Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2 finale Pt 1 (Episode 11) Recap

Jared and Ashley venture off to their “overnight” date.  A date that Ashley conspired to get by requesting Chris Harrison give her a date card that would lead to a fantasy suite date.  Jared agreed to go with her, in part I believe, to get out of going on a date with Jaclyn who is dubbed the “black widow.” She’s a bit frightening. Ashley pulls out the fantasy suite card on the date and Jared agrees to “see what happens” and spend the night with her.

The next morning the cast reflects on the relationships that they have built.  Mikey confides in the guys that he’s going to have a discussion with Juelia about how he feels she’s just a friend.  He feels there is something missing in their relationship. So he meets her on the beach and breaks the news to her.  He said he’s been forcing it because she’s such an awesome person.  She starts crying and Mikey just doesn’t stop talking.  She doesn’t say anything back to him (at least not that they chose to show).  Juelia walks back to the resort and says she’s leaving, right now.  And off she goes!  That’s all she wrote.

Jaclyn decides to ask Justin out on a date and he agrees.  The other guys comment “poor guy”.  haha.  Why are all the girls liking Justin??  I don’t get it AT ALL.

Cassandra arrives in Paradise and the guys immediately start falling all over her.  She’s from Juan Pablo’s season and is a mother.  The girls pull her aside and give her the scoop.  She tells them that she would like to take Justin on a date.  What?!  Still not understanding it aside from the fact that he’s a single dad.  Meanwhile the guys are now getting jealous that Justin’s getting all the dates.  Justin then has to break it to Jaclyn that he’d rather go on a date with Cassandra.  Burn!  Jaclyn says that’s a “dick move” and it kind of is, but I don’t blame him.

Jared and Ashley I come back from their overnight date and are being very quiet.  Everyone’s trying to read them to see if they did it or not.  Carly says “I think she’s even MORE of a virgin after the fantasy suite.”

Nick decides he’s going to try to ask Jaclyn for her date card so he can take Samantha out on the date.  On Bachelor Pad 3, Nick kicked Jaclyn off the show and took $250,000 away from her best friend and “won” the show.  Jaclyn is still bitter about that so she’s going to make him work for the date card.  She made him roll around on the dirt seductively.  It was pretty funny, but he was willing to do just about anything to get the date card.

Justin and Cassandra go horseback riding on the beach and he’s really ogling her.  Says she looks like she’s a woman from a romance novel.  During their conversation they bond over their kids.  They seem to really hit it off and are frolicking in the water together.

Nick approaches Samantha and asks her out on the date.  She says yes.  Carly and Jade meanwhile discuss how they don’t get the guys fawning over her.  They don’t think she’s capable of love.

Jared says he needs to be honest with Ashley I that their relationship isn’t going anywhere.  However, Ashley thinks that their date reaffirms what she was already feeling towards him.  Jared asks to speak with her and he sits down with her on the beach and she is just beaming.  It makes it even harder for him to get the words out.  He says that the connection just isn’t strong enough.  Jared tells her he’s leaving right now.  Ashley of course begins to cry.  As much as I’m not really a fan of Ashley, I do feel bad for her.  Jared tried so hard to like her and he just doesn’t.  He’s still so sweet to her though and a gentleman.  He’s probably happy to finally be away from her though so he can find someone to actually fall in love with without her hovering around.

Nick and Sam head out on their date.  Josefina Santacruz flew in from Mexico City just to cook food for Nick and Samantha.  Nick says winning time with Sam is more valuable than the $250k he won on Bachelor Pad.  Sam asks him what made him want to pursue her.  He says “well you’re just the most gorgeous girl I’ve ever seen in my life.” It’s all about looks.  She then tells him about how unsure she is about who’s going to get a rose or not.  Then she leans over to kiss him in what seems like the most forced kiss ever.  She clearly just wants a rose, but she is soooo not into Nick.

Cocktail party time…. there are multiple girls on the chopping block so it’s a last ditch effort to stay.  Then Chris Harrison announces that there will not be a cocktail party tonight.  Chris says that if there isn’t a strong connection that you can see pursuing the relationship outside of Paradise, then you should go home.  There’s going to be a lot of people going home at the rose ceremony.  Ashley I announces that she will be going home now because there isn’t anyone there for her.  She was only there for Jared and she’s grown up a lot in Paradise and she’s ready to move on.

Rose ceremony… the men have the power of who to give the rose to.  Chris reminds everyone again that the goal is the great love story.  Kirk gives his rose Carly, Tanner gives his rose to Jade, Nick chooses Samantha, Joshua to Tenley, Justin to Cassandra, Dan gives a speech about how he didn’t find love here and he’s removing himself and doesn’t give the rose to anyone.  Final rose is Mikey’s… who gives it to Makenzie…. what???  She says she appreciates it but is going to decline and go home.  He says he doesn’t have any other options here so he’s going home.  So Jaclyn, Ashley S, Amber, and Chelsea are going home.  Carly kind of gloats about how good it feels to be in love and know you’re safe.  The camera pans to Kirk’s face which seems to be saying something different as he downs his champagne.  Hmmmm.

