**Warning: Spoilers ahead, so if you haven鈥檛 seen last night鈥檚 episode of The Bachelor... go watch it!**

The Bachelor is finally back, which is a pretty strong way to start off 2017. Nick Viall has been brought back again, under the guise of 鈥渉elping him finally find love鈥 (even though he seems to be having as much luck IRL as the rest of us, particularly at weddings 鈥 more on that later), and we鈥檙e all excited to see our fave runner-up stumble his way through his own season.

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At the beginning of the episode, we got the typical 鈥渟ee Nick without a shirt!鈥 and 鈥渓ook at Nick walking around, see 鈥 he鈥檚 a real person!鈥 shots that we usually get with the show, but it was more self-deprecating than usual, which I appreciated. In general, the show could take notes about showing the more human side of people. Anyway, let鈥檚 get to the good stuff!


We learned Alexis probably owns more costumes than clothing, Corinne has a nanny (for herself), and Danielle M. saves BABIES. There also seems to be more diversity on this season than usual, and that鈥檚 important. We also learned that Liz and Nick met at Jade and Tanner鈥檚 wedding (another Bachelor Nation couple that recently got married, for the uninitiated) and didn鈥檛 give Nick her phone number, but she鈥檚 now here to get to know him. TBH, it seems like she just wants Bachelor fame, and I鈥檓 honestly not down for it.

The women were packed into the limos like sardines and sent on their way to meet Nick, with predictably hilarious conversations to follow. Funny how you hear a lot of 鈥淣ick is so hot!鈥 and 鈥淗e鈥檚 had a lot of practice!鈥 but never 鈥淲e鈥檙e all likely going to hate each other at some point!鈥

As far as intro highlights, Elizabeth was 100 percent wearing a wedding dress, and I thought it was so strange that no one addressed that! Back in Sean Lowe鈥檚 Bachelor days, that kind of boldness was enough to basically get you to final three. Then there鈥檚 Taylor, a mental health counselor who called Nick out on his past behavior, so I鈥檓 def rooting for her鈥 as long as she hears him out eventually.

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The 鈥渞unner-up鈥 joke Sarah made actually made me giggle; most of the jokes contestants make are pretty cringeworthy, so I give her major points for that (she literally 鈥渞an up鈥 to meet him in sneakers). I like that the women were already talking about how sex was an important part of a relationship during the cocktail party and intros 鈥 that鈥檚 traditionally something the Bachelor empire has shied away from, yet it鈥檚 definitely something that happens on the show, and there鈥檚 nothing wrong with transparency.

Many of the women were in red dresses 鈥 so many, in fact, that when a woman rode up on a camel they were so distracted by her red dress that they didn鈥檛 say anything about the camel. Alexis, an aspiring dolphin trainer from New Jersey, showed up in a shark costume (and heels!) that she insisted was a dolphin costume (it鈥檚 definitely a shark costume). Maybe SHE was the dolphin, and the shark ate her? Either way, points for creativity. At one point she said, 鈥淚 was going to wear a red dress too, thank God I didn鈥檛!鈥 and I snort-laughed.

Danielle M., the neonatal nurse, showed up with maple syrup and insisted on feeding him some from her finger. If I was on a reality show, I would have it in my contract that no one could put their fingers in my mouth 鈥 at the very least not on night one. Then, Jaimi showed up and used her septum ring to made a transphobic joke about having balls, which is鈥 not great. I mean, it鈥檚 not just your first impression with Nick 鈥 it鈥檚 also your first impression with America. She then repeated it to the room of women. It鈥檚 not like Bachelor Nation has ever been super aware, but it was pretty disappointing. Now, on to鈥


The red dress scandal continued to bother the women all throughout the night. I suppose during a night that you鈥檙e trying to distinguish yourself among other people, your clothing is one way of doing it鈥 but it鈥檚 doubtful that Nick TRULY cared about their outfits.


One thing that was missing this time around was a truly drunk contestant, which TBH, I鈥檓 totally okay with. It鈥檚 tradition that one (or two) people get super drunk on night one and have to be calmed down (or removed), but everyone pretty much kept their cool, save for a few tears. Alexis鈥檚 face got pretty red at some points, but that鈥檚 probably because her costume was hot under those bright lights 鈥 and she was cracking me up with those dance moves. During the cocktail party, the women talked about Nick in a super strange way 鈥 half like fans, and half like psychologists. They didn鈥檛 talk about him like they wanted to date him, they talked about him like they wanted to psychoanalyze him. But whatever, that鈥檒l make for good TV.

