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The Bachelorette Recap – 5/30/11 Including an In Depth Look at the Bentley Situation

For all your episode-by-episode spoilers of Ashleys season up through the final four, either click on the “Bachelorette Ashley Spoilers” link at the top of the page, or click here. Once I have the remaining breakdown of everything else, I will post it immediately. However, there will still be spoilers posted throughout this column. You’ve been warned.

Yes, I turned 36 today. Thank you for all the birthday wishes that have already come in, even though probably 75% of them are coming from people I’ve never had any contact with in my life. Never really understood that dynamic. To each their own. For the second year in a row, I’d like to thank Twin Peaks Restaurant for being the only DFW establishment who bothered to send me an email notifying me I eat for free on my birthday. I will see you all at lunch because of the fine food you serve and for no other reason whatsoever. Ok, so they didn’t necessarily have to twist my arm to go there, but, I’m not lying when I say they emailed me a coupon for a free entrée on my birthday. Gee, can’t imagine why?

Here’s an update on the writing samples. I’m no longer accepting any more. I’ve read everything that was sent to me up through yesterday. If you never got it in, I’m sorry. But I was well over 100 samples and there were some very good writers that I’m excited about adding to the site. The shows that I’m adding are staggered and all starting at different times. Don’t know when the new writers will be added, but I’ll keep you posted. It was very hard narrowing down who I wanted, so even if initially I don’t use someone, there’s a chance they can be used later. The new writers might flake, they might be late, they might not follow directions well, they might get bored of it, etc. Plenty of things can change. Thank you to everyone who has sent something in. Just because I didn’t choose you, doesn’t mean I don’t think you’re a good writer. Just means I happened to like someone else better. Happens all the time. Hey, Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson didn’t win Idol and went on to great careers, so that’s a good way to look at it. I could be making a huge mistake. But it’s my decision and I have to go with my gut. If you haven’t been contacted by the end of this week, then it means I’ve gone in another direction. I don’t have time to write each and every one of you back, but I do thank those who took the time to write in.

Only a week away from “Bachelor Pad” beginning filming, and despite what you may read, I can tell you the cast is NOT finalized yet. I still think that most of the names you saw me post last Tuesday will end up on the show, but nothing is official until filming begins. There are definitely more than 20 people who’ve been asked to be on the show, so it’s gonna be quite interesting to see who gets aced out when it comes down to the final casting. One interesting thing I noticed this past week is that a lot of these rumored contestants are adding other people who are rumored to be on the show as friends on Facebook, so you know they’re already starting to form alliances early. Which is smart, because here’s one golden rule we learned from last season: If you don’t hook up, you have ZERO shot to win. The final 8 were all “couples” – Kiptyn & Tenley, Kovacs & Elizabeth, Dave & Natalie, and Peyton & Jesse. And the ONLY other person last season who hooked up and didn’t make the final 8 was Jessie Sulidis when she made out with Dave in the hot tub.

And yes, tomorrow I will announce what I know about how the show breaks down from the final four on. I expect there to be skeptics, as there should be, due to me being wrong on my initial choice for the final one the last two seasons. And nothing I say, no matter how strongly I present it, will get you to believe that what I post tomorrow is how the show pans out. So no need to tell you why I think it’s guy “x”, or what proof I have, or where the source came from. Does me no good. And that’s fine. I guess the only vindication for me will be on Aug. 1st when the finale airs. I’m extremely confident in the information I was given, and I’ll leave it at that. Last year I said I was 1000% sure Chantal was the final one for a couple months, so obviously if I say I’m 1000% sure about who Ashley picked, you’ll say “but you said that last season”, so there’s no point in saying that. If I say “I think” or “I’m pretty sure” this is who Ashley picked, then you’ll doubt that as well. Tomorrow I will just post how the rest of the show plays out, and leave it at that, answering no questions to how or why I believe that’s the case. So when you ask, “Are you sure?”, there’s nothing I can say that will convince you. We’ll let Aug. 1st determine the accuracy of the information I was given. On to last night…

-We start out by Chris explaining the rules to this very difficult show that’s been on 22 seasons and nothing ever changes. There’s dates, there’s a rose on the date, if you get it, you’re safe. If you don’t, you go home. Thanks Chris. We’re very aware of how the show works 8 years in. Glad you get six figures to tell us that. You know what I love about the “Bachelorette” as opposed to the “Bachelor”? When Chris gives the date cards, or the date cards arrive, we don’t have chicks screaming like giddy school girls rushing to see what’s in it. The guys are like, “Dude. Whatever. Read it. Gotta go work on my pecs and delts today.” Now granted last season, we did get to watch Ashley Spivey run outside and bounce around in her bikini to pick up the date card, so maybe that was worth it. Whatever the case, as you knew two months ago because I told you, William has the first 1-on-1 date in Vegas at the Bellagio. Ashley comes and picks him up in the car and William, apparently not the sharpest knife in the drawer, thinks they’re actually going to drive to Vegas. Drive. 4 hours. Uhhhh, no William. There’s these things called airplanes that get there much faster. Not to mention the show uses them EVERY SEASON.

