Fashion roundup time before we get into the serious BS of this episode! I found myself strangely into Dean's floral shirt at the top of the episode (which feels like a million years ago now). I found myself not-strangely not-into Alex's purple zebra jacket. My dude. What are you doing?
I made liberal use of my pause and rewind buttons to transcribe this amazing exchange:
Brady: "...everyone's different, and has their own little weird... quarks."
Dean: "...quirks. Sure."
Brady: "Quirks? Quarks."
JACK STONE: "Quirks. Quarks."
Dean: "Quarks are like an anatomical..."
JACK STONE: "Quarks are, um, they go in a wine bottle."
Dean: "No, qua-- no, that's a cork."
....and that's when my grey matter liquified and dribbled out of my right ear.
Loved the blimp date with Dean - his stock has risen considerably with me. That was such a refreshing break from the racist bullshit poisoning the rest of the episode. And the spelling bee was exactly the sort of ridiculous nonsense competition I like to see the guys forced to engage in to win the Bachelorette's affections. And Josiah? Look, I think it might be exhausting to date him, but I LOVE watching him on tv with his showboating and his drinking from the trophy. I get a real "It ain't bragging if it's true" vibe from him and I'm okay with that. Also he gave us this amazing line of dialogue, re Iggy: "He does drugs, he shoots steroids in his nuts - he confessed to all of us!"
Speaking of Iggy: You know you're on tape, right buddy? We see you stirring shit and then running back to everyone and pretending that Rachel "brought it up" unprompted. Do you think this makes you look good? Because it doesn't. It makes you look pathetic.
As usual, perfect ending tag, especially Will's despairing, "It's not even that... it's the accents." LOL he's right, those were some garbage accents.
You know, I just don't even want to address the racist Lee bullshit. It's exhausting, it's gross, it's not funny, it's not cute, it makes me angry that the producers are encouraging it and promoting a Two! Night! Event! about it. I mean, not to be the sort of performatively woke person who insists that you can't ever enjoy superficial TV, but literally last week a cop was acquitted for killing Philando Castile in front of his girlfriend and daughter for no reason other than the perception and portrayal of black men as "aggressive" and "dangerous" no matter what they do. And this show is playing into that exact narrative. It's a bad, bad look.
AMEN that sneering "why are you getting so worked up [over me intentionally antagonizing you]" maneuver really grinds my gears. It's transparently Bully Tactics 101. He can get out yesterday.
That was amazing. It was Peter and Alex, I think, just sitting there stone-faced and motionless.
We know they have so much down time while the show is filming, so now I'm imagining a scenario in which they pick a word (or a "word") every day and challenge themselves to work it into as many talking heads as possible. Yes. I am going to believe this, because it's bringing me joy. I would definitely do this if I were on the show.