Reality Steve


“The Bachelor” Ben Recap Including Tricky Editing & More Videos

-Hey, by any chance, does anyone know if Ben is from Sonoma? I wasn’t sure if he made that clear at all last night. We open the show with a panoramic shot of the Sonoma vineyards where Ben spends hours upon hours feeling the earths soil, riding tractors, and working his nose to the grindstone. Or not. Who are we kidding? He doesn’t do any of that. When we see him walking his dog Scotch along the streets of Sonoma, that seems to be more like his lifestyle. You know, let the real partners in his wine business do most of the work while Ben takes off for 6 weeks during harvest season, which any wine connoisseur knows, would be impossible to do. By no means am I a wine connoisseur as evidenced by the one bottle I have behind me in all my videos, but someone informed that any guy who that important of a role in the wine business would never be able to jet for 6 weeks during harvest season. So obviously, his buddies do the work while Ben chases skirt around the world and gets paid. I’d say he made out well. And speaking of wine, as the ladies land in Sonoma and are being driven to their house, is their a reason why they’re all allowed to have filled wine glasses while riding in a car? If it wasn’t bad enough that 2nd graders were exposed to Blakeley’s fun bags all episode, do we really need to promote how cool it is to have open containers/alcohol in a moving vehicle? Shame on you, ABC.

-Ben hands Kacie B. the first date card, and Courtney immediately says that she hopes Kacie doesn’t get a rose because Kacie’s already annoying her, even though we’ve seen none of it. This is Courtney’s way of making more and more of America fall in love with her over the next 10 weeks, so by the time she’s receiving her ring in Switzerland, people will be slitting their wrists and wanting to lynch Ben. And I know there’s another Casey on the show, but do we really have to hear him distinguish “Kacie B.” and “Casey S.” for the next few episodes? How about, “The Kacie that I really like” and the “Casey that was dating Michael Patak before going on the show?” Seems to slide off the tongue a little better. Ben and Kacie roam the empty streets of Sonoma, not because it was late or anything, but because ABC closes the street off for particular parts of the date. C’mon, not one car was parked and not one car drove by in the shots we see at that point in the date. But two random strangers walk up to them to say hi. Uhhhh, ok.

-Kacie is smitten already: “Ben brings out things in me that I haven’t been in touch with in a long time.” File that one under “Things That Weren’t Supposed to Sound Incredibly Dirty But Were.” Great Kacie. You’ve known him about 14.9 seconds and already you want his children. Verrrrrrry believable. Of course, that could’ve been a voice over that Kacie said a month later that they decided to shoehorn into the first episode for all we know. They go shopping in a candy store and pick out what looks like a giant Tootsie Pop. Mr. Owl gets asked how many licks to get to the inside of a Tootsie Pop. I haven’t had one of those in probably ten years. And the B.S. that the owl is running about it only taking three licks is a joke. If I had a sick mind, I would incorporate “licks”, “Kacie”, “Tootsie Pop”, “Ben”, and “orgasm” into my next sentence, but my mind just doesn’t work that way. Sorry. But of course since Kacie was a majorette at the University of Tennessee, what a miracle that they happened to walk by a store that had a baton RIGHT THERE IN THE WINDOW!!! Since Kacie doesn’t have a purse on her, nor do I believe she’s stuffing any cash in her pants, this show that gave us open container drinking five minutes ago, has just showed us now that shoplifting must be legal in Sonoma as Kacie takes the baton and puts it behind her back.