The next morning it’s just the serious (or semi-serious) couples left.  Chris Harrison then shows up and congratulates the remaining ten people.  “Everything is about to change” Chris says.  No more new arrivals.  “Can your love grow and exist beyond all of this.”  Chris says.  Each couple will be going on a one-on-one date with a fantasy suite.

The girls congregate together and the guys doing the same.  The girls are very excited and giddy.  Kirk says he has to have a really hard conversation with Carly.  He says he can’t do it anymore.  He’s been just going through the motions the last few weeks.  He says he’s not to the point where she is.  She’s talking about having his kids and he’s not feeling the same.  Ugh this sucks!!!

Kirk asks Carly to go talk at the beach.  Carly is so happy and giddy and it’s just heartbreaking.  Kirk starts out by thanking her for giving him such a good time in Paradise and then starts to let her down.  He says he’s behind where she is in their relationship.  He says he’s having doubts and she says she’s going home.  He wants to talk about it, but she says she doesn’t want to talk about it, she’s going to throw up.  He keeps trying to talk and she said she doesn’t want to have this conversation.  She says she feels tricked.  She’s just so blindsided and feels like such a fool.  She goes up to the room and the girls run to hug her.  Is it pathetic I’m crying right now?!  Oh poor Carly.  Kirk tells the guys it was the worst break up he’s ever had.  Kirk says HE feels like he just got punched.  Tanner says Kirk owed it to Carly to not wait until the eleventh hour to do this.  He should have been more honest.  She starts packing her bags and Kirk just keeps trying to talk to her and she keeps trying to push him away.  Jade and Tenley are just about as upset with Kirk as Carly is.  Carly just keeps telling Kirk she hates him.  Kirk says in the car “ugh, that went terribly. That was the worst break up of my life.” No shit dude.  You led her on for WEEKS.  Carly says in the car she’s never been that happy.  Never.  😦

Tomorrow night is the finale part 2!!!!

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Bachelor in Paradise: Did Ashley I lose her virginity to Jared? Spoiler alert!

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Poor Jared has had to endure Ashley I for weeks now in Bachelor in Paradise.  The way I see it is that he’s not really interested in anyone, but Ashley I is obsessed with him and that’s flattering, so he keeps her around just counting down the days until he can get out of hell paradise.  In last week’s episode we saw Ashley ask Chris Harrison for a date card in that would lead to a fantasy suite/overnight date.   Chris agrees (of course, makes for good TV and it was probably the producers’ idea anyway) and Ashley skips off to find Jared like a little school girl.  On her way she says “I might not be a virgin after tonight.” Ashley asks Jared out, he says sure.  While she’s getting ready Tanner keeps questioning Jared if he’s going to take Ashley’s “v-card”.  Jared, being the gentleman that he is, doesn’t exactly give an answer – or at least not that they aired anyway.

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Well TMZ spoke to sources that say Ashley I did not blow her v-card on a one night stand with Jared.   She’s not as dumb as she comes off.  She realizes that what has made her famous is her virginity.  The girl is indeed a train wreck, emotional unstable, immature, but she’s still a good looking girl who dresses pretty provocatively and has fake hair and fake eyelashes.  On Chris’ season she was labeled a Kardashian.  So it’s a bit surprising that she’s still a virgin and it makes her story a bit more interesting.  Ashley told friends that she is indeed still a virgin and it was the Bachelor producers that fed her the lines to say what she did about losing her virginity to Jared.  She and Jared did not have sex that night in Paradise.  Something tells me it wasn’t just Ashley’s decision in that.  Jared is a gentleman, plus that would not make him look good if he did that when we can all tell he’s not that into her.  I am sure we will see Ashley again next summer for Bachelor in Paradise 3, and she will still be a virgin.

Macklemore’s “Downtown” video: Who’s singing the chorus and Lyrics

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have done it again… scored another huge hit with their song “Downtown”.  The video has nearly 6 million views in just one week.  The reason being… it’s pretty much the best music video ever made.  Okay, that may be taking it a bit extreme and I’m sure there’s people out there that would be whining “but what about Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video” or some other epic music video.  What I’m trying to say is that it’s awesome.  I know there are a lot of Macklemore haters out there, but look at the entertainment value of the song and video alone and get past your bias against the rapper.  It’s a song about freaking mopeds!  Not to mention the retro look to it and featuring Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz.  The chorus is song by Foxy Shazam’s Eric Nally who looks just plain awesome in the video.  His sound, his look, and his dance moves reminds me of a cross between Freddie Mercury and Jesus from the movie The Big Lebowski.  The choreography was done by b-boy/b-girl crew Massive Monkees and was shot in the town of Spokane, WA.  Combining playful rap lyrics with a catchy chorus hook, makes this a major hit. You can’t help but smile and feel pride for your own hometown Downtown.  There hasn’t been a music video this original and entertaining in decades.  Check out the video below and the lyrics posted beneath.  The song will be stuck in your head for sure!

