Bachelorette Recap: Episode 1

May 19, 2015

Who tuned into the ~most dramatic season premiere of The Bachelorette~ in Bachelor history? HA. Just kidding, it wasn't all that exciting. But I'm sure Chris Harrison would beg to differ.

The men. Where to begin? I'll start by saying I really wasn't all that impressed with this season's selection of men. Sure there are a few standouts, but the overall attractiveness of the group pales in comparison to past seasons. But that's just me being ridiculously shallow.
Kaitlyn, right, stuns in a sparkling navy gown.

Britt and Kaitlyn wait outside the mansion as the limos pull up, and Kaitlyn is much more anxious than Britt, who at least was able to fake a sense of composure. (It's okay, Kaitlyn's dress was much prettier than Britt's so that made up for her nervous energy!)

Some of the men make it extremely obvious that they were only on the show for one of the two women. This is potential for some serious awkwardness when the newly engaged Bachelorette sits on the living room couch watching the premiere, only to hear an on-screen public admission that her fiancĂ© was on the show for another woman! Oops!

That said, of the men, some definitely stand out as front runners in my mind. Ian, who ran track for Princeton, was hit by a car and had to stop running until he could rehabilitate. He is on #teamKaitlyn, and when he gets out of the limo and introduces himself, her whole disposition changes and her nerves begin to calm. Another favorite of mine is Ben Z., a personal trainer who lost his mom at a young age. He seems like a sweet, genuine guy and let me tell you, he is not hard on the eyes.  Jonathan from Detroit, is openly #teamBritt. He has a five year old son and seems nice enough, but then, anyone who thinks Britt is wife material has some issues in my opinion. Then comes Shawn B., who confuses viewers when he runs to Britt from the limo, picks her up and spins her around, only then to move on to Kaitlyn and profess that he is here only for her. This induces some serious jealousy from Britt, who said she experienced "love at first sight" when she saw him. Catfight potential. Later when Kaitlyn shares one-on-one time with Shawn, he gives her a drawing his adorable nephew made for her. They seem to have good chemistry, making him a potential frontrunner.

In true Bachelorette fashion. There were certainly some crazies. Josh is a law student by day, and a stripper by night. Ew, ew and ew. Trashy. Then we have, Ryan B. who greets Britt with "Hi Disney Princess." He's definitely a huge pretty boy.  There is Shawn E. (a self-professed amateur sex therapist...what?) who shows up in a hot tub car. As he's driving up to the mansion, Ryan M. (who has already been in the mansion long enough to become extremely intoxicated) pops out of the shrubs screaming "You suck!" at hot tub man. This ~almost~ leads to a fist fight between the two men, but soon enough, drunk Ryan M. is escorted out by security and Chris Harrison sends him home before he can do any further damage. However, the biggest crazy has to be Tony, a "healer" and yoga freak who describes himself as antisocial, talks to plants, and greets the two Bachelorettes with the same speech, verbatim.  Of course Britt likes him though. Because you'd have to be INSANE to think Tony is anything but weird...

At the end of the episode, the men all vote for which woman - Britt or Kaitlyn - they want as their Bachelorette, and of course, just when you think it will be revealed, this scrolls across the screen.

More to come tonight on ABC at 8|7 central! (Synopsis to follow on the blog!)

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