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The Bachelor 17 - Sean

The Bachelor Sean Recap Including a Minor Correction to the Spoilers

-Ahhhh, the lead’s intro video. Good thing these aren’t very repetitive or anything. Haven’t they basically done the same intro video for all 25 seasons now, just using a different person? “Give us your name, tell us where you live, tell us what you do, and tell us why you are here.” Very creative. Hey look! Sean is checking into his little mansion in LA that’s about 4 miles up the road from where the main mansion is that the contestants stay in. Question: Do the leads get to bring their own new, fresh sheets with them to put on that bed, or do they have to lay down every night on top of what so many former contestants have used as their boom boom room? Can you catch an STD from laying on a bed? Hope he brought some disinfectant or something. Some freaky sh** has gone on in that house. I mean, even the shot of Sean skyping with his sister on his ipad makes me real nervous that she can somehow indirectly catch herpes through the computer. Be careful, Mix and Match Mama. Go get checked as soon as possible.

-The other thing I love about the lead intros is them back in their hometown wandering the streets alone, 3 months after they’ve been dumped by someone they really don’t give a sh** about anymore. Emily dumped Sean in May. They filmed this intro piece of him walking around Dallas all solemnly back on back on Sept. 12th, I’m guessing he’s over it by now. Especially since he’s filming to be the next “Bachelor.” Do we really expect him to say, “Yeah, you know Emily dumped my ass for a fame whoring, college girl chasing, wannabe race car driver and a Mormon dude who wears skinny jeans four months ago, but you know, I’m not over it. I don’t know if I’ll ever be.” Of course not. Even Sean’s dad asks him, “How’s the heart?” Really? Well, considering he signed on the dotted line to do this show and gets paid to travel around the world, make out with a bunch of women, gets a 2 month vacation along with all the television appearances plugging the show that have already started, I’m guessing his heart is fine.

-But there’s Sean, being forced to talk about how hard it was to go back to Dallas after the breakup with Emily. We even got to see the proverbial “lets have him alone in a park leaning his head on a tree” scene to show America what a beaten man he is. “It was torture.” Nah, I’d say torture is having to watch the Va. Tech/Rutgers bowl game on a loop. Or listening to a Jason Garrett press conference. Or getting daily updates for the next 6 months on every single thing Kim Kardashian is doing as a pregnant woman. Torture? I’d say that’s a little strong, Seanie. So after the “down in the dumps” portion of the intro video, then they show us the renewed and happy Sean playing with his niece and nephew at his parents house, which was reported here back on the day it was happening. Then we see him back in CA walking lonely on the beaches and seeing a bride and groom in the distance. Oh the symbolism! How convenient. Sean then tells us “I wanna be that rock in the relationship” all while he’s standing on a rock! Wow! How cool how they used his words, then added to the effect of it by their visual. Maybe he can tell us he can’t wait to have a connection with a girl all while plugging in a TV. Or tell us about his upcoming journey while “Don’t Stop Believin'” plays in the background. This is all too cheesy for me, yet nothing we haven’t seen in 24 previous seasons. Same ol, same ol.

-The next scene was my favorite. Sean tells us that “I’ve got a good friend that’s coming over. I don’t know the reason for the visit, but it’ll be great to see him.” Now that’s laughable. First off, Sean and Arie not “good” friends, nor were they ever at any point. Secondly, the whole “I don’t know the reason for the visit” is complete BS. Of course you do. Not that the show already doesn’t lack enough credibility, but c’mon. Do you really expect your viewers to believe Sean had NO clue Arie was showing up and, on top of that, had no idea what he was doing there? Basically just a way for them to get Arie to appear on the show after never even considering him to be the next “Bachelor,” so they figured they’d throw him a bone. Remember this silly press release that Arie released back on Aug. 31st announcing to all of America that he’d taken himself out of the running to be the “Bachelor” to focus on his career? Well, I told you it was bogus then since he was never seriously considered, and now my claims are backed up by Sean’s sister, Shay, who revealed in her blog on Dec. 31st that the family knew Sean was going to be next “Bachelor” back in July when Emily’s finale was airing, but had to keep a secret. But nice try, Arie.

