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The Bachelorette Finale Recap – 7/27/09

-Woops. Didn’t see that one coming. Yes, I said it’d either be Ed or no one since I was 100% sure it wasn’t Kiptyn and 99% sure it wasn’t Reid. But that ending did take me by surprise since, well, there was no surprise at all. We all knew Reid was coming back, and if the guy was going to take time to come back, you’d figure it’d be to propose, and he did. But as Chris Harrison so eloquently stated when Jillian needed time to think about Reid, “If Ed was the man you woke up this morning knowing you were going to pick, then that’s your answer.” Like anyone thought for a second she was going to take him back. Anyway, more on that later. Let’s get to the “EXTRA” piece that aired last night. If you didn’t see it, here it is:

Uhhh, woops. Couple things to note about this interview. It took about fifteen minutes total and I did most of the talking. I know how “EXTRA” works where they cram about 100 entertainment stories into a 30 minute show, so I knew my face time wouldn’t be long. And I’m not complaining about the editing at all, just know I obviously had a lot more stuff to say. And really Mario? I follow the show “24/7”? Ha ha. Not quite. I do have a life outside of this show, despite what some of you may think. I did repeat that it was either going to be Ed or no one and I was sure it wasn’t Kiptyn and 99% sure it wasn’t Reid. But of course they ran the “There was not an engagement I can almost guarantee that” and “If I had to guess, I’d say right now she’s single” quotes. Oops. 0-for-2. See, I told you I didn’t know the ending this season. The only thing I knew was that it wasn’t Kiptyn or Reid. But that didn’t necessarily mean it was Ed. With the way they promoted the finale, and the way Jillian had been talking, it just didn’t seem like she was with anyone. But hey, give ABC credit. They coached her well not reveal her hand and she didn’t.

-A couple thoughts from the show since I never do a full recap for the finale. We all saw it. No need to talk about parent interaction when all anyone really cares about is the final result. But here are some quick thoughts of stuff that went on early in the episode:

-I loved Ed telling Jillian’s parents he could not stop thinking of her and he just had to come back to see her. Really? Ummm, not what I heard. Look, I’m not gonna get into the whole girlfriend thing back home regarding Ed. Yet. Let a couple days pass, lets see where her head is at, but I will say this again. If any of you think that what you saw last night was real, you’ve got another thing coming. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I mean, the guy that was one of the five added guys on the first night, who gets to leave mid-show to attend “business matters”, comes back and is the final one she picks? Really? Uh, huh. I believe it. Three months I give Jillian and Ed. Tops. Not a chance this thing lasts. Especially when she’s looking at a handle now of Jillian Swiderski. Lovely.

-When Ed was talking to Jillian’s dad, I sat there in amazement. Her dad told both guys for that matter, that he’d approve of them asking for his daughters hand in marriage. Look, even if Jillians dad spent all 24 hours of the day with Ed, even though he didn’t, lets just say he did for the sake of argument. I’m sorry, no father knows after 24 hours whether or not some guy is the one for his daughter. Not a chance in hell. I say this every season, which is why the show is a joke. You need a little more to go off of than a couple outdoor patio conversations. Mr. Harris, you might like Ed. Hell, you might love the guy and he blew you away. You might even like him better than Kiptyn. But don’t say after one day you give the guy your blessing to marry your daughter. Total BS. You know nothing about the guy other than the lines he’s feeding you. Totally ridiculous.

-At least Kiptyn showed up to meet the parents in something presentable. Like an awful light blue checkered shirt that looked like a tablecloth for an outside picnic they were gonna have. Nice duds. I thought I saw that shirt at Mervyn’s on the clearance rack for about $5.99. I’ve really never disliked Kiptyn. I mean, there really isn’t much to dislike about the guy. Seems nice, good looking guy, has an 18 pack abs, and does children’s charity work. I just thought he didn’t show much personality on the show. Didn’t really feel like I knew anything about him and he’s been on my TV every Monday night since May 18th. And apparently Jillian saw the same thing since she likes dudes who can’t get it up in the bedroom, fart at rose ceremonies, thought enough of her to take off in the middle of the show to go play around with his woman in Chicago, only to come back and say how much he couldn’t stop thinking of her. Good pick. Be sure to tell me where Mr. & Mrs. Ed Swiderski are registered so I can get you something for the wedding.

-Of course, what a episode wouldn’t be complete without Ed in Hawaii wearing his European swim trunks. I honestly think he’s just wearing those things as a joke to draw attention to himself. Seriously. No self respecting guy would be caught dead with those things on. Then again, this is Ed we’re dealing with. It is going to be a rollicking good time when the truth comes out about this guy. All in good time, my friends. All in good time. And any help from his lady friend in Chick-ag-o would be nice. I think we might even be able to categorize Ed in the same breath as a Jason Mesnick. Easily manipulated. I just can’t tell you how curious I find it that I reported at the beginning of the season two guys were offered money to come on the show but turned it down. Then we see a twist where five extra guys are added on the first night (two of them making the final three), and one of them being the final one, who left mid-season to attend to “business matters”. All very bizarre to me. Hey, I don’t put anything past this show.

