The Bachelor Winter Games is supposed to be Dean Unglert's redemption. He became Bachelor Nation's public enemy #1 last summer when he strung Kristina and Danielle L. during and after Bachelor in Paradise. His commitment to having his cake (Kristina) and eating it too (D.Lo) marked him as a textbook f---boy.
But in the second episode of Bachelor Olympics, Dean seemed to be backsliding. After being hot 'n heavy with Lesley Murphy early on, he got "standoffish" during the speed-skating day, which he won and got a date card. Lesley was annoyed with him for not talking to her all day. And fans on Twitter were like "Lesley, girrrrrl, this is what he does!"
Annnnnddddd the real Dean appears 🙄 #BachelorWinterGames— Weddings by AllieLLC (@WeddingsbyAllie) February 16, 2018
Lesley did you honestly not see how terrible Dean was on the bachelorette AND paradise? #bachelorwintergames— Meg (@megofboston) February 16, 2018
oh look dean grew up and changed so muc-- #BachelorWinterGames— Alex Friedman (@alfrie_) February 16, 2018
Even his body language was the same.
The return of Dean avoiding eye contact in serious conversations. Who is surprised? Nobody. #BachelorWinterGames— Annie (@perfsunflower) February 16, 2018
And it's Dean with the gold medal in sideways facing conversations #BachelorWinterGames— Rachelle (@TheWordetarian) February 16, 2018
But here's the thing: Kristina was 24. Lesley is 30. She has more experience dealing with the Deans of the world. And just had a preemptive double mastectomy. She's not here to mess around, and she told Dean that she wanted more from him.
I'm loving how lessely is holding dean to her standards 💁🏻♀️ #BachelorWinterGames— stela (@stela_pummer) February 16, 2018
People were really like "Girl, run away!"
Lesley is way too good for Dean. Girl, run away. #BachelorWinterGames— Holly Thulin (@hollyautumn11) February 16, 2018
Dean is somehow making himself look worse 🤦🏼♀️ #BachelorWinterGames Girllllll run. So immature.— gabster710 (@Tara_G727) February 16, 2018
But she forced him to "man up" and ask her on a date. And they went, and they had a nice time tubing. Then they had a real conversation. "I want a guy who can go below the surface and not just be a pretty face," she told him. He said he doesn't want to move too quickly, because last time he moved too quickly bad things happened. Just ask Kristina about that. But at least he's only interested in Lesley. That's a big difference. If she's willing to hold Dean's hand as he steps into adulthood, maybe this could work.
From how Dean's Body language is going he is being submissive to Lesley, she has the upper hand in the whole thing. Get it Cougar Girl #bachelorwintergames— Tara Broadway (@TaraBroadway) February 16, 2018
Lesley is the strong self-assured type of woman Dean needs. #BachelorWinterGames— Laur Masucci (@laur1388) February 16, 2018
She wants to "throw caution to the wind and just go with it," though. So if she gets hurt, that's her part in it. He told her he wanted to take it slow! But the onus is on Dean with this one. You got a good thing here, buddy. Hopefully you hold onto it this time. He gave "Lesley Anne Murphy" his rose.
Dean & Lesley are adorable! Dean don't F this up! #BachelorWinterGames— Allie Rotondo Greco (@mrstondogreco) February 16, 2018
The Bachelor Winter Games has two more episodes to go, Tuesday and Thursday at 8/7c on ABC.