Remember, for this seasons spoilers, click on the either of the two links under the banner above (Part 1 & Part 2) for all your answers regarding what happens this season. Part 1 has had my thoughts on everything that went down with Frank for the last couple months and nothing has changed.
A couple things to clear up from last Wednesday’s post that addressed the preview clip which ABC put out regarding Frank’s visit to Nicole. If you go back to the Part 1 spoilers where I talk about Frank, I said that Frank filmed his segment with Nicole after Ali left his hometown, but before he went to Tahiti. That’s what I knew. What a lot of you seem to be forgetting (or may not even know), is how the shooting of the show is done once they’re down to the final four guys. I remember a few seasons back in a post I explained this, but for the life of me, I can’t remember which one it was, so I will explain again.
Once they are down to the final four, these guys are secluded from EVERYONE, even each other. In fact, from the time of the final four all the way down to the final two, you never even are able to speak to anyone else on the show outside of the Bachelor/ette. How? Lets take this season for example (but it’s like this every season), once down to four, Kirk, Roberto, Chris, and Frank are placed in four separate hotels with only their handlers. They don’t go home and chill for a week with family and friends waiting for Ali to show up. They are absolutely secluded from each other in separate LA hotels. Once it’s their turn for the hometown, they’re flown out with their handlers, and STILL not allowed to see family. They are put up in a hotel in their hometown until their date begins. So Ali and Roberto’s date begins, they play baseball, have a picnic, and when they walk into Roberto’s house to meet his family, that’s the first time Roberto is seeing his family since he’s been back as well. Wash, rinse, and repeat for the other three dates. Once the date is over, Ali leaves, the guys do not stay at their parents house in their old bed, no, they are taken back to their hotel in town, flown back to LA the next day, back to their hotel with their handler and just wait everything out until the rose ceremony comes up.
So what do they do? Nothing. Basically all they can do is use the gym, rent movies, or go to the movies – all with their handler. Remember, at this time, the show obviously isn’t airing, so people have no idea who these guys are, but still, they are kept under lock and key that they don’t go crazy on their phone and internet talking to a bunch of people. So if you have the first hometown, you have a long ass wait afterwards. Usually around a week or so. And if you have the last one, like Frank, you’re waiting a week or more with nothing to do but basically think about your ex-girlfriend some more. So yeah, it’s starting to make a little more sense now, isn’t it? Final four rose ceremony comes, these guys are brought into the room one at a time, arriving in separate cars, and once in there, not allowed to say a word to each other. You can’t be like, “Hey man, how was your hometown? Ali and I did this, this, and this.” Nope. It’s like the freakin’ CIA. They don’t want any of them conversing for fear of info getting out that might influence the outcome. (Now tonight, you may have seen Chris say a little something to Roberto when he showed up, but there was nothing at stake since they were both getting roses). That big fat guy with the cap is there monitoring everything and makes sure no one talks to each other other than pleasantries. Once the elimination ends, all the guys go back to their hotels, and are flown on separate flights on different days, out to Tahiti. Once again, not all flying out on one flight shooting the breeze talking about Ali and their hometowns. Three separate flights all on different days. In fact, you don’t go out there until it’s your turn for your day with Ali. So Roberto goes first, then Chris, and while they’re gone, that’s when Frank was flown back to Chicago for his meeting with Nicole. So hopefully now you understand.
I will be doing another call-in internet talk show this Thursday night at 10pm EST/7pm PST, as I will be a guest of Olivia Wilder’s very popular internet talk show. She had Tenley and Jeremy on about a month ago and got a huge response, so when she asked me to do it, I decided it’d be a good idea. Everyone who listens will be able to call in and ask pretty much whatever you want. I will have the link and call-in number here on the site this Thursday night so you’ll be able to listen by just coming back here. Looking forward to doing it and hearing all of your questions. It’s been a few months since we’ve done one of these and I’m excited. Hope to hear from a lot of you. Here is a facebook reminder with an awful crop job done on an old picture…ha ha
Finally, something to mention about last Wednesday’s column. I said that there has been an instance where I was wrong about something I posted and that I would share it either sometime during “Bachelor Pad” or afterwards. A few of you seemed to assume that it had to do with Ali’s season. Go back and read what I wrote. Nowhere did I say it had to do with Ali’s season. Why? Because it didn’t. So why not mention it now? Because I feel it’s important enough to where it should stand on its own. I don’t want to bring it up during the height of Ali’s season because I think it’ll lose its effect. I misreported something that I was quite careless about, I’m embarrassed by it, and I’m going to own up to my mistake. Unlike most people on the internet who run with stuff, and when its not true, they either never admit to their mistake or you never hear from them again. This also isn’t going to be some one sentence apology thrown into a column. This is going to be a one-on-one interview with someone from the show to tell everyone when I made the mistake, how I made it, why I made it, followed by an apology to this person. So just wanted to clear that up for people thinking I was covering myself just in case Ali’s engaged. Nope. My mistake had nothing to do with this season and I stand by what I posted it on June 21st, and haven’t backed off since. Ali is single.
