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The talk in the latest Bachelor episode thread got me thinking it might be fun to rank the worst group dates of all time. Mods hope this is okay - if not please feel free to move, delete, or whatever. Just thought it could be fun. Mine so far that I can remember are:

 

1. Throwing sheep crap at the women

2. Making the girls walk a mile in bikinis and heels in LA traffic

3. The nude/semi-nude photo shoot

 

I may have blocked others from my memory.

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Some moments that stick in my mind...

Juan Pablo's season had some REALLY awkward moments with Nikki and Claire (I think it was them on each "side" of the fight) when they'd show the awkward silences within the group of no one speaking to each other when JP was having his 1:1 time with someone.

Andi's lie detector group date did NOT go over well with anyone!

Jerry O'Connell's brother... I was just talking about him 3 days ago as being one of the skeeziest Bachelors, and now I blocked out his name!* I remember him doing belly shots off of girls on group dates!

This one was a 2:1 date, but "Guard and Protect Your Heart" Casey, after awkwardly revealing the aforementioned tattoo, being left on the tundra or an iceberg or something as Ali and the other guy took off in the helicopter was probably the best worst date moment ever. I imagined him left alone to freeze to death, but then he ended up on Bachelor Pad dating Vienna. I think freezing to death on the tundra would have been a better option!

*ETA: it took me 3.5 hours to remember that the skeezy guy's name is Charlie!

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The talk in the latest Bachelor episode thread got me thinking it might be fun to rank the worst group dates of all time. Mods hope this is okay - if not please feel free to move, delete, or whatever. Just thought it could be fun. Mine so far that I can remember are:

 

1. Throwing sheep crap at the women

2. Making the girls walk a mile in bikinis and heels in LA traffic

3. The nude/semi-nude photo shoot

 

I may have blocked others from my memory.

 

 

I am not sure anything can top this.  

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Byron Velvick and his geriatric ladies lingerie date.

 

Blob and his possibly lingerie and definitely karaoke date declaring that  "No one can say they don't like Journey!"    Yes, Blob, I can. 

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All of the above, plus the women in bikinis, on skis, falling down Lombard Street in San Francisco.

Ashley and Chantal wearing nothing but seashells for their photo shoot.

Doing the Polar Bear thing in ice cold water to see which woman's heart would stop first. The good part about that one was that someone refused to do it.

Oh wait! Ashley's roast where all those losers got a chance to tell her they had really hoped to have Emily as the B'ette.

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Oh wait! Ashley's roast where all those losers got a chance to tell her they had really hoped to have Emily as the B'ette.

Yes! And the men got to tell Ashley she didn't have any boobs, so she was a double loser. That was one HEE-larious roast.

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Byron Velvick and his geriatric ladies lingerie date.

 

Blob and his possibly lingerie and definitely karaoke date declaring that  "No one can say they don't like Journey!"    Yes, Blob, I can. 

 

Oh man I think that must be one of the seasons I ignored. Sounds bad!

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Man, I'm having really bad flashbacks now. Forgot all about the stupid roast. That was terrible. Poor Ashley. That was just cruel. I don't mind the nude photo shoot stuff nearly as much as the bikini clad tractor race because, okay, nude photos that can be kind of sexy, but parading half naked women down a city street is in no way whatsoever not demeaning objectification. And don't even with the sheep shit. Though, in defense of the show, I don't think they expected that. That was the bachelor, was it Juan Pablo's demented idea of fun.

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Not really a group date,   but every time Deanna went over to the bachelor mansion when the guys were doing dude stuff.   It's like they resented her sour ass showing up and ruining their fun. 

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I like the idea of this thread, but I think I'd like to expand it to include all dates, i.e. "The Worst Dates of All Time."  Yes, most will still probably be group dates, but still . . . 

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Doing the Polar Bear thing in ice cold water to see which woman's heart would stop first. The good part about that one was that someone refused to do it.

 

 

Oh, but I loved Selma's refusal so much. No agonizing, no crying, just a flat out "not doing it". And when Sean passive-aggressively implied that he might not give her a rose because of it, she was like, whatever.

