A Schoolboy Crush
I apologize in advance for making Monday night’s episode my primary focus in this article, but I think we can all agree that it was much more powerful than Sunday’s. During week five, Eric bid Andi and the rest of the Bachelor family farewell for the last time before his death. Week four made us laugh as the men made a mockery of some legendary R&B and Andi and JJ went geriatric, but it was uncomfortable for me to watch Nick’s date because I just don’t see what Andi sees in him. Maybe he’s just one of those guys that’s so ugly he’s cute. His skepticism also reminds me a lot of Sharleen, though Andi is much more of an intellectual than Juan Pablo ever will be.
When I watched Monday’s episode with my husband, he failed to catch Andi trying to Dylan with the very words that infuriated her coming from Juan Pablo. “It’s okay,” she told him as he paused to wipe a tear while telling her about the deaths of his brother and sister. He didn’t seem to mind, but I had to laugh at the irony. I do believe that Andi didn’t give Dylan a rose out of pity, but I don’t think he shared his experience with her early enough to make a strong connection, or at least a bond as strong as she has with her other suitors. It’s definitely not something that he had an opportunity to share with her earlier, but if he could have hooked her a bit better like some of the other men had, having this serious conversation during a late one-on-one date would have gone much better. After three weeks of making excellent choices in matching the guys to each one-on-one date, she probably feels like she failed this time. I don’t predict that Dylan will last longer than a couple more weeks.
I was pleasantly surprised that Brian got the rose on the group date, since it usually doesn’t go to the contestant that goes into the date having a physical advantage. A prime example was Bradley on the Boys 2 Men date, though Brian’s flashy moves on the court were far less annoying than Bradley’s opera voice. In my experience watching the show, I’ve also noticed that the rose usually doesn’t go to a contestant that “strikes out” during their alone time. Yes, Brian impressed Andi with his half-court shot, but he failed to land a kiss until the cocktail party. At first I was put off that he stole some alone time with Andi after he already had a rose, but it was definitely necessary for him to get his first kiss with her at center court before leaving Connecticut. Well done, Coach!
Don’t Be Scared
Marcus is absolutely on fire right now. He made a bold move dropping the small L-bomb on his one-on-one date, but Andi seemed to be on the same page completely. The element of danger usually works wonders for contestants on this show, and Marcus was no exception. I will say that I have never seen a Bachelor or Bachelorette so rattled on an adventure date that they’ve hosted. My favorite part was when Marcus calmed Andi’s nerves by asking her questions about her mom. It was definitely random but also sweet and extremely effective. Did you hear him call her “hon” too? Adorable!
Poke Her Face
Yup, Eric poked it. Did he not watch Juan Pablo’s season? This is not a girl that you want to piss off! I get that a healthy amount of arguing is good for a relationship, but week four is way too early to test that. Not that Eric was trying to test that because I think that Andi misunderstood what he was trying to say. A bit of patience would have gone a long way in this conversation. Like Andi said in his tribute, he definitely pushed the boundaries on his last night, and she definitely regrets getting angry and letting him leave only to learn that he had died after she had gone on her hometown dates.
Speaking of hometown dates, I think we need an update on our frontrunners. My predictions for the final four are Marcus, Josh, Brian, and Chris. Nick seems to be doing very well with Andi, but will get into some drama with Cody during week six in France. Marquel and Andrew also look like they’ll get into it, but I didn’t see either of them making it much further. The same goes for Tasos. As important as it was to discuss Eric’s time on the show, I bet it stung a little bit for Tasos to be denied his final goodbye in the limo. I’m definitely pumped for NBA Finals (I assume that’s the reason for the break) but I sure am going to miss the guys next week!
What did you think of this week’s episodes? Who are your favorites? Who will be sent home next? Who is Andi’s secret admirer? Sound off in the comments below!