Bachelorette Michelle Fantasy Suites: My Girl

Bachelorette RacBachelorette Michelle Recap | Fantasy Suites

Well, dear readers. Michelle has decided on the final two who will continue to galavant around Mexico, vying for her heart. We all have to be okay with it, even though her choice doesn’t technically make sense. 

Let me be clear — Joe is going to be okay. I’m sure Tayshia is doing everything she can to mend his wounded heart, but that’s another post for another day. Some of us could see the writing on the wall. Joe was too much like Tayshia. He was the relationship that made sense. In most cases, a good-looking, tall guy who loves basketball and has somewhat a future plan is a slam dunk. 

The Bachelorette hoopla is not “most cases.” 

Michelle has the obvious choice (Joe), competing with the easy choice (Brandon). And then there’s Nayte. Although he’s not a traditional bad boy on camera, the fact that he has a thousand tattoos and piercings upon piercings puts him in a category all his own. Can we label it? Perhaps. But the intrigue is what attracts our girl to Nayte’s very tall stature. 

Wrap all those details in a posh, Mexican resort environment, and you’ve got a girl who will definitely end up in a Crouching Tiger Hidden Mesnick posture when she sends the normal, attractive, perfectly eligible bachelor home. 


Brandon is first on the agenda, which thrills our first-time passport holder. Michelle plops him on a horse, another first for Brandon, and they trot off through the Mexican jungle, which spits them out onto a secluded beach. Michelle is quick to point out that spending time with Brandon is easy. She also likes that their families are very similar. Plus, their chemistry is off the charts. 

Brandon spends most of his time keeping Michelle on that pedestal he’s built for her since day one. He one-hundred percent can see himself engaged by the end of this journey because he is in love with Michelle. He confirms this statement by reminding her that he will always put her first. Brandon also spends a lot of the conversation promising to hold Michelle. 

My roommate Lara thinks that “hold” is a code word for other amorous activities. 

Michelle pulls out the forgo card, and Brandon all but scoops her up and whisks her away to the fantasy suite. They make out in the hot tub as fireworks explode above their heads. 

The next morning, Michelle adits that Brandon is “becoming my best friend. Michelle believes it when Brandon tells her he loves her, which is OFTEN. They celebrate with a literal food fight in the bed. 

On another note, the person who penciled in Michelle’s eyebrows on Brandon’s date needs an intervention. Did they mean to make her look like a cartoon villain about to unhinge her jaw and swallow Brandon whole? If that is the case, then mission accomplished. 


Brandon comes back from his date the next morning, and the ABC producers make Nayte and Joe sit there and stare at him. It’s hella awkward, which is exactly what they are going for. Brandon provides zero details. Joe eventually hauls himself up off the couch and prepares for his date.

Michelle tells us that Joe is very attractive and a “little piece of home.” He puts a smile on her face, and even though he moves at a slower pace, they have advanced in their relationship. But he needs to give her more. 

Joe opens up a bit while zip-lining. He screams and hollers her name, which she finds adorable. She appreciates seeing his goofy side. And when she asks him at dinner how he feels about dating an extrovert, his answer is spot on. Michelle can bring out a side of himself that he didn’t know existed.

He also wants three kids, just like her, and has big dreams for the future, now that basketball is not an option. He wants to inspire others on how to use athletic tools learned in school while working in the real world. In other words, Joe’s got a plan.

Michelle likes this idea of being a Minnesota power couple with Joe. So she presents him with the forgo card, and they head straight to the bedroom. 

The next day, Michelle tells the camera that Joe might be her soulmate. She wants him to know exactly how much she cares about him and how much he means to her. Let the record show that Michelle never said she loved Joe. But she did say that Joe “changed everything.”

Shout out to the ABC Intern who found actual skeleton keys for the forgo cards!  Such a special touch on a special night. 


Nayte gets a day at sea on a yacht. That’s totally the same as horses and zip lining. Don’t look too much into it. Michelle is ecstatic that she and Nayte can pick up where they left off. Nayte reminds Michelle that he’s crazy about her, and she melts in his arms as they make out all over the ocean. 

However, Michelle doesn’t shy away from the fact that Nayte hasn’t been forthcoming about his feelings. In addition, his step-dad Charles just told her that Nayte is not ready for an engagement. She’s decided that she needs to ask the hard questions at dinner and let the chips fall where they may. She will be heartbroken if he can’t get to love by the end of this journey.

Michelle starts with a normal question of someone who would be potentially getting down on one knee in a week. “Do you have a lot on your mind to talk about?”

Nayte’s quick response of “not really” almost causes Michelle to swallow her tongue. Nayte takes note of the response and treads lightly as Michelle gives him a second opportunity to respond. Finally, Nayte drops the ball one more time by answering, “I don’t have answers to my questions. And that’s life! Wouldn’t it be pretty boring if you have all the answers?”

Michelle manages not to toss him into the water. Instead, she again proves that she is full of wisdom and patience. She explains to Nayte that she needs to ensure they are on the same page, especially since Charles told her that Nayte would more than likely pull away from a relationship. Is he falling in love? In love? Ready for engagement?

