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Here To Make Friends - A Bachelor Recap Show


A HuffPost Podcast about The Bachelor, where hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon lovingly snark and recap the latest episodes from The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Whether you love The Bachelor, or love to hate it, you will enjoy their witty discussion about this reality show and what it reveals about the world of dating.


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A HuffPost Podcast about The Bachelor, where hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon lovingly snark and recap the latest episodes from The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Whether you love The Bachelor, or love to hate it, you will enjoy their witty discussion about this reality show and what it reveals about the world of dating.




'Bachelorette' S15e4 With Erin Darke

Welcome to Here to Make Friends, founded by Simone de Beauvoir in 1754! This is the fake news edition of the podcast. Hannah really inspired us. On week four of The Bachelorette, we take a trip up to New England, where Hannah and Jed make up their own American history, Tyler gets some tail (lobster tail, that is), and Luke P. learns what a psychopath is. Here to break it all down with us is friend of the pod, actress Erin Darke.


'Bachelorette' S15e3 With Sydney Lotuaco

Watching The Bachelorette is always a labor of love, but this week’s episode was full of a different kind of labor… labor pains, to be exact. On week three of The Bachelorette, we find out just how little these men know about the female reproductive system, hear a sob story from Cam, and watch Luke P. start to implode. Here to break it all down with us is Bachelor season 23 alum Sydney Lotuaco.


'Bachelorette' S15e2 With Alyssa Mastromonaco

What a time to be watching a Bachelorette who reps hard for Alabama, while just last week, the state passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. Hmm… On week two of The Bachelorette, Hannah looks for “Mr. Right” with some help from Miss J and a couple of Drag Race alums, Luke makes a big declaration, and Cam crashes a party. Filling in for Claire this week is New York Times bestselling author, Alyssa Mastromonaco.


'Bachelorette' S15e1 With Matt Jacobs

Here To Make Friends is back! Kicking off this season, Claire and Emma are joined by HuffPost colleague Matt Jacobs to dissect every moment from ‘The Bachelorette’ season 15 premiere. Hannah is our new Bachelorette – she’s real, she’s not perfect and she doesn’t know what to do with her hands. This season, the great pilot war of 2019 comes to an early end - and Peter prevails, Luke P. has r/ShowerThoughts, and Demi and Katie reveal one contestant has someone back home.


'Bachelorette' S15 Preview – The Cast Bios + The Bachelorette Reunion Special

Season 15 of The Bachelorette begins next week! On this preview episode, Claire and Emma recap “The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!” and later in the episode offer their signature analysis of the full cast of suitors for Hannah’s heart.


'Bachelor' S23 Finale Part 2 With Erin Darke

Last night on the Bachelor finale, we saw a love story unlike any other. Colton’s journey came to a surprising conclusion. The romance… the passion… the intimacy…. The decision to just date instead of getting engaged at the end of the show. It was truly a Bachelor first. Roll tide! On this episode, we’re joined by one of our favorite guests, actress Erin Darke, to talk about Colton and Cassie’s happy ending, Hannah B’s new beginning and, of course, Air Supply.


'Bachelor' S23 Finale Part 1

We open on the Portuguese countryside. Dogs are barking. Producers are scrambling. Colton is nowhere to be found. Welcome to part one of The Bachelor finale! There are far too many emotions to go through after last night, so we’re going guest-less this episode to talk about the producers’ rescue mission, the multiple breakups and, of course, Colton’s new haircut.


'Bachelor' S23 Bonus With Katie Morton

For the third time this week we are pleased to present Here To Make Friends! On this bonus episode we are joined by 'Bachelor' season 23 cast member Katie Morton. She told us how she ended up on the show, painted a picture of life inside the mansion, and gave us the scoop about her warning to Colton that shook up the season.


'Bachelor' S23e10 With Alyssa Mastromonaco

We’re back! And we’re emotionally exhausted after the two-hour screaming match that was Women Tell All. On this episode, we’re joined by New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Mastromonaco, to talk about the many conflicts between the women this season, the origins of the cougar den and the evolution of Hannah B. So take a shower, grab your year’s supply of Halo Top ice cream and listen to this episode of Here To Make Friends!


'Bachelor' S23e9 With Sharleen Joynt

It finally happened! The long awaited fence jump! It was everything we dreamed of and more. For the first time in Bachelor history, a long-teased “dramatic moment” was actually even more dramatic than we could’ve imagined. On this episode, we’re joined by Bachelor alum and prolific recapper Sharleen Joynt to analyze the jump from every possible angle, sing the praises of boob tape, and break down one of the most heart wrenching breakups we’ve seen on this show.