Lyrics to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Downtown”:

[Verse 1]
I went to the Moped store, said “Fuck it”
Salesman’s like “What up, what’s your budget?”
And I’m like “Honestly, I don’t know nothing about Mopeds”
He said “I got the one for you, follow me”

Ooh, it’s too real
Chromed out mirror, I don’t need a windshield
Banana seat, a canopy on two wheels
Eight hundred cash, that’s a hell of a deal

[Interlude 1]
I’m headed Downtown, cruising through the alley
Tip-toeing in the street like Dally
Pulled up, moped to the valley

Whitewalls on the wheels like mayonnaise
Dope, my crew is ill, and all we need is two good wheels
Got gas in the tank, cash in the bank
And a bad little mama with her ass in my face
I’mma lick that, stick that, break her off, Kit-Kat
Snuck her in backstage, you don’t need a wristband
Dope

[Verse 2]
Killing the game, ’bout to catch a body
Passed the Harley, Dukie on the Ducati
Timbaland, Khaled, Scott Storch, Birdman
God damn, man, everybody got Bugattis
But I’mma keep it hella 1987
Head into the dealership and drop a stack and cop a Kawasaki

I’m stunting on everybody, hella raw, pass the Wasabi
I’m so low that my scrotum’s almost dragging up on the concrete
My seat is leather, alright, I’m lying, it’s pleather
But girl, we could still ride together
You don’t need a Uber, you don’t need a cab
Fuck a bus pass, you got a Moped man

She got 1988 Mariah Carey hair
Very rare, mom jeans on her derriere
Throwing up the West Side as we tear in the air
Stop by Pike Place, throwing fish to a player

[Hook]
Downtown, downtown (Downtown)
Downtown, downtown (Downtown)
She has her arms around your waist
With a balance that will keep her safe
(Downtown)
Have you ever felt the warm embrace
(Downtown)
Of the leather seat between your legs
(Hey-ey-ey-ey, hey-ey-ey-ey)
(Hey-ey-ey-ey, hey-ey-ey-ey)
Downtown
You don’t want no beef, boy
Know I run the streets, boy
Better follow me towards
Downtown
What you see is what you get girl
Don’t ever forget girl
Ain’t seen nothing yet until you’re
Downtown

[Interlude 2]
Dope
Cut the bullshit
Get off my mullet
Stone washed, so raw
Moped like a bullet
You can’t catch me
A po-po can’t reprimand me

I’m in a B-Boy stance, I’m not dancing
I got your girl on the back going tandem
Cause I’m too damn quick, I’m too damn slick
Whole downtown yelling out “Who that is?”

[Verse 3]
It’s me, the M, the A-C, the K
Sounding like a French pimp from back in the day
I take her to Pend Oreille and I watch her skate
I mean, water ski, ollie ollie oxen free
I’m perusing down fourth and they watching me
I do a handstand, the eagle lands on my seat

Well hello, but baby, the kickstand ain’t free
Now do you or do you not wanna ride with me
I got one girl, I got two wheels
She a big girl, that ain’t a big deal
I like a big girl, I like ’em sassy
Going down the backstreet listening to Blackstreet

Running around the whole town
Neighbors yelling at me like, “You need to slow down”
“Going thirty-eight, Dan, chill the fuck out
Mow your damn lawn and sit the hell down”

If I only had one helmet I would give it to you, give it to you
Cruising down Broadway, girl, what a wonderful view, wonderful view
There’s layers to this shit player, tiramisu, tiramisu

Let my coat-tail drag but I ain’t tearing my suit, tearing my suit

[Hook]
Downtown, downtown (Downtown)
Downtown, downtown
She has her arms around your waist
With a balance that will keep her safe
(Downtown)
Have you ever felt the warm embrace
(Downtown)
Of the leather seat between your legs
Downtown
You don’t want no beef, boy
Know I run the streets, boy
Better follow me towards
Downtown
What you see is what you get girl
Don’t ever forget girl
Ain’t seen nothing yet until you’re
Downtown

[Outro]
You don’t want no beef, boy
Know I run the streets, boy
Better follow me towards
Downtown
What you see is what you get girl
Don’t ever forget girl
Ain’t seen nothing yet until you’re
Downtown

Check out this video with Eric Nally in his group Foxy Shazam.  Personally, I prefer him in “Downtown”, but this gives you a taste of the music he usually sings.

Big Brother: Spoiler – See which Juror comes back and who is HOH!

So if you’re like me and dying to know what Big Brother 17 Juror gets to come back in the house and who won the HOH competition….. keep reading below!  If you don’t want to be spoiled and like watching it play out on Sunday’s episode, then why are you still reading?  Move along!

Quick recap of what happened on tonight’s live episode: Johnny Mac gave an awkward speech about keeping him around because he has good “gas management” skills and Steve gave an awesome speech about how he came in a socially awkward trombonist who loves his mom and he’s leaving a more confident socially awkward trombonist who made a lot of friends.  It was a really touching and eloquent speech.  But ultimately the house guests voted out Johnny Mac in an unanimous vote.

Then Julie Chen interviewed Johnny Mac where he revealed if he gets back in the house he’s coming after Meg because he wants to break up the James-Meg alliance.  He handed it to Austin and the twins for being so good and getting out so many people.

At the end of the show we got to see the beginning of the remaining house guests as well as the four jurors… Shelli, Jackie, Becky, and of course Johnny Mac… duke it out in the Head of Household / HOH competition.  The last standing juror would be going back into the house and could also potentially win HOH.  The house guests all had to stand on a small circular platform hanging from a rope as the contraption spun around in a circle.  Julia, Steve, and Meg all fell off before the live show ended.

