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The Bachelorette Season 12: A Review (Part 5)

Ok Day 5! Sorry I’m a bit late this week. But, we’re ready to go now! A review: Chad’s crazy. Let’s begin.

The boys are celebrating at the house that Chad’s finally gone (theoretically). They’re going pretty far with littler ceremonies, parties and even a funeral? I sense an ABC gimmick. Meanwhile, Chad’s creepily whistling through the woods…Annnddd he’s knocking on the front door of the house. Well damn. He walks in and trying to validate himself to the guys, which Jordan takes the opportunity to apologize to Chad for them not understanding him well enough and using it to maybe finally clear the air. You go Jordan! Instead, Chad decides to get more angry. He then points to Jordan’s skull saying he has “half a brain” and then gives him an overly tight handshake. Jordan tells Chad he’s sorry that Chad can’t come to the point to be man enough to apologize. Obviously, he turns to more insults. More creepy whistling… I feel like this isn’t the last we see of him.

Jojo and Alex are now kissing in front of a restaurant, and decide to go for a walk. He comes back to the house and the guys are literally carrying him on their shoulders.

We’re at the cocktail party now, and the guys are having their one-on-ones. Chase brings the little tackle bubbles to play around with Jojo. Robby’s next and he and Jojo make wishes in the pond. James F. is reading Jojo a poem, when Alex cuts in. Now Daniel’s talking to Jojo and Luke tries to cute in?

Evan points out the irony in Chad being gone is that the guys with roses have suddenly become mini-Chads. That doesn’t bode well. Luke comes up to Evan and says that if Evan hasn’t gotten his time with her, he better hurry up, because Luke is going to go for seconds. Evan’s not happy.

Jordan’s one-on-one is next, and he says that he doesn’t want to take up too much of her time; then pushes her up against a wall and just starts making out with her. That’s charisma?

Chris shows up (the host dude), and whisks Jojo away. I’m not entirely sure if all the other guys got a chance to see her?

Predictions on who leaves next: Vinny and Grant. Luke, Alex and Jordan already have roses.

Rose ceremony!

First Rose: Derek
Second Rose: Robby
Third Rose: Chase
Fourth Rose: Wells
Fifth Rose: Grant
Sixth Rose: Vinny
Seventh Rose: James T.
Eight Rose: Evan

That means James F. and Daniel are out.

Evan points out it’s been a month they’ve been pursuing her now. So basically every episode represents a week of real-world time. Just a fun fact to know.

Daniel points out that she obviously is looking for personality because his personality is shit. But if it was based off looks, he would be winning, but she picks guys like Wells and Evan. He has more experience than all the other guys combined. I’m really not sure what to do with this rant of his. But he’s gone, so whatever.

Jojo tells the guys they’re going to Uruguay for the rest of the trip! They’re very excited, needless to say.

Jordan gets the one-on-one that week. Chase points out that he feels like Jordan feels the most false to him, and there were 2 football dates geared specifically around him. The guys are super unhappy. On top of that, they find some trash magazines about Jojo’s ex-Chad and how they got back together after the last season of the Bachelor ended. They’re feeling incredibly insecure.

Luke, Derek, Chase, Evan, James, Vinny, Grant, Wells, and Alex all get the next group date.

Jordan tells Jojo that he’s falling in love with her, when Jojo brings up that she met an Ex of Jordan’s. Uh-oh. They have an actually productive and really enlightening conversation out of this. Jordan admits that he was just super immature in his last relationship and he should have done things differently, and although he didn’t cheat, he was definitely a jerk towards his ex. So Jojo ends up giving him a rose.

Jojo’s sitting down with the producers for her interview, talking about how confident she feels about her relationship with Jordan, when the producer comes up and shows her the magazine the guys found. Meanwhile, the guys tell Jordan about the article. They keep switching back and forth between the guys and Jojo’s interview, and she’s in complete tears at this point. She calls her Ex out for being a terrible person and just can’t allow other to be happy if he’s not. So Jojo goes proactive and goes over to the guys place to talk to them. Poor girl is really, really upset. I feel like she’s holding herself back from hysterics at this point.

Robby and Jordan are having a spa date, which is probably been the best part of this show, disregarding how gimmicky and set up it is. Robby predicts that the guys on the group date are going to take advantage of how upset Jojo was the night before.

On the date, the guys are going sand boarding and Evan predicts he’ll have another bloody nose. All of a sudden, it starts raining. Like, real rain. Not California rain.

Back at the hotel, Robby gets his own one-on-one date.

And then Luke swoops in on Jojo to take advantage of the article from yesterday, just like Robby predicted. Not saying he’s being malicious, just commenting. All the other guys seem to follow suit.

At the one-on-one’s, Derek’s having insane insecurity. He tells Jojo he’s having jealousy issues. Alex points out that he doesn’t like Derek either. He’s apparently jealous, insecure and calculated, which isn’t mostly wrong. Alex has his one-on-one too, but nothing pertinent was really said. So rose time, and Derek gets it. Alex is pissed and calls him an “insecure little bitch” and calls it a “pity rose”. Very harsh.

Robby’s date is the last date in Uruguay. I feel like the dude is fake, but I’m biased towards his name probably. He keeps using opportunities to speak a little bit of spanish, which is pretty adorable. He wants to say “I love you”, but is scared she won’t say it back. They then literally jump off a cliff together, and it’s apparently very romantic. Jojo says that for her, its a validation of how much she trusts Robby.

Back at the house, Chase and Alex aren’t happy with Derek and are semi-confronting him. It’ pretty petty and doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

Robby seems to be edging towards saying the magic words, but seems very hesitant. He tells a very heartfelt story about how his best friend dying last year made him realize he needs to do what makes him happy and be in the moment. He then tells her that he loves her, and of course, she doesn’t say it back. But he seems happy nonetheless. This makes him the first one to officially say “I love you!”

Time for the cocktail party, and everyone seems nervous. All of a sudden, Derek calls out Alex, Jordan, Chase and Robby to talk to them. I’m not entirely sure what he’s talking to them about and what they’re upset about, because no one really said anything concrete. Jordan sums it up that Derek feels like the guys have formed a clique and are exclusionary so Jordan asks the rest of the guys if anyone else feels like he’s excluded them. Wells defends Derek, but Chase jumps in to attack Derek again. None of this really makes sense. I can’t even parse this.

Chris comes in, and Jojo doesn’t want a cocktail party. They’re jumping into the rose ceremony and three of them will be going home tonight. Alex, still, is pissed.

Rose ceremony time! My suspicions for who is leaving: Vinny, Grant, and sadly Evan. I sense I’m going to be surprised again though.

First Rose: Luke
Second Rose: Chase
Third Rose: Alex
Fourth Rose: James
Fifth Rose: Wells

NOOOOO EVAN. So sad! His commentary was literally the best. But I hit it right on the head! Evan’s really upset that he didn’t take proper advantage of their time together and is disappointed in himself. Grant says that she made a mistake, but he’s really confused. Vinny seems the least upset at the beginning, but he quickly jumps to be incredibly upset.


RB’s Psych Corner

First off, I’m surprised the Chad caused as little trouble as he did. I honestly anticipated him coming back with a vengeance to hit someone. Not saying he wasn’t completely out of line, but less out of line than anticipated.

The main issue this week seems to have been that the majority of the guys were starting to form cliques and have pointless arguments. My feeling is when there is a constant bonding factor, such as a common enemy, and that factor is suddenly ripped away, a vacuum is immediately formed, and everyone subconsciously rushes to fill it with something else to bond about. There’s two ways to handle this. Either you find something else to bond over, or you continue to bring back patterns of the previous associations, all at the same level of intensity as before. Either way, you’re going to end up in a situation where everyone’s going to be acting very weird for a little bit of time. In this particular case, let’s take Alex. Alex arguably had the most hate for Chad, but with Chad gone, he needs something else to focus his energy one. Enter, Derek and Jordan. He doesn’t have particularly good reasons to hate either of them, but the intensity overall is probably amounting to a similar level as with Chad.

However, that being said, just because someone is over-reacting, doesn’t mean they aren’t necessarily right. Several of the guys have pointed out an issue with Jordan, either with him being fake or them feeling attacked. Now, with reality shows, there’s a lot of content and context they have to edit out for times sake. That means we may be missing pertinent information to psychoanalyze. But, if several of the guys have an issue with Jordan, and we don’t see it as the audience, it’s best to go with the opinion of those who are actually living through the situation. This makes me doubt my own belief in Jordan’s authenticity, though he seems to handle every situation with grace. Alex and Luke are also becoming rather haughty, which is most likely going to lead to problems if they don’t clean up their act fast.

