We have seen an entire lot on The Bachelor through the years.
As we discovered ust final night time, nonetheless, we have not seen all the things.
The ABC franchise returned from a one-week hiatus this week to be able to provide viewers one thing it had by no means, EVER given us earlier than.
Not so far as we all know, a minimum of.
After we final noticed Clayton Echard, he had discovered that Cassidy had a sidepiece at house; some dude she had been FaceTiming from the resort through which she was staying earlier than capturing on Season 26 received underway.
A suitor with some form of vital different off air is not all that unusual for The Bachelor, in fact.
However right here was the weird twist:
Clayton had already given Cassidy a rose!
On this installment, subsequently, Clayton pulled Cassidy apart to have a “simple” chat together with her about her supposed lover.
Upon asking her whether or not she was seeing somebody proper earlier than filming started, Cassidy denied the declare by saying: “No, I have not. Completely not.”
After some pushing and prompting, she elaborated as follows:
“There is a buddy of mine that doesn’t need a relationship. He thinks it is cool that I am taking this threat and he helps me.
“He was like, ‘Look, if it would not work out, I nonetheless wish to be mates and no matter.’ However I had no real interest in resuming that relationship as a result of I knew it wasn’t going wherever.”
After fascinated about what to do for a bit, Clayton dropped the dreaded proper causes on Cassidy, mentioned he had “too many considerations” about her and took again the rose.
Then, throughout the rose ceremony, Ency, Kate and Tessa had been additionally eradicated.
Minimize to the primary group date (with Serene, Susie, Eliza, Mara, Marlena, Hunter, Genevive and Jill), throughout which Echard and the ladies engaged in a variety of weak conversations.
Clayton even opened up about his previous struggles with physique picture after which determined he needed to maintain Eliza round.
“This rose goes to somebody who makes it a degree of emphasis to go above and past with each interplay,” Clayton mentioned earlier than handing Eliza the rose.
From there, Sarah and Clayton had been greeted by former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin for his or her solo date, and had been instructed the pair to strip all the way down to their underwear to partake in an “excessive” scavenger hunt throughout downtown Los Angeles.
In addition they needed to make up a music.
“I do not suppose I might have performed this with anyone else in the present day,” Clayton later advised Sarah. “It is your character. It is who you’re.”
Over dinner, Sarah mentioned she was adopted her “household is white and I am 30 p.c Vietnamese, French and Irish” and that it took her a “whereas to really feel that love and acknowledge that.”
She additionally received a rose.
On his second group date (with Gabby, Rachel, Kira, Melina, Lyndsey W., Sierra, Teddi, Elizabeth and Shenae), Clayton was joined by former Baywatch star Nicole Eggert.
The women went by means of lifeguard coaching, culminating at one level in Shenae strolling as much as The Bachelor and giving him a passionate kiss.
“Having Shenae observe up her slow-mo run with a kiss was very awkward,” mentioned Elizabeth, 32. “I believe she’s endeared herself to him by means of displaying him her robust, aggressive character.”
Nonetheless, Gabby, finally gained the problem, incomes herself some further one-on-one time with Clayton.
In the course of the second half of this group date, Shenae broke down in tears whereas chatting with Clayton and accused Elizabeth of bullying her.
“It is unhappy as a result of I do not wish to depart, as a result of I really feel one thing with you. I simply can’t transfer on,” she mentioned to Echard, including:
“I believed we had been moved previous that final week and it is a week later, and it is nonetheless taking place.”
Shenae then bragged to the cameras that Clayton “believed” her.
From there, Clayton went forward and spoke to Elizabeth to get her facet of the story; she was surprised by the accusation.
“I do not need any extra time to be spent on this, however you may communicate with anybody in the home and you’ll hear that that isn’t one thing that I’m doing,” Elizabeth replied.
“There’s nothing that I’ve towards her.
“There’s nothing I’ve towards anyone. I’ve been tremendous form to her in the home. I made her lunch the opposite day. I’m form and I’m an grownup.”
Finally, the suitors selected to confront Sheane over her allegations.
In response, she stood by her claims that she was, certainly, the sufferer of bullying.
Elizabeth and Shenae continued to travel in entrance of girls earlier than Clayton rejoined the group… with nothing actually determined. Apart from this:
On the conclusion of the group date, Clayton handed a rose to Gabby for her potential to “step out of [her] consolation zone.”