The Bachelor S18, Week 8 Review: Andi, Get Your Gun

A Taste of Kansas City

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I cringed when Juan Pablo chose Nikki for his first hometown date, because it frequently results in that contestant not getting a rose. I don’t know if previous Bachelors and Bachelorettes just try to get certain hometown dates over with quickly or if those contestants simply aren’t fresh in their mind when it comes time for the rose ceremony, but it’s never a good sign. However, we have no way of knowing which hometown date actually does occur first so maybe that’s just a coincidence. Luckily for Nikki, Juan Pablo’s encounter with her family went off without a hitch, as most of the early-episode dates do. After seeing the drama unfold with the other families, plus Andi’s lukewarm feelings towards Juan Pablo and the issues it will cause in tomorrow night’s episode, I hereby predict that Nikki will receive the final rose.

Hands Off, Her Dad is Right There

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Was it just me, or was Juan Pablo getting super touchy-feely right after Clare told him that story about her dad telling her to throw rocks? I’m not going to lie, that scene actually made me tear up but it doesn’t change how I feel about Clare. Her sister Lara definitely isn’t Juan Pablo’s biggest fan, but that hasn’t stopped true love in the past. Ashley Hebert’s sister didn’t like JP when she first met him, yet they still had their big ABC wedding and lived happily ever after. I still think Clare is too much of an attention hog to take a backseat to Camila though, which is why Juan Pablo will ultimately pick Nikki. In the words of Kasey Kahl, it’s time for Clare to “kick rocks,” not throw them.

 

We Can Go For Hours

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That’s definitely not the right thing to say to a girl’s mom the first time you meet her, even if you’re talking about her witty repartee.  Between Andi’s hometown date or the rose ceremony, I don’t know which was more of a waste of time to watch. Obviously the producers didn’t know that Juan Pablo would strike out with Andi in the fantasy suite during the next episode, but when it came down to Renee or Andi, we already knew what would happen thanks to the promos. I’m sure the impetus behind this two-night special is some stupid scheduling issue, because when there’s this much drama, there’s no reason to not make us wait until next week. They made us wait for Brooks’ post-fantasy-suite departure on Desiree’s season, so why is this any different? Just like Brooks, Andi went home to her family and had to convince herself that she is falling for Juan Pablo, which she’ll realize was a mistake after sleeping with him. Do I think that he would have given her the final rose if she hadn’t left? No, my money is still on Nikki.

I Want Ben to See What Love Is

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Ladies and Gentlemen, those are the words that will absolutely guarantee that Renee will be our next Bachelorette. Even though Andi is too needy and America is divided over Nikki and Clare, I worried that Renee’s exit wouldn’t be sad enough. I mean, it’s not like she did anything major like toss an engagement ring out the window…oh wait, that didn’t secure anything for Zak Waddell either. Honestly though, who else could they possibly choose? While the rest of Hollywood is busy selling sex, Bachelor Nation knows what sells even better. Single moms! If they bring Emily Maynard back I will cut someone though.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you think Renee would make a good Bachelorette? Will Andi leave in tomorrow night’s episode? Who do you think will receive the final rose? Watch with us tomorrow night!