The lightbulb goes off above Nayte’s head, and he interrupts Michelle by telling her, “YES TO ALL THREE.”

He trusts himself. He trusts her. And he trusts that he’s falling in love. Michelle finally has clarity and drags him to the fantasy suite, where they have a very special night. Michelle claims, “This is what a soulmate feels like.”

Do we believe Nayte? Did he say what Michelle wanted to hear, or is he really falling for her? Time will tell.


Michelle’s body looks incredible in a sparkly light green dress. Her face contorts into something that resembles a woman trying not to cry. She has three great guys in front of her, and someone is about to be heartbroken. 

Before she can finish her monolog, Brandon asks for a private audience. She obliges, and they miraculously find the roaming bench near the prop closet. Brandon sits Michelle down and tells her he will be there for Michelle no matter what happens. Even if today is his last day, he wants to make sure the woman he loves knows that she is loved. 

Michelle is weeping during Brandon’s confession, which leads viewers to think one of two things. 

  1. She’s already crying because she is about to dump him. 
  2. Brandon has just changed Michelle’s mind.

Had Michelle planned on letting Brandon go, her kind disposition would have cut the cord right there, transforming the roaming bench into a rejection bench. But the fact that she let him stand back up and return to the other two men was a telltale sign that Brandon was in the final two. 

Was Joe stunned because Michelle didn’t call his name? Or was it the dastardly plastic dresses worn by our fearless hostesses Tayshia and Kaitlyn? Probably a little bit of both. Who wants to make a bet that Tayshia is sniffing around Mr. Coleman right about now, helping him through his breakup? Wouldn’t that be the most dramatic Men Tell All?

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Laura V
Laura V
December 15, 2021 7:54 pm

Wait! I need more info on this Joe and tayshia potential bit… what am I missing?

December 18, 2021 7:59 pm
Reply to  Laura V

Agreed! WE NEED DETAILS. What is all this about??

December 16, 2021 7:52 am

She’s a fool to not pick Brandon. But at this point, I’m jaded enough to believe they now pick the person who they won’t mind breaking up with in a few months in order to continue on with their constant partying, social influencer “career!”

December 16, 2021 9:58 am
Reply to  DonnaMarie

Yep. It will be difficult for Michelle to go back to being a boring 5th grade teacher.

Old Christine
Old Christine
December 16, 2021 8:41 am

Lincee, What you wrote about Michelle’s eyebrows and her unhinging her jaw to swallow Brandon whole is hilarious. I laughed and laughed.
IHGB is a bright spot in my life. Thank you for doing this every week.

December 16, 2021 9:34 am

Nayte is a chach. If she picks him, they won’t be together by the ‘live’ show. I was all Team Joe or Team Rodney. I think Brandon is too immature. Kevin certainly does not like Nayte. He actually whined at him on this episode.

Old Christine
Old Christine
December 16, 2021 10:18 am
Reply to  Kelli

I think you are right that Brandon might be too immature for Michelle. He is so adorable though. I loved it when he said things like “Oh my gosh!” I want him for my grandson. We live in the same city so he could come over and I would bake him cookies and he could help me with yard work like my other grandson does. Brandon is so sweet and cute!

Susan Curry
Susan Curry
December 16, 2021 5:29 pm
Reply to  Old Christine

I agree! I want to adopt him. He seems very genuine and will likely have his heart broken based on the way Michelle looks at Nayte. I keep thinking that they could date for a while until he is really ready but that won’t happen.

December 16, 2021 10:03 am

It is obvious she is enamored with Nayte. The tats concern me too. She will attempt to tame him. It won’t go well. The eye brows though. >.<

December 17, 2021 8:14 am
Reply to  Maribeth

People with tats are capable of being in healthy relationships too, you know.

December 16, 2021 4:48 pm

She’s such a beautiful woman,but those EYEBROWS. That is a development the last couple of weeks and it’s really scary.

December 16, 2021 5:04 pm

Why is Kaitlin’s hair always such a mess?

December 17, 2021 8:29 am

She kept saying that Brandon makes her feel the most safe, which to me was another way to say “Brandon is the least likely to ever leave me,” which frankly is not a good reason to choose someone, especially if it’s the only reason. His continual confessions of love to her are too much, even within the ridiculous context of this show. If I were her I’d be like yeah I know I’m great but I’m not THAT great. I think she has fun with him but ultimately would be choosing him for safety and out of fear instead of for love.

I don’t get what everyone has against Nayte. He’s so handsome and charming and was really mature when dealing with the guys’ drama over the season. Just because he has tattoos and knows he’s hot. On tv, confidence comes off as arrogance. There’s nothing wrong with being a confident person.

December 18, 2021 10:48 pm
Reply to  Libby

I think it’s possible Nayte is getting a “bad edit” that makes his seem non-commital… hopefully he’s really into her but just not yet very good at expressing himself. At first I thought Brandon’s eagerness to express his love was refreshing, but at this point it’s starting to seem a bit intense for me!

December 19, 2021 3:41 pm
Reply to  Michelle

Totally agree!

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