We begin with some guests from last season! Oh, here's the winner, air quotes, Catherine, who has not shied away from the dessert table since she got engaged to Big Dumb Sean and also a couple of runnerups, Lesley and Jackie, who was barely around for a cup of coffee. They engage in some forced-giggling faux girl talk and obviously there is some time to kill in this episode. Nice seeing you guys, anyway.
Solo date with Brooks, who probably owns stock in a mousse factory. Sadly, they are forced to drive around in one of those little toy cars while Des giggles and narrates in that annoying way that people who read signs as you pass them do. They have some picnic up on a mountain and both quickly deploy all their cloud jokes. This is so boring. At the Outdoor Candlelight Dinner that night, Des is wearing some faux snakeskin sequined miniskirt that isn't doing her ass any favors and Brooks is already talking hometown dates! He yammers on about how his family is so close blah blah blah at least I think that's what he's saying, he's a mumbler and I can't make it all out and it's boring as fuck anyway so who gives a shit.
Solo with Chris, I think that's his name, the Awful Poetry guy. They're going on a boat, or, as Chris says, "chillin' boat style, drinkin' some vino," and we have a new winner for the WHITEST THING EVER SAID ON TV, beating out all seven seasons of the Bob Newhart Show. If they do the "King of the World" shit that everyone now feels compelled to do whenever they're within 50 yards of a boat I am BLOWING SHIT UP. She thinks he is a "great looking guy" so Jonah Hill must look like Ryan Gosling to her. At a picnic somewhere, our worst nightmares are realized because they are going to WRITE A POEM TOGETHER. Oh Jesus. They don't even try to rhyme anymore, so it just comes out like someone cut up a bunch of Hallmark cards and then taped the words together randomly. "Together love always we is experience share" and shit like that. At Candledinner, Des is sporting a different sequined skirt and oh God he has ANOTHER FUCKING POEM. Oh, this is the one where he tells her he loves her. I would have loved to see him workshop this one. "One of the colors I know is blue/And also I love you," no, no, that's not right, "A Japanese island is called Honshu/So I love you." CLOSER!
Date with Michael, the whiny 12-year-old diabetic tattletale. Ugh, he is wearing a button-down tucked into khaki shorts and flip flops, pretty much the prototypical Douche Uniform. For some reason we are sledding around? The fuck?
Let's Double Our Fun with Drew and Human Skull. Drew says "if you don't get the rose at the end of this date it's going to be stressful" so maybe Drew is rooting for Human Skull too? They're going go-kart racing! After the 3 of them take a spin, Des says, "How about you two go at it? Then you don't have to worry about me getting in the way." Drew likes this idea A LOT!
Then we have a picnic and whatever and oh look, Human Skull has made some drawings! They appear to be crude representations of places they have been. VERY GOOD, HUMAN SKULL! Also, Drew wants Des to meet his severely mentally handicapped sister. She's probably like Niels Bohr compared to this crowd, so that should be no big thang. Also a killer way to get a rose, which he does. Smooth.
Following a brief pre-Rose confab with Chris Harrison, where I think she says Brooks is the current points leader, off to the Rose Ceremony. Hey you guys, is this season going especially fast or something? We're already at Hometowns next week? I'm not complaining, don't get me wrong. Anyway, what the fuck is Chris wearing? It's like a Goodwill blazer turned inside out. Does he not own a suit? OK, Brooks, then Chris, then Human Skull. Good riddance, Michael. In the exit interview he's all sweaty and teeth-clenchy like he dipped into the Evidence Coke. In the Crying Van, he calls Mom to tell her he got dumped! "That's ok, sweetie pie," she says. "She doesn't know what she's missing. Now come home and I'll make you Fruity Pebbles."
Oh, in the previews for next week we see Des's tweaker bro, so hopefully he will liven shit up next week. Somebody get that man a pipe!