Happy Bachelor season, loves!!!!! I had so much fun recapping the last seasons of Bach with you all! Now it’s Peter’s turn and I couldn’t be any more excited about this season. Let’s just pretend we’re all in a coffee shop together discussing the ladies and our handsome guy. The teasers this season are no less captivating than the last few, so there’s a lot to talk about. What did you all think of the girls? Have your favorite yet? Top three? Usually I feel like there are SUPER obvious standouts even after just the first episode. I’m not quiteeee thinking that yet this season, but that kinda makes it more fun.
Let’s talk first about who I thought the standouts were this week!
Madison – LOVE her! Madi seems super genuine, normal, and poised. I thought she seemed so comfortable with herself and like she had the perfect amount of confidence! That one-on-one set a high bar for the rest of the season!!
Hannah Ann – Hannah Ann makes this list because she definitely bothered me. I started the episode expecting to really like her – she’s so cute and looked promising! But she actually just annoyed me. She sounded super fake and “produced” to me. Also, when you kiss the guy, you can pretty much guarantee you’re making it to week two, so you might as well leave him alone at that point, if nothing other than to not make the girls hate you. I’m not at all surprised that she got the first impression rose, but I am sad. He definitely went with the obvious choice. And when Shiann tried to have a conversation with her, she was just SO cold. I don’t really expect her to be our “villain” this season, but she didn’t really get off on the best foot. Last note – did anyone else get Tiara vibes from her? Tiara from Sean’s season! They try to be so bubbly and warm and lovey when they’re with the lead, but then they’re pretty cold otherwise. Not sure if anyone else agrees. Keep ya updated on that thought.
Kelley – Ok this may be the uncommon opinion but I realllyyyyyyy liked Kelley!!! There’s a huge part of me that obviously sees how the producers helped their connection, but if they really did organically run into each other at that hotel (which they say), then I love this. It would be a really sweet thing to tell your kids (assuming you tell them about the bachelor LOL) that you met randomly before the set up and it was the real thing from day one. I also just think she’s cute and brings out an adorable side of Peter! I mean it’s totally obvious he really likes her, right??! I see a spark!! I would put her in my top four right now, but I do think the possibility stands that the initial excitement may wear off once he feels a spark with some more girls. I can totally see them together, though. I think their personalities mesh.
Victoria P – Victoria might be the least obvious standout on this list, but I really loved her! Peter was his hopeless romantic self around her. I just loved seeing him bring her flowers in the middle of her sentence. Who doesn’t want this? She also was just so ladylike and sweet throughout the episode. One of my faves for sure!
I also really like Alayah! I’m guessing we’ll see more of her in the coming episodes.
Night One Thoughts
I think Victoria F taught us that we should never bring up our entrance. I can’t think of another time that someone has brought it up to the lead and it’s been such a rough outcome. Yikes!
The entrances at this point are like 50% inappropriate. I understand the premise of the show, but I feel like these people just can’t think of any better way to introduce themselves and be memorable.
Did anyone else notice Peter sent 3/3 flight attendants home??
Okay now we get into the REALLY good stuff. I don’t even know where to start with this. I have so many feelings about Peter and about Hannah and about Peter and Hannah as a couple. First of all, I love them together. I always thought they were so playful and silly together on Hannah’s season. But then they also had great romantic moments. Based on what Peter has said in just one episode, he’s really looking for his best friend. He also LOVES the bold girls, and Hannah is nothing short of bold. In terms of the two of them right now on this episode, my emotions get really mixed. I definitely think the producers asked her to come out of the limo with the wings so that they had a good teaser video. And I’m sure it was another producer idea to have her lead a date. What was unexpected to EVERYone, maybe even including Hannah, was the emotional response that would follow. What disappoints me a little is that I feel like the crying was a bit misguided. My best guess based on the conversation between the two of them was that Hannah felt pretty lonely and regretful once she was at the date and realized that her opportunity to pursue Peter again had officially passed. I do not think that for the last several months before this she had been thinking of him and considering reaching out, because she didn’t. And he also didn’t. And I can come up with great reasons for why each of them didn’t. But that doesn’t help the fact that now she’s crying to him when he has started the show. My point is, I don’t think she was crying over Peter in that moment. I think she was just upset about how the last 6 months turned out after so many failed attempts with other guys. Nevertheless, it brings out EVERY loving feeling Peter has ever had for her. Which just breaks my heart a little bit. Unless I’m totallyyyy off and Hannah has been in love with him forever. But there’s another point we need to make here – this is seriously unprecedented in Bach history. The fact that we’re witnessing this conversation is insane. These things happen sometimes after a season ends, I assume, but we NEVER get to see it. And I don’t think it’s ever this extreme, when they both know this is their last moment to confess feelings – maybe EVER – and potentially have a life together. And it’s in such a raw moment, when the producers didn’t even expect to be getting that footage. It also begs more unprecedented territory, like maybe Peter wasn’t really over Hannah and ready to be the bachelor? There must be other leads in history who had a little bit of lasting feelings for the ex, but it seems like Peter is literally still perfectly in love with her, like they were together yesterday. When he walked in to toast with the ladies, he was so clearly affected from seeing Hannah that my sis and I were like… “oh my gosh, pull it together quickly!! Tell them you’re tearing up for any reason other than you’re upset Hannah didn’t just ask to stay!!”
Okay, that was a lot to process. Here are my resulting thoughts:
We know, just based on timing and logistics, Hannah could not have joined his season as a normal cast member. And if you guys have seen any interviews or press in the last few days, Peter has said that he doesn’t think anyone knows the ending/could spoil it. My takeaway from all of this is that he goes on as planned, and Hannah obviously went back to DWTS. But there still won’t be a “typical” ending to the season. Maybe Hannah has something to do with the teaser of Chris telling Peter they just found out about something? Or maybe Peter brings Hannah back right at the end? Or he doesn’t pick someone because no one compared in his heart to Hannah? Anyway, I am curious if Hannah will still be a presence on the show without actually being present. What if the producers ask Peter in an ITM about Hannah? This is seriously unprecedented, you guys! I have so many thoughts about this.
Speaking of “typical” endings, how come they are so rare now? Hannah’s ending was pretty normal, except that basically the whole Bach community already knew that Jed was terrible and they probably weren’t together. Colton’s finale was definitely unusual. Arie’s looked normal at first but quickly turned around. There is just so much new stuff these seasons! Changes are happening rapidly, and each season seems like it could possibly be nothing like the one before.
There’s a lot going on in my mind right now, but I think I covered everything I wanted to after watching the episode 2.5 times, lol! Let me know your thoughts! I wanna chat! Comment or message me on insta or anywhere else. See ya next week for another Bach talk!