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The Bachelor Recap – 2/14/11

For episode-by-episode spoilers of Brad’s season, click on the link above that says “Bachelor Brad Spoilers” (it’s like, 1″ inch above this sentence). It has a breakdown of every date, rose, and elimination, all the way down to Brad’s final choice. However, there will be spoilers talked about throughout the course of this column. You’ve been warned.

So there’s been a lot of discussion since Friday’s column regarding the Laurel article that came out in US Weekly last week about her relationship with Brad. As I said Friday, I don’t really think the article did all that great of a job in getting her point across since there’s so much more to the story, and plenty of more texts that he sent her. Plenty of stuff people haven’t heard and what exactly was Laurel’s reasoning was for even doing the interview? I’m going to do something I’ve never done in 8 years in this column. I’m going to have a poll. Right now, I’m really on the fence. Part of me thinks that you don’t care about this story, think it’s a non-issue, and that it should just go away. Another part of me thinks, knowing how much people enjoy being voyeurs about this show and loving all the dirt and gossip that it brings, that you would love to actually hear what Laurel has to say regarding the article and all the stuff that didn’t come out in it. So, very easy question for you to answer in the poll below. I have a percentage in my head of what it would need to be before going forward with the interview. If it doesn’t get to that percentage, then I won’t do it. If it does, then I will. Simple as that. Please vote now. You can only vote once per computer, so it’s not like this thing can be rigged in any way:

In case you haven’t noticed, I have updated a few things on the site. Since SOOOOO many people still can’t seem to figure out where the spoilers are and what to click, I’ve made that process a tad easier. The “Bachelor Brad Spoilers” link at the top of the page is now sitting there by itself. You can’t possibly miss it. I’ve also changed the “Read more” link (which brings you to the next page for those who could never grasp that concept) to now “Click here to read more” also in a bigger font. So even if you are skimming and don’t read every word on the page, I don’t know how you could possibly miss in big, giant font “Click to Read More”. Hey, maybe it should’ve always been this big so I could’ve avoided the “Hey, where do I click to read the next page of the post” questions. Mind boggling. Do those people reach the end of the page in a book and ask, “What do I do next” too? Anyway, you can’t miss it now, so hopefully that will help you navigate better. And finally, the “RealitySteve” text in big orange letters at the top of the page, is now a link back to the home page. So if you’re on another page, instead of clicking that small “Home” text to return to the homepage, you can just click on the big “RealitySteve” text in orange letters. I’m like 2nd grade proofing stuff for people now. Lets see if the confusion still continues. Ha ha.

And yet another addition to my site this week? That’ll come in Friday’s column. Haven’t done this in about two years, so I decided I’m gonna have a little fun on Friday. Hope you all enjoy it.

Before we get started, I wanted to promote something for my friend Holly Durst. As you know, she is engaged to Michael Stagliano (yes, they’re still engaged) from Jillian’s season and have entered a contest to win their dream wedding. So, please go to this link and vote so Holly and Michael can hopefully get an all-expense paid boffo wedding:

The Ultimate Wedding Contest

And finally, a couple people came to me yesterday saying there’s a big rumor floating around Austin right now that Brad and Emily were seen out together this past weekend. Now that’s laughable. Even if Brad did pick Emily in the end, which he didn’t, he’s not allowed to just troll around his hometown with her on his arm for everyone to see. Uhhhhh, that’d kinda be giving away the ending. So lets just put an end to that rumor right now. Brad was not with Emily this past weekend, not only because he wouldn’t be allowed to, but because he’s not engaged to her either. He’s happy, in love, and engaged to Chantal. I cannot be any clearer than that. I’ve said it in basically every column since Dec. 8th and it’s certainly not going to change. Trust me. That’s who he chose. On to last night…

-When the show started, I thought it was interesting as all six girls are coming to shore on the boat, that three of them are dressed exactly the same as they were in the picture that I posted back on Oct. 27th when someone was at the St. Martin airport and saw the girls at baggage claim. In fact, Chris Harrison even mentioned it in his blog today that tourists were snapping pictures of them at baggage claim. In case you weren’t following the site in the “off-season” (which you probably should because that’s when I’m usually leaking stuff months early), here was the picture I posted back then (Don’t mind all the arrows. At the time, I didn’t know which girls were which outside of a few):

As you can see, Michelle, Emily, and Chantal are in the exact same clothing they were in when they arrived on the boat. Emily’s floral top with jeans, Michelle’s white pants and pink top, and the pink dress that Chantal is wearing by the baggage carousel. So they arrived in St. Martin that day, then took a ferry on over to Anguilla, then hopped in a boat and were taken to shore. One side of me wants to feel sorry for the constant traveling and getting off a plane and immediately filming that day. The other part of me says, “Suck it up wusses. It’s a free vacation in the Caribbean.” I think I’m leaning more towards the latter.