-Ben being so disappointed Kacie didn’t get dirty with him on the whole Tootsie Pop thing, plays dumb while not having a clue what Kacie the Klepto just bought/stole from the store. Hey Ben, how about you just peek behind her back? She’s petite and probably a buck-oh-five tops. It’s not really that tough, pal. But Ben plays along, and Kacie tells him she used to baton when she was a kid, so she figures she’d show off her skills to him. Now this was the best part of the date. Not everyday you get to see someone who has perfected their skills twirling the baton. I was waiting for Kacie to do a whole routine, but she gave us a couple twirls and that was it. I call bullsh**. Give us the whole show, Kacie. Like I really care to see how Ben does the “stir the pot” while these two march a two person parade down the street. Parades are just dumb. There’s nothing exciting about parades. You know who watches parades? Family members and friends of the people who are in them. For the life of me, I’ve never understood these people who wait hours on end to get a front row seat to watch a parade go by. Really? Couldn’t do anything more productive with your day? Just HAD to be there when that dancing troupe floats by so you can wave at them. Mind boggling really. Kacie, your college hobby is boring. At no point the rest of your life will be handling a shaft like that ever come into play. On second thought…

-As for Ben, he thinks that going along with Kacie’s hobby and pretending he’s not thinking at all of it as a phallic symbol is earning him points. “Not many guys would twirl a baton in the street with a woman.” They would if they wanted to get laid. Sh**, I’d throw on that ugly marching band outfit, play the flute, and march like a tool up and down a crowded street screaming “I LOVED BAND CAMP!” if I knew there’d be nookie at the end of the night. Ben, the two of you are in an empty street with no one watching but cameramen and producers. Lets not make it seem like you just pulled Kacie from a burning fire and are resuscitating her after smoke inhalation. You’re twirling a freaking baton, and poorly at that. I mean, who doesn’t know how to the “stir the pot?” Well, I don’t, but I’m a quick learner. Kacie, I need lessons. C’mon over here and show me how you work that mini-pole. Yes, that was my pick-up line to Kacie. I’m guessing my efforts will be ignored. Dammit. I need to work on my game.

-Over dinner these two get deep. Didn’t ask stupid sh** about who’s the bitch in the house, or, who was a worse UT quarterback, Casey Clausen or Matt Simms. No, Ben wanted Kacie to know that Sonoma is part of his life and the reason he brought them here was to see who’d fit in. Well, that and it was in ABC’s budget to go to Sonoma this year so, eh, why not? He also tells her that, “I decided to do the Bachelor because this already worked for me once.” Ummmm, define “worked” Ben? Is “working” the same as getting dumped on national television in front of 10 million people all while throwing a hissy fit and dropping f-bombs on Ashley as you walk away? That “working?” Gotcha. I don’t know what in the world he’s talking about, and Kacie probably doesn’t either, but what the hell, he gives her a rose anyway. Here’s something you need to know? Just like when American Idol starts next week, or when X-Factor was airing, or when the “Voice” begins, whoever gets the first audition (or in this case the first date of the season), just know it’s going to be positive. They’re just not going to start the show off by showing some horrible date where the girl/guy goes home. So the minute Kacie received the first date of the season, I hope she realized she was gonna be around long. Just off the top of my head (because I really don’t feel like looking this up), some of the people who had the first date of the season in recent seasons: Ali, Ashley H., William, Frank, the list goes on. Pretty much if you get the first date, you’re getting a rose AND probably going far. Unless you have diarrhea of the mouth at a roast like in William’s case and you make the lead cry. Good one.

-I loved and hated the movie date that Ben and Kacie had where they watched old films of when they were kids. Here’s why: I loved it because when I saw Ben and Kacie walking to their seats and Ben was carrying the bag of popcorn, I just KNEW the Storm Horse had it in him to pull the ol’ hole-in-the-bottom-of-the-popcorn-bag trick on her. And I hated the date because he didn’t. Wuss. And where were the Goobers? How can you sit in a movie theater and not eat Goobers? You know what else was pretty obvious about this date? At some point either during the audition process, or after Kacie was chosen to be a contestant on this show, I’m guessing she was asked to hand over old videos of her as a child. How else would they have gotten it? I really don’t think they collected all of this from her family unbeknownst to her. She had to know this was coming. Same for Ben. Now, I’m sure for Ben even if he knew it was coming, still had to be pretty eerie to see and hear your father’s voice, so, I don’t blame the guy for getting emotional. But the whole date in general, if you put two and two together, you realize that at some point both of them had to know it was coming. So disappointed he didn’t pull the popcorn trick. Especially with no one else in the theatre? What more of a layup could you ask for?