-Quick shot back at the mansion of Ames talking to Jeff about when he plans on taking that ridiculous mask off. Jeff hints that it’s coming off soon, probably at the rose ceremony tonight. I’m so glad Jeff is only around for one more episode. Seriously. The gimmick is lame, it doesn’t work, he’s clearly been kept on the show not because Ashley really likes the guy, but because she was encouraged to. Same ol, same ol. He is Madison 2.0. And once he leaves next week, he’ll be as important to this season as she was to hers. Although, couldn’t you see them casting both Jeff and Madison on “Bachelor Pad”? It’s definitely not out of the question. These two could have an awkward romance where there dates are only at night cuz she’s a werewolf and he’s the Phantom of the Opera. And their babies could be born with a mask as well. Horrible ideas all around, however, I could totally see one, if not both of them, being on “Bach Pad”.

-William and Ashleys date in Vegas has a wedding theme. They go wedding cake tasting, then they pick out a ring, then meet with a pastor. Sorry but this date sucks. They filmed this date on the first day of March Madness. If I’m William, at some point I’m like, “Hey sweetcakes, you go do some shopping while I head on over to the sportsbook and get down on some action. This is great and all, but this is day one of March Madness and you couldn’t have picked a worse day for us to frolic around the Bellagio pretending to shopping for a fake wedding.” All the while, William says he’s getting more and more nervous because he’s thinking this can be an actual wedding. Really? This guy actually thinks that with 17 other guys still left in the competition and only being in episode 2, then would plan a wedding for him and Ashley on their first date? No wonder the guys came up with the nickname “Ding Dong” for him. He’s a few sandwiches short of a picnic if you ask me.

-William tucks his nuts between his legs and goes through with the whole date, even heading into the chapel saying “I do” for God knows what reason. Even Ashley plays up the dumb card saying ridiculous things like “I don’t know what to do. This could be like a legally binding marriage”. Yeah, sure it couldn’t. ABC must really think their viewers are idiots. Of course, this doesn’t prevent William from telling Ashley “This is the best first date I’ve ever been on” then Ashley coming back in her ITM with “I’m falling for William. I can’t believe I just said that.” Yeah, neither can we. I just get the sense that when William is dating someone, he is the guy sitting in Anthropologie on the bench with his girlfriends purse in his hands talking to the other poor saps that got dragged into that store as well. He’s kinda dorky with horrible impressions. But hey, since he’s appeared on this show, the guy will never have a problem getting ass for the rest of his life, so kudos to him.

-Next up Ashley and William take a little boat out on the water in front of the Bellagio where dinner was set up for them. William the Dingbat thinks this is very cool. “We’re doing something no one has ever done before.” Ashley hopes the water show doesn’t go off while they’re rowing over to dinner. Yeah, probably not. I’m guessing they won’t have you tip over in the middle of freezing water while a bunch of people look on laughing at you. Call me crazy, but I’m guessing it’s planned ahead of time not to turn the water show on until you’re safely to your dinner. Because the last thing they want to do is actually have you two swim to the platform in your nice clothes and eat dinner soaking wet in windy Las Vegas. But hey, maybe they’ll surprise us and we might actually get to see you guys drown and plunge to your death on national television.

-While eating, William gets deep and tells Ashley about his alcoholic father who died and he keeps his watch set at the same time of his fathers death. I think he told us this in the first episode, but hadn’t told Ashley yet, so I guess he thought he’d fill her in in case she ever asked, “Hey, why doesn’t your watch ever move?” Sad story, definitely earns points for telling her that on his first date. I’m more concerned with figuring out how many people stood around and watched these two from the edge of the Bellagio and thought to themselves, “I gotta take a pic of this and sent it to Reality Steve”. As far as I know, only two of you did as the pics I got from this date only came from two different people. One had a pic from all the daytime stuff, then I got the pic of them kissing with the water show in the background from someone else. So thank you to those people. Everyone else there taking pics and not forwarding them on to me? Booooooooooooooooooo.

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  1. finerthings

    May 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Dear Readers,

    Why would you be polite and wish me a happy birthday when I don’t know you? F*ck off.

