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The Bachelor Recap – 2/14/11

-Oh boy. Time for the SI Swimsuit photo shoot group date. Brad comes creeping into the women’s room at 2:00am, which is just giving them a little taste of what to expect if he were to actually date them in real life. Except for instead of the 2:00am visits into their bedroom, he’ll just blow up their texts every five minutes, break up with them on a Saturday and get back together with them on Monday 50 times, and say he’s a changed man when he really isn’t. None of the girls are too thrilled at what is happening since they don’t know yet where the hell they are headed. Michelle is freaking out because “I look atrocious and feel disgusting”. And Chantal is freaking out because, well to quote her, “I’m feeling like a fatty today”. Yeah, I have to agree with that one. Hey, she said it, not me. I’m just agreeing with her assessment of herself. I mean, we did see her frolicking around in a bathing suit didn’t we. Lets just say she certainly hasn’t missed any meals during her journey this season.

-Hey, I’m not saying Chantal is ugly. Far from it. I think Chantal is extremely attractive. But lets call a spade a spade here: She’s a thicker girl. That’s all. Nothing wrong with that. Some guys like more cushion for the pushin. Hey, whatever floats your boat. Is she a fat ass? No. Is she a pig? No. There are obviously plenty of other women on this planet bigger than her. That’s not what I’m saying. I don’t think I’m breaking any news to anyone who watched the episode last night. A couple of her poses and the angle she was caught at definitely showed sides (well, multiple sides) of her that didn’t come across as the most flattering. And anyway, they say the cameras adds ten pounds. So no big deal. I just didn’t realize they had four cameras on her. If you were to ask me would I rather with Chantal or Britt, I’d take Chantal every day of the week and twice on Sundays. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t say she’s kind of on the bigger side, because she is. Ali admitted to putting on 10-15 lbs during filming last season, and you could definitely tell. Chantal is definitely gaining weight as the show continues, but I guarantee you, she’s seeing and saying the same thing about herself when she watched last night. Come “After the Final Rose” show, I bet she’ll have lost 10 lbs. Sh**, she better. She’s had three and a half months to work on it.

-Remember how brutal people were on Vienna during her season for how big she was. Then she showed up on the “ATFR” show looking easily 15 lbs lighter than she was on the show. They all do it. So I expect Chantal took care of herself while the show was airing and will look fine for the “ATFR” show. But in her bikini on the beach during this group date? Definitely on the chunk side. I mean, her fiancé is Brad Freakin’ Womack, Mr. Olympia himself. The guy admits to being a gym junkie saying he’s there six days a week two hours a day. I’m sorry, but someone that vain and someone that needs to work out that much, you bet your ass any woman that he’s gonna be with has got to look good. He’ll whip her ass into shape if it’s the last thing he does, don’t doubt that for a second. So if she thinks she’s gonna skate by laying around eating Bon-Bon’s all day while Brad is looking at himself in the mirror two hours a day flexing his core, she’s got another thing coming. Without a doubt, Chantal will look slimmer on the “ATFR” show. Women hate how they look on camera. Every one of them usually looks better on the “Women Tell All” and “After the Final Rose”.

-So Chantal and Ashley decide to go topless. Ashley covering up with sea shells or whatever, and Chantal covered up her blubber with just her arm. I thought that was a bit much to go topless. Sure it made my shorts nice and tight, but really? You’re not even models and you’re going topless for the SI Swimsuit edition? Looks like someone’s craving attention. I thought it was a cheap stunt that, although had me slightly aroused, didn’t put them in the greatest of lights. Chantal was no doubt out to “win” a competition on this show and it couldn’t have been more evident than last night’s episode. From the topless shots, to the constant crying over not being given a rose, to the second time this season saying, “Hey, just send me home if you don’t want me here”. It’s like she’s begging for compliments and it’s just nauseating. I can see right through her act like most people should. She wants to win, and nothing more. The minute she told Brad “I love you” last week (a month into actual filming in real time) was the minute you knew she was phony. Did you watch Molly Mesnicks video blog last week? She was obviously on the show before. She actually got MARRIED because of the show, and even she said she couldn’t even fathom telling Jason she loved him after a month. Completely ridiculous.

-Nice touch Chantal with the “Ill pour some mud down my cleavage and have it run down my chest into my belly button and seep into my meat cave.” Verrrrrry classy. This chick is a piece of work, I tell ya’. Then she rolls around on the shores without her top on and I’m thinking, “My God! Someone might mistakenly harpoon her if she’s not careful!” All while she’s taking it all off for the photo shoot, the others get jealous. If Ashley wasn’t already self conscious enough about being the President of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, seeing Chantal in her over abundance of excess skin glory, she really started to feel jealous. And so Michelle, being the classy prim and proper one of the three, decides her top will stay on, she’ll just rape him on camera while lying on top of him. Brad then begins to realize maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. “I could see it all over their faces. I think kissing Michelle went a little too far.” Ya’ think? I mean, you have 3 girls vying for your attention, two of which have already taken their tops off for you, and now you’re rolling around in the sand with the other and you actually thought this would turn out well? I love how after the fact he creamed himself and got a make out session with Michelle did he realize, “Woops. Maybe not such a good idea. Hey, at least I got copped one last feel of her before I sent her packing.” I just figured it was his plan all along but had to play coy for the cameras.

