Credit when due for Bachelor and its producers: Choosing to air Tuesday’s episode on International Women’s Day is the best way this show has pulled in years.
We’ve known since the beginning of the season What is Clayton Echard’s journey like? would end — and now, it finally happened. Our emotionally open bachelor says not one, not two, but all three his favorite finalists. Things went well enough for him the first two times, but when Clayton went on his third date of the week, Susie Evans, things fell apart and burned spectacularly.
The episode ends with Susie sending herself home – but only after an angry scolding from The Bachelor, who may have just become one of the most hated leading men in franchise history. .
“At dinner tonight, I’ll tell Susie I love her,” Clayton said as he prepared for the dinner portion of their imaginary date. “There is no doubt in my mind this is the biggest night of this entire journey.”
Please note, this is Clayton’s third Fantasy Suites date of the week. And he told Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia the same thing. So you can imagine how his face fell when Susie said during dinner that she would “not be” engaged to him if he confessed similar feelings to someone else. . Or, say, slept with anyone else.
You can see the wheels spinning as our Bachelor tries to figure out how to solve his problem. “I understand that thought process,” he said. “For me, I think the big thing that shocked me like you said was discovering relationships. I think, like, when we talk, it’s about saying, ‘I want you to explore, and I don’t want to be the default at the end of it.’
After a moment of stammering with an extremely nervous expression, Clayton finally stepped out and said, “To answer your question, yes.”
If this sounds familiar, it might be because the whole scene is eerily reminiscent of another Bachelor’s shipwreck. Just a few years ago, Peter Weber Tried To Work It Out With Madison Prewettthe top pick was said to be his, after he ignored her wishes that he refused to “get intimate” with the other contestants.
Susie never actually asked Clayton to abstain from sex (or sex) with other women — a detail that seemed to frustrate our Bachelor the most during their tense conversation. But as she explains, she doesn’t know how he feels about her or the other contestants and doesn’t want to give him an ultimatum.
“I don’t go into this with the assumption that it’s going to be me later this week or even this week,” Susie told Clayton. “But I thought that for sure, if he knew… I hope it’s SusieI was hoping that you would protect me in that. ”
Clayton insists that he is the “most in love” of Susie – something he was previously unable to show when he declared his love to the other women in the episode. He also repeatedly told Susie that if he had known this was her line in the sand, he would have acted differently. “I beg your forgiveness, because I don’t want to throw away something of which I am very sure… I hope that what we have is something worth fighting for,” he said.
However, as the conversation dragged on, Clayton’s face grew increasingly angry – so were his words.
As the increasingly annoyed Susie got up and left the table to talk to a producer, he mimicked Colton Underwood’s infamous fence jump with his own mysterious escape from the filming location during the daytime. night, bursting into the cold Icelandic night air and singing, “I don’t believe in anything anymore.” Everything is literally void.”
Jesse Palmer, who became this season’s host after Chris Harrison departed last year, comes to comfort Clayton while a tearful Susie talks to the producer. However, when the two reunite to end their discussion, things only get worse.
“I don’t even know who I’m looking at anymore. You just threw a bomb at me. And I don’t agree at all with the way you’ve done this. I think it’s BS. I’ve done.”
“I don’t even know who I’m looking at anymore,” Clayton said. “You just dropped a bomb on me. And I don’t agree at all with the way you’ve done this. I think it’s BS. I’ve done.”
As the two exes made their way through the snow to the breakup car, Susie continued to try to work things out — but Clayton stepped a few feet in front of her and opened the car door as she spoke.
Rough breakups are a sign of Bachelor franchise, but even by conventional standards this is difficult. Clayton said several times as the episode broke that this was his exact fear – that he would fall in love with The One just to watch her leave. But if it is, and if he’s already decided Susie is That Person, it’s hard not to wonder why he’s having so much trouble distinguishing the strength of that connection from the other two. prior to she is sending herself home.
In other words: how much did Clayton really have to “discover” with the other two women if he now claimed that Susie was the only one for him for the rest of his life? The Bachelor played all the biggest hits as Susie rode away into the sunset. (“It’s over,” along with the old standby, “I’m done.”) Meanwhile, Susie looks surprised when Clayton reacts furiously.
“Honestly, I just thought he would end up being more compassionate towards me,” she said. “Whatever love is at this point, I just think we’d be better off having a nice conversation.”
This week’s two-night event precedes another “live” finale next week. From the teasers we’ve seen throughout the season, neither of Clayton’s other two contestants have reacted to his antics any better than Susie. Is there any chance that our Bachelor could stand in Iceland alone at the end of all this? Honestly, I wouldn’t hate that ending at this point. After tonight’s episode, the eliminated question contestant Sierra Jackson asked Clayton about his season ending makes a lot more sense.
“I want to know exactly who you are to act a certain way and treat these women a certain way and make them follow this pattern of your behavior,” she told him. Monday night in unusual fiery women reunion. “What did they do to deserve it?”