The Bachelorette airs on ABC this evening with an all-new Thursday, December 1, 2020, episode, and we have your weekly The Bachelorette recap below. In tonight’s season 16 episode 8 as per the ABC synopsis, “An anxious Tayshia finds herself having romantic feelings for multiple men. JoJo arrives to help Tayshia navigate her unsettling emotions.”
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Tayshia woke up with an anxious stomach, the guys are amazing but she is wondering if this process is going to work out for her, it is so confusing and overwhelming. Tayshia has invited JoJo Fletcher, the Bachelorette from season 12. She believes every week it is going to get harder and needs JoJo to be a soundboard for her. Jojo can’t believe that Tayshia got thrown into this. Tayshia says she is falling for multiple men and doesn’t know what to do with that. JoJo says not to overthink it.
JoJo asks what her fear is, Tayshia wants to be sure that this is her future, she doesn’t want to go through a marriage and it not working out. Meanwhile, the men are all together, they agree that things are going to start getting real. Chris H., he says last night things were interesting, they were going well, then they weren’t. He says there are three dates, three one on one and one group date. Chris H. says he is stepping away for a few days to take his son to college, but someone is going to step in for him, a dear friend of Tayshia’s, JoJo.
She will be helping out while Chris H. is away. JoJo gives the men a date card, Riley is hoping the card is for him, so is Ben because he wants to tell her about his life. The card is for Zac, “I am looking for a man I can picture a future with.” Zac is thrilled, there is a lot that Tayshia doesn’t know about him, he hasn’t led a straight a narrow life, and hope she is willing to take the good with the bad.
Tayshia is attracted to Zac, but he Is not typically the kind of guy she goes for. The two meet, she tells him that she is nervous and wants him to embrace it. They are playing dress up, they are going to be doing their wedding photos. Creative Director, Franco Lacosta is going to be setting up these fantasy wedding photos. He asks what a wedding day means to them, Tayshia says it is something to be cherished and to be with the person you want to be with.
Zac can see that Tayshia is shaken by this dress up, she says it will be interesting. Tayshia thought it would be fun and exciting, but now she is second-guessing the whole thing. Granco chooses the first dress, Tayshia is incredibly nervous. Zac thinks this is completely insane, but he plays along, he wants to find real love and is excited to see Tayshia in her dress. Seeing her walk up, Zac says she is more than beautiful. Tayshia is feeling good, he says he is taking this seriously, he wants to make this like a real day and have fun with her. He could tell that she was a little hesitant and he tries to make her feel better.
Franco puts a veil on Tayshia, the two kiss and Franco starts taking photos. Franco gets them to change outfits, and they kiss, again and again, outfit after outfit. Zac is surprised how he feels about Tayshia, he wasn’t expecting to feel like this about her when he met her. They sit down and talk after the photos and find out that both have married before. She says that is cool because they both probably have a better grasp of what they want. They embrace the day, there is more to their connection than a physical one and Tayshia couldn’t be happier.
Time for dinner, they meet by the pool where there is a private table just for the two of them, in front of a fireplace. They both agree that they had a great day. She says she doesn’t know much about him, he says he grew up in an amazing home, graduated college, but wasn’t feeling well. He had a brain tumor, had surgery, and had to take a lot of drugs. He got married, she did nothing wrong, he was drinking, hanging out with sketchy people, got arrested for DUI and his wife left him. He was in a bad way, it was scary, touch, and go.
He stole one of his dad’s cheques and cashed it. The bank teller called his dad, said your son is here and it is not good. His father picked him up, and at that moment, he had clarity, a spiritual turn around; in rehab for four months and now he is on the board of that rehab. She says that is a lot for anyone to go through, she thanks him for opening up to her.
Meanwhile, Bennett is dying for one on one time with Tayshia this week because he didn’t get any time at the Rose Ceremony because of the drama. Noah says he doesn’t want to be on the group date, it is always competitive and he wants a one on one with her. Bennett feels sorry if Tayshia has to have a one on one with Noah. There is a knock at the door, it’s a date card for; Spencer, Ivan, Ed, Blake, Brendan, Riley, Demar, Bennett, Ben, Noah, “express yourself.
Tayshia tells Zac that he ticks a lot of the boxes of who she has been looking for. He is mature and established, she gives him the rose. They end the night going on a Ferris wheel. Tayshia’s heart is racing, she has shortness of breath and admits that she is falling for Zac.
