So as I watch tonight as they are in Barcelona, I am realizing that Chris Harrison is there, (I notice some seasons he isn’t on the out of town dates), but he is hardly on screen so how is this handled, does the show fly him in and out or is he there the whole time, I mean what does he do???
Comment: Unless he has some prior engagement, Chris travels to every location and basically gets a free vacation. Even if there is another engagement, he’ll at least be there for the end of the trip since he has to be for the rose ceremony.
Just a thought. Is it odd that the girls from Sean’s season are still so close and hang out? Especially Catherine. I mean, her now-fiance was macking on all of them too.
Comment: Not really. We see that almost every season. I’m guessing when Catherine hangs out with girls from her season (like this past weekend for Daniella’s birthday), they don’t all sit around and talk about their “dating” experiences with Sean. What’s interesting to me was not realizing how many of Sean’s girls live in Southern California. Lindsay, Sarah, Leslie H., Daniella, Desiree, Selma, and Lesley M. Couple others too that I’m forgetting, but those 7 were all hanging out this weekend based on the pictures tweeted out. Forgot about that.
Do people still use the word “macking?” Holy crap. I don’t think I’ve used that since 8th grade.
You have always said that it doesn’t matter who the lead is, as long as they have a good group of girls/guys. Have you changed your mind now that Des is so boring as the lead?
Thanks so much!
Comment: No. I think this season has been a combination of a rather bland lead, and not the greatest casting job they’ve done in terms of the group of guys. First time in 10 seasons they’ve whiffed on that.
Thanks for all your insight and hilarious comments on this ridiculous show for that you are a gentleman and a scholar and a goonie for life.
No disrespect coming from this at all, but I’ve never have had a more gay vibe coming from any other guy before than I have with Drew. Realizing the guys that make it all the way to the final four, I’m confused as to how Desiree thought she was interested in sean. Is it just me or are Brooks and Sean almost polar opposites.
Secondly, please tell me you’ve seen the next karate kid with Hillary swank. The final fight scene when she fights him with sand in her eyes was seriously one of the coolest things ever to me growing up.
Anyways, thanks for all your work!
Comment: “Drew is gay” reference #3.
I never watched “The Next Karate Kid” and never will just because I want to remember the first three for what they were. The one with Hilary Swank and the re-boot with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith I’m just pretending never happened.
Yes, this season is the most pathetic ever. Lets talk about Brooks for a moment.
Lets not avoid what can’t be avoided and talk about the obvious here. I am not sure how anyone can not notice that Brooks is gay. I personally have no problems with any gay people and as a girl have some gay guy friends. I talked about the Bachelorette with them and the two gay guys I am friends with even said how they know for sure that Brooks is gay.
I have some very good intuition on these things. On the gaydar scale of 1 to 10 (with a 10 being Elton John), I would say Brooks is a strong 9.8.
You can see it in everything about Brooks. It is the way he handles himself, his mannerisms, the way he sits, the way he walks, and not to mention how I notice him even checking out the other guys in the house. When he is lounging around the house with the other guys, it is as if he is more comfortable being around the guys in a gay kind of way, then when he is around Des. I am sure he likes Des, but even his conversations with her seem like they are uncomfortable in a way like a gay guy who is being forced to come on TV and pretend that he is into a girl and force his feelings when he is really playing on the other team.
I know that some people won’t believe it and say how could a gay guy be on a show where he is trying to find a woman to marry. Gay guys come on this show to try to convince their families or even themselves they are not gay. It has happened before. In addition a lot of them get nominated by girls they are friends with or their sisters.
This first rule for any girl should be not to fall in love with a gay guy. It will not work. Des is setting herself up to get hurt. Gay guys can be great to be FRIENDS with, but Des has to wake up to some reality. I am not sure if she is in denial or if she may sense Brooks is gay but somehow think she can change him. Des, it isn’t going to happen.
Brooks is not doing a good job convincing anyone that he is not gay.
The questions I have for you Steve are the following:
How is it that everyone who watches this season sees so obviously how Brooks is gay, but Des can’t see the obvious and is so oblivious to it?
Is she in denial?
If a girl wrote you a question as Dr. Reality Steve, and was like Des falling for an obvious gay guy, what advice would Dr. Reality Steve have for the poor girl?
Thanks again for making a mockery of another season and all of the spoilers!
