Big Brother is one of my favorite reality shows. I’ve watched almost every episode of every season and the live feeds. Yet when they show previous seasons on the live feeds I can’t for the life of me remember most of the people or who even won the season. This is even more true when it comes to The Bachelor franchise.
So today I decided to look into the Robby and Amanda situation and more specifically Amanda’s history with the franchise. Amanda began her journey on Ben Higgins season and was cut at the final four. He cut her after hometowns after an awkward visit with her twin girls. Despite Amanda’s claims that she wanted to return to dating “the normal way” she went on Bachelor in Paradise.
At the end of Bachelor in Paradise season three, Josh Murray proposed and she accepted. But after they left the show Amanda and Josh’s relationship spiraled out of control, because Josh Murray is a douchebag and Amanda Stanton is desperate. Amanda blamed the breakup on Josh being a control freak and Josh threatened to sue her for defamation.
But wait, there’s more. She returned to Bachelor in Paradise for the very next season. There she ended up with Josh’s friend Robby (who showed up late on this season and ended up with Shushanna and they agreed to see where things go outside of paradise.) She dumped him at the end saying she couldn’t go though with a repeat of the previous season. However, after the show ended, she and Robby began dating and that also ended in spectacularly explosive fashion with Robby giving the appearance that he cheated while attending a concert with another female. The two exchanged nasty jabs of social media for months.
Then apparently she met a guy named Bobby Jacobs within months after the split. This is guy number four all within around a two year period. All four spent time with her kids. She became engaged to Bobby Jacobs who she met when he “slid into her DMs.” They have known each other approximately six months. He’s a professional volleyball player. This relationship is why I wasted too much time today refreshing my memory on Amanda. Today numerous sites reported that Amanda was arrested in the wee hours of Monday morning and charged with one count of domestic battery against Bobby. She was booked and released later in the day. And yet, on tonight’s reunion which was pretaped, you can expect to see her treated like the innocent mother of two.
And now on to the show… with much of any ado, we get straight to the rose ceremonies to see if anyone proposes. We start with Kamil and Annaliese. Kamil says he doesn’t know what is going to happen but he’s lying. He will dump her and Annaliese is the only one who doesn’t see this coming. They make Annaliese pour he heart out first. Wait what? He tells her he loves her? Please. He says he’s not ready to get engaged but wants to take things slowly. Damn, he can’t even dump her to her face. She is fine with it.
Next up is Colton and Jenna. I have no prediction. I haven’t believed this relationship all season and yet they have stuck together. Jenna is really wanting to get engaged. It seems even more important to her than it did to Annaliese and that is saying a lot. Jordan gives a very believable speech where he expresses his undying love for her and HE PROPOSES! Cue the dramatic music and frantic kissing scene. He picks her up and carries her down the aisle.
It’s time for Chris and Krystal. We get more of their last day than they showed of anyone else. Chris has doubts. He wishes she could meet his family first. I really think he will propose anyway. Krystal worries it’s too good to be true. Chris goes first. This is different from the other two already. Chris says there are times he wanted to give up. He makes it seem like he is not going to propose. But he does. She said yes! Chris calls his mom to tell her before they even walk off the stage.
Everyone is there for the reunion to talk about the season. Chris Harrison starts with John. John was the kissing bandit this season that kissed the most girls. Chris asks Olivia to update us on how dating John in the real world is going. She says they facetimed a lot and spent a weekend together and things were great, but a few weeks ago, John told her he wanted to be just friends. She was disappointed he didn’t want to put in the effort. John says it was his first long distance relationship and he just couldn’t make it work. Olivia says she was fine with it until he made it public he started a long distance relationship with Chelsea right afterward. I barely remember Chelsea. And by barely I mean not at all.
Chris moves on to Eric without asking Chelsea anything. What an Andy Cohen decision. Eric tries to explain how it was Angela’s fault their relationship didn’t work out and yet he was the one going on dates with others. He makes no sense.
Time for Benoit and Jordan to fight. Jordan fights like a girl. Benoit points out he has different values and doesn’t talk about women like they are snacks or meals. The audience bursts into applause. Jordan says Benoit doesn’t have a woman. The Jordan brings up Claire from the Winter Games season. She broke Benoit’s heart. Jordan is a jackass.
Tia says that she and Colton were never on the same page. They speak highly of each other and now they are on the same page. The friends page.
