Huzzah! After an unexpected bye week (thanks a lot, Steph Curry), season 13 of The Bachelorette has returned with episode four and a new villain.
It starts off at the cocktail party, where Lee interrupts Pretty Boy Pitbull Kenny King—who literally wants just 16 seconds of conversation with Rachel. So yeah, Kenny is justifiably heated but makes his exit like a true gentleman. Lee, now with Rachel's attention, dives into a completely irrelevant story about his grandfather’s creepy pocketknife and gives Rachel a block of wood with the word "enchanting" etched into it. Ewwww.
Back in the house, Kenny pulls Lee aside and tells him he disregarded their friendship to get more time with Rachel. Lee's response? “I knew what I was doing when I did what I was doing.” Passive aggressive much?
But their tiff doesn't go unheard; Rachel eavesdrops from the other room, melts down about the drama and pressure of being the Bachelorette and ultimately decides to skip the cocktail party altogether. Nice work, boys. At the Rose Ceremony, she gives Lee a rose for no apparent reason and says farewell to Bryce, Brady and fresh-to-death Diggy.
The next day, the suitors fly to South Carolina, where Dean lands the coveted one-on-one date—a high school Bachelor-style picnic (aka sitting on the hood of a Jeep) with a casual ride in a Goodyear blimp. Dean opens up about his mom, who passed away when he was 15 years old (sending you air hugs, Dean), and they both cry for a bit before heading to a Russell Dickerson (who?) concert. At the end of the night, Dean walks away with a rose. Swoon.
Alex, Anthony, Peter, Bryan, Jonathan, Adam, Matt, Kenny, Lee, Iggy, Eric, Will and Josiah score the next date card and a Bachelor Nation Spelling Bee commences. Kenny instantly gets sent to detention for misspelling “Champagne”—seriously? In the end, Josiah walks away victorious for spelling “polyamorous.” The irony here is rich.
Later on, Rachel finally confronts both Lee and Kenny about their fight. Lee claims he was “berated” by an “aggressive” Kenny, and Kenny says Lee is “super disingenuous” and not telling the truth. A bunch of he said, he said, if you ask us.
The episode concludes with Kenny asking Lee to chat (yet again). Guess we'll have to wait until next week’s two-night special to watch the continuation of Lee’s demise... Dun, dun, DUN!