A Dramatic Start To A Long Awaited Rose

Shwar Zaidi, Staff Writer

Finally, what we all have been waiting for: a new season of “The Bachelorette” to binge for quarantine. This season’s leading lady is Clare Crawley, a hairstylist from California who appeared in the 18th season of  “The Bachelor.”

The first episode, which aired on Tuesday, Oct. 13, came out strong with a lot of drama.

The beginning of the episode shows Crawley heartbroken and upset in February when she found out that “The Bachelorette” was postponed due to the pandemic. According to an E! News, Crawley was already facing a lot of stress due to the separation from her mother, who lives in a care facility for Alzheimer’s disease. It was difficult for Crawley to live through the quarantine without being physically there for her mother.

In June 2020, Chris Harrison, the host of “The Bachelorette,” informed Crawley that they could begin the process of filming. Once Crawley and all of the contestants received a negative COVID-19 test, filming began.

Crawley then met her diverse potential suitors and was excited to get to know all of them. Each of them entered with their first impressions. Some gave out snacks such as moon pies or popcorn, others comforted Crawley and saying they understood that she was nervous.

The contestants were cautious of their competition and some feared that other impressions were better than theirs. However, only one caught Crawley’s eye: Dale Morris.

Morris, a former football player, came in and swept Crawley off her feet with his smooth-talking and enthusiasm to meet her. Crawley felt an instant connection and was ultimately out of breath once he left, even saying, “I think I found my husband.”

Harrison was shocked by that statement, but both were excited to see where the season would lead her.

And of course, it was the cocktail party where the drama really started. Contestant Tyler Cottrill accused fellow contestant Yosef Aborady of direct messaging a woman during the quarantine period.

This made Cottrill suspicious that Aborady wasn’t actually on the show to find love with Crawley. Aborady later denied Cottrill’s claims. Crawley was overwhelmed by the confrontation; she told Cottrill and Aborady to solve it among themselves, as she was busy meeting the other contestants.

Later in the episode it was also revealed that Crawley and contestant Blake Moynes broke the rules of the show and communicated during quarantine. She told Moynes she was thrilled that he reached out to her, since she was having a rough time.

At the first rose ceremony, Crawley gave the first impression rose to Morris. A lot of guys were disappointed since they didn’t have time to talk to Crawley because of the drama between Cottrill and Aborady. Crawley eliminates Cottrill and the show ends with Crawley cheering with the remaining contestants.

New episodes of “The Bachelorette” air on ABC every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. for those interesting in tuning into the rest of the season.