-As for the interaction with Sean and Arie, it was actually funnier than I thought it would be. Mostly because Sean didn’t take it seriously. And why would he? I mean, how many different ways can you say “Will you accept this rose?” I think Arie had the right intention with trying to help Sean out in this segment, he was just a bit misguided. I think he would’ve been much better giving Sean pointers on how to pick up women 10 years younger than him, or how to buddy up to Emily’s ex and then conspire with him to trash her behind her back, or even how to spend a day with new “best friend” Ben Flajnik only to weeks later zone in on Courtney’s tongue within a week of their breakup. How’d that relationship work out for them? Pretty much how everyone predicted. It went nowhere and they’re already over. I think that’s where Arie can offer some definite expertise. But hey, that’s just me. Did I really need to see him giving tongue kissing lessons? Probably not. But at least Sean laughed it off and realized once Arie left, not only would he use none of his advice, but that there wasn’t also a knife plunged in his own back. Although, it’s still early. Plenty of time for Arie to strike. How’s the racing career coming along by the way?

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  1. randais

    January 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Wow. I was completely surprised that this episode started out with Sean and Juliette eloping. I mean we all saw the previews and I, incorrectly apparently, assumed it would either take a few episodes to get there or they were misdirecting us with the hype, but NOPE, bang they’re hitched. On the other hand, no shock that Scarlett fell right back into bed with Avery, I’m so over her sorry butt. How can one female be so sorry, sad, pitiful? I want to like her but I can’t respect her, she’s just…..backboneless. (Don’t judge, I did make that up, sounded better than spineless).
    I was happy to see Rayna, in the end, didn’t write off the family. Nothing to get a momma’s back up, like someone (her dad in this case) threatening your family. Again, surprised to find out that Teddy did, in fact, know about their daughters’ parentage. I’m loving the twists. No surprise with Avery ditching his band to “get his time in the limelight”, I hope they continue to keep a story line for his band. I’m a little confused where Scarlett and Gunner are headed, I want better for Gunner, guess we’ll see where they take them. Another non shocker, was the ending. Ok I was surprised it happened so quickly, within the same episode, but “poof” Juliette changes her mind and runs from the actual ceremony and the previews show her asking Sean to sign divorce papers. Can we all agree, we’d like to see them keep Sean around?

  2. karynr

    January 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    I just came across this article and LMAO. Wouldn’t you know Emily found another way to keep herself in the spotlight. Wasn’t her 15 min. up a long time ago??!!

    Sean Lowe may have taken over as center of attention on the new season of The Bachelor, but Emily Maynard’s feedback is still deemed of utmost significance. After all, this is the guy Emily decided to reject during her time as the Bachelorette. Fashion lover to the end, Emily shares her thoughts on the best and worst dresses of this season’s premiere.

  3. randais

    January 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    GAH can we NEVER get rid of her? “Utmost significance”? Really? Does she write this stuff for herself? YES her 15 minutes were over about 2 years ago.
    @karyn – where’d you read that?

  4. iammesoucantbe

    January 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    @Randais: I almost fell off the couch when I saw that it was him that bought the firms debt. LOL. The look on Alicia’s face was priceless! lol. I love love love that they cast Michael J Fox in that part and that even with his illness he is still willing, and able, to work. I also love the character he plays.

  5. iheartvino

    January 10, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    @Randais, I’m with you, I didn’t think they would start the episode with Juliette and Sean eloping either. I found the rest of the episode fairly predictable, and I think we all knew she wasn’t going to go through with the wedding. I’m glad Rayna did the right thing by not yanking her kids out of school to go on tour. Will be interesting to see how that distance affects their marriage, good or bad. I’m sure at some point her tour and Deacon’s tour will somehow cross paths. And yep, I wasn’t surprised either that Scarlett ended up back in bed (ummm or couch in this case?) with Avery. She continues to bug the hell out of me though, and if Revenge and Nashville ever had some weird crossover episode, I wouldn’t be upset at all if Scarlett’s character got killed off by Fauxmanda or The Initiative. 🙂

    Next week’s episode looks good!

  6. randais

    January 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    @iheart – I hadn’t considered, the “tours crossing paths” angle. I think you may be on to something. I also, find your “crossover between Revenge and Nashville” idea hilarious, in a “story line, not reality” sort of way ;). I’m starting to think Juliette needs help though, she definitely has Diva personality disorder, DPD.

  7. randais

    January 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    @iam – I KNOW! I love when a story line takes an unexpected twist/turn and that was sure an UNexpected one! Perfectly, scripted at the very end of the episode when no one would be expecting anything along that line. Michael J. Fox is excellent in this role and I think he brings a lot to the show. I also, like that they’ve introduced his wife, I like her character too but have to wonder how “innocent” she actually is with regard to his “business/actions”…..I’m looking forward to finding out.
    I’d be willing to bet, based on his inconsistent appearances, that the show is working around his illness and kudo’s to them for being that flexible.

  8. iheartvino

    January 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Forgot to say “Hi” to Liz123 in my last post. Welcome back!!

