On last night’s episode of The Bachelor, Colton Underwood invited Hannah B. on the first one-on-one date of the season, where they took a horseback ride to a random gazebo, which came complete with a hot tub and bottle of Champagne. The outing was extremely painful to watch. (Think Lauren Burnham’s dates with Arie Luyendyk Jr.) However, I can’t help but wonder if we’re being fooled by the reality TV gods, and here’s why.
OK, it’s important to point out that there were countless awkward moments that Hannah B. is (probably) cringing about as we speak—like when she repeatedly burst into laughter while trying to make a heartfelt toast and interrupted his conversation to pick a fuzz off his face.
At one point, Underwood tells the producers, “Coming into this date, I probably wouldn’t have had a question if I was giving Hannah a rose at the end of the night, and now I’m questioning everything.”
Nevertheless, I feel like we weren’t given an accurate depiction of what really went down on the date. I mean, the pair spent the entire day together, and all we saw was a two-minute clip that was pieced together by producers who live for awkward moments like these.
To top it off, the conversation was far less cringe-worthy when the couple sat down for dinner. Not only did Hannah B. finally open up, but she also convinced Underwood to give her the rose, so it couldn’t have been that bad.
I’m not saying Hannah B. isn’t camera shy (because she totally is), all I’m saying is I’d do anything to get my hands on the uncut version.
The Bachelor returns next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.