A few quick thoughts about the actual show last night:
-If you didn’t know about the “Chris not being part of the final rose ceremony” storyline, all you had to do was pay attention to the time in the show to know that something wasn’t right. When Ali arrived at Chris’ hut to tell him she was in love with Roberto, the show only had a half hour left. Under normal circumstances, they would’ve had their date which would’ve taken up 10-15 minutes, then commercials, then they would’ve come back and it would’ve been the morning of the final rose ceremony, show everyone getting ready, show rings being picked out, etc. Then you’d have to have each guy walking up to the podium. So there was no way they could’ve crammed that in to the last 30 minutes, hence the reason you knew something was up and she was gonna let Chris go. Well, that and the fact that in her last voice over after the Roberto date, she told the camera “I’m in love with Roberto.” Kinda gave it away there too.
-It always kills me when the father of the “Bachelorette” agrees to give his daughter’s hand away in marriage to a guy he met that day. Yes, I understand that if you’re daughter is happy, then you’ll be happy. But c’mon. Lets be realistic. You can’t REALLY know whether you want to let your daughter marry a guy you’re meeting for the first time. They need to cut this part out of the show. So ridiculous and stupid, and obviously they’re told to say that.
-Chris handled Ali letting him go about as well as anyone could. Hell, the three girls I was watching the show with were all practically crying. And how many FB status updates have you seen in the last 10 hours that have said something to the effect of, “Chris a great guy! What a class act! I feel sooooo bad for Chris!” So yeah, I’m guessing that guy won’t have any problem getting laid after this show. Will he take the next “Bachelor” gig? I don’t know. It’s his if he wants it, no doubt. But I’m not him, so I have no idea what’s going through his head. He did tell Chris Harrison on the ATFR that he’s ready to fall in love again and meet “the one”, so he’s obviously over what Ali did.
-The rainbow thing was a bit much. I was beginning to wonder if it was fake when they were first showing it, but, once they harped on it on the ATFR, I guess it had to be real. Unless Chris just went along with it to have more women want to bear his children. So do I think it was real? Yeah, I guess. But it just seemed awfully convenient that it was brought up earlier in the season and just so happened to show up right after he got dumped. Awfully convenient. Remember, this is a television show that’s object is to tug at your heartstrings. Not saying it was done on purpose, but don’t think edit cameras can’t superimpose a rainbow onto a screen. Just saying.
-As I said yesterday, outside of Ali not letting Chris show up at the final rose ceremony, I don’t see what ABC’s big deal was about keeping last night’s ending under wraps. We’ve seen that ending plenty of times before. Guy proposes, girl accepts, they’re in love. Absolutely nothing tricky about what we saw last night. I guess they felt since every other ounce of their show was ruined before it even started, they could do whatever they could to keep at least one thing sacred. And they did. Up until yesterday afternoon. Hell, even US Weekly told people it was Roberto a month ago, it’s just that a lot of their other stuff they put in the story wasn’t true. Even last week’s issue that had details on the finale didn’t know that Chris didn’t show up to the final rose ceremony. They said Ali let the first guy go “after 10 minutes”. Uhhhh, nope.
-I get that Tahiti is a warm humid place. And I get that Roberto was in a suit. But why in the hell did they make the guy walk up 1,000 flights of stairs as well just to get to her? I mean c’mon, we already know the guy has a major sweat gland problem, then you make him do that? If you could’ve rung Roberto’s shirt out once he got up to the podium, he probably could’ve filled up an entire bucket.
-One thing I want to point out, since there was a lot of “Reality Steve Got Fleissed!” stories that ran the last couple weeks is that I don’t print rumors and speculation. I only run with what I know to be fact. Everything I gave you this season was fact, outside of the “Ali is single” ending I’ve been running with the last six weeks. And I was able to correct that in time. But the notion that there were two endings filmed, and Fleiss had his people purposely feeding me false information, etc is actually more flattering than anything. If one blogger has the ability to change how a whole show is shot, then I must be doing something right. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. There was no second ending shot to keep it away from me. If Fleiss doesn’t know who my sources are, how can he be feeding them false information in the first place? And how did I get all of yesterday’s major details about the finale if Fleiss knows who my sources are and stopped them? Makes no sense.
-I like doing what I do. I like writing the column, making fun of the show, and throwing in spoilers. In the end, it’s just a stupid reality show that a lot of people take way too seriously. That’s where I come in, to try and talk you in off the ledge sometimes when what you think you’re seeing on TV is real. I like to give you the insight that I have and know about. As always, you can choose to ignore everything I say. But when 98% of the stuff I printed this season happened exactly as I said it would, I feel confident that when next season rolls around, I will present you with the best information out there. For the time being though, every Tuesday for the next six weeks will have “Bachelor Pad” recaps. Not nearly as long as my “Bachelor” columns, but I’m guessing this show will give me plenty of material to work with.