“Bachelor In Paradise” Premiere Recap: Season Two Kicks Off With Dates, Hookups And Surprise Visitor

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By Michael Lewittes |

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“Bachelor In Paradise” kicked off its second season on Sunday with 16 former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants meeting up at the resort Playa Escondida in Sayulita, Mexico. The season premiere began with the two contestants going on dates, several hooking up, one being rushed to a hospital, and a surprise visitor.

In order of arrival were Jade Roper (from Chris Soules’ season), Jared Haibon (from Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season), Tenley Molzahn (from Jake Pavelka’s season), Carly Waddell (from Chris Soules’ season), Jonathan Holloway (from Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season), Tanner Tolbert (from Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season), Mikey Tenerelli (from Desiree Hartsock’s season), and Ashley Iaconetti (from Chris Soules’ season). Ashley brought along her younger sister, Lauren Iaconetti, who we learn is a “sluttier” version of her. Lauren tells Chris Harrison she’s “the opposite of a virgin.”

Next, there was Juelia Kinney (from Chris Soules’ season), Kirk DeWindt (from Ali Fedotowsky season), Dan Cox (from Desiree Hartsock’s season), Jillian Anderson (from Chris Soules’ season), JJ Lane (from Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season), and Ashley Salter (from Chris Soules’ season). But being that it’s “Bachelor In Paradise,” there was a surprise visitor later.

After they all met, Harrison said he had a surprise for the contestants on the beach. Once they arrived, they saw it was all set up for a ceremony. Some were afraid it was the first rose ceremony, but as Gossip Cop previously reported, it was the surprise wedding of Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul, who met last year on the show. Grodd proposed to Faddoul on the season finale of last year’s “Bachelor In Paradise.” Everyone quickly realized it was a wedding when Grodd hit the beach in a seersucker suit. Lacy then walked down the aisle in a white dress. Marcus and Lacy’s families and friends also were in attendance.

Marcus and Lacy first read their own vows to each other, and then Harrison actually officiated the wedding. After they kissed for the first time as husband and wife, the newlyweds then toasted this year’s “Bachelor In Paradise” contestants, wishing that they too find love. Lacy then tossed her bouquet, which Juelia caught.

After that, this year’s contestants had an extended party on the beach and at the pool, where there was lots of drinking and a bit of early hooking up. Carly and Kirk were the first to make out on the beach. Much like her time on “The Bachelor,” Ashley I. cried, this time because Jade was talking to Jared, who she really likes.

The next day, while hanging out over lunch and drinks, Ashley I. got the first date card, which told her to “choose a man to get dirty with.” She picked Jared, even though it seemed like he didn’t want to go out with her. But he was happy to ride with her in an ATV through a jungle until they reached a private beach, where they bonded.

Jade was the second to get a date card, and she chose Tanner. The two shared a romantic dinner and talked about her Playboy shoot. They then made out and took a late night dip in the river.

Adding to the drama was that Ashley S. was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. While the first episode didn’t explain it, Gossip Cop hears she was dehydrated from the Mexican heat. Just as the first episode ended, Clare Crawley (from Juan Pablo’s season) was a surprise visitor, who joined as a new contestant.


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