The “Bachelor Pad” Recap and Your First Confirmed Contestant for Next Season’s “Bachelor”

August 21st, 2012 | 47 Comments | Posted in Bachelor Pad 3, The Bachelor 17 - Sean

-The last 40 minutes of the show all surrounded this rose ceremony issue and the twist of Chris Harrison revealing that they would only be voting out one girl, and then that girl would choose which guy she wanted voted out with her. So it’s quite obvious this twist was thrown in because they knew by doing nothing, they had zero suspense in the episode. Chris and Sarah were done. So they changed the rules to make sure it didn’t happen. If everyone votes out Sarah, she’s taking Michael with her because she’d want to see Chris go far. And with Jaclyn and Blakeley safe with roses, that only leaves Rachel, Lindzi, and Erica as possible candidates to be voted off. Well Rachel wasn’t going anywhere, so it came down to Lindzi vs Erica. Chris wanted Lindzi off because he didn’t think he’d take him with her. They knew if they voted Erica off, she’d take Chris so Michael concocts a plan to tell everyone to vote Erica off, but make it seem like it was Chris’ idea. As long as that happens, and Erica doesn’t find out it was Michael’s idea, then Chris and Erica go home, two people that weren’t in the power alliance.

-However, things changed when people started telling Erica that Chris was voting for her. She confronted him on it and he kept denying it. Yet Michael’s alliance kept bending her ear telling her Chris is lying because they needed her to believe it’s Chris’ idea to send her home. So miraculously, Chris comes up with the idea of, “Why don’t I take Erica into the voting room with me to prove that I didn’t vote for her?” Ha ha. This was wrong on so many levels, it’s ridiculous. I know a lot of you are asking today, “Wait, why was Chris just allowed to take Erica into the voting room when no one else in the history of the show has been able to do this before? And doesn’t that mean that basically anyone can do that now going forward?” The best answer to your question is to read Natalie Getz’ tweet from this past weekend before the episode aired. This is what she wrote:

So let’s just say Chris didn’t just walk up to Erica, take her into the voting room, and drop his vote in the box. Read between the lines on Natalie’s tweet and you’ll get an idea that much more went on behind the scenes than what was shown. I mean, this is a game show after all. You can’t just make up rules in the middle of a show where $250k is at stake. However, if Chris was allowed to do that with Erica, what’s to prevent any other contestant on any other future episode, whether it be this season or future seasons, to do the same exact thing. They basically set a horrible precedent last night because now they HAVE to allow anyone into the voting room with them. Why would Chris be able to do it and not anyone else ever? I mean, everyone knows people lie in this game. They tell you one thing, then go into the voting room and do the complete opposite, so yeah, you bet your ass people will want to call people out for who they really voted for in the future. Yet, I guarantee we’ll never see that happen again. They allowed it to slide because, ummmm, why? Chris was upset and wanted to prove to Erica he didn’t vote for her? Great. Just means you opened up the flood gates for it to happen to anyone else in the future.

Of course, ABC and the show will cover it up by never talking about it, nor, ever letting it happen again. This “game show” has lawyers and people from standards and practices on set at all times to make sure it’s not fixed. Which it isn’t. They’re not fixing the game or rigging the votes per se, but they are certainly doing things to influence certain outcomes it seems like. Why the hell else would Chris be able to take a pissed off contestant into the voting room with him other than for drama and to set up an interesting storyline where now Michael is screwed since his plan backfired. None of that made any sense to me, and we shouldn’t expect to ever receive an explanation from anyone on that show why they can just change the rules to get the desired effect that they wanted. To me, it seems like cheating. But since no lawsuit has been brought up against the show, I guess it’s considered fair. Uh huh. Sure it is.

