By Trenton Paul
It’s that time again. Nick Viall is back for the fourth, yes FOURTH, time on the critically-acclaimed series The Bachelor to take another shot at love. At this point, it should just be dubbed “At It Again… with Nick Viall.”
This time around, the premiere episode did not disappoint. From getting advice from past seasons’ Bachelors Sean, Ben, and Chris, to watching Nick strip down to get in the shower, we were in awe – and that was just the first 30 minutes of the two-hour long episode!
Fast forward a bit to meeting the “Dirty Thirty” (after we get Nick’s shower scene out of our heads, of course). The ladies didn’t hold back their feelings, words, or actions upon meeting Nick and the other girls. We saw some out-of-the-box entrances like Sarah’s runner-up skit or Olivia’s Eskimo kiss – and that camel! We also heard some colorful language from this season’s basket of hopefuls like when Taylor told Nick her friends thought he was a P.O.S. upon laying eyes on him for the first time. Neil Lane – yeah, the diamond guy – also made a nice little cameo. It was definitely a premiere of firsts and I, along with millions of other viewers, am officially hooked.
The shade (and tension) only got worse when the ladies met each other inside the house. After what seemed like an awkward re-introduction after a long nine months, Liz, the doula from Las Vegas that has already slept with this season’s main man, walked inside the house while giving us the impression that Nick was a jerk who didn’t remember their heated night after Jade and Tanner’s wedding. We later found out that she blew him off after refusing to give him her number and never reached out to him in the time between their passionate evening and meeting him again at the door of the mansion.
Corinne, the 24-year-old business owner from Miami also gave us an impression – that she’s in this for the long haul, and none of the other girls are going to stand in her way. With her trusted tokens in tow, Corinne began to set the stage for her (possibly… er, hopefully season-long) performance, starting with stealing Nick back from another girl’s one-on-one and taking the first kiss of the season for herself.
Neither of these were the most outrageous, though. That award goes to Alexis, the 23-year-old dolphin (not shark) trainer from New Jersey. Clad in her very own dolphin/shark suit, and taking a dip in the pool during her one-on-one with Nick, Alexis “dolphinitely” left a mark in Bachelor history. After a while her shtick was getting old, so she asked to take the suit off, to which Nick replied “take it off and you’re going home.”
After meeting with most of the ladies, it was time for Nick to give out the first batch of roses. The first impression rose went to Rachel, the 31-year-old attorney from Dallas, who is likely to be the one that’s too good for this season. Maybe she’ll be the next Bachelorette? Perhaps. With that out of the way, and some of the ladies upset because they didn’t get a chance at a one-on-one due to time restraints (and sneaky ladies stealing Nick away from each other), it was time for the best part – when he sends some of them packing.
This season’s initial rose ceremony was a nail-biter, and the claws came out during the ladies’ private interviews. Despite the little drama, the good ones lived to see another week, including Alexis, Corinne, and Liz the “ditching doula.” Sadly, we saw some good girls go too: Olivia the Eskimo, Lauren, and Jasmine B were among the first group to say goodbye without as much as a chance to unpack their bikinis. It was bittersweet to see some of them get the boot, but this season is going to be one helluva ride according to the highlights we saw from future episodes (Finland?! Really?!)
So who are you looking to see stick it out this season? I can’t decide if I’m #TeamDitchingDoula or #TeamDolphinShark, but I know I’m excited to see what happens with Corinne and the rest of the ladies throughout the season. Only time will tell as we watch this season unfurl into the hot mess/scandalous/romantic season we’ve basically been promised.