    Love,
    Reality Steve

    😀 Steve, you are just a big dummy, aren’tcha?

  2. finerthings

    May 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Ok, onto the good stuff. I agree with you entirely about Bentley. I find it pretty hilarious and entertaining, which is what it’s supposed to be.

    West. Freaks. Me. Out. I really tried to give the guy a chance after I read the articles about him or whatever. But honestly, I feel like everything he says makes my skin crawl. Just the way he talks about Ashley…I don’t know. He’s a creeper. Plus, I trust a mother’s instinct a lot. If his wife’s mom thinks he was involved in her death, I’m inclined to believe there was more going on there than a seizure.

    I like JP the best at this moment.

    Every time Ashley says “Perrfaaaact” with her stupid cheerleader affected-ness it reminds me how much I disliked her on Brad’s season. Other than that, she’s been quite tolerable.

  3. mommyof2

    May 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    I said the same thing about the tragic deaths in the cast-mates lives seeming to be a new pre-requisite. It’s depressing having to feel sorry for everyone as opposed to one or two people. It kind of makes you feel less sympathetic towards anyone now if everyone has a tragic past. It’s too early to tell who I think has the best connection w/ Ashley or who I like the best, but from what I’ve seen so far, I like Ben C. and JP.

    Bentley’s an a**; I just wish he would realize that the way he treats women will have an impact on how his young daughter will expect to be treated by men. Even if he treats her perfectly, she’ll see how he treats other women (including her mom, grandmom, etc..), and that’s how she’ll think she’s suppose to be treated by other men (disrespectfully). Some men are so stupid to even realize that the people they love most are hurt by the way they treat others. He needs to lead by example and treat all women respectfully if he wants his own daughter to expect to be treated that way as well. Hopefully he’ll realize this sooner rather than later or that Cozy will someday have an amazing stepfather who she will look up to instead- or an amazing grandfather on her mom’s side who does this. I’m guessing that Bentley’s treatment of women is a direct reflection of how his father treated his mother. So sad…

  4. HeidiT

    May 31, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Aside from the Toss the Dice move I believe Ben threw in the sprinkler, Hey, at least he wasn’t making the pizza and doing the Qtip. Typical drunk guy at the club the one humping the floor thinking he’s got moves and all the women want to dance with him. NOT.

    As for Bentley, like I said after the first episode, if she’s stupid enough to keep him around after being warned by MM then she’s an idiot. Enough said.

  5. Sunnyside422

    May 31, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Was not impressed when Ashley was with Brad and less so now. Bow legged, rail thin, no rear, goofy giggles (she’s 26???)BUT she is following the script to a T, saying all the prescripted dialog we have been subjected to season after season.

    Most of the men with the exception of JP and William are not in the least good looking. Who groomed these clowns anyway?! My early vote for the final one is….JP. Sexy and from the little shown thus far, seems fairly normal.

    With the huge budget ABC has for this show…can’t they find different musical selections? Same boring music played at the “romantic” interludes show after show. Really? Nothing original to offer?

    I believe the men are coached to say that Ashley is beautiful, sexy and hot. No way is this little muffin any of the above.

    Bentley’s remarks remind me of the way Wes was screwed by the show and his remarks spliced and diced. Can’t believe Bentley is as stupid as we’ve been allowed to see.

  6. Southern Bella

    May 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Do you all really think Ashley is in the dark about Bentley? It’s quite obvious that she (and everybody else) is playing along. She was practically holding in her laughter when she was “begging” him to stick around. Go back and watch it.

    It’s called a SCRIPT, people!

  7. nattyfoo

    May 31, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    I’ve never left a comment before, but I have a pressing question… BTW, I have been reading your blog for years. Thanks for the great insight.

    You stated that Bentley is a devout Mormon, but correct me if I am wrong… and I may be, but in the initial casting video he did, didn’t he have a refrigerator full of beer? I thought I saw that in his video… I might have to go back and watch it. Just wondered if you saw that as well.

    Thanks

  8. dutchgrl11

    May 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    DEAR STEVE: I was pretty shocked when I read your opening paragraph…the back-handed compliment thanking people for their bday wishes. You said 75% from people you don’t know and that you don’t “understand” that concept. HOW FUCKING RUDE! People read your blog and while they don’t know you personally, they are being nice. No wonder you’re single with that attitude! Truth be told, one reads your blog to get the spoilers, not for your great writing ability. A big portion of it is all about you and how great you are and how Bachelor execs are scared of you, yada yada…
    Your blog REEKS of ego and self promotion.

