Bachelorette Recap: Kaitlyn Bristowe Accused Of Trying To Keep “Minority Quota” In Kupah Confrontation
Kaitlyn Bristowe’s journey on “The Bachelorette” truly began on Monday’s episode, though not without ousted would-be Bachelorette Britt Nilsson getting a surprise first. It all culminated in a big confrontation. Get the full recap here!
As Gossip Cop reported, the season 11 men voted Bristowe to be the “Bachelorette” on part two of last week’s season premiere, leaving Nilsson shocked. But she wasn’t rejected for too long. Contestant Brady confessed that he only joined the show for Nilsson, and was given permission to go see the reality star at her hotel. There he offered Nilsson a hug, and said he wanted to “start” something “really great.” As that was filmed earlier this year, it was later revealed Nilsson and Brady have been dating ever since, and are now officially a couple.
With Bristowe’s competition now set to start in earnest, she was excited for the first round of dates, and unashamed about all the suitors she had already kissed (see tweet below). Chris Soules’ ex chose eight contestants for the season’s inaugural group date: Corey, Daniel, Tanner, Jared, Ben H, Ben Z, Kupah, and Justin. After meeting at a boxing gym, the men found out they were getting training from none other than Laila Ali, who later revealed the guys would have to compete in one-on-one sudden death matches.
Bristowe, Ali, and Harrison served as judges in front of a live crowd, and there were a few injuries along the way. While Ben Z. ultimately emerged as the game’s victor, he gave Jared a concussion during their championship match, sending him to he hospital. Ben Z’s prize was extra time with Bristowe, which he used at the after-party to open up about his mom dying of cancer when he was 14 and how it made him “grow up really fast.”
Bristowe was talking to Daniel when she received a surprise note that said, “Come outside right now. I need to see you.” Waiting for her was Jared, who squeezed in a few moments (and a kiss) with Bristowe before he went to the show’s mansion to rest. In the end, though, the Bachelorette gave Ben Z the group date rose, and a makeout session as well.
The season’s first one-on-one date went to Clint, and the two took off from the “Bachelorette” mansion in a vintage Mercedes. They then traveled to a different mansion (this is Los Angeles, after all), to do an underwater photo shoot while wearing glamorous clothes. Not surprisingly, the unique experience ended with some pool kisses. And, of course, a rose, after a romantic dinner.
For the episode’s second group date, Bristowe met Chris, Ian, JJ, Joe, Jonathan, Joshua, and Tony at the Improv Comedy Club, where Amy Schumer dissed Soules, joked about wanting to hook up with the contestants, and schooled the guys on stand-up. After their competitors took punches earlier, these guys were challenged to deliver their own punch lines, and make Bristowe and a live audience (which actually included Justin Long, see pic above) laugh. There were sexual innuendos, a crack about Juan Pablo, and an oddly serious speech from Tony.
Tony continued to be awkwardly serious afterward during a chat with Bristowe, whereas JJ was serious in a touching way, talking about his 3-year-old daughter. He was speechless after they kissed, but then Joe “laid one” of his own on the woman of the night right after. The group date rose, however, still went to JJ.
At the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party, the contestants agreed that the three men who didn’t get to go on dates this week (Cory, Ryan B., and Shawn) should be the first to have alone time with Bristowe. But JJ wasn’t having it, even though he was safe from elimination, and grabbed the brunette immediately, infuriating the rest of the guys. “It’s obvious he’s absolutely here for himself,” Tony said to the group at the same time JJ told Bristowe that this isn’t about “the boys,” and her “husband wouldn’t be sitting back.”
“I know I’m the most hated man in the house, but I’m not sorry,” JJ, a self-proclaimed “villain,” later told his competitors. Kupah was especially angry about the lack of time he was getting, and told the camera, “I don’t want to be here any longer than I have to be if I’m the minority guy that fills a quota.” He went on to directly ask Bristowe if he’s made any kind of “impression,” because he hasn’t felt “any kind of a connection.”
In response, Bristowe called out Kupah for not talking to her during the boxing date, and the conversation was tense as they went back and forth over each other’s behavior, and whether she was keeping him because he “looks good on a roster.” She then told him, “To be honest, I actually felt a connection til right now,” and Kupah tried to backtrack, saying he wanted to stay, but the damage was done, especially when Bristowe then heard him bad-mouthing her to some of the guys.
“You don’t have a quiet voice, I’ll tell you that,” she angrily said, interrupting his tell-all. She pulled him aside and told him she had to “let [him] go,” which he thought was “unfair,” and they argued whether fighting this early in the game should mean it was over for him. But it was most definitely over, as far as Bristowe was concerned.
But before leaving the property, Kupah had to do an exit interview, during which he went off on the camera crew and the show’s “bullsh*t” process. Bristowe, fearing that he was going to get violent, ran outside to step in. And that’s when the episode announced, “To Be Continued.”
During the episode, Bristowe tweeted, “I dare any woman or man, to not kiss the opposite sex when looking for a life partner. Ps it’s #thebachelorette.” TELL US: What do you think of this week’s “Bachelorette,” and Bristowe’s fight with Kupah?