It was a night of familiar faces for “Bachelor” fans. Matt and Katie pranked Tyler Cameron; Heather Martin from Colton Underwood’s season returned.
It’s no secret that drama and ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ go hand in hand, but this week’s episode reached new levels of mean.
It was an evening of familiar faces returning in surprising ways for fans of ABC’s The Bachelor franchise.
But first, there was some looming drama to attend to: last week’s episode ended in a cliffhanger, awaiting the fate of Jessenia and MJ, who faced a short but tense 2-on-1 with Matt.
Jessenia maintains that MJ was the source of drama between the original and newer contestants; MJ says she was a peacekeeper who “leads by example.” Matt says the decision is difficult because he’s developed relationships with both women, but ultimately MJ is sent home.
A few minutes later, Matt also says goodbye to Magi and newbies Brittany and Ryan. With four of the five new contestants and most of the culprits behind that drama gone, it appears we’re in for more smooth sailing now, right?
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Nah, what’s the fun in that? Serena C. blames Katie for this season’s drama of old contestants bullying the new ones, since she’s the one who mentioned bullying to Matt in the first place. And another new face arrives, although loyalviewers may recognize her.
When Heather Martin appeared on Colton Underwood’s 2019 season of “The Bachelor,” she was introduced as a 22-year-old Californian who had “never been kissed.”
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In comes Heather Martin, the contestant from Colton Underwood’s season who had never been kissed (until Underwood smooched her during a 1-on-1). She’s best friends with former “Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown, who spent some time in quarantine with Matt. Matt, of course, became the “Bachelor” star because of his roommate and best friend, Tyler Cameron, who was Hannah’s runner-up (what a tangled web these reality stars weave!)
Hannah thinks Heather and Matt would make a perfect match, so Heather quarantines and gets multiple COVID-19 tests before she can enter the “Bachelor” bubble for a chance to talk to Matt.
A 1-on-1 date with Pieper is sweet but mostly uneventful, save for her confessing she’s falling in love with Matt. He doesn’t return the sentiment, but he’s still excited to spend more time with her and gives her a rose. At the group bowling date, Michelle, who emerges as a bowling queen and our favorite contestant, nabs the group-date rose.
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The “Bachelor” alumni returns continue: Tyler, who became a fan favorite after appearing on the show last year, shows up for a chat with Matt, and advises his friend to stay open to relationships that haven’t progressed as far, noting his relationship with Hannah was a slower burn. (We still can’t believe he lost to Jed Wyatt, but that’s another story.)
Tyler Cameron, “Bachelorette” alum and Matt James’ best friend, makes a surprise visit on “The Bachelor.”
(Photo: Craig Sjodin, ABC)
Matt and Katie head off to the resort spa for their date, where Matt reveals they’ll prank Tyler. Tyler thinks his on-camera duties are complete and can just relax now, but his masseuse turns out to be an actress, who’s fed lines from Matt and Katie through an earpiece. She gives him an awkward massage and gushes to a “friend” over the phone about how she’s massaging “the Tyler Cameron” before the couple reveal themselves.
Although the daytime portion of their date was fun, Matt reveals at dinner that, despite Tyler’s advice, his relationships with other women have progressed more and he doesn’t think he can get there with Katie. She doesn’t see her elimination coming. Neither do we.
“I know what I deserve, and I deserve a man who knows what I have to offer,” she says. “I am who I am, and theres someone out there who wants that.”
Could that man be coming her way soon? Online rumors suggest Katie could be in the running to become the next “Bachelorette,” although she claimed on Instagram over the weekend that’s all “news to me.”
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Back at another rose ceremony, the women again think they’ll finally get time with Matt now that the OGs vs. newbies drama has been put to bed. They really need to stop saying this they jinx it every time.
Naturally, that means it’s time for Heather to make her entrance, shocking and angering the women as she walks in and leads Matt to burst out laughing (out of surprise, we can only assume?) when he sees her.
We’re left with another cliffhanger: Will Matt let Heather join the remaining 10 contestants? And if he does, will that prove too much for some of the other women?
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