Ben and Lauren Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: A Televised Wedding?

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If you're a huge fan of The Bachelor franchise, you'll know that not very many of the couples actually make it to the altar. 

The ones that do actually make it there, don't really last all that long.

It sucks, but some of the relationships just can't last without the cameras rolling and intervening producers to manipulate things. 

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell for Freeform

For Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, we've been wondering whether they will actually make it to the altar. 

If you recall, Lauren has been jealous of the way JoJo just calls on Ben to go to events.

Clearly, these events are orchestrated by the producers who want to try and fill an episode. 

We picked up in the restaurant at the awkward dinner date with Ben, Lauren, JoJo and Jordan.

The place was empty.

It was hard to figure out whether it was a set, or if the producers had just picked the place with the most one star reviews on Trip Advisor. 

The whole thing was completely awkward. Like, no one was talking at first.

It sort of seemed like no one even knew why they were there, but when the conversation started, it was pretty clear that there was nothing there between Ben and JoJo. 

Jordan Rodgers and JoJo Fletcher: In Love?

JoJo apologized for always talking about Ben during her season of The Bachelorette.

Lauren was understandably ecstatic by all of this. 

Sometime later, Chris Harrison showed up on the scene and offered Ben and Lauren the opportunity to have their wedding paid for and televised. 

Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell on Easter

This was met with a warm reception from Lauren, who was quick to accept the offer.

However, Ben was not on board and needed some time to think. 

It was almost like he was having doubts about his relationship with Lauren, so he turned to his friends and family to get their two cents on the matter. 

Most family members seemed to be on board with it, but Ben just couldn't shake the feeling that something was off about the whole thing. 

Ben Higgins is Handsome

Maybe he didn't want to take the predictable route and go with the televised wedding, but from a financial standpoint, it would make sense to do it. 

It would make their huge fan base happy to watch them being married in a perfect wedding on television. 

The couple tried to move on without bringing the TV deal up, but it reared its ugly head before the episode was over. 

The chat went surprisingly well and Lauren put Ben's fears to bed.

He knew they were both in it for the right reasons and that's why they confirmed they would be taking the TV deal. 

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell on Vacation

The preview at the close of the episode was more interesting than the episode itself.

Chad Johnson is guest starring and there will be fireworks. 

Thus far, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? has been a rather pointless way to expand The Bachelor franchise, but having bad Chad back on our screens again will no doubt make things infinitely better. 

Chad Johnson on Bachelor in Paradise

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