Batchin’ and Betchin’ Recap: Season 20, Ep. 5

This week we once again find the girls away from the Bachelor mansion, but this time they’re in Mexico City- VIVA LA MEXICO, as everyone proclaimed…too many times to count actually. As they settle into their new abode for the evening, most of the girls act like they’ve never seen a hotel before, per usual. Granted, the Four Seasons hotel they were staying at was beautiful, I just don’t think you’d ever find me screaming and diving head first into a bed.


Amanda then finds out she gets a one on one with Ben, which leads to my worst nightmare…Ben coming into their hotel room for a 4am surprise to pick up Amanda for said date. I would be terrified to have Ben see my 4am resting bitch face morning face at this point in the game. To be honest, my homegirl Becca is the only one who has a normal reaction to this happening…

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Meanwhile, I’m somewhere between concerned and impressed that Amanda wakes up like a Disney Princess with her contour ON FLEEK. Also, I think she has lip gloss on…and her hair is perfect…and her eyebrows are filled. She might be the definition of “I woke up like this.” Give me all your secrets girl.

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Ben and Amanda go on a hot air balloon date (hard pass, I’m terrified of heights) and then have a lovely picnic in a sprawling field, because isn’t that what you always do on an afternoon date?

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The production team must have an endless supply of picnic baskets, I’m convinced.

Next, we move onto the group date where the girls get a Spanish lesson, but to be honest I wasn’t paying much attention because I was too enamored with Becca’s perfect floral romper, half bun combo. #GirlCrush.


After the Spanish lesson, the girls are challenged to cook up some traditional Mexican dishes and have them critiqued by two professional chefs. While all the other girls are channeling their inner Top Chef, Jubilee seems to be missing out on all the fun.

FullSizeRender 5 Jubilee epitomizes the meme, “Goes to a party. Stands in the corner.”

We also learn that while Olivia has the talent of inappropriately interrupting everyone else’s time with Ben, she does not have a talent for cooking.

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After the cooking challenge, Jubilee becomes increasingly distraught that Olivia is stealing all the one on one time, but come on Jubilee, what else is new? So when she finally gets her one on one time with Ben, he decides it is time for him to let her go. Awkward. What was even more awkward to me is the fact she sat like this throughout that entire exchange…

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I would have leg cramps for days.

I think my favorite part was the one on one between Ben and Lauren H. Mostly because we got to see Ben strut down the runway like it was no big thing.


DAYUM. Hey Ben, if things in software sales don’t work out, you definitely have a bright future in the world of modeling. You’re a natural.

Another thing I learned I never want to be called besides a sex panther would be a “slow burn,” which Ben used in reference to Lauren H. So if Lauren H is a slow burn, what does that make Olivia…a forest fire?! In all honesty though, I think Ben has great chemistry with Lauren H and I love her attitude. My favorite moment was her pep talk when she nailed it with her “choose to be happy” philosophy. Happy girls are indeed the prettiest, and because of this I think she nabbed one of the best Ben kisses.

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I see you Lauren H, you go girl! I also see you, creepy man to the left. Did anyone else notice this?!

It’s finally time for the rose ceremony, where shots were fired with Olivia telling Amanda she reminded her of the TV show “Teen Mom.” Amanda delivers what is inarguably the best rebuttal of all time by telling Olivia she remind her of Snookie on the Jersey Shore because she is a “hot mess.” Amanda-1, Olivia-0.

More importantly, can the Bachelor franchise maybe consider selling their own mascara brand? You know the kind Emily was wearing when she was sobbing and her makeup literally did not move.

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We all know crying and mascara on TV turned into one of the most ICONIC on screen cries of all time, cue Lauren Conrad and the single black tear- but nope, no black tears for the girls of the Batch…how does this not happen to any of them?!


The true winner of the rose ceremony if there were winners and losers, would be JoJo’s dress. Girlfriend slayed in this sheer number last night.

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The loser would clearly be Olivia “you don’t even have to say congrats to me about my group date rose” Caridi.

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Although it might not even be her rose anymore, because in true “most dramatic rose ceremony” fashion, or lack thereof because we didn’t actually get to the rose part yet…Ben pulls Olivia aside to have a one on one discussion, leaving Bachelor Nation to wonder if Ben will make Bachelor history by being the first person to revoke a rose. One can only hope. #ByeFelcia…or should I say #ByeOlivia.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Ben will take away Olivia’s rose? Until next week’s dramatic conclusion my friends!




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