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THE BACHELORETTE Premiere: A ‘Hometown’ Dumping, ‘First Impression Rose’ Winner Under Fire, & That Text From An Ex!

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On the season premiere of The Bachelorette, Becca Kufrin is ready to find love, but before she begins her journey meeting the 28 suitors vying for the final rose, the audience at home is treated to yet another recap of what befell The Bachelor “winner” after Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to her, and was seemingly ready to begin a life with her, until he promptly dumped her for the runner-up.

Now, in the season premiere of The Bachelorette, we begin with a scene of Becca crying over photos of her and Arie.  Question is, was that completely staged? When did she cry over photos of Arie?  It looked like it may have been set up … but we’ll let that one go for now, because we love the soapy drama of The Bachelorette.

Next, of course, before meeting the hot new guys that are going to vie for Becca’s heart, she gets a sit-down from former bachelorettes: Kaitlyn Bristowe, JoJo Fletcher, and Rachel Lindsay, all of whom are still apparently successfully engaged to the guys they chose on their seasons of the hit reality-competition show.  That’s where we first hear, once again, Becca’s mantra, “Let’s do the damn thing,” which is then heard multiple times throughout the broadcast.

It’s time for the big reveal, as Becca looking beautiful in her get-to-know-me gown, standing in front of the mansion, is greeted by several guys rolling up in limos, one in a chicken suit, and one on an animal.  After the uncomfortable and cringe-worthy first moments when the guys try to “impress” Becca, you do see her saying a couple of times, “Oh, he’s handsome,” or, “Oh, he’s this and that…” which may lead you to believe, ‘Hmm… could this be a major contender?  Has this guy turned her head?’

Once inside the cocktail party and the drinks start flowing, we see that sales trainer Chris accuses advertising executive Chase that he isn’t on The Bachelorette for the right reasons.  He claims he’s only there to push his marketing career forward.  Chris seems to know this from a text he received from an “ex” of Chase’s during the After the Final Rose ceremony of The Bachelor, where Becca was revealed to be this season’s ‘Bachelorette.’  The two end up talking it out with Becca, but it’s really awkward.  Chase tries to convince her that he is on the show to find love, and she just looks at him blankly, and extremely skeptical.

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Perhaps, one of the most uncomfortable moments of the premiere, was when Becca saw that Jake, a marketing consultant from her hometown of Minneapolis, was one of the men vying for her heart.  You saw the awkwardness when he first got out of the limo. Later, not comfortable with him being present, Becca pulls Jake aside during the cocktail party, and asks why he would come on the show when they’ve travelled in the same circles and hung out together several times in the Twin Cities, and he’s never shown her one ounce of interest?  Jake doesn’t recall hanging out with Becca more than one time. When Jake can’t seem to get past her wall, Becca, who is obviously playing no games, and taking no prisoners, eliminates him right there on the spot, and he is shown the front door. Jake never even got a chance to do a thing, she just shut him down and threw him out. Becca is going to be a no-holds-barred bachelorette!

Later, when it’s time to reveal who gets the very, very important ‘first impression rose,’ which if you look at Bachelorette history, whoever gets the first impression rose usually ends up with the girl, it goes to Garrett, a medical sales representative from Reno, Nevada.  He seemed really hunky, really honest, and all of that … However, literally right after the airshow, a story broke by Huffington Post that Garrett Yrigoyen has a history of liking social media posts and memes that, “mock trans people, undocumented immigrants, left-wing women, and one Parkland high school student.”  Because the show has such ardent followers known as ‘Bachelor Nation,’ fans began to go to Instagram accounts of the favorite contestants and check out what was on them. Yrigoyen’s Instagram was made private on May 24th, and then deleted.  You see in his deleted posts that he has liked many, many of these types of controversial issues of our time. ABC declined to comment, and when Huffington Post reached out to Warner Bros. who produces the series, and Yrigoyen himself, they did not hear back at the time of the news item.

After the rose ceremony,  21 were still in the running, several were sent home, and then we were treated to a super-sized trailer of what’s to come this season on The Bachelorette, and if anybody doesn’t think this looks like a good, juicy soap opera let us know.  Becca is certainly kissing several guys … there’s certainly some interesting admissions … one of the guys, Colton, who we think is a front runner admits he is a virgin, and there are lots of tears and confusion on Becca’s face when she actually says “I’m doing the same thing Arie did to me” … Dun, dun, dun!

So, what did you think of the season premiere of The Bachelorette?  Who is your early pick to win Becca’s heart?  Will it be Garrett? … Or someone else? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I thought it was crap that she sent Chase home based on a questionable text from an ex. I would have sent both guys home or kept both until I had my own experience with each of them.

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Um… Joe the grocer was robbed, or maybe he was lucky not to be snagged into this silliness. He was my favorite and seemed most genuine, authentic. Go go Joe!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna Goes Blind … What Is The Cause? Franco Is Kicked To The Curb As “Kevin’s” Patient

Viewers of ABC’s General Hospital were in for a twist on Friday’s episode, when Anna Devane suddenly and inexplicably goes blind!  It is a terrifying moment for Anna and throughout the first part of this new arc, played beautifully by Finola Hughes.

But what is the cause of her sudden blindness? After Anna is brought to ‘General Hospital’ by her son, Peter (Wes Ramsey), and Finn (Michael Easton) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) are there to try to calm her down and to try to figure out what is wrong with her, Griffin runs some tests.