-I love Reid going to the “You have no idea how many strings I had to pull to get back out here” card. Sure you did, Reid. Dude, you got eliminated in Hawaii. You honestly think that we believe you flew all the way back to Philly, had a change of heart, and had them fly you all the way back to Hawaii? How about you went back to your hotel room, stayed there an extra day, and once the storyline was concocted that you’d come back the day of the final rose ceremony to propose to Jillian, that’s when you decided to go along with everything. Sounds more like it. I understand a lot of you, once again, are falling into the trap of believing that what Reid did took a lot of guts, was so romantic, and you feel heart broken for him right now. Well, then you don’t know this show too well. A lot of you, in fact probably most of you, believed Reid was so in love with Jillian that he had to come back and do that in his outfit best suited for wearing to a WNBA game. I’m here to tell you otherwise. Reid came back and did that because Reid was told to come back to do that. He didn’t do that on his own. No guy would go back to a girl who just dumped him and propose marriage, I’m sorry. Sure, he can go back and tell her, “I think you made a mistake. I really want you to re-think this. I think we’re right for each other. Give me a second chance.” But really? A proposal? Dude, she just dumped you for Euro Richie and boring Kiptyn. Once again, there is a storyline, and certain guys follow these storylines because they feel they’re supposed to. I don’t believe for a second that anything Reid said last night was genuine, and I’m sure 99% of the hopeless romantics who were crying last night disagree with that take. And that’s perfectly fine. Just know what you saw last night wasn’t real.

-So where does that leave us for tonight? Well, Kiptyn and Reid come back to confront Jillian, and we get an interview with Melissa updating us on her wonderful life since the show ended. Then more puke inducing material with Ed and Jillian together telling us how much they are trying to convince themselves they’re in love with each other. Do I think there’s gonna be some sort of change of heart tonight, or maybe that they’re not engaged anymore? I don’t think so. As far as I know after watching last night’s show, these two are together. Right now. Can’t say they will be in a few months. I just can’t imagine if you’re Jillian, when you hear the stories that you’re going to hear about the guy, that you will immediately turn a deaf ear to everything. This stuff will end up grating on her and ultimately end their relationship in my opinion. Yeah, it’s that bad. But hey, until then, make the rounds on the talk show circuit and tell everyone how madly in love you are with Ed’s bowl haircut. This is a television show, first and foremost. They can call it “reality” television all they want, but that pretty much means “scripted.” This show has produced one marriage in 17 seasons. Why would I put any stock into these two walking down the aisle, especially with as many stories floating around there about this season that there’s already been. Jillian and Ed fans, I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Seriously. I don’t really think I’m being Nostradamus here when I say these two aren’t gonna last. Sorry to burst your love bubble.

-So I’ll be back tomorrow with a few thoughts on the ATFR show and to wrap up this whole season. Maybe I’ll have some new info on a possible interview coming up (no, not with Wes). Could be someone from this season, or it could be someone from seasons past. I definitely feel it’s gonna happen but don’t want to let it out of the bag just yet. Plus, check back tomorrow for a really funny video concerning next seasons “Bachelor”. I think you’ll like this one. I sure did. Made me realize how hopeless this show can be. Ha ha.

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83 Comments

83 Comments

  1. kaypax

    July 28, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Fabulous update. Couldn’t resist, but laughing at your Ed highlights of the finale. After watching tonight’s show, I started to dig Kiptyn a little. He has that charm with her parents, and despite his horrible excuse of kissing skills, I think he’s a cutie.

    I’m still a number one Reid fan. And you, my friend, are point on with how they asked him to come back to do it. I couldn’t even think of one guy who would be willingly to come back to get on one knee, as if their life depended on it, after she had just “sent him home.” I think that of all the guys, Reid was the one she had the most chemistry with, and is the cutest of them ALL.

    Ed Swidorkski. Are you sure he’s not gay? I mean, look at the guy. And I’m glad you pointed you out that Ed has a chick back home. Jillian has no idea what is in store for her… sad.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s update!

  2. arizonak

    July 28, 2009 at 2:21 AM

    Wow! What a night! I like all 3 guys, but in the end, it’s Ed. I was smiling ear to ear when Jillian and Ed were telling each other their feelings, but when Reid and Kiptyn were telling their feelings to Jill, there just wasn’t the same reciprocation. I’m so sad for Reid and Kiptyn. Both of them have lots of courage! Ed is sort of nerdy, and that’s fine. She’ll work on his wardrobe. At least he knows how to pick out engagement rings! It was gorgeous! I am looking forward to ATFR tomorrow night! Thanks Steve for your recap.

  3. Rebecca

    July 28, 2009 at 3:43 AM

    “…he had to come back and do that in his outfit best suited for wearing to a WNBA game.”
    didn’t even see the episode, but that made me lol!

