Each week, after watching The Bachelorette with my wonderful wife, I’ll share my perspective on the drama that unfolds as Dallas native Rachel Lindsay embarks on the unrealistic quest for Mr. Right.

I’m doing this for the guys out there who sacrifice their Monday nights during Bachelorette season. I’m doing it for people who want to laugh with me at the show. And, most importantly, I’m doing it for love.

Here’s what we saw in week four of season 13. (This post contains spoilers. If you didn’t know that until this parenthetical, you should work on your context clues.) Don't see embedded photos, GIFS or tweets below? Go here.

This week's episode shows us a heavy dose of trash talk, the dark turn of Lee's character, a smiley blimp date and a lazily-planned group date. Let's get to it.


The show starts as any good story does: With a grown man yelling about his name being “in other people’s mouths.”

We pick up where we left off two weeks ago -- the show took a one-week respite last week because of the NBA Finals -- with a whole lot of bickering back and forth in the house. Lee becomes the ring leader this week, opening with the admission that he enjoys talking noise and ticking people off. Lee is bad. Don’t be like Lee.

There’s a short debate about the pronunciation of the word “quirks,” and then Make Out Guy (Bryan) puts the moves on Rachel. He scores points by saying he’s not participating in the house drama, and Rachel says his charm is “too good to be true.”

Meanwhile, Kenny and Lee are fighting because Lee interrupted Kenny’s alone time with Rachel -- one of the overly-exhausted plot lines in the Bachelor franchise -- and Lee drops this gem:

“I get tickled when I smile and an angry man gets angrier.”

Rachel overhears some yelling and proceeds to go on a diatribe of sentence fragments about pressure and being judged that I won’t pretend I fully understood.

Lee gets what is surely a producer-initiated last rose at the rose ceremony, while three solid dudes get the boot: Brady the male model, Bryce the elven firefighter, and Diggy the nerdy-but-fashionable inventory analyst.

Kenny’s reaction to Lee’s rose is everything.