is unenthusiastic about his invitation to partake in the group date and makes it incredibly clear, stating, “Honestly I don’t want to go. I’d rather you guys go and do your thing, and I’ll have a one on one later.” He added, “12 guys is too many.” The other guys, specifically the four that didn’t receive a date invitation, were disgusted by Chad’s lack of gratitude and Jordan countered his “too many guys” argument, suggesting, “as opposed to the 20 guys the last night? Or the 26 the first night?” Chad reluctantly agreed to attend the group date and aggressively shot down the other contender’s hopeful suggestions to cross his name off the invitation.
The next morning, the bachelors partake in the day’s group date by departing in two limos to met JoJo in front of Atwater Village Theatre, a Los Angeles comedy club where the group of unsuspecting contestants found out they would be putting on the club’s finale, by entertaining the audience with their take on one of their own, personal, sexual experiences.
All in good fun, the guys opened up about facets of their sexual past – however, when Evan’s skit alluded to Chad’s alleged steroid abuse, tensions rose and prompted a physical altercation between the two of them, initiated by Chad (of course). Chad tried to redeem himself during his performance, however, calling JoJo up to stage and declaring “I don’t think today’s about the past, it’s about the future,” and leaning in for a kiss. JoJo turned her cheek in denial – a public rejection in front of not only the other bachelors, but the entire audience.
Tuesday night’s episode opened on a similar note – Chris Harrison confronted Chad regarding his wildly inappropriate behavior and condemned his violence. Chad accepted his criticism and surprisingly worked to quell his temper and make amends with the rest of the bachelors. Later in the day, an impromptu pool party replaced the show’s routine cocktail party, where the one-on-ones transpired normally and JoJo witnessed the ongoing house drama first-hand.
Chad’s poor-tempered tendencies re-emerged later in the day when Derek tried to make the case to JoJo to send Chad home, prompting Chad to threaten him further – which beckons the question: will Chad make it through the rose ceremony?
In short: yes. The rose ceremony transpired, rendering 14 bachelors (Chad, Alex, Chase, Daniel, Derek, Evan, Grant, James F., James T., Robby, Jordan, Luke, Vinny, and Wells) remaining, and three (Christian, Ali, and Nick B.) eliminated. JoJo announced that the remaining contestants would be joining her in leaving behind the “Bachelorette” mansion, to “escape the drama.”
The cast embarks towards the beautiful Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in PA, where the dates proceed without delay.
Luke is the first this episode to be awarded some one-on-one time with JoJo. The two are greeted by eight adorable huskies pulling a dog sled – they hop on, and their sleigh guides them to a wood-fired hot tub nestled within the forest. Luke and JoJo ended the day with dinner, where they got deep and strengthened their connection. Per usual, the date closed with a private concert, this time, by famous country artists Dan + Shay.
At the resort, the episode’s remaining dates are announced: the expected group date, where JoJo takes 11 of the contenders (Chase, Daniel, Derek, Evan, Grant, James F., James T., Jordan, Robby, Vinny and Wells) to the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrated Heinz Field, where Steeler’s stars Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, and Brett Keisel, oversee two teams (blue vs. white) in competition for a night with JoJo. The always dramatic two-on-one date, where two contestants (Alex and Chad) accompany JoJo on a hiking excursion was filled with confrontation, drama, and tears.
The episode ended with the blue team (Jordan, James T., Derek, Evan, Vinny, and Evan) victorious and excited to celebrate their success with some more time with JoJo that night. Meanwhile, in the mountains of Nemacolin, Alex voices to JoJo some serious concerns regarding Chad, which ultimately results in Alex receiving the two-on-one rose, and Chad leaving the show (finally) on the basis that he blew his “second chance.”
The “Bachelorette” will air Monday at 9 p.m. on ABC.