Bachelor in Paradise’s Big Fight Involves a Piñata, Obviously

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Bachelor in Paradise's Big Fight Involves a Piñata, Obviously

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by Lauren Piester | Tue., Aug. 13, 2019 7:42 PM

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Of all the episodes of Bachelor in Paradise, tonight's might have done the absolute most.

First, of course, there was the fight. But as usual with anything quite that dramatic, the long-teased fight went down in the last moments of the episode, all over the affections of Nicole.

First, Christian (who?) arrived in Paradise with eyes only for Nicole, who already had a thing with Clay, and who had also already gone on a date with Jordan. Clay was really hoping to get Nicole's rose, but Christian was very much in the way and suddenly very territorial during the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party. He had set up a pinata near some comically oversized pillows and was enjoying a moment with Nicole when Clay came over to calmly ask if he could speak to Nicole for a moment.

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Christian aggressively refused by saying he wasn't going to let her go, and Nicole didn't seem to have a clue what to do, so Clay just walked away.

Jordan wasn't about to let that go, so he went over and even though Clay specifically told him not to go over there and wreck the pinata, he went over and tried to wreck the pinata.

"Don't touch my pinata," said Christian, who had just been trying to convince Nicole he's a sweet guy, and then he grabbed Jordan, and Jordan grabbed him, and then obviously we got a "to be continued," because we can never get the full story in one episode.

And we'd be even more annoyed than we already are if that weren't just the tip of the iceberg of the events of the episode.

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First, Demi spent the episode panicking over her confusion. She's got feelings for Derek, but she's also got feelings for that woman she was dating before. She came out to Derek during the episode, and he was very respectful and happy to take it slow, but clearly that's not the end of this particular story.

Dean Unglert finally arrived with his mustache and a whole new identity. He lives in a van, he showers wherever he can find a shower, and he's just kinda traveling around the country in his van. Caelynn's a little confused by this, but also into it, and it also just so happened that he was right there when Caelynn was at her worst, ready to cheer her up.

Caelynn was at her worst because she just listened to Kristina talk about her while literally right behind her, which was admittedly a super weird choice on Kristina's part. But then she was thrilled to go on a date with Dean, and it was very cute, even if Mike was left a little devastated in the dust. And Cam continued to mope around for some reason.

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Dylan got Hannah to tell him the full story about Blake, and that full story is that she and Blake had been talking before Paradise, and Blake even came to her house in Alabama to visit her, and they kissed. (Just kissed? OK.)

Meanwhile, Mike did his best to connect with Sydney, Chris Bukowski continued his unexpected romance with Katie, and John Paul Jones, after falling asleep under the oversized pillows, learned a freaking Shakespeare sonnet for Tayshia, who seems very into it. And honestly we're a little into it too? John Paul Jones is a true enigma. A Shakespearean enigma.

Told ya, tonight was a lot, in an incredible way. Can't wait for next week to watch Jordan and Christian (who?) continue to fight over a pinata, an event that's surely ridiculous and "scandalous" enough to make it into our list of BIP's most scandalous moments, which you can find below!

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Michelle's Affair (season 1)

Possibly the greatest Bachelor franchise moment ever occurred not when castoff Michelle Kujawa eliminated herself from the show, or decided to hook up with a crew member, or when he jumped off the balcony to escape being caught and broke both legs, but when other crew members reenacted the scene, true crime-style. Truly we are #blessed by this show. (Life lesson, though: if Chris Harrison asked if you are single, you say yes, not "maybe.")

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AshLee and Graham Break Up (season 1)

Before there was Ashley I, there was AshLee Frazier. AshLee joined the show to meet Graham Bunn, and had eyes for absolutely no one but him for the entire season. Graham was actually into it…until his good friend Michelle Money intervened and convinced him to break it off because AshLee wasn't actually that interested in him. That's not exactly the argument we would have made, but it was probably good advice anyway.

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Marcus and Lacy's Sham of a Wedding (season 2)

Chris Harrison tried to inspire the couples of season two with season one's big success story: Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul. It looked like they got married on the beach with only their supposed families and the cast of the show in attendance, but then months later, they announced their split and revealed that their wedding in Mexico wasn't actually legal, and so they were never actually married. Twist!

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Ashley S.'s Illness (season 2)

Ashley Salter was and is a precious treasure, which is why we were so concerned when she had to be taken to the emergency room. She and Dan Cox ended up having a lovely romantic time as she got an IV, but her illness remains somewhat of a mystery, just like Ashley herself.

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Joshua's Drug Problem (season 2)

Barely a day into being in Paradise, Joshua Albers shared a story he heard about how there's a club in LA where you can get coconuts filled with drugs for $30. Suddenly, he had a "drug lifestyle" that sent the group into a tailspin. It was the funniest thing we've ever seen, and we still have not been able to locate these coconuts (not as if we've been looking for them or anything).