Comment: Wow, a very strong case for “Brooks is gay”. Drew is still leading 3-1.
All I can say is there’s no way this show is openly casting gay men to compete for a wife on this show. That makes no sense. So either your gaydar is off, or, these guys are just REALLY good at faking out the producers.
First of all, a massive hello from the Netherlands and thanks for writing such a great blog and the spoilers.
Secondly, quite frankly, I don’t really get why everyone is b*tching about this season. I mean there’s no Tiara drama or Courtney drama but for ones I kind of like that. I watch the show just to relax and enjoy other peoples happiness and the fairytale dates, and all that. I’m a very down-to-earth person so I know 90% of it might be fake but still it doesn’t hurt to watch the show. I major in Telecommunications and know what goes on behind the screens of a television production, but I wouldn’t mind meeting Drew ;-). It’s the first time I actually really really like a contestant and might be jealous of the girls on his season if he becomes the next Bachelor. Although I would never apply to be on the show (honestly I don’t really believe in a scripted relationship and an almost 100% guarantee of failure, plus the would never ever cast an I-don’t-live-in-the-USA-person) I don’t blame people for doing so. People are being so rude about the contestants on the show and them being boring, but the truth is they are just like you and me, relatively normal people.
The only question I have regarding the show is whether the bachelor or bachelorette has to get engaged in the final episode or could they also ask the winner to just be their boyfriend/girlfriend?
Keep writing the great blogs!!
Comment: Sweet. Netherlands is in the house.
Could they ask the final person to be their boyfriend/girlfriend at the end? Sure. Will that ever happen again? No. People don’t want to invest 11 weeks into a show to see an unsatisfying ending. And although saying to your final choice at the end, “I choose you and lets keep dating to see where this goes” is the most realistic ending this show could possibly have, it doesn’t make for good TV. Every person who makes it to the end is STRONGLY encouraged to propose, and since we’ve seen it now 9 consecutive seasons after Brad 1.0, I expect it to continue.
Love your column – only reason I watch the show.
Not to continue what seems to be an ongoing topic, but these guys are lame! First, they were all anti-Ben, now James. Yes, James put his own spin on things but in the end he was somewhat honest in that he was looking ahead beyond the show. She chose not to send him home right away – get over it boys! Then they start with they are worried about James being violent. Again, lame! If he got violent Michael, the sorry excuse of a prosecutor, could take him to court. (Joking – figures this guy works for the govt)
My question is do you think there is any chance of there being a tape of the conversation that Drew and Kasey say they heard that they may make available at ATFR, or would they have included that on this week’s episode? Without something like this, I think ATFR is just going to be more whining about the same crap.
Comment: You bring up an interesting point in that this show constantly talks about “these people are being taped all the time, we don’t’ miss anything,” yet in the past two seasons, we never actually saw Tierra fall down the stairs, we only saw the end result. And then last night, they focus a whole episode pretty much around this conversation that took place between James and Mikey, yet we don’t hear that either. There are other instances in past seasons as well where the focal point of the episode is based around something someone said, yet, we never hear it. Sounds pretty convenient to me.
I highly doubt that Mikey/James conversation will be played at the MTA.
Awesome recap as usual! I’m glad to see I’m not alone in thinking this season is a complete snooze fest. I honestly don’t think having Drew as the next bachelor will boost their ratings- he reminds me of jake pavelka and will probably cry A LOT. I know you say they’ll never have Jef as the next bachelor but wouldn’t it make sense to have him for ratings sake? No matter how douchey the guy is I feel like more people will be interested in another attempt to be fake engaged for a few days. When Sean sent Des home the entire bachelor fan base was rooting for her because they felt bad for her and look how well that turned out. No matter how bad we’ll feel for Drew when he leaves he’s still boring as hell. Am I right. I totally am. Thanks for the laughs! Enjoy your trip!
Comment: Casting Jef would be strictly stunt casting and I just don’t see the show going that route. Not gonna happen.
Have you noticed that Desiree is a total “forehead-toucher” this season? Any time she cries or gets stressed out, she touches her forehead with one hand. Last night’s promo was a forehead-touching extravaganza.
Random, but check it out.
Comment: I will watch for that next time. I’m an eye rubber. I do it constantly.
I love your site. You’re funny and never had such a great spoilers about a show before.
