'Bachelor in Paradise' 2022: Rodney confronts Eliza on their first meeting since breakup
For the first time since their shocking beach breakup, Eliza and Rodney meet at the Reunion
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA: Rodney Mathews' time in Paradise may have ended, but the ache of his dramatic beach separation from Eliza Isichei remains. Rodney is seen confronting Eliza in a preview clip released by the network ahead of the two-part 'Bachelor in Paradise' finale.
Rodney made a good first impression on everyone, and when Eliza broke up with him, many of their fellow cast members were heartbroken as they were so invested in them as a couple. She gave him her rose on 'Bachelor in Paradise,' but subsequently revealed she felt pressured since her heart belonged to Justin Glaze. Rodney was overjoyed to be there with her. When Justin asked Eliza if she wanted to go on the date, she wanted Rodney to stop her from giving in to temptation. But he told her he didn't want her to leave, but he wouldn't stop her if she wanted to go on the date.
When she returned from her date with Justin, a love triangle emerged. Andrew referred to Justin as a "shiny new object." Justin had already left the beach but returned since he knew Eliza was there. Eliza had a difficult time before the rose ceremony and stated that she would rather leave. Finally, she arrived at Justin's house and was not greeted with the enthusiasm she expected.
Rodney confronts Eliza
Rodney and the rest of this season's Paradisians meet in the Tealight Candle Thunderdome in a teaser clip from this week's two-part 'Bachelor in Paradise' finale to relive all the hookups, breakups, love triangles, and other sundry drama from Season 8. Eliza and Rodney haven't seen each other since she gave him a rose and then abandoned him the next day for Justin, who eventually turned down her request for a second chance.
Jesse Palmer, the host, asks Rodney to describe the beginning and the end of his relationship with Eliza, in particular the time when he did not aggressively try to prevent her from going on the date with Justin, the new arrival. "What I said to her was, 'If you don't know that it's me, you should go on the date.' Because I didn't want to be a hypocrite," explained Rodney. "I didn't want to be toxic or controlling, because that's not me, that's not my nature." Rodney answers in a way that causes the Tealight Candle Thunderdome crowd to erupt in applause. Eliza reiterates that she really wanted Rodney to urge her not to go on the date.
'Bachelor in Paradise' 2022 airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.