I am feeling like I have a bit of a Bachelorette hangover this morning. After three long hours, Rachel is engaged. And frankly I have mixed emotions about the entire thing, I am not even sure where to begin! I think I liked this new format, where Rachel was faced with each man as we saw them depart. It made for some super emotional moments.
Let’s start on the positive note, I was right! I called that Bryan would be the last man standing weeks ago, with Peter as the runner-up. (See here, here, and here). While Eric making it to three was a bit of a surprise, I really thought Dean would be number three, I am happy it was Eric in the long run. Every time I see Eric I like him more and more. Last night’s episode barely mentioned him before the rose ceremony; I knew the writing was on the wall for Eric’s departure. His leaving was no surprise; the lack of emotion from Rachel bothered me. There were no tears, nothing…Eric was kind and polite in his departure, but she should have at least acknowledge that this man told her he was in love with her, shed a tear girl!
And so began my irritation with my favorite bachelorette, to the point that she has dropped down to number two (Ali has regained her top spot!). I am going to say something that may not be popular, but I found Rachel extremely annoying this entire episode. While there were moments of the Rachel I love, i.e. crying off her eyelashes, for the most part I found her wishy-washy and I really think she was not being honest about her true feelings.
Before getting to my dislike of Bryan, which I have been honest about for a while, I want to get into the most heart-wrenching relationship end in Bachelor history (ya, I said it!), Peter. I felt terribly bad for Peter. Can anyone truly blame him for not being 100% ready to propose to a woman after 8 weeks of dating, while she is also dating 20 other guys? And his feelings on proposing, about doing it only once, shouldn’t have been his downfall. Rachel wanted a man who takes marriage and relationships seriously, and he obviously does. All Peter was asking was for more time, and Rachel refused that.
Rachel was so adamant about a ring that I think she lost sight of the importance of the good relationship in front of her. Does anyone else think that if Peter had been willing to propose, she would have picked him? She just kept pushing the conversation, and I thought he was saying all the right things, except he just was not ready for the engagement. I think he would have been ready in a few months of real world, though.
The ending when Rachel and him share that long kiss and say I love you, and then you see her walk out into the rain and him questioning himself, I was sure that they would come back from commercial with him running after her! But all we see is damn Chris Harrison! I think Peter knew that he couldn’t force himself to proposed, and unfortunately that was truly all that mattered to Rachel.
When they showed Peter on the live show backstage crying, it broke my heart. Then he came out, I felt like instead of being kind to Peter, Rachel got overly defensive. What did Peter do wrong in this situation?! I cannot knock him for not being ready to propose, and I honestly think other people on this show should be that realistic about it; maybe we would see more relationships last.
Rachel’s digs at this obviously emotional and nervous man were rude and unwarranted. To blame her emotions on her past relationship was a cop out; she was in love with him and refused to admit it. And the comment about her “living her best life” after he was apologizing! It put me right over the edge, I never expect Rachel to turn into this mean girl. And then, her repeating that this format just isn’t for him, seemed like an obvious ploy to say he should not be the next Bachelor, maybe she doesn’t want him meeting other women because she’s not quite over him…just a thought. I am thinking that this heartbreak has him in perfect line for The Bachelor; the suspense if he will or will not propose at the end is a teaser enough!
With the dismissal of #PoorPeter, that left us with only one, Bryan. While it was absolutely no surprise that he would most certainly be proposing, I was rooting for Rachel to truly think about it, but this damn show ruined that suspense too by announcing she was engaged. How on earth this woman went from utterly distraught leaving Peter one night to accepting Bryan proposal the following day left me feeling a little bit sad for Bryan…not that sad because he’s a creep.
Ya, I said it, I find him creepy, sleazy, weird…I expected Rachel to end up with Prince Charming, not Price Smarming (this is an actual word, I looked it up!). His past reality show experience aside (he was on a show called “The Player” on UPN, yeah he’s that old to have been on UPN!), his overall over-the-top demeanor was off-putting from the start, and don’t even get me started on the kissing. I was feeling bad for Bryan in that moment, however, because it truly seemed like Rachel would have pick Peter and was making excuses to cover up her emotional reaction, wouldn’t Bryan feel like the runner-up? I think Bryan’s overconfidence is probably helping him in this situation.
While they seem in love and happy, there just seems to be something slightly off. I hope they last because I have been rooting for Rachel for so long. Bachelorette’s do have a much better record for lasting relationships. However, I am maybe slightly less hopeful for them, and maybe like her a little bit less after these three hours. Sorry Rach!
The Bachelorette may be over, for now, but next week brings the main event in #BachelorNation, Bachelor in Paradise, and I can’t wait…