-First date card arrives and says “What’s three things you would take with you on a deserted island? A picnic lunch, champagne, and Emily.” Awwwwwww, how cute. Although, all the things that incorporate a picnic should each count individually. I mean when I hear, “You can bring three things”, a “picnic” is like 10-15 things depending on how big it is. Kind of unfair, but whatever, this is fantasy land they’re living in. Brad asks Emily what she wants to do today as if she has any say in the matter. “Yeah, I think I’m down for some outdoor barbequing, maybe play a little Frisbee, then build sandcastles. Whaddya’ say?” Yeah, not gonna happen. You will do what the script says you’re gonna do today, so Brad stop asking her rhetorical questions. A helicopter comes flying in to pick them up and Emily couldn’t be more surprised or more blown away by Brad’s thoughtfulness. Emily: “You do too much on our dates.” Really? So you think Brad booked that helicopter all by himself, huh? Emily, I know you’re blonde and all, but please don’t tell me you’re this stupid. And it’s not like he actually wanted this date to be with you anyway. Your name’s not Laurel.

-The helicopter takes them to Sandy Island for a picnic. The beautiful waters, the sunny skies, the romantic setting, it was breathtaking really. So much so that this conversation ensued:

Brad: “I like it out here.”
Emily: “Me too. (Long pause). What are you thinking?”
Brad: “Really, really cool view.”
Emily: “Yeah, it’s really pretty.”
Brad: “Love it here.”

Screw knowing what the spoilers are. We’re seven episodes in now. How could anyone possibly think for a second these two are falling madly in love with each other to where he’d be proposing to her in a few weeks? Are people watching the same show as I am? The guy is pitching a tent and fondling Chantal every five seconds he’s with her, and he tells Emily every four seconds that he’s scared of her. Huh? Really? This far into the process and you’re still not comfortable around the woman? Yeah, this is just bizarre. I’ve come to realize while watching this show that Brad is one giant weenie. Quit telling women you’re scared of them after a month of filming. This is getting to be uncomfortable. Then again, when you’ve been in and out of therapy for 3 years (now that’s funny), I guess your emotions will get the best of you sometimes. Except with Brad, it’s all the time. Dr. Kajagoogoo would be very proud of you Stephen Bradley Womack. You’re making progress. Now just quit telling Laurel’s mom you want to marry her daughter weeks before the show and everything will get better.

-I loved how in one scene Emily’s hair is soaking wet from being in the water, then the very next shot of her, it’s dry. Great editing, people. Can you not make it so obvious next time how much of their conversation was spliced together? Thanks. Really appreciate it. Brad: “I get nervous around you…I move very slowly…I care for you more than I probably should say right now…I care for you a lot.” On and on and on he went describing how great this boring date was and that he and Emily had this amazing connection. Uh huh. Sure he did. I guess he can keep trying to convince himself of that. Whatever floats his boat. I just found it quite humorous that sitting on Sandy Island, with a beautiful, plastic woman like Emily, Brad still found some time to sneak away and fire off a few texts to Laurel during his ITM’s. That was real thoughtful of him. I’m sure he told Emily he was just conversing with producers about some production stuff, but we all know what he was doing. He’s a tricky one that Bradley Pickelsimer. Turn off your phone during the date, man. Kinda rude. At least Sandy Island gets good reception, so that’s a plus.

-So these two are now at dinner right on the shores of Sandy Island, which kinda sounds like a porn stars name if you think about it. Who wouldn’t watch a porn with a big breasted blonde named Sandy Island? Where was I? Anyway, during dinner the big question arises regarding a hometown date with Emily and whether or not he’ll meet her daughter Ricki. Brad: “Would you allow me to meet Ricki?” Then Emily comes back with probably the third or fourth biggest line of B.S. she’s told this season. “I really never introduced her to anyone I’ve dated.” I’m here to tell you that’s a flat out lie. Yes, she has. Take my word for it. And it’s not like that lie is that big of a deal either. Just like a couple of her other fibs aren’t all that bad, I’m just curious as to why she can’t be 100% honest with her past. Weird. I guess she really wants to play up her storyline so it’s an easy transition into the “Bachelorette”. I’m not sure. I mean, just the sole fact she’s attractive, has a daughter who will never seen her father, and finishes 2nd this season you’d think would be a solid lock for everyone to fall in love with her. Which they have.