Time for the group date, she tells them to embrace the day. They walk into a room and there is a person painting two naked people. This is the third time Blake would have to get naked on this journey and he is now down for it. Natalia is the artist, they are going to help them with art and expression. Bennett comes out of the left field and clams a seat beside Tayshia, Noah is not impressed.
The men are actually drawing, not getting down naked and posing. Ed hopes the chirp back and forth between Noah and Bennett doesn’t affect Tayshia. Next, they have to get blindfolded and make clay sculptures, Bennett gets up and kisses Tayshia while everyone has their blindfolds on. For the last exercise, they have to do self-portraits. The person who opens up the most will get some extra one on one time with Tayshia.
Ivan is trying to dig deep on this one, and so are all the men. Tayshia is feeling so humbled by the men, they have really opened up. When it is Ben’s turn, he says he forgot something and leaves the room. He comes back, takes off his clothes, takes off a robe, and tells her what she sees is only a small part of him. Tayshia is extremely overhwhelmed, she runs out of the room and starts crying. Tayshia returns and tells the men they officially did it, they made her cry when they took their walls down and she is the luckiest girl in the world. She can’t choose one person, she wants to spend the evening with everyone because they were so real.
Later, Tayshia meets the men and sits down to talk with them, she thanks them for a great day. Riley is the first one to spend some alone time with Tayshia. He has really been coming out of his shell and she is excited about where this is going. Ivan is next, then the other men, one by one. Tayshia is all smiles and having a great night. Meanwhile, Eazy gets his date card, “I hope you are not scared of falling in love.” Ben opens up to Tayshia that he had an eating disorder for ten years and lost 70 pounds. Tayshia returns to the men and gives the group date rose to Ben. Then she tells Bennet and Noah that there is something going on between them and she is going to get to the bottom of it one way or another.
The next day, Eazy is up and doing his morning exercises, he is so excited about his date with Tayshia. The date is in the evening, Tayshia starts by scaring him in the dark. They are going ghost hunting. She reads him a book about people who used to live on the property, the wife and child died in childbearing and the husband went mad afterward. People say their ghosts still inhabit the property. Eazy is easy and hilariously scared. He tries to act lovey-dovey with Tayshia, but his fear of noises and sounds take over him. They head into the library where the husband’s spirit is most active. Tayshia knew Eazy was fun, but not this much fun; the two had a blast.
Time for dinner, Eazy is happy the scary stuff is over so they can enjoy each other. They admit that when they had their first conversation there was a lot of energy. He tells her that he honestly feels like he is falling in love with her and he can’t lie about it. He says everything is so perfect with her. She says that she has just asked that everyone be their true selves, and he has done that time and time again, he is a solid good man and deserves so much. She leans down, grabs the rose, and tells him that she is not there where he is, and doesn’t want to lead him on.
She goes on to say that he is truly amazing, and says sorry to him, then she walks him out. Eazy didn’t see that one coming. Tayshia feels bad, she doesn’t like hurting people. The men are shocked when Eazy’s bags are picked up, and Eazy, he is completely shocked by this rejection and says he doesn’t know if he has ever been this disappointed.
Tayshia wants to get through the Bennett and Noah petty drama. Jojo knocks on the men’s door, she tells them that there will still be a cocktail party, but not right away. Bennett says he is equally perplexed as Tayshia, he has no tension with Noah. She says at this point, Tayshia can’t keep both of them, they are to meet Tayshia before the cocktail party, there will be a rose there and one of them will be going home. The other men think this is going to be a battle royale.
Time for Bennett and Noah to meet with Tayshia, Noah says let the best man win. Bennett gets up, he has a gift for Noah. Bennett opens it up, he gives Noah a red bandana because of his upbringing in Montanna on the farm. He gives him his mustached socks, the only place you should wear them is on your feet. Last, a book, emotional intelligence.
Noah calls them fake gifts, Bennett says they are not fake, he did not have emotional intelligence at his age. Bennett says he is not trying to belittle him, he is trying to love him up. Noah says he has tried to be 100% himself walking into this and just because he is 25 and not a Harvard grad, Bennett doesn’t think he is good for Tayshia.
Tayshia walks into the room, hugs both men, and sits down. She says she likes both of them and has feelings for both for different reasons. The men start arguing and Tayshia calls it teenage boy drama. She tells Bennett that he is essentially questioning her integrity. Then she looks at the present and asks what is in the box.