I just have a comment in regards to the James situation. I don’t have a problem with what he said, I just think he was stupid for sharing his thoughts with another contestant while two others were “sleeping” next to him. The fact of the matter is, he’s just one guy out of 25 trying to make a connection with one girl on a stupid reality show. His chances of ending up with her are very small and when he made that comment, he had only been on one date with her! I know this show wants everyone to just fall madly in love with her, but that’s just not how it works in reality. You date someone and you see where it goes. Not everyone knows after one date that that’s the person they are going to marry. I think you can be on the show and be there for the right reasons and still think “hey, if it doesn’t work out, there is a chance i could be the next bachelor”. It’s not a bad gig and frankly I think most of those guys think the same way, they just don’t say it outloud. Another issue I have is that, he doesn’t really owe her anything. She hasn’t picked him, she hasn’t commited to him and in fact, is going around dating/making out with a bunch of other guys. Don’t get me wrong, I think James is a total player and was definitely not that interested in her, but it really doesn’t bother me that he wasn’t head over heels in love with her after one date and hoped to at least become the next Bachelor. And I am so sick of other guys sitting around talking about this crap over and over an over. It’s such a turn off! I was really hoping she would send Drew, Michael and Kasey home and keep James. But I knew better because of your spoilers!
Keep up the good work!
Comment: Couldn’t agree more. He’s not thinking what any other guy who signs up for this show is thinking. He was just stupid to verbalize it, whether he thought someone was listening or not.
-When the producers asked Des what kind of guy she wanted did she say the slightly classier versions of those guys from the show “Jersey Shore”? I mean seriously-almost every guy in the top 8 looks greasy. What is with the hair gel and fake tans? It’s nasty.
-Drew is a poor-mans Jef Holm. Or maybe it’s the other way around. At least he doesn’t seem to be as much of a jerk.
-What is with Zak’s face every time Des says anything remotely exciting?
He reminds me of that girl who does the insanely awful “stalker versions” of pop songs.
1. When will we learn about the “Brooks, Brooks, Brooks” statement? I’m sure you addressed it before, but I’ve forgotten (sorry).
2. Do you know why Des eliminates Zak?
3. I know you probably don’t care, but out of the top (5? 6? What are they down to?) who do you think would work best with Des?
4. What are your favorite TV shows currently? I took your advice on FNL a while back and I loved it. Almost every episode was amazing. Any other shows that you feel are at that level?
5. Do you think that James said the things that the other guys said he did? Do you think that they read into it too much?
6. Any idea why Des deals with all of the gossip? Most of the other leads say that they want to know everything but then they do the opposite/freak out/don’t believe the “tattler” (Sean, Ashely, BEN).
7. I know that Drew is probably the best contender for the next bachelor, but I just don’t think that it’d be interesting, but out of anybody in the past couple of seasons who would you pick?
Comment: 1) I’ve decided it will be in next Tuesday’s column, and there are reasons behind as to why I had to wait that I’m not going to get into. But it will be addressed in next Tuesday’s column.
3) You answered the question for me already: I don’t care. That’s not why I watch this show.
4) Right now I’m not watching much. “Homeland” is excellent. That starts up again in the fall on “Showtime.” First season is on DVD (13 episodes) and I believe you can get season 2 On Demand right now since the DVD won’t come out til September. Very good show, but I’m biased because it’s from the creators of “24” so they can’t do much wrong in my eyes.
“Couples Therapy” on VH1 is always interesting just because I’m fascinated with other people’s relationships. Also watching “Catfish” since it’s such a train wreck.
I like “Nashville,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Rec,” and “Shark Tank.” Looking forward to “Black List” on NBC when it premieres in the fall.
Glad you took my advice on FNL. It’s the best drama I’ve seen on TV in the last 20 years. I think anyone who enjoyed high school will absolutely love that show, not to mention, it’s a show that both a guy and a girl can watch together. You don’t get too many of those anymore.
5) I think he did say it, and the guys completely overreacted because they were on a television show.
6) No idea
7) I’d have to think about that because no one jumps out at me as someone I’d care to see.
My husband and I are huge fans of the Bachelor franchise….watch religiously every week. A few years back I got into reading your blog and I just find it incredibly funny and love reading your recaps. This season, my husband begged me to not read so that he could be “surprised” by the ending. Needless to say…RS withdrawls ensued….but I complied.