I’d have to say the best part of this week is now that Chad’s gone, we finally get an opportunity to analyze everyone else! I’m personally crushed that Evan is gone, but it is indicative of the type that Jojo has. Though personality is her most important criteria, that personality seems to be balanced with body type. Instant chemistry and attraction are important to her, and she’s a visual person, so she gets a lot of that from looks. Basically, if a guy looks good, and treats her well, he’s a keeper; i.e. Robby, Chase, Jordan, Chad, etc. If it comes to a clash between looks and personality however, she’ll go with the personality, I suspect against her gut reaction, which is mainly towards “the bad boy” character. That being said, morals are the thing she’s most sensitive about, and the second she can’t trust them, she will dump them.

This brings us to Evan. One might think, “Evan had the personality! Why didn’t he stay?” The reasoning is simple: he didn’t “wow” her enough. Basically, she doesn’t do well with shy guys, and if it takes too much time for the charisma to come out, then she’s done with it. Evan, although witty on camera, had a tendency to be a bit more reserved and quiet around Jojo. So even though his kind personality shown through, the lack of desire to make-out with him in secret corners won out and she called it quits. Unfortunate, but ultimately for the best, because Evan needs a girl who is a bit more reserved, traditional and an intellectual equal. Anyone who participates on “The Bachelorette” is probably not that. And that’s a wrap!

See you next week!


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This is a new section we’re going to have! Anytime one of us travels, we’ll be posting pictures and talking about our experiences and where we went in that time! Look forward to it! There should be one coming out for FireDrums!

The Bachelorette Season 12: A Review (Part 4)

Day 2! Predictions for the day: I expect lots of nonsense, and Chad to get kicked out in some dramatic fashion. Let’s go!

So, Chad walks back into the house. If you remember, he’s supposed to apologize. He saunters in saying that he just wants everyone to be chill and he doesn’t have any problems with anyone. Evan says that’s not really any apology and he still needs a new shirt, to which Chad retorts that Evan tried to push him over. Wells pips up saying that the real issue here is that everyone feels uneasy, and Chad just keeps reiterating that they just need to all stop bothering him.

Jojo swings by the house and the pool party begins! The boys all do a PERFECT swan dive into the pool for Jojo and poor Evan comes out with a bloody nose! Hilariously, everyone immediately starts joking that Chad must be at fault. Jojo and Jordan and sneak off to make out. These two are a perfect couple. They really bond well together and they’re obviously really into each other.

Back to the festivities, Jojo mentions that “Even Chad seems to be having a good time.” That wording by itself is very indicative that Jojo obviously doesn’t have a very positive impression of him. She’s not very keen on touching him like she seems with the other guys, and she tells him straight up she was mad with him on the group date for attacking Evan. His argument is “We’re total opposites…It’s like trying to figure out what you want for cream or steak?” ….Terrible argument. This dude could use some time in a debate club. Evan comes over, however, and cuts their time short. Chad (again) is very upset that he got cut out, cause he’s never done that.

Everyone in their alone time is talking bad stuff about Chad. Derek even tells her that he moved rooms, while Chad is WATCHING THE CONVERSATION FROM BEHIND THE BUSHES. WHAT DUDE? How stalkerish can you get?? He notices Chad, and kisses Jojo right in front of her. HA. Good job bud. So, he gets upset and sulks away, refusing to talk to anyone. He calls Derek out to the foyer, and wants to confront him. He tells Derek “I don’t know who like me stole your girlfriend, but I’m not him.” Derek very pointedly remarks that the REASON they all have issues with Chad is because he starts off his sentences like that and attacking the guys. Dude should have his own psych corner!

Rose ceremony time! My guess is Ali, Christian and Chad, are out this week (I can only pray).

First Rose: Grant
Second Rose: Derek
Third Rose: Jordan
Fourth Rose: Luke
Fifth Rose: Robby
Sixth Rose: Wells
Seventh Rose: James F.
Eighth Rose: Vinny
Ninth Rose: Daniel
Tenth Rose: Alex
Eleventh Rose: Chad

WELL DAMN IT. COME ON DUDE. This means that Ali, Christian and Nick B. are all out. Poor Nick is actually crushed.

And Jojo drops a surprise – they’re going to a different location for the rest of the season! They’re in…Pennsylvania? I suppose that’s pretty far from LA, and pretty relaxing! That should be good!

Side note: the more I look, the more Jordan and Derek look like long-lost twins.

Luke gets the one on one date. And they go dog sledding! Complete with a cozy blanket and cuddles! They then move into a wood-fire-hot tub. She mentions again how she’s worried that things with Luke might be too good to be true. She for sure is psyching herself out.

Back at the house, the guys are predicting a two-on-one date. Alex mentions that the only thing worse than a two-on-one is a two-on-one with Chad.

Speaking of Chad, he mentions that the other guys need to not “poke the Chad-bear” and that he won’t “start things but he’ll definitely end them”…

Derek, James T., Daniel, Chase, Wells, Vinny, James F., Evan, Grant, Jordan, and Robby all get a group date. That means that Alex and Chad have a potential two-on-one. Poor Alex. And Alex mentions that he’s going to send Chad home. Jordan says sending Chad home is “for America”.

Dinner with Jojo and Luke is going great with Jojo using the word “sexy” about 15 times for Luke. I think she has some practiced lines as she’s used the same lines on most of the guys. Luke opens up about what it was like to be a platoon leader and Lieutenant in the army. His childhood friend Jason died on the battlefield and it seems like Luke’s having a real moment here – no producers involvement here! And apparently that comes across to Jojo and she gives him a rose. They move onto a theater where they get serenaded by a group called “Dan + Shay”.

Next day, it’s the group date! And they’re at a football stadium with Ben Roethlisberger! It’s one of those physical competition tests again. James T. ends up with a bloody eye, but shakes it off. What a trooper!

At the house, Chad’s starting a fight, no surprise. That’s about all I’m going to say on it.

Back at the stadium, Evan has a bloody nose again and he’s become the butt of every joke. He’s taking it in great stride though.

Alone time’s up and Robby’s first. They make out on a pool table. Super cliche, but thats basically the rest of their time together. All the other guys are up and then Jordan is having issues with her. She says that he still makes her nervous and that she can’t read him. This can’t be a good sign for my favorite pick.

So now Jojo has to pick someone to give the rose to. It’s Jordan! I got proved wrong so fast!

Time for the two-on-one! But before we get there, turns out Grant has a problem with Chad too. So after asking the stupid question of who there has a problem with him, Chad finds out everyone has a problem with him (shocker). So he decides he doesn’t want anyone to talk to him anymore. Alex mentions that they’re polar opposites, and Chad starts calling him a “whiny little bitch” to which Alex responds that  Chad is the “most insecure person I’ve ever met”. Alex points out that Chad has burned all his bridges as everyone in the world can see Chad on tv and see what he’s really like. Chad then challenges everyone to go outside. Good Lord.

The day for the date is finally here! Evan’s the only one thinking that Chad might be able to trick Jojo into letting him stay. While the rest of the guys are having a conversation, Chad’s weirdly eavesdropping again, and when they ask him to join, he once again picks a fight with Jordan. This time Chad starts on a rant about how when the show ends, he’s going to go out of his way to find Jordan’s house and beat him up. And that Jordan should be afraid of Chad. This guy would be in jail in a second in real life.

Jojo starts off saying she’s very nervous about the whole day because she doesn’t know what’s going to happen with Chad. They’re taking a hike today, so things could get interesting being that far out in the wilderness. Chad is spouting nonsense about how he’s doing the best in the house again. The three of them are just sitting talking, and things are SUPER awkward. So Jojo asks to spend some time alone with Alex. So he tells Jojo what’s going on with Chad in more detail. Hopefully that’s the push she needs. She talks to Chad now, and he basically admits that he’s threatening everyone but it’s their fault and he’s not doing anything wrong. Jojo is pretty upset and says she needs some alone time to think. TAKE HIM DOWN GIRLIE. After she leaves, Chad throws his cup into the river. At the very least, once he’s out of the show, we’ll miss these golden moments.

