‘The Bachelor’ recap: Peter picks final two; ‘Women Tell All’ addresses online harassment, racism

David Oliver
USA TODAY

Published 8:49 AM EST Mar 3, 2020

A week before the two-night finale event, it’s time for the traditional “The Bachelor: Women Tell All” special event. We saw the season’s rivalries resurface, and there was an important message for “Bachelor Nation” toward the episode’s end.

Before all that: Who is making it to the finale?

Peter is a wreck after his horrible date with Madison (when he admitted he had been intimate during Fantasy Suite Week even though she warned him she might leave if he was).

Victoria F. and Hannah Ann show up to the rose ceremony … has Madison, indeed, left?

Nope; she joins the other two women. We wonder if Victoria F. and Hannah Ann’s wait without her was really as long as it seemed, or if that was a producing ploy. With this show, you’re never sure.

Peter gives the first rose to Hannah Ann and the second to … Madison. (We predicted these two as finalists early on, for what it’s worth.) For a second, it looked like Madison wouldn’t accept the rose – and when the two embrace, there was a heartbeat pounding fast through a microphone.

Victoria F. is, obviously, sad to leave. “I was just hoping to find love. Isn’t that what anyone’s hoping for?” she asks. Hey, there’s always Chase Rice?

Last week: Madison gives Peter an ultimatum. Does he honor her request?

The women, as always, tell all  

Chris Harrison tells us Peter’s finale will be a two-night live event, and not a single person knows how Peter’s journey will end – not even Peter himself. How much more dramatic could this possibly get?!

Former contestants Katrina, Maurissa, Alexa, Kylie, Sarah, Kiarra, Deandra, Savannah, Alayah, Tammy, Shiann, Lexi, Sydney, Victoria P., Mykenna, Kelsey and Victoria F. join Chris onstage. Absent: standouts Kelley and Natasha.

The group starts chatting about the latest drama: Lexi says she doesn’t think Madison’s ultimatum to Peter is fair, though Sydney says Madison is being true to herself and respects her for it.

We’re reminded of much of the season’s drama: everything from Champagne-gate to Alayah’s alleged phoniness to Mykenna and Tammy’s bickering. Sydney says Alayah is scripted, and Savannah calls Victoria P. the fakest person in the house. They begin talking over each other, and it feels like a more heated version of this special than the last several “Bachelor(ette)” cycles.

Hometowns drama: Peter bails on Victoria F.’s hometown date but Kelsey goes home

Kelsey, Mykenna confront Tammy drama

Kelsey admits she overreacted the night of Champagne-gate. Tammy tries defending herself and says she never called Kelsey an alcoholic or a pill-popper, but Kelsey doesn’t let her off the hook. She says Tammy’s  claim that Kelsey was emotionally unstable and had alcoholic tendencies was insensitive to viewers dealing with such issues. Kelsey is correct.

Mykenna tries to mend fences with Tammy, but the two end up arguing more. Tammy says that every time the camera was around, Mykenna would dance and spread her legs. Yeah, screaming ensued.

Kelsey talks with Chris in the hot seat. She learned a lot from Peter and misses him and advocates for men and women to be empowered by their emotions. Former (and frequently teary-eyed) “Bachelor” cast member Ashley I. shows up to give Kelsey a giant bottle of Champagne, which she cradles like a baby.

We see a sneak preview for new “Bachelor” spinoff “Listen to Your Heart” (due April 13), which is the mix between “The Bachelor” and “A Star is Born” for whom no one asked. And you thought “Shallow” was finally out of your head.

Next, Victoria F. stops by the hot seat. She tells Chris she’s frustrated for not realizing how much Peter cared about her. She wishes she would’ve let him love her the way he wanted to sooner. She knows she can’t change the past. As for the incident with Peter’s ex (and her friend) Marissa, when she warned Peter about Victoria F.’s character? Victoria F. denies breaking up any marriages. We guess that settles that, for now.

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Peter joins the group, Rachel Lindsay leads conversation about online hate

Peter shows up, which must be incredibly awkward for all involved. Kelsey is grateful for him in general and says she knows she’ll find someone who has the qualities Peter showed her she wanted in someone. We love to see all this growth!

Victoria F. thanks him for his patience during the season and apologizes. Victoria F. and Kelsey must have been blasting Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” a lot because they seem zen about it all.

Savannah dials up the drama again and asks if Peter regrets giving roses to the women who caused the most drama instead of those who were there for the right reasons. He explains he followed his heart and did what he had to do. It’s probably a mix of both, Savannah; let it go.

The episode pivots to an intense conversation about online harassment and hate on social media, led by former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay (the first and only black star of either series).

“If we’re ever gonna fix this problem, we have to acknowledge the problem,” Lindsay says. 

Lindsay reads messages aloud that contestants have received – that they are bitches, “useless” and should “kill yourself.”  She reads racist taunts such as “Of course, you pull the black card” and others that are largely bleeped.

All women in the cast say they received hateful online messages; Tammy says she received death threats via email at work. In a sweet moment that contradicts much of the squabbling, the women compliment Alexa on her hair after she describes comments about her choice to go natural. Alexa says she received love, too (representation for the win).

In what shouldn’t be a news flash: These issues go far, far beyond “The Bachelor.” We hope you paid attention.

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