Welcome back to the Big Man Baby Brawl Bananza™!
Former Bachelorette Jojo stopped by to give Tayshia some advice. Still love seeing near-strangers hang out in close contact when I haven’t seen so many of my nearest and dearest in almost a year. Very fun, very chill.
Chris Harrison has to leave us for the week to take his son to college. Luckily Jojo’s negative COVID-test (I assume), allows her to step into his shoes and take over as host for the week.
The first date card was for Zac, a one-on-one. On this date they went to a photoshoot where they were going to take their ‘wedding photos’. They took it VERY seriously.
Tayshia talked about how she had been married before, which we knew, turns out Zac C. was also married once before, which she thinks is ‘cool’.
During the dinner portion of their date he told her about what happened pre-marriage, which was that he had a brain tumour. He had emergency surgery and was okay-ish. But then he rushed into marriage and then fell into drinking and drugs. And his DUI is the reason his last wife left him. He eventually went to rehab, and now years later is on the board of that rehab.
Good for him, I’m proud of Zac C. (And so is Tayshia, because she gave him the rose on the date).
Meanwhile, back at casa de COVID, Spencer, Ivan, Ed, Blake, Brendan, Riley, DeMar, Bennett, Ben, and Noah were chosen for the group date. This means that Eazy got the second one-on-one of the episode.
For the group date they had to sketch nude models. Basic Bennett™ snagged a seat from Noah beside Tayshia. And for the second portion of the date they had blindfolds on while they worked with clay, and Basic Bennett™ took the opportunity to kiss Tayshia. As he said ‘50 Shades of Clay’.
Finally they had to do self portraits, and whoever had the best one would get extra time with her. Army veteran Ben has really been struggling and it showed during this date. He walked off before presenting a self portrait, and came back naked to show he could be vulnerable and give her all of him.
Tayshia had to excuse herself as she got emotional from the way they opened up to her. Which was definitely impressive to do in front of a room full of their competition. Because they were all so great they all get to spend the night with her.
Ben opened up more in the cocktail party to Tayshia. He told her had an eating disorder for ten years. For all his opening up, Ben got the group date rose.
Bennett and Noah continued their bickering from the house into the group date. And Tayshia called them out on their bull shit and said she would figure out what was happening between them.
On Eazy’s date, Tayshia started by scaring him and his switch from scream to laughter was really wonderful. They then went to explore the haunted parts of the resort they were at. This was one of the more fun dates to watch. They seemed to be genuinely having a fun time and their laughters pounded more real than it ever does on this show.
While on their date the men were talking about how Eazy and Tayshia’s connection was probably the strongest, but then she shocked us all by not giving him the rose! She said she’s not quite where he is, despite the fact he’s basically done nothing wrong.
I’m genuinely sad about this one. Eazy was so great! Tayshia what are you doing!? How is Baby Bennett™ and No Nickname Noah™ still there and Eazy gone? Nope. Not fair. It also happened so quickly. None of this was right.
Before the rose ceremony could begin, Tayshia wanted to solve the Bennett/Noah drama, so she invited the two of them to a private pre-ceremony hangout where there would be one rose - so one would stay and one would go (or, you know, she could just get rid of both of them).
Before she got there, Bennett gave Noah some gifts, in a very odd power move. He went on about emotional intelligence and ended by saying he “was not trying to belittle you, I am trying to love you up”. Cool, bro.
Tayshia finally joined them after they had hashed it out a bit. They continued to go at each other in front of her and she was not having it. She then noticed Bennett’s gift and I think that will be the final straw for her when this is continued next week.
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