Two weeks worth of “Reader Emails” to get to. Some informative, some not so informative, and some, well, downright stupid. But hey, par for the course. I expect to get at least a few stupid emails every week. It’s inevitable.
Love the site. My wife watches the show, so as a result so do I (since the end of Jake’s season, so I’m still new). Without the recaps and spoilers I don’t know that I could sit through those two hours. Anyways, two thoughts for you.
1) When John was eliminated could he have been any less interested in what Emily was telling him? The whole time she was talking he just kept saying uh-huh, right, right, yes every time she finished a sentence. He reminded me of an employee getting lectured by his boss for something he didn’t do. I couldn’t tell if he was pissed because he thought Chris’s last minute talk changed their fates or he just didn’t give a sh*t and just wanted to get in the limo, give a fake cry if they wanted, and get the heck out of Dodge.
2) As a married guy stuck watching the show, I’ve gradually made a drinking game out of it to keep myself entertained. Some rules are constant, like one drink whenever the lead refers to the show as a “Process” or “journey,” whenever a girl cries on the show, (if a guy cries, it’s two) or anytime someone gets eliminated outside of a rose ceremony. Others vary by season, like last season whenever Ben said something like “rad” or “awesome” or whenever a helicopter appeared, or this year whenever Emily mentions Brad. I was wondering if you, or your readers had any suggestions for the game?
Comment: 1) I honestly don’t remember Wolfner’s exit whatsoever, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it seemed like he didn’t care. Most of the viewers didn’t seem to care he was even on the show, so I guess it’s a fair trade off.
2) With this show, there’s about 1,000 things you could do for drinking game since it’s pretty much the same thing every season, just with different people and different locations. But the mainstays are there every season, and without listing them, anyone who watches this show on a somewhat regular basis could tell you what they are.
Hello! I look forward to reading your blogs every week. I love you just lay it out there and show the truth about this show. It’s absolutely ridiculous and the fact that the producers of the show are still trying to convince us that it’s real. whatever! anyways, it’s still good tv and i always tune in. Gotta love the drama, romance. So I was wondering for the times where the lead decides to NOT have a cocktail party, do they get to hang out together afterwards and just chill or does they just go back to their rooms? If I was the lead, regardless if i knew who i was sending home. i’d just get that over w/ and want to spend as much time w/ the guys as i could.
Comment: The lead rarely spends any extra time with the contestants off camera, if any.
Hey Steve! I’ve asked you questions about the show before, but I have a couple of questions about your blogging process (and one personal question, just for fun!):
(1) How many times on Monday night do you have to watch and rewind the episode in order to catch all the detail that you do in order to write the column by mid-day on Tuesday?
(2) I noticed that you often are able to recall or refer to past seasons and past contestants when responding to questions. Do you keep all the old episodes from all past seasons recorded somewhere, or do you just have a memory that rivals Dustin Hoffman’s (a la “Rain Man”)?
(3) (And let me preface this by saying that this is not your usual ‘who-is-your-favorite-bachelor-of-all-time’ question) If you could–or rather– if you HAD to switch lives for a day with any past “Bachelor,” who would it be and why?
Comment: 1) All depends on if I can write fast enough for a quote I want to use. Usually 2 or 3 times I’ll have to pause and rewind. Not much. I can write my chicken scratch pretty fast.
2) No. The episode is recorded Monday and usually deleted by Wednesday or Thursday on my DVR. When this is my job, and I’ve seen every episode and written a recap about basically every episode in the last 9 years, it’s easier to remember things here and there than say a casual viewer of the show. But there’s plenty of things I don’t remember from earlier seasons. Take Sarah Newlon for example who’s on Bachelor Pad 3. I know the name, I remembered her face, but I couldn’t remember what season she was originally on or how long she lasted. I had to look it up.
3) I’m assuming you’re talking about any of the previous 16 leads. None of them. I don’t have any interest in switching lives with anyone, let alone someone from this show. For 24 hours? For what? Who cares? Wait, I take that back. I wouldn’t mind being Kate Upton’s bikini for day. Screw you, Justin Verlander. I’m glad you’re not on my fantasy baseball team or else I’d root for your arm to fall out of its socket on your next pitch.
Sorry I didn’t get this email in before your column today, but I’m really hoping you’ll answer my question anyway. 🙂
Did you see the little hide and seek game scene at the end of Monday’s episode where the guys (including Sean) are running around yelling “Emily, Emily” while looking for her? Do you think the cut of Sean looking for her, running around Prague calling her name might actually have parts of it taken from that game? Makes more sense than just being silly search tactics.
Comment: I think that’s exactly where it came from.
First, if Jef were to wear normal jeans and stop using the word ‘like’ so much would your opinion of him for Emily change?
Also, why would anyone want to be a contestant on the bachelor/bachelorette? Yeah they get to travel the world but they don’t even get to see it unless they are on a date. Hanging out with a bunch of caddy girls doesn’t seem like much fun nor worth pulling the strings you need to to take off work for so long. Negative press from bad edits doesn’t seem appealing as well.
Ali and Ashley both have bachelorette blogs. Why do they still get into the show when they know firsthand how ridiculous and fake it is?
Comment: No on Jef.
Because it’s a free vacation, they don’t have to work, they get to make all new friends, and then once it’s over, they can immediately go on the prowl with a bunch of chicks from former seasons, or, infinitely become more popular in their hometown because they were on the show. Ask any one of them if they’d do the show again and I bet they’d all say yes in a heartbeat, minus a few here or there who got bad edits. But even they would probably do it again.
I don’t know. You’d have to ask them.
First; I really do like your columns and what not. I also do like your very sarcastic and truthful opinions about the show. However, the majority of the time you seem to actually hate this show/ your job. Do you ever wish you were doing something else since you think the show is so ridiculous? (which it is).
Also, my family lives in Utah and has met Jef’s family socially. They are very very Mormon and pretty um, “interesting”, apparently. Just FYI.
Comment: I think the show is silly and I enjoy making fun of it. I don’t hate what I do. I do get annoyed at times by the ridiculous amounts of questions I get asked and the ignorant and naïve people definitely can begin to grate on me after a while, but at its core, I like to write. And I like to write about this silly show. The spoilers, and the attention that the spoilers have brought to this site have definitely made things different in recent seasons, but, it just comes with the territory. Sure I get annoyed at times, but I can’t complain. I think plenty of people out there would love to be doing what I do, and if they had the information I had, they’d be doing the exact same thing.