The Bachelorette Recap – 6/13/11 Including Your FULL Cast List for “Bachelor Pad 2″

June 14th, 2011 | 39 Comments | Posted in Bachelor Pad 2, The Bachelorette 7 - Ashley

For all your episode-by-episode spoilers of Ashleys season, either click on the “Bachelorette Ashley Spoilers” link at the top of the page, or click here. Do not read if you don’t want to know who Ashley is with. You’ve been warned.

Wanted to first start off by telling anyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter that I tweeted yesterday about our first new writer to site. His name is Bill Hudnutt and he will be covering “Keeping up with the Kardashians” every Monday, so be sure to check him out. The link is at the top of the page. I’ve brought on over 8 new writers to cover different shows, and you’ll be seeing them pop up once their shows start. The next one that will be covered is the “RW/RR Challenge”, and then after that “Big Brother”. I believe those are the only summer shows that will have coverage unless I decide to have whichever of the Real Housewives season that’s currently going on just join in progress. Anyway, I know it’s just a link at the top of the page right now, but we are in the process of doing a major site re-design, but I don’t want to screw with anything while the “Bachelorette” and then “Bachelor Pad” is on. So I’m guessing we’ll unveil the new site sometime in September or October when “Bachelor Pad” is done. In the meantime, great first response to Bill’s review and looking forward to his column every Monday for the rest of the season.

Speaking of “Bachelor Pad”, for those that didn’t see, EW.com posted the official cast list yesterday. You can read the description of each person in case you forgot about them by going there, but here’s the list of people:

Women:

Michelle Money
Melissa Schreiber
Alli Travis
Gia Allemand
Holly Durst
Ella Nolan
Vienna Girardi
Jackie Gordon
Erica Rose

Men:

Michael Stagliano
Kasey Kahl
Graham Bunn
Jake Pavelka
Justin “Rated R” Rego
Kirk Dewindt
Mystery Man #1
Mystery Man #2
Mystery Man #3 – all 3 guys from Ashleys season

None of those names should surprise you based on the information I’ve given you over the last couple weeks, except for Ella. No idea where they pulled that from or why she made the cast, but whatever. However, the question now is obviously “Who are the three guys from Ashleys season that are on the show?” Well, once they released the cast yesterday WITHOUT naming Ashleys guys, then the rules basically changed, and you knew it’d be three guys that are still on Ashleys season who hadn’t been eliminated yet. And they are. The three “mystery” guys are:

William Holman
Ames Brown
Blake Julian

I don’t know what ABC thought they’d be accomplishing by not announcing these guys names. I understand that the people who actually believe the “Bachelorette” is real don’t want to see those guys names released because then they realize that none of them are the final one on Ashleys season. Well, that’s their own fault. Read the spoilers…ha ha. But I mean “Bachelor Pad” doesn’t premiere until August 8th. Did they really think those names weren’t going to get out? No idea what they were thinking. Apparently they weren’t, or they doubted that I’d find out. Probably shouldn’t doubt me when it comes to this stuff.

As for when the spoilers are coming, it won’t be until the show is done filming, which is in about two weeks. Remember, the “Bachelor Pad” only takes less than 3 weeks to film. It’s not like the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette”. So based on “Bachelor Pad” starting last Tuesday night, that means there’s already been two rose ceremonies and people are already home. Who are they? Not sure yet. But I will find out soon enough. Just like last season when my spoilers for “Bachelor Pad” went up around June 29th or so, I’m guessing I’ll have them right around the same time this season. Once I get the spoilers, you will know them.

One final thing in regards to last nights episode when they showed the previews for next week. I don’t know why they showed Chris pulling Ashley aside and saying “He’s here in this hotel” making it seem like it happened in Chaing Mai. It didn’t. Bentley showed up in Hong Kong. Unless at the end of next weeks episode they already skip ahead to Hong Kong, Bentley won’t be on for two weeks, not next weeks episode. Here is Chris’ exact quote from his blog today:

“…Next week’s episode really ends with Ashley in a dark place questioning everything even more than she is now. It was easily her lowest point in the show. You saw a brief glimpse in the previews that leads us to the return of Bentley.”