If you want to read the uneventful happenings at the “Men Tell All” taping this past weekend, then skip down to the next post to read those. Despite what the previews showed, no, Justin wasn’t there. Obviously for the unspoiled audience, they want people to think he’s there so they’ll tune in. He wasn’t. They did the same thing last season when they promoted Jake would confront Rozlyn for the first time since her elimination, and we all know he never did. It’s just hype. Like when they show Jake going off in an ITM last season and walking off which never aired, clips a couple weeks ago possibly making you think Ty was in Tahiti, cop car/ambulance lights early on this season, and aerial shots of cop cars outside of house. Just a way to make you think something major happens when it doesn’t. It’s like a given they will do that every season, and this one is no different. On to last night…
-Maybe they’ve done it before on the overnight dates, but if they did, I don’t remember. Starting out the show with a recap of each guy and their mini-journey to get where they are with Ali? Really? I thought they did that in the final episode. Hmmmm. Not sure. Regardless, that’s how last night started out and we get to see Chris at the top of his LA hotel, smiling, deep in thought, and nodding continuously at…uhhhh…I have no idea. Exactly what was he nodding at? If I know LA like I do, and I could sort of pinpoint where Chris was, my guess is as he was overlooking LA from the top of his hotel with a giant grin on his face nodding uncontrollably, my guess is he was able to see the Spearmint Rhino strip club next to Staples Center from where he was. Hey, just a guess on my part. But that’d sure have me nodding and grinning from ear to ear. You know, because I heard it’s a really cool place with private champagne rooms and…forget it.
-Roberto is shown packing in his hotel room and talking about his excitement for Tahiti. So we see him stuff a couple shirts in there, a few pairs of shorts, and wait for it, wait for it…a Lion King CD! Hey Roberto, I know you had some very intimate moments with Ali up on stage during your time on the Lion King, but something tells me you won’t be blaring “Hakuna Matata” in your headphones on the way to Tahiti, so cut it out with the nostalgic smile as you pack away the CD. Roberto: “Ali is unlike any women I’ve ever met.” Well, of course except for Gabrielle, the girl you were dating before you left for the show, never told her you were going on and she found out by turning on her TV since you didn’t bother to even tell after you got back. Awwwww, too bad. Of course I believe that all these guys have chicks back home that they could hook right back up with when filming ends. It’s just a matter of how much you believe their story. As for Gabrielle? Eh. No idea so I’m not gonna begin to speculate. But would it surprise me if it was true? Of course not. Nothing surprises me when it comes to this show, and I hope it doesn’t for you either.
-Of course as we see Frank getting ready in his hotel room, he informs us that something has been weighing on his mind that he hasn’t told Ali (or the viewing audience yet), and that’s that he’s been thinking of his ex-girlfriend Nicole. Yes, this is the first time in nine episodes the show has mentioned an ex-girlfriend Nicole, so to the unspoiled, this comes as a shocker. However, as mentioned in Part 1 of the spoilers, Frank had told producers about Nicole long before this episode. He wanted to tell Ali about her as far back as NY. But, that wouldn’t make for good TV. Essentially Frank knew he wanted to leave for a while, but wasn’t allowed to. It was finally agreed upon that, “Ok Frank, we’ll let you tell Ali about Nicole. But you’ll do it on our terms. You will tell her in Tahiti, and we will film you getting back with Nicole to make it more dramatic.” Basically, tit for tat. They let him leave, but not under his circumstances. He was going to do it in a way that would make it the most dramatic exit possible. And as you saw, it pretty much was. I’m on Team Frank. Pretty much because I know most of the angry housewives all hate him now, so I feel bad for him. By no means does that mean I’m not on Team Ali, I’m just saying I felt bad for the guy last night. This show has no care in the world for its contestants and they will exploit them as much as they can to get what they want.
-For those that choose to believe the first time Frank brought up Nicole to the producers was after he received the rose and found out he was going to Tahiti, I’ve got some land to sell you. Just like they knew they had the Jessica storyline back home with Justin and waited until after his 2-on-1 with Kasey to play it, they knew as early as New York that there was potential with the Nicole storyline. They just figured having him leave in Tahiti to say he still loved an ex-girlfriend wouldn’t be enough unless they showed him struggling with his feelings and talking to her. You know the ironic thing in all this? All Frank really did last night was basically choose Nicole over Ali. Nothing more, nothing less. The guy made a decision to be with someone he felt more secure with rather than risk something with Ali. No different than what Ali does at every rose ceremony when she chooses some guys over others.
-If you say, “Well no, because he wasn’t honest with her. He should’ve told her that right when he first started thinking he wanted to be with his ex.” If they would’ve let him, he would’ve. He wasn’t allowed to. If you say, “Well, why did he wait until Tahiti?” Again, I’ll tell you that it wasn’t his choice. He has no say in something like that. It was great, dramatic television last night, and that’s exactly what they wanted. And the fact he’s still together with Nicole right now seems to me the guy made the right decision. But lets say the guy ends up marrying her someday, you still gonna hate him for leaving Ali when he did? Of course you won’t. Hell, when they tape the “After the Final Rose” this weekend, I’m sure Ali’s over it too. I can’t imagine two months after the fact, and knowing he’s still with Nicole, that Ali is still pining for him. Frank chose Nicole over Ali. End of story. Who am I to tell him he’s an idiot? The guy would rather go with the sure thing than try some phony relationship on a show where it basically never works out between the final couple. Do you blame him?