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  1. mja

    January 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Is it just me, or does it seem to anybody else like they are making this crowd of women look even crazier and more dysfunctional than usual? Sure, there are always one or two loony and/or aggressive people. But usually I think they are in the minority, and it doesn’t affect the dynamic of the entire group too much. This time seems different.

    Also, so far the only one Ben has seemed to really respond to with a lot of interest is Courtney. As with many of the recent seasons, the Bachelor (or Bachelorette) has basically selected somebody right away, and the rest of the season is just a requirement they have to get through.

  2. Vanilla Thunder

    January 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I know by now the contestants MUST know what they’re getting into when they apply to be on this show, but I felt kind of sorry for Jenna anyway. She’s clearly not equipped, emotionally or mentally, to be on The Bachelor. Or maybe she just can’t handle her alcohol. But every interaction she had with other people, and specifically with Ben, made me cringe. Awkward and embarrassing. I was surprised she made it past the first rose ceremony, but I’m guessing she was kept around one more week in hopes of continued drama with Monica (or anyone else who Jenna felt was making her feel inferior). She wonders why her relationships don’t work? Take a look at yourself on The Bachelor, Jenna, and you’ll get a tiny glimpse at why. Anyway, enough about poor Jenna.

    I was amazed and annoyed at how on the first episode, the women kept going on and on about how cute they think Ben is. Really? If he was just a schmo on the street, would you give him a second look? I don’t think so. Either they were wearing the equivalent of beer glasses, or they were told to gush by the producers. Either way, I just don’t buy it. Maybe I’m just skeptical because I don’t think he’s at all attractive, but IMHO Ben would never have been cast as The Bachelor if he hadn’t been on The Bachelorette. No, they wouldn’t pluck that average Joe from obscurity for their lead.

    Ok, now that I’ve unloaded my peeves with the show so far, I feel better. :o)

  3. addicted2rs

    January 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    You seriously need to “release” before you write your next column. Over the top sexual comments. Over the top even for YOU. Tone it down to at least an R rating. Thanks!

  4. mh1123

    January 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    If the editors gave away the real ending ending of the show in the teasers, they wouldn’t be do their job right. I really don’t care how they edit the show. That’s why these people sign releases. The more drama and bs the better. Who wants to watch a boring show?

  5. serendipity94123

    January 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Reality Steve, you did great in the interview! You seem like a natural, you speak very well, you’re responsive to the interviewer, I was interested in what you had to say, and until the last few seconds when yeah, it was obvious you kinda didn’t know what to do with your hands, your body language was great too. That’s totally fixable. And besides, most people don’t get interviewed standing up with no props – even the reporter had something in her hands. I think you have a future in TV if you want one!

    I saw Ben on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and although he was cagey, he did seem to allow for the possibility that viewing the show as it airs, and seeing what some of the girls say to each other (and to the camera) might affect his thinking. Something tells me maybe the bloom is off the rose with Courtney…

  6. cely1008

    January 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    @ addictedtors, his sexual comments are the best part, they’re hilarious. If you don’t like his recaps then don’t read them. It’s obvious Ben is only there to have fun, if he could bang every contestant he would. Ben is thinking with his penis and that’s it. I don’t buy anything that comes out of his mouth, you can tell he was coached to say all those things. No one talks like that in there everyday life. Anyway,..
    Good job steve, you recap was great, I was laughing the whole time. Keep it up!