You could read that two ways: That somehow they are in Hong Kong by the end of the episode and that’s where we see Bentley appear, or, the “that leads us to the return of Bentley”, is and admission that Bentley doesn’t show up for 2 weeks. I guess they feel since last nights episode was a complete snoozefest, they’d spice it up a bit by getting everyone excited with that tease. I just know Bentley shows up in Hong Kong. So maybe they’re in Hong Kong by the end of the episode for some reason. Usually doesn’t work that way, but who knows with this season? Bizarre. On to last night…

-Hey lookie here, for the third week in a row, Chris comes in to inform the guys that there will be two 1-on-1 dates and a group date. However, it won’t be happening in LA, because since Ashley is now moving on with her LOB (Life Without Bentley), or so we think, they are going to leave the mansion for good and head to Phuket, Thailand. Ok, do you people realize how many times in the last two months since I revealed they were going to Phuket I got the, “Wait, how do you pronounce that?” email? About 1,000. No, it’s not pronounced “F**K-it”, it’s “poo-KET”. There. We’re clear on that. Please stop with the emails. You’re not in 5th grade. You know what we got to see this episode? Not quite on par with girls giggling and squealing when Chris announces where they’re headed, but the guys on cue, all start high five’ing and chest bumping when they realize they’re headed to Thailand. I’m sure some were disappointed they didn’t get to hit up Bangkok for their “night life”, but it’s ok. Chicks with d**ks only works in the “Hangover 2″. Sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t seen it.

-Lets face it, this episode was a complete buzzkill. Very boring, bland dates. Now, I’m guessing a lot had to do with the weather and the fact that usually on this show, the sun is always out, people look better, and Ashleys hair isn’t getting the frizzies cuz of the rain. But man, the whole episode was depressing because of the rain. Made all the dates boring and unwatchable. And oh yeah, not to mention the fact that Ashley brought up Bentleys name 600 times in two hours. I’m still absolutely amazed she fell that in love with the guy in the two weeks he was there. She must feel nauseous watching this back now. So Ashley arrives at the Renaissance Resort and Spa in Phuket to sit down with the “navigator” in hopes that the woman behind the desk can help her out on what to do for her dates because, you know, she’s completely clueless and has no help whatsoever from the production crew. Might be the biggest waste of time we’ll see this season on this show. C’mon guys. We’re 22 seasons in now. If the people watching this show don’t know by now that Ashley has absolutely no say in who gets what dates or where they’re going, they never will. They must’ve owed that “navigator” some favor or something. Or maybe she was related to someone on staff. Whatever the case, there was as much realism to that scene as there was to Rego walking in crutches up a hill a few miles to see Ali back in her season.

-Date card arrives and its for Constantine. “Lets sea Phuket together”. Get it? Sea? Their date is supposed to be out on the sea. So clever these producers are. How about they make these date cards more than one sentence long like in “Survivor” where it’s like a 10 sentence rhyming poem? That takes talent. Lets sea Phuket together? That’s all they could come up with? Lets hope the PA who thought of that is making minimum wage, because they don’t deserve a penny more for that garbage. So Constantine meets Ashley on the dock as they’re supposed to head out to sea. However, there’s a change of plans as the Thai guy who doesn’t speak a lick of English has some news for them. Translated he basically says “Sorry kids. You’re screwed. It’s pouring rain, waves are high, and you ain’t getting anywhere near a boat. When does this air in the states so I can tell everyone about my fifteen minutes of fame?” Since the date has changed, Ashley spontaneously (translation: not spontaneously) decides to just start walking into town for the date. And Constantine, being the gentleman he is, obliges by walking arm and arm with her holding the umbrella only over his head while Ashley gets soaked. Good one. Be sure slam a car door in her face while you’re at it too.

-Constantine loves this date for god knows what reason. “The mystery of Phuket is awesome and so is the mystery of Ashley. It’ll be awesome to find out about both of them.” Awesome, Constantine. That’s just awesome. You know what’d be even more awesome? If you stopped using the word awesome when describing rainy, dreary, Phuket. Admit it. Your date sucked. You got to walk the streets on a rainy day and basically do nothing exciting. It’s ok to admit you got the shaft on your date because of the weather. Sure, you can’t publicly admit it to Ashley cuz then she’ll think you’re an insensitive douchebag, but hey, Bentley lied to her face for three episodes, so why not just tell us in your ITM you hated the date? I sure did watching it. Kinda like Ryan, who seems to be a ray of sunshine everywhere he goes, I kinda need to be in a place where the sun is out a lot. Remind me never to visit Thailand. Not even for a bachelor party. Rain just sucks. Period. I guess I’m spoiled because I grew up in Southern California where rain is a foreign concept, but I’m sorry, there’s nothing fun about constant rain. Nothing.