  4. DeeCee

    July 28, 2009 at 6:08 AM

    So RS, was Jillian in on the charade as well? Or did Ed really have her at “hello” (kinda seemed to me, though Reid came close during the time Ed was away), and TPTB had to salvage their “love story” no matter how Ed himself felt?

    I kinda believe Reid wanted to come back, though I was sad thinking he lied about going to the airport etc. Not sure he would’ve proposed, though – maybe a ring on a string? I admit though – he did have me crying… Seems to be such a sweetheart. Hope he’s NOT Fleiss’ next victim – er- Bachelor…

  5. RainyNiteNTx

    July 28, 2009 at 6:38 AM

    Last night’s show was hilarious. Jillian tells Kiptyn that he was slow to express his feelings and along the way she fell in love with another man. Never mind the fact that the man she fell in love with left for a while, so I’m not sure how she fell in love with someone who wasn’t there. I could almost hear Jillian tell Kiptyn – now, no dawdling. We have no time to sit on a bench and for me to cry and gasp at telling you good bye because see Reid is on his way in a maroon minivan with a cab driver that looks like his grandmother. LMAO

  6. Dianne

    July 28, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    All I can say is boring, boring, boring. Did I miss something, but what exactly was supposed to happen in the last 5 minutes? Oh..Ed proposing? So, so totally predictable. I felt the worst for Reid having to come back and “pretend”..that was just pathetic. Well..that’s it for me..no more Batchelorette..not after this snooze of a season..gessh!

  7. Carrie

    July 28, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Kaypax, I agree with your statement! Kudos ABC to throwing out enough rumors and distractions to hype up what was, in the end, a very boring finale and season.

    It always amazes me what excuses these people come up with to dump someone on TV, and Jillian’s were just as pathetic. I think all of the attention showered on her went to her head, and once she and Ed have had time together outside the show I think she’ll really regret her decision (especially if the Ed rumors are true). Ed went in there “knowing he was going to be the last one standing” and he was. Way to play the game, Ed. I’m a northern Illinois girl, and I feel quite embarrassed that you’re from my home state. You were one of my top picks early on, but blew it when you left. Your leaving was so scripted it was painful to watch. Reid is better off not having Ed’s sloppy seconds, and I’m sure he can find a much better lady out there. If he does a show on cable TV, I’ll definitely watch. And as far as Kiptyn goes, last night was the most personable performance I’ve seen from him. It certainly seems like they are setting him up for next season’s “catch”.

    I think I’ll skip the ATFR tonight; if last night was any indication, I think watching tonight would be an even bigger waste of my time. Steve, I’m relying on your recaps to fill me in!

  8. amyb123

    July 28, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Jillian actually believes she has made America “proud” of her by choosing the drunken, farting, urinates in public, guy with a girlfriend(s)who couldn’t even look her in the eye or make “it” happen with her on the fantasy date? Uh, sorry to interrupt your dilusion Jill, but NO, we are not proud of you setting women back decades!!

    So there’s what, 16+ hours of my life I will never get back, think I can sue ABC?? I’m with Carrie in the lack of interest in watching the AFTR, I’ll just drop into the boards to read about the party line they’re sellin cuz I ain’t buyin.

    I have milk with a longer shelf life than this relationship. Hell, she could have chosen a crew member and 71% of America would have been happier with the ending! What a joke!

  9. RescueDog

    July 28, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    kaypax :
    [snip] And you, my friend, are point on with how they asked him to come back to do it. I couldn’t even think of one guy who would be willingly to come back to get on one knee, as if their life depended on it, after she had just “sent him home.”

    Couldn’t agree more. It wasn’t real. No self-respecting guy would basically say “you rejected me, you had sex with all three of us within a few days and I’ve known you for six weeks, so marry me! Oh, and yay! Not only did I get Kip’s sloppy seconds a couple of days ago, now I get Ed’s!” Please.

    Look ladies, I can see why you love Reid. He’s a big nice shy guy. I’m pretty much that way myself but I’m self-aware enough to know it. Sometimes it works out. If it doesn’t, it’s for the same reason it didn’t work out for Reid – indecision and inability to communicate. But in the real world, most guys have enough self-respect to move on under those circumstances.

  10. kclep

    July 28, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Good recap RS, all I can say is last night’s show was painful to watch. Even knowing that everything that happened was scripted, watching her dump Kiptyn, then dump Reid (again) and cry about how much she hated to do that, then to quickly recover herself (although I’m sure all of that was edited) in time for Cheesy Ed to waltz down the gang plank so she could jump in his arms and wrap her legs around him. UGH! Not sure if I can stomach the ATFR ceremony. Keep up the good work!

  11. Coach10

    July 28, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    RainyNiteNTx :
    Last night’s show was hilarious. Jillian tells Kiptyn that he was slow to express his feelings and along the way she fell in love with another man. Never mind the fact that the man she fell in love with left for a while, so I’m not sure how she fell in love with someone who wasn’t there. I could almost hear Jillian tell Kiptyn – now, no dawdling. We have no time to sit on a bench and for me to cry and gasp at telling you good bye because see Reid is on his way in a maroon minivan with a cab driver that looks like his grandmother. LMAO

    Seriously!!! Was that not the fastest dump-job in history or what? I loved how even Jillian set Kiptyn up for next season “If there’s one thing I know, that guy is going to make one lucky girl very very happy!” And yes Kiptyn remind us for the one-billionth time that you have never had your heart broken, until now that is.

