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'The Bachelorette' instant reaction: The Men Tell All!

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As far as stops on someone else’s journey to find statistically unlikely-to-last love on television go, The Men/Women Tell All specials are always my favorite part — juicy revelations, confrontations, and heretofore unseen (and highly entertaining) moments! But I don’t remember a special ever delivering quite so much in all those departments as this one did. In fact, this made me like this season — and all of the guys not named Justin or Frank — approximately 63 percent more than I did before. Kasey’s the best sport ever! Craig R. is a stud! Jesse’s even hotter without hair!

The full recap with a detailed dissection of the highlights will be up soon (UPDATE: Bachelorette “Men Tell All” special recap is now live) but if you’ve already watched and want to weigh in on Kasey’s kinda komeback or Craig’s powers of persuasion, read on after the jump for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you’ve already watched Monday’s Bachelorette. Seriously.]

Ali perhaps overestimated slightly when she guessed Kasey had said “guard and protect your heart” “a couple hundred” times. I’d guess closer to 75. Then again, maybe several hundred times were edited out. Plus there was the singing, which she described as “so awkward. It’s a little over the top for me, but I think there’s someone out there who will love it.” Oh, and then there was the tattoo, which Ali hoped he didn’t regret. We all felt vaguely sad, at first, talking over Kasey’s many memorable moments. But things turned around for him throughout The Men Tell All, from his admirable continued devotion to his romantic tendencies (“There’s a girl out there who would love that kind of stuff”) to that amazing a cappella performance with lyrics referring to “that dumb-ass Rated R.”

Speaking of whom, Justin dominated the discussion tonight, despite declining to join the party — shocking that he’d turn down his moment in the spotlight, no? In his absence, though, it was pretty much open season on good old Rated-R. Ali told us she truly believed he was a good guy at first, and we were reminded, through loads of clips, that he had once said hilarious things like, “I’m here to not only meet a wife but to also meet a best friend.” Perhaps that was because he already had a girlfriend or two back home? He didn’t have time to also find a wife and a best friend? Craig turned all his lawyerly skills on prosecuting Justin, calling him “a bad person in that his intentions in coming on this show were not only to gain publicity for himself but to hurt an incredible girl” and culminating in an olive oil wrestling challenge.

Kirk, meanwhile, revealed that he’d learned a lot from the experience and now saw it as one stop on his very own journey to finally being ready for a serious relationship after his battle with asbestos and mold poisoning. “For the first time in my healthy life I had seen a future with somebody,” he said, “and she didn’t feel the same way.” Hence he was still smarting from the Frank revelation: “Frank knew how I felt about Ali. … It’s hard for me not to point fingers when I came here to meet Ali with no thoughts of anybody else. And Frank came on the show, and he had feelings for somebody in the back of his head. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that because Frank was one of my good friends, and he kept me from being able to advance my relationship with Ali.” Could his inspirational story be fodder for the next Bachelor? I sense a journey coming on …

My full recap will be up soon, but let us know what you think now. What was your favorite Men Tell All moment? How many times do you think Kasey said “guard and protect your heart”? Would you tune in to a pay-per-view oil wrestling match between Craig and Justin?