-So these two get to meet the local non-English speaking guy to ask questions to. Exactly how many people this episode who don’t speak English are gonna get cameos? They pick some random chick off the street to help them translate what the hell this poor old man is saying. They ask him how long he’s been married. “36 years.” They then ask him what’s his secret. “Porn.” No, I’m kidding. He says, “Forgive and forget. Don’t try and win.” Sound advice from such a wise old man strapped to a ball and chain for the last 36 years. Man, this guy knows his stuff. I hope he has his own daytime talk show in Thailand with powerful insight to marriage like that. Did he basically just tell Constantine to just agree with whatever the woman says? Man, this guy either knows his stuff or he watches Chris Rock’s past stand up shows on HBO. So in a way he’s right. You can’t win. Just always say “yes”, and everything will be good. Didn’t realize Rock’s stand up was even reaching the married people of Thailand. He must be proud. This date continues to reach levels of suck that I didn’t know were reachable.

-Ashley informs us in her ITM that even though she’s having a good time with Costantine (I think), “I’m still thinking about Bentley on these dates”. Aaaaannnnnd the show continues to make her look worse and worse. Hey, it’s obvious that the producers are making her talk about Bentley because they knew he’d be coming back, but when you’re showing us her talking about him in every other clip, it seems a bit much. Of course she’s still gonna have Bentley on her head since she was just devastated by the guy only days beforehand, but it’s kinda ridiculous how much they showed her talking about him last night. Ok, we get it. She wanted Bentley to be her final guy. He’s not. She picked someone else, she’s with him now, and she’s moved on. I understand they’re doing this to tease Bentleys return in Hong Kong, but it’s just making Ashley look weak and desperate with not much self-esteem. I’m sure she feels like a million bucks watching these episodes. Not to mention her dude she chose that basically will get asked a 1,000 Bentley questions once this is all said and done.

-Ashley and Constantine sit down for dinner, and honestly I can’t tell you one single thing they talked about. All I know is that they talked, and talked, and talked, and talked, and talked and Constantine was rambling on and on about stuff that was so boring, it earned him a new nickname: Constant Sleep. It’s catchy. We’ve seen nothing from the guy for the first three episodes, then last night he bores me to tears coming up with crap during their date I could care less about and I almost had to pop a 5 Hour Energy to keep me awake. Hence, Constant Sleep. It seemed like Constant Sleep was talking in circles. Just never ending stuff about relationships, and finding himself, and blah blah blah. Granted, I don’t want to hear them asking each other what their favorite color is, but I certainly don’t care to hear this either. This was torture. I think if they really want to interrogate terrorists and get them to confess top secret information, screw waterboarding or physical torture. Force them to watch Constant Sleep’s date with Ashley last night and I guarantee these guys will start chirping like birds. We’ll have all terrorist cells across the country wiped out by this weekend.

39 thoughts on “The Bachelorette Recap – 6/13/11 Including Your FULL Cast List for “Bachelor Pad 2″

  1. After last week’s episode, this was the definitely a boring episode. However, I did enjoy watching the footage of the group “date” (not really a “date” per se) at the orphanage. I have to give the show credit for helping others in need the last few seasons with these charitable dates they do. I hope a lot of people donate to the orphanage after the press it’s getting from the show. It does seem kind of ironic that a show that cares only about ratings (and certainly not their “star”/lead- Ashley, the bachelorette) actually does something good for others w/ their charitable giving.

    Anyway, I have to admit, Steve, that I couldn’t read your entire recap b/c it was so long and boring, too. But, I’m going to attribute that to the boring episode rather than to your writing.

  2. Did not watch Bachelor Pad last year and will not watch this year. However I was guessing it would be Jeff, West and Bentley (just to really make viewers angry) I did not expect Ames and William… I guess ABC wont make the official announcement until the end of July as Ames makes it to hometowns.

    Here are my thoughts on the episode
    First off, you could have played a drinking game every time Ashley said Bentley and you would have been drunk before the first hour was up. I can not believe she fell so hard for him so fast and they did not have a one on one date. Anyways enough about him.

    Her date with Constantine was sweet and fun, yes it was not what she had originally planned but like Constantine said it gave them a change to talk and get to know eachother and it was more of a real date. While they did not kiss you can tell he likes her alot, he told her enough times that he did.