Jojo’s having doubts, but she says maybe he’s just having a hard time because of his past life experiences. At this point, Chad’s talking to the camera saying that he’s told Alex a million times to mind his own business, but at this point he “has no option left”. I’m genuinely scared for Alex’s life right now. I’m having actual anxiety and Chad’s serial murderer whistling through the woods isn’t helping.

He gets back to Alex and tells Alex he’s not “very happy with him”.  “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed..It’s just unfortunate that I can’t beat you up without getting in trouble.”

Jodi’s back from her alone-time walk, and she’s got a decision for sure. I’m betting she keeps Alex. I hope to god she’s not so dumb as to keep Chad. She point blank asks him if he’s threatened people in the house, which he DOESN’T EVEN DENY OR APOLOGIZE FOR. TAKE HIM JOJO. YES. SHE TOOK HIM DOWN. She laid it DOWN on him. And gives Alex the rose. Chad’s clearly unhappy. I’m not sure if he’s going to do something drastic though…

The guys in the house see Chad’s backpack being taken away, and they all start cheering. There’s confetti and drinks and basically a party happening.

Alone time with Chad and Jojo and Chad says he’s now going to “have to go find Alex”. Chad comes back to the house and the guys are SUPER confused (as would I be). Again, I’m concerned for everyone’s safety.

To be continued…

RB’s Psych Corner

Jordan’s my vote for winning this whole thing. Very clear to me that they both like each other more than they expected and are trying to stifle the feelings. It’s obvious that both of them have been hurt badly in the past (Jojo’s we witnessed on national television), and because of that, they’re both scared to open up to each other. However, Jojo’s still a little immature in thinking that although she isn’t really wanting to open up, all the guys should open up to her. Hopefully, she doesn’t act on those feelings. Derek’s coming up pretty hot as well, and I have a lot of faith in Alex and Evan. With Chad, she’s probably fighting herself to see the good in him. It seems like she’s the kind of girl who likes to “fix guys”. Hence her attraction to the bad boy type. She seems to be the type who spurns the good guys for this reason, and keeps telling herself that someone is good “deep down”. People, I’m gonna tell you right now. If you see even ONE red flag in a person, that is a very good reason to stop talking to that person. You have to have enough respect as an individual to respect YOUR time and know that you are a person of value. You, as a human being, deserve to be loved by someone amazing. If you are convincing either yourself or the other party of reasons that you should be together, there’s something wrong there. Especially, when the person is a crazy, violent, meat-head. She seems to have enough self-awareness to know that all of this is bad for her however, hence why she let Chad go. Problem being, the dude is crazy and the producers should’ve 1. had better security measures and 2. kicked him off the show WAY earlier.

We’ll see what happens next week, but I’ll be anxious for everyone’s safety the whole time! See you ten!

The Bachelorette Season 12: A Review (Part 3)

Ok! So we’ll have 2 episodes in 2 days! Other than that, let’s get rolling!

So everyone wakes up to a trashed house. No surprise with the antics that happened.

The bromance between Daniel and Chad continues to develop. I personally suggest they drop Jojo and just date each other. This isn’t a normal bromance either. It’s a BRO-mance. Working out all day son!

Once again, Chad is super confident that he’s awesome. I just want to see his tiny little dreams crushed at this point.

Chase gets the one-on-one with Jojo, but obviously Chad is confused. Dude has the insight of a snail, I swear.

So Chase didn’t have a date last week, so he gets a chance this week. That being said, if he doesn’t get a rose, IMMEDIATE elimination. And they end up at a Yoga studio. AND ONE OF MY PEOPLE IS THE INSTRUCTOR.

Back at the house, Chad and Daniel are working out. Totally unexpected. Evan, however, agrees with me that these two belong together.

Back at yoga, somehow a yoga pose turned into a sexy make-out session. Of course this situation was totally planned as Jojo ended up straddling him as a yoga pose. They have dinner afterwards and the sparks are real here. Honestly, Chase is such a down to earth guy. I’m a fan. He opens up and tells Jojo that he comes from a family of divorce. And the dude gets a rose! And they walk out onto the patio to a private concert and obviously more unfiltered making out. I honestly don’t know how she doesn’t feel weird about making out with several dudes at the same time.

Jordan, Grant, Wells, James F., Christian, Ali, Daniel, Vinny, Nick, Evan, Alex, Chad all get on the group date. Chad then declares he doesn’t want to go on a group date. And let the drama ensue. Evan offers to cross off Chad’s name on the card so “he doesn’t have to go” and Chad tells him to shut his mouth. Jordan then drops some gold and says that if they have to have teams, he hopes that the team Chad is on is a benchpress competition and not a spelling competition. I love this kid. Obviously this riles Chad up, and calls Jordan a “27-year-old failed football player who’s done nothing with his life except toss around a piece of leather”. Alex then says Chad went to far and that he’s a “piece of shit” and Chad retorts that Alex is a “25-year-old piece of shit right there”. The rest of the guys are soaking this up and just sipping on their drinks. I would be too honestly.

Derek, James, Luke and Robby all don’t get on the group date. Alex comments that he’s excited to go on a date with “10 guys, 1 douchebag, a beautiful girl and himself”. More golden lines. Grant comments that he thinks Chad is going to say some comment and Alex is going to jump down his throat, which honestly isn’t too far off from my own prediction. Either that or Evan somehow gets punched, just due to his amazing snakiness towards Chad. You go Evan!

The group date is at a theater. And lo and behold, it’s a performance! My kind of date! Never mind, it’s a show called “Sex Talks” that makes the guys talk about their sex stories. This is gonna be amazing. But Chad doesn’t want anything to do with it. Somehow, Daniel is on the “right side” and trying to convince Chad that if he likes Jojo, just do at least a 1 minute long story. Chad, however, is getting VERY defensive, even against his best bro. Evan has decided to just call out Chad for his story. I BELIEVE IN YOU EVAN.

Grant’s story: 16 years old, wants to have sex and 30 seconds into it, has a spotlight on him. The cops put him in jail but the best part was that he got sex! He was adorably excited about this story.

Nick’s story: 16 years old and the first time he had oral he didn’t know what to do so he drew out the alphabet with his tongue. Gold.

They skip over some of the stories but they seem hilarious.

And Evan’s up! Alex is super excited for this. He starts talking about “the dangers of using steroids” – irritability, withdrawal from people, saying things like “the girl I’m trying to date is nagging me”. So he’s basically implying that Chad is using steroids. When Evan comes back, he gives Jojo a hug and Chad just grabs him by the shirt collar and pulls him back sharp. (Here, we finally learn that Nick is an Electrical Engineer!). So Chad does go up, and he says he needs a volunteer, so he calls up Jojo. He tries to kiss her on stage and she just straight up turns away. YES. PROGRESS. Alex: “Crash and burn brother!” On their way out, Chad just punches the door. Evan and Alex are chest bumping. So cute! But Chad walks and in and grabs Evan by the throat and says “Dude, you’re going to die”. What the hell dude?? And Daniel’s standing up for Evan, what?? Daniel’s like a new man! Meanwhile, Chad’s knuckles are bleeding from hitting the door. Jordan calls him out for roid rage.

They’re at dinner now and Jordan and Jojo are having their alone time. He opens up about his previous relationship. Next up is Alex, Vinny, Wells, and Nick. Chad saunters in and asks for some time, but Jojo immediately says “he just sat down”. Good job girl! Chad starts talking about how he’s not mad at Evan because of his story, but some nonsense about how Chad wanted to pass by him and Evan just pushed him away. He then starts talking about how he doesn’t ever “start anything”. Sure dude. Evan asks for an apology, and Chad starts telling Evan that Evan is bullying Chad and that he wants Evan to stay away from him. This just keeps getting more and more nonsensical. I can’t imagine that this isn’t scripted. Immediately, all the guys get up and walk away from Chad and Evan. Chad says that “Evan had his chance at love. He has 3 kids”, as though that validates that Evan shouldn’t be there?

Back at the house, Luke is spot on in guessing the group date isn’t going well. James T. gets the next individual date.

Chad’s still complaining that a lot of the guys have “no chance at all” and they’re “a parade of losers”. That being said, Chad is just hovering around all the alone time dates and spends his time bashing the guys individually. He’s giving her “a breather” apparently. Sure dude, that’s definitely what you’re doing. Chad’s turn and he immediately tells Jojo he didn’t want to come on the group date. She (obviously) seems taken aback. Evan then cuts off their conversation, and Chad is upset about it (as though he’s never done that to any of the guys). He straight up calls Jojo out and says that if Chad stays, that he wants to leave. Bold move. You really don’t see that happen often, I feel. Jojo is unhappy hearing this.