So Erica gets voted out, she realizes Michael was behind it, so she takes him with her. Now, I know a lot of you are expecting me to go off on Erica for what happened and her tirade. And yes, although the irony about her calling him out for being a sh**ty friend did not go unnoticed by me, I actually didn’t have any problem whatsoever with her blasting him and taking him out of the game. He lied to her face, schemed against her, tried to look innocent the whole time and pin it on someone else, and it backfired. Of course she was going to take him out. Did she go a little overboard with the “I’m glad Holly dumped you” stuff? Yeah, she didn’t need to go there. But in terms of strategy and cutting off the head of that alliance, I think she absolutely did the right thing. I know a lot of you dislike Erica now after what I wrote about her, and trust me, she’s definitely not on my list for Christmas card recipients this season, but in terms of this game, she did the right thing.

My column on August 7th about the whole Erica debacle was written with a lot of emotion. I wasn’t able to say anything for a couple weeks, and when I did, I let loose on her and what happened. I don’t hate Erica. I just hate what she did, I’ll never forget it, and our friendship is ruined from here on out because I can’t trust her. It takes a lot for me to hate someone. I was very, very, very, very pissed off and angry when that all went down, but we’re two weeks removed from it now, and I don’t care. It’s over and done with. I’ve got no problem with what she did last night to Michael by taking him out. What if I were to tell you that the before filming of “Bachelor Pad” even started, Michael was involved with someone (not from this franchise), and after filming ended, he went back to her and is still involved with her now? Would that change your opinion at all about his and Rachel’s relationship that you watched for five weeks, and all the things he was saying to Rachel during those oh-so-intimate moments? Just saying.

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47 thoughts on “The “Bachelor Pad” Recap and Your First Confirmed Contestant for Next Season’s “Bachelor”

  1. Kristy K was a DG at UW? So was I. She doesn’t look like “DGM” as we used to call it — DG Material.

  2. I think Kristy K is beautiful and has a great smile. I think she will go far in the show. She reminds me of Melissa R in a way.

  3. Although I really wanted to see Chris go (he’s such an immature D.B), I kind of liked the change since it brought some interesting drama and a little suspense to the end.

    You didn’t mention that very uncomfortable exchange with Ed and Jaclyn and then him telling her he was seeing someone at “home” and that’s why he’s not getting involved with her. His view of involvement and mine are very different. I’m sure his make-believe “someone” at home just can’t wait to see him again…especially after watching him with both Jaclyn and Sarah. Ewww!

  4. I think the girl Kristy is an idiot just for the simple fact that she has it all over her Facebook about going on the show. Not too bright in my book. I’m sure they included in the offer something about confidentiality. Sounds too me like someone looking for her 15 minutes of fame, for sure. None of her facebook posts say anything about looking for love. I’d love to check back in on her FB in a couple weeks and see a bunch of posts about how bummed she is that she has been turned down for the show since she was too stupid to keep it a secret.

  5. That kristy is an idiot. posting all over fb when it’s supposed to be a secret. Saying how much she hates the show and then spending the next SEVEN months trying to get on, lol. What an attention whore. & she looks just like the personal trainer from Ben’s season.

    Bachelor Pad was ok, I think Erica is annoying so it was nice to see her exit. But kalen is so cute, I really am liking him! Otherwise, the show is pretty blah.

    And as far as the next bachelor…Steve, you have no idea. Stop embarrassing yourself with these guesses.

  6. Rollingeyes and maxi, I agree with you both about Kristy. I kind of think she looks like a better looking version of Blakeley. (Ewww, I just sounded like Chris B. lol)

  7. I can just tell from the look of her that she is going to have really bad Wisconsin accent. She is pretty, but very Wisconsin.

  8. Steve, I always thought I read your column for the recap and not the spoilers… until now when you can’t spoil! There is definitely something missing… can’t wait to get you back without restriction!

    On that note, how come no commentary on Ed/Jaclyn? You skimped out on it last week too… are you personal friends with either of them?

  9. Chris B the grown ass man is from Chicago and now this Kristy chick has to be a DG?! Ugh. I saw that she also tried to be one of those radio ‘rock girls’ so I’d certainly say she likes attention in any way she can get it, which is expected for reality tv.

    Did anyone else notice that Michael had a guitar on his make-shift date with Rachel? Wonder if he sang her a song from his CD?