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The results I found on twitter by searching #BBAD (Big Brother After Dark) revealed that Johnny Mac was the last juror standing!!!  I am unbelievably happy he gets to return to the game.  Also ecstatic that Shelli did not come back into the game! Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you’re rooting for) Vanessa won HOH.  There’s a bit of a conspiracy theory going around the Twitterverse that Vanessa cheated because she used the platform to prop her put up.  Meanwhile, James was under the impression that was not allowed so he did not do that.  You be the judge… did she cheat?

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Double Eviction next week!! Maybe they can FINALLY get Vanessa out of the house!

Who is Big Brother 17 Austin’s girlfriend?

On Wednesday’s episode of Big Brother 17 we saw the return of “Zingbot”.  The zings were pretty tame compared to previous years, but there were a couple doozies at Austin and Liz’s expense.  Zingbot basically compared Austin to the smell of trash and had this question for Liz: “Liz, you’ve become such an important part of Austin’s life. Are you more excited to meet his mom, dad or girlfriend?”  Ouch!  Before this zing, many viewers, such as myself, had completely forgotten that Austin even had a girlfriend.  He has made no mention of it on the aired footage aside from his opening interview before entering the house in which he said: “I have my princess in the castle out there waiting for me to return from my crusade,”  *rolls eye*

So who is the girlfriend of this former WWE wrestler?  Her name is Jen and her sister Megan Palacios has had a lot to say about the relationship via Twitter.  Apparently Jen does not have a twitter account so Megan has been doing the defending.  First off, she posted pictures of Austin and Jen together.  They are from Jen’s facebook profile.  She apparently had her profile picture set to one of she and Austin before the showmance with Liz began and has since taken it down to just a picture of herself without him.  Here’s one of the pictures:

Austin and girlfriend

Secondly, she posted his awesome Christmas card to her family.  A topless picture of himself.  Because he’s just that cool.

Austin Christmas

But most importantly Megan posted a letter 3 days ago that Austin wrote to Jen before going on the show.  The letter has since been taken down from Twitter and what I could find was posted in pieces on Bustle:

I love you and I am sorry that it has taken me so long to begin to do the things that you have wanted in our relationship. My main motivation for sticking this big brother show out is to create the business connections necessary to have the money to enjoy an adventurous, travel filled relationship with you. The last few weeks with you have meant the world to me and I want nothing more than to continue these amazing adventures with you when I return. I understand though that you have a lot to think about while I am gone. I believe in my heart that we will make it through this together and be stronger because of it. But no matter what you decide when I am gone, just know that I will love you and support any decision you make.

I will try my best to win it [Big Brother 17], but I want you to know that I will do it with class and with your honor in my mind. I will not do anything to embarrass you or myself and I hope that you will realize this as time passes.

Meanwhile, the other day Austin asked Liz to be his girlfriend.  He reassures her that things are done with he and his girlfriend and Liz agrees to be his new girlfriend.  Hellllooooo…. if he had a girlfriend coming into the house he still has one because he has had no contact with the outside world!  True she’s probably so beyond over him and his yuckiness at this point, but it’s not like he’s had a conversation with her about it.  Liz should listen to her twin sister Julia and stay away from Austin.  He’s gross, he has a girlfriend, and has some real serious issues!

Liz and Austin

 

Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

Starting with last night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise, things are finally starting to get really GOOD!  Karma came to bite Joe big time after he was exposed to be the player that he is, turns out Samantha was only playing him.  She left him as fast as she came in and it was glorious. Oh, and it was on his birthday of all things!!  Doesn’t say much for Sam’s character, but Joe had it coming.

So the following morning, Ashley I sits down with Joe because misery loves company.  Ashley I also got her heart broken the previous night when  Jared dumped her.  Joe begins talking and Ashley just goes from laughing to crying and Joe’s just like, “yeah I’m not a very emotional guy.”  Basically like.. “go away.”  She’s a mess, so I don’t blame him, but he’s pretty cold.  The other girls try cheering her up, but she’s just a hot mess.

Carly finds a date card and it’s for Mikey.  Naturally, he picks Juelia, and everyone is very happy for her.  The two are getting ready for their date in Guadalajara and Juelia appears to be glowing.  She’s just really happy she’s still there and she’s going to be going out with a guy that truly wants to get to know her.

The two board the same plane that Jade and Tanner were on last episode.  They’re already kissing on the plane!

Joe is still fuming about the Samantha situation and for taking the complete blame for it all while Sam acts like she was innocent in all of it.  He wants her to come clean about her part in it.  Joe is now getting his phone to show the text messages that Sam has sent him.  He decides to talk to her first to see what she has to say for herself.  Joe asks her if she’s here for Nick and she said she didn’t know…. she didn’t know, she just wanted to talk to people and see where things went.  Joe tells her that when people see the text that says “do anything you need to get a rose” it’s not going to make her look good.  She says, “I’m just really confused right now.”  What?  How can she be the confused one?!  She doesn’t own up to anything and tries to tell Joe that she had real feelings for him.  Yeah right.