  7. RavenFischer

    January 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Here’s a guy’s perspective on the remaining girls. Since I’m probably the only guy watching (besides Steve, of course)…

    Courtney – One of the things Ben says he likes about her is she’s “smart.” Really? Smart? Has she said anything to give him (or us) any proof that she’s not just another vapid model living in LA? Come on…
    Kacie – Cutie. But that accent would drive me up the wall.
    Blakeley – Fun bags or not, that chick looks like she’s two operations ahead of Chaz Bono. And she’s 34, so she’s getting closer to desperation age. Ben’s 28. Did she really think he would choose a chick who’s 6 years older…? Ladies, take note, guy’s choose younger girls, because we CAN choose younger girls…
    Jennifer – Cute, but the tears she shed in that ITM don’t bode well for her. Too emotional…
    Emily – I’m with Steve. This chick is sexy.
    Elyse – Cute. Doesn’t get enough screen time with all the crazy bitches this season…
    Jaclyn – Miss Piggy called. She wants her look back.
    Erika – Her crazy eyes in her ITM scare me. Look, if you don’t want someone to get under your skin (Courtney). Don’t let them.
    Rachel – Can’t get past that overbite. Have we seen her bottom teeth yet…?
    Lindzi – That voice makes me think she’s more comfortable in flannel than silk. And when a girl tells you “dirt is my usual make-up”…believe her. I’d still do her…
    Nicki – Super cute. Steve needs to hit that…
    Casey S. – Who…?
    Samantha – She’s like a sexy Oompa-Loompa. She may be cute, but would you wanna go there?
    Monica – getting lost in the crowd. Reminds me of a girl who likes to go to strip clubs and get up on stage for her birthday. Here’s a tip: keep your clothes on and go get some more singles.
    Jamie – The best thing about her is that conversation she had with Ben. Basically she called out how ridiculous the show is and she may not be right for it. I like her for that reason alone.
    Brittney – Does absolutely nothing for me. Good riddance, chica…

    And just a parting shot at Jenna… Aside from her truly uncomfortable conversations with Ben (it was like Miss Teen South Carolina all over again) has anyone ever uttered a more disgusting and inappropriate joke than her “tampon” joke last week? Is that an East Coast joke? Maybe an inside joke to her friends or bloggers? Regardless, it was the defining moment for her and this show. Truly tasteless television…!

    Can’t wait to see what’s in store…

  8. Small_Peanut

    January 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I told myself I was just going to watch the show and not read your spoilers this season. I gave in and caved. I loved the first one-on-one he had last night with that southern gal, she was completely the marrying kind. What a fool Ben is, I don’t even think she’s that attractive the model, she even seems shallow when she speaks and can barely construct a sentence about anything. I bet he feels stupid when he sees how Mean-Spirited she is to the woman in the house and crass, she’s a manipulative bully.

    You’re right, they won’t ever get married and they are both clearly using the other for business and/or promotional gain, what a joke.

    Also, you’re helping the bachelor franchise with your spoilers – I’m sure they will realize that in your negotiations so good luck.

  9. JovisMom

    January 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    @ RavenFischer – that was awesome!! LOL!!! Maybe you can be RS side kick!!! I do agree w\ you on Jenna’s comment… Very gross and classless. If she truely is an east coast NY girl (I’m from Philly) then she needs to be a little more thick skinned.

  10. RaRa

    January 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Ben and Courtney are just a repeat performance of Shayne Lamas and Matt. She has some connections (in his mind, anyway) with D-Listers, some of whom he hopes to meet; plus, he sees the opportunity for extended nookie with a women who, if he were not the Bachelor, would be totally unattainable. He hopes to fly with her to glamorous places on her modeling gigs, while promoting his winery. She, on the other hand, is getting publicity which she hopes will help her career. Maybe she’ll land a KitKat commercial like Michelle Money. The two of them likely have an agreement in which they will part ways after a respectable period of time and she’ll keep the ring (although the tabloids will report they had a huge fight about it). Neither of them have any true interest in anything but furthering their own careers. I think that’s pretty obvious. Can’t blame them, though. It sounds like a win/win situation, once you take the romantic nonsense out of the equation.