  10. Is it me, or has Lindzi never had an actual conversation with anyone? I’ve watched and listened through Bach and BP, and the only thing I remember her ever saying is “awesome.” She seems like a very nice person, but I don’t know if there’s any depth. Or, giving her the benefit of the doubt, maybe she’s just very shy and reserved? I can’t figure it out……two shows and not one in-depth conversation with anyone. I think the only reason she made it to F2 with Ben is because, possibly, he knew she wasn’t really emotionally invested, and figured it wouldn’t hurt too badly when he rejected her since they made no attempt to get to know each other. Plus, Courtney saw her as little to no threat, so she LET Ben keep her until the end. What does everyone else think about Lindzi? Am I wrong about the lack of depth?

  11. Steve, you really pulled your punches on this recap. You had some great material to work with to rip on the constestants, and didn’t. Your mocking and teasing is usually my favorite part of your reviews.

    I was waiting for all the jokes about Tony the lumber salesman keeping his timber limber with Blakeley. Or did he “lay the wood”. Or about how she never has trouble showing off her hooters to Tony. Or the world. Whichever. Seriously, how could you pass those up?

    I wanted to see the nice recap on the Ed/Jaclyn chat. Awkward! One of the best scenes of this season for its stupidity. Ed is a lush, dude is hammered at night and with his history, JAclyn actually thought he was relatioship material? Funny. Dude is all about the booze and the casual s*x.

    Lastly, the final twist was awesome. How Erica Rose handled it was pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. She showed her true colors here, and it as not pretty. Yeah, Michael tried to game her, but come on. IT was hte game. But she made it personal on a level that is absolutely not cool. Willing to bet she will be persona non grata at teh Bachelor reunions now after that low blow. Her lack of character and grace and class made for great TV though. Always fun to watch someone so self important totally implode before your eyes, and she did not disappoint.

  12. How can anyone find Ed or Chris appealing? Chris was creepy and angry on Emily’s season and now he is worse. Ed is just a joke. I hope they find a better batch of men to look at next season, too bad Sean wasn’t on or Doug.

  13. Well Kristy probably has all the publicity she needs now
    from RS and the reader’s comments!
    I can’t watch this show any more because if I remember correctly, whoever goes to the finals first actually PICKS Chris to go with them. Like others, couldn’t stand his ass on B or BP.
    Um, Gidget, at least Kristy has good grammar as opposed to you honey. And wtf…”she looks WI”? LOL…so much ignorance in the world. :)

  14. First off, who cares that she does Visalus…I’ve been on those shakes for 5 months and it’s an amazing product that helps people. Why criticize a girl for being successful in a great business..I don’t think that has anything to do with her going on a reality show. There are plenty of girls from all walks of life that obviously have a life outside of The Bachelor. IF anything her page emulates passion, drive and success…surrounded by people that actually really love her. I see nothing wrong with someone being excited about a new experience.

  15. I’m pretty sure I could have decided on Kristy’s attractiveness, or lack thereof, in 1 or 2 pics. But 12? Really? Me thinks somebody likes him some Kristy.

  16. jsledder sounds like someone who knows Kristy, or is Kristy. Seriously, she is a big girl and put herself out there. She can take the heat that comes with it. If not, don;t do it. Pretty simple.

  17. I don’t think this show has to follow game show rules. Alot of people have complained about big brother crap and the way the show cheats for drama and bring people back etc. They have stated that they are a reality show not a official game show so the same rules do not apply to them. I think bachelor pad is under the same category. so they can make and change rules as they go along.

  18. @karynr, funny that u pointed that out about lindzi! ive always felt the same way, that there wasnt a whole lot operating on the 2nd floor.. but i just chalked it up to her age.. maybe she is just shy? she seems to blissfully go through life without too much thought, maybe it’s just a lack of camera time, who knows?.. i just think it’s funny that someone else noticed it! i do like lindzi, dont get me wrong, she sort of reminds me of tenley from jake’s season..

