Batchin’ and Betchin’ Recap: Season 20, Ep. 7

You know the old adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all?” Well, this would preclude me from my recap because this episode of the Batch might have been the most frustrating/angering one yet, but alas, I cannot disappoint and the recap must go on!

This week we find ourselves in Ben’s hometown of Warsaw, Indiana. I’m sure at this point, all Becca could think to herself was, “Thank God this isn’t Arlington, Iowa.”

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Actually, I’m pretty sure everyone was thanking God it wasn’t Arlington, Iowa.

Every season seems to bring its own style staple. This season, it seems to be the leather jacket.

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Hey, I’ll take the leather jacket over the gauzy scarf epidemic that plagued Andi’s season. You all know what I’m talking about…please refer to exhibits A, B and C below.

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Like, how much of the budget went to providing an endless supply of these things?

The first 1 on 1 of the episode went to Lauren B, and Ben took her to the youth center where he volunteered as a teenager (swoon). To be honest, the date was less about Lauren and more about Ben being the most precious human alive. For example, take his Instagram post about Robbie, one of the kids at the youth center, who happened to be the real MVP of this date, let’s be honest. C’mon, did you see that half court shot?!

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Then there was Eric, the crying child Ben comforted that made every woman in America question why she didn’t audition for this season of the Bachelor.

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He seriously is the perfect 10 Ben. See what I did there?

Next on the episode was a 1 on 1 in Chicago with JoJo where the two got Wrigley Field to themselves for the evening (jealous), and Bachelor producers prematurely referred to JoJo as Mrs. Higgins. Too soon guys.

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We find out soon after Twin Emily gets the final 1 on 1 of the episode, while Amanda, Becca and Caila get a 3 on 1, with one getting the group date rose to spend some extra time with Ben. Upon the news of her 1 on 1, Emily breaks out into more tears.

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I’ve seriously seen this girl cry more in 3 episodes than any one person in an entire season.

For the 3 on 1, Ben takes the girls to a farm where they hang out in this barn…

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…which seemed slightly reminiscient of this barn…

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Just saying.

Well any who, Becca had the most honest moment of the episode and told Ben to never “blindside” her, while Caila continued to perplex, and Amanda received the group date rose which led to one of the most bizarre 1 on 1 dates like, ever.

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Nothing says promotional ploy romance quite like McDonalds. In fact, there was also a conveniently timed tweet from The Bachelor during said date, and it went a little something like this…

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Didn’t see that one coming, guys!

After the confusion from the McDonald’s date settled, even more confusion began to set in when Ben chose to take Emily to meet his parents on their 1 on 1. Out of all the girls left, she wouldn’t have been my first choice to help make an impression on my parents.

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Never fear however, because Emily said she needed to “pull out all the stops” and opened with some great conversation starters like “I don’t travel a lot,” and “I like the ducks.” #winning

This only led to Ben’s mom having a very appropriate emotional reaction to her conversation with a very 23 year old Emily- tears.

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If Mrs. Higgins doesn’t approve, neither do I…cue some very appropriate lyrics from the Biebs.

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With that being said, Emily is sent home. I do have to say, she kind of redeemed herself with a graceful limo exit speech. Where was that maturity when you actually needed it?

Finally onto the moment I really don’t want to discuss…the Final Rose ceremony where Ben sent Queen Becca home. I seriously heard the hearts of so many people breaking when he called Confusing Cayla’s name over Becca’s. Becca, in true form, called him on what so many people were thinking…

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I think Ben made a huge mistake letting sweet, articulate, classy and gorgeous Becca go over some of the other girls in the house. I mean just LOOK at his face in the previews for next week after spending a hometown with Amanda and her children.

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In the meantime, I will personally be heading the #BeccaforBachelorette campaign. Also, look out for my style guide on all things Becca Tilley, because I was planning this already, but an ode to her perfect sense of style seems so fitting after last night. What were your thoughts on Becca’s departure? Who do you think is going all the way?

Until next Monday!

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