Time runs out on ‘The Bachelorette’

With hometown visits looming, Tayshia feels the pressure on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and makes some dramatic cuts, while the men get to indulge their petty sides in the series’ weakest “Tell All” installment.

Blake views the one-on-one date with Tayshia as a chance to make up for lost time.

Unfortunately, the “date” involves being tested by a “shaman” or sex healer.

Just seconds into a couple tantric breathing exercise, Tayshia realizes she has no meaningful connection to Blake.

“The timing is off for us,” she tells him, and she’s more invested in her other relationships.

Blake didn’t see that coming.

“How could that change that quickly?” he wonders.

As the limo drives off with its dejected single, Tayshia slips to her knees and cries.

She knows she sent home a good guy, but she had to make the tough call for herself.

That moment gives her the strength for the next hard talk.

Tayshia and Riley. Better as friends? (Photo: ABC)
Tayshia and Riley. Better as friends? (Photo: ABC)

Riley is blindsided.

“How? What am I missing?” he says. “Why keep me around so long? Why not just let me be?”

Ultimately, Riley realizes he can argue all he wants, but Tayshia has made up her mind.

He felt he could have spent the rest of his life with her, but he chooses to leave her on a classy note.

“This is your journey, and I’m happy to have met you. I don’t regret that at all.”

So. Riley for the next Bachelor?

The remaining guys are rattled when Bennett struts in.

“You guys look like you’ve seen a ghost,” he grins.

Tayshia decides she doesn’t need another cocktail party: It’s right to the rose ceremony.

Bennett is sure it’s a lock for him, since she wouldn’t just invite him here to send him home.

Ben already has his rose, so there are three roses for five guys.

Zac, Ivan, and Brendan all get roses.

That means Noah is eliminated – and for the second time – Bennett is going home.

And now “Some” Men Tell All.

While it’s never stated, some of the men probably passed on returning due to the COVID quarantine restrictions imposed for taping.

The men gathered are Bennett, Ed, Demar, Riley, Blake, Noah, Kenny, and Jason.

It’s stupid to rehash the Ed/Chasen feud when Chasen isn’t there. Other notable absences include Eazy and Spencer.

Noah and Bennett relive their worst moments.

Noah calls Bennett “an ostentatious D-bag … I don’t see us being friends after this.”

Bennett doesn’t look heartbroken by the news.

Chris Harrison shares a deleted scene from Blake’s sad date. Little Blake apparently made itself known, even though ABC superimposed a black box over his shorts.

“I’m not shy. I was charged, I guess.”

Okay then. We go from one dick to another when Yosef shows up.

Yosef. Photo: ABC
Christ. This asshole.

In case anyone forgot, Yosef is a cretin.

His disgusting rant with Clareover a date he wasn’t even on – is replayed, and the only good thing is seeing how united the other guys are in their disgust.

Chris gives Yosef every chance to at least express a smidge of contrition.

Yosef wouldn’t change a thing.

Riley buries him.

“You came at her, you called her classless, you were out of line. You’re a terrible person. Ladies, watch out for this man.”

Blake, Bennett, and Riley get some closure with Tayshia. Blake is grateful to make peace with her now.

Riley admits he was devastated when he was sent home, and wonders if he sabotaged himself by waiting so long to open up to her.

Tayshia and Riley affirm their admiration for one another, and seem to end on a good note.

Random bits:

While ABC put up another black box to shield America’s sensitive viewers, it sure seems as if during their down time at the resort, Blake waxed Kenny’s junk.

Yeah, I don’t even know what to say.

Tomorrow: Hometown visits in a hotel resort! Hard questions and tears! Love is hard, guys. Just ask Blake.