-The children talk continues. Brad: “It’d be huge to me if you’d allow me to meet her.” Emily: “It’s just so scary. It’s starting to get so real. What are we gonna do? That’s a good question.” See, this was all just so dumb to show this part of their conversation. It’s not like from the time this part of the episode was airing, til the time the previews for next week aired, that they spliced together stuff showing Brad meeting Ricki next week. Obviously it’s an important conversation to have for them, but the parts of it that were shown were pretty anticlimactic considering they give away in the previews that Brad meets Ricki. I mean, seriously? Did anyone honestly think for a millisecond that Brad would go on a hometown and not meet Emily’s daughter? Of course he was going to. Brad’s all about family as he reminded us numerous times last night. This guy wants a family, wants desperately to be married, and being with Emily means he’d be marrying into someone else’s family. That’s a huge deal. Probably was a major deciding factor why he didn’t choose her in the end. But for them to spend so much time showing us on their date talking about this stuff was nonsense. Of course we were gonna see Ricki next week. This show wouldn’t have it any other way.

-Brad is so geeked right now, he’s turning into a rebel. “I’ll tell you right now. I’m giving you a rose. I don’t care if I’m not supposed to do this. I’m breaking protocol. We’re going to your hometown.” Damn! This guy is crazy! Did you see what he just did? He told us he’s giving her a rose before the rose ceremony even takes place! My head is going to explode! The guy is breaking protocol, he’s talking about meeting children, he’s taking Emily out into the ocean to make out some more. Man, this guy is seriously fired up right now. How much longer can he keep this up? You know what I think he should do? Head back to his room tonight, break protocol again, and contact Laurel while he’s at it. You know, because he’s so whipped on her and for 8 years they couldn’t ever seem to get rid of each other. I think while he’s getting paid a ton of jack to be on this show, and he’s a month deep into filming, he should really be sending an email to Laurel asking her how she is. You know, because he’s moved on and everything. Uh huh.

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  1. shell9212

    February 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    mrs joiner you are right – I agree with all you say – especially
    about Chantal – “if I was her and I was feeling like a fat lard, I don’t think I’d be on a national television poking my belly and my buttocks out looking like a before picture for an Acai berry infomercial…” my thoughts when i saw how sloppy poor Chantal looked in her bikini was my gawd girl, if ever there is a time to curtail your eating it’s right before flying off to a tropical island where you no doubt are going to be seen in a bathing suit! She is what–?– 25? That is about as good as it gets gals – as the years go by, you will have to work harder and harder at watching what and how much you eat and how much you exercise to look decent in bathing attire. At age 25 a woman should be looking her best. Enjoy it while you can girls – ’cause it doesn’t last. Take it from a woman over age 40.

  2. DonGrigio

    February 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    juliejulie – checked out your blog – eh it’s just alright. While your diatribe on grammar (hahha) was good, you have no insight like this dude over here. You totally blew the fact that Brit dumped Brad. She said so back at the house and before reading Steve I thought that was odd. BUT she’s a totally believeable person imho not like some of the other me-me types we’re used to seeing. She knew nothing was there between them. This butthole show edits and craps all over us every week and most of you buy it. Thanks Steve for the spoilers. Shows like these NEED to be spoiled – they earn that right on a weekly basis.

    Also – truebachelorfan – you don’t remember Paradise Hotel !?! Better google that – that show was the height of all things evil re reality date shows.

  3. Nobody

    February 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    @ Ms_Joiner:

    Cats are commonly referred to as “little women”. Where else do you think they learned to be “users and moochers”?

  4. Dianne

    February 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    shell – you make it sound like Chantal has gained, like, 25 lbs or something..geesh! She’s put on a couple, which she admits to. Because of her build, I think she shows the extra couple of pounds, but I’m sure it’s not something she can’t get rid of. I’d like to see any 25 year old NOT look sloppy, and “look their best” after having no more than an hour sleep and having to prep for the SI shoot. The poor girl was exhausted! Give her a break already!

  5. spins22

    February 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    P.O.T. hilarious!!! Shawntel is interesting but you can definitely tell she’s a lot younger than him. She seems out for fun that’s for sure. I didn’t like Chantel before, her crying and whinning was annoying but after the Laurel story came out, i actually like these two “lovebirds” together. Rebound or attempt to make exes jealous, either way they seem to be a good match!

  6. smd64

    February 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    @ juliejulie — this is Steve’s blog. Stop posting on here to promote your own blog. How desperate can you get?