    I’m disappointed there was no last 5 minute drama though, I was waiting for it and it never came, booo!

  12. fitzer

    July 28, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    Jillian was on a radio show this morning. She said she can’t wait to “eventually fall in love.” She also said that she made the right decision “at the time.” Then she would catch herself and say she was ecstatic. I get the feeling they are not together anymore based on her interview but I don’t know if we will see that tonight.

    Can’t believe that Chris said the last hour was so dramatic. I thought it was the worst acting I have ever seen in my life, especially the whole Reid comeback. Neither of them seemed sincere in the least. I wonder how much they paid him to do that! I actually liked him before last night but that was pathetic and she did a terrible job pretending to be confused. She didn’t act upset at all saying good-bye to Kiptyn. She couldn’t wait to shut the door of the limo. What a major letdown overall!

  13. amyb123

    July 28, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Almost forgot, Jillian told us we would see that she “had her head on straight” – yeah, ok Jill, your head was on about as straight as that chick from the Exorcist, Reagan wasn’t it?

    The trailer park called, your spot is reserved – there’s even an outdoor urinal for your beloved!

  14. caro1975

    July 28, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    All I have to say is: thank god for TIVO, because if I had to waste 2 hours of my life on that joke of a finale I would have been very upset. At least Fleiss was consistent with one thing: boring season, boring finale.

    If I had to sum up this season it would be something like this: drinking, more drinking, helicopter rides, picnics, more drinking, even more helicopter rides, cheesy storylines, the end. Lame.

    I agree with Steve and think its a little suspicious the way that Ed’s storyline played out. Everything about him looks so fake that I wouldn’t be surprised if he was brought in to be the fall back guy Jillian picks if she wasn’t feeling any of the other dudes.

    One thing is for sure, I’m skipping the ATFR. Unless she decides to dump Ed tonight, I’m not watching it.

  15. Coach10

    July 28, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    According to ABC’s website, the headline for tonight’s episode is “With time running out, Jillian makes a momentous decision that will change her life.” Could she possibly be dumping Ed tonight? It also says the show airs tonight at 8/7c, but according to the guide on the tv it’s not on until 10pm. I’m confused?

  16. MustangGirl

    July 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Coach, that was the headline for the Finale last night, if you scroll down, you’ll see the listing for tonight’s show, it says something like “jillian’s conclusion to her emotional journey” or something like that.

    And to all the Reid fans, I also liked Reid and I am sorry to break it to you guys, but it turns out that he was asked and paid to come back and he had never left Hawaii after he was let go. So that whole line about pulling strings to come back was total BS. I think Reid is better off anyway. He can do better than Jillian.

  17. ChicaM

    July 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Hey Steve, I have to admit…you’re a cutie!! Got a girlfriend?? 🙂

  18. pfan

    July 28, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    @MustangGirl and Coach

    That is odd. So are they replaying the finale from last night at 8:00 tonight before the ATFR? I wonder why on the ABC website it says that.

  19. kateenc

    July 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    You know, if Jillian’s dad had just gotten her a pony as a child, then maybe Reid would have a better chance.

  20. sollie

    July 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    I strongly believe that Kiptyn already knew that he was not getting the final rose at the final rose ceremony. I believe that he acted that performance and knew all along. How do I know? Check out when Kiptyn steps into the limo after he gets dumped. If you look through the tinted glass of the limo you will see him grinning from ear to ear, like he is in on the joke. Then they quickly cut to him in the car, and he looks dejected again. Seriously, check it out.

  21. starbuxlvr

    July 28, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Wow–I don’t even know what to say. I can’t wait to hear about all these secrets about Ed. I liked him from the beginning before all this shady stuff became so apparent. I’m interested to see what the People mag article about this will say this week. Jillian has the cover right? It’s a solo cover I think…what does that say?!

  22. Teresa

    July 28, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Boring-fest. I found myself missing Wes, now that I see how the other people are shown he’s the only one who came off as human or with a personality. And it felt like Ed was reading off a teleprompter last night, which would explain why it was the first time this season he used words to communicate. wtf is all i can say about the whole thing. and…. done. *poof*

  23. lemon

    July 28, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    This season was a joke. I like Jillian a lot, but she’s much better off searching for her match in Vancouver. Which she’ll be able to do once Ed heads back to Chicago and they break up. Does Jillian think a party boy like Ed will be able to shake off all the ladies who are now convinced they’re in love with him? He’s not even close to being ready to settle down, he’s now more of a chick magnet than he ever was before, and he won’t be able to say no. Duh.

    I didn’t even watch the finale, I read the spoilers from the east coast to confirm the ending and found something else to do with my time. If you told me a few weeks ago I’d voluntarily skip the finale I would’ve said you were nuts, but I couldn’t watch the farce play out.