Before she hands out the rose, she wants to talk to Evan alone. SUPER CRAZY TURN OF EVENTS: She gives Evan the rose! WHAT? I was so sure the producers wouldn’t have it!

What’s Chad’s reaction going to be? I assume not good (per usual). Chad is giving dagger eyes, and Jojo point blank asks if he’s ok in the middle of her speech. He says “Is this real? Are you joking?” Oh goodness. Hopefully, she drops him like a fly tonight. She immediately calls him out for being disrespectful. She just gets up and leaves, which is probably not a good sign. Chad says “no girl on planet earth chooses Evan”. He’s super pissed. He says he wants to punch another door. Honestly, I’m very concerned for the guy’s health.

The next morning, Derek says he no longer feels safe sleeping in the same room as Chad. Shocking. Fun fact: There’s now a security guard on the premises to keep Chad in line. That’s always a good sign. Honestly, shame on the producers for allowing him to stay in the first place. If he’s endangering your other contestants, I don’t care what kind of show it is, dude’s got to go.

James T. and Jojo are on a date where they’re dressed in 1950s clothing.They’re going dancing! They meet an adorable old woman, that met her husband through dancing.

At the house, Daniel’s still being very sensible. Very weird. But good on you man! You’re changing my opinion! Please don’t mess it up. And OH MY GOODNESS, Daniel just called out Chad for being out of control! Dude’s on a roll! Good job buddy! I’m thoroughly impressed. And he just compared Chad to Hitler, Mussolini, Trump and W. Bush. Fantastic!

Back on the date, things are going well! But then Jojo’s being dumb and saying she doesn’t know if there’s any chemistry. Come on dude. Going for the bad boys is not the right thing to do. James opens up about being made fun of as a kid and how he defaults to setting girls he likes up with his best friend. That’s actually super endearing. GIRLS: Look for a dude who always looks out for you before himself! This kid is an absolute sweetheart.

At the house the next day, Chad is working out hard core. Nothing new. The rose ceremony is tonight and the guys are nervous. And Jojo decides that she doesn’t want a cocktail party tonight and go straight into the rose ceremony. The trade off is that she’s wanting an all day pool party. Personally, I feel like this wasn’t “Jojo’s decision”, but the “producer’s want ratings” decision. Chad is feeling jealous that the other guys get to see her in a bathing suit. “I can tell what she probably looks like in a bathing suit through her dress”. Not creepy at all… Evan immediately follows Chris (the host) out the door, and starts telling Chris about the issues with Chad. Chris pulls Chad aside afterwards, but Chad says none of the incidents have been his fault. Chris tells Chad he has to apologize, and Chad doesn’t take it well. Literally after that talk, he tells the camera that he’s willing to beat someone up if he needs to.

And of course, we end on that note! We’ll do “RB’s Psych Corner” and continue the drama tomorrow!


The Bachelorette Season 12: A Review (Part 2)

Episode 2! Let’s go!

Chad starts off saying how awesome he is. I have a feeling this confidence is going to be his down fall.

New rule: if you don’t get a rose on a one-on-one, you immediately get sent home. Goodness, that’s a lot of pressure.

Luke, Grant, Will, Evan, Daniel, Vinny, Ali, James F., Wells, and Robby all get a group date.

The guys run out to see a limo on fire and blowing up. a fire engine comes, and ABC is obviously up to their antics again. Obviously, dumb cheesy lines about how hot Jojo is follow.

Chad calls the guys who went on the date “B” material. I’m going to be real happy when this guy leaves. He then proceeded to full up a suitcase with weights and do pull ups with a weight belt. The men are not impressed and begin to call him a “meathead”. Personally, I feel like he would fit in well in “Jersey Shore”.

Meanwhile on the date, the 10 guys have to compete in a firefighter competition and then the top 3 get to compete for a personal date with Jojo. Grant, is in fact, a real firefighter. I feel like he might be at an advantage. Daniel makes a joke about “pulling hose at his apartment”. Gross. Wells, meantime is having an incredibly difficult time breathing and everyone’s noticing. But it gets him alone time with Jojo.

At the house, the boys have all composed an adorable song for Jojo, except for Chad of course who’s too cool for it.

Luke, Grant and Wells all end up in the final 3 to compete for Jojo’s extra time. Wells himself is laughing at himself being picked. He gets adorable points.

Grant (thankfully and would’ve been embarrassing for him) wins the competition and Luke doesn’t take it well. Especially when the kissing starts.

Jojo gives some scripted line about how Grant is a hero.

Back at the house, Derek gets the one-on-one. I’m pretty sure Jojo’s taking the previous Bachelorette’s advice and picking time with the guys who she is not too into.

Back at the group date, alone time with the rest of the guys begins. Wells is winning lots of points with his humor and gentleness! Go Wells!! Luke is still moping, but it’s also probably the editing. I trust ABC to make things unnecessarily nonsensical. But he starts talking about his previous relationships and starts seeming super genuine. Dude seems like he might just have possessiveness issues (in the real world of course).

So my money is on Wells for the rose. Annddd… I’m right! And Luke is pissed. He might be leaving tonight.

Derek is getting ready for his date, but he doesn’t really fit her “bad boy” or “overly nice and boring” guy quality, so he might be getting eliminated. That being said, he’s very sweet! Hope this works out for you kid. They have a weird gimmicky date and end up on a plane, heading towards San Francisco. She’s really liking him though and that’s a good sign for the normal people in the world!

Another scripted line and another kiss later, we end up back at the house with Daniel and Chad complaining about everyone being “too nice”. They both need to leave ASAP.

Jordan, Christian, Nick, James T., Alex, and Chad all have a group date. The three guys left out are bummed, but Chad brings in some real world wisdom by saying how “they’ve gone their whole lives without seeing Jojo. [They] can chill”. Dropping the wisdom bomb my man; except it is a competition, you know?

Jojo and Derek are on a dinner date and she’s really into him. Good for you girlie! Go for normal! He’s also a super solid listener. That’s hard to find. It’s too many good things on a date man. It’s making me very suspicious. But he gets the rose, so that’s great!

New group date and they’re at the ESPN studios. Update: everyone hates Chad. Big surprise. The competition is basically a touchdown dance with a  rose. Chad’s coming in with saying the best thing about Jordan is Aaron Rodgers; the worst thing is that he’s not Aaron. This dude is fundamentally rubbing me the wrong way. These editors are geniuses but they can only work so much with the material they have and this material is GOLD. Next game, circles on a bat 10 times, and make a proposal to Jojo. This might be my favorite game so far. Chad, on the other hand, is being a party pooper..and then called her naggy. WHAT???

MEN. MORE INFORMATION. NEVER USE WORDS TOWARDS A WOMAN THAT ARE INHERENTLY SEXIST. COME ON DUDE. Meanwhile, Jojo is questioning whether Chad is a good guy. In the real world, I would have put Jojo in a house and locked her away from this guy. She’s clearly losing her mind. Chad’s lost his mind thinking he’s got it in the bag as well. Somehow, he get’s second though. I’m starting to feel the same way about Chad that I feel about Trump, which is that I’m not gonna waste my time talking about nonsense.

Back at the group date dinner, alone time is on. James T. managed to bring Jojo to tears with his heartfelt note. Personally, I can’t disagree.

Chad, of course is complaining about everyone. For someone who claims he doesn’t know her, he definitely keeps deciding what she does and doesn’t like. I would be so terrified looking back on this airing if I were Jojo. Yet, somehow she called him honest, but at least she called him out for over-compensating. But, it seems like Jojo’s not really into him so maybe she has some brain left after all. The rose goes to…James! Thank god it’s not Chad. And he’s obviously very pissed. But James T. is so obviously over joyed, it’s really adorable.

Back at the house, the group is wondering what happened on the group date and where Chad is. Great question; he’s bombarded Jojo before the rose ceremony to pull her aside and have a private chat and kiss with her. Take about a faker. I really hope she doesn’t fall for it.

The guys confront Chad. Woot! And the dude has the shadiest responses ever. Daniel is on Chad’s side, which means Daniel needs to go too.

Chase didn’t get a date this week so he makes an adorable mini-date with fake snow and mittens complete. Very creative! Plus points, and Jojo’s obviously into it.

