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The Bachelor
Serena P. and Matt James. Courtesy of ABC Entertainment.
The Bachelor
Serena P. and Matt James. Courtesy of ABC Entertainment.

The drama has dwindled this week on The Bachelor, with major tea being spilled outside its airtime. Along with Rachael’s, one of the contestants, racist past exposed all over the social media, Chris Harrison also came under fire for his tone-deaf and complicit response to Rachael’s racist behavior when he was interviewed on Extra by the first Black Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. Harrison has since announced that he will be stepping down from his role as the host of The Bachelor franchise for a period of time. It looks like Harrison has decided to take a classic redemption route of any white celebrity by getting away from a spotlight before coming back refreshed and ready to “be better.” 

Anyway, with the hometowns episode coming up next week, the show has the task of going from ten (possibly eleven with Heather Martin coming into the picture in the last episode) women to just four in a matter of 1.5 hours. Don’t worry though; the contestants drop out like flies in this episode. 

The first to go is Heather, who decided to try out her luck with Matt seven episodes into the show. Matt asking Heather to leave out of respect for the other women and dedication to “finding true love” (whatever that is) seemed pretty obvious from the get-go. The producers apparently still wanted to create one last spectacle and demonstrate how petty people can get if they spend enough time in a closed bubble of a reality show by allowing (or inviting?) Heather to come. Her exit is followed by Serena C. and Chelsea, who gets eliminated at the rose ceremony. 

The episode’s main frustration revolves around Abigail, who quickly became the fans’ favorite but who did not get a single one-on-one date with Matt even during the last week before he might meet her family. When she sits down to ask him directly about his feelings, Matt admits that he was “so comfortable” in their relationship that he explored others and ended up starting to fall for them instead of her. Way to let down a girl easy and make sure she does not internalize your choice as her own failure of character, Matt. Shortly after, Abigail is walked out during the group date. 

Kit, a 21-year-old with a clear trajectory for her life, is not far behind Abigail, as she decides to leave the show after not getting the group-date rose and reassurance she needed from Matt. Honestly, good for her.

Serena P. and Jessenia both get a one-on-one this week, with only Serena getting the rose at the end of her date. Jessenia does tell Matt that she is falling in love with him, as contestants on this show often do during their one-on-one time in a hasty attempt to solidify their bond and prove their commitment to the bachelor. Nonetheless, Matt seems to be more into Serena’s clear discomfort on their date than Jessenia professing her feelings. So, in the show’s best tradition, Matt ends the date with the latter by pulling out the rose before telling Jessenia that he cannot give it to her (classic).

At the rose ceremony, Matt also ends up not choosing Pieper, leaving Michelle, Serena P., Brie, and, well, Rachael as his final four. So, who’s excited to meet Rachael’s allegedly pro-Trump parents next week?

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