  24. bigpoppaevil

    July 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Gee Steve, are you sure Extra didn’t edit your footage to change what you’d said to make the story more in line with what they wanted? After all, every one has it in for you…

  25. sirscott

    July 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Reality Steve,

    This whole season has been pretty hard to make sense of, but I have a theory about what happened: Ed came on the show with a girlfriend back home in Chicago, thinking that the odds were heavily in his favor that he wouldn’t make it to the end. After a couple of episodes, he realizes that there is real chemistry between him and Jillian, and he confesses to the producers about his situation (because he probably realized that Jillian would keep him around a while). Jillian may have also revealed to the producers that she thought Ed would ultimately be her pick (remember she was gushing after their first few dates). So, realizing that Jillian had such strong feelings for Ed – and wanting to avoid another scandal – the producers agreed to let Ed go back to Chicago to end his previous relationship with the guarantee that he can come back (remember that cheesy line where he tells Jillian he wants to keep the rose she gave him?). However, the audience, in rather unconvincing fashion, is told that Ed has to leave for work. The producers realize how weak this story is, so they decide to create a diversion in the form of Wes. This would explain the insane edit (even by Bachelor standards) that they gave Wes, and, let’s just be honest, Wes made it pretty easy for them to present him in such a negative light. Either way, they shifted everyone’s focus onto Wes for the time that Ed was away which made the silly “leaving for work” story less noticeable. It also shifted the “there are guys here with girlfriends” sentiment among some of the bachelors completely onto Wes and not anyone else. During this time, Ed ended his previous relationship – or thought he did – maybe his previous girlfriend had a different interpretation as is often the case with awkward break-ups. Or maybe Ed just wasn’t man enough to be honest with the previous girl and truly left her hanging while he went to “Texas.” But, this is the only scenario that I can think of that explains the two very awkward elements of this season: Ed’s leaving and Wes’ terrible edit.

  26. MustangGirl

    July 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    pfan :@MustangGirl and Coach
    That is odd. So are they replaying the finale from last night at 8:00 tonight before the ATFR? I wonder why on the ABC website it says that.

    Yeah it looks to me like they are re-running the finale and having the ATFR immediately after. What a waste of another 2 hours! I can’t imagine why anyone would watch the re-run of it.

  27. Sheila

    July 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    I wonder why she has started her own business in Canada, if she is in love w/Ed? Doesn’t make sense. Poor girl…, she should be the one to pull a Jason. She has every right..2 gf’s, lied about why he went home, I could go on, but better stop. Just hope Reid & Kip run far away!!

  28. JLBWorld

    July 28, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    sirscott :
    Reality Steve,
    This whole season has been pretty hard to make sense of, but I have a theory about what happened: Ed came on the show with a girlfriend back home in Chicago, thinking that the odds were heavily in his favor that he wouldn’t make it to the end. After a couple of episodes, he realizes that there is real chemistry between him and Jillian, and he confesses to the producers about his situation (because he probably realized that Jillian would keep him around a while). Jillian may have also revealed to the producers that she thought Ed would ultimately be her pick (remember she was gushing after their first few dates). So, realizing that Jillian had such strong feelings for Ed – and wanting to avoid another scandal – the producers agreed to let Ed go back to Chicago to end his previous relationship with the guarantee that he can come back (remember that cheesy line where he tells Jillian he wants to keep the rose she gave him?). However, the audience, in rather unconvincing fashion, is told that Ed has to leave for work. The producers realize how weak this story is, so they decide to create a diversion in the form of Wes. This would explain the insane edit (even by Bachelor standards) that they gave Wes, and, let’s just be honest, Wes made it pretty easy for them to present him in such a negative light. Either way, they shifted everyone’s focus onto Wes for the time that Ed was away which made the silly “leaving for work” story less noticeable. It also shifted the “there are guys here with girlfriends” sentiment among some of the bachelors completely onto Wes and not anyone else. During this time, Ed ended his previous relationship – or thought he did – maybe his previous girlfriend had a different interpretation as is often the case with awkward break-ups. Or maybe Ed just wasn’t man enough to be honest with the previous girl and truly left her hanging while he went to “Texas.” But, this is the only scenario that I can think of that explains the two very awkward elements of this season: Ed’s leaving and Wes’ terrible edit.

    Best explanation I have seen yet. In the mean time 2 other guys thought she was being genuine and really cared – especially Reid. so basically Jillian is not a very nice person and deserves the equally deceptive Ed.

    and when you think about it – Ed is rather dull and boring as was Jason who she also supposedly loved – I would say Ed makes sense.

    But the whole show was really way to scripted for me to enjoy ever watching one of these again.

  29. Caryn

    July 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Steve-
    Did you ever find out why the finale had not been taped when the show started airing?

  30. jillb

    July 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    I agree with sirscott as well. I think Ed went home to break up with his girlfriend…perhaps we’ll find out more tonight.

