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The Bachelor 22 - Arie

The Bachelor Arie – Episode 1 Recap, Date of the Fan Appreciation Party, Details on Some of the Girls, & Whose Ex Shows Up?

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So now lets talk about some of the behind-the-scenes stuff about some of these women that no one has reported yet. Some interesting stuff here for sure. The first one being that trailer for the remainder of the season which alluded to someone’s ex showing up. In case you missed it, here it is:

So whose ex is it? Where does he show up? What’s his past with her? Why is he there? Well, here you go. The ex who appears is Ross Jirgl, and he’s Becca’s ex-boyfriend. They’ve dated on and off for a long time (I’ve heard as far back as 7 years), sometimes long distance, but they met in college when he played football at Minnestoa St. This is them from 2014:

You know if they’re gonna fly someone’s ex in (of course this was all set up by production), especially at the very end of filming, you knew something big was gonna happen.

Ross shows up in Peru at the end of the season and proposes to Becca. She says no and accepts Arie’s proposal.

I mean, we’ve had exes show up in the past sure. But we’ve never had an ex show up so late in the game, and on top of that, actually propose to them. So yeah, kind of a big deal. I didn’t think the show would actually give that away in the preview, but they did, so there’s your answer. I know a ton of you have asked me since I named Becca as contestant who is the guy she tags in all of her pictures (and he tags in her) and is that her boyfriend, was she dating him before the season, etc. This guy:

We can finally put this to rest now. His name is Scott Tovsen. He’s her best male friend. They’ve never dated in the past, they aren’t dating now, and never will date as far as I’m told. They are just super close. Not hard to imagine evidenced by how many pics they’ve posted together. Ross is the ex that shows up in Peru, he proposes, she says no, and accepts Arie’s proposal. That’s the “shocker” this season. Ross currently works at Stanford University as a Sports Performance coach. Here are his social media accounts so the crazies, tabloids, and media outlets can hound him. You’re welcome:

Facebook – Ross Jirgl (not sure why he threw in the name “Simon Cholometes” in his FB profile. Maybe he didn’t want to be found by a simple search of his name. Whatever the case, Simon Cholometes was a teammate of his at Minnesota St.)
Instagram – jirglross

Ok, lets talk about Chelsea a bit. Kind of a polarizing character after last night’s show I’d say. You’ve known about her for 4 months now, but I haven’t seen anyone else report on the baby’s father or anything about her, so lets get to it. Bear with me here. Could get confusing. Chelsea was never married to her baby daddy. They’d known each other for 3-4 years before they got pregnant. His name is Mike Wilson. Sometime during the first year of their son Sammy being born, Mike started “seeing” a woman named Rani Williamson, a former Miss Maine USA. Chelsea eventually found out, and Mike and Rani went public with their relationship when Sammy was around 1. Did I mention Rani was married to a guy named Gabe Michelson, might’ve still been with him when she and Mike started seeing each other, and they had a 3 year old daughter together? Well they did. Mike and Rani ended up getting pregnant with their own child in November of 2016, got married in February last year, and had a baby boy this past August – you know, one month before Chelsea left to film this show. Leading up to filming the show, Chelsea was rumored to be hooking up with New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Obviously I can’t prove that, but hearing what I’ve heard, she definitely was running in those circles and was in touch with him. She’s hurt by what Mike did, had some “work” done in the chest area, had the Edelman thing going, and basically went on because she wants to have a modeling career. Mike didn’t approve of Sammy being shown on TV so never signed the paperwork, hence the reason why we never saw Sammy in her intro video. Whew. Get all that? This was Mike and Rani last night on his IG story, so my guess is they’re thoroughly enjoying watching Chelsea’s edit from last night:

And here’s Mike & Rani’s IG pages. Mike’s is private as of this posting, and Rani’s is public. My guess is hers will be private within a few hours of this going up:

Lets talk about Kendall now for a second. If you read her ABC bio, she referenced the fact that she once drove a car through a moving train. At the time, I thought she was making that up, but in reality, it was because she appeared on “Fear Factor” with her twin sister Kylie. Some footage of that appearance has surfaced and, well, she’s quite the trooper. In one of their other challenges, Kendall has to guzzle 24 oz. of donkey semen, while her sister has to drink the same in donkey urine. Get ready to gag. It’s already cue’d up to the start of Kendall & Kylie’s chugging of donkey liquids:

One thing I want to remind everyone here in case they’ve forgotten: Kendall makes it to the fantasy suites this season. Just sayin’.

As for Maquel, her ex-husband Josh Munday is already running to tabloids claiming he wants her back. Well, they’ve definitely seen each other since she’s been back, but to say they’re going to get re-married or whatever, I have no idea. Maquel certainly looks like she’s much more interested in promoting her photography business and will no doubt be on BIP, so enjoy it while you can, Josh. That chicken might’ve flown the coop.

