Challenge: The five remaining “couples” play the Newlywed Game at the mansion. Those “couples” at this point are:
Michelle and Graham
Kasey and Vienna
Michael and Holly (although I’d say they’re more a team than a couple)
Erica Rose and Blake (well, he had to pair up with somebody and Holly is taken)
Kirk and Ella
Some of the questions in the game were: Who is your biggest crush in the house? What’s your “number”? (Meaning, how many people have you slept with?) How many dates do you have to go on til you sleep with your partner? Michelle and Graham win the competition.
Date: Michelle and Graham take a helicopter to rooftop movie preview of “What’s Your Number?” starring Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, and Chris Evans. This movie opens at the end of September for all those interested. I sure am. Michelle and Graham are offered the overnight date but Michelle chooses not to.
Erica and Blake were runners up in Newlywed game and are given roses to give out to two people. They give roses to Kasey and Vienna, who are now immune from the next rose ceremony. Erica and Blake then go on a dinner date to a hotel on an old mission. Making this an overnight date is an option, but because Blake is already p***ywhipped on Holly, and doesn’t want to make it now THREE women he’s been with on the show, they don’t spend the night.
I find it weird that the producers reward Blake and Erica for finishing second in the Newlywed game by saying, “Congrats. Here’s two roses. Now go give them to someone else.” It was almost like a subtle way of saying, “We want you two going home now so you won’t be saved. And while you’re away, the rest of the house can scheme against you.” And sure enough…
Rose Ceremony Eliminations: Blake Julian and Erica Rose.
Episode 6 (Final Episode):
Challenge: The four remaining couples go to Las Vegas. Details are a tad sketchy but what I know is the date centered around the Cirque de Soleil show “Ka” at the MGM Grand. Each team is trained and has to perform something similar to what happens in the “Ka” show. I don’t know what this is since I’ve never seen it the show. Whatever the case, they have to perform it in front of 3 judges: Ali, Jason, and Trista. Well, that certainly explains why they were all in Vegas last Wednesday and Thursday now, doesn’t it? The judges vote Holly and Michael as having the best performance. Kasey and Vienna were voted 2nd best. So now the judges must decide who they want to eliminate between Kirk and Ella and Graham and Michelle. Gee? I wonder who’s going home? In no surprise whatsoever, they decide Kirk and Ella should be sent home.
The final three couples fly back to the mansion and deliberate on the final rose ceremony elimination. Michael and Holly must decide which couple they’d like to take to the finals with them: Kasey & Vienna, or Michelle & Graham. I don’t know the thinking behind this decision, but in the end, they decide to send Kasey and Vienna home. So the final two couples are:
Michael and Holly
Michelle and Graham
Everyone from the show will return to LA in September to tape the finale. Now, last season we all remember how it shook down. Each person (in this case the 14 people who didn’t win), cast a vote for which couple they wanted to see win the money. Once Natalie and Dave received the most votes, they then had to decide on the spot to “Keep” or “Share” the $250k prize. Each went into a deliberation room separately. If one chose “Keep”, and one chose “Share”, then the person who chose “Keep” would get all 250k to themselves. If they both chose “Share” (which they did), then they split the 250k. If they both chose “Keep”, then the rest of the cast would split the 250k.
Update 9/6/11: Here is what happened at the finale taping Tues, Sept. 6th:
-They bring out the 14 contestants who aren’t in the final four and get an update what’s going on with everyone. Ames and Jackie’s broken relationship is brought up and Ames basically says she’s a great girl, but they’re too different. Jackie is still surprised she got dumped, but whatever. They’re not together. You knew that.
-Jake is up on the hot seat first. Talked about the triangle with him, Kasey, and Vienna. Kasey apologizes for some of the things he directed at Jake this season, and they hug it out on stage. Booooooooo…..
-Blake is up next on the hot seat. Now remember, the final four haven’t been brought out yet. Michael, Holly, Michelle, and Graham are all backstage not knowing what’s happening out on stage.
-Blake talks about the whole Melissa incident, then is asked about what’s the status with Holly. He says he’s been spending a lot of time with her, he loves her, and he’s never loved anyone like this before. Chris Harrison then steps in and says something to the effect of, “There’s more to this story…”. Then they show a clip on the big screen, where in just the last few days, Blake proposed to Holly and she accepted. They are engaged, which is why she’s moving to South Carolina. Now their tweets to each other Monday night make sense. It wasn’t specified when exactly this engagement that was shown on the big screen took place, but, it was sometime in the last few days.
-Kasey is on the hot seat next and talks about how he was embarrassed by some of the things he saw of himself on TV and that the show was very difficult to watch for him and Vienna. He says they’re in love, and that they’re still together, which we knew since they just bought a place in LA together.
-The final four is brought out on stage. Both teams had to state their case as to why they thought they deserved the money. Michael described why Holly should win, then Holly did the same as to why she thought Michael should win. Graham and Michelle did the same each explaining why they thought the other team member deserved to win. Michelle also made it clear that she didn’t want any pity votes from anyone because of what happened with her father.
-At some point during this is when Michael finds out Holly is engaged to Blake. Michael did not know. He knew Holly was moving to South Carolina, but she never told him (I guess she tried but couldn’t get a hold of him), and Michael is told that they’re engaged. He’s pretty surprised.
-Also up on stage, not sure at what point it went down, but Graham was talking about Michelle and started to get down on one knee. I guess some thought there was gonna be another proposal, but, he didn’t. He had a bouquet of flowers next to his seat. He gave one rose to Michelle, then went in the audience and gave the rest of the bouquet to her mother who was in attendance over the passing of her husband.
-Before the voting took place, the eliminated contestants got to ask the final four any questions. Rego basically said he didn’t think any of them deserved the money. Kirk asked each one individually why they thought they deserved the money. Kasey asked Michael and Holly why they deserved the money over Graham and Michelle. Michael thought that was the exact same question as Kirk’s, Kasey said no it wasn’t, but I guess Michael disagreed and said he wasn’t gonna answer the question.
-So it was voting time, as each of the 14 contestants had to write down the name of the COUPLE they wanted to win. And by an overwhelming majority of 10-4….Michael and Holly got the most votes. The only 4 votes for Graham and Michelle were from Kasey, Vienna, Melissa, and William.
-At this point, it was the same exact ending as last season. Both Michael and Holly go backstage, and have to each choose either “Keep” or “Share.”
-If one chose “Keep” and the other chose “Share”, the one who chose keep gets all 250k.
-If they both chose “Share”, they split the 250k.
-If they both chose “Keep”, neither gets anything, and the remaining 14 contestants split the 250k.
-After deliberation in the back, Holly shows her choice first, and it’s “Share.” Michael pulls a Natalie from last season and starts saying things that are leaning towards him choosing “Keep” (like finding out she’s now engaged), but in the end, he says they were partners, and he chose “Share”, so the two of them will now split 250k.
-Last order of business was Ben being brought out and he’s introduced as the next “Bachelor.” In case you didn’t read what I wrote three weeks ago when I announced this, the women arrive in LA on Saturday the 17th, and filming begins on Ben’s season Tuesday, September 20th.