6:00am PT by Ryan Gajewski, Tess Zolly
'The Bachelorette': Kaitlyn Sends Home One Guy Early, Gets Advice From Amy Schumer (Video)
Monday's episode of The Bachelorette featured punches and punchlines, although it was hard to tell which of the group-date tasks — boxing and performing stand-up comedy — was more painful. The biggest jab of the episode came at the end, as Kaitlyn sent home one guy who didn't know when to stop talking.
This week's installment began with the first group date, which involved boxing lessons from Laila Ali and one broken window from a jump-rope incident. In the boxing tournament, Ben Z. emerged victorious, while Jared landed in the hospital after a concussion from one of Ben Z.'s blows. (Did the show not learn from the disastrous Muay Thai bouts during Ashley Hebert's season that landed Ames in the hospital?)
After the fights, Kaitlyn bonded with Ben Z., whose revelation that his mom had passed away helped earn him the date rose, along with a kiss. Jared was MIA until he had a note passed to Kaitlyn to have her meet him outside, where they shared a kiss. Suffering a brain injury can have its perks, apparently.
Clint, better known as the guy behind that spectacular drawing of Chris Harrison channeling his inner Chris Pratt on a Triceratops, earned the season's first one-on-one date. This might not have been the best one-on-one date to win, however, as it inexplicably centered on a not-quite-thrilling underwater photo shoot. The two kissed while posing for one of the beneath-the-surface shots, leading Kaitlyn to offer this stunning revelation: "That was different for me because I've never had a first kiss underwater." Clint later earned the date rose.
Right before the second group date, Kaitlyn met with Amy Schumer, who admitted she's obsessed with The Bachelor. (If Schumer is obsessed, then it's OK for us to be, too.) "Can you imagine if, right now, you were driving a tractor?" Schumer asked Kaitlyn, taking a friendly potshot at Mr. Prince Farming himself, Chris Soules.
Soon the guys discovered that the group date would involve them performing their own stand-up routines at a comedy club. Schumer did not hold back her criticism of confident J.J.; she said he was "missing charisma and humility and a sense of humor." Chris, who has earned the nickname "Cupcake" (doesn't that moniker already belong to J.P. Rosenbaum?), overcame his serious anxiety about performing, while healer Tony delivered a bizarre and completely joke-free routine that involved him hassling an audience member. So much for staying Zen.
At the afterparty, Tony kept his incredibly awkward evening going by comparing Kaitlyn to a combination lock, which seemed in no way to be a compliment. Faring a bit better than hapless Tony were Joe, who followed his kiss with Kaitlyn by exclaiming, "Well, I'll be!" and J.J., who opened up about his daughter and kissed Kaitlyn before telling the camera he "would put 50 grand" on him getting the date rose. Luckily for J.J., his money was safe, as he indeed nabbed the rose.
Later in the episode, during the cocktail party, J.J. earned the guys' ire for being the first to pull Kaitlyn away despite already having secured a rose. This led to a wonderfully bizarre impersonation by Tony about J.J. wanting "to eat it all" (huh?), followed by Tony's tirade about J.J.'s "completely inappropriate behavior." At least Tony didn't get Kaitlyn's name wrong during this speech.
But Tony's day went flawlessly when compared to Kupah's. Kupah told Kaitlyn that he didn't feel a connection or think that she made an effort with him, to which Kaitlyn fired back that he ignored her on the boxing date. Kaitlyn told him to give her a moment to think things through, which he apparently thought was a good time to talk to the other guys about the encounter while still within earshot of her. Kaitlyn then pulled him aside and sent him home, which he described as "pretty shitty" before explaining why he wanted to stay: "I think you're hot; I think you're sexy; I think you're pretty."
Finally, Kupah lost his cool with a producer during his exit interview, leading Kaitlyn to storm out of the mansion ready to confront him. The episode ended here, with the rose ceremony sadly being saved for next week. The tag showed that Britt and Brady appear to be heating things up, even if cynical viewers might be forgiven for assuming this is a somewhat choreographed "showmance."
Do you think the guys were right to be upset with J.J.? Did Kupah have a valid point about Kaitlyn's lack of effort? Are you surprised that Tony doesn't appear to know how to use combination locks? Let us know in the comments!