This week of The Bachelorette was one of the most memorable fantasy suites I’ve ever seen on my television screen. It was very sex positive. It was explosive, and all of the dates were iconic in their own way. They went to Greece, which looked absolutely breathtaking, but let’s be real. We were all looking closely for that windmill (aka. the fence jump of the season). Let’s break the episode down by each person because it was intense.
Peter: Spoiler alert: Pilot Pete was the windmill bandit! He and Hannah got steamy when they were making out on a boat in the ocean, and Peter dropped the L bomb at dinner. All we’ve heard for the past few weeks is how Hannah had sex in a windmill, and low and behold, by the middle of their date, I sat up in my seat as they entered a stone windmill for their fantasy suite. I was a bit surprised at first actually, assuming it was maybe Tyler or Jed. But nope. They have great chemistry overall, but I just don’t think he’s her final pick. But also, way to go, Pilot Pete! You’ll forever have that street cred thanks to Hannah’s confession.
Tyler: I’ve been obsessed with Tyler ever since he comforted Hannah on their first one-on-one date. They go to get massages, and man it was so steamy, I actually felt a little uncomfortable witnessing such an intimate moment between them. They go to dinner where Hannah tells Tyler that they have such a strong physical connection, that she really needs to know if they have that emotional connection too. To me, it almost seemed like the opposite with Peter, which is why Hannah did a 180 with him. And holy crap, Tyler was so iconic and understanding, I actually transcribed what this man proceeded to say to her.
“Tonight, fantasy suites, it has a connotation of sex. For me, it’s way more than that. I just want to be with you, spend that time with you. You have to really love and respect each other’s boundaries. I would never press you or pressure you at all. I want you to be 100 percent comfortable and confident in whatever we do together. I look at the man I am today; it’s not the same kid I was nine weeks ago. You got me to open up so much, and I don’t want this to end. I don’t want to stop looking in your eyes. I don’t want to stop seeing that smile. I don’t want to stop hearing your laugh, seeing those dimples. I can stand here today and tell you I do love you. I am so falling for you. You mean the world to me. I would love to spend some time with you and just be us.”
Yeah, I know I’m crazy for writing that down, but I mean he had no idea she would say something like and yet, he had this Disney prince speech ready to go. There’s something about watching The Bachelorette that makes me feel very empowered as a single woman, and this was one of those moments when I’m like “Nah, I’m not going to settle for anything less than this.” Really puts things in perspective for anyone dealing with dating bullsh*t.
As much as I’d like to continue gushing about Tyler, I will say Hannah seemed conflicted when he left. I wasn’t sure if it was painful because she knew he’s not the one or if she thought that at first and is now feeling unsure after talking all night. That’s what I got from her, but it was hard to really tell.
Jed: Did anyone feel like Jed was such a negative Nancy when he first saw Hannah? I mean, dude, you’re in Greece. We know you don’t understand the Luke thing. And she was clearly uncomfortable talking about it too. I mean what is she supposed to say? Yeah, Luke is the best kisser? That being said, I do feel like Jed and Hannah have both the physical and emotional connection more than Peter and Tyler. He’s such a frontrunner; it’s making me nervous! For those who don’t know, Jed had a girlfriend during his entire time on the show. And it’s made my viewing experience a whole lot different. With Jed bashing Luke, it just seems so shady now. I do feel like he is falling for Hannah, but it sucks because that means he treated another woman with total disregard.
Luke: Oh lord. Literally. Where do we start with Luke? Luke did his classic gaslighting tactic with Hannah, but this time, he also slut shamed her in the process. And here’s the thing. It’s OK to be uncomfortable with her sleeping with all these other guys when there’s an engagement on the line. I know I’d be an insecure mess myself as well if I were on the show. However, it is absolutely awful to say what she did was a “mistake”. I felt like he was trying to control her saying he’d leave if she slept with the other three men. Well, Luke, you’re the last date buddy, so it’s too late. Once he realises this, he changes his opinion and says they can work through it. And cue the backtracking. But he even claims that the “worst case” would be if she slept with all of them. It’s so clear where his values lie, and once Hannah sees it, queen feminist Hannah comes out and gives him a piece of her mind. I was HERE FOR IT.
After Kaitlyn’s season of slut-shaming years ago, I was so sad that our society looked down upon a sex positive woman. I know Hannah is probably still receiving awful comments and death threats, but I feel like our society isn’t nearly as taboo with these topics. I mean all the men on her season are defending her on Twitter, along with most of Bachelor nation. I’m so proud of Hannah. She truly is a queen this season. I knew I saw something in her on Colton’s season, but she proves it here with such class.
Between Tyler respecting Hannah’s wishes, Peter’s iconic windmill moment and Hannah sending Luke home, this was a wild ride of an episode. I cannot wait until the finale episode. I’m still firm in that she has the most stable connection with Jed, but if that’s true, the finale will be interesting if she does choose Jed. Time will only tell.