For all the drunken stupidity and nonsense that is Bachelor Pad, the Keep/Share finale makes it one of the more interesting reality shows on TV. If you read about the Prisoner’s Dilemma, it’s fascinating stuff. For Nick and Rachel, it benefits both players to Keep no matter what they expect the other player to do. So, the question is whether cooperation can arise among rational egoists. Based on science, the answer is “Yes, but only if the players expect to meet again in repeated cooperative engagements.”
That does not apply to BP! The finale is a one-shot deal. Nick and Rachel will never be in this situation again. Therefore, Nick made the only rational decision a person can make. This didn’t happen in previous seasons because emotions were involved. The couples had formed a bond and they were afraid of looking like dicks on national TV. But that’s out the window now! Nick has broken the stigma of deciding to Keep (it’s a game, after all), and Rachel suffers the frustration of going home with nothing and the embarrassment of being exposed as a sucker on national TV. This precedent will certainly influence future finalists.
My prediction for the next BP finale is that both finalists will choose to Keep, and they will go home with nothing. How can it be otherwise? It’s the only rational decision either party can make. Even if the couple has a strong bond, the possibility of being the next Rachel will be too humiliating to risk. Or maybe one contestant will intentionally build the appearance of a bond, and then stab the person in the back at the finale. After the Nick/Rachael finale, I can’t imagine a scenario where both contestants would trust and like each other enough to choose Share.
I love this show! It’s such a mind-f**k. And it has boobies.
Comment: The best part of this email was the last sentence. Sounds like something I would say.
I think that’s exactly why Nick could choose “Keep” with a solid conscience. He owed Rachel nothing. They became partners by default. They weren’t hooking up, he wasn’t messing with her head, and the guy survived two earlier rose ceremonies.
However, any “couple” that gets to the end, that was together for most of the show and was sleeping together, I really can’t see either of them choosing “Keep.” That person would be looked upon as too much of a villain in every sense of the word. Nick didn’t have to worry about that because he got his “partner” when the show was more than half over.
I’ve been a longtime reader of your site- love your hilarious recaps!
My question is: How do you write your recaps? Do you watch an entire episode of Bachelor/ette/Pad and take notes as you go along, and flesh them out more later? Do you ever rewatch an episode or certain part(s) so you can expand more on it later on? I can’t imagine that you (or anyone) would be able to stomach watching 4 hours of these shows in one night…but you never know!
Also, I don’t know if you saw, but production showed a shot of the Bachelor mansion highlighting its terrible need for a new paint job. Maybe they should stop watering the driveway and random bridges and spend that time & money on repainting.
Comment: Yes, I take notes. I’ll pause an episode to sometimes get a correct quote, but I never re-watch them unless someone points something out to me that I might’ve missed, then I’ll just go back and watched that part.
Thanks for keepin it real….well at least as real as reality tv can be!
I have a question about expenses/money/payments from the show to the contestants. I know you’ve addressed the payments or lack thereof that contestants receive, but what about all the travel expenses for the events?
I’m not talking about the around the world journeys to exotic destinations to find true love, as that’s certainly covered by the show. What about travel to and from LA for the show? What about travel and accomodations for the Men/Women Tell All and AFTR tapings? And what about the travel, hotels, and meals for the debauchery filled reunions?
That’s just the official events….throw in the charity events and unofficial reunions and this is probably more of a full-time job and commitment than anything else many of these people have seen. Given the ‘professions’ of many of these folks, I can’t imagine that many have lots of savings and ability to travel extensively on their own dime. So how do they afford it??
Comment: All your flights, hotels, and meals are pretty much paid for on the show if it’s an ABC function. You’re not coming out of pocket with anything. The unofficial reunions, those are on your own dime, but, there’s usually things within that reunion that are comped, which is why they put those events on. Trust me, some of these people have let the show get to their head so much that they WON’T appear at something unless it’s paid for.
I love your commentaries on special secret information on all these
stupid shows. It’s affected how I see not only reality shows, but all
television shows. I’d love to see something done on the English shows.
For instance, right now there is some genuinely hilarious retardation
going on between The Situation, Prince Lorenzo Borghese and a “model”
called Danica Thrall in the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother. I
think there would be a market for that sort of thing if you wanted to
start covering it.
Otherwise, are you aware of, or would you be prepared to recommend any
site that does cover English shows. I can’t find one like yours.
Comment: I don’t watch English shows. I don’t really know how I’d be able to recap them when they don’t air here in the states. And if they did, I still wouldn’t watch them. Enjoy your tea and crumpets.
I have a question about the Bachelor Pad prize money. I remember watching “For Love or Money” on NBC several years back. They constantly touted their $1 million potential prize if the lead picked money over “love.” Then, I noticed in small print at the bottom of the credits that the prize was paid out in equal installments over the next forty years. All of a sudden, $1 million becomes $25,000 per year before taxes. It doesn’t seem so exciting then.
So, does the Bachelor Pad winner(s) get the prize in a lump sum, or is it paid out over 20, 30, or 40 years? If it is paid out over 20 years, that would be $12,500 per year, with probably $8,000 after taxes. A nice little spending money, but certainly not life-changing. If you shared the prize, you’d be down to $4,000 per year. Looking at it that way, Rachel shouldn’t feel so bad about Nick picking Keep. If ABC loosens the purse strings and gives it as a lump sum, then she has more of a reason to cry in her beer.
Comment: The Bachelor Pad check is one lump sum.
2 questions for you –
1) Do producers or someone else from the Bachelor/ette team have any continuing role in monitoring the final couple after a season ends? In other words, does the show try to encourage couples to stay together, work with them in any way, to try to keep the couple from inevitably breaking up? I could understand why the show would be invested in a couple’s success, so I wondered if they take any affirmative action to try to keep them together.
2) On Bachelor Pad, other than the Bachelor fan debacle, does this season suck so much b/c they based casting decisions on who had hooked up and been around for Bachelor reunions rather than people who were actually fan favorites? I don’t remember Sarah or Nick at all and even Jaclyn wasn’t a huge part of her season. I’d much rather see memorable contestants from seasons past, and more “throwbacks” from not just the most reason seasons, as opposed to people who I have no idea which season they were on but have managed to hook up with a lot of people after the fact. Just curious on your thoughts.
Thanks, and keep fighting the good fight.
Comment: 1) No. They could care less what happens to the couple once the show ends. They pretend like they care, but they really don’t. You are yesterday’s news to them once your season is over.
2) Maybe you’re not seeing “memorable” contestants from season’s past because they don’t want to be on “Bachelor Pad” knowing the stigma attached to it. You think this show has a good reputation? Neither do I. I would tell any former contestant who asked me if they should go on it to not do it. And I have. A few times.