JoJo Fletcher Bachelorette wears firefighter gear on her group date on the bachelorette.

Bachelorette Breakdown – “J-J-J-Jo-Jo, JoJo, Jo-Yeahhhh”

Our Bachelorette JoJo is quickly discovering that sometimes you have to fight for love. And if you can’t fight for love…you can always at least mildly contest it.

In every good story, a villain will emerge. He’s handsome. He’s cool. And he usually has a sidekick who will do ANYTHING he asks.

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He’s evil because he wants the same thing as the “good” guys, but he tries to accomplish it the wrong way. The good guys stick together and play the game by equal rules.

“May the best man win” is their motto, not “by any means possible.” They’re united in their love of the game…and the prize.

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If they are forced to fight by the evil that surrounds them, then they must, but ONLY as a last resort.

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However, when you’re on The Bachelorette, the rules are slightly different. The word “fight” is used in a different way:

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On with the show!

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This week we’ve got a fire show, a trip to the Bay, a visit with SportsNation, and A LOT of meat.

“Hose Before Bros”

JoJo Bachelorette and the bachelors dress like firefighters.

Evan is hooked on phonics >> JoJo puts out her own fires >> Alex has performance anxiety >> Chad isn’t hooked on phonics >> Wells starts puberty >> Grant does the obvious >> Evan goes limp >> “Amazing” isn’t always what you think

Worst

Evan has obviously never received a romantic note in his life, because he actually pronounces the end of the date card as “Heart, JoJo” instead of “Love, JoJo.” At least she didn’t sign it with the universal symbol for “hugs and kisses.”

Evan reads the date card on the Bachelorette with JoJo.

Worst

Despite having such an incredible hero story from his bio, Alex – or ANY of the other Bachelors – makes absolutely ZERO attempt to save JoJo from burning alive inside her limousine.

Alex, you specialize in saving people from burning cars! You gotta play to your strengths when you’re only five feet tall. Society isn’t going to help you.

JoJo puts out the limousine fire on the Bachelorette.

Best

Chad doesn’t alphabet very well.

He refers to the Bachelors leaving on the group date as JoJo’s “B-Team,” yet forgets that he’s stuck at the house with a bunch of dudes. If Derek got the one-on-one date I assume he’s the “A-Team,” and the guys who got no date are on the “D-Team.” That would make Chad on the “C-Team.”

“C’s get degrees, am I right, guys?” – Chad, probably

Also, this will not be his worst analogy from this episode.

Worst

The Fire Chief tells the Bachelors that JoJo wants to know “which one of them could protect her the best.” The answer should be “NONE” because they all just watched her limousine burn to the ground.

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Best

This first group date wasted no time in getting down to the heart of The Bachelorette: objectifying men and over-sexualizing their careers. In all fairness, firefighters make it way too easy with all their pole-sliding and making sexy calendars.

I think we can all be grateful that the producers chose Grant’s career and didn’t attempt to sexualize someone like Christian’s job. I’m no marketing expert, but I don’t think the “Sexy Men of Telecom Consulting” calendar would sell well.

Worst/Best

JoJo describes this as her “Hottest Date Ever” since she gets to stare at the super-ripped guys dressed in firefighter gear all day.

Oh, and Wells was there too.

“I want to keep him!”- JoJo, probably

Wells looked exactly like a kindergartener dressed up in his dad’s firefighter gear for career day at school, which coincidentally may also be the last time that Wells ever worked out. After a run with the hose and a few swings of the firefighter axe, Wells looked he was going to die.

Even the tough old Fire Chief wanted to give him a hug and a juice box, but it did earn Wells something better: alone time with JoJo.

JoJo Bachelorette comforts Wells at the firefighter group date.

Wells is doing a magnificent job of playing to his weaknesses, which in this case is…weakness.

Worst

Evan seems unusually scared of the large hoses, which is surprising because he’s used to handling long, limp objects.

Evan is an erectile dysfunction expert on the JoJo bachelorette.

Worst

Grant was put in a no-win situation.

It’s not hard to understand why the contestants eventually HATE going on group dates and participating in these meaningless competitions – there’s not always a clear way to win them.

For example, Grant is a firefighter.

Grant wins the firefighter challenge for JoJo on the Bachelorette.

