'Bachelorette' Season 15, Episode 3 Recap: All the Worst Guys Have One Thing in Common
Because she’s been there and done that, literally, former Bachelor contestant/tear fountain Ashley Iaconetti is recapping this season of The Bachelorette for Cosmopolitan. With insider insight as well as a clear eye for what’s going down both in front of and behind the cameras, read on for her thoughts.
This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Bachelorette.
Hannah’s blinders are off! Girl had a breakthrough with Luke P! She said his confidence walks a fine line between being attractive and a total turn-off and I’m interested to know how this seed of doubt was planted. She went from being infatuated and “thrilled” by him just last week to frustrated at his arrogance this week.
Hannah confronted Luke on the second group date and explained that he’s been acting like their relationship is promised and he’s not respecting the experiences she’s having with the other men. While she affirms to Luke that she likes him a lot, he needs to let her run this process or it’s not going to end well for him. We see Luke struggle with this when he tries to get more time with Hannah during the group date.
Look, I get that it’s the worst feeling having to sit there out of control when you’re full of nerves and uncertainty, but interrupting isn’t ever going to be a good look when you’ve already had your time. It screams a couple things: “I don’t respect other people’s time” is one of them. “This is a competition to me” is another, and finally, “I’m self centered!” He was self-sabotaging all over the place on that group date. The best thing he could do was relax and talk to her again the next day. That would signify that he was digesting and acting on the feedback she gave him.
Also, OMG, Luke completely changed his tune from last week’s love declaration. This week he wasn’t in love with Hannah, he even considered leaving during the group date. If this isn’t proof that he was just trying to make a splash and win a game last week, what does?! This guy cannot handle not having every ounce of attention!
Luke wasn’t the only interrupter of the night. Cam, who we already saw start to unravel last week, was the most obnoxious offender, insisting that he had something important to tell Hannah during his group date. See another example of seriously self-centered behavior. Cam didn’t even think the conversation Mike was having with Hannah could possibly be as important as his. Mike shared a story in which he and his ex lost a baby in its second trimester. Obviously, it was a very life-altering time of Mike’s life and it was an appropriate time to share with Hannah as he experienced a labor simulator earlier in the day.
Cam ended up saving his sob stories for the end-of-week cocktail party. He went on a spiel about how it was important that he get alone time with Hannah right off the bat and that the story he was going to share with her led to the demise of prior relationships. He proceeded to tell Hannah about the time he almost needed a leg amputation, his grandma passed away, and he had to give up his dog.
It did seem like a last-ditch effort for a pity rose (which is what Mike ended up calling it). While it looked desperate on Cam’s part, I’ll defend him for a second and say, from what we saw, Cam never told the guys he was campaigning for a pity rose. All he said was that he didn’t expect to get a rose that night. Do a little research and you’ll find that Cam does have lymphedema, which sucks, but I don’t think revealing a medical condition should be the sole reason for someone to stick around on The Bachelorette. In Cam’s case, it didn’t. He left at the rose ceremony and referred to himself in the third person in his exit interview, which was yucky.
Jonathan also got the ax this episode, which made total sense after his horrible attempts to give Cam a taste of his own medicine on the group date. The way Jonathan interrupted Cam actually irritated me far more than the way Cam acted toward the other guys. Jonathan kept saying, “I got you, bro. It’s okay,” as he physically got in the way of Cam and Hannah’s conversation. Cam’s Kelsey Poe–esque—of my Badlands showdown on Chris Soules’s season—stare was almost warranted after Jonathan’s antics.
I haven’t focused much on the positive in this recap, so here are my stand-out swoon moments: Connor left notes around Hannah’s hotel room and I can think of few things that make a girl feel as special as handwritten words of affirmation. Jed and Hannah made wishes on a chicken nugget. Is the show sponsored by McDonald’s now? Because I’m going to end up at McDonald’s every Tuesday if this nugget theme continues. Hannah is super smiley over Pilot Peter and her body language demonstrates she’s engaged with everything he said about his family. His apology comparing their relationship to takeoff was incredibly cringey, but I don’t fault him because that seems like a corny line he didn’t come up with on his own. Nothing is ever scripted, I promise! But corny lines like those can always be encouraged.
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