    The group date was very neat it was cute seeing all the guys painting etc. I would have to say that was one of the best group dates ever on the show, they ended up doing some good for the kids etc. I like Ben F and you can tell that Ashley really started to fall for him and when they had the 1 on 1 time and kissed over and over that was very steamy. She seemed to like kissing him! I always thought Ben F and Constantine looked alike but them standing side by side at the rose ceremony they could be brothers.

    I personally do not think Ames is cute but this is not about me it is about Ashley and they had a really fun time on their date, he made her laugh and you can tell she likes him. She admitted to Chris before the rose ceremony that she was so caught up in Bentley that she was closed off to all the other guys and she almost sent Ames home. Speaking of the rose ceremony, I felt bad for the guys, it is so hot in Thailand you can tell they were all sweating, I do not see why they had to wear suits, couldn’t the producers have allowed the guys to wear whatever they wanted. Yes it is fun to dress up but when it is so hot out that the all look like they will all pass out then that means it is too hot! At least us girls can wear strapless, short dresses in that type of weather……I felt so bad for the guys

    I personally like Ryan, I do not think there is anything wrong with him, while he may have rubbed the guys the wrong way at the orphanage he is an organizer and he was just trying to stay on target.

    I guess Will did himself in during the roast which once again Ashley took way to hard but we do not have to rehash that, but we did not see Will and Ash interact at all this time and he is sent home next week. I wonder which guy she kept around as she was supposed to send 2 home.

    JP has fallen hard for her he is jealous when he hears that the other guys have kissed her…..but she said he is the best kisser.

  3. I swear if I hear Chris Harrison and Ashley mention the DOT DOT DOT one more time I’m going to PUKE PUKE PUKE.

    I’m dumbfounded how a woman, who’s been told this guy isn’t there for her, 1. chooses to keep him on to give him the benefit of the doubt and 2. actually fell hard for him after only being with him a few times and not even on a 1-1 date and now can’t get over him. The dude, all douchness aside, had no personality whatsoever, my dog has more personality than this guy, a napkin has more personality than this guy, still don’t know what she found so “likeable” about Bentley.

    I found Ames comment hilarious he said, “I didn’t get a kiss but we did something much more intimate than kiss..we talked”…seriously? If you find talking more intimate than kissing you’re either a eunich or gay, she’s pretty much snogged everyone else so you better move it or you’re going to be in the “friends zone” in fact you’ll be mayor of the zone. She doesn’t see Ames any thing more than a friend to hang out with. If there was any attraction there she’d be kissing him.

  4. Wow. I must be the only woman here who thinks that Ames blows all the other guys away. Loved him on the 1 on 1. A little disappointed that he’s going on Bachelor Pad. I haven’t seen the show, but it seems too raunchy for a class act like Ames. Maybe I’ll watch it this season, to see more of Ames, and to see the Vienna/Jake drama. Unbelievable that they both agreed to do the show knowing that the other would be there. Not a chance in hell that I’d do a show like that with my ex-fiance. Even if the parting is amicable, who wants to see someone they deeply loved hooking up with slutty strangers?!?!

  5. Yeah, agree with the rest, last night was a snooze fest, I had to fast forward the DVR through most of her dates. I might be skimming or missed it but you didn’t comment on the guy that DID NOT get a rose i.e. West and his exit interview? I was looking forward to your commentary. He was wrong material for the show in my honest opinion. If I missed it, please point it out. Thanks!

  6. Mickey is hot but just from the show, seems to have the personality of a button. Who knows, he could very well not be like this in real life. Of course, you can never really believe anything they tell you on the show – but I’m just confused by Ryan. Still trying to figure out if he’s phony or not.

  7. PS I haven’t read all your columns lately and maybe I missed it. But I don’t believe for a minute that the story line between Ashley and Bentley is real. She would have never mentioned him 100 times last night and made a fool out of herself. I believe she was told (and paid) by the producers to act like she’s heartbroken and he was told to be as rude and crude as possible. It’s not real, its fake.

