We've passed the midpoint of UnREAL Season 3 and it feels like the perfect time to think about why we fell back in love with the beloved series.
Of course, it's all about the loving, albeit dysfunctional relationship between Quinn and Rachel, the rise and fall of cast and crew, the first ever husband hunt, and hmmm ... what else?
Oh yeah! The smokin' hot suitors vying for Serena.
Guess what, UnREAL Fanatics? The man candy upon which you feasted your eyes at the beginning of the season makes a long-awaited reappearance on UnREAL Season 3 Episode 6!
At this point, the men have traded in their swim trunks for athletic shorts. But trust me, the scenery on land is ALMOST as good as at it was by the pool!
Told you so.
As Serena’s husband hunt intensifies, the suitors reach a fork in the Everlasting road. The time has come for each man to either step up his game or find his GAME OVER.
While the suitors are playing Quinn's genius volleyball match -- 'Skins vs. Skins,' Rachel has her daddy back and all she wants is to keep him close.
When Rachel asks Quinn to stay with her father on set and have Madison cover her, Quinn reminds her mini-me that there is only one Rachel Goldberg.
You can have 'Take Your Daddy to Work Day' some other time. Madison may be able to screw her way into useful information, but she cannot perform your voodoo. You said you wanted to find Serena love, so go find it for her.Quinn
Though Quinn and Chet are each excellent show runners in their own right, together, they MAKE manipulation MAGIC.
Deciding to crank up the dramatic volume on the competition, they search for a scandalous secret that has enough Everlasting romance to keep things wet.
And if no such scandal exists, they'll come up with one! The result? A salacious love triangle we (and the members of the triangle) never saw coming!
Elsewhere behind the scenes, it's the outing of the love triangle you DID see coming.
Jay is just so f*cked!
When Alexi lets it slip that he's the host of Passport To Dance (whoopsie!), Jay admits he's known for awhile but hasn't had the balls to tell his man.
Well to be fair, his balls have been busy in Alexi's mouth.
Jay ends his relationship with Xavier faster than he can say, "I've already cast your replacement!"
And how's Serena doing during all of this? Shocker! Little Miss Sunshine has a puss on her face, yet again.
She picks the wrong time to come at Rachel.
I am a person, I'm not just a job. I’ve put my entire life on indefinite hold for this show. For you, Serena. So I’m so sorry if things aren’t as picture perfect as you seem to believe you are.Rachel
Back to Quinn and Chet, not since Bonnie & Clyde has there been a stronger (or at the very least, more entertaining) pair of vigilantes!
They give a whole new meaning to the term 'double team' when they work Guy over to play along with their narrative.
Chet: You’re gonna be a tabloid hero!
Quinn: With all that press and our support, you can open a restaurant anywhere.
Guy: Vegas! On the strip! … And I wanna be Bi!
Chet playing with Quinn in the sandbox again takes his feelings for her back up to full blast. When he comes crawling into her office at the end of the day, she gives him just the pep talk he needs.
Chet, you can win an Emmy. You can see your son. You can do whatever the hell you want. But you have to fight!Quinn
I'm pretty sure the thing he's going to fight for Quinn, is you.
By the time Rachel's dad is trembling and calling out Quinn in front of cast and crew, we know Rachel's dream of living with her dad in some cabin is never to be realized.
Let's not pretend to be surprised that Jeremy dives back down into that deep dark vortex that is ... Rachel Goldberg.
As much as I've come to detest Jeremy for refusing to move on from Rachel, I must admit, when the cast laughs at Mr. Goldberg's outburst, he stands up for him ... and it's pretty HOT!
Seriously? Shut the hell up! Show some respect.Jeremy
We also come to find out exactly where Quinn draws the line between good TV and actually giving a sh*t about someone's life. Only when it comes to Rachel!
Quinn: Chet! (Knocks his camera down.)
Chet: It’s good drama! Emmy!
Quinn: This is real.This is Rachel.
Quinn: Your dad needs real help.
Rachel: I can do it, Quinn. I have to.
Quinn: I know you think if you fix him, you’ll somehow fix yourself, but that's not how it works.
Rachel finally pays for her dad to enter a treatment facility, spending all of her money on his care.
The good news is, a penniless Rachel is a Rachel who has no choice but to return to produce yet another season of Everlasting!
Upon exiting her father's care unit, Rachel finds Dr. Simon waiting outside for her. She immediately walks into his arms and he embraces her.
Thus, there is a transfer of feelings and emotions for Rachel from her father to her analyst.
Now what, Doc?
Thank goodness, back on set, Quinn catches Jeremy checking on Rachel and puts HIM in check.
Quinn: I’m checking on Rachel.
Jeremy: Me too.
Quinn: Don’t. We cannot do this again. Trust me. Step away.
Allow me to break from the drama to comment on the hilarity that is host Graham’s product plugs at Elimination!
Quinn's usually making fun of the Everlasting host for being fat or boring, but what about being funny? The 'Night Vision Goggles' are Graham’s most side-splitting plug yet!
Quinn: What's on Graham's head?
Graham: They say love is blind, but not with these night vision goggles! Starlight, star bright, first woman I see tonight is… Serena. ...
Night vision goggles: See the love.
And speaking of Elimination, it's a shocking ceremony when Guy BAILS OUT, COMES OUT, and TAKES WARREN OUT with him!
Ummm... who knew the Cowboy was so good looking?? Maybe if he'd taken his hat off sooner, he might have had a real shot with Serena! Just saying.
Warren: What am I supposed to do? This is my life.
Quinn: I make TV, Warren. Life’s not my problem.
Warren: Maybe it should be, cuz getting mercy slammed by a contestant half your age, that’s just sad.
Now, as we enter the back end of the season, Everlasting is under Quinn's control, the Suitress is down to an impressive final five, and Rachel should have her head back in the game.
It seems like we're all good!
Unless of course, Jay blows it.
Two opportunities for "BLOW" jokes with two different meanings all in one season? ... UnREAL, you are spoiling me!
So, TV Fanatics, what say you? Did you watch UnREAL online?
Is there anywhere for Jay to go but down?
Assuming Chet fights to get Quinn back, will she take him?
Who are you rooting for to land Serena in the end?
Rebecca Eisen was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in September 2018.