Villains and Liars, Pt. 1

If you had – as you should – “it speaks volumes about her character” in your drinking game, you got a nip just before the third minute of the show. My Daughter Diandra (MDD) pointed out that it was the first such reference this season, so you should have taken a double sip because this classic Bachelor franchise line came a bit later than usual.

There was a LOT going on tonight and I’m feeling like Tayshia when she decided she had taken in too much to be able to give any one guy the Group Date Rose[1]. So I’m going to make just a few brief observations and then come back later in the week with a more formal recap and opinionations.

Besides the production and clever editing choices – oh, the misdirections! – in this COVID-affected season, another HUGE thing making this season so interesting to me and MDD is the quality of the guys. When I had predicted that there were going to be some brutal breakups, I didn’t realize how brutal it’s going to be! There are some high, quality, grown-ass men with real stories of overcoming serious life stuff. They’ve been on their own hero’s journey. Yeah, I said “journey”, so take a sip. I just did.

I told MDD that it reminds me of American Idol’s[2]glory days like Season 5[3] and Season 7[4]. As those seasons got down to the end, somebody really good was going home every week. It was brutal. This is the way I’m feeling about The Bachelorette this year.

Can we talk again about how the guys look at Jojo whenever she makes an entry? I loved seeing her Chris Harrison cosplay at the Rose Ceremony. While she didn’t do his, “This is the final rose of the night. When you’re ready.” thing, she did do the “take a minute and say your goodbyes” thing to the guys not getting roses.

I need to talk about the polygraph date and by “talk” I mean vent about its absurdity. I’ve been through the process. Yes, I’ve held a security clearance. No, I cannot discuss it further. While Jojo is hot, I don’t think she’s a qualified interpreter of a polygraph LOL. And the purported polygraph machine was a Macbook Pro connected to a three cheap Christmas lights. There were a zillion other problems with it and I know it’s just TV so I’ll let it go. I realize it was an entirely scripted set-up to get to all of Tayshia’s follow-up discussions to get the guys to “open up to her”. Yes, take a sip.

FYI, William Marston who developed the science and an early prototype of the lie detector was a very interesting guy. In addition to his lie detecting work, his 1928 book The Emotions of Normal People contained the ideas that others used to develop the popular DISC personality assessments. And he created the comic book character Wonder Woman!

Oh, yeah. I really need Brendon’s shirt.

That’s a wrap for tonight. Will be back with more as soon as is possible. [cue The S.O.S. Band Take Your Time (Do It Right)].

[1] Not to mention working the blog around actual obligations that pay money.

[2] Which I blogged on extensively.

[3] Taylor Hicks, Katherine McPhee, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Paris Bennet, Kellie Pickler, Ace Young, Bucky Covington, Mandisa. All but Paris had post-Idol success.

[4] David Cook, David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado, Jason Castro, Brooke White, Carly Smithson all had post-Idol success.

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