  7. mommyof2

    February 16, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    I agree with Nobody about the wedding thing. I purposely went to the link and voted for someone ELSE other than Holly and Michael. I voted for the guy in the Navy and his fiance; at least he serves our country instead of promoting himself through this reality franchise.

    Also, as Justa-VIewer points out, the proofing comment I made was in direct reference to the mix-up of the names “Shawntel” and “Chantal”.

  8. mommyof2

    February 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Oh, and I noticed Steve fixed the name mix-up in his blog, so I have no complaints now. I’m glad he’s listening/reading his fans.

  9. hordac

    February 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    I don’t care about grammar/spelling errors personally. What bothers me though (yes I’m going to go there) is when RS is so sure that he is right about something, like the age of caves in Costa Rica, that he comes off as an arrogant no nothing p***k, ha ha. Still love you RS, your blog truly is the highlight of the Bachelor/ette franchise.

    Although I hate guys going off on girls for being fat when they clearly are not, I like the way RS qualified his comments about her body. It is true that no guy would kick Chantal out of their bed, its not like she is some fat pig. But yes, she looked THICK and POUCHY. I am more similar to Chantal’s body type than to Ashley or Michelle, so I totally sympathize. I would bet that she was HORRIFIED when she watched the episode. I had to respect her when she said she felt fat. That was honest. She won points from me for that. BUT….she is most definitely a whiner and Brad is going to RUN FAR sooner rather than later. I would pick someone like Shawntel in a heartbeat. Guys, THAT is the kind of woman you should all be looking for! She has my vote for Bachelorette as well. Emily bores me to tears and I could almost see her cringing when she had to kiss Brad. You cannot tell me she is going to sleep with him in SA, now talk about sucking it up. (oh boy, did I just write that?). She is Barbie come to life no doubt about it. I am convinced that the producers have told Brad he needs to keep her around to forward their Bachelorette agendy for her. There is ZERO chemistry.

    I also noticed the suitcase edit with Britt. I love catching this stuff its so AWESOME (another overused phrase on this show!)

  10. SherryfromD

    February 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    These were the two comments I thought were the most hilarious from this recap:

    And maybe some of you out there reading this have a tramp stamp of your own, so I apologize for making it sound so crass and degrading. For your liking, why don’t we call it by it’s proper name, the P.O.T. (Pull Out Target). I don’t want to say Shawntel’s P.O.T. is huge, but a blind man could earn a triple score by firing away on that bullseye.

    Then I saw how scared Britt was and I felt bad. Not because I was really wanting her to overcome her fears or anything. I was just scared that the impact of her 75lb body crashing into the water might shatter every bone in her body.

  11. finerthings

    February 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    I really didn’t think Chantal’s body issue was that big a deal. I thought she looked good. And did you guys SEE Michelle’s veiny, saggy breasts?? Oh my goodness, I was much more embarrassed for her than I was for Chantal after seeing those. Ick.

  12. Small_Peanut

    February 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Funny recap as usual! Hilarious about the Bankee Banx (sp?) band.

    However, I must be in the minority, just because Chantal said she felt fat that day (what woman doesn’t have fat days???!!), doesn’t make her a target for the fat comments from some of the posters. Good grief, you run around practically naked on national TV (and yes, the camera DOES add 10-15 lbs), which means Chantal probably looks skinny in real life off the camera vs. NORMAL on the camera. She didn’t have a choice, she had to pose for the magazine, and it was part of the group date.

    This is why we have women with eating disorders, and why all the chicks that go on TV end up losing 10-20 even if they don’t need too. I disagree she does not need to lose weight, just cut down the salt intake will help any of the bloating prior to jumping into a bikini. Plus, her body natural curves to where her stomach curves outwards, she can’t change that, that’s genetics.

    Ali from last season as RS pointed out, apparently tweets about the way her weight is (obviously, from negative comments like these posters on your blog), she should do herself a favor and stop reading them, it’s not healthy.

    Touché to Chantal for strutting herself and putting her fears and body image aside (and trust me, for most women this is HARD to do). I know far too many women who would love to even look 1/10th as she good as she does in a bikini! Had to chime in, all these weight comments were a bit over the top. Too many peeps that like to put others down to make themselves feel superior including those that come here and make negative comments about this blog. If you don’t like it, don’t come back.

