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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Episode 9 Recap: Which Couples Survived the Split Week?

The moment Bachelor in Paradise that fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Finally, the Season 8 split week is over.

In Episode 9, the women of OG Paradise returned to the beach to reconcile (or break up) with their men after a week apart. Hard truths were revealed, tears were shed, and the three men who stayed at the hotel (Tyler, Adam, and Alex) hit the beach in hopes of finding love. (Bring Rick and Olu back too, cowards!)

Looking for a summary of Bachelor in Paradise Week 5, part 2? Wondering which couples survived Split Week? Who Came Home in Season 8 Episode 9? And who is coupled before the next episode? We have what you need. But beware, spoilers for Bachelor in Paradise Episode 9 is coming.

Bachelor in Paradise Episode 9, Back to the Beach Recap: Which Couples Survived the Split Week?

Jesse Palmer finally told the girls they could go back to the beach, but they didn’t all come back at the same time. Geneviève, Shanae and Jill left first. Brittany followed. Then Serene and Victoria came back. Here’s how each meeting went.

Genevieve and Aaron

AARON CLANCY and GENEVIEVE PARISI on 'Bachelor in Paradise'
Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin

The first couple to reunite, Genevieve and Aaron, greeted each other with a giant hug. Geneviève explained that she spent most of the week in bed, missing Aaron and crying. She said she didn’t give any romantic attention to any of the men and didn’t go on any dates or kiss anyone. Aaron told Gen that although several guys on the beach were tempted, he only thought about her all week. He explained that he had made verbal commitments to her before she left and was not prepared to break them. Genevieve cried tears of joy and the two hugged and picked up where they left off. “I’m sorry you went through so much stress…I was in the pool all day playing sharks and minnows and drinking beers,” laughed Aaron. Men.

Split week status: Survived

Shanae and Logan

When Shanae returned to the beach, Logan was lounging on a day bed with Kate. Shanae took him aside to catch up, and she revealed to Logan that although she went on a date with Tyler, she was still all-in with him. Logan explained that he went on two dates, and while he had a good time with Sarah, it didn’t work out. He admitted that after his second date with Kate, he felt she was someone he wanted to continue to pursue. Shanae was confused and said she felt their connection was strong when she left the beach. Logan tried to blame his new relationship on Shanae’s interest in James, and she couldn’t believe it. (We’ve moved on, sir!) He asks Shanae if he can give her a hug and she refuses. Later in the episode, Shanae confronts Logan again and shares words with Kate who “talked shit” about her at women say it all. Clearly there’s more left unsaid between these three, so I guess we haven’t seen the end of this conflict.

Split week status: Divide

Jacob and Jill

Jill’s reunion with Jacob started with smiles and a hug and ended with tears and a goodbye. After Jill revealed she had been in bed for the week and had no connection with the five new guys, Jacob said he had bonded with Kate, they kissed, and although it didn’t didn’t last, the fact that he found a stronger bond than the one he shared with Jill made him realize that they should break up. Jill was overwhelmed, but also happy to finally have clarity. However, she didn’t want to start over with someone new, so she left. Heaven.

Split week status: Divide

Brittany and André

The coldest breakup of the episode was between Brittany and Andrew. After catching up, the two learned that they were both on the same page and wanted to explore other connections. Andrew wanted to date Jessenia and Brittany wanted to date Tyler. Both parties were on good terms, without ill will, mutual understanding and good wishes. Aww.

Split week status: Separated amicably

Serene and Brandon

Serene and Brandon on 'Bachelor in Paradise'
Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin

The biggest reunion of the episode was undoubtedly between Heaventhe golden couple of Serene and Brandon. After locking eyes on the beach, Serene and Brandon ran towards each other and she jumped into his arms as he yelled, “YES BABY!” The two kissed, and it looked like they could get engaged on the spot. Instead, Brandon looked into Serene’s eyes and said, “I love you, Serene Brook Russell. And it’s not going to stop. She said she loved him too. And they confirmed that they could see an engagement at the end of their trip.

Split week status: Survived

Victoria and Johnny

Victoria and Johnny also shared a run and jump reunion moment, but their conversation wasn’t as positive as Serene and Brandon’s. Victoria explained that she initially closed off any romantic relationship with the five new guys, but on her last night at the hotel she received a date card and asked Alex out. She said Alex ticked a lot of her boxes (AKA was actually ready to get engaged, married and have kids – unlike Johnny) and Johnny didn’t take it well. The two openly discussed Victoria’s concerns about Johnny, but largely left things between them up in the air. Before the episode ended, Alex arrived on the beach, so it’s clear that Victoria will have to have some tough conversations in the next episode.

Split week status: Pending

who returned home Bachelor in Paradise Season 8, episode 9?

Jill was the only contestant who went home this episode. As a reminder, she self-eliminated after Jacob ended things with her.

Who ends up together in Bachelor in Paradise season 8, episode 9?

Thanks to the Episode 9 reunion, there are several strong couples at the end of Week 5. Here are the strongest couples on the show right now:

  • Brandon and Serene (Status: Future Mr and Mrs)
  • Danielle and Michael (Status: Survive/Thrive? Who knows)
  • Genevieve and Aaron (Status: Reunited and it feels good)
  • Kate and Logan (Status: Hearts Still Broken)
  • Rodney and Eliza (Status: Still new but excited)
  • Brittany and Tyler (Status: Just Beachy)
  • Andrew and Jessenia (Status: Free to flirt)

New episodes of Bachelor in Paradise air on ABC Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. Episodes are available to stream the next day on Hulu.

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