So after Chris Harrison patiently explains the rules AGAIN to the remaining, and clearly puzzled, idiots, we're off to Atlantic City which was kind of a fucking dump when I went there like 20 years ago but maybe they've cleaned shit up or whatnot. We're kicking off with a Solo Date with Brad, the one with the shameful secret child MADDOX and the fun-lovin ex. Brad is as bland and featureless as a field of gently waving wheat but Dez tries to kick him into high gear with her k-razy hijinx like some rides on the boardwalk and invading a chocolate production facility and plucking food off the fucking line like Jesus where is the fucking health inspector and now some of you may be pulling long Desiree hair from your chocopretzels or whatever.
For dinner we decamp to some lighthouse thing where Brad mumbles quietly about nothing until some stimuli triggers a rudimentary memory of the events earlier that day. "I keep thinking about our..." he begins. USE YOUR WORDS BRAD. OUR WHAT? But the best he can do is a "whoosh" sound and a hand gesture. I think he's talking about some ride they went on. Our maybe the time he took an airplane up into the sky.
Perhaps sensing that spending any more time with Brad would be like teaching Mandarin to a pug, Des wisely ditches him and he cries and gets in a cab. "I don't think she rejected me," he says. I don't think Brad knows what "rejected" means.
The Group Date thing was just painful and I'm not going to go into a lot of details but essentially it featured a bunch of them competing in some faux beauty pageant. This sorry affair was only redeemed by the presence of "world famous pageant coach Mr. Christopher Dean" who was there purely to turn the FABULOUS up to 1000 but can do little to help out. Somehow they drugged/paid a number of hapless citizens to attend this shit tornado. It's all about as awful as it sounds WAIT DID JUAN PABLO JUST SAY HE HAD A DAUGHTER? Did we know that already? Is there any contestant who doesn't have kids? What the fuck? Somebody "won," I guess. I was kinda zoned out at this point.
Post, yet another pool party. The guy who looks like James Mercer from the Shins writes poetry! Look, he's reading a poem! It's from the roses-are-red school of ABAB rhyme scheme poetry like you'd expect. Later, Drilling Fluid Engineer busts out the guitar to bore Des with a song that is a cross between "She Talks to Angels" by the Black Crowes and a My Feelings Mad Libs. At least he doesn't appear to be hopped up on the amphetamines and grinning like a Human Skull like he usually is.
Solo date with 1920's Wanted Poster James. Oh Jesus, they're off to survey the damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The first helicopter ride of the season is kind of a drag, I have to tell you. Off we go over the destroyed homes and stuff. THINK OF ALL THE NEW JERSEYANS WHO CAN'T GET BODY PIERCED NOW.
The Bummercopter lands in Seaside Heights where we meet an oddly accented older couple who lived through the hurricane and tour their gutted home. YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE US NOW BACHELORETTE. Instead of fixing their house, Dez dipatches them to dinner at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. James' heart is broken and also he would like some spaghetti. Oh good, now we have to follow the Olds on their date. They actually have way more personality than anyone on this show. Back at spaghetti, James has a dark secret to confess! He did something terrible once! Holy shit, what is it gonna be? Wait, what? You CHEATED ON YOUR GIRLFRIEND FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE? Really? Who didn't? That's the best you can do? Wait a minute, you were with her for 5 years before college? I think your secret is "I had sex with a 14-year-old girl." There, fixed it for you.
James and Des are reunited with the Olds, who now have one more trial to endure - a solo show by Darius Rucker. The Olds look panicked but will make it through this together. Oh, Darius Rucker got coke-skinny at some point! He plays some "music" and whatever.
Pre Rose Ceremony party. That doofus Michael has some kind of manual PowerPoint presentation with scraps of paper and a Sharpie. There's some issue with Bryden but I couldn't really follow. He wants to get off the show? He's not sure Des is here for the right reasons? I don't really know. Nobody cares. Go, leave if you want to.
Oh fuck only one getting the boot tonight. Comes down to MIKEY and Some Guy and duh since MIKEY is obviously a Drama Source you know he's not going anywhere so hasta la vista, Some Guy. He's shocked and doesn't know how this happened. You should watch the show sometime. It'll help you decode this awful mystery.
NEXT WEEK D tells us we are going where "the men wear lederhosen." OH GOOD WE'RE GOING TO THE IT'S A SMALL WORLD RIDE AT DISNEYLAND. Oh, we're going to Munich. OK then.