Chad cuts into Alex’s date, just to piss the other guys off. No bueno. He gets surrounded by the men again. I sense a fight again. But he leaves to go hang out with best buddy Daniel. This time he cuts off Evan’s conversation. Evan’s real mad and the guys are pretty riled up for him. FIGHT. FIGHT. FIGHT. FIGHT. So early in the season as well! Alex decides to confront him, and at this point, Chad really gets in his face and says Alex is “going to lose his teeth”. This dude needs to be in jail.

For real, I’m going to be so disappointed if Jordan S. has to go (Bachelor superfan). This dude’s commentary is so on point. He’s genuinely my favorite lines.

Elimination round!

First rose: Alex
Second Rose: Christian
Third Rose: Robby
Fourth Rose: Luke
Fifth Rose: Chase
Sixth Rose: Jordan
Seventh Rose: Grant
Eight Rose: Ali
Ninth Rose: Daniel
Tenth Rose: James F.
Eleventh Rose: Nick
Twelfth Rose: Vinny
Thirteenth Rose: Evan
Fourteenth Rose: Chad

That means those eliminated are: James S., Brandon, and Will. I’m really upset about this, but hopefully Chad’s gone soon.

RB’s Psych Corner

Honestly, at this point, I’m fairly convinced that Chad is actually a wife beater with some serious childhood issues. His hypocrisy coupled with his extreme moods indicate that he has serious self-confidence issues, despite him telling us many, many times how confident he is. This is furthered by his individual criticism of every one of the men around him. The only way he seems to be able to feel masculine is to tell himself why the others aren’t, as well as validating why Jojo needs a man like him and saying what she does and doesn’t need. This is further indicative of a personality who objectifies women to the extreme. In other words, women are objects, don’t touch my stuff, I will beat you to a pulp if I feel my manhood is threatened. RED FLAGS EVERYWHERE. Ladies, take note on what TO avoid in this show.

As for everyone else: I’d love to say I have them figured out, but Chad has so much airtime with his general nonsense that I haven’t gotten a solid down yet. Hopefully, he leaves soon so I get some practice in!

I guess it’s two episodes next week so be prepared!

The Bachelorette Season 12: A Review (Part 1)

Hello People. Are you ready for the apocalypse? Because your favorite blogger has decided to do a pop-culture review of this season’s “The Bachelorette”. Why? I accidentally got sucked into the ridiculousness of last season’s “The Bachelor” (Seriously…they were all annoying EXCEPT for Jojo! She was too good for him anyways), and haven’t stopped complaining since (also my first time watching “The Bachelor”) So! I figured why not rant on here? So what I’ll be doing is AS I’m watching the newest episode (hopefully live), I’ll be recording my thoughts in a review-type format. It might not make sense now, but it will once you read it. Also, be very prepared for  a very different perspective than what you’re used to seeing for this show.

I’d also take a look at this article because I feel like Linda Holmes might be my reality television spirit animal – Parade Of Goofballs 2016: Can JoJo Find A Prince In A Haystack? The title itself should be a dead give-away to the amazingness. Anyways, let’s begin!

Just a quick recap, Joelle “Jojo” Fletcher, is a 25 year old from Dallas, TX. She’s a Real Estate Developer. I don’t think anything else is important for the superficiality this show already presents.

So, we open with a re-cap of last season with Ben being his kind, but unbelievably boring self, but Jojo being amazing. Nothing new there. He lied to Jojo, but seriously, it’s “The Bachelor”, what did you expect?

We move forward to Jojo trying to convince herself that she’s moved on with some terribly choreographed shots in a garden and at the beach. These producers are actually the worst. She ends with “Bring on the men!” which for some inexplicable reason, made me smile.

So, let’s “bring on the men!” Real talk, Jojo has these perfect turtle earrings, and they just make me love her more. I can’t figure out what had to happen in her childhood to make her thing being on this show was a good idea…

1. Grant is a firefighter. Of course. He’s 28 and from SF, CA. He seems pretty genuine and educated so far. Let’s hope he doesn’t disappoint me too fast.
2. Jordan is a “Former Pro Quarterback”. He’s 27 and from Chico, CA. AARON RODGER’S BROTHER. As a football fan, I’m already his fan. He sees like he’s pretty responsible, so good for you buddy!
3. Alex is a US Marine. He’s 25 from Oceanside, CA. He’s got some weird “Top Gun” thing going on. He’s also a twin? I anticipate something weird potentially happening with that down the line.
4. James is a “Bachelor Superfan”. What kind of people does this show attract? He’s 27 from Pheonix, AZ. We got some people from outside of CA now! He’s also pretty weird… He’s like stalker-material right off the bat.
5. Evan is an “Erectile Dysfunction Specialist”. He’s 33 from Nashville, TN. This guy used to be a pastor, but he won my approval with his line: “I found a different way to lift people’s spirits”. HA. Good on you guy. I’m praying these puns continue. For a guy who’s excited to put “a pep in other guy’s steps”, he sure has a very somber walk. Which somehow, doesn’t match how excited he gets when he talks about Jojo. Whoa man. He even has “mojo for Jojo”. This is fantastic.
6. Ali is a bartender. He’s 27 from Santa Monica, CA. His family has immigrated from Iran, and his family seems to fill the typical immigrant stereotype – doctors and dentists. I’m sure he’s the disappointment of the century. I can relate being from an immigrant family as well. I feel you bro. On the other hand, his eye brows are pretty crazy.
7. Christian is a Telecom Consultant. He’s 26 from LA, CA. Right off the bat, he’s super peppy. And a little too into exercise it would seem. But a self-proclaimed geek, so let’s see how that works out. I’m usually a fan of geeks and dorks (being one myself) but self-proclaimed beefy dudes hardly are. He’s got a very sympathetic story about being bi-racial in a racist family. It tugs at the heart-strings, but I’m sure that’s what it was intended to do. Even more tugging-ly, he’s apparently raising his two brothers all by himself. He seems super grounded though, so that’s good!
8. Luke is a “War Veteran”. He’s 31 from Burnet, TX. On top of being a veteran, he’s apparently living a second-life as a rancher, with an entire pose leaning against a bright red barn. Let’s see where that goes.
So I guess there’s some weird editing thing going on where now she starts meeting all these introduced men? Already I’m seeing there’s going to be two types of guys. Idiots and non-idiots. Then again, I assume it’s the same every season? My favorite picks so far: Jordan, Evan, and below that, Christian!

So she meets Jordan first, who tells her that his parents got married after a couple of months and are married for over 30 years. That’s some good encouragement bud!

Derek is next. Who the hell is Derek?? Apparently, he’s not good enough to get a video?
9. Derek is a commercial banker. He’s 29 from Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Apparently he’s got Jojo’s attention with his looks. He mentions how
much he loves how grounded she is.
Grant’s next. He talks about how he’s not going to “be like Ben” and fall in love with 2 people at once. Why would you bring that up bro?? You don’t WANT to be associated with the guy who broke her heart! James swings up forgetting to mention his own name briefly. Good move. He does say “I didn’t come here for a rose, I came here for a relationship”. Super cheesy dude.
10. Robby is a former competitive swimmer. He’s 27 from Jacksonville, FL.
I’m biased towards his name…but he’s also immediately carrying a
bottle of wine. This either goes really good or really bad. He gives me
a bad feeling though. Oh wait, it’s justified – he’s offered her a chug
straight from the bottle… weird..
Alex swags in with a simple “wow” towards Jojo. He’s super polite but also forgets to give him name, followed by claiming how nervous he is.
11. Will is a civil engineer. He’s 26 from Jersey City, NJ. Will comes in
with notecards and promptly drops them all on the floor, calls himself
a train wreck, and then starts reading his notecards out of order. It’s
a cute quirkiness. I’m rooting for him!
12. Chad is a Luxury Real Estate Agent. He’s 28 from Tulsa, OK. I only know
Tulsa from Friends. That seemed like pertinent information, but I’m not
sure why. Chad is obviously not much of a talker. He’s going in my
idiots category off the bat.
13. Daniel is “Canadian”. He’s 31 from Vancouver. Far be it from be to tell
you how being Canadian is a profession, but at least we have a decent
chance of having someone amazing now!
Ali just looks like a goner in his first shot. But at least he makes a good first impression! …And now a guy with a guitar pops up out of nowhere. And it’s a terrible song…
14. James-Taylor is a singer-songwriter. He’s 29 from Katy, TX. This is
seriously, such a bad song. Poor Jojo keeps saying it’s good… I think
she sustained some brain damage from that noise.
15. Jonathan is a Technical Sales Rep. He’s 29 from Vancouver. And now we
have an Asian man in a kilt. Honestly, I have hope for the Canadian
team..kinda. His reasoning is that he’s half Chinese and half Scottish.
Apparently, his half-Scottish side is “below the waist”…he might have
just lost my vote with such a crude joke as a first impression. What
happened to being a respectful Canadian? He then tells her that he’s
not wearing any panties either… good lord…
He’s also very clearly making an impression with the other guys as well. Daniel’s apparently very upset with this as well. The kilt is apparently the equivalent of telling someone to “f— me”. What? Daniel that doesn’t even make sense dude. Seems like someone’s getting a little intimidated… by a guy in a kilt?
16. Saint Nick is literally “Father Christmas”. He’s 33 from the North Pole according to his bio. His laugh is literally “Jo-jo-jo-jo-jo”. Seriously ABC? Isn’t this a big gimmicky? He even has a present! What??