Kirk decides to stop waiting around for a date card and go on a date themselves.  So surprised her and he got some fishing poles and decided to take her fishing.  He says “you know I like you if I take you fishing.”  They seem really happy together.  The sun is setting and it’s just a gorgeous scene.

Juelia and Mikey arrive at their date and it’s at a wrestling ring.  I would totally hate that if it were my date, but Juelia seems slightly interested.  Mikey, of course, is very into it.  After the wrestling event was done, Mikey and Juelia got to play around in the ring a bit and goof around.  The two appear to have a lot of fun together.  Okay, but then they get the overnight date card and Juelia asks if he’d be uncomfortable spending the night together.  He laughs and says “no because I’m a man.”  Nice dude.  She says “You should be a gentleman” but then gives him a look.  So then they go to the fantasy suite.  That was the weirdest exchange.

Back at the resort, Joe doesn’t want to give up on Samantha.  Not sure why he would want to be with a girl that treats him like that.  Ashley I suggests he just walks up to Sam like they’ve never talked before and completely introduce himself to her and tell her she’s the most beautiful girl on the beach.  Joe thinks it’s just cheesy enough to work.  So he says “Hi, I’m Joe.  Would you like a s’more?” and she says, “no thank you.” Joe: “So where you from, Sam?” and she doesn’t answer.  He asks again, and she doesn’t answer. Then she just gets up and walks away.  So now Joe feels like fool and is angry.  Then Justin from Kaitlyn’s season walks up!  Joe pulls him aside and tells him he doesn’t want him to take Samantha on a date.  He says he needs to be honest though and she immediately caught his eye.  Immediately Justin takes Sam aside and asks her out on a date.  Sam then accepts!  Joe’s going to blow a gasket.

Sam pulls Joe aside and says she wants to just start fresh.  Joe grovels and says “then start fresh with me!” And she’s just like, “yeah that’s not going to happen.”  She is just so cold!!  It’s amazing how much he’s getting played just as he played Juelia.

Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

Last week’s episodes could be dubbed “Samantha-gate”… the whole cast was trying to get to the bottom of the issue of Joe and Sam knowing each other before the taping of Bachelor in Paradise.  Through various interviews and conversations, Joe and Sam went back and forth between saying they exchanged texts, emails, social media correspondence to denying it all together.  One thing that was abundantly clear though is that Juelia was played by Joe and Samantha isn’t as sweet and innocent as she claims.  JJ finally had had enough and basically threatened to punch Joe at the end of last Monday’s episode.

Tonight’s episode starts off at that same point and Jared talking JJ down.  Then Joe  confides in Jorge, the bartender, and says that Sam knew that he was going to do whatever it took to stick around until she got here on paradise. Joe then talks to Sam about it and telling her that he’s just over it.  She tells him not to worry about what others are saying and just have a good time with each other.  Joe is getting irritated though that Sam isn’t taking any responsibility for it though and he’s getting all the heat. However, he’s the one that played Juelia and broke her heart, so that’s why he’s getting the heat.

Cocktail party before the rose ceremony.  Three ladies will be going home tonight.  Juelia, Clare, Ashley S, Amber, and Megan are the possible ones on the chopping block.  Joe addresses everyone at the cocktail party and admits to half truths about talking to Sam on Instagram before going on Bachelor in Paradise.  Juelia then asks if he then used her to stay longer to see Sam get on the show.  Joe denies that he used Juelia.  Tanner just wants them to fess up, but both of them are covering it up. Juelia’s just hurt because she and Samantha are good friends outside of the show, even vacationing together.  Tanner confronts Sam and she still denies denies denies and he doesn’t believe anything she says.

Juelia confronts Joe

Ashley I and Jared sit down completely awkwardly together.  His body language is totally saying he’s not interested in her at all.  She comes off really immature.  She basically begs him for a kiss and he finally kisses her.  So awkward and weird! He’s just not that into you!!

Jared and Ashley I

Dan is one of the swing votes tonight.  He was with Ashley S but then broke it off with her and went on a date with Amber.  However, Amber is concerned he might save Juelia because all the guys feel bad for her and what happened.  JJ is the other swing vote.  JJ tells Tenley that Megan refused to kiss, so he can’t read her.  Tenley puts in a good word for Juelia and thinks that maybe JJ should use his rose for her.  Megan then sits with JJ and tells him that she really likes him and would like to spend more time with him.  JJ is feeling pressured right now even though Juelia says she doesn’t want a sympathy rose.  She said she wants to figure out another way to stay.  So she goes and talks to Chris Harrison.  She tells him that she feels that Joe used her and that she should have given Mikey a better chance when Mikey tried to convince her that Joe wasn’t being honest.  She asks Chris if they can bring Mikey back.  Chris says “what you’re asking is really unprecedented” ….. which means, this wasn’t Juelia’s idea and they will bring Mikey back because it will be good drama.

