Ugh. Do we have to do this again?
Denizens of Bachelor Nation are just now recovering from the trauma of being forced to spend an entire season in the company of Luke P., thanks to Hannah Brown's refusal to acknowledge the evidence of rampant douchebaggery that was right in front of her face.
Now, it looks as though we may have to waste even more time with a bullying bullsh-t artist thanks to Peter's stubborn refusal to see Alayah Benavidez for what she really is.
In case you missed last night's episode -- um, sorry we didn't warn you about that Alayah spoiler.
As a peace offering, please accept this recap of how it all went down:
Basically, Alayah was showing signs of being there for the wrong reasons, and she was promptly called out by several other contestants.
Actually, Sydney called Alayah out, and the other women totally failed to support her, but then sheepishly approached Peter one-by-one to confirm that Sydney's claims were accurate.
Hey, sometimes the most important political movements happen behind closed doors.
Anyway, when Victoria P. told Peter that Alayah asked her to lie to producers about the fact that they knew each other before the show, he confronted Benavidez about the allegation.
She stammered out more BS in an effort to cover her tracks, but thankfully, Peter saw through her routine and 86'd her at the next rose ceremony.
Sadly, that won't be the last we see of Alayah.
After the dramatic ceremony -- complete with Chris Harrison dramatically removing one of the last two roses -- Peter freaked out about the possibility that he'd made the wrong decision.
"I thought that was the right thing to do," hem tells a producer.
"But I don't know right now. I just hope I made the right decision."
At that point, we're sure Harrison and company recognized an opportunity to drag out the drama under the pretext of assisting Peter in his search for The One.
So it didn't come as much of a surprise when a preview for next week's episode revealed that Alayah will be coming back to the house.
In the clip below, we see her triumphant return.
"I here to freaking set the record straight about what was said about me," Alayah says, fully embracing the villain role.
Normally, we're big fans of pettiness and pointless drama, but with Alayah, we're just not here for it.
She wasn't on the show long enough to make an impact, and no one knew who she was until this week.
As last night's Demi Burnett cameo reminded us, producers are very big on dredging up the past this season.
They need to fill those two hour blocks somehow, and it seems they're coming to terms with the fact that they accidentally selected a boring Bachelor.
We're sympathetic to their plight -- but we're also hoping the return of Alayah is a one-episode ordeal.