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. Also, your episode-by-episode spoilers for “Bachelor Pad 2” are now also in a link at the top of the page, or or click here. You’ve been warned.
I wanted to first start out this week by saying I’ve gotten quite a lot of feedback since my announcement back on June 1st of who Ashley picked and who she’s engaged to. As I expected, especially after last nights overnight date with Ben, all the naysayers would come out of the woodwork thinking I’m wrong. And I fully expect that. Don’t you remember what I said back on June 1st? If not, here’s a little refresher course:
As I stated yesterday, there is no reason for me to answer any questions like “Are you sure?”, “How do you know?”, “Were you there?”, “Who’d you hear this from?” etc. All ridiculous questions that no matter how I answer, I’m in a lose-lose situation. I will tell you how the finale plays out, who Ashley is with, and we’ll let the finale on Aug. 1st vindicate me. Nothing I can say will convince you I’m right other than the finale, due to me being wrong the last two seasons. And I’m fine with that. It’s expected. You have every right to be skeptical. I also have every right not to answer any questions regarding how I know the info this season, and that’s how I plan on handling it. I won’t be so in your face about it, I won’t constantly harp on who she chose, I’ll just tell you and let the next two months play out like I’ve told you they will. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of info the next couple months saying, “Ooooh, I saw this”, or “I saw Ashley here”, “Oh no, I hear it’s the other guy” (of course you do. You have a 50/50 shot of being right), or “I saw him here and boy does he look happy. I think you may be wrong”, etc. Won’t matter. My info is solid.
I’ve told you she’s engaged to and still with JP since that day. I’ve never wavered from it. “But Steve, you said that last year about being so sure Chantal was with Brad, you were telling us they spent Thanksgiving together.” Exactly. Which is why I’m not saying anything about how I know about JP and Ashley are together. What’s the point? No matter what I say, anyone can always come back with that. And you’d be right. I did say that last season and I can’t take it back. But that was last season, and this is this season. Just because I haven’t given you reasons why about JP and Ashley doesn’t mean I don’t know. I could even lay out one of those reasons what I know, and still the “Chantal and Brad at Thanksgiving” thing from last season could get brought up, and there’s nothing I can say other than “you’re right.” The minute I said that last season, was the minute I pretty much prevented myself from ever being allowed to give anyone a reason again why I know the things I do. The doubt will always be there. My vindication will never come until the finale airs, so, there’s no point in trying to convince people otherwise. Enjoy the rest of the season.
Speaking of the finale, Chris Harrison tweeted yesterday what I figured would be the schedule in that the “Men Tell All” episode is going to air Sunday night before the finale, on July 31st. The MTA is taping on Saturday the 23rd. Bentley will NOT be a part of the MTA barring any last second changes. Which is probably a good thing. I mean, as much as I’d like to hear what the guy says, I can understand why he’s not gonna be on the show. I think most viewers don’t ever wanna hear his name again, and reliving the whole Bentley situation the night before the finale airs where she’s happy and engaged just doesn’t make sense. So the rest of the season breaks down like this:
Monday, July 18th – Hometown Dates
Monday, July 25th – Overnight Dates
Sunday, July 31st – Men Tell All
Monday, August 1st – Finale and “After the Final Rose”
Last thing before I start the recap and it has nothing to do with the “Bachelorette” or anything related to it. One of my favorite writers, the “Sports Guy” Bill Simmons, tweeted yesterday about how the “Friday Night Lights” TV show will be on ESPN. Tonight it’s going to air the first two episodes of season 1, then throughout the week it will be on ESPN Classic, then next week they’re gonna start running all five seasons on Classic. Anyone following me on Twitter knows what I wrote this past Friday night regarding the show after watching the penultimate episode for the 4th time. I swear I’m not using hyperbole here when I say “FNL” is the best show about high school ever made, and it’s not even close. That says a lot considering my love for “90210”. However, 90210 more so for the comedic value and it being on while I was in high school and college myself. I can’t say enough about how good “Friday Night Lights” is. Do me favor: Watch the first two episodes that air tonight on ESPN at 8EST/7CST. Guys and girls. Just because the backdrop is about football doesn’t mean it’s not for women. Chicks can watch to look at Taylor Kitsch and the rest of the eye candy. Guys watch so we can enjoy football, Derek Jeter’s girlfriend, Coach Taylor’s daughter and her giant rack, and Tyra Collette. Saying “FNL” is a show about football is like saying the “Bachelorette” is a show about love and finding a husband. Not the case. Just watch the first two episodes tonight and I promise you’ll be hooked. If not, then you have something wrong with you. Those first two episodes are two of the best first two episodes any show has ever produced. I’ve seen season 1 probably six times already, and even I’ll be watching again tonight. Sucks you in. You won’t regret it. “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!” On to last night…
-Let me actually start with the Emily interview. Nothing that we didn’t expect if you read her “People” magazine interview or had read any of the quotes taken out of it on other sites the last two weeks. She didn’t say anything earth shattering, nor did she say anything to demean or put down Brad, which I told you wasn’t going to happen. Here are some quick thoughts I have on the whole thing:
-I loved how Chris started out by telling us the show has produced successful couples in the past, and even some children. Huh? You’ve had two weddings in 22 seasons, and one of those wasn’t even from the final couple at the end of the show. Yes, Jason and Molly are married, but hey, he didn’t choose her first. But if they want to count it, I’ll give it to them since their wedding was televised. Kids? Over 500 people have been on this show and only one of the couples that got engaged at the end, then married later, had kids, and that’s Trista and Ryan’s two little ones. I wouldn’t act like you’re a freaking baby making machine.
