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Welcome to The Bachelorette version of The Hollywood Reporter's Power Rankings. Each week, THR's Bachelor experts will be tuning in to the romantic connections and dramatic shenanigans taking place on season 12 of the long-running ABC franchise. In an effort to cater to viewers who opt out of show spoilers, these rankings are based on opinions and observations week-by-week.
The Bachelorette is all about Chad.
After emerging as the early season villain, Chad solidified his place as the season outcast on Monday's explosive episode: Over the tense two hours, the former marine threatened his housemates — even ripping another's shirt and grabbing his neck — and escalated the show to levels of aggression rarely seen on the long-running ABC series.
After verbally sparring with Alex, a fellow marine, on last week's episode, Chad set his sights on Evan. During a group challenge with nearly half of the contestants, the men were tasked with telling embarrassing sex stories in front of a live audience, and when Evan made Chad and claims about his steroid use the butt of his jokes, Chad flew off the handle. After ripping Evan's shirt as he passed him, punching a door and giving himself bloody knuckles, Chad then grabbed Evan at the neck and threatened: "You’re going to f—ing die if you don’t chill out."
Chad's behavior had the housemates so on edge, a security guard was placed at the mansion — a first for the series — and Evan called in host Chris Harrison to fill him in on Chad's actions. Harrison stops short of evicting Chad, but tells him that he must make things right. Chad denies any use of steroids and agrees, but as he walks back to the house, he continues to launch verbal threats: “I'm gonna cut everyone here's legs off and arms off and there's just gonna be torsos and then I'm gonna throw them in the pool. I’m gonna f— up this entire damn thing.”
That's where the episode ends, and previews for tomorrow night's special Tuesday episode show the disastrous results of a house pool party, with several confrontations between the men and Chad, and JoJo left in tears.
Given the show's rules around acts of violence (the eligibility requirements exclude anyone with a history of "acts involving moral turpitude or violence"), it's unlikely that Chad will be sticking around much longer. With so much of the show being focused around him, however, tonight's Power Rankings take into account the mens' up-to-date connections with JoJo, as well as what the drama revealed about each of their personalities. With no rose ceremony, here's how the men shake out compared to last week's THR Power Rankings.
Check back Tuesday for the weekly live blog and updated rankings, and share your comments on Twitter using the #THRose hashtag.
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