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Guilty Pleasure Recap: The Bachelorette, Season 11, Episode 5, Week 4

We left off last week with Kaitlyn confronting Clint.

But wait—JJ steps between the two and demands Clint apologize to Kaitlyn for creating conflict in the house. That’s right, JJ, throws his bro under the bus. You have no allegiance to anyone, JJ, except to you. Let’s face it—JJ doesn’t want to leave the show. Does anyone know how much the guys make per episode? Why else does JJ care about staying, it certainly isn’t for Kaitlyn.

Clint gets the axe! And the guys get no rose ceremony!

Kaitlyn doesn’t want to let any of the other guys go just yet. What? You want to keep JJ around? For a smart girl, you’re really not a good judge of character.

JJ and Corey's rap battle on The Bachelorette, Season 11, Week 4
JJ and Corey’s rap battle, Photo: ABC/Heidi Gutman

Bromance, Battles and Broadway
The guys are told to pack their bags. They are heading for New York City and the Knickerbocker Hotel. Once they settle in, the group date card arrives: “Let’s keep our love fresh.” Names are called and the guys are escorted to StageForty8 where they meet hip-hop legend, Doug E. Fresh, who challenges the bachelors to a rap battle in front of an audience. In yet another date aimed at humiliating them, these guys are like fish out of water. Shawn laments this isn’t his speed. He’s more the Nashville, Blake Shelton, kind of guy. Shawn does surprise as he isn’t too bad with rap and had the guts to top it off by flashing his abs. Did you see that, Kaitlyn? He’s not too bad.

After the rap battle, Kaitlyn goes to the back of the club and greets her friend Ashley from the Prince Farming season of ABC’s The Bachelor. But who’s that with Ashley? He looks vaguely familiar. Oh, no, trouble! It’s Nick from Andy Dorfman’s season. You remember Nick and the shot that was heard round the world. Mr. Sore Feelings, who was the runner up, ran his mouth off on “After the Final Rose” about his intimate relations with Andy while her choice, Jason, was waiting in the wings. Nick’s feelings were hurt so he shot back. A real gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell, especially not on national television. But who said Nick is a gentleman?

What scheme is Nick whipping up this time? He has the gall to ask if he can join the other guys vying for Kaitlyn’s heart. It seems they have been texting and Nick just had to see if he could get something going with Kaitlyn before she wound up getting engaged to another guy. Such a Nick move: showing up in week 4. Kaitlyn wants time to think about it.

What’s to think about? Kaitlyn, give Nick his ticket out of town and don’t give him a second thought. You have enough drama and you haven’t gotten rid of JJ yet.

Kaitlyn returns to the other guys, now on a boat, the Entertainment Cruise 61. I give Kaitlyn some credit for being really honest with the bachelors. Can anyone say awkward? When they get the news that another dude might be added to the mix, it throws a wet blanket over the evening’s festivities.

Nick even shows up at the boat. Perfect! Heave-ho! Man overboard as far as I’m concerned. But confused Kaitlyn wants the night to decide if he should stay. Why is it such a big decision, Kaitlyn? Showing up week 4 is perfect Nick strategy. I’m wondering, is this another guy looking to make a few bucks by getting on-air time?

Next one-on-one date is with Jared. The date card reads, “Let’s reimagine the night we met.” The operative word here is “met.”

They meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s gorgeous in a tux. She appears at the top of a grand staircase, a la Scarlet O’Hara. This is a confection right out of one’s imagination, a dream date, having the Met all to themselves. They dine among ancient ruins. Actually it could be viewed as a premonition for what will happen with the guys if Nick is invited to join them. His presence should make everything topple into ruins!

Jared is so sweet, so let’s get back to his date. The topper is a helicopter ride over Manhattan. Nice touch with a great guy and Kaitlyn offers him a rose. Good decision, Kaitlyn. Yes, keep Jared in the game. All in all, a dream date.

Group date on Broadway on The Bachelorette, Season 11, Week 4
Bachelors dance and prance for Kaitlyn’s love, Photo: ABC/Heidi Gutman

Second group date. Five of the guys are taken to the Amsterdam Theatre, the home of Broadway’s Aladdin. The guys must sing a few bars of the iconic song A Whole New World. The bachelor with the best stage presence will join Kaitlyn in a scene on this Broadway stage tonight during the show. The others will be banished back to the hotel room.

Chris “Cupcake,” the dentist, is the lucky winner. After their Broadway debut, Kaitlyn and Chris are on the rooftop of One Times Square and kiss next to the crystal Times Square ball. It’s another perfect date for Kaitlyn, and Chris gets a rose.

Meanwhile, back at the Knickerbocker Hotel, the guys are dreading Nick’s entrance. It seems Kaitlyn decided to give him a try—such a bad move, girlfriend. Camera follows Nick as he walks into the elevator, approaches the hotel room door, opens that door, enters and is heard saying, “What’s up, guys?”

Another one of those damned cliffhangers, that’s what’s up.

Will the guys greet Nick?

Will they choke him?

Will some pack and leave?

Stay tuned for week 5.

Camera shot of Britt and Brady romping on a beach. He’s just thrilled with how things worked out. He gets all of Britt’s attention. Britt is going to introduce him to her family, so it looks like things are progressing nicely.

Yes, being NOT the Bachelorette looks like a much better deal. No stress, no drama, no 25 guys (half of which are a bit crazy) to give you a big migraine.

It looks like Britt won after all.

The Bachelorette Season 11, Week 5, Episode 6 airs on ABC next Monday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Check next Tuesday for our next Guilty Pleasure Recap.

Barbara Anne Kirshner is the author of Madison Weatherbee-The Different Dachshund. She is a regular contributor to

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