Bachelor in Paradise 2021 Recap: Right Reasons

Bachelor in Paradise Recap 2021 | Week 4

So. Much. D-R-A-M-A.

And I loved every second. I have thoughts upon thoughts. Let’s get right to it, shall we?

As usual, I will keep it tight with the “Top 5 Things You Need To Know” recap, accompanied by my super-nifty Spotify playlist. Enjoy!!

“Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley

Well, the rumors of Brendan vibing with Pieper (from Matt James’ season) before entering the beaches of Paradise have turned out to be accurate. It’s clear Brendan came with an agenda. However, it’s equally clear that he did not share the details with Pieper since she waltzes down the cobblestone steps, speaks to no one, and inquires if Brendan would like to go out on a date with her.

She spoke to zero people. Pieper took one breath of seaspray air and launched her question into Brendan’s lap without a care in the world. He had to summon all chill he could muster to blurt out a non-convincing, “Wow, just like that? Okay!”

As most do in this situation, Brendan tells Natasha that he would like to explore things with Pieper. He understands that Natasha is aces, but he would like to see where “this” is going and appreciates Natasha for understanding. Spoiler alert: Natasha does not understand.

Brendan continues the ruse of being the romantic guy who just wants to navigate Paradise well during their date. He claims he’s had a fun run with Natasha, resulting in Pieper’s “WTF” face. She thought they “knew where they were at” before he left for Paradise. Brendan tries to play the game, but Pieper woefully doesn’t understand that he has to be cool, otherwise, Bachelor Nation declares him an official jackwagon.

Finally, to save his pending relationship with Pieper, he drops the act and reminds Pieper that he had to drag someone along so he could actually stay in Paradise long enough for Pieper to show up. That annoying person (Brendan’s description, not mine) was Natasha. And it’s a good thing he gave her his rose. She wouldn’t have any other prospects without his generosity.

Brendan is the worst.

This unflattering behavior extends to the next morning when he and Pieper are unable to resist keeping their hands off of each other. This brand of flirting seems very familiar. There’s way too much giggling for Piedan to be an aspiring new couple. And Natasha needs answers. Does she go to Brendan to get them? No way. She requests a private audience with Pieper.

This is when Pieper accidentally throws Brendan under the bus. Natasha wants to know how long they’ve been hanging out. Two months. How many times have they seen each other? Ten. When was the last time she saw Brendan? The day before he left for Paradise.

Oh no, he didn’t.

Brendan tries to defend himself. Some of those times he hung out with Pieper were in a group setting. Also, when she was in Boston…

I’m sorry, Pieper was in Boston? With Brendan? Alone?

What’s worse is the time when Pieper and Brendan discuss their Instagram followers. Unbeknownst to them, the camera catches their cuddling time through the palm fronds. How these two yahoos forgot they have on microphones is unfortunate for them, but it makes for excellent TV for us! The conversation proves that their time on the show was premeditated.

And Bachelor Nation is not happy. I trust you follow Bachelor Data (especially on Instagram). I wish you had told me about her earlier because I discovered the account and am FASCINATED by her data. As of right now, when I type this sentence, Brendan has lost 58 thousand followers. THAT IS A TON OF PEOPLE.

Natasha has gained 178 thousand. THAT IS A TON OF PEOPLE! And the best part is that she’s about to surpass Brendan in the total count.

On his Instagram Monday night, Brendan wrote below a very sultry model picture of himself in the pool, “Not here for the right reasons.” It currently has 24,713 comments.

All the feeeeeeeeeels.

“In Da Club” by 50 Cent

Tituss Burgess is the show’s new host, and he rocks the boat by inviting half the cast to an exclusive VIP party. Most of the couples are separated, making the arrival of four new girls in the club a big fat bummer for the girls and heaven-sent for the dudes.

