As for the Frank stuff, since we all knew what was coming, I’ll just run down my thoughts more quickly from his time in Tahiti:
-I love how he went to Chris Harrison for advice. Like that guy has anything to do with this show other than showing up for rose ceremonies or telling people when the date cards are showing up. I guess they felt Chris needed to actually earn the cake they are paying him to steer this train right off the tracks, so they brought him as Dr. Chris Harrison with a PhD in Relationship Psychology. Barf.
-If Frank had already made up his mind to go back to Nicole, what exactly was he asking Chris anyway? To talk him out of it? To see if there was a way he could escape the island through a submarine like Sawyer, Kate, and Juliet tried? That whole talk was rather pointless. I guess they needed time to fill and felt the audience needed to see more of Chris in a teal shirt from Old Navy.
-At least Frank admitted to being an overanalyzer. I guess he and I have something in common then. Well, that and we both hated being in retail.
-I love how Chris tells Frank, “You know, not to reveal too much of what Ali and I talk about privately, but, she’s crazy about you man.” Way to keep a secret Dr. Chris. Aren’t you breaking doctor-patient confidentiality agreements by saying that? Keep your private conversations with Ali just that – private. Frank’s head checked out of this game a long time ago. No sense in trying to reel him back in.
-After Frank leaves and Ali’s a crying, hysterical, mascara-running mess, she heads down to the beach to sit under a tree because, well, that’s where the producers told her to go. And lo behold, Mr. Shoulder To Cry On Chris Harrison comes strolling her. “There, there my sweet child. It’s ok. Let it all out.” Boy, Chris really earned his paycheck last night. He was everywhere. Offering no advice to Frank, letting Ali use his shirt as a Kleenex – great job, Chris!
-I think Frank and Ali’s conversation last night definitely proved one thing: Ali cared a lot for him. I’m sorry, she’s not an actress. You can’t pull off that type of emotion and heartbreak if you didn’t care for the guy. No way, no chance, no how. She was pretty beaten up over him leaving at the time. As I said, I’m sure she’s over it now as she should be, but in that moment, yeah, it was obvious how much she cared for him. And I think Frank cared for her too – just not as much as Nicole. Frank will get beaten up today by all the hopeless romantics, but I thought he did what he thought was the right thing to do at the time. Can’t fault him for that. And if he ends up marrying Nicole someday, then everyone cursing him will look like idiots. So for that, I hope he does.
-Just like Ali last night complimenting both Chris and Roberto as the greatest guys ever, and she could see herself with them, and blah blah blah. When she doesn’t choose them, what are people gonna say then? Hell, even if she did choose one over the other, people will say, “Well, then why did you say that about so-and-so and then dump him?” Happens every season. When these people sit down for their ITM’s, and the question posed to them is, “Tell us everything you love about being with Chris/Roberto/Frank”, and her answer is full of compliments, then of course that’s what they’re gonna show. Do you honestly think at this stage in the process they’re gonna show us Ali talking about the negatives of these guys? No. It’s all positive. Oh this guy will be the best husband. Oh I can see myself with him forever. Oh my time with him is magical and we have such a great connection. It’s a television show. She has two guys left. So don’t be fooled by the soundbites and things you hear come out of these people’s mouths. You hear what they want you to hear, and the reason everything is so complimentary is because they’re just answering what they’re being asked.
-I mean, Chris Lambton is a great guy based on everything we heard from Ali, right? She’s done nothing but basically sing the guy’s praises for nine weeks. Well, in the finale she’s going to send him home. Obviously there will be a reason she tells him why, yet, we haven’t heard that reason yet. Why? Because they don’t want you to think anything’s wrong with the guy. Nine weeks of gushing about the guy, then all of Chris Lambton’s minions will be devastated come two weeks from now when Ali doesn’t choose him because of whatever reason she says. They’ll be screaming “How can you let him go! What’s wrong with her? Why did she never mention this before?” I can hear it already.
-But that’s the nature of this show. That’s why I don’t understand why people get so worked up at the end when their favorite goes home. And believe me, there will be a giant uproar when Chris gets sent packing two Mondays from now. That guy can do no wrong in most hopeless romantics eyes and they will be steaming come the finale. Sure, Roberto is well liked also, but I haven’t seen this much hysteria over a guy probably ever when it’s come to this show, and that’s saying something. However, just for fun, if you switched storylines and Roberto was the one who moved back home for his mom who ended up dying, then the hysteria would be for him, and I guarantee people wouldn’t be as fanatical about Chris as they are now. Take away his mom storyline, and I’m guessing most people would just think of him as a cool, regular guy and not obsessed with his happiness as they are right now. People just love underdogs, and basically that’s what Chris has become. Damn. I should be a psychologist.