And one final note from one of the girls. I couldn’t find the footage on Bravo’s site, but Annaliese the “kissing bandit” was on a couple episodes of “Millionaire Matchmaker” about 5 or 6 years ago. UPDATE: She’s on episode 2 of season 5 as one of the 3 girls picked to date one of the guys. And she’s also in the next episode (episode 3) in the background of the cocktail party. You can find the episodes on Hulu.

Your poll question for today has to do with what’d you think of last night’s episode:

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  1. cmall2

    January 2, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Mike was cheating on Chelsea with Rani and hooking up with her in hotels while Rani was cheating on Gabe at the same time. Those two are perfect for each other, minus the fact that what got Rani with Mike is what will eventually divorce them…
    He’s already going out with single friends and staying out in hotels! Hi Press Hotel??

  2. adelina

    January 2, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    ^^^^^^I feel some shade and personal vendetta stuff from the comment above by @cmall2. I noticed that Rani (what is that name anyway) looks just like Chelsea.

    I agree that Tia is really Raven 2.0. I do find Tia much prettier than Raven and always found Raven to have a Morticia look that is unattractive. What was that clothing shop Raven was in? Is it hers? Looked very rural chic.

    The comment about Maquel looking like Kesha made me laugh. She does resemble Kesha but a rich man’s version for sure.

    Bekah is super cute but she is also at an age when she thinks she’s cute and clever and down to earth and really needs to convey that. I have a 22-year old child with the emphasis being on ‘child.’ Very young but props to Bekah for wearing short hair really well.

    Krystal is exhausting and reminds me of Britt. Always ON and super HAPPY and super affected and super just go away.

    I thought Arie came off as a bit dim, a bit dull and a bit slimy. He seemed to lear at the women after intros more so than Bach’s in the past.

  3. rob22

    January 2, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Gotta say that the women this season are very good looking. That wasn’t the case last season. I agree that Arie was totally leering at the women after the intros. He’s really creepy. It was actually a bit shocking that the girls seemed to be into an old creeper. But I guess that’s why they’re there. If they don’t act into him their 15 minutes are up quickly. What a show. Girls throw themselves at a guy they’re not that into (some even sleep with him) just for attention and social media cred. It’s pretty sick when you think about it, especially in the “Metoo” world we live in.

  4. jlal

    January 2, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    I totally agree that Tia is way more pretty than Raven, but yet a Raven 2.0.

    I didn’t think Arie was coming off as slimy at all. He didn’t “leer” anymore or less than other bachelors. Also, Nick was older than Arie so everyone just stop with the old crap. I’m not and wasn’t even on Emily’s season a big Arie fan, but am getting sick of RS and others just trashing him.

    RS cracks me up with the “womanizer” comment. Really, womanizer? Too f’ing funny. Also, he IS a race car driver, there are many who try different categories of racing. So, he isn’t as good as his Dad, way to shame someone. At lease he was out there trying, jeez.

    Arie has been a single guy living the single life. Doesn’t seem any more or less “slimy” than any of the others, save Shaun and Ben, that have been the bachelor. Not too many guys are going to say no when they have a chance with a pretty woman. Sounds like RS has some sour grapes. I can’t figure it out, why he is so against Arie. Been reading this site for years and have never seen this blatant animosity toward a lead before.

  5. trainwrecktv

    January 2, 2018 at 9:11 PM

    I don’t think Steve has been any harder on Arie than anybody else. Arie is just an easy target. I tried to play devil’s advocate during this first episode thinking to myself things like, “Maybe I’m just imagining he is leering…” but nope, that was definitely some *skeezy* leering. The creepy mumbling about the women as he watched them walk away definitely didn’t help.

    It was also pretty bad watching him actually say that the things that make him excited to be alive are “excitement,” good food (defined as pizza) and friends/companionship. If he doesn’t think quicker than that on his feet and keeps up the creep factor, this might he a hard season to watch. I have a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that Arie is going to make me miss the days of smooth operator Nick, and I didn’t think that was possible.

  6. rob22

    January 4, 2018 at 7:09 AM

    Look, Arie is impossibly superficial and self-centered. I know that is often the case, but I doubt that Arie has any real thoughts beyond what feels good here and now. There are many examples just from the first episode. The leering comments about the women as he turned to look at their backsides. The “adrenaline junky” comment. Just to name a couple. Sure, he’ll parrot some bromides about wanting a future, wanting someone to share his life with (his life, of course) and marriage…. blah, blah, blah. He’ll say it because it’s expected. In that way, he’s really no different than Nick (or many other Bachelors), but Nick was just better at playing the part. He acted just well enough to get many to buy his act, for a time. Arie is completely transparent. So, is he a bad guy. No. Is he terrible for taking advantage of willing females in the past. No. But let’s not try to pretend that Arie is here to actually find a wife. That’s just silly. Let’s just enjoy this trashy charade for what it is. For what it almost always is.

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