EDIT (6/6/16): We now know his real name is Nick B. and he is an Electrical Engineer! He’s 33 from Carthage, Illinois.
And goodness gracious Daniel has a mouth on him. he’s very unhappy with Santa and has some very choice, child-inappropriate words for him. Jordan was a perfect sweetheart about it. Still my favorite dude.
17. Chase is a medical sales rep. He’s 27 from Highlands Ranch, CO. He’s
got a VERY fake mustache on, with a lot of accompanied mustache puns
going on.
Meanwhile, Robby’s pointing out that there’s 2 types of guys here – the “classier” type that are probably more Jojo’s type, and the gimmicky type that are grabbing Jojo’s attention. Can’t agree with you more here buddy. As he’s saying classy, we pan to –
18. Jake is a landscape architect. He’s 27 from Playa Vista, CA. That’s it.
For gimmicky, we go to –
19. Sal is an Operation’s Manager. He’s 28 from Fort Lauderdale, FL. He has
blue balls – literally. He tells her that if she’s feeling stressed, he
can “squeeze his blue balls” and gives her blue stress balls.
and Robby then says that some guys say some cheesy lines and we pan to-
20. Coley is a real estate Consultant. He’s 27 from Chicago, Il. He hopes
to “take Jojo off the market”. But this dude looks like such a sleaze-
ball, I’m not entirely sure that’s going to happen.
and then some guys don’t have much to say at all –
21. Brandon is a “Hipster”. He’s 28 from LA, CA. He also doesn’t have a lot to say.
Robby basically summed it up pretty nicely. Good job dude!

James, The Bachelor Superfan shows up, and then Daniel says the line “There’s a lot of studs here…If I was gay, I’d be in paradise!”. That sums him up well. I’m very quickly learning to dislike him.
22. Nick S. is a software salesman. He’s 26 from SF, CA. He comes in, does the splits, and starts waltzing with Jojo! I personally find it adorable, but there’s a lot of commentary coming in from the other contestants and they’re not happy about this.
23. Vinny is a barber. He’s 28 from Delray Beach, FL. He says he didn’t
have time to pick up champagne, but he did prepare a toast. And it’s an
actual toast! Also cute. Other men still unhappy.
24. Peter is a staffing agency manager. He’s 26 from Chicago, IL. He brings
a giant heart and says he wants to be her “man crush monday”.
EVAN. He says “god bless america” when he sees her.
25. Wells is a radio DJ. He’s 31 from Nashville, TN. He proclaims that
she’s so out of his league the second he sees her. I’m gonna say not a
good start. Then he says he brought some friends. There’s 4 guys that
come out of the car, called “All for One” that start singing acapella
for her. He’s got that clutched!
Christian just rolled in on a motorcycle. She’s already proclaimed him the “bad boy”.

But wait, there’s more! Luke pulls up Jojo’s reference for her first impression with Ben. He rolls in on a white horse that he’s attached a horn to and proclaims that “he found her a unicorn!”. They’re really not pulling the stops here. He’s REALLY made a good impression on her!

Thank god! We’re done with the men now. Now onto the party!

There seems to be a consensus among the men that she’s the “hottest bachelorette ever”. That doesn’t seem to be scripted at all… They spend a good bit of time exploring her hotness. Chad remarks that her “dress is really bright”. I’m sure he’s not thinking of anything superficial at all. But it’s obviously reciprocal, because it seems that Jojo can only focus on the men’s mutual hotness.

One of the guys immediately pulls Jojo aside for some alone time. It’s Alex – the weird twin dude! (I can’t wait until elimination, so I don’t have to remember so many names). He’s already been called out for having a Napoleon complex, which might not be too far up since he starts doing push-ups for her immediately. Then again, the other guys seem to have their own issues too.

Derek’s up next. He’s proclaimed himself a nerd for “looking like Harry Potter”. That’s not a nerd dude.

Ali’s winning my favor with his cute humor though. Slowly, the guys meet her one by one and it doesn’t seem to be going well for anyone.

And then we get to JORDAN. This dude is smooth as hell. He’s already moving his hand up and down our shoulder. Real life, this shit would creep me out. But I guess it’s SUPER working for Jojo. There’s even hand holding going on! SCANDALOUS.

Will does a cute little fortune paper thing and gets a kiss, but apparently Jojo’s not digging it.

Jordan comes back in and goes for a HARD CORE kiss. Even more scandalous!

I’m not really caring about anyone else since they don’t have little name tags attached, and it’s too hard to remember their names.

Time for this thing called the “First Impression Rose”. I guess that means you can’t be eliminated that week. My money’s on Jordan.

Chad does a little mumble a says, “I have feelings…shut up.” Real mature dude… So it’s Chad’s turn now. He apparently comes off as vulnerable, and Jojo’s really into it. Literally watching him, on the other hand, I feel like throwing up. He continues to talk about how he’s a manlier version of Ben. He’s obviously super fake and pulling this superficial macho man thing. Guys, I can not explain this to you any more clearly. If you want an intelligent girl, DO NOT ACT LIKE A MACHO MAN. YOU COME OFF AS A DOUCHE. Moving forward…

Daniel’s not having a good time trying to explain a “Damn Daniel” joke. R.I.P. Brother…

Everyone’s starting to get pretty drunk… Things are definitely about to get interesting. I’m noticing Daniel has a SUPER Canadian accent. And then starts poking people in the belly button. Not good man. And now he starts stripping. Jojo really wants him to put clothes on. Instead, he’s jumped into the pool. Evan’s clearly got a good head on him. He’s really upset about the belly button thing though.

Ali is ADORABLE. He says he understands there’s a lot of pressure, but there’s better ways to deal with it than getting hammered. You go buddy! AND NOW HE’S PLAYING BEETHOVEN FOR JOJO. HELLZ YES.

Fun tangent: Saint Nick actually turns out to be very handsome. And apparently very normal. Good for the joke man!

James-Taylor is making a great impression too, talking about Texas with his Texas accent and what not.

As the show progresses, I’m realizing Jojo is very sweet, but not very smart..but incredibly personable! I guess that’s what you need in a Bachlorette?

Luke has a “silent, sexy confidence”. That’s good?


I’m sure you can figure out the main points of the show from my all caps points.

At this point, we’re in an hour into a 90 minute show.

Chad’s talking about Jordan being a not great guy, an how he’s obviously still better. I have no idea what world he’s living in at this point.


So there are 25 guys, and only 20 get a rose. My money’s on the following staying – 1. Jordan (obviously), 2. Chad (because you need a douche), 3. Ali (we need not-white people), 4. Evan (he’s too smart to let go immediately), 5. Luke (she liked him too much), 6. Alex (she has a thing for servicemen), 7. Christian (bad-boy turned nice thing going on?), 8. James-Taylor (token Texas person), 9. Saint Nick (he’s too weird to let go), 10. Robby (his commentary was too spot on and he got too much air-time), 11. Wells (he has a freaking acapella group), and 12. it pretty much doesn’t matter at this point but let’s go with Vinny just because. 13 – 20. Everyone except Daniel, Jonathan, Chase, Coley, and Brandon.

Right before the first rose is given, a random stranger walks in! Who is it??? Jake Povelka, a former Bachelor, and apparently a close family friend of Jojo’s? It’s of course a ploy by ABC to add random suspense for no reason. He just came to reassure her. I hate your ploys ABC. It’s only episode 2 and I’m already tired of you. Be prepared for me to break-up with you after this season.