-After the photo shoot, it became drama city. Ashley says she felt like a “kid sister” after seeing Brad being smothered by Michelle. Chantal gets jealous and can’t stand around and watch, so the after party sure was a doozy. He pulls Boobs McBlubber aside and she tells him “Your body language sucks with me.” Then Brad starts to stammer yet again, “I’ll be honest with you. Can I be honest here?…” Spit it out already! He tells her he absolutely loves spending time with her, she tells him she loves two more times which is her way of saying you’ll be getting some serious ass on the overnight date, and temporarily, they patch things up. I think. You never know with Chantal. I mean, this is the same woman that lives alone with two cats, so it’s kinda fitting she’d be an emotional mess. Sorry, but if you live with cats, you’re weird. Cats aren’t pets. They’re decorations. A cat could give two sh*ts about when you come home, since they’re not the least bit excited to see you. Dogs are the greatest pets known to mankind so suck it. Ha ha. Oh boy. Here come the influx of emails from all the cat lovers out there. Don’t expect a response. You’ll never convince a cat is worth a damn for anything, so that’s that.

-Brad pulls Michelle aside and gives her his thoughts. Brad: “Can I be honest with you?” No, lie to her Brad. Women love that. Continuing: “I’m scared we’re almost too much alike. You’re incredibly stubborn and so am I.” He might as well have just told her, “It’s not you, it’s me.” That was a cop out answer and I don’t believe for a second that Brad actually believed that. So basically he wants someone that won’t voice her own opinion and doesn’t speak her mind? Yeah, that’ll get real old real quick. The fact of the matter is, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Michelle is much too much woman for Brad. He couldn’t handle her because she challenges him, and Brad doesn’t come across to me as someone that wants to be challenged by his woman. I think he wants a stay at home wife to pop out kids and not challenge his authority. Something I’d definitely ask Laurel if the situation presented itself. All you gotta do is vote. If I get the percentage I’m looking for, the interview will happen and you will hear plenty of things that didn’t come across in the article about who the real Brad Womack is from someone who’s been closer to the guy than any other female has been in the last eight years.

-Chantal now wants more time with Brad again after feeling left out. She wants to know where his head is at. I’m not 100% sure on this, but it might have been focused on her back fat rolls as she was walking away, and what type of back exercises he could do with her to remedy that situation. I can’t even remember what she even said to him at this point. All kinda ran together for me after a while with the constant nagging and whining she did. Oh, but she wasn’t done yet. Brad pulls Ashley aside, and good thing he did because she was completely bombed out from those green mojitos they were pounding like crazy. Did I see and hear this correctly? How many times did Ashley say “Don’t send me home”? 5? And then when he gets up to leave to go get her the rose, she actually is clinging to his arm wanting him not to leave. I guess alcohol can do that to you. I mean, women never repeat themselves over and over and over again when they’re drunk do they? Nahhhhh, never. Was Ashley bombed the show? Seems like every after party this chick got her drink on something fierce. Good for her. Probably another top candidate for “Bachelor Pad 2”.

-Chantal is bitching one last time to Brad after he gave the rose to Ashley. “If you can’t choose me out of three women, just send me home.” Man, Brad you really want this chick moving to Austin and living with you? You’re kidding right? Hey have fun. It’s your life. But that’s gonna get real old, real quick. What a whiner. And for anyone that may have doubted whether or not Chantal has bolt ons, you need to look no further of the scene where she’s crying with Brad laying flat on her back, while her melons are pointing perfectly upwards as nippleage is trying to sneak through that crocheted bikini. I think I might’ve caught a quick peek. Gonna have to go back and check at some point. Anyway, those things couldn’t have been standing at attention more if she tried, yet she was flat on her back. How could Brad even have been listening to her crying mess during that? This chick says the same things every show. Anyone needing to be constantly reassured like she needs to be is going to be the most needy person to possibly deal with. If that’s what he likes, then so be it. I cannot wait for their “real” relationship to begin. Talk about toxic.

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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.

    ESPECIALLY IF SHE IS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION IN A BATHING SUIT.

    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

    @Shell9212
    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

    http://www.dumbdumberanddior.com/
    Blog written by Laurel’s friend about Brad/Laurel thing. Very interesting!

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