Chris Harrison always says that every season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, and Bachelor In Paradise is “the most dramatic yet.” Sometimes, it’s true. Mostly, it’s not. In the premiere of Season 2 of Bachelor In Paradise, though, there was plenty of drama to go around. People were pairing off, jealousy abounded, bikinis were worn, and Clare Crawley came back to find love. Also, Ashley I aired her vendetta against “old ladies,” who I think is anyone over the age of 29. More importantly, though, is that there was a bit of a medical emergency for Ashley S. We saw fan favorite contestant and noted bird enthusiast Ashley Salter being loaded into an ambulance (Dan Cox saw the flashing lights and elected to go with her, which was nice of him), and then… nothing.
It was not mentioned again for the rest of the episode. Of course ABC ended the episode on a cliffhanger! Damn you, producers! I need to know if my sweet, darling Ashley S. is going to be OK! Honestly, I don’t think that it’s anything that serious, though because we would have already heard about it, right? The tabloids and social media would have been all over that the second it happened. It’s way too hard to keep a secret.
Plus, if I learned anything from last season, it's that it was fairly common for the contestants to suffer from dehydration, and if the dehydration is severe enough, that could totally lead to being hospitalized. It happened to Lacy Faddoul last season, so I wouldn't be surprised if all the excitement of the first week in Paradise had Ashley S. a little dehydrated too. I mean, Mexico is hot, especially in the summer (this season was filmed in June), and basically all the contestants do is drink alcohol. Booze + sun – water = the need for an IV bag of fluids, stat.
You would think that after eleventy billion seasons of the show, the producers would require the contestants drink a bottle of water for every few drinks. I know that they’re all about the boozing and cruising, but man, why do you want an ambulance to show up every season? (Oh, yeah, the drama.)
Here’s to Ashley S. — whatever happened, I hope you’re OK, girl!
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