Grant has to take this challenge very seriously because if he loses then he doesn’t get time with the girl he’s trying to date AND everyone thinks he sucks at his job. If he wins, then everyone’s like “You’re a FIREFIGHTER. What do you want…a cookie?”

Grant saves JoJo in the fireman challenge on the Bachelorette.

So, in the end, Grant proved to be the best “protector” of JoJo, yet doesn’t manage to earn the group date rose. This should not surprise anyone after what we learned last season on Kaitlyn’s Aladdin date: Just because you win the competition, it doesn’t really make you a “winner.”

Worst

Luke losing to Grant may have finally set off his PTSD because he suddenly turned into this emotional, brooding, X-men Wolverine-like state.

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If Chad doesn’t kill everyone, then Luke is my second choice.

Best/Worst

JoJo calls Wells’ gutty performance on the firefighter course “amazing,” but also says the same thing when Evan reveals he’s the father of multiple kids.

Wells earns the fantasy rose and Evan has multiple kids on JoJo Bachelorette.

I suppose it’s all about voice inflection.



“Ride My Whip, Whip. Watch The Bay, Bay.”

Derek goes rollin’ in JoJo’s six-fo’ >> They both earn frequent flyer miles >> JoJo is very hands-on >> A Golden picnic >> Derek opens up

Worst

It never takes long for the producers to force the Bachelorette to do or say something “black” even though they are usually the whitest girls on the face of the earth. And while JoJo calling her borrowed convertible her “whip” was a little cringeworthy, it pales in comparison to Des and her abominable rap video she made with equally abominable hip-hop artist Soulja Boy.

Desiree on the Bachelorette raps "all the right reasons" with Soulja Boy.

Best

While the “Choose Your Own Adventure” date was a nice new addition to the show, JoJo and Derek should have been given more options with various outcomes to make it more true to its genre. I don’t know about you, but in my “Choose Your Own Adventure” books there was only one path that lead you to a happy outcome, and the rest of the choices ended in horrible, gruesome deaths.

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Then again, maybe JoJo and Derek are just extremely lucky or REALLY, REALLY good at making decisions. Perhaps the other choices did lead to something terrible and they never knew it. Maybe if they had chosen “sea” they would have gone swimming with sharks, but only one of them got to be in the protective cage.

Sorry, Derek, but your bright, piercing blue eyes are practically begging the sharks to tear you to shreds.

If they had chosen “South” over “North” maybe they end up in Mexico where they had to infiltrate a drug cartel.

Si Señor, they would be using REAL bullets.

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Best

I know, “South sign guy.” We all would have liked to see that.

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Worst

It’s hard enough watching the Bachelorettes drive fancy cars on the date, but when you throw JoJo’s unponytailed hair into the mix it was just too distracting. She might as well be texting and driving.

“10 and 2” JoJo!!!

JoJo and Derek go on a choice date on the Bachelorette.

Worst

Every Bachelorette has an annoying quirk or nervous habit, and JoJo’s is her awkward hand holding techniques. She has no idea how to simply caress the top of a guy’s hand or interlock fingers like normal people do.

Instead, she’s playing some weird version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” with Jordan, enjoying a round of “Patty Cake” with Christian, or in this case…trying to win a round of DOUBLE thumb war with Derek.

Derek and JoJo play thumb war on the plane to San Francisco on the Bachelorette.

Best

When you’re in San Francisco for the first time, the obvious choice for a romantic picnic is looking out across the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, but nothing would have prepared them better for marriage than a drive together down Lombard Street, the famously crooked road known for its 27-degree decline and eight hairpin turns.

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Best/Worst

JoJo is on a mission to find out about every guy’s past relationships, and since we know from her conversation with Daniel that she doesn’t know how to use the Internet, she does the next closest thing to Facebook-stalking: She just asks them.

JoJo acts like she can “relate” to Derek as he opens up about his ex fiancé. However, her “past” with Ben was played out on national TV in front of millions of people, while Derek’s breakup happened in private……errr……until now.

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A tough spot for Derek. If you don’t open up to JoJo then you’re “distant and uninterested in her,” and if you do then you look like a loser on national TV.



“At Protein Gym, We’re Better Than You…And We Know It.”

Daniel and Chad create an unholy alliance >> The other guys create the world’s worst song >> Chad creates a new workout routine >> 

Worst

Welcome to Camp Wannadateajojo – where Bachelors are free to (kind of) be themselves for an entire summer!