  11. monasez

    January 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    This is the best website for spoilers, info and reviews. @Steve, love your recaps…I don’t waste my time watching the show this season…at all!
    @Raven, hilarious! you are bang on (and I mean that in every sense of pun.
    @Jovis…if Steve and Raven aren’t sidekicks, they may be long lost brothers
    @mja…no it’s not just you, but I think the problem is that the dating pool is fished out and they’ve started dredging
    @Vanilla…ditto and ditto but I have to add “that hair….that awful hair”. Note to men: if you think a longer hair style makes you look younger, make sure it’s not 12!
    @RaRa…oh yeah! just like Shayne and Matt and they deserve each other too!
    @small_peanut…I was going to watch the show AND then read the spoilers. I WILL read the spoilers and maybe watch the show.
    Thanks to all. I think my work here is done.

  12. penguinfan01

    January 10, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    I have to laugh every time one of the girls says to Ben that they like his hair. Can they not see he has a rug on his head. He looks like he’s 15. He needs to get is trimmed by a professional to make him look better. It makes me sick looking at him, I want to get to him with a pair of scissors.

  13. caitlyn

    January 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    hahahahahahahahaha, funniest blog, Steve. I think Stink Eye Courtney and Ape Face Ben, who both have looney eyes (ike Vienna) that don’t go in the same direction all of the time are a perfect couple. Stormhorse needs a rider and Court will ride him til him drops. Will be a hilarious AFRC show explaining how the saddle broke and they are not together now.

  14. jessica1

    January 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Ahh Steve, I was going to workout before dinner but your paragraph about “I Love Band Camp” and what-you’d-do-for-nookie…….well, that saves me having to do sit-ups. Crazy funny!! I like a guy who has his priorities straight.

    And poor Jenna. I hadn’t read any spoilers of this impending disaster but on her intro video the first night, I had her pegged. Just didn’t know it would be so bad….

    And yes, that Blakeley looks ONE operation away from Chaz. And you know which one I mean. Ouch.

  15. broncosrule

    January 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Nice recap reality Steve! Very funny!! I have to agree you that the group date was by far one of the lamest so far… I literally sat there thinking why do I watch this show?! I don’t really understand what all the girls see in Ben. “He’s so hot!” etc…. Come on….The hair is horrible and his personality is kinda dry…and you are right his penis is doing the picking. The model comment (with courtney) kind of pissed me off…really dude!?! And the date wasn’t that hot and spectacular….booooooo!!!!

  16. realityapple

    January 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Ben looks (and sounds!) like a terrible, TERRIBLE kisser!! Pecking and making noises are NOT a turn on!!! So disgusting.

    And I also watched Jimmy Kimmel last night. I laughed at his ”predictions” of the final 4 (Kacie, Courtney, Nicki, Lindzi) like he doesn’t read this blog.

  17. reillypie

    January 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I have the perfect bachelor for Courtney: Charlie Sheen. I hear he is single again and they both enjoy attention so much….if Charlie can just avoid picking out another “goddess” I have a feeling Court will be back on the market soon. Oh! and of course, they are both “Winning!”

  18. boosmom96

    January 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    They were able to drink in the cars because they were limos. If you watch you can see the glass between the driver and the girls. I stopped the DVR and rewatched because my first thought was WTF!!
    The girls flew into SFO – there is no airport in Sonoma. The closest is in Santa Rosa, but it didn’t look like STS.
    I have to agree with you when Ben said it was harvest time my husband and I looked t each other and said – how’d he get the time off?!! I grew up in Santa Rosa and know some vintners, they often don’t sleep during harvest, they never get (or want to take) time off!
    I don’t get the fact Ben says he lives in San Francisco, and commutes to Sonoma. It’s a bitch of a drive. There are no freeways into the valley all the roads are 2 lane (1 in each direction) and it sucks when you get behind a tractor! Gorgeous drive, but not as a commute. The only people I know that do that have buckets of money and drive to Sonoma or Napa to visit their weekend home.
    I have to agree with realityapple – during the hot tub scene last night (can’t remember who he was sucking face with) the mike picking up the kissing noises was really weird!!
    My fingers are crossed that you got this wrong! I can’t stand Courtney and don’t think she’s that attractive.