  13. manila75

    February 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    RS actually listens to us! LOL. He got rid of the other links (Bachelor Pad Spoilers and The Bachelorette 6 – Ali) to avoid confusing less savvy users. I’m impressed. Go RS 🙂

  14. manila75

    February 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    “For your liking, why don’t we call it by it’s proper name, the P.O.T. (Pull Out Target). I don’t want to say Shawntel’s P.O.T. is huge, but a blind man could earn a triple score by firing away on that bullseye.” This, I actually got confuse…didn’t notice Shawntel’s POT. Am I blind?

  15. shell9212

    February 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Michelle had the best body despite the veiny fake tits.
    Hah-ha so no guy would kick Chantal out of bed–? – –hah — so true but most men are pigs and would fuck anything. So that comment means nothing.
    I am not saying Chantal isn’t attractive -she is – she has the face of an angel – my point was a 25 year old woman should be at her best body weight.


    How many weeks has she been on the bachelor? 4? 5? 6? and she can’t
    stop eating like a hog? Well, then she has some emotional issues which are also apparent by her crying for no reason.
    Ok you just wait –all you under age 40 women. Go on – abuse your bodies and overeat & then when you are my age–
    over age 45 –you’ll be sorry. Age 25? That is about as good as it gets gals – as the years go by, you will have to work harder and
    harder at watching what and how much you eat and how much you exercise to look decent in bathing attire.
    At age 25 a woman should be looking her best. Enjoy it while you can girls – ’cause it doesn’t last.

  16. DonGrigio

    February 16, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I forgot to comment on the irony of Brit being a “Food Writer”??? Food writer – that’s an odd way of saying it. I guess she “writes” food vs. eating it.

  17. asylvia

    February 16, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Dear Steve, not interested in Laurel in the least. have to question her motives. yes, Brad send her texts and told her whatever he needed to to keep her around and she was dumb enough to stay around. not like he could actually say:

    “Hey Laurel, you’re like my plan B in case this doesn’t work out for me I don’t look like a complete jerk, again! truth is I break up with you on Fridays, so I can meet other girls during the weekend. then, when I get horny, I call and make up with you so you’ll put out…you’re like Janice on Friends, the “just in case I can’t do any better” girl. thanks for hanging in there and putting out for 8 years, but I’m done with you. Thanks to my therapist, I’ve learned I CAN do so much better. despite my daddy issues — I deserve SO MUCH more that someone like you. go back to Wes.” hasta la vista…baby!

    Laurel is an even bigger jerk than Brad because any true friend wouldn’t be out bad mouthing him and making things up the way she is. She’s obviously pissed off at him for moving on from a loser like her. and since she never said YES to any of his eight proposals, what does she care anyway…she didn’t want him — so please tell her in your interview to move the hell on…no one is interested in anything she has to say.

    Can’t say I blame Brad. Whatever money he was paid is nothing to winning over a woman like Chantal. She is great and both deserve to be happy.

  18. DonGrigio

    February 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    My God shell – most men are pigs and would fuck anything? That’s disgusting – some of us have some decency and morals. I think the comment by Stevie R was meant to say she still looks real fine. And she does despite her bingeing (hey did I spell that right all you gramma nazis?)

  19. shell9212

    February 16, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Hey DonGriglo-yes I said MOST men – and I stand by it – maybe you are exception!
    Maybe YOU have some decency and morals but most men do not – they are pigs.

    I did not even read reality Steve’s comment about Chantal’s body. I just skim his stupid blog and then I read the comments. I was commenting on Chantal’s FAT LARD figure after I watched the tv show and saw with my own eyes how piggy she looked in a bathing suit.

    I was just saying that a 25 year old should not abuse her body and overeat because 40 ain’t that far away from 25 and once a gal hits 40, her metabolism slows down and it gets harder to fight fat.

  20. addishonte

    February 16, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Shame on you for insulting Chantal and her physique; just because she’s 28 doesn’t mean she should be stick thin and look like a super model. I mean being so wise in your years and all, shouldn’t you know that?!?!
    It’s women like you who perpetuate eating disorders and poor self esteem in young women. I surely hope you’re not raising a daughter, but then again, you’re probably too old to have a daughter who’s still impressionable.

  21. sweetness34

    February 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    What can I say about this amazing episode? My feelings for it are so real. I never realized this could get so real. I mean, I have feelings for the last episode too. But I can’t keep both episodes around. It makes me sad that I’ll have to say goodbye to an episode I care about. But I have to follow my heart. Of course, in order to make my decision, I need both episodes to be honest with me. They can’t put walls up, they must tell me how they feel. And when I finally make my decision and give out that final rose to the lucky episode, it will be the most dramatic, controversial decision ever…

    [/sarcasm off] The best thing about this season is that the writers/producers have so clearly mailed it in. After all these seasons, they’ve just stopped trying.