  31. Jojojo

    July 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Sirscott has hit the jackpot w/ his explanation. It has been said that Wes got the death penalty for jaywalking and Ed got off free on perjury and fraud. Oh, and one more thing, to quote a very wise man “last I heard Texas was not a part of Spain”.

  32. julia

    July 28, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Umm can you say a total snooze fest? I am sorry but Jillian is not bachelorette-worthy. She is cute a nd bubbly, but that’s about it.

  33. suez

    July 28, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Well, nerdy techno-geek Ed was chosen. We know they will break up soon.
    Again, Trista and Ryan will be the only couple to get married.And the bachelor/ette series will keep plugging along.

  34. deesign

    July 28, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Steve- Absolutely hilarious update. That was GOOD STUFF! I am addicted to the show and LOVE Jillian but your observations are so funny i couldn’t help but laugh. You didn’t even mention Kipton fevorishly paddling the surfboard with Jillian strapped around his waist 1 inch from his face. Or the fact that Jillian spent at least 30 minutes of the show lip locking BOTH guys. Oh, and Jillian dropping the F-bomb about Ed not letting her down. That was the “funnest” thing ever!

  35. bachadkt

    July 28, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    I think Fleiss set you up. He knew what you had been saying about the outcome (no engagement), and he wanted EXTRA to interview you saying that on national TV to prove you wrong. Probably part of his evil little plan to pay you back for last season. At any rate, I believe that all of these shows hold a smidgen of reality, but most of it is scripted. A good friend of mine was on Extreme Makeover with her mom. They made them “act like they were fighting” and all kinds of other stupid stuff. At her reveal, we had to film our “surprised” reactions 3 times!! There was also a story about a contestant on Extreme Makeover whose family was asked to be filmed talking about how bad she looked prior to her going to LA for the makeover. When the show dropped the girl at the last minute, her sister felt so bad for the stuff she had made up about her sister for filming that she ended up committing suicide. These shows are a joke, and only time will tell if Jillian and Ed are going to stick it out and make it real.

  36. starbuxlvr

    July 28, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    There’s a picture on Us Weekly’s website of Jill and Ed in LA yesterday. So I guess they are still together.

  37. riored

    July 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    The most dramatic finale ever–who were they trying to kid? I checked in for the last hour. Wow, the last time I cleaned out my fridge was more exciting than that scripted snooze-fest. Did you notice that “heartbroken” Kip couldn’t force out a single tear drop? Like almost everyone else, I’ve got better things to do than waste any more of my life watching tonight, but I’ll be eagerly awaiting your synopsis, RS!

  38. daisy

    July 28, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Steve, thanks for a another great funny enjoyable recap and congrats on your tv debut! Nice job, sorry we only got to hear two lines out of you.

    sirscott, excellent theory, and deesign, thanks for pointing out those funny moments.

    Now I am curious about why there is even an ATFR. Of course I will have to tune in, but after this, I’m done with the show.

  39. lora

    July 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    If I hear the words “chemistry” and “connection” come out of Jillian’s mouth one more time I think I will barf.

  40. rbee

    July 28, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    I am sorry, but I choose NOT to believe that Ed has a girlfriend waiting for him at home…. for one, what guy would propose to a girl (on TV or not) knowing that he has a “girlfriend” at home… that is just really low for any guy none the less a guy that might or might not be getting paid for it…. and for two, what girl would stand by and wait for her “boyfriend” to come back from a TV show to pick up where they left off?? If I were this “girlfriend” I wouldn’t want to talk to anyone and take interviews about this.. how freakin insulting and embarassing for her, because obviously she does not think of herself very fondly if she would wait for a man to get done courting (and now proposing) to another women…. I think that maybe yes, Ed had this “girlfriend” before going onto this show, but!! broke up with her before leaving… think about it, now that Jillian and Ed are together and the show is done airing don’t you think Jillian went to his home town and saw where he lives and meet his friends etc… don’t you think they would of told her that Ed has a girlfriend or that she would figure it out while she was there in his home town… Jillian is a smart women, I don’t think that she would be with somebody that has a girlfriend and I don’t think Ed would bring her home to his town with a girlfriend that is “waiting” for him….. I think Jill and Ed are so cute together and I hope they last (I know it probably won’t- they never do, but here is to hopeful thinking….. =)

  41. amyb123

    July 28, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    rbee :I am sorry, but I choose NOT to believe that Ed has a girlfriend waiting for him at home…. for one, what guy would propose to a girl (on TV or not) knowing that he has a “girlfriend” at home… that is just really low for any guy none the less a guy that might or might not be getting paid for it…. and for two, what girl would stand by and wait for her “boyfriend” to come back from a TV show to pick up where they left off?? If I were this “girlfriend” I wouldn’t want to talk to anyone and take interviews about this.. how freakin insulting and embarassing for her, because obviously she does not think of herself very fondly if she would wait for a man to get done courting (and now proposing) to another women…. I think that maybe yes, Ed had this “girlfriend” before going onto this show, but!! broke up with her before leaving… think about it, now that Jillian and Ed are together and the show is done airing don’t you think Jillian went to his home town and saw where he lives and meet his friends etc… don’t you think they would of told her that Ed has a girlfriend or that she would figure it out while she was there in his home town… Jillian is a smart women, I don’t think that she would be with somebody that has a girlfriend and I don’t think Ed would bring her home to his town with a girlfriend that is “waiting” for him….. I think Jill and Ed are so cute together and I hope they last (I know it probably won’t- they never do, but here is to hopeful thinking….. =)

