'The Bachelorette' recap: Tayshia's takeover comes with a few twists – including more men
Clare Crawley will make her fifth appearance in "Bachelor" nation as season 16's "Bachelorette" star. USA TODAY
My fellow Americans: We have a new "Bachelorette." While not as pivotal to our nation's history as a new president – though some may argue otherwise – the role of a new Bachelor or Bachelorette each season ushers in a wave of viewer excitement or fatigue. We're happy to report that Tayshia Adams is very much the former.
And the men take quick notice. They might as well have "Clare who?" written on their foreheads as Tayshia strolls into the room to meet them.
She thanks them for staying for her and – yes, let's try this again – she insists she wants to find love.
The men are eager to spend time with her, especially Ivan. He felt like he was about to be sent 真人百家家乐官网网站home, but tells Tayshia, "you are definitely more my speed." He already likes her way more than Clare.
Not everyone warms up immediately. Blake tells her to be patient with him – remember, he was the one so over-eager to meet Clare he reached out during quarantine – and Jason cautions that he had and still has feelings for Clare.
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Shortly after Tayshia begins chatting with Brendan, Chris Harrison interrupts with a surprise. Four more men (!) will join the house, bringing the contestant total from 16 to 20. Have these men quarantined, too?! For a show that made a huge deal about quarantining and COVID-19 testing the initial group, its on-screen narrative has thrown (pre-)caution to the wind.
We meet Spencer, Montel, Peter and Noah. Spencer's looks enamor Tayshia – and us – but his toxic personality might be his undoing, given his brash attitude with the other guys. Noah just wanted to take one more look at Tayshia before he enters the building, a la "A Star Is Born," which made us chuckle and want to rewatch it.
Zac C. refers to a "stanky-ass energy" in the room, and we confirm the sentiment.
Later, Tayshia also bonds with Zac C., Chasen and Ben (who is our favorite at this point), though Spencer snags the first impression rose … and a kiss!
But the other men need not fret just yet. Tayshia cancels the rose ceremony to spend more time with the whole gang. Awwww.
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Clare, Dale talk engagement with Chris Harrison
We pause watching Tayshia's journey, which feels like a typical season of "The Bachelorette," to check on lovebirds Clare and Dale. It's "a dream come true," Clare says, and feels like it was love at first sight. Dale agrees.
How has it worked out so well? "Everything he was looking for was everything I was looking for," Clare says. The night before, she was feeling anxious and was pacing around her pool. He found her and paced with her, apparently giving her what she needed in that moment.
Clare wishes people could be happy for them and says she 100% did not lie to Bachelor Nation when she said they didn't speak before the show. This feels super contrived and we are not here for it.
Perhaps a wrinkle in their future: Clare mentions she wants babies and Dale artfully manages to skirt giving her a clear answer.
Tayshia goes on her first dates – and one contestant leaves
Anyway, back to Tayshia. The first date card arrives for Blake, Riley, Zac C., Jordan, Noah, Peter, Kenny, Jay, Eazy, Spencer. The guys all head to the pool together, and while at first they just splash around and look hot, the men split into two teams to play "splash ball," aka water basketball.
Spencer is aggressive but gets sympathy from Tayshia after Riley elbows him in the face and he starts bleeding.
Tayshia grows giddy when talking with Eazy, but the physical chemistry sizzles with Zac C. and the pair kiss. Eazy squeaks by with the group date rose.
Other kinds of sparks ignite when several men confront Spencer about his attitude, including Kenny, Zac C. and Riley. Spencer says he wasn't going out of his way to make enemies.
Elsewhere, Jason thinks he fell in love with Clare and decides to leave the show. He seems like a decent guy – maybe why he doesn't belong here – and tells the other men they all deserve their time with Tayshia. These men have clearly bonded; it is refreshing to see straight men show actual emotion and affection for each other on national television.
Jason breaks the news to Tayshia and says she deserves someone amazing. She tells him that this was one of her fears, that they wouldn't all be invested in her. He reassures her the other 19 men are here for her, but doesn't quite manage to assuage her fears.
"I've been on such a high that I didn't even that realize some of the guys might view me as a second choice," Tayshia says. "I never want to feel that way and I have in the past."
Tayshia invites Brendan on her first one-on-one date. The two ride horses together around the resort property, a creative way to get around the quarantine bubble and keep dates interesting. Chris interrupts the date frequently, in what is supposed to be funny because he interrupted their one-on-one time on Tayshia's first night.
Thankfully, he leaves them alone so they can take a dip in a pool and kiss.
At dinner, the pair reveal they have each been married and divorced. This commonality, plus the fact they both want children, suggests they could be a solid match. We consider Brendan too nice for the show but maybe he'll prove us wrong.
She gives him a rose and they watch fireworks together. Tayshia says kissing him feels like she is kissing her person, and she thinks she could marry him. Ugh, please don't pull a Clare.
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