Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson ruled the season four premiere of Bachelor in Paradise, and Tuesday night’s episode was no different.
After about 45 minutes dedicated to Evan Bass and Carly Waddell’s wedding (which was filmed during the season four production shutdown following DeMario and Corinne’s pool encounter), Chris Harrison brought Paradise back — with an in-depth talk about the scandal.
“Warner Bros. hired an outside firm to look into everything that supposedly happened here. They looked at all the footage, sent people to interview all of you and our staff. They concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct by cast on this set,” Harrison told the assembled original season four cast, minus DeMario and Corinne. “Do you trust that conclusion?”
“I think we all knew that. It was just hard going back home and seeing the media blow it so out of proportion,” Alexis Waters said.
“My worry was for DeMario and Corinne… it was so unfair the way that people were speaking about DeMario… it broke my heart, because no matter if everything is cleared up, people are always going to associate something bad happening with Corinne and DeMario,” Raven Gates explained, before Diggy Moreland noted that every time DeMario applies for a future job, his employers have countless pages of Google search results to sift through.
While the cast seemed to support both Corinne and DeMario, they did question Corinne’s statement that she was a “victim.”
“She wanted to try and save face,” Danielle Maltby said.
“I don’t think Corinne’s statements came from her,” Derek Peth added.
“Do you think race played a part in this?” Harrison asked.
“Unfortunately, yes,” Nick Benvenutti confessed, as the rest of the cast nodded their heads in agreement.
“Not only is consent important, but it’s also a stigma that interracial couples can’t be together, or blaming African-American men for a crime they didn’t commit,” Raven said, revealing that she took the scandal “personally, because I was sexually assaulted.” “I hope this situation doesn’t stop victims from coming forward.”
The episode showed a lot of the group’s conversation about what went down before production was halted, but the new “rules” — like giving consent to a producer before becoming intimate with another contestant, and the two-drink limit per hour — were not laid out for the audience.
“With the power vested in me, I now declare Bachelor in Paradise back open,” Harrison said, as the cast celebrated together before discussing the current status of their relationships.
Here’s where things stand with the couples in the house:
Taylor and Derek
Viewers saw the beginnings of a romance between the pair during Monday’s premiere, and it seemed Taylor and Derek kept the conversation going during the shutdown. Their love clearly didn’t “die,” and on their Dia de los Muertos-themed date, Derek revealed that Taylor was going to “share more of herself with me,” before they headed to the bedroom.
Jasmine and Matt
Jasmine, who was originally in a love triangle with Matt and Nick, appeared to be all-in with Team Matt after the break. Matt, however, wasn’t on her “level,” and refused to go off with Jasmine for some private time without their mics… which Jasmine wasn’t too thrilled about.
Kristina and Dean
Kristina and Dean also took advantage of their time off camera, forming a bond during a road trip to Kentucky. Unfortunately, it looks like that’s where their bond stayed, as Dean didn’t exactly look ready to commit (and was seen cozying up to Danielle Lombard in the promo for next week’s episode).
Amanda and Alex
According to Alex, he and Amanda were on the path to romance before production was shut down, but Amanda made it clear on Tuesday night’s episode that Alex wasn’t getting anything more than her “friendship rose.”
Raven and Ben and Robby
The Arkansas native admitted to “ghosting” both Ben and Robby during the shutdown, but admitted that she’s tired of her love triangle and is more likely to give her rose to Ben — which, as we see in the promo, leaves Robby open for a little romancing with Amanda.
Lacey and Daniel?
Lacey spent most of the episode complaining about the lack of men interested in her, and crying about how she just wished Daniel Maguire would show up. Dry your tears, Lacey… he’s on his way and ready to make a sex tape!
Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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