Don’t read on if you haven’t watched the November 10 episode of “The Bachelorette” yet.
Tayshia Adams was introduced as ABC’s new Bachelorette. After replacing Clare Crawley in last week’s episode, Tayshia began her journey as the new protagonist in Season 16.
During a season of unconventional trails, her first night traditionally began by taking the time to meet each of the men. She began making quick contacts before host Chris Harrison took her aside to introduce her to new entrants. Four other men joined the group with their limousine entrances: Spencer Robertson, Montel Hill, Peter Giannikopoulos, and Noah Erb.
Although Spencer’s first impression with the other men was anything but impressive, he immediately charmed the bachelorette party, and she rewarded him with the first impression that came to mind. It gave him immunity from the upcoming rose ceremony, but she canceled it to provide all men with another week.
Before the first dates began, Harrison stepped in for a post-bachelorette interview with Clare and her new boyfriend, Dale Moss. They talked about their love affair at first sight and remained firm in believing that they had no contact before the first date night.
“I’m so happy,” Clare said. “How he makes me feel is literally like sunbeams out of my heart into the world.”
They teased their future, Clare even chuckling about the “babies” while Dale ignored the comment, ending with gratitude feelings.
Meanwhile, back at the resort, 10 of the men joined Tayshia for his season’s first meeting. They kicked off a happy pool party before the date got competitive, and the men were divided into two teams for Splash Ball. The game got physical as the excitement of the first night carried over into the pool. Spencer ended the match with a cleft lip and the win, gaining extra time with Tayshia.
During the after-party, the men clashed with Spencer. “To try and put it in layman’s terms – and not take it the wrong way — you come off like a d—-,” Kenny Braasch told him.
“You were stirring it [the pot] a little bit,” Zac Clark added.
While Spencer denied causing any trouble, the men kept piling up. Despite the conflict, he managed to have a productive conversation with Tayshia. Uzoma “Eazy” Nwachukwu joined Spencer as the second man with elimination immunity as he rose to the group date.
Tayshia said “I’m starting to make connections with these guys, and it was a fear of mine that I wasn’t going to,”.
“I was scared that these guys could still be emotionally hooked on Clare. It feels good that all of them truly want to be here and are here for me.”
But Tashia contemplation was immediately followed by Jason Foster’s admission that he was still hanging on to Clare and did not think he would continue his journey. “You deserve someone extraordinary, and you deserve someone who is all in,” he told her. He eliminated himself during a moving goodbye.
“I’ve been on such a high that I didn’t even realize that some of the guys might view me as a second choice,” Tayshia responded.
The following night, Brendan Morais received the first tête-à-tête, where he and Tayshia brought horses around the station to Harrison’s snack stations. “Get me to cowboy together because I’m ready to go home with this man. I’m telling you now, Brendan is everything,”.
Their relationship continued to develop over dinner, where they both shared their experiences with the divorce. Brendan married his high school sweetheart when he was in his early 20s, and Tayshia saw infidelity in his first marriage. “It was very therapeutic to hear him say all the words from my heart that I have felt for the past two years,” she said. “I felt like I wasn’t alone.”
The night ended with fireworks, and a rose as Brandon became the third man to be protected from the elimination.