-As for Bentleys exit where he shows up at Ashleys place and drops the bomb on her, I mean geez, where do I begin? First, I loved him packing in his room and Jeff the Mask coming in with such concern over him leaving. I honestly think Jeff was in his own little world on this show and no one bothered to clue him in into anything. Just a bizarre three episode run if we’ve ever seen one. My favorite line of the night? When Bentley was all done packing and heading downstairs, knowing that he basically had Ashley wrapped around his finger at that point, turning to Jeff and saying “Good luck to you though.” Now that was funny. If Jeff hadn’t already realized by then, he had no shot on this show. Ever. And hey, why was there a guy caught walking in the background while Bentley was walking up to the door to talk to Ashley? Might wanna get out of the picture buddy. People might think, you know, this stuff is fake or something.
-As for that whole scene with all the spliced up voiceovers and ITMs, it’s impossible to sit here and go over every single one, dissect what was shown on TV, then try and make out what was really meant. Like I said earlier, I’m Bentley’d out. I’ve given you my opinion on the whole situation. I’d rather move on to Ashleys side of things. I know a lot of people are saying, “How could she fall for the guy that quickly when she never even had a 1-on-1 date with him?” Fair question. I mean, from the time Bentley started on the show (March 15th) to the time Bentley showed up at her house that day to tell her he’s leaving (March 23rd or 24th), was barely enough time to say you’re in love with that person and that he’s your final one, right? You’d think. I mean, if I met someone and talked to them EVERY DAY AND NIGHT for a week straight, and then they just decided to dump me for whatever reason, I don’t think I’d be that broken up about them. Nor would I think I was in love already and they were the person I was going to marry. So how did Ashley get to that point so quickly with Bentley? I have no idea. But I can surely guess based on past history with this show.
-I think Ashleys reaction to Bentley leaving, and her saying he was gonna be her final one has more to do with the environment of the show than to how she was really feeling. Hey, maybe Ashley disagrees and she really thinks she was in love with a guy she knew for a week, but I think looking back, she’ll realize that she wasn’t. I mean, we’ve seen it countless times in the past on this show, and just recently with Chantal. I mean, Chantal was gushing to Brad on their first or second date that she was in love with him, and repeated it like 1,000 times on the show. Now look at her. Six months later she’s already engaged to someone else. I think when Chantal looks back on this show, she realizes she was never in love with Brad. She just thought she was because, in an isolated world for six weeks, when your whole focus is on one guy and nothing else comes into play (friends, family, work, stress, etc), sure, I bet you can convince yourself this is the man you’re in love with. But that’s not reality. Go back to Jasons season. He chose Melissa, he said how much in love with her he was, and within two months, he was already broken up. It happens all the time on this show. Can’t tell you how many women act a certain way on the “Bachelor”, tell him how much their falling for him, then when they got dumped, within months they were back home dating someone new or an ex. I guarantee you ask all those women if they regret saying the things they did on TV and they’ll all say yes. These people want to convince themselves they’re falling in love with the person, when in reality, it’s more likely they’re falling in love with the process of everything, and the thought of being the final couple, and being in magazines and getting media attention, etc.
-Look at what Ashley said in her blog today on People.com regarding watching last nights episode:
” This episode was a huge turning point in my view of Bentley. Throughout the first two episodes, I was very surprised by the things he said, but a part of me still looked for the good in him, and wanted to, once again, give him the benefit of the doubt. After watching this episode, I can’t help but feel betrayed, lied to, and made a fool of. I know many people wonder why I kept him around after the warning I got.
People may speculate I was attracted to the “bad boy,” or maybe they thought I wanted what I couldn’t have. The truth is that I always look for the good in people, and I saw that in him. I only knew what he showed me, and I felt it to be real at the time. I can tell you that from the bottom of my heart, I don’t remember ever feeling this depth of hurt and embarrassment. Unfortunately, it’s not the last you will see of Bentley.”
See, I can’t blame Ashley for liking Bentley for the sole reason she never knew what he was saying behind her back. Obviously if she knew that, she would’ve kicked his ass to the curb. The show knows exactly how she feels about him because they have her in her ITMs talking about how hard she’s falling for him, yet, they knew what Bentley was saying in his ITMs but felt she shouldn’t know? I mean, it’d be one thing if Ashley was still skeptical on Bentley and wasn’t completely into him and was hesitant, then yeah, no need to show her his ITMs. But she was gaga over him. Every ITM she’s gushing about warm and comforting and secure she feels with him. That’s where they should’ve stepped in and not “warned” her, but SPECIFICALLY told her, “Look, here’s what he’s saying about you”.