Last week's episode were the Hometown Dates. Which means we are at our Final Four and quickly approaching Fantasy Suites territory. Let's hit the Quick Hitters:
- Raven took Nick 4-wheel riding and made out in a swamp. Classic Hoxie.
- I still think there's time to make Raven the next Bachelorette instead of Rachel. Make some moves Chris Harrison.
- Speaking of Harrison, not nearly enough of him this season. He's the real star of the show, get him some more screen time ABC.
- Of course Nick and Rachel would go to a predominantly black church on their date. Of course they would.
- I love Rachel's dad basically saying "F this, I'm not being on this dumb show" and saying he had a work commitment and couldn't be there.
- Rachel is going to be a terrible Bachelorette.
- Corinne turning into a likeable human being is a twist I did not see coming this season.
- Thought we'd get more from Corinne's nanny. For as much hype as she's gotten this season, she didn't get nearly enough screen time last episode.
- I actually enjoyed Corinne and Nick's shopping trip. I don't know why, but I did.
- Vanessa's hometown date started so well at her school....then it ended so badly at both her parents house.
- I get Vanessa's dad's hesitation with giving his blessing to Nick since he's dating 3 other women but.....THAT'S HOW THE SHOW WORKS BUD. Vanessa knew that going in, they aren't changing the entire format of the show just for her.
- And has Vanessa never watched the show before? She was that upset about Nick asking the other 3 fathers for their blessing as well? Get over yourself Vanessa.
- Andi shows up!?!?!
- Here's my problem with The Bachelor cliffhangers though.....they always promote something HUGE is going to happen and then it turns out to be nothing. I have the same feeling about Andi showing up, I'm afraid it's going to be a letdown.
- After hometown dates, my prediction is a Vanessa vs. Raven Final Two with Vanessa winning.
- I think Corinne is his best match but won't pick her for reasons we'll get to in the next section. Plus, ABC keeps previewing Nick asking himself if whoever he picks will actually accept him and let him "find love". That's not a question with Corinne, she'd accept in a heartbeat. Raven and Vanessa could still be question marks.
BACHELOR WOMEN POWER RANKINGS
*Not a great episode from Vanessa. If she could have just ended it after taking Nick to see her classroom, it would have been great. But those two dinners they had at Vanessa's parents house did Vanessa no favors. There is always one family who is a little crazy and makes a scene, didn't predict that was going to be Vanessa's.
But set Vanessa's family aside, not a great episode for Vanessa herself...at least in my eyes. While I still think she is great, I'm starting to get a little bit of a "Vanessa thinks Vanessa is a pretty big deal" vibe from Vanessa. I first I thought it was just self-confidence but the more I see of it the more I think Vanessa has quite the ego on her. Maybe I'm just reading too much into things but I think the Vanessa shine is starting to wear off a bit.
Sports comparison: Andrew Wiggins. At first, you thought Vanessa was a sure fire, can't miss draft pick. She seems to have everything you think you'd want in a Bachelor contestant. But then the more you see, the more she underperforms a little bit. You still see the glimpses of greatness but there is doubt in the back of your mind that she's ever going to reach all that potential you thought she had. You haven't given up hope yet, and you still think she can be everything you hoped for, but there is some doubt creeping in.
*A pretty significant last couple episodes in regards to Corinne. She actually has come out pretty likeable the past few weeks. Spoiled sure, but still pretty likeable. I still contend that she is the best fit for Nick. Her biggest problem in regards to winning though is actually Nick's persona.
Nick knew coming into this show that his public persona was not very good. Most people had a terrible opinion of him from previous seasons. Almost everything he's done this season and even in Paradise has been with him thinking "How can this make me look better". He's so media savvy. For that reason, I can't see him picking Corinne at the end. There's no way he's picking the villain of the season at the end, he knows how that would look. Even if Corinne got a bad edit from the producers early in the season, Nick has to get the impression that she was the villain of the season. Picking Corinne at the end doesn't help the Nick Viall Brand much so he won't pick her even if she's the best match for him, which I contend she is.
*My plan for next week instead of talking about the same women every week is to rank all the women in the season into a Top 10 list. And spoiler alert, Raven is going to be #1. She's great. For as much as Vanessa has under-impressed recently, Raven has gone above and beyond every expectation I've had of her. As I said in the first topic, I think Raven makes Final Two.
Sports comparison: James Harden. She was a really good player in this game, almost a over-qualified role player, but once she finally got her opportunity to shine she took the ball, ran with it, and turned into a superstar. James Harden just needed to be traded away from Durant and Westbrook for his opportunity, Raven just needed women to get eliminated so she could get more camera time. If we are drafting these women now, she's the #1 pick.
Real interested to see how her elimination goes. I really wish ABC wouldn't have announced she was the next Bachelorette because with Vanessa slipping I think she would be in my #1 spot right now. But with her being announced as the next Bachelorette, I'm going to go out on a limb and say she doesn't end up winning this season. And I also can't see her making Final Two. So she has to get eliminated in one of the next two eliminations.
Tough night for the Oscars last night apparently. I didn't watch any of it after Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue. I'm sure if you are reading a blog like this during your day that you've already seen coverage of the final mix-up with the Best Picture envelope and announcement. Somehow, that wasn't even the most egregious error of the Oscars.
The Academy also showed a living person in their "In Memoriam" tribute last night. In their video montage of people who have passed away in the industry over the past year they put up a picture of Jan Chapman, an Australian movie producer. She however, is not dead yet. Yikes.
While it's a huge error, I can think my way through the process where envelopes get mixed up before announcing a winner of an award. I can't wrap my head around how you put a living person in a pre-produced video tribute to dead people. The award show is live, this "In Memoriam" should have been in the can for weeks. And you'd have to research all the people over the past year who've died. Just weird.