  9. Holly in SoCal

    May 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    If Bentley was truly a “devout” Mormon, then how does he justify playing with Ashley’s feelings like he did and lying and deceiving her? Even if this was all set-up in advance by the producers/writers, he still couldn’t justify saying those mean things about her if he was truly a Mormon. The bible teaches just the opposite of his behavior, whether it was contrived or not. Besides, shouldn’t he be seeking out a fellow Mormon lady to be his wife…not someone that is not of his belief system? There is nothing in his religion that would justify him doing what he is doing (even if for money) or acting the way he is. If I were a Mormon…I’d be horrified to be represented that way. Just the same way that Michelle Money brought shame to her religion (if she truly is a Mormon). Shame on both of them.

  10. ebayrae

    May 31, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    I’m with dutchgrl11. Who actually gives such a backhanded “thank you” to their readers? I’m trying to figure out who the bigger douche is: you…or Bentley.

    I can tell you right now that Bentley is NOT Strict Mormon. If you were a Mormon–you’d be able to tell because there are some obvious indications. Just because he doesn’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean he actually lives the way a “strict” Mormon would. I actually laughed out loud when you wrote that he wasn’t even allowed to hold it on camera…where did you come up with this “doctrine”? Just thought you’d like to know for the future so you sound a little more informed before you make a fool of yourself.

  11. scrantonicity

    May 31, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    I know this is wrong to say but Ames looks like he was one gene short of ending up on Little People, Big World. His head definitely looks more suited to little arms and legs.

  12. Reason

    May 31, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Assuming Bentley’s ITM video was available, then you can prove if Chris Harrison is lying by asking him one question: If he was so concerned about informing Ashley, why didn’t he show her Bentley’s ITM footage? By choosing to withhold those videos from Ashley, it would prove the producers are more interested in ratings than helping her make a decision about marriage. But we already knew that…

  13. loca4linda2

    June 1, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    So, don’t you think the coin Ashley tossed to see if what’s his name, was staying was doubled sided with his pic? come on! Also, do you know if Bentley gets more $ than the other contestants?

  14. hordac

    June 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    I will reserve judgment as to whether Ashley is playing a role here too with regards to Bentley’s dissing her until I see the next episode where she freaks out. I think we will be able to tell whether she is acting or not. Now, having said that, if she was unaware of the extent of his disdain for her than I am really disappointed in this show for subjecting her to what he is saying. I agree with you Steve, it makes ABC look horrible and Chris H. is just trying to make himself look like some good guy trying to warn her now. I don’t care whether she is happily engaged now or not. It has GOT to hurt her to hear this stuff. I don’t think its a case of editing all the way either. Sure maybe some, but him descibing the kiss?? How can that possibly relate to anything else?? I must confess though, that it does make the season interesting and I am gasping with shock after I hear his ITM’s!! ABC, evil but wise I tell you! I really hope you are happy though Ashley, what he is saying about you can’t go down very well and I would hate to have to sit through something like this myself personally.

  15. sweetness34

    June 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    I think the one problem with Chris H.’s comment is that it’s completely inconsistent with the company line of the past few seasons. Chris H. was a large part of the storyline to “expose” Rozlyn on Jake’s season and then “expose” Justin Rego on Ali’s season.

    The whole meat of the Justin storyline was that Chris H. wanted to inform Ali that Justin wasn’t there for the right reasons. However, the line with Bentley is, “well, we sort of warned her, but we try to stay out of these things….” Yeah, OK.

  16. Trish

    June 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Dutchgirl11 wrote:

    A big portion of it is all about you and how great you are and how Bachelor execs are scared of you, yada yada… Your blog REEKS of ego and self promotion.

    Truer words were never spoken.

    Reality Steve is a far bigger phony than the shows he writes about. The truth is, he’d love to have a job on the Bachelor as producer in charge of the hypocrisy and deceit he otherwise attempts to expose each week. Sadly, guys him and the yahoos at votefortheworst have been unable to land their dream jobs on reality television, so they take to internet with their petty blah blah blah. Get a real job.

  17. serpephone

    June 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    How do the readers know it’s Steve’s birthday?

    Strange…

    anyways, I am just happy Reality Steve is older than me!

    😛

  18. strike9

    June 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Didn’t like Ashley in Brad’s season. Trying to like her now, but she’s making it very hard because she laughs at EVERYTHING. I mean, things that aren’t even supposed to be funny. For instance – on her first date with William, when the lame Vegas groupies shout “we love you Ashley!”, she does the annoying laugh. Really. That’s funny? Later when Blake tells her that two dentists together would be twice as perfect, more stupid laughter. What? Mickey is surprised by a concert. HA HA HA HA HA.

    Maybe I’d be okay with the inappropriate laughter if she had a cute laugh, but she so doesn’t.

