-Remember how yesterday I said this was a brilliant idea to run back-to-back episodes? I take that back. I feel like I’ve been watching this show on a 24 hr loop and haven’t left my computer since 9:00pm CST Monday night. It’s like one giant long movie that won’t end. Sure, before last night we had 11 girls and now we’re one week away from hometowns, but man, that was almost “Bachelor” sensory overload for 24 hours. I need an IV drip of the “Joe Schmo Show,” mixed with “Catfish,” then topped off with “90210.” I don’t want to think about this anymore until I’m forced to next Monday. Whatever the case, Chris welcomed the women to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. There will be 3 dates, two 1-on-1’s and a group date. Lesley and AshLee are still commenting that there’s tension in the house because, well, Tierra is still walking upright and talking. Because of their ingenious math skills, they’re able to deduce that Catherine, Daniella, and Tierra are the only ones who haven’t had 1-on-1 dates yet. Date card arrives and it’s for Catherine: “Lets find our fairy tale ending.” I agree, since most fairy tale endings begin in snowstorms in the middle of nowhere. At this point though, Catherine will take what she can get considering she’s been the invisible woman for five episodes. Hey everyone! It’s Catherine Giudici! She’s the tiny little Filipino girl who barely gets shown even though she’s been engaged for almost 3 months now! Say your hello’s, cuz after this 1-on-1 date, she’s basically gonna disappear again for the remaining hour and forty-five minutes of this episode.
-Sean arrives to pick Catherine up in a giant snow bus in essentially a blizzard. Cold, snowy, the wind is whipping sideways, and Catherine’s nose ring doesn’t know what to do, it’s appearing on both sides of her nose in consecutive shots. Go figure. Sean informs her that they are going to go play on a glacier in Jasper National Park. Ummmmm, fun? I guess? They seemed to make the most out of it doing flips, somersaults, sledding and making snow angels in some of the worst weather we’ve ever seen on this show. Sean: “Catherine has passed the blizzard test.” I don’t think she did. Why? Because neither of you made yellow snow. In the two or three days a year it snows here in Dallas, Maddie loves doing that. I think making yellow snow is the sign of whether or not your engagement will last. So since neither of them took the time to drop trou and relieve themselves, I’m seeing a very rocky courtship ending in a breakup. Sorry guys. Do you think at this point Catherine is thinking to herself, “So you don’t give me a 1-on-1 until episode 6, and then when you do, we gotta rough it in 0 degree temps and a snowstorm? I’ll wait another week if you’d just gimmie one in St. Croix. F**k this sh**.” I sure would’ve. Lets face it, Catherine got screwed.
-After that horrendous afternoon snow job, they go back and change and Sean picks her up in a horse drawn carriage so they can start the next portion of their date. To cap off such a lovely day, they will be entering a wind tunnel set to 75 mph, all while icicles are thrown at their faces. If they’re able to dodge them all, then they will then advance to the final stage where they must stand in an ice chamber for as long as possible. Kidding. However, he is taking her somewhere cold yet again as they’ll be eating dinner at an ice castle built specifically for them. Hey, is Robbie Benson gonna be there? Will Lexi Winston be performing blind and trip over all the flowers? Hey, I have an older sister. Leave me alone. I was forced to watch it when I was a kid. Sean is giddy. “Sometimes it just clicks. It just clicks with you.” Sooooo, I guess it’s clicking for these two. Just like it was clicking with Lindsay in last night’s episode. And how it clicked with Desiree later on this episode. Must be hard to constantly have to tell every girl what a great time you’re having when, lets be honest, you obviously like some better than others. I don’t envy Sean for that at all. Every woman essentially hears the same stuff on every date, just worded differently. Sometimes. And that will never, ever, ever, ever, ever change. Why people choose to read into things they see and hear on dates from one person to the next is beyond me.
-The group date card arrives back at the hotel, and before it’s read, all the women are SO sure that Daniella is getting a 1-on-1 that there’s no humanly way possible her name would EVER be read on this group date card, right? Right? Uhhh, wrong. Guess whose name was saved for last to build zero suspense? Daniella. I’ll let Ali Fedotowsky’s tweet from last night answer your question as to why did Desiree get two 1-on-1 dates before Daniella ever had one?
@AliFedotowsky : Daniela didn’t get a one-on-one date this week for one reason and one reason only. Sean isn’t into her. End of story. #Bachelor
That pretty much sums it up right there. Sean knows at this point who he wants to keep and who he doesn’t. If they would’ve decided to give Daniella a 1-on-1, he would’ve sent her home. But producers thought process is lets show more of his relationship with Desiree than give a girl a chance we know is going home this episode. And props to Ali this season for revealing more and more behind-the-scenes stuff about production in her blog for E! Online. Did you see this doozy she wrote in yesterday’s blog about the 2-on-1 date as it related to her season when she had it with Rated “R” Rego and Kasey?
“Time for the infamous two-on-one date! Look, Sean knew who he was sending home on the two-on-one date before it even started. Let’s face it, you either know who you are sending home before the date or you bring two people you’re not into at all so you don’t care who goes home. Think about it: Why would you ever bring two people that you really like, knowing you have to send one of them home? Makes no sense. My guess is that the producers asked Sean to bring both girls on this date. I’m not so sure he cared who went home. At least that’s how it worked on the two-on-one date on my season. I brought Kasey and Justin and I knew neither was right for me, so I asked the producers to pick. Justin was the one chosen to stay. I didn’t know at the time, but I think it’s because he had a girlfriend at home and the producers knew that was going to play out in the next episode. Let me be clear that producers don’t always choose, but when it didn’t matter either way to me, I was happy to let them decide.”
Good stuff. THAT’S the kinda stuff we want to hear from former contestants. Last year, Ali didn’t delve into production stuff all that much. This season she seems to be on a rampage giving away show secrets. She did another candid interview talking about her experience on the show, and I gotta say, I’m loving the fact she doesn’t seem to have a filter anymore since she’s more removed from the show. And yet here I’m the one that production’s panties are in a bunch over and they can’t stand me, when even ones from their own franchise are spilling behind-the-scenes dirt. Keep doin’ it Ali. That’s what people want to hear.
-We see Catherine get serious for the first time this season with Sean. Then again, we’ve barely seen her at all up to this point, but she opens up about a tragic loss in her life.
“I have a goofy side to me…but I want to show you a serious side…been through some tough times in my life…when I was 12 me and my best friend were at summer camp…we were walking on a trail and she was about 100 feet in front of me…we heard a tree start falling…it fell on my friend and killed her instantly…and at 12 years old, I realized that things can be taken from you very quickly and I learned very, very early what my biggest goal in life was, which was like, to be in love and have a family and have a partner for life. So that’s why I think I’m here, because I knew going into this that you want that too. That’s why I wanna be with you because I know that we can be great.”
Aaaaaand breathe. Hell of a monologue. I have one too. Back in the summer before 8th grade, I went to Student Council camp with my best friend because we were elected President and Vice President of the school. I’d been away before but with family and friends. Never with a bunch of complete strangers. It was a three day weekend at the Pomona-Pitzer colleges and at first I hated it, but by the end, I’d learned how to be a leader and what was expected of me for the following school year as class president. From that experience, I then always vowed to sleep on the right side of my bed at night. My point? Uhhhh, I don’t get what Catherine’s story had to do with anything? I understand she wanted to open up about a traumatic experience in her life, but because she witnessed her friend get killed at 12 years old, she knew she wanted to come on the “Bachelor?” Oh well. I guess it worked. She got a rose, and a month later she’s engaged to him. It’s a win-win for everyone!