-You know what else I couldn’t help but smile at? The fact that Chris did his intro in the daytime in front of the mansion and the ground wasn’t watered down. Maybe that will officially end the hundreds of emails I receive asking why the ground is always wet at night? Yeah, right. Who am I kidding? I’m sure I’ll get 30 more today alone.
-Well, you can tell Emily is watching Ashley’s season since she even got to throw in a “dot…dot…dot” reference. It’s safe to say after hearing that interview, Brad and Emily’s dot, dot, dot is now a period. For those that rushed to judgment immediately when it was announced she would taping an interview with Chris to gain more attention for herself, or to be on TV again, or to audition for the “Bachelorette”, or to rip Brad without him having a say in anything couldn’t have been more wrong. She never went into details about their relationship, and I’m ok with that. It’s obviously a sore subject and none of us deserve an answer anyway. Well, us sane ones don’t. The lunatics who feel they are entitled to daily updates from Brad and Emily’s life are probably furious today. I can’t deal with morons like that, so we’ll just skip them before I pull a Ryan and excuse myself to head on over to the bushes to puke.
-Emily was in a lose-lose situation by doing the interview. By not doing it, the media and paparazzi would continue to print bogus stories with no basis, and they would get crucified for not talking about their relationship more often. By doing it, people are still upset because she didn’t specifically say why they broke up, or, they just think she’s doing it to promote herself. Did people actually listen to the interview? Do you pay attention to the words that come out of peoples mouths or just make generalizations? Brad knew she was doing the interview. He was asked but did not want a part of it. He gave her his blessing after three months to finally address the nonsense that has been said about them for three months. As I told you back the week after their finale, until I hear it come out of either of their mouths, nothing that the tabloids were saying meant anything to me. It’s all made up stuff from people getting paid to give off the record quotes. Unfortunately, that’s how it goes.
-Yes Emily, and everyone that goes on this show for that matter, is opening themselves up to some serious scrutiny by going on this show. If Emily would’ve gone home the first night would she have gotten the attention she has? Of course not. I have no problem with tabloids calling you every day and people digging into your past if you allow yourself to go on the show. If you haven’t learned by now that’s what’s going to happen if you go on this show, then it’s your own fault. And Emily clearly stated she understood that. However, it’s one thing for people to hound you for interviews, but another thing for paparazzi to sit out in front of your house all day long, waiting for you to leave, and following your daughter to school. That’s ridiculous. I understand that’s THEIR job and that’s how they earn a living, but it doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with it.
-I think we know that Brad and Emily were in a bit of trouble from the beginning when we’d heard they’d already broken up a couple times from the end of filming in November to the finale airing in March. That wasn’t much of a surprise. Did the media play a role? I’m sure it did to a certain extent, but if you listen to things Emily has said in interviews, it was a smaller role than people made it out to be. These two just weren’t going to work with where they were at in their respective lives and personalities. And I know a lot of you don’t want to admit this, but it makes what Laurel told tabloids seem that much more credible. A lot of the things Laurel said Brad did during their relationship also occurred with Emily and I think she saw that, based on some of the things she’s said in interviews. I don’t know why people get so worked up over Brad and Emily not working and they think they know the reasons why. They were a couple that fell for each other on the show, they got back in the real world, and it didn’t work out. Has happened numerous times on this show and will continue to happen. Accept it, move on, and leave the people alone. It’s disgusting how people have acted towards their breakup. Some people are really f***ed in the head if you ask me.