Corinne found the perfect way to rebel against ‘The Bachelor’ Story-level
This Post Reveals “Plot” Points From Episode 10 Of The Bachelor season 21
According to the invented lexicon of The Bachelor, the characters on the show are not participating in a mere televised dating competition. Instead, they’ve come together on an emotional adventure that the show unerringly refers to as “a journey.”
The Bachelorthe insistence of his own lazy campbelliness It’s ironic for several reasons. The most important is that while the show provides something of a lift (things happen week after week, Rose Ceremony after Rose Ceremony, with romantic tensions inevitably mounting), its participants, for the most part, do very little for themselves. development. There are characters, yes, but very few arcs. The bachelor or bachelorette in question could learn a few things as the season progresses, sure; for the most part, though, the contestants are who they are and remain who they are. Tensions arise not as the contestants grow and change, but as their different sides become obvious to the bachelor. Different facets of their personalities are glimpsed; people are held back or thrown out depending on the facets of themselves that manifest as the Journey progresses apace. The Bachelorbasically, it is a show that offers a lot of movement, but very little evolution.
Which made Monday’s episode especially eye-catching. First, because, at the Rose Ceremony at the beginning of the episode, Nick “said goodbye” (another term for Bachelor art) to Corinne Olympios, the designated villain of the season. Corinne, who is dramatic and wacky and materialistic and good television in human form, had long been a favorite of hers despite her and because of her antics (such as sb nation summed it up earlier this month, “Oh, gosh, Corinne is going to win all of this, isn’t she?”). Her expulsion on Monday, just before the Fantasy Suite dates, came as a shock to viewers of the show, including but not limited to Definitely. Corinne herself.
Which was doubly surprising about Corinne’s departure, though she used the show’s elaborate farewell ritual to contradict The BachelorCorinne’s Dynamic Stasis: As Nick and, by extension, Bachelor Nation broke up with Nick, Corinne proved that, against all odds, she had grown up. Like a person! Something like! (I would use another Bachelorism here, but of course, for this sort of thing, there is none.)
the BachelorThe traditional exit scene of the woman, crying alone in a limousine, usually involves the contestant crying her goodbyes, wiping away mascara tears, and discussing how much she wants—really, how much she wants. ready she is–to “find love.” Not so Corinne. The woman who had spent the season defying the show’s long-established norms had one more trick up her faux fur-clad sleeve. Corinne, crying alone in a limo, told the show’s unseen cameras not how sad she was, but how changed she was. The season’s villain, the living, breathing, code, punchline, and conspiracy theory used his final moments inside the Bachelor spotlight to talk about what she had taken away from her experience on the show. He used them to talk not about The Journey, but about his own.
It went like this: Nick didn’t say Corinne’s name at the Rose Ceremony in New York City. He walked her to the limo. “I’m sorry,” he told her as they hugged. “I’m sorry if I ever did something to upset you.”
He replied: “You never did! Listen, you never did anything wrong. Ever. You have nothing to regret. You have nothing to guess. Look at me, nothing. It is not a thing. You need to know that. OK?”
Corinne got into the limo. She began the traditional farewell ritual. She cried, as the plaintive piano notes surrounded her. “Saying goodbye to Nick,” she told the camera, “it’s like, I feel like my heart is like, literally like, it’s never going to be mended. I just want to feel loved, the way it’s supposed to be, like the normal way.”
It was all standard trouble. Bachelor things, until the summoning of “the normal way”… until things, as often happens when Corinne is involved, took a turn. “I’m trying to, you know, say things that men think are appropriate,” she said, her tears giving way to a slow smile. “And you know what? In the made. I’m done trying to show my guys how much I adore them and love them and care about them and support them. Yo need that! So what if someone feels that way about me? They can come and tell me. And they can bring a ring to go with it.”
Was she… a feminist? A bit? She, too, was reflected in Corinne’s trademark self-absorption and materialism, yes, and the likely result of liberal editing, with that quick switch from crying to smiling, but still. Corinne, with this, I was rejecting the things of all those cosmos stories that offer advice on How to please your man—and the stuff, for that matter, of a culture that tends to assume that women, and only women, should do the work of making sure men feel supported, appreciated, and indeed “adored.” Corinne had spent her season of The Bachelor Myopically, even maniacally, she focused on Nick. she had been in Bachelorthat, There for Nick and There for the right reasons and Not there to make friends. And in the end, if the goal is to be the woman Nick “kneels” before, it had all failed.
Corinne took all of that and then did something that is weird and almost rebellious inside. The BachelorThe diaphanous confines: He learned a lesson. She took the show’s truths about the couple and turned them into other clichés: Corinne, she suggested she, from now on, she’s going to focus on herself and do it for herself. Corinne loves Corinne. she wants Make Corinne Great Again. “I’m going to be myself,” Corinne told the show’s invisible camera, as the invisible piano interrupted her. “And whatever happens, will happen. But I will never kiss a man again in my whole life.”