On every season of The Bachelor, there is a “crazy” contestant. Whether acting of her own accord or (more likely) prodded by invisible producers, she provides the drama for the first few weeks, until the bachelor’s dislike for/fear of her becomes too painfully obvious for even the most optimistic of audience members and he is allowed to send her home. This season, her name is Lace.
Last year on Chris Soules’ season, a woman named Ashley S. spent significant amounts of time slurring and hunting for onions in the courtyard. No one on camera seemed particularly alarmed; I personally wondered if she was being fed psychedelic drugs. Ultimately, the real crazy came from Kelsey, a widowed schoolteacher whose one-liners were easily edited together to make her look downright insane (“Isn’t my story amazing?!” she said of her dead husband.) This season, Lace is less concerned with vegetables or being a widow than with the apparently insurmountable task of controlling her violent id, who is also named Lace.