    The kind of girlfriend who was told that the money he was being paid to do this show would set them up for a nice life. That’s what kind of girlfriend who would wait for him to come back. He told her it was “for them”. He’s a puke. If you go back and do some reading on the boards there are posters all over the net, different posters, who say they know him and he is a swine. This is just one person. There are many of them and they are on every site that has anything to do with this show. Funny how he is the only guy out of 30 who have people posting all of these “lies”. Puhleaze.

  42. sirscott

    July 28, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    To continue my previous train of thought, I do think that Ed and Jillian have a real relationship that may or may not last. I think that the “connection” was real from very early on (remember how devastated Jillian was when Ed left?). But, as RealitySteve pointed out, the “leaving for work” story is just too hard to believe given that so many Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants have talked about how they are sequestered from all forms of communication during the show. There had to be some other reason, and the “Ed has a girlfriend” rumors make sense as an alternative purpose for Ed to leave temporarily. While leaving the show was a risk for him, he had to figure it was his only shot to end things with the other woman before Jillian picked him at the end. Otherwise, he was toast in the eyes of Jillian and the rest of the country. And, with Wes giving so many priceless one-liners, the producers found their perfect diversion and an easy target for a creative edit. Think about it, during the time that Ed was gone, the show was pretty much all about making us hate Wes rather than thinking about Jillian or any of the other men. When has the Bachelor/Bachelorette ever spent so much time focusing on a contestant rather than the star? Nobody cared about who Jillian was falling in love with, we only cared whether Wes had a girlfriend. All of her dates with the other guys were relatively short and dull. The only way this makes sense to me is that the producers knew that Jillian wasn’t going to end up with any of the guys currently on the show, so it was all about Wes until Ed could get back. Once Ed returned at the end of the home visit episode, Wes was immediately given a non-sensical edit in Spain during the next episode and let go. This is all just a theory, but I think it could explain this strange season.

  43. Joe

    July 28, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Over on Brady’s blog, he made an excellent point about a potential marriage between Jil/Ed, which deals with the immigration issue. Even if they wanted to get married now, they couldn’t, as it takes time to get the paperwork to become a US citizen.

    http://bachelorettenews.blogspot.com

  44. mja

    July 28, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    RS wrote, about the ATFR show tonight:
    “Then more puke inducing material with Ed and Jillian together telling us how much they are trying to convince themselves they’re in love with each other.”

    Perfectly expressed my thoughts — except for the puke part. 🙂 Last night I just kept noticing how Jillian was forcing herself to pick somebody, and Ed seemed the best candidate to her. Through the entire run of the show she has been focusing on getting a proposal at the end. Maybe she thought that was required on this show (producers told her), and maybe she really felt she needed a proposal. Who knows? But in any case, the proposal idea was what drove a lot of her actions in deciding who to eliminate, etc. And Ed was the only one of the men left near the end who showed no hesitation in saying that he was going to propose to her and he loved her. Of course it was all scripted and planned that he would be that way. It just seems a little too suspicious that Kiptyn and Reid, the other members of the final three, got to be all noncommittal while Ed was not. It’s possible that K and R really were hesitant to commit… it’s also possible they weren’t so hesitant but that they did it because they were enticed… perhaps told that “you can be the next Bachelor,” or “we will give you X amount of money,” or even “we will give your charities some money.” The possibilities are endless.

    Now, a trivia question (and I don’t know the answer): In previews earlier in the season, it was hinted that somebody was coming back with a shot of a man’s legs dressed in brown pants and brown shoes walking down a hallway or something. The question is, was that supposed to be Reid? And if so, when was he wearing those clothes? And also, if not Reid, who was it? (OK, three questions) A really bad suspense and editing job, I think. No follow through!

    Wow, I do agree that it is not likely that Ed and Jill will stay together. But they had to have her pick somebody, since two disastrous endings in a row (after the Jason season) would not have been very good. They’re still trying to keep up the illusion that this is a romantic show. I do hope for the best for them, but at this point I think that Jason and Molly have a far better chance of staying together than Jillian and Ed do. Just my opinion.

  45. Teresa

    July 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Last week in the preview for the FRC they actually showed the surprise returning bachelor wearing boots. And last week they showed Reid holding a wedding band. Fake edit, much?

  46. jhpolmjm

    July 28, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    @mja
    The blue suit and brown shoes was kyptin arriving for the final rose ceremony! As a Reid fan i was thrilled to see the outfit he had on. As soon as I saw him in it I knew he was there b/c they’d forced or paid him and didn’t CARE what happened. Why else would someone who was so impeccably dressed all season show up in what was clearly a clown outfit? He was making a statement! He still looked better than Ed in those silly green shorts. Oh and I love this site – the comments make me LOL!

