Episode 4: (In New York now, 11 down to 9)
Chris N. and Justin don’t have dates in NY. Also, in the press release where it says, “Ali’s Manhattan adventure starts with a glamorous photo shoot and make-over for InStyle magazine’s July issue, out in mid-June”, well, that’s before any of these dates occur. This InStyle photo shoot is just for Ali, and the reason for it is, simple math will tell you that this episode will air on June 14th, so it’s perfect timing for everyone to see her behind-the-scenes photo shoot on Monday night, then have the issue hit stands that week. Smart cross promotion.
1-on-1: Kasey. They take a helicopter to go sight seeing around NY, and end their date at the Museum of Natural History. Kasey DOES NOT get a rose, but he is asked to stay. That’s a first. Apparently Ali hadn’t made up her mind about him yet. Something about wanting to see a different side to him, but she wasn’t ready to let him go. She just needed more time to decide, so, he has no rose but he stays.
Group date: Lion King on Broadway. Ali has seven guys (Jonathan, Kirk, Roberto, Craig, Ty, Jesse, and Frank) audition for her for a part in the play. Roberto does the best, and he and Ali actually got to perform a scene in the Lion King on Broadway. Pretty cool. Although if I were a paying customer, I probably would’ve been like, “What the hell is this? I want my money back! Who the hell are these two jabroni’s!” (Sorry I stole your word Justin). There is no rose given out on this group date.
1-on-1: Chris Lambton. That day was his birthday. This is where they’re a both surprised by a private concert by Ali’s favorite singer Joshua Radin and the Harlem Boys Choir. Chris gets a rose.
However, this is where the clue I gave you of “Jordin Sparks” comes in to play. Jordin Sparks has a song called “Tattoo”. See? Told you it was easy. What does that have to do with this date? Well, while Chris had his 1-on-1, Kasey disappeared. Kasey’s “character” all season is he is the one out to “guard and protect Ali’s heart”. I think he even tells her this the very first night if I read one of the media reviews correctly. Kasey is the sensitive one, says all the right things, always is looking out for Ali’s best, and is basically the anti-Justin of the season. There will no doubt be a Team Kasey and Team Justin all season long since these two apparently don’t get along at all and are always butting heads. And I’m assuming about 90% will be on Team Kasey. So I guess since Kasey wanted to show Ali how serious he was about being there and how he “wears his emotions on his sleeve”, he went and got a real tattoo of a shield with a heart and rose behind it put on his wrist. When Kasey returns to the house, he has his wrist in a bandage to cover it up. Justin calls him out, Kasey just says he burned himself, and another confrontation ensues.
Eventually, Kasey shows the guys the tattoo in NY before the rose ceremony, but does not show Ali yet. Guess he didn’t want to be given a rose just because of the tattoo. So the debate seems to be, did he get the tattoo because he felt he had to do something to get a rose that night, did he get it because he’s a stalker, or did he get it for himself because it’s a symbol of who he is? My guess? Well, since he never showed it to her before the ceremony and still got a rose, I guess we can’t say he did it just for Ali. I guess I’ll have to see how he comes across on TV. But early reviews from media who have seen the first episode say he’s definitely the charmer of the group and is always looking out for Ali. I’m sure some people will think he’s phony, and some people will love him. Just like every guy in every season. Time will tell.
However, yesterday I saw Kasey had a Facebook Fan Page and there’s a quote from him that was taken from his MySpace page (since deleted) that I think shows what kind of guy he is. Might we actually have a guy on this show that IS here for the right reasons? Listen to freakin’ Cassanova here. I don’t know whether to vomit or wipe away a tear:
“Aside from my obstinate diagnostics, I have the biggest heart you will ever meet. Inside, I am all ‘mush’ as my little sister would put it. I genuinely am concerned of most peoples well being. I am extremely generous and would spend all of my money on making others happy as I usually do. My friends and family mean everything to me. They are my medicine for any sickness that I am diagnosed with…I have always wanted a fairy-tale life. I wanted to be someone’s knight in shining armor and sweep that special princess off her feet as if it was in a romantic movie or something.”
Is this guy serious? Who writes that? Does he write Hallmark cards as a side job as well? I guess any guy willing to write that in a public forum seems to be someone that’s genuine. Like I said, I guess time will tell when we finally see him on TV, but at least he SOUNDS like a good guy. Kasey seems to be someone who’s there for Ali, but we’ve all heard that before. Hell, “Rated R” Rego told her on the first night he was there for the right reasons. That didn’t work out too well for him.
Rose ceremony eliminations: Takes place on the rooftop of the hotel they’re in. Jesse Beck and Jonathan Novack (the weatherman) leave.