  19. floormonsterthom

    January 11, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Does anyone else think that Courtney is trying her hardest to channel Michelle Money as she appeared on Brad’s bachelor season?? She’s failing miserably though, because she’s nowhere near as pretty or funny as Michelle was. I seriously can’t believe that she’s the one Ben falls for – she’s so ugly inside AND out. Her mouth is painful to watch!
    I’m actually one of the seemingly few who is really into Ben. I think he’s super hot! And he seems really funny and sweet too, so I’m disappointed that Courtney has bewitched him right from the get-go. Only thing that pisses me off about him is his kissing. I hated it in Ashley’s season and was surprised to see that he has kept it up for the Bachelor. Watching small pecks repeated over and over is not a turn on! Ben needs a lesson or two from JP, haha.
    Anyways, it’ll be pretty interesting to see how soon after the show has finished airing that Ben dumps Courtney’s bitch-ass to the curb. Unless she does have redeeming qualities and we’re seeing a really falsified side of her… I wish some of the former contestants would have the balls to comment on how much of a cow she is on twitter, but I’d say they’re all aware of the spoilers and don’t want to get themselves into trouble by bagging Ben’s fiancé.

  20. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Great recap, Steve.

    I had to laugh while watching your interview. Definitely work on what to do with your hands! That was cute.

    I don’t mind Ben that much. There have certainly been worse Bachelors. In fact, I can think of at least a few!

    I wonder if there will come a time when one of the people on the show has to be taken to the ER for alcohol poisening. After watching Jenna lose it, and thinking back on past Bachelor/Bacheloretee shows, alcohol plays such a big part in everything that happens. Maybe Fleiss will one day face a charge if someone overdoes it while on his watch? Or is there a clause in the contact stating ABC is not responsible for how much alcohol is consumed. How do they handle that, as it seems like it play such a big part in every show?

  21. rlr23

    January 11, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    It is amazing that so many of you are ignorant enough to believe you know what type of person Courtney is, simply because you have watched the uber-edited clips that ABC has presented to you. Come on, shouldn’t you know better than that? Because let me tell you something, none of you know her. And as someone that does, she is a genuine, sweet, funny, and incredibly caring person, that doesn’t deserve the amount of ridicule that has been brought upon her because ABC has decided to portray her as the villian, for some inexplicable reason. And the assertions that Courtney is trying to further her career and that is her purpose for dating Ben/going on the show, is laughable. Take a look at her resume, and try making those assertions again. She is a professional model (not a Hooters waitress/aspiring model) who has been working consistently in LA for ten years, she has appeared in numerous commercials, on the cover of national magazines, and she sure as hell didn’t need to go on the Bachelor to do any of that. These comments are hateful, completely misinformed, and some of them are flat-out lies (like on a previous post where a “professional model” claimed to know Courtney and said Courtney wore white to a friend’s wedding because she wasn’t invited to be in the wedding party- absolute, one hundred percent, not an ounce of truth to that comment). I will leave it at that…so carry on with your mindless judging of someone you know nothing about.

  22. serendipity94123

    January 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    I read this post yesterday, I think this is the one where you make fun of Ben for taking six weeks off during grape harvest season.

    I think you missed the boat on this one, Reality Steve. If I were running a little obscure winery in Sonoma Valley, and I had the opportunity to send one of my top executives to basically film a *commercial* for my winery that reached millions of viewers and aired week after week in prime time, do you think I would bitch because he wasn’t around for a few weeks of the harvest? Are you nuts??? If you think Courtney went on “The Bachelor” to promote her modeling career, give Ben the same credit!

  23. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    While I agree about not judging someone you don’t know, she signed up for this and all that came with being in the spotlight. Even if ABC gave her a bad edit, actions speak louder than words. She has, at times, not portrayed herself in the best light possible. If this is not Courtney herself, you are obviously very close to her. Try not to take it too personally just because the evil Fleiss decided to make her a villian with his edits. People believe what they see.