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Oh, but I loved Selma's refusal so much. No agonizing, no crying, just a flat out "not doing it". And when Sean passive-aggressively implied that he might not give her a rose because of it, she was like, whatever.

Yes, and I wanted someone to have that same attitude about the nude ("but it's for charity!") Photo shoots. The pressure to be naked in front of someone you hardly know is ridiculous.

For me the worst dates are the ones involving a "Leap of faith". Because jumping off something really high is supposed to prove that you have FAITH in the other person? What, if you fall they can save you? Not unless I see that superman cape!

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Having to pose semi-nude for a worthless calendar is bad, but Chantal, Ashley and Michelle Money got to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. That's a big deal. Actual swimsuit models would kill to be in it.

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Think I've blocked out most group dates from my mind, but Andi's stripper date was pretty bad. The men were good sports about it, but who makes their dates do a stripper routine on the first date? Just imagine if the sexes were reversed. This show would be off air.

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Think I've blocked out most group dates from my mind, but Andi's stripper date was pretty bad. The men were good sports about it, but who makes their dates do a stripper routine on the first date?

Agree, this was SO uncomfortable. But then, Marcus decided to reinact his stripper routine for Andi on his hometown. Another uncomfortable-to-the-max moment.

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Think I've blocked out most group dates from my mind, but Andi's stripper date was pretty bad. The men were good sports about it, but who makes their dates do a stripper routine on the first date? Just imagine if the sexes were reversed. This show would be off air.

 

Let's not be hasty! Marquel was on that stripper date, so that was one of the best dates ever in my book! (But, sigh, yes, you're right. If the sexes were reversed, I'd be all in arms about it, too!) I think the mime date was SO much worse! But, it did make for good entertainment: Remember Nick pouting about it? Lol! Good times.

 

It's always an awkward date when there's a crowd coming to watch you dance on a pedestal to some no-name band. Even worse, who was it that broke the longest kiss on TV record? Was it Sean's season? I can picture the girl involved, yet I don't remember her name! She was blonde, had a slight lisp, had a real job that took smarts (science field maybe?), and I think she liked to rap, which was terrible. (It's possible that she wasn't the one kissing, but maybe her season, lol. Someone will remember, though!) Anyway, their first kiss involved locking lips in front of a cheering crowd and it was awkward and painful that they had to hold still for however many minutes.

 

Was there a Bachelor roller derby date--or was that just on Rock of Love? There were a few years that I didn't watch the Bachelor/ette and I only watched all of the VH-1 dating shows (because they were oh so much trashier!), but you get ONE murder-suicide and it ruins an entire genre on a network, so I went back to Bachelor/ette. Anyway, wracking my brain years back gets a little fuzzy,

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Oh, worst group date I just thought of - Sarah-with-one-arm having to roller skate, and crying when it was so difficult to keep her balance. Terrible, because it exploited her attitude that she could anything despite her disability, only to show that she was wrong.

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This is fun. To be fair, wanted to remember a few awesome dates too:

 

1) The carnival date with Brad

2) Overnight museum date I thought was cool

3) The glacier date playing in the snow

4) Any helicopter ride over stunning scenery

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Any carnival date in which those ramshackle county fair rides, food trailers and games are set up.  For two people.

 

I'm not big on crowds but two people wandering alone through the setup looks like an eerie scene from Walking Dead or some post-apocalyptic film in which 99% of humanity has been wiped out.  Cue scenes of the mallet-swinging strength test....cotton candy...cheap stuffed animal...Tilt-A-Whirl...and canoodling at the top of the ferris wheel followed by a 'romantic' meal or cocktail on bales of hay.  Always bales of hay.  I've sat on many bales of hay.  It's rarely comfortable and often uncomfortable as the sharp ends poke your legs but the bale of hay apparently occupies a special place in the producer's minds as folksy Americana metaphor. You can bet that Chris Soules wouldn't mind never seeing another bale of hay in his life, if he's honest.

 

EDIT:  I just saw the post above mine. Fair play.