  8. Hi Steve, I love your column and I am really glad you are adding more shows to it too. I hope the writers for those columns are just as sarcastic and funny as you are !! Anyway – I just wanted to tell you how hard I laughed when I read what you wrote about Ashley and JP out in the rain. When he asked if she was getting wet, my dirty little mind was thinking the same that yours was. Too funny !! I didn’t know how she could answer him with a straight face but I guess she is a good girl. JP is one of my fav’s. Hes not fancy, he’s a construction worker, and he’s cute. My kind of guy! He’s one of the smaller guys on the show, but probably the most manliest of them all. I kept hearing all of the men describing Ashley as a “strong & independent woman.” They obviously have no idea how weak she really is. I mean, on the Bachelor she was SO insecure with Brad to the point that it was painful to watch. Now on Bachelorette she is such a wreck over Bentley. I agree with you – she talked about him WAY too much last night. Now they are bringing him back on an episode?? Why? So she can keep going on and on again about him? Or maybe they will make it real good and have them sit together and watch all of his IM’s about her. Then she would have something to cry about!!!! Is it me, or does Ashley laugh exactly like Alli (the one who ended up with Roberto)? Everytime she laughed I kept thinking “who does she sound like??” Its Alli!!! Not that it is important at all, just a little thing I picked up while watching last nights boring episode. I also noticed Chris’ hair color. Is it darker? Is it because its been raining since they have arrived in Thai Land so he isn’t keeping up with his California sunwashed highlights or did he darken his hair? Not that it matters, just another thing that sparked my interest in last nights hum drum episode.

    I am looking forward to Bachelor Pad. So what’s up with Michelle Money doing the show? Thought she missed her daughter SO much while doing the Bachelor? Guess her acting career isn’t going so well after all? She makes good TV so I’m glad she’s going to be on it. She’s funny and a little wacked out.

    Thanks for all of the spoilers !!! I love & look forward to them !!!

  9. Ames seems like a nice guy, but I don’t think he’s ready to get married. The fact that he’s so spontaneous and does all of these things (seeing 70 countries, etc…) tells me that he has trouble committing to something (i.e.: someone) as he’s always searching for the next best thing or adventure. How does he hold down a job if he’s traveling that much? Something tells me he comes from a wealthy family (Yale is extremely expensive) and therefore hasn’t had to work much in the real world. He’s definitely intelligent, though, and he seems like a really nice guy. But, I just think these people who’ve grown up w/ life handed to them on a silver platter sometimes have a difficult time finding their way in this world b/c all they do is travel, have fun, and do things for themselves. I’m all about these things at times, but seriously, you have to have responsibilities and put others ahead of yourself at times, too. If he has kids one day, it’s very difficult to be spontaneous. You have to plan almost everything around their schedules (napping, mealtimes, sports, activities, school, etc…). If you do things without them, then you have to plan a babysitter in advance, etc… Spontaneity is for single people without a job (but with money) and/or retirees who’s families are grown and they have earned that time. Ames seems nice, though, and there’s always hope he’ll settle down one day.

  10. I too believe the storyline of Bently is scripted by producers for ratings. Think about it, Ashley doesn’t know Bentley is a a**hole but, the producers do.To bring him back not knowing the outcome could ruin the whole season. Alas, the storyline Ashley figures it out for herself and moves on. I hope she got a good chunk of change for this humility. Maybe they have a twisted never before ending for a cliffhanger, who knows. Sure most women love bad boys, however all women love good looking, sucsessful men so Ryan is a no brainer as the next bachelor.To believe he is that happy 24/7 is naive , most people do not know how to act in the spotlight so his strongest suit is his positive attitude. Perfect as the new knight in shining armour, yes! I also think Ashley is going on and on about Bentley to hide the fact that she was #1 humiliated by Brad and #2 humiliated by all the comments at the roast. She acts like it’s all about Bentley but in reality it’s candy coating the fact that nobody really wanted her as the bachelorette at all. When you have the biggest geek like William dogging you on stage, it’s not hard to come to the conclusion your like a consolation prize. Especially since William is more like the booby prize, if your not counting Bentley. That’s not to say she isn’t a great girl, it’s just not realistic to believe 25 guys would trip over the other to win her heart. Men that age go for looks first. Knowing this is pretty scripted and nudged in the direction the producers want, Ames and Ryan come off as the most sincere. Knowing the outcome thanks to Steve, all in all, JP is not a bad choice, just not the one I would have made. K sera sera

  11. Strike9, I generally agree that Ames does blow all the other guys away, except maybe Ryan (I appreciate his positive personality, though it is not for me) who is successful as well.

    Mommyof2, I have to disagree with you a bit about Ames. Being a Portfolio Manager is no walk in the park and neither was getting those impressive academic credentials. I think Ames is the sort of guy with a plan and his plan has been to do as much as possible before he settles down with family responsibilities.

    Steve, when writing about Ames, I think you sound a tad jealous. Otherwise, love most of your columns!

