- Hannah B’s season of “The Bachelorette” premiered Monday night.
- Among them was a box king, a dancing contractor, and two pilots.
- She also sent a man home before the rose ceremony.
- This post contains spoilers for the first episode of this season of “The Bachelorette.”
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“The Bachelorette” finally returned Monday night, with leading lady Hannah B. The season premiere was filled with Hannah B., Demi, guys, and a major betrayal. There were also many, many chants of “Roll Tide!” and many, many trailers for Disney films.
Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette:
Hannah B. is all about telling it like it is
In a quite stark contrast from her arc on Colton’s season of “The Bachelor,” Hannah B. has taken a step away from her beauty queen status (she was Miss Alabama). Hannah B.’s intro begins with some voice-overs from the guys about how genuine this woman they have never met is.
While the camera follows Hannah frolicking on a football field, guys say things like, “she’s not a movie star,” which is true. Hannah tells Chris Harrison that she is all about telling like it is, a promise she delivers on the very first night. When I first found out Hannah was going to be the Bachelorette I, like some viewers, was initially disappointed. But so far I think she’s a good choice. Hannah B won’t jump a fence, but so far, she’s shifted her narrative from simply a beauty queen to a woman with agency.
The limo arrivals were pretty basic this time around
There are 30 guys. 30 of them. That’s a lot of guys. So of course, Hannah’s best friends of all time Demi and Katie stop by to help ease Hannah into this whole thing. Before the limo arrivals, we get a brief glimpse at some of the contestants. There’s a contractor who does a “Footloose” dance (Tyler C.), a guy who makes boxes (Joe) (that’s a job?), two pilots (Chasen and Peter), and a guy who says he found God in the shower (Luke P).
After we get to know some of these guys who viewers have likely already forgotten, Hannah stands outside for hours to meet all of them. The limo arrivals are pretty basic this time around, with most guys just telling Hannah how stunning she looks followed by how happy they are that she’s the Bachelorette, without adding that they totally signed up for this not knowing who it would be.
Some of the notable entrances include a guy who ate mustard, a guy who jumped the “Bachelor” mansion fence, which as you can probably imagine, is a Colton Underwood reference. The guy who makes boxes, Joe, comes out of a box and makes a joke about his “package.” He tells Hannah he is “The Box King.” A guy named John Paul Jones, who appears to have travelled all the way from the 1999 “American Psycho” set, tells Hannah (but mostly America) that his name is John Paul Jones.
Unfortunately for Hannah, her first night as a Bachelorette takes a turn for the worst when one of the contestants is ousted by Detective Demi as having a girlfriend
At first, the cocktail party is a pretty standard first night at the mansion party. There are boring conversations about being open and honest, guys ogling at Hannah, and our sweet bachelorette honestly falling for men like Cam, who continues to rap for some reason. We’ve met Cam before, and so has Hannah. At “After the Final Rose,” Hannah gave Cam her first impression rose for doing a rap. And he does a rap again. Is he Hannah G. in disguise? We’ll never know.
As the party goes on, Demi investigates from a discrete white van parked directly in front of Bachelor Mansion. Katie is there too because, why not? Demi says that she heard that Scott, an interior designer from Chicago, has a girlfriend, who he has messaged as recently as Monday. Demi adds that Scott apparently plans on taking his girlfriend on vacation once he’s done with “The Bachelorette.” Meanwhile, Hannah and Scott are having a nice little time designing their dream home, because apparently, Hannah is also an interior designer, which I had no idea about until now.
Chris Harrison takes Hannah to the van and Demi breaks the news. Hannah confronts Scott, who says he does not have a girlfriend and that it’s complicated. Hannah pushes. Scott essentially admits that he has a woman at home that he’s involved with, but she’s not his girlfriend but she thinks she is his girlfriend – or something like that. “She messaged me on Monday,” Scott says (still no clue about what day of the week the filming of this episode occurred, by the way!).
Whatever is going on, Scott is treating this woman at home as poorly as he is Hannah, which Hannah quickly realises. Hannah harshly sends him home, and he says “I’m sorry you feel that way,” which, wow. Bye Scott!
Hannah breaks the news to the guys, who are upset that The Scott Drama wasted time they could have had with her. So the reasonable guys agree that the guys who haven’t gotten to spend time with Hannah yet should be the ones who comfort her.
Luke P. is the first to jump in. Hannah then talks to a few other guys, but has a lovely conversation with Connor, an investment analyst from Dallas (aren’t they all?), who admits that he was sceptical about this whole going on a reality TV show to find love thing until he met her at “After the Final Rose.”
But in the end, Luke P. gets the first impression rose and kisses Hannah.
The Rose ceremony is uneventful, really, besides the fact that Hannah did not practice how to pin a rose
The most unforgettable guys go home, but it is notable that Hannah gives the first two roses to Mike and Connor, who should have gotten the first impression rose, in my opinion. But you do you, Hannah!
Hannah sends Brian, Hunter, Ryan, and Thomas home. She also sends Chasen, one of the two pilots, home. He cries on camera but says she is “so happy for her, really.” It’s sweet, but he’s probably regretting not wearing his pilot uniform on night one, because Hannah was definitely into pilot Pete.
Also gone is Matt Donald, a farm guy who sang an embarrassing rewrite of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” And in an unexpected twist, Hannah sends Joe “The Box King” home. But this could be because poor Chris Harrison is left with cleaning up all the packing peanuts his giant box left on the driveway.
The extended look at Hannah B’s season shows that Hannah continues to deliver on her promise of “telling it like it is,” with a few great one-liners including, “holy Ham, I am in Amsterdam,” “I have had sex and Jesus still loves me,” and “How dare I be judged by a man?” This season is already shaping up to be one of the best “Bachelorette” seasons in a while.
“The Bachelorette” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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