I admit to having a few “guilty pleasures.” My guilty pleasure, (at least one of them) is watching ABC’s reality show, The Bachelor! I know, it’s cheese TV at its worst, but I just can’t help myself. Normally, I can’t stand reality TV and avoid those shows at all costs. I think as a whole, we’re inundated with stupid reality shows. But everyone deserves a trash novel now and then, right? If all else fails, I will surely blame it on Holly for her hysterical Bachelor episode recaps! Once I read a few I fell off The Bachelor wagon!
But there I was, the morning after, feeling TOTALLY CHEATED, damnit! I invested weeks and weeks of sitting through chick-bitch fights, wanting to end up with some good, old fashioned fairy tale romance even if the were to break up next month! I digress ...
For those of us who enjoy a little trash TV in all its glory, here’s a rundown of the season finale where bachelor, Brad Womack, sent BOTH women home in tears. Ordinarily, I don’t usually feel all that bad for the loser because I figure that anyone willing to sell there souls to a reality TV should make sure they have a strong digestive system to begin with. I mean, SERIOUSLY, do you really expect to find love, in only 6 weeks, when the object of your desires is sharing himself (or, herself in the case of The Bachelorette) with a half-dozen other want-to-be brides, who are willing to throw themselves at at a bachelor, dressed as skimpy and skanky as possible? In real life, most of us who are looking for love aren’t knowingly going to let our significant others parade off with a slew of other women and go on overnight fantasy dates (notice I said, “knowingly”). This time, however, I did really feel bad for both Jenni and DeAnna, especially DeAnna, who had grown on me. Jenni is just plain cute and fun (although she should learn how to talk like she’s over the age of 16). Even I didn’t want to leave Deanna’s family and I felt so bad for Jenni in having lost her "100% grandma" (my sincere condolences).
Last night in the “After the Rose” ceremony show, I thought the (all female) audience was ready to choke Brad by his necktie. I can’t say that I blamed them. At first, I was on Brad’s side, as unpopular as that might have been. Should he really be expected to drop down on one knee and propose if he isn’t in love and he “doesn’t feel the butterflies” as he said? I think not. Marriage really is a serious commitment (at least to most of us). And out of all the bachelors this show has had, I thought Brad was sincere and a nice guy (although I have to say that I never quite trusted the fact that a man who owns 3 bars couldn't find "butterflies" without the aid of national television AND The Chuggin' Monkey with the "Live free, play hard" byline?? I digress.). I kept an open mind, and, overall, I thought he had more class than some of the others (Bachelor Bob, for example). Truth be told, the eye candy was well above average. Brad is quite the head turner!
As the interviews unfolded, the more Brad talked, the more I thought he should just have had a roll of duct tape handy! The first thing he said that made me shake my head, roll my eyes, and make the “violins in the background gesture” was: “Here I am, alone again.” Honestly, Brad, isn’t that YOUR doing?
Other stupid quotes:
“I’m not playing the sympathy card.”
“I didn’t get butterflies.” Again, I have to say, “really?" Personally, I found it difficult to tell with all the making out that was going on, combined with sentiments such as, "DeAnna has all the qualities I’ve ever looked for.” Brad, did you really think you were going to get off easy last night? Talk like that will surely get you into trouble. And it did! Does he really believe that love marches in and hits you over the head with a baseball bat, or that there is no room for butterflies to develop and room for love to grow? Again, I digress.
The fact that he asked ABC to fly out DeAnna’s father wasn’t helping my sympathy gene activate. And neither did the comment, “When I was with Jeni, I was thinking about DeAnna. When I was with DeAnna, I was thinking about Jenni.” I have to say that it’s difficult for me to put this one in context. But, I am sure, Brad, you knew what you meant.
The icing on the cake was the “You deserve a better guy" speech. Don’t most of us know that this is the speech you give someone to ease the blow of being dumped? It’s similar in fashion to the, “It’s not you … it’s me” speech.
The show concluded with Brad admitting, “Obviously, I have some issues to work through.” You think?
In the end, we may never really know how much sincerity was involved, versus ABC’s coaching to make this the “most dramatic rose ceremony ever!” And let’s not forget that video editing can do wonders to steer viewers, heavily, toward the like or dislike o'meter. Likewise, I have to wonder how difficult it is not to get caught up in all the romance and frenzy in which ABC ensures there is plenty. There is no shortage of skin shots, romance and fantasy, combined with great locations. After all, don’t we all, to some degree, want romance and butterflies in our stomachs? And isn't that why many folks with an itch stray to begin with? We all fall in love with how someone makes us feel about ourselves. Maybe it’s not all that hard to lose some of our common senses under such conditions. I, personally, wouldn’t know, because there’s no way in hell you'd ever catch me on a reality love show, even if I were single. I already know I don’t have the stamina to bare all in front of a million plus viewers (even in spite of my competitive streak).
But, for me, the real question is did Brad keep the ring, or give it back to the show? This minor detail just might be the tiebreaker as to how sincere Brad is, or isn’t.
For more details about the show, visit the ABC site at: http://abc.go.com/primetime/bachelor/