I’m much more down with ‘The Bachelorette‘ than I am with ‘The Bachelor‘ – given how historically women had very little agency in romantic relationships, seeing a dude simultaneously entertain a series of relationships with women as they fought for his attention felt a little gross (still entertaining though).

Seeing that power dynamic reversed is a nice change, but also it’s just kinda cool that titular bachelorette Georgia Love is capable of making jokes and laughing like a normal human being, unlike Richie, who was gorgeous but absolutely a robot.

Shockingly, surprisingly, against all odds, it turns out that if you get a bunch of dudes together and introduce an element of competition it becomes a testosterone-fuelled bro-down of high school locker room proportions – they were basically only inches away from measuring their dicks for the entire episode.

While most of them were jostling each other, some moments of actual beauty happened as true love began to blossom – not between Georgia and anyone, but between contestants Aaron and Rhys, who bonded over their shared sense of humour and the fact that they were the only two people in the room who didn’t seem like total bros.

Other highlights from the episode involve a dude bravely bringing an electric razor with him, before deservingly having his beard shaved down to sick sideburns and a wicked porn ‘stache, and a guy rocking up with a donkey because, well, actually I’m still not sure about that one.

Uncharacteristically, the show managed to lose its most obnoxious (and thus most interesting) person in the first episode. Goodbye Carlos, you were a male stripper who apparently collect limos,. Also, goodbye to Dale, who they didn’t really show at all in the show. Go well, noble Dale.

You can watch the whole episode here, if that’s your jam.

Source and photo: Channel 10.