Chris Harrison Blogs ‘The Bachelorette’ Week 4

Chris Harrison
TV Host
Adam Junior hangs with Chris Harrison. (Photo: Chris Harrison)

Warning: This recap of The Bachelorette week 4 contains spoilers. 

Welcome back, Bachelor Nation. Before I get into tonight’s episode of The Bachelorette, I feel I need to address some of the rumors swirling around Bachelor In Paradise. Unfortunately, at this time, I can’t really say anything more than I’ve said in my previous statement, but I thank you all for your patience as we try to figure everything out. As always, we want to do right by everyone, so please bear with us. We really appreciate you.

But let’s get back to Rachel and her journey to find a husband. Well, at least that was the plan, but this week things certainly seemed to be getting derailed. The drama between Eric and Lee just started to finally calm down when another bit of drama, also involving Lee, came front and center. Whether it was a misunderstanding or not, the way that Lee interrupted Kenny really hurt Kenny on an emotional level. I can tell you that up to that point that Lee and Kenny were friends, or at least friendly, but once things started getting heated, it became clear that this friendship wasn’t going to recover.

Kenny was definitely trying to explain his side to Lee, but Lee was not having any of it. This further incensed Kenny and created a disagreement that was so loud that Rachel couldn’t avoid hearing it. And this began one of the greatest he said/he said debates in Bachelorette history, and as you may have guessed, this disagreement does not end here.

Rachel was visibly emotional that night and I think she had every right to be. She is going through things that no other Bachelorette has ever gone through, and to be honest, none of us really fully understand that pressure she is under, from all directions. Add in a house full of tension and the exhaustion that comes from being the center of so many people’s attention, and when she asked me to end the cocktail party for her, I was very happy to do so. In fact, I knew we were about to head off to Hilton Head and knew that a day of travel and a change of scenery would be just the thing she needed.

And off we went! Hilton Head is a beautiful place we’ve wanted to go to for a while and finally we had a chance to do it. The first date was unbelievably awesome. Who hasn’t wanted to take a spin in the Goodyear Blimp? And the concert in the middle of town with Russell Dickerson was incredible. The whole town was there, hundreds of people, and Russell gave them a full show and kept the party going way into the night.

Russell Dickerson and Chris Harrison (Photo: Instagram)

While he was warming up, we finally got to really know Dean. Dean was always a frontrunner with his bold entrance and his good looks and smile, but getting to the heart of him really changed how Rachel viewed him. Dean is deep and complex and interesting, and there is no question he is going to be around for a while. I think we can all relate to Dean. It’s hard to open up about your past, but with the right person, it feels very cathartic.

A great one-on-one date gave way to yet another ridiculously dramatic group date. Rachel and her band of men took a big boat all around the harbor. They had some drinks, sang some songs and let loose, but that was all just a ruse to prepare them for the most important event of their lives: The Spelling Bee. Of course it was condensed for TV, but let me tell you this event took well over two hours, and the men were astonishingly good. I was so surprised at how well they did and Josiah, who seemed more like a late night DJ than a spelling professional, took home the prize.

Behind the scenes before the rose ceremony. (Photo: Chris Harrison)

But the real prize would come later that night when Bryan got the rose. But before we go there, let’s take a look at the drama that seems to be continually unfolding. Iggy gave Rachel his thoughts on Josiah, and that started an avalanche of bad. Josiah was understandably annoyed, and then Lee ended up talking to Rachel about Kenny. She was trying to get to the bottom of the incident from the night of the rose ceremony, but I don’t think anyone expected to hear Lee describe Kenny as aggressive. As you can see, this threw Kenny off completely. Kenny is a passionate man, and he did not like seeing his character impugned. At this time, there is a stand off between Kenny and Lee, and I don’t think it’s ending any time soon.

Next week we are back with an epic two-night event! I promise you, you DO NOT want to miss four hours of The Bachelorette goodness starting one week from tonight! See you then, Bachelor Nation!

The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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