'Bachelor' S23e8 With Leigh Blickley

We happily give all of you our permission and blessing to listen to this week’s episode. It’s hometown week and Colton has families to meet, airplanes to jump out of, and etiquette lessons to learn. On this episode, we’re joined by HuffPost senior entertainment reporter, Leigh Blickley to talk about Hannah’s rapping skills, how excited we are about next week’s fence jump and why this week’s episode was one big feminism fail.


'Bachelor' S23e7 With Nick Viall

Another week and still no fence jump?! Instead, the contestants spend time in Colton’s hometown of Denver. On this episode, Tayshia spills the tea, Hannah B and Heather cut ties, and Caelynn makes an out of nowhere appearance to save Cassie, as well as her own reputation. To recap and dissect the show’s unfortunate regressive platitudes, we’re joined by Season 21 lead Nick Viall.


'Bachelor' S23 Bonus With Producers Of The Bachelor Vietnam

Last year, The Bachelor franchise aired what might be THE most dramatic rose ceremony ever. In a moment that went viral worldwide, Minh Thu, a contestant on The Bachelor Vietnam, confessed her love for fellow contestant Truc Nhu, asking the woman to return the Bachelor’s rose and leave the show with her, which she did in a moment unprecedented for the franchise. On this special bonus episode, we talk to two of the people responsible for The Bachelor Vietnam, Anh Tran, the executive producer...


'Bachelor' S23e6 With Derek Peth

This week’s episode of The Bachelor gave us all a reason to think about the best part of any good first date. Is it the butterflies beforehand? Getting to know each other? Or the excitement of a possible future? Obviously it’s the hot and steamy make out in the shower. At least it is for Colton and Hannah G., anyway. On this episode, we’re joined by Derek Peth, former Bachelorette contestant and host of The Betchelor podcast. We find out that Demi is more bark than bite, Kirpa goes...


'Bachelor' S23e5 With Ashley Spivey

It was a night of firsts on The Bachelor this week. First kiss, first voluntary departure, and first... loud fight about bullying at the cocktail party? On this episode, Claire and Emma are joined by Bachelor alum Ashley Spivey. They talk about Elyse’s decision to leave, what exactly the definition of a rumor is, and their own first kiss stories. Oh, and what happened to Kirpa’s chin??


'Bachelor' S23e4 With Brett Vergara

Down to 15 girls and ‘The Bachelor’ makes its way to Singapore! This week, Tayshia takes the plunge, Demi leeches onto Colton, and Caelynn shares a traumatic experience. Joining us to recap is Bachelor tweeter extraordinaire, Brett Vergara. On this episode we discuss sexual assault. If you need to talk to someone, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673


'Bachelor' S23e3 With Priscilla Frank

Yo ho ho. This week, Caelynn walks the plank and gets a group date rose, Hannah is ‘befumbled’, Elyse takes her first helicopter ride and after opening up about her sister’s death, dances on a platform at a country music performance in true ‘Bachelor’ fashion. Also on this episode -- Colton is definitely not a ‘stretching virgin’ anymore and Caitlin gets sent home early. Joining us to break it all down is friend and colleague, Priscilla Frank.


'Bachelor' S23e2 With Erin Darke

Welcome to the Cougar Den! Today on the pod, Emma and Claire are joined by Erin Darke, a fellow brave thirtysomething hero, to talk about what they learned on week two of ‘The Bachelor’. On this episode, Hannah B. learns to ride one handed, Billy Eichner plays camp counselor, and Tracy has a meltdown. Did we mention it’s Hannah’s birthday? A toast – Roll Tide!


'Bachelor' S23 Bonus: Behind The Scenes With Kristen Baldwin

Have you ever imagined what it’s like to be inside the Bachelor mansion on night one as the limos pull up and the first roses are handed out? Kristen Baldwin, a television critic for Entertainment Weekly, got to live out that fantasy when she covered the filming of the season premiere from the inside. She tells Emma and Claire what got cut, who got kissed, and how everyone keeps it together during the longest night on reality tv.


'Bachelor' S23e1 With Allison Williams

Here To Make Friends returns! On this episode, Allison Williams joins to help break down the premiere of season 23 of ‘The Bachelor’. In the discussion, we wade through the many intro packages, gimmicky limo entrances, and unfortunate jokes about Colton’s virginity.