Joe Realised He Was Super Keen on Elly When She Got Close to Frazer on The Bachelorette
Joe, the guy Elly used to casually date, realised how keen he actually is on the country nurse in tonight’s episode of The Bachelorette — just as she was getting very intimate with suspected contender Frazer in the photoshoot.
It’s a move all too familiar to women who have dated in their 20s — that moment when your ex senses you’ve started to move on and rears their head again.
Frazer was all oiled up as a gold miner and got so close to Elly their lips almost touched, the pair flirting and enjoying a sizzling chemistry. Joe, who had been relegated to the joke part of a jellyfish in the earlier beach scene, watched on as it dawned on him that he might have stronger feelings for Elly than he realised.
In last night’s premiere, Joe and Elly reunited at the mansion, the two doubled over in shock at the sight of one another. It’s not every Bachelorette season that someone with whom the Bachelorette shares a “little bit of history” arrives — Joe is Elly’s best friend Katie’s former housemate.
“It’s a small world! You look incredible, by the way!” Joe told Elly when he turned up. “I can’t believe it’s you.”
Elly had admitted to camera at the time that Joe has “a bit of an unfair advantage”, laughing, “Oh strewth.” When asked directly by Becky if they had . . . you know . . . Elly nodded in the affirmative.
“We’ve been on a couple of dates and it probably wasn’t the right timing, but I guess fate’s given me another opportunity to come back and have another go. I want to give this a red hot crack,” Joe explained to camera. “She ticks all the boxes and hopefully I tick all of hers. She’s the perfect chick, one hundred percent. She’s a legend. Elly’s the one that got away and this could be my second chance.”
But it was watching Frazer and Elly’s obviously strong connection that really confirmed Joe’s feelings for her. “I know the boys know that I went on a few dates with Elly and there was definitely a bit of romance. But I probably didn’t put in as much work as what I should have. This is the moment that’s kind of lighted that fire inside of me and realised that I do have real feelings for Elly.
“I think it’s made me realise that it’s time to step up my game and tell Elly what i feel at the next cocktail party. There’s no time for me to sit back on my heels.”
At the cocktail party, Joe and Elly spoke about how nice it is to be in this experience with someone that they know so well outside of the mansion. “It’s very settling for me to have someone here that I know. You know who I am, you know the kind of girl I am.”
“I love the kind of girl you are,” Joe said, adding that he hoped he had an advantage because she too understood him.
“I have nothing but the highest regard for you,” Elly told him, “and I’m really happy that you’re here. I’m happy to see how things progress.”
To give Joe the benefit of the doubt, he probably is feeling genuine regret about not dating Elly properly when he had the chance. We just hope this isn’t one of those flirtations that simmers out when it isn’t fuelled by jealousy . . .
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