‘The Bachelor’ Morning-After Rose Ceremony, Week 6

A bouquet of roses to Ashley, whose valiant self-sacrifice will go down in the annals of martyrdom for countless Bachelor seasons to come.

"it's hard being blessed with this much eloquence"
“it’s hard sometimes being as eloquent as i am”

The Bachelor is so good, it’s frustrating that we have to cap it off at a measly two hours per week. That’s why each Tuesday, we’ll be having a Bachelor morning-after rose ceremony to celebrate the people, places and moments that really made the previous night’s episode shine.

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rose iconA rose to all women who expressed serious concern for Kelsey’s mental health during her panic attack on the floor of the hotel.

omg I'm like so concerned u guys
“so concerned”
“I’m very concerned”
very concerned
“omg I’m like so concerned u guys”
omg omg kelsey babe r u ok
“omg omg kelsey babe r u okkkk”

rose iconA rose to Kelsey for picking this episode up exactly where she left off: at Gone Girl levels of craziness. After writhing on the floor in breathy spasms of panic, Kelsey rises, Exorcist-like, a wild smile on her face, and declares she had better be getting a rose now—what with all that melodramatic high-pitched breathing she practiced very, very tragic suffering she’s endured. BTW did you guys know she’s a widow?!?!

"the oxygen mask was a nice touch thx gurl"
“the oxygen mask was a nice touch thx gurl”
"the things i was saying during my panic attack were positively droll, daaaahlings!"
“the things i was saying during my panic attack were positively droll, daaaahlings!”

Anyway, because Chris has the spine of a squid, Kelsey gets a rose, meaning Samantha (we hardly knew ye) and Mackenzie get the boot.

"sry what did u say your name was??"
“sry what did u say your name was??”

rose iconA rose to No-Kiss Becca, who, judging by Kelsey’s facial expression upon her receipt of the one-on-one date card, might not live long enough to finally not be a virgin.

"r u F***ING kidding me becca"
“r u F***ING kidding me becca”

rose iconNo roses to Kelsey’s dead husband, whose dead-ness, all of a sudden, is not helping Kelsey achieve her goals as effectively as she hoped. While Chris takes No-Kiss Becca on a horseback-riding one-on-one date, Whitney and Carly confront Kelsey about her freakish behavior.

“I didn’t go through all this shit,” Kelsey says, a single eye beginning, ever so slightly, to twitch, “the death of a spouse, loss in numerous, numerous ways … just to, you know, to be defeated. And to allow my emotions just to get the best of me, or to lose sight of my ultimate dream. I came here to win it.”


rose iconA rose to the biggest bomb dropped on this episode that no one, for some reason, is talking about: that Farmer Chris wants four to six kids. The news goes over alright with Becca, who I’m pretty sure was raised in the Duggar family, but I’m very concerned about the seven other women sitting at home, happily guzzling wine, blissfully unaware that they may never drink alcohol again because, should they marry Chris, they will literally spend the entire rest of their lives forming miniature humans in their uteri. But no, seriously—why hasn’t he established this fact with everyone? Does he really think Kaitlyn is ready to be a mother of four? Does he really think Hypothermic Jade is prepared to deliver six babies?

Anyway, Chris is evidently satisfied with Becca’s willingness to birth offspring, because he gives her a rose. And a kiss.

"Becca will u accept my sperm"
“Becca will u accept my sperm”

rose iconA rose to Big & Rich’s John Rich, who, after winning Celebrity Apprentice, no doubt thought his career was on the upswing.

lol nope
lol nope

rose iconA rose to this banjo player who crossed the Bering Strait in 10,000 B.C. and has been sitting on this stoop ever since.


"do u wanna make out too"
“are we gonna make out now”

rose iconA rose to Carly, who can’t physically interact with human men, but who can write a damn good 30-second song about ~feelings~ and being ~vulnerable~ and probably how nice it is to finally meet someone who’s not afraid to touch her. Carly and Chris and the 10,000-year-old banjo player share an intimate moment during her performance, and it’s all really heartwarming if you forget the fact that Chris and Britt basically just had sex on the bar.

"pls love me"
“pls love me”
"haha lol brb"
“haha lol brb”

rose iconNo roses to Chris for the most dick-ish move of the season: secretly abandoning the group date to take Britt—who doesn’t give a flying soybean about country music—to a Big & Rich concert. Chris, I know you have “weird chemistry” with Britt that you “don’t understand,” and I know ABC promised Big & Rich some extra publicity, but why not do it after giving Britt the rose? Why leave the rest of the girls sitting alone in a South Dakotan saloon, wondering where you are and whether or not they should probably just start hooking up with each other?

Additionally, am I alone in thinking that Britt loves love more than she loves Chris? This is a woman who gives out free hugs for a living, people. There’s no way gurl’s actually going to be down to move to Iowa and have babies for the rest of eternity, right? Whatever the case, Chris gives Britt a rose onstage.

And I can't even be mad at Britt because she's SO DAMN NICE.
“should we have, like, a conversation at some point”

rose iconAnother rose to Carly, for all the usual reasons.


love u Carlz
love u Carlz

rose iconA rose to the two-on-one date made in Bachelor heaven: Krazy Kelsey versus Virgin Ashley. Kelsey thinks she’ll have no problem scoring the rose because she’s soooo smart, you guys. She can locate the Badlands on a map! She can name all four presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore! [Side note: What is UP with Mount Rushmore? America is so kooky!] Ashley thinks she’ll get the rose because, put simply, Kelsey’s a freaking murderous lunatic.

rose iconA bouquet of roses to Ashley, whose valiant self-sacrifice will go down in the annals of martyrdom for countless centuries—or, at least, Bachelor seasons—to come. Forgoing the most cardinal rule of Bachelor-dom, Ashley uses her coveted alone time with Chris to expose Kelsey’s kray-kray-ness. It’s a move that likely leads Chris to send Ashley home, but it also makes Chris confront Kelsey. He’s concerned that Kelsey might lack social skills, because social skills are “important” in a wife, in addition to fully-functioning ovaries.

One backwards step for Ashley, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR BACHELOR-KIND
One backwards step for Ashley, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR BACHELOR-KIND
"And so then I became a widow—oh sry did u ask if i was crazy??"
“And so then I became a widow—oh sry did u ask if i was crazy??”

rose iconEven more roses to Ashley for her climactic moment of defiance—perhaps one of the best lines of the season so far: “Sorry I’m not from Pleasantville,” Ashley says to Kelsey, “I’m from friggin’ 2014.”


rose iconA rose to the exact moment Kelsey realized it was all over—probably right abouttttttttttt here:



“My story is amazing,” Kelsey says, for the billionth time. I don’t get it—is she a widow or something? “It’s tragic. And it’s inspiring. And it’s beautiful. I am immeasurably blessed.”

After sending both women home, Chris takes off alone in the helicopter, leaving both of the women to fend for themselves in the frighteningly barren terrain of the Badlands. All I can say is it’s a good thing Kelsey’s been immeasurably blessed with such an intimate geographical understanding of this particular region of South Dakota.

lol but actually how are these women getting home
lol but actually how are these women getting home

‘The Bachelor’ Morning-After Rose Ceremony, Week 6