At the opening of Tuesday night’s premiere, Bachelorette Clare Crawley, a 39-year-old hairdresser from Sacramento, talks about her life the past few months – how hard it has been not to see her mother, who is in an establishment care because of dementia. She admits that “there is more to the world” than her love life. But hey, if ABC gives her the option to quarantine herself at a resort town in Palm Springs, Calif., And date 31 men who have tested negative, she takes it. This is America in the midst of a pandemic: the reality TV show must continue.
“I know what I’m looking for,” Crawley told host Chris Harrison before meeting his men. “I know what I want. It’s not a bad thing.
This is not a bad thing. But here are the best, worst and weirdest moments of the first night.
He’s one of the last to get out of the limo and the one that caused the most sensation: Dale Moss, a 32-year-old former NFL wide receiver from South Dakota. After they met, Crawley said aloud, “I feel like meeting my husband.” Now the Bachelorettes are saying it a lot. However, the Bachelorettes also have a reputation for meeting up frequently with the guy who got their first impression of pink, and Moss takes that honor on Tuesday night. “I’m very energetic and vibrant,” Crawley says, noting that she and Moss have a strong connection. (He calls himself an ’empath,’ which is a bit woo-woo for our tastes, but he’s so cute we’ll let him have him.) Viewers who’ve paid attention know this season won’t play out. as expected, and Moss might have something to do with it.
Okay, Crawley and the “Bachelorette” contestants, we get it. You can hug people. Can’t you brag about it?
During the episode, the producers take great care to show how seriously they take the task of filming a dating show during a pandemic. Extended scenes feature the candidates wearing masks, being tested and patiently isolating themselves while awaiting their results.
Once they get the green light, they’re free to … well, touch each other. “I certainly don’t take it for granted that we can hug, kiss and date without having to worry about becoming a covid,” Crawley says. “I’m ready for this. Bring the men!
Men are brought in, lots of hugs are given, and honestly? It’s really hard to watch!
Remember what it was like to be able to have occasional physical contact with attractive crushes or strangers – not to mention friends and family – without fear of giving them (or contracting) a deadly virus? Yeah, neither do we.
Naturally, Harrison rubs him as well: “It feels good to hug you, we can actually hug each other again!” Welcome back, hugs, ”he says to Crawley when they greet each other. “Honestly, no one else in the rest of the world is able to fall in love and find love like you do here.”
As we bubble with jealousy, at least Crawley acknowledges his good fortune. “I haven’t even kissed anyone for months,” she said tearfully as she greeted her suitors. “Sorry if I’m emotional about this, but I woke up this morning feeling like this might be my last morning that I should do alone. And it was just such a good feeling.
The contestants feel the same: Zac C., an addiction specialist from New Jersey, tells him it’s his first hug in six months. AJ, a software vendor from California, doesn’t even know what to do with himself. “It was the first time I had touched a woman in months,” he said to the camera. “And it was amazing. His hands are so soft. Cut on: Crawley showing the indentation on his hands, because he squeezed them so tight his rings dig into his skin. Oh yes, we don’t miss all forms of physical contact.
“Bachelorette” intros are always weird. The men step out of the limousines in silly suits, flooding the main with its cheesy lines. It’s hard to remember everyone’s name: this season there are two Blakes, Jordans and Tylers, plus a Zac and a Zach, a Brendan and a Brandon. However, producers are consulting each other on these intros, so where was the adult in charge of controlling Jay Smith, the 29-year-old fitness director from Fort Lauderdale, who dated in a straightjacket? He told Crawley that he had “gone a little bit crazy” while waiting to meet her.
Smith’s official bio says he “spent way too much of his money on Abercrombie & Fitch clothes.” Well Jay would have been better served by wearing an old rugby shirt, even though it’s faded and a few sizes too small. Not only are strait-jackets obsolete and seldom used in mental institutions, but now is a particularly difficult time to make mental health a line of force. During the pandemic, a third of Americans showed signs of clinical anxiety or depression, according to the Census Bureau.
The worst part of the worst gag? Jay keeps the straitjacket on all night, even though his name is called out during the rose ceremony. Get this man a stylist before the next episode, please!