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Joe Uses Juelia (season 2)

Sweet single mom Juelia Kinney didn't stand a chance when Joe Bailey decided to use her to get a rose. She fell for his charms, but then as soon as Sam Steffen arrived on the beach to make good on the texts they'd been exchanging, Juelia's name completely disappeared from Joe's brain.

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Sam Uses Joe (season 2)

Sam and Joe engaged in a whirlwind five-minute romance, until Nick Peterson came a long. Turns out that while Joe had used Juelia to stay long enough to meet Sam and Sam used Joe to stay long enough to meet Nick. We are not picking sides in this fight, but we are saying we laughed pretty hard at the sad birthday party Joe threw for himself upon getting dumped.

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Sam's Text Messages (season 2)

Sam's on-screen defense of her behavior was that she never sent Joe any text messages, because that's just not her character. So of course, in walks Chris Harrison on After Paradise with an entire book of them. There were over 400! Sam and Nick broke up in October 2015, and thus this karma train has returned to the station…for now.

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JJ's Heroic Exit (season 2)

Nearly every guy gets accused of breaking up with someone in order to go on this show, but few admit it. And even fewer admit it in an epic speech, backed by a score meant for a movie character going off into battle. JJ Lane may have started off a villain, but somehow, some way, he left that beach a hero.

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Kirk the Jerk (season 2)

Have you ever seen anything so brutal? Carly Waddell was envisioning a marriage and kids, and Kirk DeWindt wasn't feeling it, so he dumped her at the last minute and forever became one of the most hated men of Bachelor Nation. She kept saying she was about to throw up, and we kinda wish she had—right on his face.

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Chad Crosses a Line (season 3)

This twin's face was all of our faces when Chad Johnson called Sarah Herron a "one-armed bitch." Sarah is a national treasure, so anyone who attacks her is automatically on our s–t list…as if Chad weren't on it already. He later tried to apologize on After Paradise by telling her that for "seven or eight hours," he didn't even notice her missing arm. Bye, Chad!

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Chris Harrison Boots Chad (season 3)

We were done, the cast was done, and Chris Harrison was beyond over it after Chad had only spent one night in Paradise but managed to insult everyone, poop his pants, and date Lace for a terrifying two hours. Harrison kicked him to the curb, and was then forced to weather insults to his robe-clad nighttime routine as Chad kicked and screamed his way home. Good riddance.

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Andi's Book (season 3)

When Andi Dorfman published her tell-all, It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After, and alleged that her ex-fiancee Josh Murray was not the greatest, we had no idea the storm it would cause. We just could not have imagined Josh getting the chance to steal runner-up Nick Viall's girl once again, but that's exactly what we got on BIP. While Nick played it cool, Josh wants us all to know that every fictional thing in that book is 100 percent fictional. So fictional, in fact, that we shouldn't even be talking about how very fictional it is, because it's just the most fictional.

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Evan's Illness (season 3)

Was Evan Bass faking an illness to lure Carly into his bed? Can you fake swollen ankles? Did he pay that medic to tell him he needed to go to the hospital? Why did it take a trip to the emergency room to get Carly to see a future with Evan? We may never know the answers to any of these questions but we will never stop asking them.

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Ashley I. (seasons 2 and 3)

Ashley Iaconetti is not a scandal, per se, but she is a true Bachelor in Paradise treasure. She just can't stop loving Jared Haibon, or ruining his relationships with all other people, or convincing herself she's turned over a new leaf, or turning that leaf right back over. We believe that someday, she will be OK, but for now she brings drama wherever she goes and we love it.

Update, August 2019: In a twist we never saw coming back then but are thrilled to have seen happen now, Ashley I and Jared Haibon are now married to each other.

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Caila the Backstabber? (season 3)

We will give Ashley this, though: Caila Quinn stabbed her in the back. Ashley and Caila were friends before Paradise, and Caila promised that not only was she not going to join the show, but if she had the opportunity, she wouldn't go after Jared. She even claimed he wasn't her type! What happened to chicks before d–ks, Caila?!

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Izzy Loves Lamp (season 3)

Who knew what a guy holding a lamp and wearing cutoff jeans with flip flops could ruin one of the strongest relationships in Paradise? As soon as Izzy Goodkind saw Brett Melnick, she was so overcome with attraction that she just had to tell boyfriend Vinny Ventiera about it. Thus, their relationship fell totally apart and Vinny left Paradise heartbroken. And that wasn't the only couple shaken by Lamp Man…

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Blinded by the Light (season 3)

This guy not only totally blew up Izzy and Vinny, but Brett Melnick also caused some doubt between Jared and Caila that for once had only a little to do with Ashley I. Brett asked Caila on a date with Ashley's encouragement, and Caila changed her mind—and we're not exaggerating here—eight times before she finally agreed to go. The date only made her more sure of Jared, but it sure was hilarious to watch Jared pine for Caila the way Ashley pined for him. We didn't remember Lamp Man or his lamp from Andi's season of The Bachelorette, but we'll sure remember him now.

