Chicagoans hunt for roses on 'Bachelor in Paradise' premiere

Danny Woods
August 15, 2017

Warner Bros. announced almost two weeks later that their investigation found no wrongdoing, and filming had resumed, but neither Jackson nor Olympios returned to Mexico to complete the season. After Jasmine claimed to be 26 years old in the first episode, Raven made a joke implying she might not be totally truthful about that.

The two clicked right away, as they seemingly built a relationship founded on New Jersey pride, drinking, olives (she fed them to him), massages (he gave them to her), and midday couch cuddling (it takes two). After all, it's what every woman dreams of: having a bad first date with someone you really aren't attracted to only to realize after they fall ill that they're the one for you. Corinne described them as "homies" as DeMario playfully punched her in the shoulder. He came to Paradise packing a new twist in his perfectly coiffed hair ("Dear god, how he gets that bump we'll never know, but kudos to him", said Corinne in one of the amusing asides we're going to miss); what looked suspiciously like an eye lift, and a bathing suit for every day of the trip ("I've got patterns, I've got pineapples, I've got crabs, I've got plain ones, I've got striped ones, I've got 'em all"). Sure, production had to stop filming after only two and a half days due to allegations of misconduct, but really, things are just like Ross Gellar when he found out about Rachel and Joey... Robby figured Raven couldn't pass up the sombreros on his shirt - Bachelor in Paradise as brought to you by Zoolander - but she decided she liked Ben, or at least his kissing, better.

But despite her intentions to take things slow, she and Jackson hit it off pretty much immediately after he approached her at the bar. "I am interested in Alexis".

PLUS. The real story of Corinne and DeMario will unfold.

"I can find love in "Paradise", and I do want to find love", he added, while Corinne appeared to set her sights on Vinny Ventiera. "All we know is that we aren't filming, so what the f**k is happening?"

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DeMario is walking on the beach with Alexis Waters (known for her shark costume) when a producer says that he needs to talk to DeMario alone.

Cut to later that night, ahead of the traditional elimination rose ceremony, and Olympios is surprised when a producer asks if he can steal her away for a minute.

"Suddenly we look around, and there's no crew".

"I'm thinking it's something with Corinne and DeMario from the first night", a voice sounding like Amanda Stanton mused, as the episode ended with shots of empty rooms, an empty beach, and the rest of the contestants in shock. There were more men than women on Monday's episode and the women had the power to determine which guys stick around for another round. "I've waited on this day for 2 months and 3 days because I want YOU ALL to SEE the TRUTH with your own EYES and then form an opinion about the 'situation, '" he wrote in part.

Bachelor in Paradise returns tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The couple - who met while shooting a previous season - announced on August 6 that they are expecting their first child.

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