There are a lot of good places to start with this week’s recap.
We should probably start with Tia and the bombshell she dropped just before the rose ceremony. But you know what? After weeks of anticipation, I want to start with Buffalove. I mean Buffalo.
With Jason being from Buffalo, I have been waiting for the Buffalo Bills to finally grace ‘The Bachelorette.’ It finally happened Monday night.
It was brief, but it finally happened. The Bills logo showed up on the side of the Anchor Bar during Jason’s hometown date, but it was all I needed.
Side note: They should have went to Duff’s or Mighty Taco. But I digress.
For those of you who know me, Buffalo holds a special place in my heart. My parents both went to UB, and I’m a pretty big fan of both the Bills and Sabres. In fact, people in the Times Leader/Weekender newsroom are convinced I’m actually from Buffalo. I’m not. I’m from Albany, but close enough.
So there were a lot a familiar sights in Jason’s date, like the famous Anchor Bar and the HarborCenter, which is where the Sabres train. All in all, it doesn’t get much more Buffalo than a wing-eating contest.
Oh, and Jason had a pretty great week too. He’s not going to win this season, but he’d probably make for a good Bachelor.
BRIGID: That Buffalonian Jason sure did have a great date with Becca. I actually liked their date. I would love to just go eat wings for a date. I actually think Jason is being set up to be the next Bachelor. Not only was he great, but his family seemed very open to this process, which is key for any future contestant.
DJ: So back to Tia.
I get that Tia likely had no idea how Colton’s relationship with Becca was going — I mean, you could see it on her face how shocked she was that Colton was still around — but considering she knows both parties pretty well, she should have known that they’re not the best pair on paper and kept her mouth shut.
I understand that Tia feels the need to lay all the cards out in front of Becca, but she already had her chance. Weeks ago. And botched it.
Ultimately it didn’t matter, and I’m pretty sure Tia and Becca are fine, but it was such a bad look for Tia. She’s been made out to be a villain in all of this, but if there was anybody to blame in this, it was Colton. Until Monday’s episode.
I’ve been a big supporter of Tia through all of her questionable decisions, dating back to the last season of “The Bachelor” when she threw Bekah M. under the bus. But come on, Tia.
I think I know where you stand in this Brigid, but if you’re in Tia’s shoes, what do you do?
BRIGID: I actually don’t think Colton is to blame in any of this.
Becca asked Tia weeks ago if she had feelings for him, and she said she was fine with this. There was always the chance that Becca would fall in love with him, so I just don’t think it’s fair for her to steal that feeling away.
This just reaffirms my opinion on Tia, or the producers have done a great job since last season to make her look as bad as possible.
DJ: After touching on Colton and Jason, I’ve saved the best for last. And when I mean “best,” I mean Becca’s favorite suitors, because Garrett’s probably not that great of a guy. Blake is, though. At least it seems that way.
But despite Jason’s best efforts, it’s between Garrett and Blake. And I’ve always felt the fact that Becca forgot Jason’s name weeks ago is telling. Sure, there’s a lot of guys at the start of the season, but if she really liked Jason from the beginning, she’d remember his name.
Garrett’s probably in the lead, ahead of Blake, heading into fantasy suites, but didn’t you find it odd that Garrett got the last rose?
BRIGID: I was shocked by that, for no other reason than the final rose lost all its suspense. Once it was between Garrett and Colton, it was obvious Colton was going home.
I mean, Blake had a great date, don’t get me wrong; it’s just obvious she’s going to always pick Garrett.
Although, I’m not too sure about the ranking of the final three men.
DJ: Once again, I thought Blake made the biggest moves in the episode, but the chemistry between Garrett and Becca is so much stronger.
Either way, they’re the final two, right? And is Garrett still in the lead?
BRIGID: I think Garrett is still in the lead, but I’m less confident in the race to be the runner-up. Jason is making some major moves, and I think his chemistry with Becca is stronger than her connection with Blake.
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