‘The Bachelorette’ review: Shawn Booth drama, Chris Strandburg, Ben Zorn, and Kaitlyn Bristowe shockers

Ben -Tonight’s episode of “The Bachelorette” played out almost like a slow-motion replay. There was really not that much that happened, but the show tried to make it look like it was the most dramatic series of conversations EVER. After what we had last week, there were reasons to yawn as it took us almost the entire episode to make it to the end of the first Rose Ceremony.

The two-on-one date – We will give JJ at least a little bit of credit: Admitting that he cheated on his wife is something that he did not have to do on national TV, and to us this proves that he was not just there for fame or whatever else. Granted, that still was not enough to make him overtake Joe as a contender. Granted, we don’t really think that Joe is a lock to make it to the end of the show, either.

Shawn, Shawn, and more Shawn – Just how much is this story going to drag when it comes to Shawn? We totally understand that this guy is the favorite to win Kaitlyn’s heart, but this was so much regurgitation. We spent almost two whole episodes on just one series of dates in Dublin, Ireland, and that is a positively nutty thing to think about.

Finally, a rose Ceremony – After taking forever, both Tanner and Ben Z. were sent home. Ben’s exit was somewhat shocking, given that he just had the emotional elimination right before and we hoped that we were going to see him on the show for at least a little while longer. Is he still a Bachelor contender? We have to at least think so, at least for the time being.

Kilarney – We moved from here to a different part of Ireland, one where there was a big surprise awaiting some of the guys: This competition is completely changing! For the first time, the final four men are not going to have hometown dates. Instead, we are going from six men to three, and then they will have overnight dates in Ireland before hometowns take place.

Another elimination – The most emotional moment of the entire episode came courtesy of Chris “Cupcake” who demonstrated one of the most emotional ugly cries in the history of the entire series. The man’s heartbroken! Kaitlyn took off on the helicopter and left him! Can the cupcake car get him back home?

In the end, a strange and somewhat boring episode accented by a few moments. We’re not sure how much of this we’ll remember.

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