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Ali Barthwell is a writer who has been recapping reality TV shows—The Bachelor and Real Housewives among them—since 2015. She is an Emmy-winning writer for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Her work has been featured on The AV Club and Chicago Magazine.

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    The Bachelor Recap: French MissJoey is feeling the pressure of this competition, and the women are feeling the pressure of performing enthusiasm for Montreal.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Disrespectful DramaProduction has decided to destroy Jess.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Maltese Double-CrossBy process of elimination and producer manipulation, Sydney and Maria get the two-on-one date. Sigh.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Finger Lickin’ DramaWelcome to the worst pool party ever, brought to you by chicken and bullying accusations.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Oh, Maria, MariaAn eye-popping wardrobe change and a jealous li’l nemesis in week two? Oh, Maria came to play.
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    The Bachelor Season-Premiere Recap: Kiss the GirlsDid Joey just set a first-night smooch record?
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    Love Is Blind Reunion Recap: Don’t Go to the Bars in HoustonIt’s pretty miraculous that a season this chaotic could produce a reunion this boring.
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    Love Is Blind Season-Finale Recap: Till Meh Do Us PartIt’s time for the weddings, and everyone is shedding the tears I cannot.
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    Love Is Blind Recap: Now I Am Become Mess, Destroyer of RelationshipsMilton’s heel turn and Izzy’s insecurities are rearing their ugly heads as we careen toward certain doom — I mean, the weddings.
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    Love Is Blind Recap: You Can’t Handle the TruthTime for the worst party in America.
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    Love Is Blind Season-Premiere Recap: A Walking Red FlagIt’s a whole new pod squad, and we’re getting so truly unhinged and messy.
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    Bachelor In Paradise Recap: Paradise LostEveryone wants the ’90s dance to be a fun time with no drama, and somewhere, the Greek god of foolishness is laughing at them.
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Love FoolsEveryone seems to be hoping to just get through this season with the least amount of emotional damage.
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Love Means Never Having to Say ‘Gaslighting’We are trapped in a time loop of drama and emotional chaos.
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: The Beach Is BrokenHow do we fix Paradise?
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Reunited and It Feels So … OofEveryone is reunited from the Split™ and salivating at the possibility of a Shanae meltdown.
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Karma Is a BeachRodney better marry Eliza and have four children. That’s the only way this is worth it.
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Villain EditHow are we supposed to root for Rodney to fall in love with Eliza while his girlfriend of three full business days is crying her eyes out?
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Casa de Oh NoThe show takes a cue from Love Island and commits to “emotional chaos” as its driving narrative force.
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    Bachelor in Paradise: The Beach That Makes You ChaoticThere’s simply too much happening and everyone is crying.
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    Bachelor in Paradise Recap: The Worst BirthdayThese are way too many feelings to be having this early in the season, Genevieve.
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    Bachelor in Paradise Season-Premiere Recap: The Power of the PalapaAfter a few absolutely wild seasons of the main franchise, it’s time to sit back and indulge in the chaos that is The Bachelor’s drunk cousin.
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    The Bachelorette Season-Finale Recap: Am I Good? Am I Done?This is simply the most baffling breakup in Bachelor Nation history.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: The Bachelor Franchise Is BrokenThis season is a complete mess.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Next-Level NonsenseI’m very upset at these gentlemen and what they are choosing to do to our dear Two Bachelorettes!
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Bitter SuiteThere isn’t a man left on Gabby’s team who isn’t deeply invested in making this a Bad Time for her.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Much Ado About NothingThis show is teetering on the brink of unwatchable.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Hometown ZeroesAre these men aware of the program they are on?
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Him?Excuse me, but I absolutely did not sign up for a television program whose main character is Logan.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: RamboSome of the men feel as if they’re doing the women a favor by being there. Instead, they should be living in constant fear of being eliminated.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Power PlaysThis show and these men seem very invested in the systematic destruction of Rachel’s and Gabby’s well-being.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Get OutChris makes an impressive amount of bad decisions.
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    The Bachelorette Season-Premiere Recap: Welcome to Girlie SeasonGabby and Rachel are here and they are ready to do some kissing.
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    The Bachelor Season-Finale Recap: Collateral DamageAll three of these women were reduced to two-dimensional figures in the come-from-behind underdog story of Clayton’s season.
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    The Bachelor Recap: What Women Don’t WantThis dum-dum has such intense Main Character Syndrome that he’s convinced his intentions are more important than his impact.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Suite MiseryIf Susie is right in this fight (which she’s not), that means the entire concept of Fantasy Suites must be abolished.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Hometown ZeroClayton is not a riddle to be solved, he is one of those puzzles where you just match the apple piece to the apple cutout.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Lady in RedThe Bachelor innovates with a wild musical-guest appearance and a couples-therapy date. Utter perfection. No notes.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Subterfuge in CroatiaThe Bachelor is throwing so much stuff at us at once, yet it’s hard to care about any of it.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Villain Origin StoryThe other contestants have made this into the Shanae Show and are now just trying to catch up.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Is This About Shrimp?This all could have been avoided if Elizabeth had just accepted some shrimp.
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    The Bachelor Recap: Let Clayton HimboNot even Shrimpgate can slow down Shanae.
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    The Bachelorette Season-Finale Recap: Well-SuitedThis show has been incredibly invested in making us doubt that the man Michelle wants to spend the rest of her life with is really in love with her.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Soulmate StalemateLet it never be said that Michelle isn’t linguistically consistent.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Rest in PizzaBachelor Nation has had an intense year, so let’s just sit back and enjoy watching Will and Peter toss pizza-based insults at each other for a while.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Hometown Away From HomeAs her season unfolds with minimal drama and fanfare, it’s important to remember that Michelle is a tremendous Bachelorette.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Dealing With the PastChildren really are the future (of producing reality television).
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    The Bachelorette Recap: The Invisible WomanThis is an episode of men talking directly past Michelle’s head and not reading even one iota of the room.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: No Jacket RequiredJamie has decided he’s set the standard for all men on earth and he’s only in competition with himself.
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    The Bachelorette Recap: Personal FoulJamie has chosen chaos.
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