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The Bachelor 2017 Episode 3 Live Blog: Backstreet’s Back, Alright!

We’re already on week four of The Bachelor 2017, and Nick Viall is…well, he’s getting by. Upsetting the women by giving Corrine the group date rose last week was one thing, but now he has to explain the entire Liz unpleasantness to the remaining contestants. And judging by the sneak preview, Corinne has a surprise for Nick that’s likely to anger even more of the finalists.

But at least Nick has a little less pressure on his shoulders with the Backstreet Boys joining him for a group date. No, seriously. This isn’t a drill, people. Backstreet’s back. I fully expect some ridiculous dance moves to distract from the five-alarm dumpster fire of Nick’s first two weeks.

How will Nick Viall handle any of it? Who will get a rose this week? And who will be heading home? We’ll find out tonight!

The Bachelor 2017 Episode 4 Live Blog: Backstreet's Back, Alright!

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THE BACHELOR 2017 EPISODE 4 LIVE BLOG

8:02 PM: Well, Nick handled it about as well as could be expected, gathering all the women together at the cocktail party to explain that he met Liz at Jade and Tanner’s wedding (“Jade and Tanner’s wedding” namedrop. Drink!) They had sex. He wanted to pursue something. She shot him down. He respected her decision. Then she came back. The women seem to understand, and seem grateful when he says if they have any questions to please ask him, since he’s an open book. In particular, he later tells Vanessa that he had doubts about Liz’s reasons for being there, coming just short of using the old “Not here for the right reasons” chestnut.

8:09 PM: Of course, Corrine is already extra as hell, talking about how she plans to seduce Nick, now that she’s learned Liz slept with him first. So she slips on a trenchcoat, and it’s implied she’s wearing nothing underneath. Sure enough, she takes a bottle of Reddi-Whip, in a silly little bit of product placement, and they feed each other whipped cream. She then exposes her breasts and dollops some whipped cream on her chest for him to lick.

8:23 PM: Nick admits he’s trying to juggle his appreciation of Corrine with his desire to be respectful to everyone else in the house. Ultimately, Nick decides to cut things short with Corrine before either of them get in trouble. Jasmine interrupts, and Corrine leaves with a frown. She later cries in the bathroom about how nothing went like she’d planned, and she and Nick now have no chance. Holy overreaction, Batman.

8:27 PM: So Corrine goes missing at the Rose Ceremony, and it’s later discovered that she’s passed out drunk, further illustrating that she may just be the most 24-year-old that ever 24’d.

ROSE CEREMONY

Nick has no idea where Corrine is, and he’s thrown off by that. “No, seriously, where is she?” Nick feels like it’s disrespectful to the other girls not to show up, and he doesn’t want to come across as though he’s validating her bad behavior. Kind of late for that, dude. Still, he apologizes on Corrine’s behalf anyway, in a classy little move.

Onto the roses…

Corrine (Group Date Rose)
Danielle M. (One-on-One Date Rose)
Astrid
Taylor
Kristina
Danielle L.
Rachel
Vanessa
Christen
Whitney
Raven
Jaimi
Dominique
Sarah
Alexis
Brittany
Josephine
Jasmine

Lacey, Elizabeth W. and Hailey are eliminated, and Hailey is SUPER upset about it. She knows her own worth, and she knows what love feels like, which is why she’s so eager to find it again. However, while she likes Nick, she’s upset that he could be so into someone like Corrine. Can’t say I blame her.

8:35 PM: So it’s time to find out who’s going on the group date…

Danielle L.
Christen
Kristina
Whitney
Taylor
Jasmine
Corrine

The clue for the date: “Everybody”

Sure enough, the Backstreet Boys enter, and the girls LOSE THEIR DAMN MINDS. They go even crazier when the guys sing “I Want It That Way”.

8:39 PM: So the group date starts off in a dance studio where they practice for the show tonight, where Nick and the girls will be part of BSB’s concert. Best dancer gets to be serenaded alone with Nick, so all the women are thirsty to get that prize. Naturally, Corrine gets jealous to see Nick eyeing up the other women, because she really can’t stand not being the center of attention, even though she insists this isn’t why she’s upset. She explains that she’s still uncomfortable from last night, and hasn’t had the chance to address it with him. And she’s also self-conscious because she can’t dance. Welcome to the club, lady.

