Bachelor in Paradise Recap: What Did Demi Decide? (And How Did Derek React?!?)
For the second consecutive night, Bachelor in Paradise featured a cast member having to choose between two people.
On Monday evening, we witnessed Hannah thankfully choosing Dylan over Blake.
And then 24 hours later, it was time for Demi Burnett to decide if she wanted to date Derek or Kristian. (Yes, that second person is a woman!)
“I don’t want to lose anyone,” Demi said to Chris Harrision in regard to her fellow Paradise player and the girlfriend back at she she had started to get serious with, adding:
“One of them deserves to have all of me — but I’m scared that I’m not going to make the right choice.”
Derek tried hard to understand.
But he also expressed hurt that Demi couldn’t just pick him, move on and simply find out what could be between the duo.
“Demi confirmed that she still has these feelings for somebody else and I don’t care if that’s a man or a woman,” he said. “It’s just hard to know that there is another person there.”
Elsewhere, everyone else on the beach was basically coupled up. There was:
- Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones.
- Nicole Lopez-Alvar and Clay Harbor.
- Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert.
- Katie Morton and Chris Bukowski.
- Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour.
The only four quote-unquote single contestant remaining were Kristina Schulman, Blake Horstmann and new arrive Caitlin Clemmens from Colton Underwood‘s season of The Bachelor.
EVEN MORE BLAKE DRAMA
Caitlin was still interested in Blake after their date, for some reason… but was starting to feel like Kristina — who had saved Blake at the last rose ceremony — might get in the way of their relationship.
“I like Blake. I’m still curious about him. I definitely want to show him that I’m still super interested,” she explained.
“I just think it will be very difficult for me to progress anywhere with him with Kristina hanging around.”
As the evening went on, and as Kristina alleged she didn’t actually have romantic feelings for Blake, Caitlin got more and more worked up, trashing Kristina “awful,” “atrocious” and “f—ing manipulative.”
“Kristina is like the mosquitoes here,” she said. “She’s just sucking the life out of everyone. And tonight we’re going to squish the mosquito.”
Caitlin tried to talk to Kristina about this weird love triangle, but the two didn’t get anywhere.
“I don’t know how Kristina can sit there and be happy with herself at the end of all of this, knowing that she’s doing this to her friends,” Caitlin said.
Jen Saviano from Paradise in Paradise Season 3 then arrived, eventually picking Chris for her date.
For his part, Chris was hoping for some “clarity” from this outing because it had been clicking with Katie.
Did he get it? All we can say for certain is that he got to make out with Jen in the hot tub.
When the date was over, Chris admitted to Katie that he wasn’t “completely clear” and still had some “doubts” about their relationship, much to her chagrin.
OKAY, WHAT DID DEMI DECIDE?!?
In a historic movie, Kristian was flown down to Mexico as the first-ever non-Bachelor franchise alum to take part in the show.
Demi was stunned to see her, but also thrilled. She gave her lover a tear-filled hug.
“I came all the way down here to pursue and show Demi my level of commitment,” Kristian explained. “I have a lot of hope and a lot of excitement.”
And even though Demi confessed to having a connection with Derek, she also told Kristian that her arrival made her decision very easy.
“The second that I saw you, I knew — it’s you,” she said. “It’s always been you. I want to be with you.”
As we said, this part was easy. Telling Derek? That was hard.
“I think that you are super amazing and you’re the best dude on this beach, hands down. I’m so lucky that I met you and I’m really glad that you were here,” she said, adding in their emotional exchange:
“But [Kristian] is here now and I wanted her here so I could get some clarity.
“When I saw her, I knew it was her.
“That’s just where my heart is and this is going to suck for you and this isn’t fair, at all, but she’s going to stay here and I’m going to pursue my relationship with her.”
Derek processed the news as best he could, but also choked back tears upon saying:
“It’s really hard. To go from kissing you to this, I don’t know how to feel.”
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From there, Derek, Kristian and Demi all sat down to have a mature conversation.
Yes, a mature conversation on Bachelor in Paradise!
“I don’t think that it helped me to meet Kristian, but I wanted to do that because I thought it would help Demi,” Derek said later. “I do just want Demi to be happy.”
We concluded with Kristian meeting other cast members and hearing the following from Demi:
“Being with Derek, the more I was with him, the more I thought about you. And I don’t want to run from it anymore. I want to risk it because I will do whatever I need to do to make sure that I’m with you…
“I want to commit to you. And I’ve never wanted to commit to someone like this before.”
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