First Rose: Luke
Second Rose: Wells
Third Rose: James-Taylor
Fourth Rose: Grant
Fifth Rose: Derek
Sixth Rose: Christian
Seventh Rose: Chad
Eight Rose: Chase
Ninth Rose: Alex
Tenth Rose: Robby
Eleventh Rose: Brandon
Twelfth Rose: James F.
Thirteenth Rose: Ali
Fourteenth Rose: Saint Nick
Fifteenth Rose: Will
Sixteenth Rose: James S.
Seventeenth Rose: Vinny
Eighteenth Rose: Evan
Ninetieth Rose (and final): Daniel

So those eliminated were: Jake, Jonathan, Coley, Peter, Nick, and Sal.

Next episode, let’s go!

Kakapos: The Tubbiest, (Not-so) Little Bird You’ve Ever Seen

Howdy again! Today we’re going to talk about the world’s largest, flightless parrot. I’m sure many of you didn’t even know there was such a thing, because I sure as hell didn’t. The kakapo or the Strigops habroptila [1] is also known as the Owl parrot and is indigenous to New Zealand. Currently, this fancy parrot is on the IUCN’s red list, which means it is “Critically Endangered”. This is an improvement from before, as in 1996 the bird was officially labeled as “Extinct in the Wild”.

The Kakapo – which is oddly also nocturnal – is primarily a vegetarian who breeds every 2-5 years. The mating season lasts for 3 months from January to March, with male birds calling to the females each night. Interestingly, the male’s call is a low frequency boom, that can travel several kilometers! [2] (If you’d like the hear it: you can do so here [3]). Once the eggs are laid, in batches of 1-4 eggs, the female attends to the eggs and eventually chicks. Shockingly, though the females take 6-11 years to mature, the birds can live up to 90 years! [1]


Nest containing 2 eggs and a new-born chick


This is Manu! In this picture, he’s 18 days old. 


Look at Manu growing up! He’s 75 days old.


This is Alice. She’s feeding her 12-day old chick!


Alice’s baby is growing fast! He’s 45 days old now. 

There is some speculation that the Owl Parrot is the longest-living species of bird, and originally used to be the size of a present day parrot (and used to be able to fly). However, New Zealand, the bird’s natural habitat – did not have mammals for thousands of years and thus the bird evolved to gain significant weight, lose its ability to fly, and actually became and avid hiker! [2] The Kakapo thus, used to be abundant throughout all of New Zealand without any real predators around, but after human colonization in the area, the population dropped to 18 male birds in 1976. By some small miracle, 150 additional birds were found in 1977 on a different island, which by 1988 had dropped to 61 birds. These remaining birds were transferred to different islands and in 1999, a recovery breeding program began with 50 individuals out of a population of 26 females and 36 males. From 2005 to 2009, the population increased from 86 to 114. Population numbers have been on a slow rise since then under heavy micromanagement. [1]

If you’d like to get involved and help out this (not-so) little guy, or just learn more about him, you can go to the Kakapo Recovery Program here [4].

I also highly recommend this video by “Mission Kakapo Copulation” available here [5] or here [6].

Remember, if you haven comments or questions, you can reach us at, or at our twitter and tumblr @newagestudent.

Otherwise, I hope everyone enjoyed this adorable article and look forward to more!



Advice: Virgin Guilt

Hi everyone! It’s been a while and a very, VERY busy few months. There will be a  startling announcement coming out sometime in June (hopefully), so I hope you guys are ready for that!

In the mean time, we have our first user-submitted advice column! If you have questions or need advice of your own, you can always email us at In the mean time, let us commence!


Q: “I know virginity is a social construct, but I lost mine to someone I regret losing it to. It’s been years but it still bothers me. How do I move past this experience?”

RB: First of all, let me begin with this – in life, there are always going to be things people tell you are right and wrong. The thing is, what is right for someone, may be wrong for someone else. Furthermore, virginity is absolutely a social construct. Although we make it seem like the person you lose your virginity to is incredibly important and you shouldn’t do it unless you are madly in love and dedicated to that person, quite honestly, not only is that not true or fair, but frankly, it’s not healthy. I’m not saying that you should start sleeping around the second you hit puberty, but if you feel like you want to have sex and you are comfortable with the person you’re doing it with, then by all means, you should. I know plenty of people who have waited until their mid to late 20s and I know an equal amount of people who lost their virginity in high school. Society has this weird rule that the second you turn 18, you should lose your virginity, but that’s not true. Those who waited until their late 20s, some of them mutually lost their virginity to their spouses while others were so overcome by the desire to just get the process over with, that they not only weren’t mature as adults, but also regretted the choice they made. The same thing can be said of those who lost their virginity in high school. In the end, these same people, years after the experience all agreed that it really didn’t matter who they lost their virginity to; it was just another aspect of life to move past.

Now let me tell you a personal story that exhibits this perfectly. My best friend lost her virginity when she was 19 to the first guy she was in a serious relationship with. This guy was significantly older than her, but also a virgin and pressured her into having sex. She conceded, but the relationship became toxic to the point that I remember her crying everyday because of some sort of emotional or mental abuse. In the end, they broke up but she kept telling me that she wished she hadn’t made such a stupid decision and had thought it out more. However, what was done was done, and although I told her to move past it and just look forward to a wonderful future with someone amazing she would find one day, that advice is easier said than done. Fast forward several years and she finally was stable(ish) enough to start dating again. She met this guy who was absolutely amazing and perfect for her. It turns out, he had the EXACT same baggage that she did and also had regret. This mutually terrible experience for both of them ended up turning into a huge bonding experience. They were able to relate to and support each other unlike most people around them. Today, this couple is engaged and soon to be married, and they tell me that their life experiences that were terrible at the time, actually turned into positives because they may not have ended up together without those experiences.

TLDR; I’m a strong believer in karma. If you’re a good person, and something bad happens to you, it might turn into a great lesson and experience in the end. It might just take some time to realize that. Once you do, you’ll be able to look forward to the future, knowing that something good will happen out of a terrible experience.


alwaysinspyred: If it weren’t for the staggering societal implications of virginity, moving past ‘losing your virginity’ wouldn’t be any harder to ‘move past’ than outgrowing your favorite pair of underwear or graduating high school; unfortunately, due to the great taboo of sexuality in U.S. culture (assuming you’re from the United States), virginity is drilled into the social consciousness as being this extremely significant thing (like the myth that female genitalia have some physical distinction between virgin and non-virgin). The truth is, once you break away from the idea that virginity is an essential aspect of your sexual identity or integrity, there’s really nothing holding it up anymore. Your sexual experience (or lack thereof) doesn’t EVER need to be discretely marked or placed on any kind of ‘experience’ or ‘purity’ scale. Sexuality is one of the most intensely personal and unique aspects of the human experience.

Having said all of that, as social creatures, we humans naturally use others (usually close friends/family) as reference points for judging whether or not we are making the right choices, especially for new experiences, which is why guilt about one’s sexual past is, in my experience, VERY common, in no small part because of the aforementioned stigmas. I can’t really offer advice any more unique to your situation, I do hope that this advice has helped. I firmly believe that anyone whose image of you is negatively affected by the way you lost your virginity simply has an immature sense of sexuality. I hope you can find peace from your experience and use it to help you grow.

TBI and Degenerative Brain diseases: What are they?

Hi everyone! So just a bit of a heads up, the format we’re going to be following in the next several articles is going to be a bit different. Each article is going to be a about a specific aspect of health and will eventually all culminate in how all these aspects relate to a specific medical condition. It’s important to me that these articles all be stand-alone for future reference, so the articles will be fairly broad to start off on, with definitions for many terms as footnotes. If you have further questions, you can always comment, OR Google is your friend. That being said, let’s begin! This first part in the series is about what are the commonalities about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Degenerative Brian Diseases (DBD) and what’s happening to your brain while this is going on.