Chris interviews Astrid with Kevin backstage. First we get a montage of their love story. Astrid says she still doesn’t understand what happened. She says that he reached out to her as soon as he got his phone back and they have spoken but the trust is broken. She feels like she is in limbo. Kevin comes out and says that it was Chris announcing the fantasy suite that freaked him out because he had gone to the fantasy suite with Ashey I in the Winter Games season and regrets that he did. He didn’t want to make the same mistake twice it seems. He says there is no one else he wants to date except for Astrid and wants her to say something. Kevin didn’t say anything about Astrid and how he hurt her or mention her feelings at all or his responsibility in hurting her and breaking her trust in him. This is a lot like it was at the end of BIP when he dumped her and then yelled at her not to leave him. She asks him how he knows now but he didn’t know back then. He stutters. He says it wasn’t clear to him until he went home and spoke to his family and his therapist and realized he had brought his own baggage to paradise. He says she got blamed for it he feels terrible about. He finally says the whole situation is his fault and he still loves her and hopes they can “progress.” He’s madly in love with him. She still loves him. There is hope.
Sidenote: I just got finished posting the most excruciating recap of the Below Deck Mediterranean Reunion recap and I am brain dead.
Now on to Joe and Kendall. He talks to Kendall first and she is crying she realized she made a huge mistake right after he walked away. She said as soon as her plane home landed she wanted to go straight to Chicago. She did go to Chicago and the cameras followed her. She tells him she was projecting her fears onto him. He doesn’t seem that interested in her. It’s unclear how much time passed before this trip happened. He doesn’t trust her. She’s sad and crying onstage. Joe comes out. The crown goes nuts for Joe. Joe says they went out to dinner after the cameras left in Chicago. He’s been out to LA a few times. He loves her and they are back together. He says things are good. He likes waking up next to her. She thinks she is a know it all. He likes that. He likes making her mad. They are taking things day by day. Chris asks if they would like to be in the same city. They would eventually. Chris Harrison says he has gotten Joe a spot on Dancing With The Stars. Joe is shy and says he doesn’t know how to dance but quickly agrees to do it. Joe and Kendall both agree he cannot dance at all. This should be great.
Kamil and Annaliese are next. I am a thousand percent sure they have broken up. Annaliese is smiling ear to ear. To me this means he will dump her on the reunion. When Kamil comes out Shushanna shoots him a death stare. It doesn’t take two minutes for Kamil to stumble through his speech to dump her. It was a very awkward and short speech that started with “Paradise was nice, I met Annaliese there…” He lost that spark they had in paradise. Then he gives her the speech she has heard a million times. “You are great, but…” You could hear a pin, or a tear, drop in the studio. Annaliese said he literally booked an AirBnB for them to spend the week together in LA the day before. This is a good time for me to say, “I told you so!” Annaliese storms off the set.
While Chris interviews Kamil, Annaliese is backstage sobbing. Chris asks why he didn’t break up with her two days ago. He says he wanted to do it in person. Annaliese comes storming back out on stage and says she tried to break up with him two weeks ago and he said he didn’t want to lose her. They argue and she tells him the way he is breaking up is awful. Chris interrupts to tell Kamil he is going to say goodbye to him now. And the crowd cheers. They have been booing him intermittently. They boo him off the stage. Annaliese says she has no place to stay in LA now. I hoped that Chris would say he (the show) would extend her stay where they have been keeping her but they didn’t. He said she has an amazing group of friends there and they come out for a group hug. After the break, Annaliese goes backstage for another talk with Kamil. Why?
Next, Jordan and Jenna sit down with Chris. I think Jenna has been stuck backstage this whole time. The way Jordan speaks is so illogical that only Jenna could tolerant it. After paradise the two snuck off to a hotel somewhere and made a vision board. In this process Jordan points out that he hopes that she doesn’t “have a baby already like harvested within her” before the wedding. I doubt these two even know how babies are made. Jordan is already planning the entire wedding without input from Jenna. Jenna is already writing baby names on the vision board. Throughout all the stupidity of their vision board experience there is a mini-cam on Benoit who has been told to be upset by it.
Back on the set they profess their undying love. Jordan asks Chris to officiate their wedding on June 9, 2019. Conveniently, that is during the Bachelor in Paradise filming season. That is the day the two of them met. I thought for sure they were going to announce she had a baby harvesting inside her.
Finally, we check in with Chris and Krystal. They seem very much in love. This must be killing Annaliese even more. Chris says he is extremely nervous. He’s shaking and crying because he is so happy to come out onstage as a couple. Chris talked about how Krystal sat him down after the second rose ceremony and told him if he didn’t stop with the hard shell act and be himself he was going to lose her and leave paradise with no friends and how that changed him.
We saw footage of Chris going to San Diego to meet her dogs. These two are all over each other. They will be moving in together soon. They have met each others families and both of their moms are in the audience. They both approve. Krystal’s mom is Swedish and her maiden name was Goose-stafsen. That’s incredible if true. The two moms love each other. It’s a big love fest. Chris gave them a crystal goose for their mantelpiece.
Then it was bloopers and the season is finally over. I wish we would have had more of Wells and Yuki! But we did have lots of couples still at the end!