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MJ and Matt James. Courtesy of ABC Entertainment
MJ and Matt James. Courtesy of ABC Entertainment

This week’s episode of The Bachelor was, well, a mess. This does not surprise anyone, as the producers delivered on what they promised in the preview, and it all seemed like a natural continuation of the “OGs versus new girls” drama, induced with casual stigmatization of sex work, that started last week. 

Early in the episode, Matt tried to solve the drama by sending home the women whom he appears to have deduced to be the bad apples of the bunch. This includes Anna, who started the seemingly baseless rumor about newcomer Brittany being an escort, and Queen Victoria, who I am convinced would be a perfect best friend for Selling Sunset’s Christine (they are both just honest, you know?). Victoria’s exit from the show was just as messy as her entire presence, and I would be disappointed by anything less than her refusing to hug Matt goodbye and telling him off for not believing her side of the story. Her aggressive language with heavy usage of derogatory names toward other contestants will not be missed. 

Next followed a one-on-one date with Rachel, who got a Cinderella type of date by going on a shopping spree with Matt before their dinner and a ride in a carriage. Because nothing brings people closer than consumerism, am I right? Anyway, the date was quite dull, as we did not get to see the two be as personal in their conversation as, for instance, Matt was when he spoke with Michelle just last week (in a garage full of retro cars because masculinity). 

Matt is a newbie to The Bachelor franchise. He did not participate in any other show before coming to lead this season. This could explain why, after hearing from so many women how uncomfortable they feel at the house, he seemed too eager to please everyone on this week’s group date by giving out intense PDA to the women. That, or it could be that quarantining before filming and dating all these beautiful women without being allowed to get physical with them, has just made the man quite horny. Some women, including Michelle, did seem upset at being forced to watch Matt being so affectionate with so many other contestants right before them. 

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Kit Keenan: The Bachelor. ABC Entertainment

Kit, a 21-year-old fashion entrepreneur and daughter of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, got the second one-on-one this week, and I already forgot what happened on the date. I think the show lost me after Kit started talking about how she grew up surrounded by “gold Bentleys.” She did get a rose at the end of the date.

The show ended on a dramatic note with a showdown between MJ and Jessenia, both of whom were invited by Matt to get to the bottom of whether or not MJ is a toxic influence for other contestants back at the house, which was brought to his attention by Jessenia. From the looks of the next week’s preview, it seems like MJ did not win that round. 

Given the amount of drama between women we have seen just this week, I have to say I am thoroughly looking forward to the Women Tell All episode down the line. To quote Marie Kondo, “I’m so excited because I love mess.”

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