Now lets get to last night’s episode, but more in particular, just my thoughts on everything. Since the finale is not a regular column where I dissect the whole thing, if you want to know my thoughts on different parts of the episode, you should’ve followed along on Twitter last night. Definitely had some takes on Ashley’s sister, the temperature in Fiji being 4,000 degrees, Ashley rubbing mud on her boob, you know, stuff like that. But in general, lets just talk about a few things regarding the ending and the season as a whole.
I really don’t need to sit and gloat over all the spoilers that have been right. Sure, it would’ve been nice if more people would’ve believed me back on June 1st, but after last season, I get where the skepticism would come in to play. However, this season, I was well aware that I was right from the get-go. I didn’t need any confirmation from the ATFR taping to assure me I was right. I was absolutely 100% confident what I printed in June I knew to be true. I was debating on whether or not to tell you why I was so confident, but, I decided against it just because I need to keep certain things protected. I had A LOT of intel regarding Ashley and JP being together. But if you must know piece, it’s that I was well aware of Ashley and JP being seen together once the show ended. However, even if I would’ve told you that during the season, the reaction would’ve been, “Yeah, but you told us Brad was with Chantal over Thanksgiving last season, so how do you know this is true?” Exactly. That’s why I didn’t say anything. I just knew come August 1st I’d be right.
So once I knew about them seeing each other outside the show, well, it’s obvious she wasn’t with Ben. That’s why I don’t pay attention to edits on the show, and how they’re making certain people look in talking about who the lead is with. The show was done filming on May 12th. Why would I care what they’re showing me during the season in regards to who it looks like she picked? That has no bearing on anything. Or what Ashley says in post filming interviews to try and not tip her hand? None of that matters in the least bit. If I find out who the lead is with after the show is done filming, then I know the ending. I seriously doubt I’ll EVER find out exactly what happens during the final rose ceremony. That’s a tightly guarded set that ABC goes to great lengths to make sure no one outside of production sees what’s happening. So I’ve pretty much given up using that route as a way to find out who’s picked. However, what happens AFTER the show is done filming is all the confirmation I need. Once I was tipped off those two were seeing each other, there’s nothing left to figure out. I didn’t care to look for details of what happened at the final rose ceremony because I didn’t need them. All I needed to know was who she picked and I got it back towards the end of May, and I posted it June 1st.
“But Steve, what if the people who told you that were ABC plants purposely giving you wrong information that Ashley and JP were seen together since filming ended.” They weren’t. They were completely neutral people who had no reason to lie to me, they had no agenda whatsoever, and I had every reason to trust them. And whaddya’ know? They were right. Sure, I know plenty of more details regarding what’s been going on the last few months while the show’s been airing, but I think I’ve said enough. You get the point. I knew Ashley was with JP not because someone told me she picked him during the final rose ceremony, but because I knew they’d been together since the show ended. So ABC can interrogate all the people they want trying to figure out who tells me stuff, but that’s just an effort in futility. Total waste of time. You can’t interrogate who you don’t know. Get my point?
As for all the tabloid stories that came out about JP wanting his ex back, and JP already dumping her, and JP having a wandering eye, blah blah blah. Total nonsense. Yes, there are some things that the tabloids report that are true, but it’s very minimal. None of that JP stuff was ever true, it was laughable, and completely ridiculous they’d run with stuff like that. I especially liked the story about how JP was checking out some girl’s ass at the gym, so that must mean he was cheating on Ashley. Oh, ok. Great investigative journalism there. I understand the tabloids need to make money somehow, and putting a sensationalized headline on their magazine will definitely get more people interested than not, but you’d think there’s gotta be a line drawn somewhere, right? Guess not. Anyway, they’re happy, they’re engaged, and now they can download “Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” on their Itouch and run it on a continuous loop. Or download this video to their Ipad. Gotta love the lead singers perm mullet in this video. The best.
So where does that leave JP and Ashley moving forward and what do I think of them as a couple? As I mentioned in the interview I linked to, I don’t wish ill will on any of these couples. It’s not like I’m hoping they break up or something. I’m just not surprised if/when they do. I think Ashley and JP however have a better chance to succeed than others for the fact that they are both geographically desirable. It’s not like Ashley has to have this major uprooting of her life to make this relationship work. They’re both east coast people, she doesn’t have to move far, she’s in a line of work that allows her to find a job wherever, and it’s not like she’s got anything holding her back from making the move. Does it mean absolutely 100% it’ll work? Of course not. I’m just saying I think they’ve got a better chance than probably most previous couples. Time will tell. And of course, I have a standing offer to any lead from this show that marries the final person they choose. If Ashley and JP get married, I will buy them a wedding gift. I’ve only had to do it once so far, even though I fully expect I’ll be buying Ali and Roberto’s soon once everything with their wedding gets finalized and they announce the day. I’ve got no problem with that. It’s the least I can do for these couples after having fun at their expense for the last 11 weeks. Maybe I’ll buy Ashley and JP an “REO Speedwagon’s Greatest Hits” CD. Or a coupon book to Sprinkles Cupcakes in New York.
Whatever the case, good luck to both of them and I wish them the best. My time with them is done. On to making fun of “Bachelor Pad” people.