And now, the moment we've been waiting for: Matt is here! With his beard! We got a teaser of his beard last week, and you could say I was...intrigued. But the beard got a great response from the contestants, and Chris clearly loves it too. I mean, it's Matt James. The beard looks great and he pulls it off fabulously. Is there anything this man can't do?!
As you can probably tell, the episode has been a bit snoozy until this point so I was really hoping Matt would bring some DRAMA. He...didn't exactly deliver, but I did get the most interesting tidbit of the entire episode. Serena C. asked Matt if watching the season made him think the contestants were mean, and Matt actually said no.
I understand he knows these women in person, but...were we watching the same season, Matt? These women were vicious and saying no to that question feels like an easy out. He says that none of the contestants are bad people, which is totally fair, but you can't ignore how brutally mean they were.
A few of the women asked Matt questions about their relationships, and he handled that like a pro. Matt just seems like a very genuine, normal guy who was put in this wild situation. He took on each question like a real human would, not like a media-trained robot.
But then, we got to the most awkward and cringe-worthy moment in Bachelor history. Apparently, Matt kisses with his eyes open. I somehow missed this?! Maybe I don't pay attention to the kissing scenes?
Well, after they showed an incredibly long kissing montage, it was clear: Matt ALWAYS kisses with his eyes open, and it's so incredibly weird. The contestants and Chris Harrison all roasted him for this, which felt well deserved. He laughed it all off but now I have that open eyed kissing montage stuck in my head and it's...not great.