After weeks of speculation, Bachelor in Paradise is going to jump into what happened between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios that prompted an internal report of alleged misconduct, a pause in production and investigation, right? Wrong.
If anything, host Chris Harrison and the cast discussed everything but the specifics of the incident. So if there are no answers, then what happened?
The details of nothing
Forty-five minutes into the second part of the Season 4 premiere, Harrison finally gets to the point — welcoming back the cast members who were evacuated from the island in the wake of the drama that transpired between DeMario and Corinne. But before these kids can find love again, they have to sit down and have an important conversation.
Chris Harrison launches in and asks the cast if they trust the conclusion production company Warner Bros. came to after their investigation, and the cast not only unanimously agreed that everything is fine, but that production on the show is wonderful. They continue on to argue that the production crew never pushes the cast to do anything — which is literally the job of producers because they’re producing a television show, but sure.
Chris Harrison’s rules of consent
That leads into a *very important episode* where Chris Harrison opens up a conversation on race, and when prompted with the right kind of questions, the cast agrees that DeMario was treated unfairly in the same way that first graders admit that doing something wrong. It’s all very forced and unfortunate because you know the contestants are more eloquent than they’re being portrayed.
But in tackling race, Bachelor in Paradise decides to throw Corinne’s statement aside, shrugging off that she referred to herself as a victim. The team then dives into a conversation about consent, when you can give it, and when you cannot. It’s an important conversation, but the definition of talking points so heavily scripted it’s painful.
With one final vote, the cast unanimously decides to continue on with the season.
To be weird and in love
It turns out that only five couples have gotten married and managed to stay together from this franchise. And you best believe that on the eve of the sixth wedding, the show leaned in to remind viewers that it’s about love and not the potential sexual misconduct Bachelor in Paradise has based its promotional campaign around.
But when Carly and Evan’s wedding kicks off, it’s all good vibes and topless musicians. Both the bride and groom share tears and awkward vows (I’ll never stop exploring you?), but at the end of the day, the love feels real because Evan and Carly are weird. And weird is a good foundation for forever.
The actual dates
Derek gets the date card of the night and pulls Taylor aside, and you know what? Good for Taylor. She had a rough go on her season, but here she is, living her truth with Derek, and we respect that. It’s one of the only relationships that carried over from episode one because Raven is feeling pretty ambivalent about everyone and Lacey is onto Iggy’s games. That leaves adorable Dean and Katrina to keep the flame of love alive, and they start falling apart before the end of the episode. She retreats to the bar, and guess who is waiting there with open Santa Claus arms? Nick. Oh boy.