Just another day in paradise! Despite almost being sent home, Juelia got another shot at love on the Aug. 23 episode of ‘Bachelor In Paradise,’ while her former friend, Samantha, continued to stir up drama with Joe. Read the full recap here!
Drama, drama, drama! On this week’s Bachelor In Paradise, JJ makes a shocking rose ceremony decision, Jade and Tanner take things to the next level, and a new face in paradise causes some drama between Samantha and Joe. Oh, and Ashley I. cries…a lot. Catch up here!
After getting called out by EVERYONE in the house, Joe finally admits that he did “whatever it took” — aka using Juelia — to get a rose in order to meet Samantha, and despite being friends with Juelia, Sam is still on Team Joe. While everyone else is doing their best to comfort the heartbroken single mother (JJ even offered to give her his rose — so sweet!!!!), Sam and Joe are still off on their own and ALL over each other. Gross. Enough. Then, ahead of the rose ceremony, Sam continues to lie about talking to Joe before the show and claims she didn’t come to Paradise just to meet him. UGH.
At the cocktail party, a few ladies are on the chopping block, and the ball is in JJ’s court. Although he went on a great date with Megan last week, several housemates are pushing for him to give Juelia his rose so she can stick around for another week and get another chance at finding love. Juelia doesn’t want pity, though, and asks host Chris Harrison if he’ll bring back Mikey, who she mistakenly passed up for Joe earlier in the season, so she can see if there’s a connection. More on that coming up…
JJ’s Shocking Rose Ceremony Decision
Okay, so here’s how the rose ceremony went down: Joshua chose Tenley, Jared made Ashley I’s day by making her his choice, Kirk and Carley (obviously) paired up and Tanner chose Jade. And then comes the moment of truth — JJ’s turn — and SHOCKINGLY he chooses to give his rose to…Ashley S.?!?!?!! His explanation? Juelia told him not to give her his rose out of pity, and even though he had a great time with Megan, he felt Ashley deserved the chance to stick around and find love the most. Oh…and then JJ reveals he realized where his heart really lies — with a girl at home. And he’s gone!
The show must go on, though. Obviously, Joe gives his rose to Samantha, leaving Dan as the last man standing, with Amber, who he just went on a good date with, Clare, Juelia and Megan as the remaining girls. After getting some advice from Carley, Dan decides to keep Amber to see if they have a connection, sending his friend Juelia home, along with Clare and Megan. But the road isn’t ending for Juelia — Chris grants her wish and lets Mikey come back so the two can have another shot!
Samantha Stirs Up More Drama
With the Juelia drama out of the way, things seem to be going well for Joe and Samantha — but not for long! Nick, from Season 7 of The Bachelorette shows up, and admits he’d spoken to Sam on the phone before the show and promised her he’d ask her on a date when he arrived. Sam attempts to save face, though, and turns down Nick’s offer — but it doesn’t take long for the newbie to spill about how much they’d spoken before the show started!
Although Samantha is giving Joe a ton of attention, he’s totally paranoid about losing her, and Samantha is finally starting to wonder if what everyone’s been saying about her new man is true. In an attempt to woo Sam once again, Joe sets up a date night (in the form of a birthday celebration for HIMSELF), but things don’t go the way he planned — because Sam points out the red flags she’s noticed after all the drama. Aaaaand, much to Joe’s dismay, Samantha ends things. (THANK GOD).
Love (And Tequlia) Are In The Air
Nick still has a decision to make, though, and decides to ask Ashley S. on his date instead, and Tanner (not surprisingly) uses his date card to spend the day with Jade. The latter use the opportunity to take things to the next level by choosing to continue their date in a hotel suite, where they spill their feelings (and fears) to one another and Tanner — adorably — asks Jade to be his girlfriend. Seems like these two have NOTHING to worry about.
Things aren’t as classy for Nick and Ashley, though! The duo get totally wasted during their day out, and thing wind up getting a biiiiit sloppy in the hot tub after. Needless to say, it doesn’t take Nick long to figure out how “out there” (his words) Ashley is.
Ashley I. Is Crying…A Lot…Again
Meanwhile, Ashley I. continues to prove she’s way more into Jared than he is into her — she literally has to force him to kiss her. “I think Jared and I are finally getting to be on the same page,” she says in a confessional. Girl, what island are you on?! He admits to some of the other guys that he’s not feeling the same way she is, and he knows it’s time to talk it out — cue some MAJOR Ashley tears. Jared finally breaks things off, and Ashley literally can. not. deal. with. it.
Okay, tell us HollywoodLifers: Do you think things will work out between Juelia and Mikey? What do you think will happen with Joe and Sam next? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below!
— Alyssa Norwin