  19. Angie L

    June 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Love your take on a lot of issues relative to the show. I’m a Mormon like Bentley and he being a “STRICT Mormon” is a total NONSENSE. Strict Mormons take seriously how they come across to everyone: they know that they, in every way, represent the church so they’ll watch their language, their conduct … and they can be rather picky as to whom they want to associate themselves with. He is a Mormon but I doubt he is a devout one. Also, there’s this impression that the Church forces ‘things’ on us. Contrary to what most believe about us _ ‘Free Agency’ is an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE in the church _ in fact, it constitutes the core beliefs of this religion starting from the time one enters the waters of baptism…. A member is a free-agent who becomes a member because he or she chooses to be so. We are free to choose the path we want to walk on …. The church educates us what will help us spiritually and it is up to us to take/reject those advices. I understand where Bentley’s coming from. I don’t think he is emotionally over his divorce … the break-up of that relationship and he is acting these out these frustrations even bitterness. I hope he’ll find peace soon. Happiness can become very elusive when ‘forgiveness’ hasn’t taken place. He needs to embrace the loss as a learning and growing experience and move on!

    As regards Ashley being with JP, I think he is a great choice … and I hope things work out for them. Thanks for posting your blog. I enjoy your opinion.

  20. NWpdx

    June 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    I was glad to see other readers were equally as put off by how snippy “Reality Steve” was about his birthday greetings! For someone who relies on readers to come to his site, that was really short sighted, but I have a feeling he doesn’t really give a sh*t about the readers, just his ego. He obviously doesn’t appreciate the readers he has as he won’t even answer other questions other than “how do you know” as another person posted. If it weren’t for spoilers why come to the site?

  21. BachFan15

    June 2, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Reality Steve is a douche. A friend of mine went out with him awhile back, and he’s a total loser. Dude is constantly on his phone thinking he’s a celebrity, even a the dinner table, and he’s bad in bed. I always crack up when I read his ego rants, knowing what I know.

    I only read for the spoilers, he’s not even witty anymore.

  22. KESam

    June 3, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    Bentley is SO going to be on Bachelor Pad…if not this one, the next one. Mike Fleiss will not be able to resist.

  23. finerthings

    June 3, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    Angie, I really liked your post. Thanks for showing a compassionate heart for someone…even when they’re behaving badly. It’s refreshing. <3

  24. Mozart

    June 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    The producers most probably now want Bentley also for “Bachelor Pad”. :-( They are most likely thinking, “What drama! What excitement! What a gold mine! What thousands of more viewers we would have!”
    The producers, I imagine, are thinking of rationalizations they could use with the public to get them off the hook for capitalizing on Bentley’s probably being cast.
    They certainly know that if they don’t come up with a convincing story, there would be a tremendous backlash by an angry public for using Bentley yet again.
    I don’t know offhand what yarn the producers will spin to try to take the blame off themselves, but I think they will come up with something, although, I don’t think the public will buy it.

  25. Mozart

    June 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    P.S. I think I know what the producers will concoct to make Bentley acceptable for “The Bachelor Pad”.
    They might say that Chris Harrison got in touch with Bentley, and Bentley broke down and sobbed that he was so very sorry! He feels so terrible for the hurt he had caused Ashley, and that he really liked Ashley and has learned his lesson!
    He would add that he greatly repented at his church and has begged his Heavenly Father for forgiveness for the tremendous hurt that he has caused.”
    Chris H. might say that it is only fair to give this guy another chance….. 😉

  26. BentleyApologists

    June 4, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Reality Steve you got a great blog. You have nailed what is actually the reality in the show. Stop by and check out our blog defending Bentley. I think you’ll like it. http://bentleywilliamsapologists.wordpress.com/

  27. pace45

    June 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Steve I know the how the show manipulates the contestants, and is probably doing the same to Bentley, but acting like this guy is innocent? Cmon now, I live around a ton of true mormans, and not one of them would play it along knowing they didn’t like the person. And also the fact that he is darn near trying to make love to the girl with how forward he is, true mormans don’t do that. That being said I think he is one of the best characters ever because half the guys feel the same, they just never say it, Ashley is not attractive whatsoever, so all these guys falling in love with her? ya right. Bentley is brilliant and tells the truth in the fact that, yes he just wants to win, that’s why these relationships always crumble. So do your thing Bentley, I just wish you would have strung it out longer.

  28. thehollywoodknow

    June 20, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Former contestants weigh in on the return of The Bachelorette bad boy Bentley, the show’s reasoning, and what it all means for Ashley Hebert. http://thehollywoodknow.com/?p=2740

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