Chelsea, Alana, Alena, and a blonde from previous seasons smash their bodies up on the boys’ bathing suit parts as former Disney tween sensation Olivia Holt croons lyrics, instructing the audience to move their hips. Then, Alana (you don’t remember her) grabs Chris and drags him to another room so they can make out like horny teenagers at the prom. Next, a producer instructs Jessenia to walk down the hallway and look to her left. She spies Alana with her tongue down her boyfriend’s throat and becomes visibly upset.

Chris attempts to make things better by saying he feels a spark with Alana, which is missing with Jessenia. (This is the same excuse Jessenia used when dumping Ivan for Chris.) Jessenia is confused. He’s known Alana for five minutes. How has he determined this emotion so clearly?

It really doesn’t matter what Jessenia thinks since Chris is straight-up dirty dancing with Alana on the floor whilst making out at the same time. Jessenia chooses to leave to go back to the beach and inform everyone that she and Chris are done, thanks to some incoming newbies. With Thomas currently at that hoochie party, this information makes Tammy hyperventilate. Maurissa has a nervous breakdown at the thought of Riley looking at one of those other girls.

“Me and Mrs. Jones” by Michael Bublé

Chris mopes around the beach the next morning and is stunned when Tammy approaches him with a very aggressive, ‘WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT?” He pretends to be tormented by the previous night’s tryst. His entire demeanor changes when Alana bounces down the steps in a lovely black spandex gown. She has a date card, and she wants to take Chris. He’s willing and ready.

Becca gently suggests he talk to Jessenia before he leaves to zip line with No Name. Chris claims he doesn’t know where she is as four people turn to the right and point to Jessenia sitting with Abigail and Mari. He schleps over to ask Jessenia to talk. Guess what? She has nothing to say to Chris. He showed his true colors last night, and that’s all she needs to see to formulate an opinion. Bye.

When the happy couple returns to the beach later that night, Joe intercepts Chris as Alana heads to the bar. Joe wants to know if Chris knew Alana before coming on the show because his actions seem awfully calculated. Chris does not assume a dominating position as Alana taught earlier in the day, and Joe, Jessenia, Riley, and Maurissa tell him he’s fake, has no moral code, and is officially voted off the island.

Question: Did Jeff Probst take over hosting duties for Our Host Chris Harrison? Did I miss something? Can we just vote people off the island willy nilly? Shouldn’t there be a council meeting? Or is that what is happening? I never can tell when there aren’t any tiki torches.

Chris slumps off to find Alana moody on her bed. He thinks it’s best if he leaves, and her reaction is priceless.

Alana: “You’re just going to leave me here to deal with all of this? I JUST GOT HERE.”
Chris: “No. I was hoping you would come with me.”
Alana: “And if I stay, I won’t have any friends?”
Chris: “I don’t know.”

The next thing we see is Chris packing his bags and lifting himself into one of the rejection SUVs. Whoopsie. Alana is already in that car, and she lets him know real quick that his ride is behind hers.

As this entire ordeal unfolds, I can’t help but wonder how Chris was so publically ostracized for generally doing the exact same thing as Brendan. Both came with preconceived plans to somehow raise their visibility in the world or get a free vacation. Granted, I’m pretty sure that’s what the entire cast is doing there, but shouldn’t Natasha have received just as big of defense as Jessenia? Or is it because Brendan is a good guy who did an awful thing? And Chris practically had vertical sex on the dancefloor in front of everyone? Thoughts?

“Check Yes or No” by George Strait

Kenny, Mari, Demi, and Tia are in a love square at the beginning of the show. Unfortunately, Tia is spotted twice during the entire episode, which means Kenny gave her the boot somewhere along the way. Triangles are much more manageable.

Mari tells Kenny she is all in. She wants him. She would leave with him on her arm today. He seems pretty excited to hear this and rewards Mari with a strange lip bite/tug, followed by a passionate kiss. When he comes up for air, he trudges down to talk to Demi to let her know that he’s officially off the market and will not be joining her in the boom-boom room any time in the near future. She handles this news in traditional Demi format by pulling her hair in front of her face and whining. She’s unclear why Kenny would choose someone as boring as a pageant queen when he could have someone fun and playful.