  22. Nobody

    February 16, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    People, Chantel is a fucking lard ass. She needs to apply for the biggest loser after she gets dumped by that retard Brad.

  23. jubilee

    February 16, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Steve – your column makes my day. The part about the band in Anguilla (THE Bankie Banx?) was freakin’ priceless.

  24. jennstinn

    February 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    I definitely thought Chantal looked larger than the other girls, but in her defense I really doubt that if you were standing next to her in real life you would notice. It was an easy comparison for us against the stick thin girls, but I would Chantal is at most a size 8, more than likely a size 4/6, which is below average. And, like another poster pointed out, she has a different body type than the other girls. Her weight is mainly in her stomach area, and her stomach is kind of boxy. She can’t control that.

    Michelle’s Facebook comment made me laugh so hard.

    And @manila, that thing is HUGE. I noticed it before even reading the blog.

  25. finerthings

    February 16, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Shell, I think there’s a way to tell young girls to respect their bodies and not overeat without attacking a completely respectably sized girl on tv. There are all different types of women, and, believe it or not, not all 45 year old women have to freak out about their weight and what they eat. We are all different and we should respect each other for those differences. I thought all the women looked beautiful. Both pairs of fake breasts scared me a little…I will say that.

  26. justakiwi

    February 17, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Hey everyone, it’s our old friend adria921, back to call men pigs who will poke anything and every girl is a ho. Yep, she’s returned only now its calling itself shell9212.

    Tsk tsk Adria, must be something in that vino you have in San Diego.

  27. skutn1em

    February 17, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Cat person, here. My husband and I live 2800 miles from our families for our jobs and just 2 months after we got married, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma… My cat is my support, my friend, and my reprieve from chaos.

    Thanks for writing what everyone else is thinking, Steve.

  28. RainyNiteNTx

    February 17, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    Big fan of Reality Steve, but geez he seems bi-polar. He disses the people bad when they are on the show, then in the next column, they are modeling for him or he is partying with them, or promoting a wedding for them. Good grief – next he will tell us that he is seeing Brad’s shrink and that he has been really helpful lol.

  29. Dianne

    February 17, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    shell, you are one rude chick. You have MAJOR issues that you need to seek professional help for. Take your man-hating, fad lard attitute somewhere else..this is NOT the place for it.

  30. mommyof2

    February 17, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    @justakiwi- Thanks for pointing out that shell9212 is really adria921. Makes sense by her constant negative, rude, and vile comments that they would be one in the same. She has every right to post them, but they are nauseating and obnoxious. I agree with Dianne that shell (AKA adria) should take them somewhere else and/or seek professional help.
    The worst comment she made, however, was on a former post a few weeks ago where she went way over the line by insulting not only single mothers, but their innocent children. Shameless and completely sickening.

  31. Dianne

    February 17, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Right you are mommyof2, I absolutely agree with you 100% about the comment adria/shell made about single moms & their kids, but you know, when I read comments like the ones adria/shell put out, it only proves her insecurities and immaturity. It really is a shame people have to be this way, but I guess the best we can do is ignore her ignorance and hopefully she’ll go away.

  32. RaRa

    February 17, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    @mommyof2 – I’m a HUGE cat lover, and have never been without a cat in all of my 50 years. Even I must admit that cats’ love is NOT unconditional. They are attracted to whomever gives them food. All those cute little “kitty” things they do are to manipulate you into feeding them or fulfilling some other cat desire. I harbor no illusions about this. My husband’s dogs would give their lives for us in an emergency and will come when you call them. When you call a cat, they will take a message and get back with you later. That said, I like the way cats smell and the texture of their fur, and love to pet them and carry them around. But that does NOT mean I anthropomorphize my cats and believe they have human-like emotions for me. Sheesh. Love your column, Steve.

  33. RaRa

    February 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    My opinion on Emily – she probably originally applied for a Bachelorette position, but the producers probably encouraged her to first go through a Bachelor season to build up a fan base first. She was likely destined to come in number 2 from the very first day, and that is why they planned the NASCAR date prior to the beginning of the season.

    The reason Chantal cries so much is because when Chantal complained about all the time Brad spent with Emily at the NASCAR date, Brad told her that when a woman cries he wants to comfort her. “I would have done the same thing for any of you.” Hence, when Chantal wants to spend time with Brad, she cries. End of story.

