When Frazer posted a promo pic of himself to his feed this week, Joe commented on the photo, “Scrubs up nicely.”
And when Joe himself also posted some Channel 10-approved photos on Instagram, Frazer left several comments, writing “Good work Joe” and “Nice Joe.”
It's hardly the sort of tense exchange you’d expect from two blokes caught in a heated end-of-season battle for Elly’s heart.
But just two episodes into the series, it’s clear that Elly has already forged strong connections with both Frazer and Joe.
She and Frazer turned the heat up during a steamy photoshoot during Thursday night’s episode, while a jealous Joe watched on.
Joe, who actually dated Elly in the real world before the pair reunited on the show, realised in that moment watching Frazer that he had real feelings for the blonde beauty.
“This is the moment that's kind of lighted that fire inside of me and realised that I do have real feelings for Elly,” Joe admitted on-camera.
He also clarified that he and Elly were definitely more than friends before The Bachelorette, revealing that while they were never officially in an exclusive relationship, they did have a fling.
“There was definitely a bit of romance. But I probably didn't put in as much work as what I should of,” Joe said of the couple's previous romance.
“I think it's made me realise that it's time to step up my game and tell Elly how I feel at the next cocktail party. There's no time for me to sit back on my heels."
Joe and Elly know each other from their time in Newcastle, New South Wales.
The Bachelorette continues on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on Ten.