8:47 PM: So they’re onstage for the show in front of 500 people, which honestly seems a bit small for a BSB show, but who am I to judge? Anyway, Danielle L. does a hell of a job with the dance, while Corrine mostly just gets by. Hearing “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” makes me remember how much I like that song. Seriously, I completely forgot how catchy that damn thing is. Jasmine also does a fine job with the dance, and even Nick manages to get down!

However, only one person can win alone time with Nick: it’s Danielle L.!

They get to slow dance in front of the crowd as the Backstreet Boys sing an acapella version of “I Want It That Way”. Naturally, Corrine is jealous and says she wanted to throw up when she saw Nick kiss her. Corinne straight up declares that she wants the other women to go home, as her descent into bunny-boiling madness continues.

8:56 PM: Corrine gets the chance to smooth things over with Nick in the post-concert cocktail party, and Nick doesn’t grill Corrine nearly as hard about skipping out on the Rose Ceremony, basically just telling her he’s glad she’s okay. In a departure from the usual cocktail party Corrine-fest, Danielle L. gets a little more alone time with Nick, and it leads to a makeout session while Corrine takes a nap…and then later complains about being tired all the time. This leads to the girls grilling Corrine when she admits she has a nanny. It’s kind of hilarious, actually, when she justifies it by saying she isn’t going to fire Raquelle because it makes Raquelle happy. “Who am I to take away another person’s happiness?” Corrine is TV GOLD!

Meanwhile, Vanessa gets the one-on-one date card, which should probably have gotten a tiny bit more screentime than it did. But we have to get back to Corrine, as this might as well by The Olympios Hour.

Jasmine is not only annoyed with Corrine having a nanny, she ends up tripping and falling during her rant about it. She almost wants to smack Nick to wake him up about how spoiled and entitled Corrine is. However, she doesn’t get the chance because Nick presents the group date rose…to DANIELLE L.!

Naturally, Corrine breaks into tears, wishing that Raquelle were here with her. Yeah, this is not a well-adjusted human being.

9:08 PM: So Nick and Vanessa’s date involves going in a plane that does a series of aerial maneuvers to create a zero gravity environment. Naturally, Vanessa is pretty nervous, especially because there’s a rose at the end of the date, and that means either you get the rose or you go home. Granted, all nerves pretty much disappear when they hit Zero Gs, as they float around like astronauts and then kiss. As sweet as this is, I’ll be shocked if this doesn’t go the way of that one episode of Archer where they go on a Zero G flight.

Sure enough, Vanessa gets nauseous, which mortifies her since this is pretty much her worst case scenario. She’s desperate to get on the ground before anything bad happens, but…well, she couldn’t hold it in. Luckily, she manages to get it into a barf bag in the nick of time (no pun intended). She’s mortified, but really, the best memories are just bad experiences that happened long enough ago for us to laugh about them. This makes a way more interesting first date story for any eventual children than if this date had gone off without a hitch. Nick remains with her the entire time, and lets her know he doesn’t care that she threw up, and that he doesn’t want to be anywhere else or with anyone else but her right now. This has Vanessa swooning, and they continue kissing even after the plane touches down. Vanessa thinks it’s kind of gross, but she doesn’t really care that he’s kissing her after she puked.

9:17 PM: Dominique is nervous as hell about the next group date card, since she feels if she isn’t on this date, she’s definitely going home at the next rose ceremony. The group date participants are…

Rachel
Alexis
Astrid
Jaimi
Sarah
Brittany
Dominique

Dominique is relieved, and she’s thrilled at the opportunity to finally blow Nick’s mind. She feels it will prove to have been worth the wait. It appears they’ll be doing something athletic, since the clue is about how Nick no longer wants to “play the field”. Soccer maybe?

9:20 PM: Vanessa is enamored of Nick, calling him the “total package” during their dinner date. She admits she doesn’t know that much about him because she didn’t really watch any of the seasons he was on, outside of a bit of Andi’s season. But the thing she liked the most about him was his clear attachment to his mother, since family is big for her. She lost her father three weeks before filming, and she recalls being in the limo for her grandfather’s funeral. Vanessa debated even coming, but her family convinced her to do this for herself.

They then get into a pretty intimate conversation about Nick’s past on the show, and why he even decided to do this. He admits he was in love both times he was on The Bachelorette, and was devastated to lose what he had. He states that he wonders if he can even trust his emotions, because of how he’s been wrong in his past appearances on the show. He’s terrified that this process isn’t going to work, but Vanessa being here has helped him feel optimistic about the process. He actually starts crying, in a really sweet moment. He offers Vanessa the one-on-one date rose, and she happily accepts as they kiss and embrace. I think the show really needed a date like this after all the absurd Corrine drama.

