While the big news going in was that Nick Viall was back to test the love waters for the fourth time after two rocky tours of duty on The Bachelorette and a redeeming stint on Bachelor in Paradise, that experiment has quickly taken a back burner to the evil in their midst, 24-year-old Corinne Olympios.
We’re just going by the prevailing story line, of course. The reunion of Nick and fellow amorous wedding guest Liz Sandoz proved brief, leaving close to nothing for viewers to get up in arms over besides what so far is the pronounced uselessness of Corinne, who proudly boasts of running a “multimillion-dollar company” but also has a nanny who’s the only one who can keep her fit-for-a-picky-11-year-old’s food preferences straight.
That nanny twist and the shameless way in which Corinne talks about not knowing how to do anything for herself might be taken as a more humorous plot point (like deluded dolphin girl—it was a shark!) if not for the fact that Corinne has also decided that getting naked will be the fastest way into Nick’s heart.
Or at least his psyche.
It’s as yet unclear whether she cares about anything more than sleeping with Nick before anybody else does, or whether she’s given any thought at all to the whole “till death do you part” premise, in which case…
Well done, producers and editors! If there’s a normal, relatable human being lurking within Corinne’s guilelessly calculating and ultimately misguided exterior, we’ve yet to see it—and so the audience can continue along in virulent love-to-hate mode.
Corinne, of course, is hardly the first contestant on The Bachelor to put her most visible eggs in the sex basket—that’s been going on for years now, and the show hasn’t budged from its reliable too-sexy-equals-villain-to-all-the-women-but-not-the-clueless-guy narrative.
Back in 2011, Michelle Money rubbed all the other women the wrong way when she got frisky with Brad Womack (back for his second go-round) during a Sports Illustrated photo shoot, in a sandy display that just six short years later seems positively G-rated compared to the antics of the current season.
“That’s definitely a part of who I am,” Michelle Money said on Ellen in 2011, when asked about the accuracy of her portrayal on the show, after Brad denied her a rose one week shy of the four hometown dates. “I’m assertive and a go-getter—but there’s also many sides of me that weren’t shown.”
Ellen gave her every opportunity to say she was playing a character for the cameras, but Michelle insisted, “Honestly, it wasn’t. That was me…I left my 5-year-old daughter to go and pursue a relationship with Brad, and you know it took me awhile to kind of really figure out if there was a connection there or not. And once I felt that connection, it was like, ‘I want to pursue that. I want to do all I can to ensure that he knows who I am and I know who he is. ‘Cause if it’s not supposed to work out, I want to get back to my daughter.”
And yet even Tierra, who made sure to flaunt her engagement ring on the Women Tell Allspecial (her engagement ended not long after), had the same simple explanation for what triggered her scene-devouring behavior.
“Would you go into a situation competing with a bunch of women, wanting to be friends with them and… be a best friend? No,” she pointed out to Chris Harrison. And her outgoing personality was a subject of ridicule from day one, she said.
“It’s difficult for me because I light up in a room, especially around people I’m comfortable with and when I walk into a room, I bring this joy and this smile and I’m happy,” Tierra said, to much visible consternation from several other women. “But with people that immediately judge me and don’t give me a chance to have that light and to be open and to show my personality, they immediately judge me based off of what I look like instead of the inner person, the heart I have, the good family I come from and everything that I value in my life, and all my morals that I have as well.”
Basically, the woman who steals the spotlight with her inner light is never going to run away with the other women’s hearts.