Meanwhile, Griffin and Finn get into a tiff over Griffin’s lack of bedside manner and his losing his faith. Griffin says its all now about the data, as he is still reeling from Kiki’s murder.

Later, Griffin reveals to Finn and Anna that the tests show that she has experienced a vitreous hemorrhage.  However, he doesn’t know what caused this … or if her vision can be restored.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH co-head writer, Shelly Altman previews of this story for Anna, “What has happened to Anna will lead us to uncover a mystery that affects not only Anna, but several surprisingly unrelated people.”

Meanwhile, Peter meets up with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) at Kelly’s and tells him what happened to Anna and that she suddenly went blind, but to stay away from his mother.. He also has a warning for Valentin, that whatever Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) has on him will come back to bite him sooner than later, and we all know that Valentin hired Sasha to pose as Nina’s (Michelle Stafford) long-lost daughter, and Obrecht knows it!

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And, Franco (Roger Howarth) just may trip upon the lock box in Kevin’s office, that holds the clues to everyone Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has murdered!  How does that come about? After, Franco runs into a gun-toting Ava (Maura West) on the pier, “Kevin” shows up.  He tells Franco he can no longer be his doctor and he will refer him to someone else.  Franco does not want to end his therapy with Dr. Collins, but it’s of no use in changing “Kevin’s” mind.

When Franco makes his exit, Ryan tells Ava that they should leave Port Charles together and never look back.  Then, Franco breaks in to Kevin’s office at GH, and goes looking for his patient file and that is where we see the lock box.  Will Franco figure out what is going down?

So, what do you think is happening to Anna and why?  Is Franco now in dire straits if Ryan finds him rummaging through “Kevin’s” office?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope and Liam Grieve The Loss Of Baby Beth With Their Families By Their Side

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the Forresters, Spencers, and Logans gathered at Eric’s to support their children, Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton), who are trying to cope with the loss of their baby girl, Beth.

Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) is also grief-stricken for both Liam and Hope, and feeling probably both lucky and guilty that her daughter Kelly is alive, although the little girl has a fever.  Promising to help Hope though this, Steffy cries and they hug.

Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) watches on as Taylor (Hunter Tylo) also hugs Hope, and who also gives some information for a support group and counseling to Hope, if she should decide to go.

As Bill (Don Diamont), Katie (Heather Tom), Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Eric (John McCook), Quinn (Rena Sofer) and others sit with Liam and Hope, in a heart-tugging moment, Liam thanks everyone for coming and being their for Hope … and for him.

When Hope addresses the room, she is sobbing holding the photo of the ultrasound of her daughter; saying she still feels her presence all around her.  Out loud she says, “Liam and I love you so much, baby girl.  We will love and cherish you forever.”

But as viewers are noting; something major is amiss, and on Wednesday’s episode, there was a key scene where Reese (Wayne Brady) flashes back to delivering Hope’s baby on Catalina Island looking very upset.  Later, Taylor gets call from Reese at the family gathering saying he wants to see her!

Now, watch the final moments of yesterday’s The Bold and the Beautiful below.  Let us know what you think of the storyline and the performances … and what does Reese want to see Taylor about?  Hmmm.  Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope’s Baby Dies, But Something Is Not Quite Right With How This Went Down

If you caught Friday’s 8000th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, all signs point to something is clearly amiss about what happened to Hope’s baby.  In story, stranded on Catalina Island when she goes into labor, Hope (Annika Noelle) is giving birth to her baby with none other Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) being the only doctor around to assist her, or does he?  But what viewers see is that as she is pushing to deliver her baby, Hope passes out.  Liam (Scott Clifton) finally arrives via a helicopter to learn that the baby died, and now he must tell Hope.

Liam has to find a way to break the news.  After repeatedly pleading to see her baby girl, named Beth, Liam finally tells her the baby didn’t make it.  Hope cries out as she screams for Dr. Buckingham. When he appears he has a dead baby wrapped in a blanket.  He tells the duo that there was a placental abruption that caused the death, and then leaves the two alone.  Hope is in horrific anguish, as Liam holds on to his wife, gut-punched.

Now, let’s look at a few points that happened that make this the perfect set-up for a baby switch; as the baby could have been sold into the black market since Dr. Buckingham was needing to come up with $200,000 in debt he owed, and in order to keep anything happening to his daughter, Zoe (Kiara Barnes).

In addition, the Dr. told a young woman patient it “wasn’t her fault” and urges her to ‘be careful out there” in the bad weather, before rejoining Hope who is going into heavy labor.  Meanwhile, Buckingham received a photo of Zoe from a guy asking the doctor, if her life is worth $200,000? Reese calls Zoe to make sure she was alright and was relieved that she was.

Reese then calls the thug, or underworld figure, and warns him to leave his daughter alone.  But the guy hangs up on him.  Hope gets Liam’s text that he is on his way to meet her, and she gives Buckingham the update.  It’s at that point she notices the doctor seems distracted, then he urges her to push.   Next, Hope passes out.

So will Taylor (Hunter Tylo) be caught up in all of this?  Is the baby alive?  If so, who will ultimately end up raising Beth?   As previewed by B&B head writer, and executive producer Brad Bell, today’s event would have long-lasting ramifications for the entire canvas.

So, what did you think about Hope losing her baby?  Where do you think the baby is? Comment below.   But first check out the last few minutes from today’s pivotal episode.

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