I hate even saying this because I do like Arie, but he reeeeally upset me last night. Rather than just jumping into it, let’s start from the beginning of the episode…
Lauren wasn’t even on my radar as somebody that might end up with Arie. I thought the fact that she got her 1-on-1 date so late in the season meant for sure he couldn’t be that into her. But Arie continues to throw me off. I’ve talked about this before and it’s so hard for me to tell who he’s really into because he kisses each girl so passionately. It doesn’t seem like one kiss means anymore than the next, which I find very interesting, but also kind of disturbing. I can’t imagine what his fiancé must think watching the show back. Every kiss is so passionate! But right at the beginning of his date with Lauren he told her he had been saving this date for her. I find that very interesting. I wonder if he really had been saving the date for her or if he had JUST realized she was somebody he was interested in so he wanted to make her feel special. I also have a hard time believing he was saving the date for her because when I was the Bachelorette, I didn’t even know what dates were coming up! I was kept in the dark. Sometimes the producers would tell me a special date was coming up so I could give it to someone who I was really into. But for the most part, I certainly didn’t know all the dates at the beginning of the season. I found out at the beginning of each week or even the beginning of each day. Maybe things have changed in the franchise, it has been over 8 years since I was on the show. But still, I kind of feel like Arie just said that to make her feel special since he is now realizing that she’s someone he’s really into.
Obviously the whole first half of their date was extremely boring. They barely spoke and I honestly thought she would be going home. But at the dinner portion of their date, it was obvious that Arie is extremely intrigued by her. I mean, she’s absolutely gorgeous (doesn’t she remind you guys of Lauren from Ben’s season? The 2 Lauren B’s could basically be sisters!), but she’s also super sweet. Will they end up together in the end? I honestly don’t think so but who knows. He throws me for a different loop each week!
I thought it was so cool that the girls got to go to the Moulin Rouge and learn a routine on stage from the shows choreographer. However, the costumes really disturbed me. Look, I get that it’s the Moulin Rouge and that’s what the girls wear there. But I wouldn’t have been OK with wearing one of those outfits if I were there. Mostly because I honestly didn’t have the body to wear something like that back when I was on the show (and I DEFINITELY don’t now). I had a big ass and cellulite. And that’s the truth! I would’ve looked ridiculous in one of those costumes and I probably would’ve cried my eyes out if they asked me to put one on. All of the girls looked incredible obviously. But that got me thinking that maybe it’s time we put some more women on the show with more body diversity. It just blew my mind that every woman on that date was totally comfortable wearing a thong on stage in front of Arie. I don’t know, maybe I’m overly sensitive to all of this because I’m now the mother to a daughter, and I would never want her to feel like she needed to wear something like that in front of a guy who was dating a bunch of other women. I just think that a thong is something that only your significant other should see you in. But then again, I guess I must be old fashioned since some people wear thongs the beach now-a-days. Oh goodness, I sound like my mother right now. I must be getting old. Ha!
Krystal is the worst. I wish I could have reached right through my TV screen to shake some sense into her! I mean, Kendall might be one of the sweetest people to ever be on the show. She’s super nice, always thinks before she speaks and just seems like such a genuine person. For Krystal to be so flat out rude to her face is just beyond me. The way Krystal read her name on the date card was so slimy and for her to be laughing about Kendall being nervous about the 2-on-1 was just flat out mean. I’m really starting to lose my patience with her.
And how amazing was it when Kendall sat closer to Krystal on the 2-on-1 date and and told her in such a heartfelt way that she empathized with her pain. I’ve said in past posts that hurt people, hurt people. When you feel so much pain inside, you tend to try to deflect that pain onto others. And I definitely think that’s what Krystal is doing and I’m glad that Kendall has such a beautiful soul that she can see that and be kind to her about it.
And did it make anybody else furious when Arie was walking with the two of them on the date and he had his arms around both of them at the same time? Look, I get that this is the Bachelor and he’s dating more than one woman at a time. But to have his arms around both girls felt more like sister wives to me. I just think that was inappropriate.
And when Arie decided to keep both girls for the night portion of the date, Krystal‘s true colors started to shine through. I don’t think there’s ever been a character on the show other than Bentley on Ashley’s season of the Bachelorette who was such a completely different person in their interviews than they are with the Bachelor or Bachelorette.
In the end, Arie saw through Krystal and sent her home. I’m so glad he did because I was having a hard time watching her at this point. But I have to add that it truly upsets me how passionately he was kissing her earlier on the date. I just don’t understand that. These kisses obviously mean nothing to him. I know I keep saying it but it’s just getting more and more disturbing to me. Anyone else with me on this? I really feel like we need to discuss this in the comments below because it’s really bothering me. To be honest, I feel like Arie played Krystal on the 2-on-1 date. Almost as if the producers wanted him to string her along or something so she kept feeling so confident only for him to break her heart. And as awful as she’s been this whole season, no one deserves that. I honestly feel sorry for her. And I’m not completely blaming Arie either. When you’re in that situation and producers are telling you to do one thing you kind of just go with it because it feels like they’re “the boss” in a way. I don’t know, I’m not trying to make the producers sound like evil people either. They’re not. I guess I’m just trying to make sense of it all. Because right now, it makes no sense to me whatsoever.
I was surprised by how well they seemed to get along. She genuinely seemed to make him laugh and they seemed to enjoy each other’s company. However, I have to say I was pretty surprised she ended up getting a rose. I thought for sure at the beginning of the date she wouldn’t be getting one. I think SHE thought the same thing! But there Arie goes again talking about how great of a connection he has with her. I’m just so confused. I don’t think there’s ever been a Bachelor that’s ever said they feel so deeply about so many different people. What do you guys think? We have to discuss EVERYTHING!
This blog has me so worked up that I have to leave on a happy note. And clothes are my happy place. Ha! Check out my favorite affordable looks form the past week below!