I did appreciate that he called them 鈥渨omen鈥 instead of 鈥済irls鈥 鈥 that鈥檚 so often not the case on this show. He also kept saying 鈥渆mpowered,鈥 which felt a bit like he was trying to be a motivational speaker, but I can take it or leave it. He had a great talk with Rachel, and I immediately called that she鈥檇 get the first impression rose (I was right!) and I think she鈥檒l go far. TBH, I actually hope she doesn鈥檛 get to the very end, but makes it far enough to be the next Bachelorette.


He also had a really great talk with Danielle M. about her career, and what it鈥檚 like to be a neonatal nurse 鈥 he really does seem pretty invested in this.

Nick and Liz finally had their conversation about their ~history~, and he called her out for not getting his number from Jade after their wedding hookup. She said it was because 鈥渉er opinion changed after seeing him on Paradise,鈥 but that seems weird 鈥 she still could鈥檝e gotten it. It was actually pretty satisfying to watch. Corinne got the first kiss, which is totes villain behavior, not to mention her penchant for sh*t-talking and 鈥淚鈥檓 here for Nick鈥 type talk, and bragging about her time with him. She also sang the Nickelodeon theme song after kissing him, which was鈥 weird.

One more thing: I had a feeling the girl in the yellow dress (I forget her name and I don鈥檛 want to look it up) wore it JUST to have her Beauty and the Beast ballroom dance moment, and she could probably go home happy now.

Once it became clear the rose ceremony was imminent, people started freaking out about time and the tears started coming. Jasmine was the first to cry, and also the first to speak the traditional Bachelor line, 鈥淚鈥檝e never been in this situation before!鈥 because of course, everyone else has dated a guy with 25 other girlfriends. Alexis the shark dolphin continued to have a great time, while Corinne body-shamed her, saying maybe she was wearing the costume because she had a 鈥渂ad body underneath.鈥

Kristina, a girl in the blue dress who hadn鈥檛 really gotten any air time, started crying in the beginning of the rose ceremony and became the exposition for the whole thing somehow.

Everyone was nervous, there were tears, blah blah blah 鈥 but there weren鈥檛 any surprises. The shark dolphin stayed, Corinne stayed, Liz stayed, everyone who got any real screen-time stayed, and as usual on the first night, the women who were sent home did their exit interviews in the early morning light, revealing just how long this process really takes.


So far, Liz hasn鈥檛 told anyone that she and Nick have hooked up before 鈥 she鈥檚 playing that one pretty close to the chest, and in previews they鈥檝e edited it to look like that blows up later on, but who knows what they鈥檙e all really crying about (everything? All having to share the same curling iron? Who knows). It鈥檚 honestly surprising when they don鈥檛 blurt out something juicy like that right away, and depending on how long she stays, she may not get to tell them at all.

Alexis the shark dolphin actually seems like a lot of fun, and she made Nick laugh a lot, but she probably isn鈥檛 mature enough for anything long term. I bet she鈥檒l be fun on group dates but only last about halfway through the season. Rachel, Taylor and Danielle M. are my favorites as of right now, with Rachel at the top, but I definitely want her to be the next Bachelorette rather than Nick鈥檚 top pick.

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In the previews, we heard that Jaimi previously had a girlfriend (and that Nick had no problem with it 鈥 I鈥檓 excited to hear their conversation), and it鈥檚 great that they have an openly bisexual/queer/however she identifies woman on the show, but I鈥檓 still not stoked on her transphobic joke (though to be fair, there鈥檚 a lot of stuff on this show I overlook for the sake of entertainment). They鈥檙e definitely setting Corinne up to be the villain, and there鈥檚 a lot of talk in the edits about 鈥渄ecisions鈥 and 鈥渟ex,鈥 but we don鈥檛 know who they鈥檙e talking about, as of yet, though they want us to think it鈥檚 about Liz. Also, Backstreet Boys are gonna be on this season, which is a huge step up from whatever random country star they usually get, so that鈥檚 exciting.

While this episode itself didn鈥檛 have any huge shockers (a drunk person! a huge reveal! etc.), I think that鈥檚 fine. That鈥檚 more like real-life, and that鈥檚 what Nick says he鈥檚 going for, after all. We鈥檒l see what happens this season, but I鈥檓 feeling optimistic for him.

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