  24. serendipity94123

    January 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Sorry for serial posting, but about Courtney… I have to say I have almost never seen a girl on “The Bachelor” whose personality managed to come through, and I blame it on the editing. Even those portrayed as villains seem almost flat and bland. Season after season, the dates are mind-numbing. If they say anything interesting or sound like real human beings, it must be edited out. So – she’s painted with the same brush as all the other contestants over the gazillion seasons it has been on – who knows what she’s really like? Also, I liked her in her promo in the first episode. And, I really don’t see how this would help her modeling career. She does the type of modeling assignments where she’s not “being herself” so the fact that she is associated with “The Bachelor” would, if anything, be a detriment to that sort of career where the model’s personality is not the story, instead the clothes (or sport, or whatever) are supposed to be the focus. Not to mention the HUGE risk that if she’s picked and the romance goes south, or even if it doesn’t go south, she will be tabloid fodder because making stuff up about demi-celebrities sells rags. And that would also be a detriment to her career. Unless she’s thinking of branching out into acting, or becoming a professional reality TV star…

  25. rlr23

    January 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I agree karynr, that going on this type of show opens you up to scrutiny and public opinion. And honestly, I have been a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan from the show’s inception, never missed a season, and I have certainly judged NUMEROUS contestants myself over the years. But after seeing what happens when production edits these shows, factored with my now better understanding of the incredible pressure cooker that this show is, I will never be able to watch it again the same way. And no, this is not Courtney! 🙂 But you are right, I am very close with her, and it is hard to stand by idly while people say incredibly mean things about her. My only hope is that as the show progresses, ABC will reveal a more accurate depiction of who she really is. Because she is truly a great person and anyone who knows her would not be surprised why someone could fall head over heels in love with her!

  26. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    You’re a good friend to have her back, rlr23. I respect that greatly. Also, think about the copious amounts of alcohol these woman drink while on the show. I’m in my fifties now, but when Ithink of all the alcohol I drank at that age, and all the things I said and did (from what I remember 🙂 ) that were embarassing, inappropriate, etc. How the hell do you stay yourself when you’re in competition with multiple women, plied with alcohol night and day, TV cameras everywhere….it must be quite a pressure-cooker. But, if someone signs up for this they can’t complain about the publicity, negative or positive. They knew exactly what they were getting into.

  27. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    How long was Courney in Scottsdale? That’s where I’ve been the past thirty plus years.

  28. daisy17

    January 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I agree Courtney is getting bad editing, if that is what it is. But, I have to say that I was impressed with how good she was with Ben’s dog. I believe that a person good with dogs is usually a good person……….

  29. rlr23

    January 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Court grew up in Scottsdale and lived there until she moved to LA when she was 19. Her family is still all in Scottsdale.

  30. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Thanks rlr23!

  31. itssimple

    January 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I think Emily knew how boring she came off on the Bachelor, she’ll probably go into this more “open” and outgoing.

  32. ladygazelle

    January 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    you didn’t even mention how jenna could have burned the house down with the blanket over the candle thing! clearly the producers had some reason for wanting to keep that in – it shows there is something wrong with this girl.

    in episode one i laughed at her. hot chick that acts a fool. but after this episode i think she might have a true mental problem. it’s like she has these conversations with voices in her head. i’m sorry that is not drunk talk. girl needs some meds.

  33. hordac

    January 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Courtney may be a wonderful person, but I would be very hard pressed to believe that every single one of these people is not on this show for promotion of some sort as reason number one. It would only be natural for a model to hope that she could propel herself up to a higher rung somehow by doing this. Hey, if I were single and younger I’d consider it myself to promote my own business so I would not blame her in the least! I agree with RS’s assessment of why people do this show. Self promotion, a chance to have fun and travel on someone elses dime, and maybe just maybe, meet someone they can see themselves with for at least awhile, anyway. I don’t think anyone can reasonably expect they will meet their spouse on this show, considering its lousy track record for actual marriages.

