I was just about to do a quick zip through this episode and not do The Bachelorette Recap tonight. But then I turned in and realized this was THE EPISODE where the shit hits fan so I am going to need someone to talk to about it. This is going to get crazy!
The guys all just need answers. On the previous night’s group date, Clare and Dale just went to her suite and made out all night. Clare has absolutely no interest in anyone else. She isn’t even going through the motions. Chris Harralson comes to tell Clare things cannot go on like this any longer. WTH? Clare has been stalking Dale on social media all during quarantine! They totally talked before the show. Clare lies and says she did not. I don’t believe her. They agree that they need to just send Clare and Dale off to follow their hearts. But then what?
Well This Is Awkward
Chris Harralson goes to tell the guys that there will not be a cocktail party or rose ceremony and he will see them tomorrow. He asks Dale to step outside. Then, Dale gets sent down to be with Clare for the night. Good Grief. Meanwhile, 16 or so other guys are left wondering what is going on. They are angry and confused. And they are about to be even more angry. I thought they were just going to send him to her room and let them go at it, but no, they got them dressed in formal attire and sent them on a date. Their FIRST one on one date. And she is going to profess her undying love. She compares Dale to her dead father. Apparently, he proposed to her mom after meeting him once. He hitchhiked to see her. Then, Dale gives another sob story about his dad hitchhiking to see his mother? Is Dale a soap opera actor? If not he should be.
Meanwhile, the guys are talking about Dale not coming back and having no information. There is a variety of emotions there. They feel like Clare has no idea who Dale is. Clare tells Dale she is falling in love with him. He says the same thing! Is this for real? Then, they have live duet singing to them about falling in love while they dance on the dance floor and make out. Clare’s suite has become a fantasy suite. For now. The next morning there is lots of sweet pillow talk.
The Guys Get The News
With Dale still MIA the next day, some of the guys refuse to believe that she would actually sleep with Dale on a one on one date this soon. Are you kidding me? She would have done it on night one if she had the chance. But, now she has to go tell the other guys. There was a long awkward silence. Blake is worried about her moving so fast. Blake kind of looks like a much better looking Jax, but he has a great heart. They ask her if she was in contact with Dale before filming. She denies it again. Some of them want her to apologize. Some of the guys were really nice. She hugged most of them and left. A couple of the guys cry. Clare hugs a cameraman and sobs outside.
Chris Harrison came to talk to Clare about her fantasy suite. She told Chris, the night was priceless. And, she is ready to get married. Chris says that the proposal ceremony is TONIGHT! Oh, for fucksake. Dale is going to have to drop the facade. I don’t see him proposing. Oh wait, he is telling Chris that he is in love with Clare. Well, we are about to find out. Holy hell! Is he going to say yes? He proposed! She said yes! I am happy for them if this works out…
Chris Harrison tells the guys that Dale proposed and Clare said yes. Also, they have left the compound together. Now it is up to the guys to decide whether or not to stay and start over with Tayshia Adams or go home and lick their wounds. Blake, who is the most devastated by the news how much time they have to decide. He give them just a few hours until that very evening. He says if they want to go on, they have to be dressed and ready to continue that night. I just saw a wide shot of that LaQuinta and it is HUGE! There are dozens and dozens of those little suites.
Bennet says he never got time with Clare so he is good with moving on. Several other guys said the same. Jason is struggling. Blake is struggling the most. Ultimately, he did stay. They all did. Next week is a short tell-all with Clare and Dale. And they still seem happy and together. And it looks like they may come clean about communicating before the show. Then, we start the journey again with Tayshia.