    I was surprised to see Ames on Bachelor Pad which maybe he signed up for as a lark. I do think he will regret it.

  12. There’ a lot of dogs named Bentley here in my neighborhood… Just sayin’

  13. I loved Ames as well, strike9. I actually think he’s way too cultured/experienced in life/poised/intelligent for Ashley. I’m really disappointed he’s doing Bachelor Pad….really wouldn’t have expected him to.

  14. One of your best ever blogs. I couldn’t stop laughing. You nailed it perfectly. I love Ryan and think he’d be a great bachelor. He has it all. good looks, charm, upbeat and successful. NO wonder some of those tools are jealous of him and all dates roses and the FIR rose he received. Blake is a whiney p*ssy. I bet Blake won’t pee in the ocean either. So girly. JP is one hot stud muffin. Ben F. is one fugly dude with -0- personality and enthusiam. Constantine is hilarious. He couldn’t give a sh*t less about Ashley or this show, and is just glad to get away from baking Pizza and working his fingers to the bone for his family’s restaurant. Ashley is a pathetic, homely girl with no self confidence. All these guys should run awat fast from her. I feel sorry for whoever she picked as F1 – no way it will last after he sees her love and constant obsession and talking about douchebag Bentley. Ames..oh, where to begin…stuck in the 80′s somewhere out there? His farhead is big to accommodate the huge NERD stamp he usually wears on it. These guys are all too good for “woe is me – I fell in love with a douchebag/playa ” Ashley.

  15. Snoozefest is right, I actually did fall asleep before the show ended. Thank goodness for RS blog so I knew what was going to happen. If she said Bentley one more time, I was really going to puke my dinner. Get real Ashley, you knew the guy for two weeks, didn’t have a 1 on 1 with him, and I don’t think she slept with him. What gives? I think there is more to this situation than we can imagine. Probably something from her past where a guy that Bentley reminds her of dumped her or treated her like shit. Her reaction is way out of reality for what is going on. I wonder what her guy is thinking while they watch the show seeing her make an ass out of herself. The network sucks big time for letting her go one like this. I hope she remembers this when they want her soul in the future. Good luck Ashley.

  16. I am so sick and tired of hearing about Bently and am seriously considering not watching the rest of the season because of it. I wonder how Ashley feels now that she is watching the shows and sees his private comments. Foolish? I haven’t decided if I believe it or not. If this is not a payoff to prolong the inevitable this is a low point. Desperation. Both my sister and I think that Ames is gay. So when you say he blows the other guys away, I agree if you remove the word….. “away”. This season sucks. If JP really wins, I feel sorry for him. Ashley has issues.

  17. I noticed more guys at the rose ceremony without socks. I disagree w/ RS about the stuff Ames said about not kissing. He may very well be in friendship territory but there’s more to life than physicality and if you’re not able to discuss important things there’s no future past the physical. Sure it would have been ideal to have both but who knows.

    I loved the group date and it was nice to see the guys get to work instead of the “acting” thing last season or the photo shoots in the past but it seemed like they had very little time with ashley excluding ben f. That mural was the key to getting time w/her. Who shows up to a date without shoes? And since when does everyone go on a date during the week? I guess it’s so scripted we shouldn’t worry about silly things like that.

  18. As West leaves the final rose ceremony, he’s in a black SUV driving away from the hotel. A few things…

    1. There’s rain on the back windshield, but not on the streets.
    2. The SUV is driving on the WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET. (in Thailand, like the UK, they drive on the opposite side of the street.)
    3. There are American road signs. (More likely, road signs from the Malibu hills…?)

    Not a big deal. But nothing on this show is a big deal…

  19. Steve…love your blog! I concur, last night’s epi was a snoozer. Thinking that Ames might have gay tendencies? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!).Just didn’t get a ‘straight’ vibe. Thoughts, anyone?

  20. Do you think that the guys can’t stand Ryan, and Ashley ultimately doesn’t choose Mr. Gay… oops I mean Mr. Happy Pants, because he’s in the closet? “I get along well with guys.” Well, seems like the editors saw it too. This might be a reason why they would not cast him as the next bachelor – because ABC would never do a GLBT bachelor show. Re-read the entire post and watch tonight’s episode again (if you can) and every time you hear the word “happy” replace it with “gay”. Makes a lot more sense. Mr. Gay Pants hahaha

    Aimes is cool, he would make for a fun friend, for a guy or girl. I didn’t catch the gay vibe at all as mentioned in another comment, unlike Ryan. Unfortunately for Aimes, he will have a difficult time finding someone who finds him physically attractive because his eyes are too far apart and that makes him look like a fish. Much sadness because he’s the most awesome guy on paper, as you noted. Personally, I think he’s probably high functioning autistic, not that that’s a bad thing at all. Shocked he is going on bachelor pad, he seemed so above that. But when you got fish eyes and zero game, gotta do something.