    @punka, steve did avoid some of the funnier parts of that episode, im very surprised that the ed and jacki situation wasnt mentioned.. that was beyond awkward!!! and your take on the erica rose situation is spot on.. the way she handled it was beyond tacky.. leaving the house with some class would have made a much larger statement than the temper tantrum she threw last night. pure trash.

  19. Just got this off Kristy’s facebook page…

    Kera Lynnposted to Kristy Kaminski
    13 hours ago
    I can’t wait to watch you on the bachelor! I’m interested to see the other girls’ reaction when they meet you….I think some of them are going to be pretty intimidated….!!

  20. Re: the Lindzi posts

    She’s gorgeous, but agreed — absolutely no brains or personality. Plus I feel like she has a history of falling for d-bags. Remember how her former bf dumped her via that splitsville text? Poor, stupid girl.

  21. RS – “This Sunday is the taping of the “Bachelor Pad” finale. I am allowed to spoil that, so when I get the info from what happens at the taping, I will share it with you. Could be late Sunday night, could be Monday morning. Not sure yet.”…..not holding my breath.

  22. Just did a quick scan of Kristy’s FB page again…..funny…..all the posts pertaining to her going on the Bachelor are gone! Could someone have finally clued her in? Not the brightest bulb……

  23. Wait, Blakeley’s “VIP Cocktail Waitress” occupation was a Hooter’s waitress? I never really payed much attention to her, or looked up anything about her, but I always thought that a VIP cocktail waitress works in a somewhat nice club/restaurant. Not Hooters.

  24. kasey & missy….I can’t believe she made it this far on two reality shows without saying or doing anything. That’s amazing and really funny. She sits and looks pretty. Period. End of story. She puts herself together very well! She certainly seems like a sweet person, but I’m not sure she has an original thought in her head. Maybe she is just very shy. Her taste in men sucks, but I think it’s all part of her going with whatever is in front of her at the time.

    I can’t believe Chris B. and Sarah have a chance to win BP. If he’s an insufferable pig now, can you imagine if he wins? The thought makes me sick. Can’t they find some clause somewhere that states someone can be disqualified if they bring another person into the voting room with them? Or maybe Chris H. will say “the two of you have been so disgusting, the money is going to go towards a charity??!!” I wish!

  25. Karyn I feel the same way you do about Lindzi. She seems like a sweet girl and I don’t think the Bachelor franchise fits her personality at all.

    Regarding the finale, I don’t think Chris and Sarah are one of the final two couples. If I recall correctly, Nick and Rachel end up choosing to compete against Ed and Jaclyn instead of Chris and Sarah.

  26. I think that’s backwards, @iheartvino. I know that originally Steve reported that he thought the final 4 were either Nick/Rachel and Chris/Sarah OR Nick/Rachel and Jaclyn/Ed. The next week Steve said he was 100% sure the Final 4 were Nick/Rachel and Chris/Sarah. I think that was still his prediction at the time the spoilers had to come down because of the dumbass known as Mike Fleiss. At this point, I would almost rather see Fleiss keep the $250K than Chris B get that money, though. He’s turned into a major douchecanoe. #TeamRachel

  27. @liz123, ohhh, maybe I had it backwards then. I was going off of the update he gave on 7/5 when he said he had heard for sure that Nick and Rachel chose to compete against Jaclyn/Ed. There must have been a more recent update. Thanks for correcting me bc I had been telling people the wrong thing. Oops! :)

  28. I found it over on another site, yep, RS had updated on 7/10 that it is def Chris and Sarah in the finals with Nick and Rachel. Booooo!!! I hope Nick and Rachel win!

  29. @iheartvino, well that kind of bites! I was actually hoping I was wrong. I would be much happier if there was no chance whatsoever that Chris could win. Ed may be a drunk, but at least he’s not an a$$.

  30. @iheartvino- uve been telling people it’s ed and jaclyn that make the finals? nooooo, to wom??? hehe ;) i heart u!!!!

    if chris and sarah win 250k, i give up. on life.