  47. addicted2trainwrecks

    July 28, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    sirscott :To continue my previous train of thought, I do think that Ed and Jillian have a real relationship that may or may not last. I think that the “connection” was real from very early on (remember how devastated Jillian was when Ed left?). But, as RealitySteve pointed out, the “leaving for work” story is just too hard to believe given that so many Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants have talked about how they are sequestered from all forms of communication during the show. There had to be some other reason, and the “Ed has a girlfriend” rumors make sense as an alternative purpose for Ed to leave temporarily. While leaving the show was a risk for him, he had to figure it was his only shot to end things with the other woman before Jillian picked him at the end. Otherwise, he was toast in the eyes of Jillian and the rest of the country. And, with Wes giving so many priceless one-liners, the producers found their perfect diversion and an easy target for a creative edit. Think about it, during the time that Ed was gone, the show was pretty much all about making us hate Wes rather than thinking about Jillian or any of the other men. When has the Bachelor/Bachelorette ever spent so much time focusing on a contestant rather than the star? Nobody cared about who Jillian was falling in love with, we only cared whether Wes had a girlfriend. All of her dates with the other guys were relatively short and dull. The only way this makes sense to me is that the producers knew that Jillian wasn’t going to end up with any of the guys currently on the show, so it was all about Wes until Ed could get back. Once Ed returned at the end of the home visit episode, Wes was immediately given a non-sensical edit in Spain during the next episode and let go. This is all just a theory, but I think it could explain this strange season.

    I think I have another idea along these lines. Is it possible that TPTB saw early early on that there were “sparks” between JED and decided to ship him home under those pretenses to avoid a BORING season (as if that were possible? I think you are on the money re: Wes but somehting tells me that the JED story smells funny. Looking at it this way – if Ed were around the entire time it might have been too hard for them to hide their “true” feelings, so they clue JED in and no one else and so the remaining bachs thing all is fair in love and war, then “the return of ED” all scripted for our viewing pleasure!!!!ugh.

  48. JLBWorld

    July 28, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    jhpolmjm :
    @mja
    The blue suit and brown shoes was kyptin arriving for the final rose ceremony! As a Reid fan i was thrilled to see the outfit he had on. As soon as I saw him in it I knew he was there b/c they’d forced or paid him and didn’t CARE what happened. Why else would someone who was so impeccably dressed all season show up in what was clearly a clown outfit? He was making a statement! He still looked better than Ed in those silly green shorts. Oh and I love this site – the comments make me LOL!

    Excellent points – no way would the best dressed bach all of a sudden come off shabbily. He flat out did not care plus of course he was supposed to look like he barely made it from running through airports. Yeah right!

    Either that or he decided to dress down because obviously Jillian prefers the clown outfits and the dirty Wes all season.

    As a huge Reid fan I am glad she is with Ritchie! what a waste of what could have been a great season.

  49. JLBWorld

    July 28, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    amyb123 :

    rbee :I am sorry, but I choose NOT to believe that Ed has a girlfriend waiting for him at home…. for one, what guy would propose to a girl (on TV or not) knowing that he has a “girlfriend” at home… that is just really low for any guy none the less a guy that might or might not be getting paid for it…. and for two, what girl would stand by and wait for her “boyfriend” to come back from a TV show to pick up where they left off?? If I were this “girlfriend” I wouldn’t want to talk to anyone and take interviews about this.. how freakin insulting and embarassing for her, because obviously she does not think of herself very fondly if she would wait for a man to get done courting (and now proposing) to another women…. I think that maybe yes, Ed had this “girlfriend” before going onto this show, but!! broke up with her before leaving… think about it, now that Jillian and Ed are together and the show is done airing don’t you think Jillian went to his home town and saw where he lives and meet his friends etc… don’t you think they would of told her that Ed has a girlfriend or that she would figure it out while she was there in his home town… Jillian is a smart women, I don’t think that she would be with somebody that has a girlfriend and I don’t think Ed would bring her home to his town with a girlfriend that is “waiting” for him….. I think Jill and Ed are so cute together and I hope they last (I know it probably won’t- they never do, but here is to hopeful thinking….. =)

    The kind of girlfriend who was told that the money he was being paid to do this show would set them up for a nice life. That’s what kind of girlfriend who would wait for him to come back. He told her it was “for them”. He’s a puke. If you go back and do some reading on the boards there are posters all over the net, different posters, who say they know him and he is a swine. This is just one person. There are many of them and they are on every site that has anything to do with this show. Funny how he is the only guy out of 30 who have people posting all of these “lies”. Puhleaze.

    I believe you but where are these people posting about Eddie?

  50. Teresa

    July 28, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Very funny that Reid somehow had time to stop and get a ring from the ABC’s jewelry shop on his way to the FRC from the “airport”.

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