‘The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons—Ever!’ Recap: Rewatching Kaitlyn Bristowe's Season Is So Bittersweet

Because she’s been there and done that, literally, former Bachelor contestant/tear fountain Ashley Iaconetti is recapping The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons—Ever for Cosmopolitan. With insider insight as well as a clear eye for what actually went down both in front of and behind the cameras, read on for her thoughts.

People expect me to have a lot of feelings about last night’s Kaitlyn Bristowe episode, and I don’t blame them.

I did “have” to watch my husband, Jared Haibon, kiss my now-friend Kaitlyn, which was admittedly kinda weird! I did have to laugh, though, when he said his “big move” was writing his love interest rhyming poems, and now I have a reason to annoyingly point that out every time I get one on special occasions. Sorry, Jared!

Honestly, there were moments of the episode that I really loved, but other important things that were left out.

One of the best parts about it was realizing certain moments between the two of them that used to make me jealous don’t make me jealous anymore. Their NYC museum date and helicopter ride date, for example, sting a little bit less now knowing that he chose to spend the rest of his life with me. There was one thing in particular that didn’t make it into this recap episode, though, that I’m thankful for. ABC didn’t show Jared and Kaitlyn’s road trip in Ireland, where it became pretty obvious that they would have fun with each other outside the Bachelor Bubble. I was jealous of that date at the time.

The recap also didn’t include the moment Jared offered Kaitlyn his jacket in the cold after she dumped him. That’s one of my favorite Jared moments, personally. It was when I had the “I. must. land. this. man.” realization, and that’s still the gentleman I know and was lucky enough to marry.

The best part of the episode for me, hands down, was watching Kaitlyn finally get the opportunity to be on Dancing With the Stars. This has been a dream of hers for five years. Not only was her reaction to the news adorable, but seeing her boyfriend Jason Tartick’s jaw drop in excitement was the most adorable thing. The support and love there is so evident.

I know Kaitlyn didn’t look forward to this episode airing.

I mean, who wants the “Nation” reliving a relationship of yours that has since ended? Between being on Kaitlyn’s podcast this week, and seeing her take shots on the couch with Jason’s mom during its airing, I can personally say she leaned into the humor of the situation. But it seemed like the fans just loved revisiting her as a strong, relatable Bachelorette. Kaitlyn’s magnetic personality has been what’s kept her relevant, and I appreciate that that’s what ABC highlighted in this three-hour show. It was tasteful that they didn’t wrap the episode with Shawn’s emotional proposal, but instead opened another chapter in Kaitlyn’s life, Dancing With the Stars.

I loved seeing the Nick Viall moments especially.

The episode wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from my friend Nick. It was so fun for me to rewatch the moment he and I first met at Kaitlyn’s rap battle group date. I was definitely starstruck at the time. Little did I know that that mysterious, suave guy would be a groomsman in my wedding one day, and cry while giving a speech at our rehearsal dinner. Life comes at you fast, Bachelor Nation.

He was so polarizing during both Kaitlyn and Andi’s seasons. Rewatching Kaitlyn’s season, though, it’s hard for me to imagine anyone not “getting” him. He risked getting the villain edit by entering the season late to explore his relationship with Kaitlyn. He didn’t want to ever think “What if?!” and if you regularly read these recaps, you know that’s a life philosophy he and I share. He risked being turned down and embarrassed by Kaitlyn when he showed up, but their chemistry was evident right off the bat. Hot take: Nick coming into Kaitlyn’s season may have been one of the greatest “for the right reasons” moments.

Next week, we’ll chat about Ben Higgins saying “I love you” to two women. At the time, it was majorly controversial, but now it seems pretty tame compared to fence jumping and Peter’s frantic decision making. Can’t wait!

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