The Bachelorette: Season 11 — “The Men Tell All”
Special contributor Andrée H. is a proud member of “Bachelor Nation,” which means she holds The Bachelorette to a high standard and takes things seriously, more seriously than Kaitlyn, if you ask me. This season’s “Men Tell All” episode fell short of Andrée’s expectations. To be honest, I was disappointed that no fistfights erupted. There was one genuinely significant moment, TVRD gives Kaitlyn side-eye, but some of her critics have taken their dislike to alarming proportions as you’ll see. In any case, here is what Andrée has to say. — Elaine F.
This season of The Bachelorette has been steamy, so I expected this “Mell Tell All” to be a real stunner. In some ways, it fell short of the usual tell-all drama, with all the issues being so out in the open during the season, there was nothing left but apologies. The special did include one shocking move and all I can say is I am glad that I am not Kaitlyn. The show called out the mean-tweets about the Bachelorette and took a stance against cyber-bullying.
Aside from agreeing with that, of course, you have to love how this episode is always the one that gives you a guilt trip for having opinions throughout the season. True to form, Chris Harrison tried to justify Kaitlyn’s behavior, calling her the most”serious” Bachelorette yet. Nice try, Harrison. No one but your perfectly trained in-studio audience is falling for that one. But it was a nice attempt to class the gal up a bit.
The most annoying man in the episode was Corey, whom I don’t remember at all, he butt in on nearly every conversation and tried to take it over. I honestly don’t know why they even bother bringing more than the last few guys to these things, no one cares what the also-rans have to say.
One of the things I was most looking forward to was some further Ian drama — but I got quite the opposite. Tanner ripped Ian for the disgraceful insults, saying that Ian needed to apologize. Unexpectedly, Ian stood up, took off his jacket, got down on one knee facing the men (which prompted Chris Harrison to say “What are you doing?”) and apologize. He later got down on his knees and apologized again to Kaitlyn. My initial reaction is good for him, but now I think he just did it because his PR agent told him to. The guy probably hasn’t had sex in months after his display.
Clint and JJ were another two that I, along with the rest of Bachelor Nation were excited to get to hear from. But that fell a little short, too. Clint clarified that he is not gay, JJ attempted to explain the level of their friendship, it was all just as awkward as before. It made no sense that they showed the clip from Bachelor in Paradise at the beginning of the show because when Chris kept trying to build up drama announcing that JJ and Jared were going to be on the show this year we already knew from the clip. Poor planning another sloppy move Bachelor. [Editor’s Note: We’ve been hinting around in the hopes that Andrée will be watching Bachelor in Paradise, but we don’t want to pressure her, so don’t say anything. If Andrée doesn’t do it, we’ll try to lure Geri into covering it. Don’t tell Geri we said that. — E.F.]
JJ, Ben Z., Jared, and Ben H. all got their time in the hot seat speaking with Chris Harrisom, nothing overly exciting happened except that Ben H. gave more details on what went down the night in San Antonio. He explained that he and Shawn were sharing a room that night, Shawn had a king size bed and Ben H. had a cot. Kaitlyn snuck in without any handlers or cameras round, hopped on the bed with Shawn and spent six hours talking to both Shawn and Ben. Then a handler came in (they hid Kaitlyn under a blanket) told them that they had an hour to go, Ben hopped in the shower, and when he came back in the room, Shawn and Kaitlyn went silent, Shawn seemed a lot happier and Ben felt like the outsider in the room. That makes it even worse. Even worse. For shame Kaitlyn. For Shame.
Then things got juicy when Chris Harrison brings out Kaitlyn. Right away, he addresses the fact that she is hated online.
He brings it up to the next level when he reads out actual Tweets about Kaitlyn, and they are doozies. I have to give it to Kaitlyn she sat strong through being called a disease-ridden whore on national television, but she probably should have rethought her outfit choice, knowing this segment was going to happen. I hate to say it, but a long gown would have totally worked in her favor in this occasion. But maybe she is just owning being sexual, and in that case, go girl, I guess. It’s probably for the best that Chris didn’t have Kaitlyn justify why she made her choices, after making her sit through hearing those texts read out loud Some of the guys continued to be riled up about Nick coming on the show, including Kupah who was eliminated long before Nick showed up. Priceless.
The episode didn’t spend even a second on poor Tony the Healer. Maybe in your next life Tony. Next week is the week — will it be, Shawn or Nick? I cannot wait to find out — and to find out who our next Bachelor will be.