HOLLYWOOD—‘Week One, Night One’ of Bachelor In Paradise” opened with a familiar sound: Ashley I. weeping. In the hours leading up to the rose ceremony, Ashley and Jared continue talking in circles about the status of their relationship and he becomes increasingly frustrated with her persistence. “Ashley, I like Caila,” Jared tells her in no uncertain terms, “I’ve been as blunt as I possibly can. I do care about you, but not romantically.” Ashley I.—with one question that perfectly sums up Ashley I.—responds, “are you sure you don’t want to be with me—ever?” Jared, after hours of patiently trying to console her—storms off amid his frustration, leaving Ashley I. in a puddle of tears and likely – roseless.
The third rose ceremony offered mostly predictability; 10 remaining bachelorettes, seven remaining bachelors and six steady couples, rendered just one rose up for grabs: Daniel’s – leaving three nervous bachelorettes—Ashley I., Sarah and the twins—to compete for his affection. Sarah makes a play for Daniel’s rose by gifting him a half-birthday cake and Ashley I. pulls him aside to talk—about Jared. Haley peaks his interest when she (begrudgingly) bites the bullet, professes her “attraction” to him and plants a kiss – a last-ditch effort to guarantee her and her twin, Emily, another week.
Chris Harrison welcomes 18 contenders to a rose ceremony that will terminate two bachelorette’s stays in “Paradise.” First, the expected roses are handed out: Grant gives his to day-one girlfriend, Lace; Josh gives his to long-term flame, Amanda; Nick give his to new crush, Jen; Evan gives his rose to on-and-off love interest, Carly; Jared gives his to Caila; and Vinny’s goes to long-term girlfriend, Izzy. The final rose—Daniel’s—goes to Haley, rescuing Emily, as well and eliminating Sarah and Ashley I.
Post rose ceremony, the remaining bachelors and bachelorettes cheers to “surviving another week” and are surprised—but not really—when Ashley I. returns 30 minutes later, asking to “have a second chance with an open mind.” The remaining contestants and show’s producers grant her another shot at love.
The next day, three fresh-faced bachelors—that no one recognizes—arrive and shake things up. Carl King, 32, a firefighter from Hollywood, FL and “The Bachelorette” season 10 (Andi), is the first to arrive—with a date card. He sets his sights on Emily—who’s nearly nine years younger, but amidst their conversation the two decided the age gap won’t be a barrier.
Carl invites Emily to accompany him on his date and she giddily accepts. Brett Melnick, 31, a hairstylist from Blue Bell, PA and “The Bachelorette” season 10 (Andi), is the next to arrive and he has one bachelorette in mind: Caila. He invites her on a date and after saying no—then yes—then no—then yes—then no—then yes, she goes! And has a terrible time; she tells Brett at the end of their date “I feel guilty—I should have been more decisive earlier. I’ve been thinking about [Jared].”
Later that night, the third new bachelor arrives: Ryan Beckett, 33, a realtor from Wellington, Florida and “The Bachelorette” season 11 (Kaitlyn), who describes himself as, “best remembered for not really being remembered.”
Ryan pulls Jared—an old friend—aside and asks for the low down. Jared tells him, “Honestly, I think you’d get along with Ashley I.” Brett catches on, he says, “I think Jared’s trying to get me to jump on a hand-grenade—so to speak” and invites Haley accompany him on his date.
The day-one couples’ relationships are both blossoming and breaking; Grant plans a romantic massage get-away for him and Lace. The two cap off the date with champagne in the hot-tub and Grant tells Lace, “I love you,” for the first time in their relationship. Lace isn’t ready to reciprocate those three words but says, “I know I’m falling for [Grant]—I just can’t say it yet. But I know how I feel about him.”
Izzy professes her insecurities in her relationship with her day-one boyfriend, Vinny; the sudden and overwhelming attraction she feels for Brett—who she doesn’t even know—presents her with doubts. Izzy promises herself to have “no regrets” and approaches him to explore their connection and her instincts. Post conversation, Izzy confronts Vinny about her attraction for Brett, she tells him, “the fact that I’m thinking that –is what worries me.” Vinny’s completed blindsided, he says, “You’re going to talk to some dude for 10 minutes and throw everything we have out the window—because he looks good?”
Night two opens up and offers some closure to the heartbreak that is Vinny and Izzy. He pulls her aside and they share a heart-wrenching goodbye filled with tears – he can’t shake Izzy’s admitted feelings for Brett and has too much dignity to be a second option, so he decides to leave “Paradise” entirely.
On a more hopeful note, Tanner and Jade Tolbert—a “Bachelor In Paradise” success story from season two—return to Mexico with a date card to boost the gang’s spirits. Tanner and Jade sit down with each of the couples and assess who they believe “has the best chance to make it after Paradise.” The date card goes to Jared and Caila—which devastates Ashley I., again.
Amidst her jealousy, Ashley I. stirs the pot. She tells Jared Caila’s feelings are “ingenuine” and Caila resultantly confronts her and encourages she pursues other men. Ashley refuses to back down and Caila starts to wonder if being with Jared is worth the drama.
“Bachelor In Paradise” will return next week to ABC on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m.