Bachelor in Paradise Recap: Colton and Tia Are Awkwardly Reunited!

We were promised hookups, tears, and feuds in the Season 5 trailer for Bachelor in Paradise. And it looks like they’ve already begun to deliver.

Colton’s long-awaited reunion with Tia Booth was a lot more complicated than either of them had imagined.

And even though there’s now a gang of stars determined to take down Colton, this couple is only part of the drama. …

First we have to talk about Tia Booth and Colton Underwood.

Or, rather, about just Tia — because Colton wasn’t there yet.

That’s right. Producers are messy b–ches who live for drama (literally, it’s their livelihood), so they brought Tia in before Colton arrived … and they gave her a date card.

Don’t get us wrong, Tia totally had Colton on her mind. It had been months — she revealed that they hadn’t gotten to chat since The Bachelorette.

But Tia’s no fool — she had the date card and, hey, Chris was right there.

To be fair to Chris, he went on this date with Tia with the impression that Colton was a thing of the past for her.

At the risk of sounding like a gossiping 11-year-old, we report that the two of them totally made out.

She even said “Colton who?” while they were kissing, which is … a great way to tell the person you’re kissing that you are, in fact, thinking about someone else.

Of course, as soon as this thing was Chris was underway, Colton arrived. Because of course that’s how they timed it.

Producing a reality series is a genuine art form, folks.

Colton was also given a date card right off the bat.

After what we imagine was some gentle prodding from producers, he did speak to some of the other fine young women in Paradise.

But he did, of course, hit things off with Tia again — for the first time in nearly half a year.

They kissed, and Tia was clearly over the moon.

Colton wants to figure out what this situation really means for him.

Ah, Grocery Store Joe.

We know from previews that he gets into conflict with Leo, but right now, he’s living his best life and enjoying flirtations with just about every woman in Paradise.

Joe likes Tia, but Tia likes Colton (and liked Chris, however briefly).

Krystal likes Joe, but Joe likes Kendall. This, as we know, will lead to Leo calling him a “Grocery Store B–ch” which sounds like a turn-of-the-century insult that a farmer would hurl at a city-slicker.

Krystal also likes Kevin, so we’ll keep our eyes on that as it develops.

Speaking of Kevin, he still has some sore feelings about his breakup with Ashley Iaconetti and her abrupt engagement to Jared.

Let’s see, what else?

Chris is teaming up with Nick and Jordan to take down Colton, which sounds totally plausible if they’re sitcom characters or supervillains but is otherwise super weird to hear from adult ment.

Not as weird as Chris calling himself “Goose,” but still weird. Especially since they’re (sort of) the “Goose Gang.”

No part of that is not awkward.

This is only the beginning of the drama, of course. There’s so much more to follow — including a lot of tears.


Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel: Reunited Now That Ashley Jacobs is Outta Here!

Last week, we learned that Ashley Jacobs finally left that creep Thomas Ravenel, though the two have not officially broken up. Yet.

But fellow Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis has been spending time with her ex and baby daddy.

They took their two young children on Thomas’ boat, and with Ashley away, Kathryn and Thomas’ “family time” was drama-free.

Both Kathryn and Thomas took to Instagram to share little glimpses of their shared time with their children.

Kathryn wrote “Good Vibes Only,” perhaps a subtle plea for her followers to not bash her for spending time around accused rapist Thomas Ravenel.

She and Thomas have both made efforts to be there for their young children, Kensie and Saint.

Seeing their parents interact with each other in a healthy way is good for their childhood development, even though Kathryn and Thomas are exes.

They took their children on Thomas’ boat.

A source tells RadarOnline that Kathryn and Thomas had a pleasant time with their two young children.

“Thomas and Kathryn had a great time together with the kids,” the insider reveals.

Though Kathryn and Thomas can be dramatic people — they’re exes as well as reality stars — none of that flared up during this family outing.

“It was,” the source says. “Completely drama free.”

And that peace owes itself to one person in particular.

“With Ashley out of town,” the insider explains. “There were no conflicts at all.”

Thomas Ravenel has been dating Ashley Jacobs for a while.

The two met in Santa Barbara, went on maybe five dates, and Ashley packed up her whole life to move across the country to live in Charleston with him.

That was … a little sudden. What’s more is that Ashley went on to unleash hellish tirades on Thomas’ Southern Charm cast members.

In particular, Ashley clashed with Kathryn to a shocking degree. Also, she flirted with Whitney.

(Who does that? Well, as Patricia Altschul says, a gold-digging famewhore would!)

The cast very clearly and vocally cannot tolerate Ashley, but at the reunion special, they expressed their deep concerns for her well-being.

Thomas Ravenel was not at the reunion, because multiple women have accused him of sexual assault. Bravo and the Charleston police are investigating.

But Ashley was there for part two of the special, and the cast went from irate to concerned.

They said that Thomas speaks poorly of her to them, and that she shouldn’t stay with someone who is going to treat her that way.

Andy Cohen brought up a sobering accusations — that someone had seen Thomas throw food in Ashley’s direction.

Ashley had replied by saying that it was all he fault for being a “brat.”

Ashley’s brattiness was not the point — no one gets to throw things at you.

And as multiple castmembers pointed out, Ashley blaming herself for Thomas’ alleged outburst is a huge red flag.

(Keep in mind that Thomas has not only been accused of sexual assault, but of alarming outbursts of anger and aggression — which has been said by former dates and by his own friends and castmates)

The outpouring of concern was so great that Ashley “joked” by asking Andy if this was an intervention.

If the shoe fits, maybe you should wear it, Ashley.

Some may be angry with Kathryn for spending time with Thomas, but they should remember a few things.

One, she is not dating Thomas. They are forever linked by their two young children, and she is only spending time with him around them.

Two, Kathryn has made it very clear why she’s doing this. She’s captioned family pics with things like: “What matters most? My daughter’s happiness.”

She doesn’t have sole custody of her children, so coparenting is not optional. Whatever she believes about Thomas, she has to make the best of a bad situation.

She’s a mother, and her kids come first.