‘Bachelor’ Women Tell All recap: Shanae returns, Clayton apologizes

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Over the course of this season of “The Bachelor,” I have roped my best friends into watching along with me, also for the first time. Some of them are single, some married, some casually dating. They, along with my partner, have all formed very intense opinions on Clayton Echard and how he’s gone about his journey to find love.

The general consensus among my friends who, I will repeat, are all new to this show like me, is that all season long, Clayton asked a lot of these contestants. He demanded emotional vulnerability, openness, and a willingness to commit to the possibility of marriage fast. But when everything became too real, he froze. He is stuck in the normal pacing of a relationship — where feelings can develop slowly over time — and can’t give what he demands, so far. 

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Seventeen women will come together to hash out their differences, clear up any misunderstandings and apologize (or not) for bad behavior; but will it all be taken in stride, or will some ladies be hung out to dry?

We know love confessions are on the horizon for him. But after such a shaky season, Clayton now gets to reunite with the myriad personalities of his season so far, from Shanae and Elizabeth to Serene and Teddi. With the gift of hindsight, what will these reunions look like? I certainly think there’s a lot Clayton will need to explain to these women. What’s left to be seen is if any of his explanations can salvage my opinion of his judgment.

Will Shanae take away what’s left of my sanity? Again?

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Let’s dive in!

What happened on ‘The Bachelor’ this week?

They’re back! Ahead of what host Jesse Palmer promises will be the most dramatic “Bachelor” finale in the show’s history, it’s time to reunite with 17 of the women from Clayton’s journey so far.

We start with a recap of the season so far — from Cassidy’s early-season antics and dramatic to Shanae’s almost Disney-esque villainy. It doesn’t even take 30 seconds after the recap airs for Shanae and literally all of the women to begin fighting; Sierra dares Shanae to call her a b**** to her face. Shanae is wild, y’all.

Clayton's former flames reunite for the first time to hash out their differences, clear up any misunderstandings and apologize (or not) for bad behavior; but will it all be taken in stride, or will some ladies be hung out to dry?

Claire and Cassidy set the record straight

Claire — remember her from the premiere — says that Clayton was too soft for her and she realized it right away. The other women didn’t appreciate how she stirred the pot, but she owns up to how she behaved.

Cassidy, in all fairness, owns her arrogant behavior, but says that it’s unfair to compare her to people like Shanae, and things break down quickly. We then revisit the “friends with benefits” drama, and Cassidy claims that she had every right to have a casual relationship before the show, especially since she had no guarantee of an engagement at the end of everything.

Shanae and Genevieve in the hot seat

Shanae is back for the special Women Tell All episode of

The women all air their grievances with Shanae’s gaslighting behavior and bullying tactics. Shanae demands to know where “this energy” was when she was in the house, leading to a spree of screaming. In the hot seat, Shanae accuses Elizabeth of taking a complete turn after the first day, and repeatedly calls her fake. The others jump to Elizabeth’s defense and demand to know why she lied to Clayton about her apology — to which Shanae says it was for Clayton, and not them.

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