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Who Is This? (season 3)

We still do not believe there was ever a man named Carl on The Bachelorette, and it was clear based on how no one could remember his name (even Emily, who fell in love with him immediately) that the rest of the cast didn't believe it either. Carl?! Really?! For the record, the internet says his name is Carl King, and that he was a contestant on Andi's season. Whatever you say, internet.

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Everything to Do With Corinne and DeMario (season 4)

Perhaps the most scandalous of all of this show's scandalous moments, whatever happened with Corinne and DeMario ruined season four and threatened to ruin the entire show. There were questions of assault against DeMario after producers believed Corinne was too drunk to consent to anything while cast members disagreed about what happened, and filming was completely shut down while an investigation took place to determine if the show was guilty of any misconduct.

The show resumed filming when the investigation found no midconduct, but the shortened time frame made for a strange and fractured season and a lot of ill will towards the franchise as a whole.

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Dean and Kristina and D-Lo (season 4)

Dean and Kristina started out as a potentially great couple, bonding over sad family histories and just generally being very hot people. Then, Daniel L. entered the picture, and Dean was ditching Kristina to give D-Lo a cake for her half(!) birthday. He eventually screwed them both over with his indecision, and while he did his best to get back in our good graces on Winter Games, Dean's transgressions may never be totally forgotten.

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Scallop Fingers (season 4)

The arrival of Christen really shook things up on the beach, especially when she competed against Jasmine for the affection of Matt (for some reason), but what really shook things up was Alexis' story of a car ride she shared with Christen. At one point during the ride, Christen pulled out a to go container of scallops, which she then ate with her fingers, which she then used to touch Alexis' back.

Bullying is very wrong, but honestly so is eating scallops with your fingers in a non-scallop eating environment! Matt ended up bailing on both women, and while we don't blame him, both women were also probably better off.

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The Saga of Amanda and Robby (season 4)

Poor Amanda Stanton and her…interesting…taste in Bachelor men. She "had so much fun" with Robby during her comeback season after her somewhat disastrous relationship and breakup with Josh Murray, but then ended it. Then began it again. Then it ended pretty badly, with accusations of cheating and arguments over payments for a Disneyland annual pass and shared text messages.

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"F–k You" (season 4)

Derek and Taylor ended the season happily engaged (and stayed that way until their recent split), but there was a moment on the beach when their relationship nearly fell apart. As Taylor tried to explain to Derek that he wasn't communicating his feelings with her, his response was "f–k you." It was a strange choice, and it sent Taylor into a tailspin as she was reminded of past verbally abusive relationships.

They reconciled, but it was a dark moment for sure.

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That's Cold, Colton (season 5)

Before he was Colton the Bachelor, he was just a guy who may or may not be into Tia Booth, before and after he was on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette. Colton was never able to make up his mind, and he and Tia both left Paradise after one of the most tear-filled breakups this show has ever had. It wasn't scandalous exactly, but it did then lead to Colton immediately being named the Bachelor, so…

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Leo Blows Up (season 5)

Leo Dottavio was just a guy known for looking like he belonged on a romance novel cover, but soon after his arrival in Paradise, his reputation turned sour. He stole Kendall Long away from beloved Grocery Store Joe, then kissed Chelsea Roy, then fully lost it when Kendall found out, blaming everything on Kendall and calling her a "phenomenal actress" who never actually liked him. Then, Leo attacked Joe with a drink, and was kicked out of Paradise and out of our minds. Don't mess with Grocery Store Joe, dude.

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Kamil the Asshole (season 5)

Sweet Annaliese Puccini thought she'd found the love of her life in Kamil Nicalek, though he wasn't ready to propose in Mexico. So then, he strung her along for weeks afterwards, booking an AirBnB for a week stay for the two of them, even refusing to let her break up with him, all so he could break up with her on stage in front of a hundred people and all of America. Kamil subsequently joined the list of Bachelor stars we never really care to hear from again, and Annaliese is still on the hunt for love.

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Jenna the Alleged Con Artist? (season 5)

Everyone was shocked when male model Jordan Kimball ended the season engaged to Jenna Cooper, but we couldn't have guessed what would happen literally the next day. It was alleged that Jenna was actually dating someone else and was only with Jordan to get exposure for her business. Jenna took legal action against the allegations, saying the text messages posted as proof were faked, but the truth remains questionable and confusing. Either way, Jordan's moved on. Or he's trying to, at least.

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Blake Goes to Stagecoach (season 6)

Blake Horstmann may have left Becca's season heartbroken and even sat out Paradise last year, but he seems to have recovered. He dated Kristina Schulman, hooked up with her at Stagecoach, hooked up with Caelynn Miller-Keyes the very next night at Stagecoach, and DM'd Hannah Godwin at Stagecoach, and talked about Tayshia Adams at Stagecoach. Surprise surprise, all of those women ended up in Paradise, and Blake just wants to know who's trying to ruin this experience for him. Could it be, Blake, that the person actually ruining Paradise for you…is you?

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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