The Bachelor recap: Beautiful (Bumper Car) Trauma

The Bachelor recap: Beautiful (Bumper Car) Trauma

The Bachelor

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
20
run date
03/25/02
performer
Aaron Buerge, Andrew Firestone, Bob Guiney, Alex Michel, Estella Gardinier, Trista Rehn, Jen Schefft
Producer
Mike Fleiss
broadcaster
ABC
genre
Reality TV

Considering we’re still at the very beginning of Arie’s journey to find love, now seems like the perfect time to remind everyone involved that things are going to get much, much worse before they get better. And then they’ll only get better for the one woman who will walk away with Arie, and if we’re being honest, her happiness might not last that much longer either. In other words, this is as good as it gets kids! So it makes sense that Harrison greets the women at the mansion by letting them all know that they won’t all stay happy. “Trust me,” the host-turned-reality-check says.

On that note, Harrison then hands over the first date card of the season, which tells Becca K. to “hold on tight.” Her response? “Hopefully I can hold onto his arms!!” Girl. Aim higher.

The direct translation of the date card is simply that Becca and Arie are going on a motorcycle ride, and when he fits her with her own leather jacket, she squeals, “Oh and he zips me too!” making it official that Becca gets excited about all the wrong things on dates. You could take her to the Grand Canyon and she’d lose her mind at how soft the blanket is that you brought for the picnic.

To make things worse, Becca also doesn’t know when to shut up. Here’s the thing about riding a motorcycle: You can’t really talk to the other person on the motorcycle. You both have helmets on, you’re sitting behind him, and then there’s all the wind. Yet Becca decides that if she screams loud enough, Arie can hear her. Plus, when you have thoughts like “I wish I could capture this moment forever in a painting” or “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” you just HAVE to share them lest he go through the day without knowing how amazing your mind is.

While Krystal is back at the house talking about how glad she is she didn’t get this date because her father was in a bad motorcycle accident, Becca and Arie arrive at a very fancy house where Becca finds out that her date is not at all about Arie and, in fact, she will barely talk to him, because her date is shopping with Rachel Zoe, who fits Becca in various gowns before giving her all of them. While Arie creeps me out with his idea to “sit back and enjoy it,” Becca tries on outfits during what this Minnesota girl claims is the best day of her life. The world could end today and she’d be happy, she says. (Screw true love! All Becca needed was a good dress!)

Arie then gives her shoes and jewelry and honestly, this is a terrible date. The two of them have said two things to each other and it’s been about how they both have pretty eyes. Becca was

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