    Ashley portrays such low self esteem it’s hard to watch. When the guys aren’t paying attention to her at the orphanage she starts to get “concerned.” I hope JP realizes what he’s getting into before he gets sucked into Ashley’s clingy obsession and unrealistic relationship expectations. Her pull to Bentley screams so loud of previous emotional abuse, this season should be called, “Ashley has issues.”

  21. Ryan does seem like a nice guy, but I can see how his constant energy can get annoying at times. Ames is probably the most intelligent contestant this show has ever had, but I don’t think he’s ready to settle down (see my previous comment), and I definitely wouldn’t have expected him to do Bachelor Pad. I like both Bens, too. To be honest, I really don’t see any of these guys as the next bachelor. Out of all of them, JP would be the one I’d want to watch most as the next bachelor, but if he’s the one chosen, then obviously that’s not going to happen. I feel really sorry for Ashley having to watch these episodes and see her pining away over and over again for bad boy Bentley. She must be so humiliated and feel so betrayed by the production team (more so than by Bentley). I also feel sorry for the guy she picked (JP) to watch this. He’s got to feel embarrassed for her, too. But, she did at least make several comments that JP was by far the best kisser, so that’s good.

  22. Well, it looks like Ashley will be on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. If it’s true, I won’t watch..I cannot STAND this girl!!

  23. “…Ames has a great giant forehead to hold that great brain of his.” Now THAT’S a perfectly acceptable roast. Great one, Steve.

    This entire season so far has been even more insipid than usual. Without your running commentary, it’d be a complete and utter bust. Thank you!

  24. I, for one, would welcome Ryan as the Bachelor because he reminds me of Rob Lowe’s character on Parks and Rec. If he called each girl by their first and last name throughout filming, it would just be the icing on the cupcake! “Ann Perkins!”.

    Them inserting Bentleys name into every scene was beyond ridiculous. I felt that it was really clear that Ashley was just responding to Bentley questions versus bringing him up on her own. Ugh, the whole thing is a scam and an annoying one at that.

    JP could be on-screen in every scene and it still wouldn’t be enough airtime for him. He is so sexy, oh my. *fans self

    Ames was a pleasant surprise last night. At first, I thought he was that sort of super-dork that has too much confidence, you know? He may still have hints of that, but he’s very cultured and sweet. I was thinking he’d be an interesting Bachelor, as he might treat the girls with actual respect. Maybe RS is wrong about him being on BP? I wish?

  25. Definitely JP is the sexiest of all the men. He just has something going for him every time he moves, speaks, smiles, etc. And maybe he really is as nice a guy as he is portrayed. She picked the best one with him. I hope he can help her overcome her insecurities…perhaps with a lot of “physical” times! Whoo hooo.

    Ames seems like a very intelligent and decent guy. I bet his future wife will be one lucky lady who will be adored and treated well. He might be a bit tame but could be a tiger in bed. One can only hope!

    Okay…Ryan. I like him. Plain and simple…like him. What’s wrong with being upbeat and positive in this world of negative beings.? I think he is a bright guy, has a good job owning his company. He’d be a good bachelor. Not super hot, but not sluggish and talking stupid like mumble pants (Bentley). Oh and may I add that I know people who had a dog named Bentley. He bit their child and went bye bye pretty fast!

    Poor Ashley needs to “wash that man right outa her hair”! So obvious that the show was prepping for a Bentley return. That will be snooze worthy for sure. He is so not appealing! I feel for his X wife who can comfortably say “now can you see why he is my X”! And he dresses for shit!

  26. Am I the only one thinking that this recap read like it was written by someone else? Maybe it’s because this episode was terrible…

  27. This season is on life support, and ABC/Next Entertainment should bear the ire of every viewer out there. Ashley was a terrible choice, and this is what happens when the principal isn’t equipped to shoulder the burden of this show. She’s not an elite beauty, nor is she terribly interesting.

    Madison was the correct choice, folks. You blew it.