 

It wasn't a date but the Bachelor In Paradise complex was as primitive as it was cheap.  The Riviera Maya sounds exotic enough but anyone who's been there can tell you there are wild swings in quality of accommodation.  The cast made no secret of the fact that the beach huts were terminally boring and terminally unromantic due to a lack of any activities beyond boozing, lounging on chairs, swimming in the surf and...a basketball hoop?  They also were grumpy with headaches caused by the bright, hot TV klieg lights in an already-hot climate including stifling humidity which isn't an issue in So Cal.

 

The late, lamented Bachelor Pad had a few interesting trivia-related games.  It's surprising that TB doesn't go for some sort of competition beyond physical challenges on group dates...it could be something as simple as musical chairs, talent show (ahem), or a Family Feud type contest with teams chosen at random with 'Bachelor time' awarded based on the outcome.

 

I concede the date is often just a springboard for interaction but some of the climbing/spelunking and historical sites/landmarks are obviously more about beauty shots for teaser/promo purposes.

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Was there a Bachelor roller derby date--or was that just on Rock of Love?

Yes, the roller-derby date was Juan Pablo's I think. I get the people mixed up, they all sort of blend together for me. That was the same date backformore describes, with one-arm-sarah crying about not being able to do it. I seem to remember Juan Pablo telling her, "Eess all right."

 

Was the first "leap of faith, jumping off a bridge is the same as a relationship" date Jake and Vienna when they bungeed off the bridge, only to be bonded together forever afterward? That's the first daredevil date I remember.

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Yes, the roller-derby date was Juan Pablo's I think. I get the people mixed up, they all sort of blend together for me. That was the same date backformore describes, with one-arm-sarah crying about not being able to do it. I seem to remember Juan Pablo telling her, "Eess all right."

 

I'm pretty sure Sarah was on Sean's season. But yes, that was a cruel date to include her in.

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I'm pretty sure Sarah was on Sean's season.

I swear, I can't remember who was on which season. I remember Des climbing a tree, but I don't remember what Bachelor she did that in front of. Or even if it was on her B-ette season. Maybe my forgetfulness is a blessing.

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Hey, guys.  Since this is the forum for The Bachelor only let's limit the discussion here to this show specifically.  I'll go and create a similar thread in the Bachelorette forum for those who want to discuss dates from that show.  I know it can be hard to keep the two separate in your head, but I think we need to here.  Thanks.

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I love this topic!  What makes any of these dates the worst in my mind is how whenever a woman expresses doubt or lack of enthusiasm, the bachelor immediately makes it about him.  Kind of that 'if you trust me/love me/want to stay on the show" pep talk that they always give.  Juan Pablo and the girls who didn't want to get naked (one was a teacher), Sean and the polar bear plunge, etc.  It really makes the bachelors look like bulllies to a degree.  

 

I agree with all of the date/activities already mentioned.  I think it would be impossible to choose  single worst date.  Everything mentioned certainly is vying for the title.

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I guess it all worked out for her because she's now married to Chris Lambton but damn, that will probably always stick out in my mind as the worst date/departure ever.

I don't know ... being left with all those Navy pilots and midshipmen is not a bad thing IMO! Andy leaving might have stung for a while, until several dozen new hotter guys came on deck to "save" her!  (This is all in my imagination, but still, not a bad ending.)

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Was it on a group date where Flapjack and Courtney did sex in the ocean,  while the rest of the yutzes stood around watching and speculating whether or not there was actual penetration?  Cause that sounds like the worst possible  date to me.     They had to be paying those women more than scale to put up with Flapjack's arrogant treatment.    Tread lightly, my ass.    My foot would have made contact with his ass before he got the work lightly out.     Blob may have been a man whore, but I don't think he mistreated anyone. 

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Was it on a group date where Flapjack and Courtney did sex in the ocean,  while the rest of the yutzes stood around watching and speculating whether or not there was actual penetration?  Cause that sounds like the worst possible  date to me.     They had to be paying those women more than scale to put up with Flapjack's arrogant treatment.    Tread lightly, my ass.    My foot would have made contact with his ass before he got the work lightly out.     Blob may have been a man whore, but I don't think he mistreated anyone.

