Dear Susan: The Bachelorette is all about the drama

Dear Susan,

I feel you, Kaitlyn.

I feel you, Kaitlyn.

This season of The Bachelorette is a mess. And not in a good way. For the 4th week in a row, tonight’s episode did not end with a rose ceremony, the previous week’s rose ceremony was overshadowed by Kaitlyn kicking out another guy, the dates were overshadowed by one man’s presence and no one is standing out as a match to Kaitlyn. I don’t know if the producers feel that these beginning weeks are too boring because there are so many guys to whittle down, but they are putting too much into the excess drama that doesn’t make me like anyone (including Kaitlyn) and not enough into showing us the romance and cheesiness the audience has come to look forward to.

Things did not end well between Clint & JJ.

Things did not end well between Clint & JJ.

So, last week we left with Kaitlyn walking outside to give Clint the ol’ heave ho. She does so in quick fashion, realizing that she doesn’t trust him and gratefully acknowledging all of the bullshit he is spewing (even when trying to defend himself, Clint talks more about how close he and JJ have gotten than how much he likes Kaitlyn and wants to see where their relationship could go). When they get back inside and Kaitlyn gives him the chance to say good-bye to the rest of the guys, JJ totally throws Clint under the bus and asks him to apologize to everyone for wasting their precious time with Kaitlyn.

Don't cry JJ. New York City is fun!

Don’t cry JJ. New York City is fun!

This does not go over well with Clint, their bromance ends in dramatic fashion and JJ ends up hitting himself with his back to the camera to try to get himself to stop crying (this is a HUGE red flag of the weirdness to come. I can feel it). When Chris Harrison comes out to tell Kaitlyn that it’s time to hand out the roses, she decides to keep everyone who’s still there around for another week. So we go from 15 guys to 14 guys and they’re all leaving the house and heading out for their trip around the world. First stop: New York City!

I am hopeful going into this NYC leg of the show that things are going to calm down and even out and Kaitlyn will go back to the episode structure of Group Date, One-On-One, Group Date, Rose Ceremony, but no such luck. Continue reading