  34. HeidiT

    February 17, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    I did notice that Chantal had put on weight when she took her top off and her stomach was sticking out, but she’s still considered thin by any one’s standards, she’s what people would call “healthy” not stick thin so the lard ass comments are totally uncalled for and are just plain mean, people who live in glass houses seems fitting here.

    I only watch the show to keep up with Steve’s blogs as I find them highly entertaining.

    I’ve been to Anguilla and I loved it. The beaches and resorts are amazing especially Little Bay where I went snorkling. My ex’s parents live on the island so I got to tour like a native and Little Bay is one place that tourists usually don’t go to, the only way to get there by foot is to walk down a small path cut into the side of the cliff, hanging onto a rope. The second way is by boat but it cannot enter the bay at all because Little Bay is a fish sanctuary so no fishing is permitted. I have to say I never heard of Bankie Banx, nor did I eat at his establishment, so how famous can he be unless he’s only been around for a few years, or maybe my ex’s parents knew to stay away.

    Looking forward to Friday’s post.

  35. swills13

    February 17, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    I’m somewhat shocked that more people haven’t jumped all over Brad saying that “Bankie Banx is the most famous singer in Anguilla, if not the entire Caribbean.” The entire Caribbean?? Really??? Bob Marley, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Beenie Man and Wyclef Jean might beg to differ on that one, Pickelsimer. Also, has anybody checked out the swimsuit pictures from the SI website? Many of them are not too flattering, particularly the picture of Brad w/ all three girls, as the angle makes Chantal look 3 times the size of the other girls. I feel pretty bad for Chantal for that one. There are also a couple of individual pics of her that are horrendously airbrushed to apparently try to make her look thinner, but make her look even worse.

  36. swills13

    February 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    To add to the Brad Womack drinking game ideas, if you were to drink every time Brad says “Can I be honest?” or “I’m gonna be honest” or “Honestly”, you’d be unable to walk by the end of each episode. Also, from my experience, the more often someone prefaces what he says with “I’m gonna be totally honest”, the more likely it is that he is lying out his ass. This season, he’s throwing the word “honest” around just as often as the phrase “here for the right reasons” has been used the last 4 or 5 seasons.

  37. spins22

    February 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    I don’t think it’s a matter of being fat or skinny…just healthy. They seem to have a lot of free time during the day when they aren’t on their dates, why not exercise, have some fun with it and do some cardio. I’m 31 and I definitely had to change my diet and exercise. Being healthy adds years to life. I would like to hear what Laurel has to say about this and if Brad is a health nut with his women.

  38. Small_Peanut

    February 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    This blog is definitely great lunch time reading.

    Another one for the drinking game, lol that Brad says constantly is “I promise you this” every time one of the women questions his sincerity for her he says “I promise you this”…….must be a southern thing as I hear that a lot here in Texas (transplant from another state).

  39. mommyof2

    February 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    RaRa- I understand your opinion of cats and dogs, and I do agree that a dog will give his or her life for the people he or she loves as my dog growing up actually saved my life when I was a little girl. I wrote an article in school telling the story and won an award for it, as it was a tear-jerker, and it was all true. I love dogs, for sure. However, I believe cats who love you will also do all they can for their loved ones. When my daughter was a baby and was in just her diaper when I ran out of the room to get something, I came back in and my female cat was curled up around her on the floor keeping her warm and nuzzling her. It was the sweetest thing. When my son was a little baby, she would do the same thing with him when he was on my lap, cuddling up behind him to keep him warm. Some cats put themselves first, of course, but some are nurturing and loving, too.

  40. Dianne

    February 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    RaRa, I’m sorry, I have to disagree with you regarding the attachment of cats to whomever feeds them. I currently have 3 cats; 2 female, 1 male. The youngest female is an intake, and is TOTALLY attached to my partner who “rescued” her from her intake location. She hears him pull up in the driveway and no matter where she is in the house, she races to the door to greet him. I’m the one that gives them their food 99% of the time, but she is not overly affectionate/attentive to me. Our male is most affectionate with me..loves to sit on my lap etc, which can be trying since he’s close to 25 lbs, ha! And the middle female just goes with the flow. She’s never been overly affectionate, but is very, very protective of her territory, along with both myself and my partner, but I will admit, she’s the “diva” and she does put herself first, whereas the other two do not. I too have always had cats, and each and every one of them has had their own personality. The three I have now are not alike in any way.

  41. Brandy

    February 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I’m sure someone has said this before – but my only problem with why people hate Brad, is the reason they hate him. I think he’s unattractive and a dim bulb personally, but the reason people dislike him is because he chose no one in the end? Really? I don’t understand why that can’t be a choice, and really then how does someone “win”? If he picked someone and they broke up months later it would be all “I knew they wouldn’t make it” and bad mouthing them etc….so what’s the difference??

