This was the first time in Bachelorette history that I almost fell asleep during the episode. It’s not just new parenthood that has sucked my energy away. We CLOSED on the sale of our old apartment today!! A major milestone and a bittersweet moment. The buyers are a cute older couple whose children are all grown up and they are looking to downsize from their suburban home. The greatest part was that they met in sleep-away camp, like me and The Husband. I take this as a sign that all was right in the universe with deciding to part ways with my beloved Apartment 9F. My father drove in today to help me take Ellie to the closing. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier to have him just babysit in our apartment than take a 3 month old to a legal proceeding. That said, Ellie was relatively calm minus a 25 minute crying spurt before she finally fell asleep. Plus the closing took place at the Empire State Building – her first New York City landmark.
Speaking of milestones, this past weekend, The Husband and I made it through another one – we left Ellie for the first time for almost 36 straight hours. My parents agreed to babysit as one of The Husband’s best friends got married in Brooklyn to a lovely woman in one of the most fun loving weddings of all time (check out #SaraPalan2014 on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram for pics). We spent the day in Brooklyn attending a family lunch with a few hours to kill before the wedding guests met up at a laid back outdoor bar as part of the pre-wedding festivities. Highlights included meeting the bride and groom’s great family and out of town friends, buying a pair of $15 jeans at a thrift shop because I was cold in my dress and finding a $10 bill in the pocket after I walked out of the store and getting waved to by Bill DiBlasio, NYC’s mayor, who was marching in the Gay Pride Parade. We had no idea that there was going to be a parade or that Bill would be there, but both were fun to witness. I was doing ok with the separation from Ellie until I started talking to the baby daughter of one of our friends at the wedding and was overcome with sadness at how much I missed my own baby. I also realized that I am still a complete hormonal mess as almost every segment of the wedding brought tears to my eyes.
We didn’t get to celebrate The Husband’s first father’s day for more than a few minutes as the wedding was the same day, but he did get a book of photos of him, Ellie and Wally along with cards from all three of us. It still amazes me how emotional The Husband can become after reading a Father’s Day card from Wally. Like he thinks the dog actually wrote it. It chokes him up.
Completely forgot The Bachelorette was on tonight until just now, so will briefly cover what was a pretty dull episode. I’ll also just mention quickly that our DVR froze on Andi and the basketball coach’s big kiss at the end of their date. It took us almost 25 minutes to figure out how to see the rest of the episode and we even had to reset the entire cable box in between. I thought maybe that’s how the season ends – Andi just chooses Brian right there and then with that kiss so it was over and there was no need to explain or show any other footage.
First off, at the closing, my real estate broker, Greg, who also happens to be an old friend from growing up, mentioned that this season seems to lack that certain excitement. He thinks the show has become pretty routine – there are no surprises anymore. Totally agree about this season. Though I like a handful of the guys, I’m a bit bored, frankly. Especially in this “in between” time when there are more than 3 guys left and I could easily eliminate about 6 of the remaining dudes for her. Let’s recap briefly:
We had the first one on one with Josh the baseball player who Andi doesn’t trust. She’s used to getting screwed by jocks. Literally. But Josh flashes his very white teeth and tells Andi not to judge him. He’s misunderstood of course and would NEVER hurt her. I vote Josh as “most likely to have 3 girlfriends back home that he’s texting with.” Although in his cameos he does seem very sincere and he’s the most clearcut handsome guy there. I loved the outtake of the bird crapping on his shoulder. It made me like him a little bit more. I like that Andi has her guard up. He’s still a very aggressive kisser and it makes me a bit nauseous. But you can see that there chemistry is the strongest.
The Mime group date was ridiculous. So ridiculous, that the episode had to focus on ANDREW the VILLAIN and whether he made racist remarks that were insulting to Marquel. The Pantsapreneur raised this issue to Marquel and the poor guy was in tears over it. I actually had a lot of respect for how Marquel handled the whole thing. He gathered his thoughts together and confronted him (why on earth it was in front of the other guys, I have no idea). What else would Andrew do but deny it? He’s on television – is he really going to admit to saying such horrible things? If only the cameras / microphones could have verified whether this had in fact happened. Can’t Chris Harrison cut in and threaten Andrew with the footage unless he ‘fesses up to it? Would the Pantsapreneur just make this up? I don’t know about you, but I certainly won’t lose any sleep tonight about this. I’ll lose sleep for other, baby related reasons, but not this. I do think, however, that Marquel seemed like a decent, controlled guy who handled himself with extreme class. I’m sure people will be throwing his hat into the ring to be the first African American Bachelor.
The other ridiculous issue raised on the group date was Nick’s behavior. I don’t quite understand how he so greatly offended Cody, but either the others are threatened by him or Nick really is a cocky jerk. You could just see how his poem melted Andi’s heart, so he’s a smart, cocky jerk at the very least. I agree that group dating is not a natural phenomenon and that Nick is probably not in his element in being a mime on a group date. Most people would probably not thrive in such an environment.
I felt really bad for Brian the Basketball Coach during the cooking portion of their date. He just seems like a nice, salt of the earth, small hometown kind of guy that everyone is rooting for. I’m not sure he’s sophisticated enough for Andi. Poor guy did not seem to read her signals throughout the date until their second dinner. She would probably get bored of him long term, but I hope she gives him a good chance. He’s definitely the “nice guy” of the group and I really like him. Good potential for next Bachelor if he doesn’t get picked.
Couple of thoughts and then I’m turning in:
(1) Chris Harrison’s conversation with Andi at the beginning of the episode was insanely useless. What was the purpose of that? Filler? He basically asked her if she was falling in love with more than one person, to which she responds with one of her annoying and loud, “SUH – TOP!” exclamations that drives me nuts. It almost looked like he was approaching her for a date in Marseille, which may have been the most interesting part of the entire season.
(2) I loved Andi’s dress at the rose ceremony tonight. She went for a pulled back pony tail on the evening portion of the group date and she might be the first Bachelorette who wore a pony tail as an evening hairstyle. I actually respect that.
(3) She’s very attracted to Josh, Marcus and Nick. We can pretty much eliminate Cody and Chris the Farmer (even though I love the farmer) because while at least Chris is adorable, she’s already labeled them as “really nice guys,” which means she’ll eventually get rid of them. Dylan looks really sad most of the time and I don’t think he’s gonna get out of that funk any time soon. Poor guy has such a tragic family history that I’m not sure he’s ready to settle down before working out his feelings a bit more. I like the basketball coach but he’s going to need to step up his game if he wants to stay around Andi. I don’t see JJ staying around too much longer either – he’s too quirky for her and she’s not attracted to him.
That’s all I have to say. Except that I still like the Basketball Coach best as well as Josh and Chris the Farmer of course. Actually, I need more vetting of Josh. Marcus has already dropped the “I’m falling in love” line which may be too early at this point in the process for Andi to appreciate. So that’s it. I’m tired. It’s late. Time to go.
I hope you all got through tonight’s episode awake and that your DVRs did not freeze up on you. What did you all think of tonight’s episode? Any new favorites?