 

 

No, that was when they were in Puerto Rico. Apparently everyone was staying at the same hotel, and after Ben's 1:1 date with another girl (who he sent home, so there was that production-assistant-picks-up-the-suitcases thing) Courtney snuck over to wait for him at his door, and when he came back from the date, invited him for a skinny-dip in the ocean. None of the other girls knew about it until the show aired.

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Was it on a group date where Flapjack and Courtney did sex in the ocean,  while the rest of the yutzes stood around watching and speculating whether or not there was actual penetration?  Cause that sounds like the worst possible  date to me.     They had to be paying those women more than scale to put up with Flapjack's arrogant treatment.    Tread lightly, my ass.    My foot would have made contact with his ass before he got the work lightly out.     Blob may have been a man whore, but I don't think he mistreated anyone. 

It was on Bachelor in Paradise when there were people in the ocean and those on the beach were wondering if they were doing it.

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Chris and Carly's date with the "love guru" last night has to be in the top five for awful dates. It would be tough for people who've been dating awhile, but for a first date between people who don't know each other very well and have barely touched?

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We may as well shut this thread down, because nothing will ever top last night's "love guru"/verbal porn director/sideline pervert for sheer awkward awfulness. Nothing.

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Stella MD no kidding. The other dates may have humiliated more people all at once, but that love guru porno yoga whatever it was... so awful!

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As a viewer, I felt humiliated by that.   Man, that creepy ass in Miss Swan's wig was enjoying that shit.     Poor Carly, so far, she's had to drink warm goat's milk,  shovel shit, wrestle a greased pig, run through the mud while trying to keep her boobs from popping out of a damn wedding dress, and now this.  When does the girl get to do something fun?    She's a good sport, I'll give her that. 

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Yeah, that was definitely a "drop the mic" moment for the show.  They'll never top that.

 

It scares me to think they might try.

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This current season is non-stop terrible dates.  First, the sex therapist/yoga porn date, then the two on one in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do but sit on a bed.  And bitch about fellow contestants.  And get dumped.  They make the "going to Costco" date look like a trip to a Bali.

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This current season is non-stop terrible dates.  First, the sex therapist/yoga porn date, then the two on one in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do but sit on a bed.  And bitch about fellow contestants.  And get dumped.  They make the "going to Costco" date look like a trip to a Bali.

Yes!  And what about the other dates?  Riding tractors in bikinis!  going to a crappy little "beach", and then setting up tents to camp in - in bikinis! 

For whatever reason, the show didn't leave the U.S. this time, but the dates seem very low-budget as compared to previous seasons.  

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Even the "fancy" Cinderella date basically consisted of eating dinner in a theater lobby and dancing on a platform the size of postage stamp.  The best date so far has been crashing someone else's wedding.  Pathetic.

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It's always an awkward date when there's a crowd coming to watch you dance on a pedestal to some no-name band. Even worse, who was it that broke the longest kiss on TV record? Was it Sean's season? I can picture the girl involved, yet I don't remember her name! She was blonde, had a slight lisp, had a real job that took smarts (science field maybe?), and I think she liked to rap, which was terrible. (It's possible that she wasn't the one kissing, but maybe her season, lol. Someone will remember, though!) Anyway, their first kiss involved locking lips in front of a cheering crowd and it was awkward and painful that they had to hold still for however many minutes.

 

It was Sean and Lesley Murphy; she was involved in politics in DC in some way.  Now, she's living in Buenos Aires with her fiance and writing a travel blog (and she's still really cute).  Also, some couple on a morning show in Dallas has taken away the kissing record.

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Even the "fancy" Cinderella date basically consisted of eating dinner in a theater lobby and dancing on a platform the size of postage stamp.  The best date so far has been crashing someone else's wedding.  Pathetic.

The Cinderella date was weird to me, too.  Is it truly every grown woman's fantasy to get DRESSED UP?  Like, that's the main point of the date?  Pick out a ballgown, have someone do your hair and makeup, then go and dance.  Big whoop.  Maybe you get a kiss out of it.  

 

I mean, when you're 18 you go to prom.  After that, most of us realize there's more to dating a guy than "walking down a staircase in a fabulous gown."  

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