Chris Harrison and Juelia

Rose Ceremony: Joshua –> Tenley, Jared –> Ashley I, Kirk –> Carly, Tanner –> Jade, JJ….. he looks very stressed out and doesn’t necessarily look like he feels good about his decision.  Then he gives it to Ashley S…. what?!! He tells everyone that he broke up with someone to come to Paradise and now he realized that what he’s searching for is back at home.  He thanks everyone for their friendship and then he WALKED AWAY.  Crazy.  Rose ceremony continues with Joe giving his rose to Samantha.  Final rose is wild card Dan… the only one left to save Juelia.  He puts the rose down and then asks to speak to Carly?!!  He tries asking her for advice before making his decision.  He’s just really torn.  He finally decides to give his rose to Amber and everyone is a bit disappointed.  Megan, Juelia, and Clare are now going home.  Clare declares this is her retirement from Bachelor in Paradise.  Joe laughs about Juelia going home and says “boom!  Game over!”  ugh!!  Juelia walks out to the car and waiting for her is Mikey!  Juelia is very happy and calls him a knight in shining armor and he walks her back to the crowd.  They get to see if they have anything together and Chris Harrison welcomes them back to Paradise.  Everyone is happy and relieved. Joe is obviously not happy!

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The gang heads for bed and there sits the date card… it’s for Tanner.  He and Jade have an early morning flight to Guadalajara and then they drive to Tequila, Mexico.

Jade and Tanner

Back at the resort, Nick (Ashley’s season and Bachelor Pad 3) shows up and tells Chris he’s looking forward to seeing Samantha.  He’s spoken to her on the phone and text messages and he thinks they have a connection.  Oh boy!

Nick arrives

Nick shows up to the gang and the look on Sam’s face is priceless “oh shit.”  She is not smiling at all.  Nick picks Sam right away and asks her on a date.  She tells him she’s very flattered and then they go off to talk to each other.  She didn’t give him an answer yet.  She ultimately tells him no and Nick looks stunned.  Everyone is seeing right through it.  Nick is honest with Mikey and tells him that they’ve talked on the phone and texting nearly every day before Paradise.  Mikey fills Nick in that she was talking to Joe before arriving also.  So Nick then asks Ashley S on the date.  Nothing like being someone’s second choice!

Back on Jade and Tanner’s date…. they receive a date card saying that there’s a fantasy suite if they want to use it.  Of course they take the room key!!

On Nick and Ashley S’s date, their boat trip to an island got canceled because of Hurricane Carlos so they’re getting drunk on tequila and get massages instead. Nick says she’s beautiful, she’s sexy, but she’s just a little “out there.”  Umm… you think?  So let’s give her more alcohol!  By night fall, Ashley’s completely hammered.  She’s talking about being Nick’s sister or something..  I don’t know, it’s the oddest thing ever!  My guess is she’s on more than just tequila!

Ashley S tequila

Tanner and Jade go to their fantasy suite and Tanner wants to talk to Jade about their future.  He tells her that he’s worried that at the end of this he’s going to madly in love with her and then it’s just going to be over when they leave Paradise.  She tells him that she’s just as scared, but it’s real for her too.  She’s right there with him.  He says he wants to call her his girlfriend.  She smiled and nodded and kissed him.  So cute, very romantic!  They’re meant for each other!

Tanner asks Jade to be gf

Next morning, Joe and Sam are talking on the beach.  Joe gets a bit insecure and asks her if there’s anyone else that she might want to go out on a date with.  She says no.  Joe says in his interview that it’s no secret that Sam is out of his league, he knows that.  Joe is obviously feeling threatened by Nick being in the house now.  Joe calls Sam out for being “different” today.  Joe is basically following Samantha where ever she goes. He’s so afraid of losing her, but she’s suddenly getting cold towards him and says she just needs a few minutes away.  Probably because he’s smothering her!

Jared tells the guys that he was hoping for a stronger connection with Ashley I and it’s just not there.  It’s just hard because she has a lot stronger feelings for him than he does for her.  That night, Jared tries to let her down easy and says that it’s not fair to her that she doesn’t get to experience Paradise and miss out on some real potential.  Ashley is crushed, starts crying, and basically can’t talk.  She tells him to go… basically so she can have a total meltdown but not in front of him.  I feel for her, but she really does act like a fourteen year old girl.  Ashley then CALLS Kaitlyn and basically blames him being “obsessed” with her as the reason he’s not falling for her (Ashley).

Jared breaks up with Ashley I

Joe is now trying to win Samantha over again by having a private birthday party for himself.  In his interview he compares Sam to an “8-point buck on the wall”… calling her a trophy.  Joe and Sam sit down and Sam says she’s just never felt so many emotions so fast.  She just feels like there’s a lot of drama and the only thing that’s different in her life is Joe and why is there so much drama surrounding him?  She said she’s just paying attention to signs and red flags and she can’t handle it.  Joe says there hasn’t been drama at all today.  She played him to get a rose just like Joe did to Juelia!!  She just did what she needed to do to get the rose!  “I just hope you can understand, I’m sorry.”  She says it so cold-like.  She never had any feelings for Joe!!  This is nuts!!  She really is evil!

Sam breaks up with Joe

Sam then tells everyone that Joe just wasn’t right.  Tenley says “welcome to Paradise!” and Sam starts laughing.  Just then Joe walks up and sees her laughing.  Now Sam is saying that she wants to make it right with everyone who she may have hurt.  Joe is pissed that she played him.  The show ends with clips from tomorrow night’s show and then a montage of Sam getting knocked over by waves in the ocean.  Hilarious!