  31. @cutiebananapie, couldn’t agree more with you…it’s so pathetic how he keeps calling some of these people friends although he never even met them…and the way he acts when something he said turns out to be right…oh dear god, two cards of text just saying how awsome and right he is…sometimes it physically hurts to read it…

  32. Couldn’t agree more, Steve IS his OWN biggest fan. If it weren’t for all the other topics we discuss and contributors (ie: US) I’d left this a long time ago.

  33. Hey guys & gals..easy on the Steve bashing. I thought you had all learned your lesson about that. Let’s keep it cool, shall we?

  34. kasey, I don’t think I’d give up on life, as that might be a little dramatic :) , but if Chris and Sarah win, I am giving up on BP, for good. That whole voting situation was so shi**y, and reeked of Fleiss making up new rules to keep the pig and ho on the show, because they’re the best he can do for entertainment this season. Life is rarely fair, but if Chris and Sarah win, IT WILL SUCK!!!! I really would love it if Chris H. announced a breach in rules, thus eliminating Chris B. for good. I think that would be a great way to get rid of the jerk and shake things up once again. I know….I’m dreaming.

    This kind of reminds me of past undeserving BB winners, like skanky Natalie, though none of them have been half as bad as Chris. Nick and Rachel may not deserve the money, and didn’t do much to win it, but at least they seem like decent people.

  35. @kasey, I heart you too! :) Yes, I had forgotten about Steve’s second update re: who Nick and Rachel picked to compete against in the finale. Boooo. In seasons one and two, didn’t the other couples get to vote on who they wanted the final couple to be? If so, if everyone still hates Chris towards the end of the show hopefully they’ll vote for Nick and Rachel over Chris and Sarah.

    @Karyn, I loved your “to keep the pig and ho on the show” comment. Love how it rhymes too. My niece would say “you’re a poet and you didn’t even know it..”

  36. @iheatvino- no, its always been that way.. the winning couple chooses the couple they want to bring with them. and i think thats exactly why rachel and nik chose to take them to the finals.. bc they knew ppl would vote for them over chirs and sarah..

  37. kasey, I have been having the same overdramatic thoughts about the pig and/or ho winning.

    SaMo, good point about Lindzi. Is the quiet, low-key persona part of her act? My gut is telling me Lindzi does what she is told, like the beginning of BP, when Kalon told her to start spreading the word about something. I don’t remember the exact situation, but as soon as he told her to do something, she immediatlely jumped up and started following his instructions. I’d love to see her sit one-on-one with someone, such as Chris H., just to hear her own thoughts and feelings about the whole Bach experience. I don’t want to assume there’s nothing up there without giving her the benefit of the doubt.

    Back to Rachel….she is very attractive, but the point i was trying to make is, she becomes unattractive by her associations with other people. She’s not doing herself justice by hanging out with people like Jaclyn and Chris B. Inner ugliness can certainly detract from outer beauty. I also thought she looked great with the bangs off her head, but I just don’t see a lot of class, Again, maybe it’s because she hangs out with classless people. Her eyes and nose are beautiful.

  38. What the hell Steve? You cant suck and blow at the same time. Either we “take to the bank” that Roberto is the bachelor as you said way back when, or your spoilers are full of shit.

  39. andie: Is it not possible that when RS posted the “Roberto is the Bachelor”, that it was indeed a done deal. But, come on, I know you’re not an idiot – you and I and all of us here know that when it comes to Hollywood, things are ever-changing. So…who it will be now is up for grabs. I trust (maybe “hope” is more accurate) that Steve will give us the final word on who it will be before we learn of it elsewhere. (Especially since this is where I come for all things Bachelor/Bachelorette.)

  40. Ya, this show is full of shit. I hate all things Bachelor. I’ve only watched it on ytube after Roberto’s season because I was changing the channels and saw his proposal. That was old school genuine. The rest of the show is full of fame whores and losers, never ever watch this stuff. so if he’s not on it’s just another craptastic hour of no talent.

  41. Has anyone else seen this Kristy girl’s facebook? It says she’s a NATIONAL director at ViSalus, and yet she only started working there this year. Srsly?

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