CHRIS, PATRICK, MARCUS, ANDREW, DYLAN, ANDI DORFMAN, JJ
Andi and JJ dance as the men look on during a miming date in Marseilles. (Patrick Aventurier/ABC)
Andi and her bachelors are finally traveling for real — in beautiful Marseilles, France.
After a bit of a hiatus, with just a recap episode last week, the men are back and even more competitive than before.
Josh M., the former pro baseball player, lands his first one-on-one date. It’s about time. Most of us can tell there could definitely be something there between him and Andi.
They sightsee around Marseilles a bit before taking a boat ride to the Calanques, beautiful rock formations that overlook the Mediterranean.
There’s definitely good chemistry between Josh and Andi, but she wants to see what’s beneath the surface with him, beyond kissing.
So over dinner, she asks some questions to get him to open up about his past.
Andi has some reservations about Josh because he’s an athlete. They have a reputation for sleeping around and cheating on their girlfriends back home, something Andi has had the misfortune of experiencing.
But Josh assures her that he’s not like the stereotype. He opens up about how someone cheated on him. He left baseball behind so he could have a suitable lifestyle for seeking a mate and raising a family.
Meanwhile, some hearsay is stirring among the rest of the men. A few of the men corroborate a story about something Andrew allegedly said during the first rose ceremony. He apparently said Andi saved the “two blackies” during that ceremony, which understandably hurts Marquel’s feelings.
But why wouldn’t the cameras catch such an obvious moment of racism on the show?
Without a doubt, Andi hands Josh a rose at the end of their date. Just when everyone, including Josh, thinks the date is over, they happen upon a private concert the show’s producers planned for them.
(I know these private concerts are part of the deal with this show, but in this particular season I feel like they are overkill. Every other episode there is some mildly recognizable music act playing music for Andi and her date to slow dance to. It’s just a little tired.)
On the group date, Andi gives nine men a taste of Marseilles. Their first activity? Miming lessons, which inevitably turn into a public performance for these mime novices.
Back at the hotel, Brian receives a date card from Andi. It’s his turn for a one-on-one. It’s interesting that Andi didn’t have the same concerns about Brian, a skilled basketball player and coach, that she had with Josh regarding the athlete lifestyle.
The miming date is successful for the most part, except Nick appears to be a bit of a Debbie Downer. He doesn’t perform for and interact with passerby like the rest of men.
The others address his bad attitude during the cocktail party by taking it up with the man himself. It escalates to some shouting, but fizzles out.
When Nick gets Andi alone, she confronts him about his passivity on group dates. Though she feels an emotional connection with him, she has doubts because two of the “nicest” guys in the house complained to her about Nick.
Nick admits that he mocked Cody, but downplays the situation. Just as Andi thinks she may be getting played by Nick, he pulls out a poem he wrote for her and reads it. Tears and kisses ensue.
Andi also starts making out with Marcus when she’s alone with him. It seems she and many of the men here for her are compatible.
Continuing the theme of confrontation, Marquel decides to bring up the “blackie” incident with Andrew. He denies it with believability, and is hurt by the accusation.
Andrew even brings up the issue with Andi. He says he feels attacked and doesn’t know if he has what it takes to continue in the competition.
JJ, the 31-year-old pantsrapraneur, ends up with the group date rose. I think Andi appreciates his spirit on group dates, as he always goes out of his way to make her smile on them. He mimed their one-on-one date.
After the drama of the previous night, Andi is happy to get out with Brian. They go to a French cinema and watch a movie about a couple who cook together, “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”
They decide to do a little reenacting and cook a meal themselves. They go to a market to buy ingredients, and end up sampling some sea urchin. I don’t think they’ll taste it again.
Once they’re in the kitchen, Andi realizes that Brian doesn’t cook. There’s no heat in this kitchen. She thinks it’s awkward. Once they actually taste the food, they realize it’s devoid of flavor. They opt for a meal at a restaurant instead.
That works out better. Andi likes the conversation they have, so she gives him a rose.
She decides to skip the cocktail party and go right to the rose ceremony because she knows who she wants to stay already.
In the end, Andrew, Marquel and Patrick are sent home. Andrew is sad he was bullied during the competition. Patrick barely had face time — or camera time — with Andi. Marquel sheds a tear or two over his failed attempt to find love.
On to Venice next week.concert, dates, movie, music, producer