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Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2, Episode 4 Recap

As seen in last night’s episode, Jared asked Clare out on a date which set Mikey and Ashley I off.  Mikey is very very bitter.  On their date, Jared and Clare go sailing.  The sailboat pulls up to a crane and it appears they will be going bungee jumping together.  Clare is very nervous but Jared seems cool as a cucumber and tries to calm her down.  He then gives her a kiss before they take their plunge.  They had a great time!

Meanwhile back at the resort Juelia is still all about Joe but Joe is not interested and the rest of the gang is picking up on it except for Juelia.  Then Clare comes back and tells the girls about her date and Ashley I can overhear everything and it’s just torture for her listening to the details.

New guy comes and it’s Michael from Des’s season.  I do not remember him at all!  He’s hoping to meet Tenley.  He has a date card and he immediately goes for Tenley. He asks her to go on the date and she agrees.  Now she has THREE guys pining after her.

Mikey takes Juelia aside to try to woo her and then try to kiss her and she declines.  Mikey is really bad at reading people!!

Michael and Tenley have dinner on their date and Michael tells her that she was always his Plan A and he doesn’t have a Plan B.  He admires how positive she is and she’s always smiling.

Back at the resort, Jared kind of lets Clare down and says she’s eight years older than him and that does play a factor.  I also think that there just isn’t a spark there.

Back on Tenley and Michael’s date, they’re really hitting it off and a GIGANTIC mariachi band comes out and plays for them.  The two dance and laugh and have a great time.

The cocktail party begins at the resort and Juelia says she knows who she’s giving her rose to and implies it’s Joe.  Joe just sits there.  Hardly a reaction at all out of him.  Ashley S says Juelia’s being played and it’s hard to watch.  Immediately Jonathon pulls Juelia aside and asks if she’s 100% on her decision. He then tells her that he doesn’t think Joe is there for her or the right reasons.  But Juelia thinks that Jonathon is just trying to get a rose and stay another week.  Then Mikey tells Juelia he was thinking the same thing.  So then Juelia pulls Joe aside to tell him what the other guys said.  Joe reassures her that they’re just trying to get her rose.  Then he kisses her to reassure her some more.  Meanwhile he’s saying in his interview he’ll just do whatever it takes to stay another week.

Mikey confronts Joe about politicking for a rose.  Joe says he does like her.  Then Joe goes up to Jonathon about throwing him under the bus.  Jonathon says he doesn’t want to go home and he’s just caught up in the game.  Joe tells Jonathon that he wants him to say it to Juelia that he just got caught up in the game and that he doesn’t feel that Joe isn’t there for the right reasons.  Jonathon says while crying that he’s so sorry and he has messed with his character and he never meant to jeopardize his friendship and Joe.  Then Jonathon goes in a bathroom and cries and Joe goes to comfort him.  They hug it out and are friends again.

Tenley has a hard decision to make between Joshua, JJ, and Michael.  Jared tells Ashley I that he wants to get to know better and then kisses her.  I did not see that happening!  It’s about time for the rose ceremony and Clare launches into this weird speech about being there to find love.  Jade calls her out at the rose ceremony and says she’s offended by her speech because she feels she is there for love as well as a number of other people.  Clare says “if the shoe fits, wear it!”  Ouch.  Clare’s just having a big pity party for herself.

Carly gives her rose to Kirk, Ashley S gives hers to Dan, Jade to Tanner, Tenley decides to give hers to Joshua…… then Clare walks off and says she needs a minute.  Everyone is not happy about the drama she’s bringing to this.  My guess is she’s going to give a rose to JJ.

TO BE CONTINUED……

Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

Episode three starts off right after the rose ceremony of episode 2.  All the ladies that got a rose and the men who handed them out and just relaxing and mingling and Lauren is kind of being a wet blanket because she didn’t get a rose but because she’s Ashley’s sister, they’re a package and she gets to stay.  Ashley I is then focused on Lauren and the two of them are being their own clique and being miserable together and separated from the rest of the group.  “This is my personal hell” Lauren says as she begins to cry and says she wants to go home.

The next morning Lauren tells the guys she has someone that she’s so in love with…. she’s his “mistress”… but the guy isn’t married, but she can’t call him her boyfriend.  Clare says “who calls themselves a mistress?? Awkward!”  So now Lauren’s sobbing saying she shouldn’t even be on the show.  Lauren really wants Joshua from Kaitlyn’s season to show up.

Lo and Behold, the next person to show up is Joshua!!  Everyone is welcoming to Joshua except JJ.  JJ thinks he’s a rat.  Ashley takes Joshua aside and tries to sell him on the idea of taking out Lauren.  Joshua said he has some other women to get to know too before he decides who to take on his date.  Tenley is also aggressively seeking Joshua’s attention as well.  JJ isn’t feeling threatened though by Joshua talking to Tenley.  After talking with Tenley, Joshua asked Tenley out and she accepts!  They are pretty darn cute together already!

After Joshua picks Tenley, Lauren starts packing her bags and Ashley I is a basketcase.  She leaves to go be a mistress with her man back home.  No one seemed to care because no one really got to know her and she was a big downer.

