And, just like that, JoJo’s field has been cut to eight. This, after sending home six (!) contestants on Monday night’s The Bachelorette.

First, though, I’d like to direct your attention to this New Yorker story on Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, a former Bachelor producer who created Unreal, Lifetime’s hit drama about life behind the scenes of a Bachelor-like reality show. It’s an excellent feature, but for our purposes here, there’s one part in particular that’s worth noting:

“Shapiro kept jalapeños or lemons hidden in her jacket pocket—dabbing something acidic in her eye allowed her to cry on cue, which helped elicit tears from the contestant. ‘I’d have arranged with the driver to have the song play just until I got a shot of her crying—then cut the music so I could start the interview,’ Shapiro explained. ‘They’d often tell us to drive up and down the 405 until the girls cried—and not to come home if we didn’t get tears, because we’d be fired.’ In hindsight, Shapiro said, being fired ‘would have been a great solution to my problems.'”

Why am I including this in these Power Rankings? Because we’ve reached the part of the season where the producers truly start earning their pay.

Week 4’s episode started with the fellas celebrating the return of Alex, who vanquished the house steroid monster, Chad, in a a two-on-one date with JoJo two weeks ago. The guys sang. They danced. They tossed protein powder into the woods.

Yeah, I’d say the rest of the guys were happy to see Chad go. My question, though: where’d they get this cake?

About Yaron Weitzman

Yaron Weitzman is a freelance writer based in New York whose work frequently appears on The Comeback, SB Nation and in SLAM Magazine. He's also been published on SB Nation Longform, The Cauldron, Tablet Magazine and in the Journal News. Yaron can be followed on Twitter @YaronWeitzman