The Bachelor Recap, Nick Viall Episode 3: Corinne's Nanny Confirmed
With an awkward revelation and another contestant eliminated, the 21 remaining women face down a second Rose Ceremony. Nick only has eight more episodes to choose a fiancee (again), so let's see who stands out this week!
A dramatic Chris Harrison voiceover describes Liz's secret as "impossible to keep", which seems like a reach. In fact, I've only had strangers spontaneously describe their sexual history with someone I barely know once or twice. Unless everyone else I've met has been celibate, it must be pretty easy to keep secrets like that.
At the Bachelor Mansion
The ladies discuss the latest development as they prepare for the Rose Ceremony, and they're shocked. Look at this man who has been on three reality television shows about dating! How could he possibly have hooked up with someone in the past?! Preposterous!
Regardless of how understandable their response isn't, Nick walks into a frosty reception. He explains the situation for the contestants who weren't on the Group Date, and a very nervous group of 21 women and The Bachelor toast to an evening of conversations and interruptions.
Nick does his best to ease their concerns as the night wears on, and came prepared with a disarming and frankly boss tie. Check it out:
Possibly as a result of his nerves, Nick reverts to mumbling, but gets some reassurance and background information from Danielle L. He seems to be rebounding, but Corinne is aiming to make things much more difficult with a trench coat flasher attack.
I'm sorry, did that catch you off guard? Yeah, me too. Seems like a difficult move to execute discreetly in a house full of other people. Oh, right. It's unlikely Corinne minds given her performance in the Wedding Shoot. Nick pries himself away from the brilliant temptress and her can of whipped cream when Jasmine interrupts; Corinne runs upstairs where she breaks into tears.
The Rose Ceremony
Hailey sends a clear message to Nick that she does not want to go home tonight with her choice of dress:
Corinne has taken an extra step in her mission to infuriate everyone else by skipping the Rose Ceremony in favor of a nap. Anyway, the "important stuff":
This Week's Survivors: Corinne, Danielle M., Astrid, Taylor, Whitney, Kristina, Danielle L., Rachel, Vanessa, Raven, Jaimi, Dominique, Sarah, Alexis, Brittany, Josephine, Christen, and Jasmine
Returning to Real Life: Hailey, Lacey, Elizabeth "Liz"
The Morning After
Chris Harrison drops in to deliver the Group Date card, which lists Danielle L, Christen, Kristina, Whitney, Taylor, Jasmine, and Corinne as its participants; The Backstreet Boys enter the Bachelor Mansion to an ear-piercing reception despite their advanced age and questionable style.
Group Date: Dancing with the Backstreet Boys
The women are practicing for a live Backstreet Boys performance, where the best performer will be selected for a private serenade with Nick. Corinne does not care about the reward and was not lying about not being able to dance. She's definitely not winning, so she runs out of the room to cry. For some reason, Whitney goes to comfort her; if you're wondering, yes, there is such a thing as being too nice.
The concert itself is in front of a crowd of 500 lukewarm fans, but it's over mercifully quickly, and the Backstreet Boys announce Danielle L. the winner. For her efforts, she gets to dance awkwardly with Nick in front of a crowd to that one song where the guy pronounces the "why" in "tell me why" as "why-hee". Corinne is reaching critical panic levels.
The Cocktail Party
Mere seconds after sitting down, Corrine takes Nick away for a conversation and an apology, neither of which she's good at. They snog a bit, and she quotes Trump. Why am I not surprised? She takes another nap, and Danielle L. uses the opening to snog her anxieties away.
Finally, the nanny situation comes up! Corinne does in fact have a nanny, named Raquel. It is exactly as mind-boggling as I had anticipated, and Jasmine and Danielle L retreat to the bathroom to share a laugh. Knucks to you both.
Nick drops in and gives the Group Date Rose to Danielle L. It's good news for her, my personal choice as the front-runner, good news for all of the women who didn't want to see him choose Corinne, and generally good news for us not-nanny-having adults everywhere.
One-on-One Date: Nick and Vanessa
Our lucky lady of the week gets to join Nick in the Zero-G experience. For those unfamiliar, it's a plane used to simulate weightlessness. I'm super jealous, but at least I have a manhattan. Cheers!
They go through the first couple of cycles happily enough, but soon the effects of rapidly changing G-forces set in. After a zero-G snog, the nauseous Vanessa reaches for the barf bag. Nick keeps her company and earns some serious brownie points. Knucks to you both.
Entirely charmed by Nick's ability to continue their date despite her vomiting on television, Vanessa joins him on the rooftop of the tallest building in Los Angeles to share some drinks and ignore some food. They share some feelings about their families, and Vanessa reveals that her grandfather passed away mere weeks ago. The conversation then turns to Nick's history on the show, and after he unveils some insecurities and sheds a few tears, they snog and Nick presents her with a One-on-One Rose.
Group Date: Training with Olympians
Rachel, Alexis, Astrid, Jaimi, Sarah, Brittany, and Dominique are chosen for the next group date. Along with Nick, they'll be training with Carl Lewis, Allyson Felix, and Michelle Carter, boasting a combined 16 Olympic gold medals. They stretch and prepare for a "Nick-athalon", which consists of a limo long jump (won by Rachel), a high jump (won by Alexis), and a javelin throw (won by Astrid). The three winners advance to the final round: a 100m dash to a prop diamond ring. Rachel wins comfortably, but drops the ring, and it breaks as the Nick-athletes reach for it. Somehow that makes Astrid the winner, so she ends up with one-on-one champagne time in the hot tub.
At the Cocktail Party
Astrid took a page out of Alexis's playbook and wore a costume to the cocktail party. It's an odd move
Dominique is struggling to stay positive, but gets a pep talk from Rachel. Alexis unveils the first major prop of the season, a Nick pad. A Nicknic blanket? I don't know, you tell me:
She gets a snog out of it, as does Rachel, who continues killing the "I'm an adult" game. It's a rare corner for contestants on this show, but she's owning it. Finally, Dominique gets a chance to voice her concerns: she doesn't feel she's had a fair chance. She kind of lays into him, and he struggles to come up with any answers. If I had to guess, I'd say she feels that way because a seven-on-one date makes it virtually impossible to spend quality time with anyone. Nick ultimately sends her home, which is a shame because she chose some killer earrings:
After explaining Dominique's departure, Nick offers the Group Date Rose to Rachel, a deserving choice.
The Morning After
Whoa! we have footage of contestants actually preparing meals. Check it out!
Chris Harrison explains that Nick is opting for a pool party instead of a cocktail party. After some gratuitous shirtless shots (drink), we discover that Corinne has somehow procured a bouncehouse, which they briefly use as intended before snogging in plain sight of everyone. The vibe is effectively ruined, and a happy Corinne goes down for another nap. While most of the contestants stew, Raven explains the group's concerns regarding Corinne and details the nanny situation. His conversations with Jasmine and Taylor reflect the same sentiments; then Vanessa gets her turn. She lays the problem out directly, explains that she's judging Nick's actions, and questions his reasons for being on the show.
Before we get an answer, we get TO BE CONTINUED.