Bachelor in Paradise is heading into its next episode on Monday, October 3 at 8PM ET/PT, and the series is going to continue to air on Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.
On the show's premiere episode that aired on September 27, Serene and Brandon hit it off right away and kissed during their very first conversation with each other.
"I've been waiting for you to get here," Serene admitted to Brandon, who said he felt the same exact way and had butterflies.
Serene's pal Genevieve Parisi, watching from a close distance, told her girlfriends, "I bet that they're gonna get engaged."
Andrew Spencer received the first Date Card of the season and asked Teddi Wright out, but their connection appeared a little bit forced since Andrew was admittedly extremely nervous and intimidated by the beautiful virgin.
"There's a lot of crabs. There's a lot of crying," Wells joked.
"There's a lot of suitcases being dragged through the sand and then there's the things that everyone loves. There's the comedy, the makeout sessions, the Boom-Boom Room, [and] you know, the love at the end of it."
"It's insane down here. It's absolutely crazy," Jesse told Us Weekly while the season was still filming.
"There's all these people. There is just so much chaos, so much drama, and never-before-seen things down here taking place in Paradise... And we've been switching things up. We've been changing things up and it's hard to keep track of it all, to be honest."
Jesse said the show was already "amazing" at that point, adding how he was "having so much fun."
"I always wondered as a fan of the show, 'How paradise-y was Paradise?' And I can tell you, it is so much fun. It really is paradise. This place is magic," Jesse gushed.
Three women went home at the first Rose Ceremony
At the first Rose Ceremony of Season 8, the men were able to hand out the roses.
Rodney took Lace out on a date, and she gave him a rose at the second Rose Ceremony.
Genevieve gave her rose to Aaron at the second Rose Ceremony.
Serene gave her rose to Brandon, Shanae offered her Bachelor in Paradiserose to Logan, Victoria asked Johnny to accept her rose, Sierra gave her rose to Michael, Brittany gave her rose to Andrew, and Jill handed her rose to Jacob.
"He is so great. He really is. I'm going to cry because I'm so happy!" Rachel gushes to her girlfriends.
When asked in what capacity she'll be a part of the show, Rachel told Variety in a recent interview, "They're going to tune in and find out... I definitely make an appearance on the beach. What happens? Everyone will just have to wait and see, but itâ€™s definitely crazy down there."
However given the Bachelor in Paradise season was filmed after Rachel got engaged to Tino Franco at The Bachelorette Season 19's final Rose Ceremony in May but before Rachel and Tino subsequently split up in August, Rachel didn't go to Paradise looking to find love.
Rachel's Bachelor in Paradise appearance was then presumably just a guest appearance in which she hosted a date or visited her fellow former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette castmates.
A trailer for Bachelor in Paradise shows host Jesse Palmer telling the cast "a shocking twist" was about to be unleashed and the women need to "go pack your bags."
After the women's unexpected and abrupt exit from the Bachelor in Paradise resort, the bachelorettes shouted over their hotel balcony, "F-ck you, Jesse Palmer!"
Before the third Rose Ceremony filmed, Bachelor in Paradise reportedly unleashed a new twist similar to the "Casa Amor" twist that was featured on the CBS seasons of Love Island.
The "Casa Amor"-like twist sends one gender of cast members over to a different villa where they meet a brand-new group of singles of the opposite sex, ultimately putting the bonds and romances of pre-existing couples to the test.
"From where I sat, I loved it. Now, the cast did not like it very much," Wells admitted to the magazine.
"You'll see a lot of cast members be kind of angry at some of the things we throw at [them] this year, but it's a fun show and, you know, I guess it's a testament to, like, how much ABC believes in the show."
Hayden Markowitz and twins Joey Young and Justin Young arrived either before or after the third Rose Ceremony, according to Carbone. Hayden reportedly didn't last long but the twins stuck around for a while.
Shanae Ankney, Florence, and Mara reportedly got caught up in a five-way love triangle with Joey and Justin, and Andrew and Jessenia got together at one point.
"When Lyndsey came on the beach, there weren't many options, so she asked Logan, [and] Kate told him she didn't want him going on a date so Lyndsey just went home," Carbone wrote in his June 28 blog post.
Six couples had been established when the season began wrapping up
Carbone tweeted on July 6, "(SPOILERS) Here are your BIP final couple results. Finally got these last night."
Carbone reported back in late June, "The only couple I'm almost positive is gonna get engaged is Brandon and Serene. In fact, I'd be surprised if they didn't. Outside of that, anyone's fair game to break up."