Tenley and Joshua leave for the date and JJ is clearly jealous but tries to pretend that he’s still going to win Tenley over.  Then Joe from Kaitlyn’s season shows up!  Then he reads his date card… I swear he can hardly read it.  So he gets a pick of the girls to ask out.  Joe is just flaking out though and being super quiet and awkward.  Joe says to Clare, “what is this, your second time at Paradise?” she says yes.  He then says “that’s terrible” and totally disses her.  So then she gets up and walks away and cries in her bedroom while talking to the raccoons again.  Hilarious!

Joe then asks a small group if anyone would like to go horseback riding with him.  Juelia says “well I would like to go” and he says, “okay sweet.” Then there’s this awkwardness and no one can even tell if he actually asked Juelia out on the date or not.  It was so uncomfortable!!

Joshua and Tenley go out on their date which is a night out on the town.  The two talk about how Joshua majored in theater and Tenley is a professional dancer and worked for Disney as a princess for a number of years.  They have really good conversation and they seem very comfortable with each other.  So they get back and JJ says to her, “your night has just begun” and asks her to go for a walk and then he kisses her.  Well after JJ falls asleep, Joshua goes back to Tenley and they start kissing.

Next morning, Juelia and Joe get ready to go on their date and Jonathon is a bit jealous and nervous he might not get a rose.  Tenley is still on a high from the previous night’s date with Joshua.  But later, Joshua talks about doing Molly on more than one occasion. Everyone starts getting a little concerned about Tenley.  So Mikey T and Dan decide to tell Tenley what Joshua said about doing drugs, having sex, and not remembering what you did the next day.  The guys warn her this isn’t just a thing of his past, he’s currently still doing these things and finding it funny.  Tenley is upset because she was excited about the chemistry she felt with Joshua. She doesn’t want to waste any more time on a guy that isn’t right for her.

Joe and Juelia go on their date and go horseback riding.  Jonathon is disappointed sitting back at the resort waiting for Juelia to come back from her date with Joe.  On Joe and Juelia’s date they talk about her daughter, Ireland, and Joe says he’s looking forward to being a parent someday.  Joe says he admires her for taking this chance even though she has a daughter back home.  She says she hasn’t been feeling any romantic feelings yet (sorry Jonathon!) but now she’s feeling it for him already.

Tenley pulls Joshua aside and confronts him about the conversation he had with some of the people there.  He says he’s never been a big partier.  He says Molly is highly over rated, not his lifestyle, and he only did it that one time.  Tenley is a bit confused now because she’s kind of believing what he says.  So she decides to eat some mango and hang out with JJ a bit.

Juelia and Joe get back from their date and she’s so excited to tell everyone about it but Joe is so lowkey and just said it was “okay.”  Ashley I speculates to Dan that Mikey’s going home because Clare isn’t feeling it.  So Dan feels the need to warn Mikey that he might be going home.  Dan tells him that he’s being vocal about not being into him and Mikey just doesn’t believe it.  He doesn’t get it.  So Mikey pulls Tenley aside to ask her and she tells him that Clare is hoping to have some time with Jared.  Mikey says he shouldn’t have to try so hard and Tenley says “yeah, don’t try.”

That night, Juelia is still super happy from her date.  She asks Jonathon to sit down with her.  She tells Jonathon he’s super positive, and fun, but she just doesn’t know if they have any romantic chemistry together.  Jonathon is feeling bad he put all of his eggs into one basket.  Joe then says to the producer “she’s not that smart, is she?” Producer asks how the date was, “he said it was okay, but not the right girl.” Producer: “how was the kiss?” Joe: “Not good.” Producer: “Why did you let her kiss her?” Joe: “I want the rose.” Joe says he wants a rose from Juelia so that maybe next week Samantha from Chris’s season comes and he gives her the rose.  He was hoping that she would already be there when he arrived.

Next date card arrives and it’s for Jared.  He has to choose who to take on a date with him… is it going to be Clare or Ashley I?  Then he asks Clare if she would like to go and she accepts. So Ashley I is upset and Mikey is upset.  Ashley is just a mess.  Jared tries to smooth things over with Mikey.  Mikey’s not having it, he says it just doesn’t feel right.  Clare then tries to talk to Mikey, and he is really mad at her and an argument ensues. Clare ultimately gets fed up and leaves and says “then you’re not the right guy for me. Glad I made the right decision!”

The rest will be continued in Episode 4!!

Have you wondered about the sand art on The Goodnight Show on Sprout?

Nina and Star

My kids love Nina and The Goodnight Show on Sprout.  I have often wondered, “Does Nina actually do the sand art herself on the show?”  The answer is no, she does not.  She has team of people who develop the sand art ideas and stories and she simply narrates them.  While Michele Lepe, the actress who plays Nina, is a talented actress, the 39 year-old does not have the talent of being a sand artist.  She often avoids answering the question directly as to not spoil the illusion that she is the artist, but on her blog she did answer someone’s question by stating this:

Sand storiesWhether she is the artist or not, it does not take away from the fact that the sand stories are very cool and one of my children’s favorite parts of the show.  Check it out below!