  34. fantasysweet

    January 11, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    OK were people paying attention Mon night!!!? Courtney gave herself away. She isnt just here to find fame she is here to make her boyfriend (that she dumped just prior to taping) jealous because he cheated on her.

  35. fantasysweet

    January 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Watch the 1 on 1 again and read the above post. Its all there. She is a BAD ACTRESS!!! and is clearly not over her ex.

  36. serendipity94123

    January 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    You know what gets me? And I think it’s human nature because I’ve been guilty of this myself. It’s where when two people are together, and one person is really into the other, but the other is “just not that into him” – the person who’s infatuated is clueless. Outsiders observing them together can clearly see, one person is phoning it in… (remember Ashley’s “Bachelorette” season and how she was clueless about that one guy?)…

    It’s hard to tell what’s going on with “The Bachelor” because of the editing (which I think is incredibly crappy because it turns everybody into vapid plastic people regardless of their true personalities)…but I think maybe in the case of Ben and Courtney, he’s way more into her than she is into him. She doesn’t even really have to try that hard because if she gives him the slightest bit of encouragement he’ll run with it.

  37. rer830

    January 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Is “VIP cocktail waitress” the nice way to say stripper?

  38. pennyfarthing

    January 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    The whole “she’s getting a bad edit” thing only goes so far with me. I’m sure Courtney has her wonderful moments, but on The Bachelor she is being a b!tch……. If you give the editors the fodder, they will run with it. For example, I’ve met Vienna in real life and found her to be smart, funny and nice — completely opposite from what’s portrayed on TV. But – I still think she was acting completely LAME on her season of The Bachelor.

  39. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    well I saw that was editing trickery from the get-go so I dont fault them too much for it especially because its a commercial teaser. Its more the in show editing that may be less forgivable. Fleiss needs to be careful. Viewers can sense inauthenticity and when they are being tricked. Thus far the Bach for all its production has still seemed credible and real but if they keep accelerating the trickery theyre going to sabotage their own show.

  40. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Ha! penny I agree they cant edit the fact that Courtney is a bitch. She is a bitch period. and that one-on one was something to behold. I watched it like 5 times as I do because Im obsessed w/ the show and her body language was a dead giveaway.

  41. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    People you gotta rewatch the one on one w/ Courtney. Its sort of mesmerizing. She gives herself away. She isnt JUST on the show for fame she is here to make someone jealous…someone that wasnt giving her the attention she needs. Ben says he really wants someone to share a deep connection with and says he “hasn’t had that in a long time.” Courtney responds, “I haven’t either” and said “the saddest part is being in a relationship and not having that.” Watch how she looks away. The wounds are clearly very fresh and she is seriously still heartbroken about someone.

  42. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    She looks like she is going to breakdown and cry. Girls dont do that unless the wounds are fresh. This lines up w/ Ryan seacrest saying that her friend told him she dumped a longtime boyfriend just prior to doing the show. More like she got the call offering the show and saw a huge opportunity to make someone jealous.

  43. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    poor Ben! I hope jennifer love hewitt is still available.

  44. jerim

    January 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Watched Bachelor/Bachelorette from the beginning and each season gets more obvious than the first. The end results prove to all of this that this show is totally scripted and there is no love involved. I think Trista & Ryan fell in love by accident. Ben is obviously going to pick Courtney who is not beautiful at all for a model and a real b**tch to boot. Too bad he didn’t see videos of her with the girls. That might be just the thing for ABC to do if they seriously want us to think this is REAL. Why not let the person who is looking for a mate, see videos of the contestants interacting with each other, right from the start. Might eliminate some that should have been eliminated (Courtney, Vienna (from Jakes’s season) to mention a couple. Even though I have to admit I am addicted, I am really starting to get disgusted. And now the thought of Emily going back to the Bachelorette, we know it is strictly for the money. What drama will they instill in that show – Brad coming back to threaten the contestants or beg Emily on bended knee to take him back??? Puleeeeze, this is getting nauseating.

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