Is it still weird, though? I mean, maybe. The problem arises in the presentation. We know after the fact that this was a highly controlled smooch encounter, but at the time, it sure seemed like Conner was kissing some random woman in the middle of a Covid resurgence, and given that context, it sends a strange message. But then again, you're not supposed to believe this show is real. But then, again, again, you're supposed to pretend to believe the show is real (much like Pro-wrestling), meaning shouldn't our reaction be to feel uncomfortable seeing production be so flip about Covid anyway?
It all depends on what meta-reality you inhabit while watching this show, and to even think about it further makes our brains hurt. So we'll leave it at this: Conner is a Cat Guy. Plant Girl is a plant. Cat Guy kissed Plant Girl. They're probably fine. The end.
Other Takeaways From Week 8:
Let's talk about our odds for the next Bachelor because it seemed pretty clear that this thing is now Andrew's to lose. Katie herself has requested that Andrew be the next Bachelor. But what happens if Andrew passes on the role?
Well, Michael A. seems like a possible second choice, but that's dependant on whether he is comfortable leaving his son again to be on the show. Considering he exited early this season because his son missed him, it would seem pretty hypocritical for Michael to turn around and leave him a second time, but maybe they can figure something out. And hey, growing up without your dad around isn't the worst thing in the world. You could end up a comedy writer.
We also have Conner as a possibility, and hey, if he lands the gig, we already have our first contestant in Plant Girl. Conner has a lot going for him because he already has so many storylines to work with (Cat Guy, bad kisser, sweetheart), but he also has a lot going against him because his storylines would be how he's a nice cat guy who is also a bad kisser.