9:29 PM: The group date is at a track, since Nick has run all throughout high school and college, even setting records in his youth. The women will be running a Nick-a-thalon, with special trainers/judges in the form of Olympians such as Carl Lewis, Michelle Carter and Allyson Fenix!

Astrid is a bit thrown off by the amount of physical activity they have to do, since she didn’t exactly wear enough support for a track-and-field day. But she takes the lack of a proper sports bra with good humor. Events include a Limo Long Jump into Nick’s arms — in the form of a giant picture of Nick on the crash pad. There’s a javelin throw where the objective is to hit the giant heart at the end. Alexis aces the long jump, annoying Jaimi, while Dominique feels she’s being lost in the shuffle throughout the other events. For her part, Rachel wants to “track and field Nick” all day.

The judges pick three finalists: Rachel, Astrid and Alexis. The winner gets alone time in the hot tub with Nick. The final event? A footrace to a giant ring. First person to grab the comically oversized engagement ring wins.

Rachel wins the race, and it’s not even close…except she knocks the ring off the pedestal when she goes to grab it. She tries to run back and grab it, but the third-place finisher, Astrid, manages to grab the ring before Rachel can grab what’s left of it, since Rachel ends up stomping on the ring as a way of claiming it first. It’s a heartbreaking finish for Rachel, but the person most upset about all this is Dominique, who feels she hasn’t been given enough time with Nick to make it through this cocktail party.

9:41 PM: So, at the cocktail party, Nick takes Astrid aside, and this sends Dominique into a downward spiral. She breaks down in the bathroom and needs to be consoled by Rachel. She claims that Nick hasn’t been present with her, and that she’s tried to interact with him and make a connection, to no avail. Rachel feels Dominique is focusing too much on Nick’s relationships with the other girls, rather than concentrating on her own. So Dominique decides she’s going to do something about it. After Rachel has a makeout session with Nick, Dominique storms in and puts Nick on blast: she appreciates that he doesn’t B.S. anybody, so she’s not going to B.S. him. She says that he hasn’t given her a fair chance, and that he didn’t even take time to check on her to see how she was doing. He admits he didn’t try as much, but he did try with her. Dominique counters that when she tried to interact with him, he didn’t seem to be that into it. She wanted an actual conversation, and she didn’t get it. Nick says he knows what this feeling is like, and he stresses that he doesn’t want her to get inside her own head. However, knowing where he is with some of the other relationships with the other women, he just doesn’t feel like they’re there, nor does he think they could be.

And, just like that, Nick eliminates Dominique!

She’s a teary-eyed mess as Nick escorts her to the car, but he insists that he wanted to do the right thing by her. Nick tells the other women that he had to let Dominique go, noting that his relationships with the rest of them is a big reason why. Ultimately, he gives the group date rose to Rachel, as she shores up her frontrunner status, in my opinion.

9:55 PM: The next day, Chris Harrison announces that Nick has decided to cancel the cocktail party and have a pool party instead. All the women are anxious to get time with Nick, particularly Raven and Danielle M. However, Corrine hatches a plan to get Nick’s attention: she’s got him a bouncy castle! Naturally, Nick lacks complete self-awareness about how this is going to make him look, and decides to bounce around with Corrine in virtually no clothes. Corrine straddles him and they make out to the absolute disgust of the other women. Then, in keeping with the preposterous theme of Narcolepsy, Corrine goes right back to bed after finishing with Nick.

Raven feels Nick is here for the right reasons, but doesn’t trust Corrine. So she takes Nick aside and explains that he’s making a mistake with Corrine. She even reveals Corrine has a nanny, to Nick’s surprise. Taylor tells Nick that some of the women are questioning what he’s even here for, if he’s into someone like Corrine. Vanessa is angriest of all, and decides to confront Nick on encouraging Corrine’s behavior. She takes him aside and straight-up tells him that she’s questioning his intentions: “I’m not judging Corrine, I’m judging your actions. It made me question, are you looking for a wife, are you looking for someone to f*** around with?”

Aaaand it’s TO BE CONTINUED! That said, we get a lovely little end credits outtake of Josephine singing her “sales pitch” to Nick, since he’s in sales. Her voice actually isn’t bad!

So what do you think of tonight’s episode? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on The Bachelor, find out how close Bachelorette finalist Chase McNary came to being the new Bachelor!

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