These days, the more violent the sport, the more popular it’s becoming. Activities like MMA, UFC, kickboxing, and football are everywhere you look. But there’s something else in common with all of these activities – TBI. There’s currently a plethora of studies and attention being brought to this issue due to the release of movies like “Concussion”, and the general attention brought to the danger of football. Here’s the catch – a lot of the symptoms of TBI mirror those of DBDs, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

So what exactly happens with a TBI? When you get hit in the head too much, or really at all, the brain takes on mechanical damage, injuring its tissues, and also increases blood flow to the area. This leads to a chain reaction of feedback in the brain. The first is the accumulation of lactic acid due to anaerobic glycolysis¹. The ATP stores become depleted and this leads to a breakdown of the ion pumps in the brain. Simultaneously, increased membrane permeability, or the damaging the protective tissues around the brain is taking place. This causes the blood-brain barrier to become “leaky”, which causes molecules like potassium and chlorine as well as neurotransmitters like glutamate and aspartate to flood the brain. At the same time, the calcium-sodium pumps, which became dysfunctional during the first steps, become imbalanced and the combination of  all of these reactions leads to a depolarization in the system, which causes swelling in the brain. Simultaneously, the immune system in the body kicks in when the tissue in the brain is damaged, and micro-gleal¹ cells are activated and migrate to “plug up the holes” in the brain membrane. This is what causes the swelling in the brain. This swelling, can eventually lead to an edema² – the third step. When an edema forms, the extra calcium ions lead to an increased concentration of free radicals and fatty acids. The structure of the biological membranes and the nucleosomal DNA also changes.  During this same process, the micro-gleal cells are trying to eat cellular debris that occurred during the damage and this causes neural-inflammation. These three steps together lead to  the degradation of the membrane and ultimately, programmed cell death, a reaction the body has to destroy potentially pre-cancerous cells. All of this happens within a few hours of the initial injury. What we end up with as the final product is the accumulation of Amaloyd-Beta Plaques (ABPs). (1 and 2)


fighter with cerebral edema

What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s is the loss of cognitive function due to the death of nerve cells. There are 3 types of Alzheimer’s: familial, sporadic or late-onset (LOAD). Familial Alzheimer’s is caused by a mutation in 1 of 3 genes, which actually only accounts for less than 1% of all Alzheimer’s cases. The majority of cases are either sporadic or LOAD. Now, as we get older, we take damage little-by-little. ABPs form outside of micro-gleal cells and neurons and this disrupts the glucose and neurons. This whole system is a negative feedback cycle with more micro-gleal cells become activated as they sense more ABPs, accelerating the system of of ABPs in the brain. As these ABPs are deposited in the brain, they cause aggregate stress. The results are neuronal dysfunction and cell death, which end in dementia or Alzheimer’s. This not only accelerates the aging process by years, but also stops the creation of new memories. Within the neuron itself, is a protein called Tao, which transfers proteins and mitochondria from the axon to the synaptic cleft in the neuron. During trauma however, Tao proteins will aggregate and and damage functions, disallowing nutrients to get to the neuron. With a lack in nutrients, the synapses start dying, which is what stops the brain from creating new memories and destroying old ones. This all further atrophies the brain. (1 and 3)


Normal Brain vs. Alzheimer’s Brain PET Scan


Normal Brain vs. Alzheimer’s Brains


Process by which dementia takes place

Now an odd point that is going to come back in a much later article – Alzheimer’s has been linked with a lack of insulin in the brain, leading several to propose Alzheimer’s to be named “Diabetes Type III”. We’ll go more into that in the future! (3 and 4)

And finally, what is Parkinson’s? Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, which inhibits overall movement, due to the death of nerve cells. Parkinson’s mainly affects dopamine in cells in the part of the brain called the “substantia nigra”³, whose dying neurons produce less and less dopamine as the disease progresses. Furthermore, the presence of alpha-synuclein proteins, or Lewy bodies, in the mid-brain, brain stem and olfactory bulb are also indicative  of Parkinson’s. There are 4 main indicators of Parkinson’s: tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face, bradykinesia or slowness of movement, rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk, and postural instability or impaired balance and coordination. (5) There, however, is another type of Parkinson’s known as Parkinsonism. It is a disease that exhibit the 4 symptoms of Parkinson’s, but is not Parkinson’s. According to,

“Parkinsonism often has an identifiable cause, such as exposure to toxins, methamphetamine, trauma, multiple strokes, other nervous system disorders, or illness. Generally, Lewy bodies are not seen in parkinsonism. The term parkinsonism is also associated with disorders such as progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, Lewy body dementia, corticobasal degeneration, vascular parkinsonism, drug-induced parkinsonism, and parkinsonism secondary to infection and other causes (Hohler et al., 2012)”

Interestingly, methamphetamine users often have Parkinsonism and are at a higher likelihood to develop Parkinson’s. Now, the exact pathopsychology of Parkinson’s is not completely known. What we do know is that several factors cause Parkinson’s. First off is the most commonly known reason – the lack of dopamine. Dopamine is secreted into the synapse, crosses the synapse, and activates dopamine receptors. Unused dopamine is absorbed back into the presynaptic membrane, to be released next time. However, as an individual ages, they produce less and less dopamine. This lack of dopamine results in cell death. However, in Parkinson’s this process is accelerated. The decrease of dopamine also causes an eventual decrease in the production of glutamate, GABA, and serotonin. Dopamine decrease is not the only indicator of Parkinson’s however. As aforementioned, Lewy bodies are also present in Parkinson’s patients. Lewy bodies are an cluster of misfolded proteins that abnormally form within the neuron. How these proteins are related to Parkinson’s however, is uncertain. (6) As for Parkinsonism, the pathopsychology is unclear.



How dopamine travels through the neuron

Dopamine levels in a normal person vs. Parkinson’s patient

Dopamine levels in normal individuals vs. Parkinson’s patients

PET Scan of Normal Brain vs. Parkinson’s Brain

So what do all these disease have in common? If you’ll notice, all of the diseases end up with the production of ABPs. According to

“Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontal-temporal degeneration, prion disease, Huntington’s chorea, and motoneuron diseases are increasingly being realized to have common cellular and molecular mechanisms, including protein aggregation and inclusion body formation in certain areas of the nervous system.”

Essentially, the breakdown comes to this: When the brain experiences any kind of “stress”, whether that be external or internal, it begins to create ABPs. The creation of ABPs leads to a negative feedback cycle of more ABPs being created, and eventually, cell death in the brain. When brain cells are stressed, they release a protein that tells them to die. Sometimes, they don’t die immediately, but the more times they are stressed over time, the more “death targeting” proteins they release. This makes the cells more susceptible to death, eventually killing off large groups of cells that have undergone repeated stress. This process predisposes individuals to neurodegenerative diseases. TBIs and DBDs all have this in common: a large amount of ABPs and Tao proteins coming together to inflame parts of the brain. The only reason many exclude Alzheimer’s from the neurodegenerative diseases is because it is specifically age related, though as previously discussed, TBIs can affect the time-span in which you get a DBD. (1) Long story short, there’s still a lot to learn about DBDs and TBIs, but inflammation is generally bad. Be ready to learn more in the next article!


      1. Anaerobic respiration is the process of producing cellular energy without oxygen. Anaerobic respiration is a relatively fast reaction and produces 2 ATP, which is far fewer than aerobic respiration.

Anaerobic and Aerobic respiration

    1. Microglia are a type of glial cell that are the resident macrophages of the brain and spinal cord, and thus act as the first and main form of active immune defense in the central nervous system (CNS). Microglia constitute 10–15% of all cells found within the brain
    2. An Edema is a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.
    3. Substantia nigra is a brain structure located in the mesencephalon (midbrain) that plays an important role in reward, addiction, and movement.

      Substantia nigra in Normal brain vs. Parkinson’s brain



      1. Joe Rogan interview with Rhonda Patrick:
      3. Lectures by Enrique Cadenas
      4. Science Friday:

Unexpected Updates!

Hello All! So, I have some super exciting, quick news! We’re bringing on a new member to the team! I understand that this might be confusing as I’ve been using the word “we” for god knows how long… but now we will officially be a “we”! Our new author happens to be a very close, personal friend of mine! He’s brilliant and amazing and presents a very different perspective from me! I think this different perspective is actually incredibly important, because although the name of the blog is “The Opinions of a New Age Student”, there’s more than one kind of new age student. Our new Administrator takes a more meditative outlook than I do, which is super important to consider when looking at issues! At least in the beginning, most of his contributions will be in the political commentary spectrum and his first article is coming out hopefully within the week!

With that being said, make sure to stay on the look out, be excited, and make sure to follow us on Twitter @newagestudent and on Tumblr @newagestudent! You can also reach us at or comment on the section below!

Otherwise, I’m very excited for this unexpected development and I hope you guys are too!



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