Zak Waddell’s Bachelor Recap: Episode 6



 Zak Waddell was a contestant on ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 9   //  Follow on Instagram at @RealZakWaddell

Can you believe we are down to 7? BBCJKMW (Becca, Britt, Carly, Jade, Kaitlyn, Megan, Whitney). By now you either like the one B or the other, see C blossoming into a dynamic contestant, are wondering if J has more to tell, find K less controversial, are pretty sure M will go next, and are surprised W has been so involved in the drama. By now we see “real wife” potential in the group. Not through the kind of “real life” experiences we find comfortable and common, but from the birds-eye-view that makes reality TV alluring. These women have been poked and prodded, scorched in the furnace of close living-quarters. Reality TV makes people break… and by now we know who is cracking.


Brit is a unique egg. Like putting a quail egg under a nesting ostrich, she is certain to crack.  Don’t get me wrong, a quail is a lovely bird. But a quail can never be an ostrich. I like Brit when I imagine her in Hollywood: a starving actress trying to get her big break, well-networked and relentless. She is charmingly unique and confident. She is LA, but not Arlington, Iowa. This is her fundamental flaw, being a bird living among the wrong species.

On the ABC website, Brit says her biggest date fear is, “being into someone who isn’t into me.” Well, Brit… nothing to worry about… you have Chris transfixed. From the first night out of the limo, when she draped her willowy arms around his nervous neck, trapping his eyes, Brit sealed her fate. She literally took fate into her own hands and has not released her grip. My fear?… That this is only a tactic of distraction, a way to divert the focus from life-long compatibility. Let’s not forget, Chris is on a mission: find a wife to move to Iowa.

(I should mention here the narrowness of our lens. We must live in the confines of the story. Whether or not Chris would sell his acreage and move to LA is inconsequential.  Chris could certainly reposition himself as a successful commodities trader in Chicago. Chris could be a Texas land-man in the bourgeoning Oil-Boom. With the exposure of ‘The Bachelor’, Chris has many options. In the context of the show, Bachelor Chris is our protagonist; a hero longing to return home with requited love. When we struggle with liking/not liking Chris, it is almost certainly circumstantial.


Take for example this week, when he ran away with Brit, leaving the other women alone for over an hour. No expectations were set before his departure, and no apologies were made upon his return. “Bachelor Chris”, the character, was given a rare and exciting opportunity to be onstage with one of his favorite country bands but could only take one woman. From a production standpoint, it wasn’t a typical 15 minute one-on-one interaction. He was required to leave “time” in the hands of production, and time certainly got away from him. We have to be careful when forming a negative opinion of Chris in situations like these. Sometime things are out of his hands.)

The other women seem to have sniffed out Brit’s incompatibility. She has expressed a disinterest in having children, doesn’t share a common interest in music, and certainly doesn’t like to shower with Jimmy Kimmel. The truth is “Brit” happens every season. Bachelor or Bachelorette, someone uses their charm, sex appeal, good looks to advance their campaign to the top. I get it, but I don’t appreciate it when I see it. I just wish Brit would have been cast on Juan Pablo’s season. That might have actually worked.

So back to the episode. Poor Mackenzie… Samantha-who? I just hope Mackenzie is able to use her exposure on the show to attract the attention of a mature, responsible, loving man. (@m_dionigi my brother is a fan 😉 #IloveMatchMaking). I really don’t have much to say about Becca. She is sweet, seemingly innocent and certainly faithful. If this is enough for Chris then so be it. But I feel confident that Carly and Whitney offer these same things… and much more.  I think Chris values creativity and appreciates someone that offers unique insights. Becca’s interactions have been light and fluffy like a fresh wound ball of cotton candy. I hope we see more out of Becca.


Talking about Kelsey again is almost as exhausting as chasing a crying Ashley I. through the Badlands. Kelsey needs time to heal. Coming on the show was a mistake. I think we all feel the bitter side of guilt on our tongues as we take in the entertainment. Like Chris, we all wish her the best. And as the helicopter pulls away, leaving the feuding duo alone in the dustbowl of the Badlands, like 2 beta-fish sharing the murky water of a deep footprint, Chris is made larger in stature and esteem. Will he continue to make his sisters proud?

Until next week…



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  • Danielle

    This is my first time reading one of these Bachelor related posts on Des’ blog and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised by Zaks commentary here. He knows a lot more about the season than I would have expected and really hits the nail on the head with what I’m sure the majority of us think about all the girls and Chris.

    Although Brit is my favorite, I definitely don’t see her living in Arlington. Sorry Chris! I think Whitney and Becca have the best chance of adapting to life there and actually being happy.
    Jade is sweet but too quiet and frankly too boring. I think Chris wants someone more exciting and intriguing than she is.
    Carly is great and I love her passion but I don’t see her being happy as a stay at home wife/mom in Arlington. We’ll see though, maybe she’ll show us a little more of her that will change my mind.
    Megan is ADORABLE, don’t get me wrong, but (to put it nicely) so… ‘blonde’. I just…I can’t even with some of the things she says.
    Kaitlyn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlyn… you’re a horse of a different color aren’t you? I love how down to earth, real and fun she is… but I think she’s too tomboy-ish for Chris! She’s not the sweet southern bell like Whitney and I think she’d get bored the second she moved to Arlington. She’s a cool chick, but she can definitely find someone who better suits her and in a better place that suits her. Don’t you think?

    All in all, Chris has narrowed it down a good group of girls. I’m excited to see how the season ends!


  • Suze Bassett

    Great blog post Zak! I agree with everything you have to say. Britt is gorgeous and all, but I don’t like her pairing with Chris. She doesn’t seem cut out for Iowa, but she seems a bit hungry for fame. I’m not sure she would make a great Bachelorette. I mean, she doesnt shower…I can only imagine the type of guys that will show up. I love your sister! Carly is great. I wish I signed on with this season, because I think we would of been great friends. She shares a lot of my same opinions.

    As for Kelsey. She was a favorite too but I think like you said, it was too soon for her to come on. She hasn’t fully healed yet. Perhaps her new venture to Paris to become a writer will be a good remedy.

    #Carly4Bachelorette 🙂

  • kay

    Zak great job on the recaps! I personally don’t see the big deal of Brit. I think she is just on the show to become the next Bachelorette which bothers me and I hope does not happen. Aside from that though…love the remaining girls…Carly being my fave…and Whitney! Becca is pretty sweet as well…but we dont know a lot about her at this point. I hope if none of those three girls are chosen, that one of them will become the next bachelorette!
    Also well said about Chris not having much of a say in regards to leaving the group of girls with Brit. Although an apology should have been made afterwards…and maybe it was…just not aired. Yay for tv editing.