'The Bachelorette': Joshua Radin headlines a very 'musical' night
But let's talk about the good stuff first, then we'll get to the bad.
For her group date, an under-the-weather Ali brought the boys to the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway where "The Lion King" is performed. Perfect timing! The episode aired the night after the Tony Awards, so everyone's got Broadway on the mind. I'll admit, I'm a theater geek, so the idea of getting the chance to sit in on rehearsals and then participate in the show blew my mind. The bachelors got to "audition," singing "Can You Feel The Love Tonight." Though Roberto won, Jesse was the obvious standout. He may not have made eye contact with Ali, but his voice impressed even me.
During the usual post-date cocktail party, Ali and Frank went out in the rain, and she promised him that she's crazy about him. He's one of my favorites, so I was pleased to hear that he's one of hers too! Though sometimes he's over-eager, they really seem to have fun together. He loves to laugh, and so does she.
Speaking of my favorites, Chris L. got a solo date for his birthday. Ali was still ill, so he just came to hang out in her hotel suite with her. She looked about as ill as she felt, but I was impressed that she was willing to be filmed pale-faced with her hair in a messy snarl. It's refreshing. The date turned out perfect for Chris. He and Ali needed some relaxing downtime to talk about their families, which they couldn't have done suspended from a rooftop or performing on Broadway.
Ali ended up feeling well enough to take a little stroll, during which she whipped out her phone and suggested that Chris call his dad. Because the men are banned from most phone calls, it was a big deal. Chris got tears in his eyes! That's one family I'd like to be a part of. After that, they went upstairs, where Joshua Radin sang them into their first kiss. He's an amazing singer-songwriter known for his soundtrack collaborations with Zach Braff (and for his performance at Ellen DeGeneres' wedding to Portia de Rossi.)
Nobody tried to commit suicide. Yes, if you saw the previews for this episode, you know that was a valid concern.
Weatherman got sent home. Although I'm sure he was a perfectly nice guy, he wasn't right for Ali. I've known that since day one, but when he broke out the guitar and proceeded to serenade Ali, it sealed the deal. Enjoy your life, Jonathan. I hope you never bump into Craig M.
Kasey sang some bizarrely improvised song. Twice. I have never had such horrible secondhand embarrassment in my life. He didn't even get any positive reinforcement; Ali clearly thought he'd gone bananas.
Kasey reminded Ali that he will protect and guard her heart. Seriously. A lot. I don't think Kasey is a real person. I think he's a robot with a limited number of phrases programmed into his head. Protect and guard are synonyms, Kasey. You only have to choose one. Or none at all, because this whole mantra is getting creepy.
Speaking of creepy, Kasey got a tattoo. Of a heart, blocked by a shield. Get it? Protect. And. Guard. Her. Heart. Apparently, this is his way of showing her that he's done with the grand gestures and over-the-top antics. Subtlety is obviously Kasey's strong suit. (Plus, how weird was it that he told the other Bachelors he'd gone to the hospital? If you're going to lie, make up something that's slightly believable.)
Kasey got to stay. You read that right. He never got a chance to show Ali his tattoo, and now he gets to go to Iceland with the gang. Noooo!
Ali spread her germs all over the place. Did anyone else notice that? She made out with Roberto, Frank and Chris L. while she was gross and symptomatic. Stop infecting my favorites, Ali!
Hot Jesse got sent home. How his singing didn't melt Ali's heart, I don't know. Jesse, call me. I will appreciate you.
And in conclusion: Who is Chris N. and how come he keeps getting roses? It's like they've got a stowaway.
Your turn, Show Trackers! Hit me with your thoughts in the comments. Love it? Leave it? Did you go straight to iTunes to pick up Josh Radin's latest, or were Kasey, Jesse or Jonathan more your taste? Who do you think is going to end up with Ali at the end?
-- Carina MacKenzie
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Photo: Ali watches the boys "audition" at the Minskoff Theatre. Credit: ABC