Guys, this season is a straight up mess. They have given us FIVE HOURS of Bachelor content this week, not including the two hours from last week that I still haven’t blogged about, so it’s time to just dive in. Remember how I said I liked Peter as the lead? That is no longer the case. Peter continues to make bad decision after bad decision, in ways that are disrespectful and hurtful to the individuals who have given up tangible things in their lives to participate in this process. It’s clear Peter is easily manipulated by producers, who are earning their paychecks big time this season. Let’s break it down.
I have never seen such heavy-handed producing on a season. First we had champagne-gate, which was a product of producers creating two similar looking champagne set-ups and likely leading Hannah Ann to the wrong one, knowing Kelsey would blow a gasket. Then we had the Chase Rice concert. This franchise is no stranger to the moderately successful country music singer performance, but we’ve never had a situation where one of the contestants dated* the performer.
That was very obvious producer intervention, along with the choice to show behind-the-scenes footage of both Peter and Victoria F. talking with Chase.
*I use the term date very loosely. Chase has given several interviews since the show aired and it’s clear that he and Victoria spent exactly one night together in Charlotte, NC. And because I take this job very seriously, I can share with you that it was August 30, 2019 – a few weeks before the season started filming.
Producers also very clearly intervened in convincing Peter, somehow, to give Alayah a group date rose for a date she wasn’t even on, which he then quickly took away once the broader group of women pounced on him. I have to imagine it was producer intervention that prompted Peter to give Kelsey a rose when she visited his room (I don’t recall this EVER happening before), and I’m sure they had their hand in canceling the subsequent cocktail party. They are all over this season and it’s a little disruptive for the viewer. I enjoy some lighthearted drama but this is incessant.
Which brings me to Peter. We see all this producer-driven drama because Peter LETS THEM DO IT. Obviously the lead can’t upend the process completely, but I’ve never seen a lead so complacent and easily manipulated. Is he just not that smart? I’m starting to feel like he’s missing something. He seems incapable of independent thought, and maybe this process is just truly messing with him, but he is woefully inconsistent in his treatment of the women.
The Alayah issue is the clearest example. After hearing one woman express distrust of Alayah, a woman he admittedly really likes, he embarks on a full-on inquisition to get to the bottom of it. He decides to send her home after much struggle, and then when the producers bring her back he goes through the whole process over again. And then invites her to stay, and then GIVES HER THE GROUP DATE ROSE! This is baffling behavior. The women were already very displeased with the fact they were made to literally tackle each other for time with Peter, only to have to share the after-party between 13 women. Giving Alayah the group date rose made zero sense.
As if that weren’t enough, the next night the drama continues and Peter fully indulges it. He continues to pull woman after woman aside to discuss, yet again, the Alayah issue. He does so in the face of obvious distress from the women. Deandra straight up calls Peter out, saying she had never felt so “under-recognized” by someone and that his actions were a “slap in the face.” And what does Peter do? He pulls Victoria P. aside for MORE ALAYAH DISCUSSION. Does he not even care that he is disrespecting the women who have traveled to freaking Cleveland for him? He then decides to send Alayah home after all that mess.
I know Peter knows he made a mistake with Alayah, but he continues to make mistakes after that point. Peter should have known that giving Kelsey a rose while knowing she was the center of drama at the house would cause a stir. Really bad call if he actually cares about Kelsey’s wellbeing.
I’m starting to think Peter might not just get it? All leads speak in platitudes but he seems to actually believe it, and he wants the women to buy into it as much as he does. It’s a bit baffling, because Peter was so recently a contestant on the other side, and should know how frustrating it is when a lead is disrespectful with a contestant’s time.
God these women are vicious to each other. We really have seen so little of the female friendship that is usually so strong. I have whiplash trying to keep it all straight.
Victoria P. and Alayah used to be friends but can’t seem to agree on that point. Kelsey seems ok with Sydney until she’s not. Tammy is on team Kelsey until she decides Kelsey’s just too much (sidenote, Tammy’s demise has been so sad to watch, I really liked her). The women liked Tammy until they realized her actions “made Peter” cancel the cocktail party. Then it’s Tammy vs. Sydney (who, by the way, didn’t look great here either). Mykenna and Lexi are friends until Mykenna creates a mini-cocktail party before the rose ceremony and Lexi feels slighted. It’s certainly dramatic, but devoid of the normal undercurrent of female friendship we see.
I think it’s pretty telling seeing who is part of the fray and who is staying out of it (or at least, who producers show as part of the drama). Madison, Hannah Ann, and Kelley were refreshingly absent from all of it, and it makes me think they go far.
- Madison. Still at the top. We haven’t seen a lot of her, but I think that’s actually a good thing, considering. Excited for their next one-on-one.
- Hannah Ann. She stayed out of the drama. She had a good one-on-one date. It looks like she’s friends with Madison. I’m getting hometown vibes.
- Kelley. My girl Kelley! I realize that I am predisposed to be on Team Kelley, as we are both female lawyers who live in Chicago, but I really loved her this episode. She called Peter on his bullshit and she was refreshingly honest about the absurdity of having to prove you’re ready to marry someone who, at the same time, is dating 12 other women. Not sure if she’ll get to Fantasy Suites but fingers crossed.
Also, am loving Natasha, another personal favorite of mine.
This also sums up how I feel about Peter. And I’m exhausted from this week. Hoping things settle down a bit next week.
PS: I am planning a separate post that is a deep dive into Victoria F. TBD.