Meet Evan, the enthusiastic Camp Counselor. He’s always there to “lift” your spirits with a good practical joke. Don’t worry, though, he’s just giving you a “hard” time and likes to see if he can get a “rise” out of you.

Evan reads the date card for their date with JoJo on the Bachelorette.

Chad is our resident fitness and diet specialist. Imagine if the band Nickelback overdosed on steroids. Thattttt’s basically Chad.

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Can’t have a successful campfire without a song from our music instructor James T. You also can’t have a conversation without a song from James T., so don’t ever talk to him.

James Taylor on JoJo Bachelorette sings by the pool.

So come to Camp Wannadateajojo! There may only be one girl at the whole camp, but the booze is free!

Best

Just like at all great summer camps, some of the bros are forming friendships that will last a lifetime. But none are more precious than the bromance brewing between supervillians Daniel and Chad.

Daniel and Chad give each other a high five on JoJo Bachelorette.

They connect over their love for black wife beaters (the shirts…annnnd maybe the people, too), protein shakes and degrading women (probably).

Chad is the more intense of the two, but Daniel provides the much needed comedic relief to ease the high levels of Chad’s douchbagery.

They’re basically Jafar and Iago from Aladdin.

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Worst

Chad has no idea how to analogy.

“If you were making a protein shake made of the group of dudes here, and then, you know, blended it up, half of that dude protein shake would be, like, have zero chance.”

Chad shares a protein shake analogy with Daniel on the bachelorette with JoJo.

Worst-est-er-er

Yes, it’s hard rhyming things with the word “JoJo” but the guys really, actually, probably may have created the worst song in the entire world. And I even took “Achy Breaky Heart,” “Friday” and “The Thong Song” into consideration.

Even Chad tried to stop them, and he HATES those guys.

The bachelors make a song about JoJo on the bachelorette.

However, a small “Best” here for Wells who refused to sing or even dance to this atrocity. He just sat there in his beanie and probably wanted to kill himself.

This is why you rule.



“The Worldwide Leader in Dorks”

Jordan, James T, Chad, Nick, Christian and Alex visit ESPN studios with JoJo Bachelorette and compete on Sportsnation.

JoJo breaks down the NBA >> Jordan feels the burn >> Alex shoots down the competition >> Chad uses the N-word >> Jordan doesn’t count >> James T. dabbles in poetry >> Alex stands tall but sits short

Best

“You haven’t seen JoJo your entire life, you can’t wait one more day?” – Chad

Chad insults the three guys who weren’t chosen for any of the dates, but only because he actually gets to go on one. He’s like that 9th grader who BARELY makes the freshman basketball team, and then calls the kids who got cut “losers.”

Worst

The guys were probably pretty stoked when they showed up to the set of ESPN’s SportsNation, but the first thing they see is Max and Marcellus asking JoJo is she thinks Steph Curry is the “greatest NBA player of all time.”

Seriously?

That’s like asking if she thinks Lance Bass was the best dancer in NSync. Yes, he technically did “dance” with the group, so he’s in the conversation, but no one in their right mind would ever say he was better than Timberlake.

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Worst-est/Best-est

This might have been one of the worst Bachelorette dates of all time. At least the television audience had background music and camera editing on their side, because I can’t imagine being a producer or cameraman and having to sit through those touchdown dances or awkward interviews. It was like watching a poorly planned and weirdly romantic elementary school field day.

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I once had to go on a date where the activity was called “Extreme Croquet” where you had to choose a dare from a hat if your opponent hit their ball through a hoop. Keep in mind this was a FIRST date, and my first dare card asked me to “Tell me three things you like about me.”

It might as well have asked “How can we create peace in the Middle East?”

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Point is, just because the rest of the guys were good at cheesing their way through a proposal on the first date doesn’t mean that they’re awesome. You know Chad has called some of his dates way worse things than ‘naggy’.

Good thing he played the “inherited a tiny puppy from my dead mom” card because now JoJo totally believes he’s just misunderstood.

However, Chad should have limits on his “real man” card if he’s walking a maltese yorkie puppy around town.

Best

Jordan is worried about his chances in the “power rankings” because host Marcellus was a defensive guy and he was a quarterback.

