Every season of The Bachelorette has a second episode, and every second episode is the same. It starts with a magical one-on-one date with the first Gentleman, leaving our Bachelorette feeling "exactly where she is supposed to be." Ben F. went so far as to call this initial date "huge." We couldn't agree more. That is followed by a large group date, involving anywhere from 10-15 of the Gentlemen, only 2 or 3 of whom are real contenders. The group date is designed to showcase "personalities," so, naturally, the Gentlemen are forced to do something they don't want to do and that you want to fast forward through. Meanwhile, back at the Mansion, the four or five Gentlemen who have not yet had "one-on-one time" with the Bachelorette wonder what it all means...does she not like me? Or does she like me so so much? Who is staying awake to watch West tonight?** Will I ever get to meet the Bachelorette?
How sure are we that we have this formula down? We managed a compelling 13 minute Raw Emotion podcast on Monday night, and Artistry hadn't even watched the show yet. Now that we're both up to speed, here's what else we can tell you:
What we can tell you, after the jump...