-As Ben and Leah looked like they were done with their conversation and he was walking her back in to the group, Olivia peeks out and asks if she could have him for a minute. Lets just put an end to this right now. These “can I steal him for a minute” segments are not storylines. Olivia is told to do that, as is everyone else. We see this EVERY SINGLE SEASON. This isn’t new. It’s the producers way of generating drama when there’s no drama happening. Of course the girl talking to him when she already has a rose will upset people. That’s why they have them do it – every single season. Not to mention they always do it at least once a season with someone who already has a rose, then a producer will go over to the group of girls sitting around, ask them off camera, “So what do you think about Olivia talking to Ben even though she already has a rose,” then cattiness begins. Wash, rinse, repeat. You can call Olivia out for plenty of reasons I’m sure coming up this season, but for this, it’s a non-story. Same with Lace who, whaddya’ know, is up next after Olivia.
-Lace actually confronts Olivia for going to talk to him with a rose when other girls who didn’t even get dates haven’t spoken to him yet, and Olivia gives the “just because I have a rose, doesn’t mean anything” speech. Well actually it does. Means there’s zero chance of you going home that night so maybe step aside and let others have their chance. But then again, this is producer driven anyway, so it’s tough to say how Olivia really felt. Lace gets her time with Ben and lets him know she “has a bold personality…I’m a lot to handle.” You don’t say, Lace? And all this time you really seemed like a laid back, chill, go with the flow type of girl. Hmmmmm…surprising to hear that coming from you. Then she started rambling on about pictures, her insecurities, and ended it with “I have a part of me that I’m working on…” Yes, we know. The cray cray part. And just as she was about to tell Ben and the world that amazing part of herself she’s working on, she gets interrupted and goes off to cry. Lace is a walking head case at this point. Lets all chip in and give her a hug right now. Struggling.
-Ben has a conversation with Lauren B., another girl who didn’t have a date that week, and presents her with a gift to let her know he was thinking of her this week. It was a picture from when they were sitting on the steps on the first night. Awwww how cute. So nice of you Ben. Because if you hadn’t, she might’ve forgotten that moment from FOUR NIGHTS EARLIER. Since it was a picture of them but wasn’t a selfie, pretty obvious exactly whose idea this was to do this. One hint: Not Ben. There’s a reason Lauren B, Leah, Rachel, and Jami didn’t get dates this week. It’s because Ben knew he wasn’t eliminating them. But, there’s a reason why they focused on Ben making sure Lauren knew he was thinking about her and that’s, well, obvious. Although, he also gave Lauren H. a blue ribbon for making the largest volcano explosion, which was basically the equivalent of high fiving her after sex.
-And finally, what rose ceremony wouldn’t be complete with another producer driven idea of having Ben make something for Amanda’s daughters – and basically make her cry again. He made little barrette’s for Kinsley and Charlie. I think Amanda needs to take to social media and let the world know if the kids even wear them, if she even gave them to her daughters, or if they just like putting it in their mouths. After watching Ben do everything and say everything right to every girl he talks to, it makes you wonder how much he was coached. It’s like they almost knew from the get go that they were gonna run with this “Perfect Ben” storyline all season, so they made him do as much as possible with it. You think Juan Pablo ever stood a chance with these producers? Of course not. They sold him down the river the second America didn’t take to him once the season aired. Not that he didn’t deserve it, but it goes to show how little they care about their contestants. They have zero allegiance to you. None.
-Rose ceremony time. JoJo, Caila, and Olivia are safe. Ben time. “Not expect to be feeling the way I do…continue to overwhelm me…this can work…time to do the part I don’t love…you know…dumping people that I barely know…bear with me while I make it seem tougher than it really is. C’mon people, it’s week 2.”
Amanda: Barrette’s for everyone!
Jubilee: This was definitely the earliest a black contestant has ever been kissed, right?
Lauren B.: Like I said in my NY Times interview. This season was easy.
Leah: Anymore bending over football hikes with her?
Becca: Free throw contest. Me and you. We shoot 100 and I’ll spot you 10.
Rachel: If Rachel walked into my office right now, sat on my lap and straddled me, I wouldn’t have a clue who she was.
Lace: See girls? Crazy can get you far on this show.
LB: Welllllllll, maybe not. She pulls Ben aside and tells him it’s hard to be here and she doesn’t know if she can do it. Translation: This is stupid. I’m going home. So she leaves.
Jennifer: First girl to kiss him this season, so that earns her points. We can thank her for turning Ben into a male slut.
Emily: Can anyone let me know how to tell them apart yet?
Jami: (See Rachel).
Lauren H: She has a very Midwestern accent that I’ve noticed.
Shushanna: It wouldn’t surprise me if she’s part of the KGB.
Haley: Was this the one who said on the group date she wasn’t very smart, or the other one?
“Ladies, Ben, it’s the final rose tonight. When you’re ready. And how about that exciting ‘Bachelor Live’ show coming right up after this, huh? What a riveting 60 minutes of television isn’t it? We ask poll questions that have obvious answers, we take calls that are completely scripted from the people we let on, and we have people who sit on our couch that offer ZERO insight whatsoever. Every Monday in January everyone! Come join this f***ing sh**show!”
Amber: In case you didn’t know, Amber is also on this season everyone. Pretty funny how the show is crowing about more diversity, when 3 of the 4 non-white women this season have basically gotten the least amount of air time. Diversity my ass.
As for next week, more of the same from Olivia. She continues to rub some of the other girls the wrong way, Lauren B. gets her first major screen time with a 1-on-1 date, we get a repeat of Juan Pablo’s season with a group soccer date with special appearances by Alex Morgan and Kelley O’Hara from the USWNT, and Jubilee’s 1-on-1 as well. Then after that, a wasted 60 minutes of television with the “Bachelor Live” show.
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