Who knew Kenny would be the hot commodity on the beach this season? Way to go, guy in my demographic!

“Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash

Becca receives a date card and is perplexed. With supermodel Chelsea taking Aaron on a date, who should she choose to accompany her? Even though Ivan and Jordan James are hella single, Becca tugs Tammy a few yards away from the bar to see if she’s cool with letting Thomas go to dinner. Tammy, who bows before the Bachelor royalty standing in front of her, assures Becca that it is totally fine if she wants to take Thomas. Tammy even gives Becca permission to kiss him if she wants.

Which she does. Lots of times.

Tammy theorizes that if Thomas comes back vibing on Becca, then she knows it’s not real with her, and that’s a good thing. Then she hysterically cries for the rest of the episode.

Here are a few other things you need to know from the episode:

  • The drama between Joe and Kendall was nothing. Joe stays with Serena and Kendall does situps the rest of the day.
  • Abigail and Noah are back together.
  • Jordan James’ hair still doesn’t move.
  • There are tons of girls who do NOT have significant others at this point. Kendall, Deandra, Demi, Tia, Natasha, Jessenia, and potentiall Tammy if Thomas gives his rose to Becca.
  • Does this mean that more guys will come down the steps next week?
  • The show is only on Tuesday nights for the rest of the month, so set your DVRs!
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September 8, 2021 7:11 pm

Any theories about the difference between the treatment if brendan/chris? Makes no sense to me

September 8, 2021 7:27 pm
Reply to  Grace

All I get is that the guys accept Brendan more for some reason. Not right or fair. But I’m thinking he gets his comeuppance?? Hopefully he and Pieper both!

September 9, 2021 10:54 am
Reply to  Grace

I think it’s just because Brendan was more established in the franchise. He made it to hometowns at least on Tayshia’s season and I think Pieper made it decently far on Matt’s too. Meanwhile, Chris and Alana are nobodies no one remembers and just aren’t one of the “cool kids.” Though I definitely think Brendan/Pieper will be revisited next episode and they’re not out of the woods yet.

September 9, 2021 11:55 am
Reply to  Grace

Maybe Brendan was there longer?!? No idea.

September 13, 2021 1:49 pm
Reply to  Grace

I think there were two things that were edited down a bit that contributed to the differential treatment of two seemingly similar situations: (1) I think that Chris got very intoxicated at the party and bragged about insta followers in a very obnoxious way that turned people off (in addition to dropping Jessenia like a bad habit); and (2) by both Brenden’s and Chris’s actions prior to the new arrival, the rest of the cast thought that Brendan wasn’t particularly into Natasha, but thought Chris was VERY into Jessenia and that he was truly acting. I seem to remember a scene where Natasha was rubbing Brenden’s back but I am not even sure if he ever kissed her. They seemed a lukewarm couple at best IMO.

September 8, 2021 7:21 pm

First time posting! Love love love your recaps Lincee!!! Please recap Survivor too! You’re obvi a fan!!
Sincerely, Robin (Your #1 51 year old fan❤️)

September 8, 2021 7:24 pm

What about the dogs eating the fruit on Chris and No Names Date? That was hysterical! Hopefully it did not harm the dogs? How about the 2 horses seemingly in love on Aaron’s date with Chelsea? They were adorable! The animals were the calmest part of the show. Your recap was spot on and hilarious. Hopefully, next week, Piepdan will get theirs! Love the Jordan James hair comment.

Jim J
Jim J
September 8, 2021 7:36 pm

Brendan is super snake and Piepper looks way too young for this show.

I’m a big Demi fan. I think she is great TV and fun to watch. I Meerkat every time she appears. While all the woman are stunning, Becca makes me stare without blinking.

September 8, 2021 8:55 pm

Did anyone else notice that Thomas said “let’s do the damn thing” (Becca’s “line”) when they were leaving, yet claimed to not know anything about her season when at dinner? Seems sketch to me…But then again, it is Thomas… Great recap – Brendan & Pieper need to go… Bummer that we didn’t get a rose ceremony at all this week!