  28. I watch the show with my 15 year old son, who I think enjoys it because it gives him dating tips though he won’t admit it! (Oh vey, what an education, talk about being so far away from real dating its not even funny. I have to interject commentary to advise him what people do in real life, ie do not EVER speak about a girl like Bentley does). He said he thought that Ames seemed gay, and I agreed with him. Glad other people noticed. Just something a bit swishy. NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT. I wonder if his eye colour is real? They are incredibly blue. Agree JP is SEXY. He’s not my type physically but MAN, he oozes confidence and not the braggy kind, but the SEXY kind. Oooh yeah, Ashley methinks you’ve done well.

  29. Dear Steve,
    Ames is amazing despite his corny lines. And i disagree with the “friend zone” thing. He does make it pretty far! I admire him for not kissing on the first date and actually getting to know her.

  30. Just have to say after reading Ashley’s blog of the show, if anyone was doubting that this whole Bently BS was not an act by both parties, then this should clear your mind:

    “I thought I would finally be able to watch an episode without hearing the name Bentley, but was I wrong. I caught myself cringing each time his name was mentioned.”

    Really??? She spends the entire 2 hour episode going bi-polar on us, saying she can’t stop thinking about Bently, but she wants to give the guys a chance, and then she says that in her blog, about not being able to watch because his name is brought up. Seriously, this show is so F-ing scripted, it should be a cheesy reality show like The Kardashians or another inane reality scripted show.

    And, I read some of the comments that people think Ames is gay, I totally agree.

    Anyway, that’s my peace.

  31. I totally agree with JennC. Ashley does have the fake Alli laugh to a tee, and have you noticed EVERY city/country is the perfect place to fall in love? It’s like a madlib. ” ___________ is the perfect place to fall in love!” (enter current city) Sooo predictable.

  32. I actually am looking forward to Bachelor Pad 2…for pure entertainment value. However, I am so disappointed to see Michelle Money and Ames on the cast list. After last seasons ‘The Girls tell All’, I thought Michelle actually came across as very believable. The last thing I expected was to see her on Bachelor Pad. And, as far as Ames goes, I think he seems like an intelligent cultered guy – possibly way out of Ashley’s league. Maybe that’s why she cans him. He’s definitely one of the most interesting and decent guys that’s on this season and funny too. Not exactly what I would picture as Bachelor Pad material.
    On to Ashley…I honestly cannot believe how insecure she is! She has to be the most insecure bachelorette in the history of The Bachelorette! She seems very young for her age, and it seems she has a lot of growing up to do. She seems to be all over the place with her emotions. Although, ITA that Bentley was/is a complete douchbag! And ABC certainly didn’t help things out by keeping Bentley’s real feelings a secret for her. I guess that’s show biz for you…I sure agree and hope that her paycheck helped some with the damages that were done to her by Bentley and ABC. I still think she needs to learn to grow up and stop questioning herself so much…ie: Enough About Bentley! Let the man go! I wouldn’t blame any of the guys for running to the hills after so much talk about the Bentley dude. He’s messed up…as I said earlier, Ashley, let it go. Just be happy.
    Also have to say, I just love JP! I hope she really does end up with him…he seems so down to earth, smart, sensitive, caring and very into her. And he is definitely easy on the eyes…Hell, he’s HOT! I just hope she can appreciate him, and doesn’t scare him off. And I see nothing wrong with Ryan (so far). He’s just a happy guy, and that’s so rare these days! He would make a great Bachelor in my opinion.
    Just my two cents.

  33. Maybe Bachelor Pad 2 is being used as the final audition for the role of The Bachelor for William, Ames, and Blake?

  34. Ok come on people this show is so beyond staged it is funny. Do you really believe all these good looking guys and girls can’t get a date??? If they want to keep this show on the air quit bringing back the 3rd runner up. Ashley is the worst by far very insecure there is no spark there nothing!! The year they did the Bachelor with Jake…the whole winery scene in NAPA was a total scam…Was on a tour in the winery and the people there said they came in and cleared out a gift shop and staged the whole thing..she wasn’t running through hallways everyhere she was running up and down the same short one!! Those people are told what to say and do..the whole Bentley thing they have staging next week they do it every single season…I can’t stand the show anymore. Let’s get back to some real TV. The Bachelor pad is just as bad it is so stupid why do we pay these people the money they get paid to do absolutely nothing with there life??? Why do you think we have problems in the world…and these people are really going to grow up and be responsible adults?? Enough enjoy the show…we all know how it ends and in the end they rarely ever stay together

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