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What he really should have been worried about was the Astroturf he just slid on knee first, but if he actually ever got a chance to play quarterback he would have already known that.

Worst

Instead of using the rose as a horse to gallop around on, or spiking it like a football, Alex turns the rose into a sniper rifle and “playfully” guns down the other Bachelors.

Alex presents Bachelorette JoJo with a rose on the set of ESPN SportsNation.

Worst

Jordan was asked to list the “Best THREE qualities in your wife.”

“Uhhh, I’d say loyal, spontaneous, strong and independent.” – Jordan, forgetting numbers

I can only imagine Jordan in the huddle during a game. “Okay, guys Spider Y Banana Z on three!!!! Break!”

Snaps it on four.

Best

Who said the words “naggy” and “proposal” don’t go together? That’s pretty much what a proposal is.

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Worst

James T.’s kind-of, sort-of poem? It felt more just like a bunch of random thoughts he had scratched down on a cocktail napkin. It made JoJo cry, but I think she was just overcome with happiness that he didn’t sing another song.

Best

To the producer who let Alex have his one on one time on the giant chair.

Alex on JoJO the bachelorette sits on a tiny chair before the rose ceremony.

Or was it a normal sized chair???



“Pleased to Meat You”

Chad is a carnivore >> Alex came to fight >> Chase is cold >> Will doesn’t look good on paper >> Saturday morning cartoons, revisited

Worst

The guys spend the ENTIRE evening whining and talking about Chad, but spent little time enjoying the complimentary buffet.

Chad eats meat all night before the rose ceremony on JoJo Bachelorette.

Also, their list of grievances were really just observations:

  1. “Chad went outside.”
  2. “Chad talked to JoJo first.”
  3. “Chad’s tie matches JoJo’ dress.”
  4. “Chad’s eating a lot of meat.”

Chad eats meat all night before the rose ceremony on JoJo Bachelorette.

If anything, I would be a little upset at Chad’s meat selection. He seemed to waste most of his calories on processed turkey slices. I saw that spread they had – go for the steak and shrimp kabobs. This could be your last night here, bro.

The Great Outdoors Steak Scene

Best-est

Chad constantly cut in on the other guys’ alone time with JoJo, which led to a bunch of idle threats and then a slight confrontation with Alex. It was like watching a baseball fight between a manager and an umpire over a blown strike call.

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Alex is extremely lucky he didn’t poke his finger in Chad’s chest or try and kick dirt on his shoes, or we would be reading a brand new edition of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book:

chad hates all the other bachelors on JoJO the bachelorette.

But that’s probably next week.

Best

It was totally overshadowed by the whole “Chad-Eating-Meat” situation, but Chase actually made it snow! Or as he calls it, “blizzarding.”

Worst

Someone allowed Will near paper products again, and he ends up trashing the entire Bachelor mansion with rolls of toilet paper. Seriously, they need child safety locks on the supply closet.

Best

Chad compares his confrontation with the other Bachelors to fighting a group of Care Bears, but he’s obviously never met the ferociousness and never-say-die personalities of “Gay & Lesbian Alliance” Bear, “Transgender” Bear, “Forgot to Take My Meds” Bear, or my favorite…”NRA” Bear.

Chad compares the other bachelors to the care bears on the bachelorette wit JoJo.



“Let’s Meat In The Middle”

Chad provides the color >> “S” goes down >> Alex is mislead

Best

Chad eats meat all night before the rose ceremony on JoJo Bachelorette.

I wish Chad could narrate every rose ceremony.

“Who is that guy?”

“He’s too short.”

“The best thing about Jordan is his brother. The worst thing about Jordan is he’s not his brother.”

Then you could literally call this show “amazing.”

Best

JoJo FINALLY resolved the “James problem.”

We’ve had not one, not two, but THREE James-es on the show. Normally, that would be a little weird, but manageable, but not when two of the James have similar sounding last initials. “F” and “S” ??? Think of how confusing that would have got down the road, particularly on a group date.

James S. didn’t seem that bothered. After all, he probably predicted himself to leave in the 2nd round, so now he wins this week’s Bachelorette Prediction Pool.

James holds a rose in a mirror for JoJo bachelorette.

Worst

Alex believes that to get a rose means that you’re one of the best Bachelors in the country, you’re a good guy and you’re here for the right reasons.

Ummmm, not necessarily.

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