    Same with Jason, so he changed his mind…it happens every day! At least he was going with his feelings…why are these people punished for that?

    I know that these moves are closely calculated by the producers and agents, so I can’t invest too much time in it, but I will never understand why Brad choosing no one in the end was such a bad move? Yes, he kept 2 girls until the end…what was he supposed to do? Stop filming? He couldn’t! It’s the same when whiny Chantal says things about him not picking her..he can’t tell her those things, he can’t stop the show because he has feelings for her, it’s the show she signed up for! Idiots.

    Anyways, I enjoy the blog – mostly for the reflections of the night, always funny. What I don’t like is the attitude RS has gotten lately. In the article regarding the Laurel story going on and on about how he “could” do this, and “could” do that…oh shut up already if you’re not going to!

    That’s all folks!

  42. nancy 1794

    February 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    I think that Chantal has some emotional problems. Too much crying and the eating too much
    while filming for a nation wide tv show is a red flag. Most young, attractive women who are trying to land a husband are able to curb their overeating
    for a few weeks or months. Life gets tougher the older we get. If you become overwhelmed and overeat at age 20-something and have to cry all the time, what will you be like when you are older and have to face some genuine tough times or some real disappointments ? Life is going to bring into all of our lives some problems to deal with. I would not choose Chantal as a life partner if I was a man based on these manifestations of her emotional instability.

  43. wisewords

    February 17, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    All this talk about Chantal being too fat–get a grip, people! The women cast on this show are teeny tiny compared to the average population of women the same age. So Chantal is built a little more like the rest of us. Good for her. I thought she looked beautiful.

  44. wisewords

    February 17, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Btw, love the comment about Shawntel Newton getting the “Kirk DeWindt” hometown date next week. Too funny! And Shawntel is my favorite bachelorette this season, too.

  45. Dianne

    February 18, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    Wow, Dr. nancy, thanks for your professional insight. Wait, you ARE a professional, aren’t you? I certainly hope so since you seem to think you know exactly what Chantal’s “problems” are. I cannot believe anyone falls for the edits ABC does on this show. I’m sure Chantal was upset about something, but typical ABC producers have made it seem like it’s all about Brad. Somehow, I don’t think so, but hey, I’m no pro, not like Dr. nancy here.

  46. Cobliden

    February 18, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Steve- you’re a bit of an ass for going all melodramatic about your readers’ requests for usability modifications, such as larger fonts and clearer instructions. You basically said their questions and requests were “stupid” and like “2nd graders”. Do you really think that insulting your readership is such a great idea? I’m not one of the people who made such requests, but I do work in usability design for a living, so my job consists of listening to these people that you have deemed “stupid”. Some of the best modifications have come from what you refer to as “stupid questions.” You’re just positively insulting and display quite a prick attitude. Your proofreading skills are like a 2nd grader’s, as is your grammar. Seriously- did you even graduate high school? If so, I’m sure that you did not do well in English. You write in comma splices, fragments, and misuse prepositional pronouns more than elementary school children do. I think that instead of criticizing your readers for their questions, you should spend some time in an English usage book and read up on HCI and usability if you are going to continue trying to deliver a competent web product.

  47. DonGrigio

    February 18, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    juliejulie – what do you think of Diane’s use of whomever in her comment above, “…to whomever feeds it..”

    “Who” vs. “whom” and, by extension, “whoever” vs. “whomever,” is botched on a daily basis by people all over – more so then I vs. me. When acting as the subject of a sentence OR subject of a phrase, you must use who/whoever. “To whoever feeds it” is the correct phrasing. On the other hand, “To whom/whomever” would be correct since the use is as an object of the phrase.

    Moral of this comment – just because there is a “to” or a “for” before the word doesn’t mean you always use whom/whomever. Thank you in advance.”

  48. nancy 1794

    February 18, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Dianne-WHY are you so confrontational all the time? Can I not express my OPINION? You sure do express YOUR opinions all the time. Do I have to have a doctor’s degree to state what I observe and feel? Who made you the queen in charge of these comments? Get off your high horse!

  49. finerthings

    February 18, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Lol, you guys, things are getting kind of nit-picky and ugly around here…CALM THE F*** DOWN!!

    You’re welcome.

  50. bebe

    February 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM
    Blog written by Laurel’s friend about Brad/Laurel thing. Very interesting!

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