    @Karyn, I’m not surprised Emily’s keeping herself in the spotlight one bit. Honestly I’ve stopped reading things with her name in it. Wetpaint seems to love her as they’re always covering what she’s doing. So annoying.

    @Randais, hey what can I say, I’m just really annoyed by Scarlett and wish she would somehow get written off the show. Maybe her band will make it big and they’ll get to travel and the white haired man will mess with her plane- problem solved! lol

    They did a great job casting people for that show. Hayden Panettiere plays the diva character well, Connie Britton is genius, and I think Powers Booth does a great job with his role as well. He plays the powerful, rich mean guy role well, just as he did as the evil President Daniels in 24. I miss that show so much.

  9. iheartvino

    January 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    *Powers Boothe not Booth. my bad

  10. iammesoucantbe

    January 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    *The Good Wife*
    @Randais, that’s the same thing I said. I think it’s great that they work around his schedule and he is able to work inspite of his illness. I think it says a lot about that network and the producers.

    I really like that his wife is now involved also and I wonder what kind of drama she is going to bring. =) Going to be interesting to watch. lol.

  11. randais

    January 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Last Resort tonight, for anyone who’s still watching.

  12. iheartvino

    January 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I never did get around to watching any episodes of Last Resort However, I’m super excited for the return of Scandal tonight. There’s a new Grey’s tonight too, but that show is declining in my opinion. This may be my last season if it doesn’t get better.

  13. kasey31

    January 10, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    @iheart- did i see white haired man? in a nashville post? haha.. i agree with u about grey’s.. i used to be a HUGE fan.. but it just got so old and repetitive, and it lost my interest.. sure there were good episodes still, but i think they have dragged that show on for far too long now.. it almost devalues the show.. and thats what i DONT want to see happen with revenge.. i want revenge to end on a high note so the integrity of the show isnt lost..

  14. iheartvino

    January 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    @kasey, you definitely wouldn’t like it now then, because they have a whole new group of intern newbies and are trying to make them bigger characters. The only episodes I like are the ones that still focus on Mer, Derek, Christina, Bailey, etc..

    And yep! I was just thinking of how it would be if Nashville and Revenge ever had a crossover episode, there’s a character on Nashville that is extremely annoying and I was thinking the WHM would be the perfect person to somehow kill her off. lol (Not that the two shows would EVER collide- can you imagine the Hamptons clan in a country honky tonk bar? ha)

  15. karynr

    January 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    @randais, I found the Emily article somewhere on the sirlinksalot website. It’s .net, not .com. This is the site where I found RS years ago, but he no longer lists his site on it.

    I finally watched The Bach last night. Sean’s not as bland as I remember. And I thought the cheesy interaction between Sean and Arie was adorable. I just don’t find Sean that attractive except for his magnificent body, but I’m not big on blondes. Somehow I ended up married to one, but got rid of him (legally) a long time ago!

    I agree with a lot of the first impressions of most of the women. Ms. Shades of Trashed/Trash was really trashy. Sean handled himself well with the women and showed more personality than I remember. He seems like a genuinely nice guy with good morals and values. I didn’t think I’d get into as much this season, but hooked again.

    The Soup
    Does anyone watch this show? Joel McHale had a hysterical end of the year show, and he had a bunch of 2012 reality show contestants singing We Ruined the World to the tune of We are the World. It was hysterical. I remember seeing Kalon, Charlie O’Connell and a few others from the Bachelor franchise.
    Here it is….enjoy!

  16. karynr

    January 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Clarification……they are obviously not all 2012 contestants.

  17. webwench

    January 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    This is probably old news, but I just wanted to thank you for making your site mobile-friendly, previously it was almost unusable, limiting me to reading only when I was in front of my computer. Now it works great with my Android phone. Muchas gracias.

  18. randais

    January 15, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    @iam – thought I’d keep this comment here since it is about The Good Wife, and you were the only one conversating with me about it :D.

    **Good Wife**
    I like the Elsbeth character so I enjoyed this episode. Elsbeth’s intelligent insanity keeps me guessing.

    I loved Will’s face when the three judges strolled in and started the proceedings all in French. I also, loved the judges faces when Will turned the tables by bringing in Diane who surprised all of the foreign judges by understanding everything they were saying and called them out… French.

    I did find it a bit contradictory, just from my perspective, that a girl who is struggling so badly with herself about having an abortion, had no problem telling her lawyers to lie so she would win. Just me, I guess, but both seem equally moral struggles.

    “When the law’s an ass, someone has to kick it” my favorite line of the whole show.

  19. krak13

    January 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Side note on Kacie’s dress … Erica Rose also wore a hot pink version on last season’s Bachelor Pad … way to recycle, Kacie!!

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