However, after last night’s episode, I just HAD to come read your blog. My “gaydar” has been going off this whole season. In particular towards Drew, Brooks, and Kasey. I know others have said this and this is no new news….however last night’s episode really put it all out there. The neon deep V shirts, drinking from a phallic-shaped nozzle, male nudes, the comment Drew made about being so close to Kasey when he left, etc. Then those spliced scene teasers at the end was the icing on the cake. I was SURE I would come to your blog to find that you had spoiled weeks ago that several of these dudes are gay. (Insert “not that there’s anything wrong with it” Seinfeld reference here.) I was shocked to find no mention (that I can find anyhow) of what I am suspecting and that you are actually predicting Drew will be the next Bachelor? If so, do you think it will be the first gay season of the Bachelor? With the gay rights laws changing recently, perhaps this was just an editing spin to mess with us? But I really don’t think so. I have several guy friends that are gay and I’m sure the following of the Bachelor franchise includes many gay men….so I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility in this day and age….what do you think?
Comment: “Drew is gay” reference #4. No, there will not be a gay “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” anytime in the foreseeable future. Just not gonna happen.
Ok, so I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen Jake and the Neverland Pirates but it’s a cartoon that my 2 year old likes to watch. I know you have nieces and nephews so again, not sure if you’ve ever seen the show. When the bachelorette started I couldn’t place my finger on who Zak looked like. I kept thinking, gosh, he really looks like someone and I just couldn’t figure it out. Low and behold one of the Jake and the Neverland Pirate shows comes on and it dawned on me!! Zak and Jake are twins!! Google it, you’ll see the resemblance. It’s hilarious. Now I can’t see Jake without seeing Zak and vice versa. Kind of a weird little comparison but thought I’d share.
Comment: I guess I’d have to see Zak in a pirate suit to see the resemblance.
I know you are totally over the whole Jef Holm interest out there – but I do believe that Sean was fishing for Bachelor support for Jef on Twitter. The subject comes up a lot on Twitter – and I find it ridiculous because Jef Holm has proven himself to be a player before his Bachelorette season, during his time with Emily, and after his time with Emily. How can the producers ever take this guy seriously? I think people initially bought into his do-gooder act with his much publicized business ventures for his “for profit” company – he was a good talker & actor. His followers still defend him tooth and nail as being such a great guy. The question is – what has become of his business ventures? Why does Peoplewater no longer have him in their website – as a founder or as anything to do with them? Could it be that they could no longer support his playboy lifestyle? Is he now just hanging out & waiting in the wings to be the next Bachelor? Why can’t people see that the jig is up with him?
Comment: They aren’t taking him seriously. Any talk you hear whatsoever on the internet regarding Jef as the Bachelor is being thrown out there by Jef himself. I’m sure he wants the gig and would take it in a heartbeat, but it’s not going to happen despite anything you may hear.
This season of The Bachelorette has certainly been lackluster, and I realized why. Well, I’m sure there are many reasons, but here’s one. Desiree just doesn’t seem to need saving. She comes across as very happy-go-lucky, where one guy could be just as good as the next for her because ultimately she’s very independent and is going to take care of herself. In contrast, Emily Maynard had this tragic backstory and did a good job of playing the part of demure little Southern lady. She was often portrayed as a wounded little bird who would benefit from a strong man who could come swoop in and save her and her daughter. Viewers were more invested in that classic story: Will the damsel in distress be saved by a handsome prince?
Desiree does not seem to be at all in distress, despite the producers trying to cram down our throats that Des and her family used to live in tents, dumpster-dive or whatever. She seems just fine with her life, which is surprisingly not at all an appealing story. I’m not invested in her because she doesn’t come across as needing this “process.” She may be a really nice person, but she’s not pathetic enough. That’s my take. And it doesn’t help that so many of the guys are bizarre and off-putting in their own special ways. I laughed when I read your line about James lactating through his shirt, because that’s exactly what I said when I saw that. And I’m sure that plenty of other people said the same thing. And I’m really sure that when James saw himself like that on TV he probably freaked out. Hee hee.
Comment: Interesting take that I agree with. She also just doesn’t have a personality that flies off the TV screen either, and that’s definitely not registering with viewers. Like I said, doesn’t make her a bad person, just hasn’t made for great TV.