September 8, 2021 10:25 pm
Reply to  Mel

I could see where that line of Becca’s could have been discussed on the beach during many of the unfilmed hours. After all, she said it constantly.

September 9, 2021 9:58 pm
Reply to  DonnaMarie

That’s possible…I haven’t seen it aired on BIP though, so thought it was strange. Who knows! 🙂

Mollie A
Mollie A
September 8, 2021 9:28 pm

A full week without a rose ceremony?! Jesus take the wheel! The only reason I can see why Piedan didn’t get torn up the way Chris and Alana did is that only we saw the date and Instagram conversations. I love the Spotify themed recaps, Lincee. Thanks again for a great recap!

September 9, 2021 10:55 am
Reply to  Mollie A

Yeah excellent point. The people on the beach don’t know just how bad it really was. Also I’m pretty sure Brendan assumed that his scratching on the microphone drowned out that convo until he saw it on tv Tuesday night.

September 9, 2021 12:40 am

So glad Joe didn’t re-Kendall! Brendan and Pieper deserve karma and each other. Natasha and Jessenia are Queens. Demi would’ve dumped Kenny anyway. Aaron doesn’t seem right for Becca. Paradise needs men!!

September 9, 2021 7:07 am

Am I the only one who thinks that there was no pre-scheming between Chris and Alana? I think they’d met before, but they’d clearly never kissed. And even when everyone was yelling at Chris for his alleged conniving, he really didn’t seem to get it; he thought they were mad that was ditching Jessenia. I am NO fan of Chris, but I don’t think his hookup with Alana had been planned in advance.

September 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Reply to  Cheryl

Jessenia mentioned that Alana had thrown herself it Chris “before coming here.” So, obviously met. Then Alana says, “I’m here to see if we can take it further,” or something to that effect. I just think she got mad that he got them kicked off and she couldn’t stay. I really think Chris is THAT dim.

September 9, 2021 7:48 am

My first thought when everyone ganged up on Chris is that Jessenia must be super duper nice,everyone likes her, and is upset she was treated so poorly.
While I do thing Brendan is a snake, he really wasn’t hot and heavy with Natasha this whole time. He barely kissed her for weeks. That should have been a huge red flag.

September 9, 2021 9:04 am

Why isn’t anyone interested in James? He is handsome, seems kind and respectful, and gets along with everyone.

September 9, 2021 10:56 am
Reply to  Star

And Ivan???

September 9, 2021 12:04 pm
Reply to  Libby

Seriously!!! They are the best. My guess is that they’re not “tv material,” because they’re so genuine?

September 9, 2021 11:03 am

These episodes were such a drag. I like drama, of course, I watch this show, but to spend literally over half of a two hour episode on one issue is soooo booorrrinnngggg. It was so rehashed I just don’t care about Brendan/Pieper or Chris/Alana anymore.

Kendall has historically been my most favorite person who has ever been on this show. She was so emotionally intelligent on her seasons and frankly I stan a girl who makes Arie stuff a squirrel on her hometown date. I always kind of thought she could do better than Joe. Not that he’s not a good guy, I just see her with like a scientist or a museum curator or someone like that. Always kind of felt like she settled at the end of last paradise. So, I’m not upset they didn’t get back together. However, I do not see it with Joe and Serena though. She’s 23. This girl is not ready to marry a 35-year-old who’s ready to settle down and have babies. Also do we know that SHE is fine with moving to Chicago?

September 10, 2021 8:35 am

The 4th girl at the party is Mykenna and one of the others is Aleigha from peters season or however you spell her name lol!

September 10, 2021 4:08 pm

Becca does not belong on BIP. It feels like she’s slumming.

September 15, 2021 11:41 am
Reply to  Teri

I like Becca and don’t hate having her on my tv again and she’s had some funny lines, but it feels like she’s taking opportunity from others who haven’t had as much of a chance. Like girl you had your shot and it was a way bigger shot than anyone else here will ever get.

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