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“Reader Emails,” The Conspiracy Theories Flying Already & Another Hour of Sean

The conspiracy theorists are out in full force once again after Tuesday’s episode. I have 13 emails since Tuesday asking roughly the same thing. Something along the lines of, “Hey Steve, did you notice that when Catherine went to hug Sean at the beginning of their date, she had an engagement ring on her finger?” I don’t know what to tell you people. It wasn’t an engagement ring. They weren’t engaged in Canada. And they didn’t go back to Canada after their engagement at the end of the show to film it either. I guess people find it fun to speculate on, but think about what you’re saying. If you’re saying it’s an engagement ring, you’re saying that they got engaged in Canada at some point while there were still 8 other women there, then still went through with the St. Croix dates, hometown dates, overnight dates, and basically acted out the ending in Thailand. OR, better yet, you’re saying that it was filmed after the fact, that they had crew come back to Canada after filming was over to recreate them playing in the snowstorm, which is completely ridiculous. Not only that, you’re saying that IF that occurred, no one on set – Catherine, Sean, camera crew, production, editing – would ever think to say, “Hey Catherine, you might wanna take off your engagement ring. It’s clear as day in this shot.” So lets back away from the conspiracy theories, Oliver Stone. It wasn’t an engagement ring.

ABC announced yesterday that they will be doing another two-night “Bachelor” event. On Tuesday, February 19th, they are going to air a one-hour “Sean Tells All” episode. That’ll be the day after we see the hometown date episode. They’ve never done something like this before, so I have no idea what it’s gonna entail, but I’m gonna guess nothing too earth shattering. Probably Sean in a pre-taped interview with Chris Harrison going over the season, talking about certain women, and discussing what’s upcoming. What else can it be? He’s still got overnights and the final rose ceremony to come, so, it’s not like he’d be giving away all that much. Great. Instead of the pointless 5 minute fireside chats in the deliberation room we occasionally see between these two, now we’ll get an hour of it. Yippee.

Due to writing two long ass columns this week, and yet another “Reader Email” bag that has over 50 emails in it, I’ve decided to hold off on “Dr. Reality Steve” this week, and we’ll be back to a normal schedule next week. I’ve already got 17 “Dr. Reality Steve” emails to get to, and I expect that to grow in the next few days. I feel like I haven’t got up from my computer desk since Monday night except to eat, walk Maddie, go to the bathroom, and watch shows. On to your emails…

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  1. bunbun

    February 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    whatireallymean:thanks I didn’t notice the first “r” being missing. Now I get why she said it wasn’t a word. Glad you noticed it and cleared it up for me.

  2. catloverx2

    February 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Why aren’t they traveling this time. I look forward to seeing exotic Locations with this Show.

  3. karynr

    February 11, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    **Response to iheart…..Situation in CA.**
    iheart, I’ve been reading about it in the paper every morning. That’s pretty scary stuff going on in your neck of the woods. I read that one of the police Captains hasn’t left his house since this started, as he’s named in this guy’s “manifesto.” I sure hope they catch him soon. They’re now offering $1M for his capture, so maybe that will motivate someone to pick up the phone if they know where he is, and get him off the streets.

  4. Meghan

    February 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Everyone, just FYI, I recently installed Adblock Plus and the annoying ads at the top and side of the screen are no longer there. I downloaded the one for Firefox, but it is available for several different browsers.

    To the person who wrote Steve about Sean’s sincerity and why he would go on the show, etc., I just wanted to say that I would not be surprised at all if Sean is either 1) a total fake and knows it or 2) a total fake without realizing it. I have known so many guys who profess a very deep faith and values, and even seem to give back to the community on a regular basis, but are still total jerks, womanizers, players, and the like. Some of these guys seem like they probably know they are being fake, but some genuinely don’t get it. The fact that Steve said Sean was making out with crazy Jenna Burke before filming the show kind of tells me he’s not quite what he presents himself to be. Personally, I don’t think someone with the kind of faith Sean says he has would go on this show–I mean, he’d have to be pretty dense to believe God’s method of connecting him with ‘the one’ would be this show, not to mention all of the making out with multiple girls and leading them on. That said, I haven’t been watching this season and am only basing my perception of Sean from what I’ve read.

    Is anyone watching The Office?

  5. velatria

    February 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM


    Been a fan of RS since I found this site during Bachelor Pad 2. But I finally registered last night because I know some of you are followers of the TV *****REVENGE*****. What do you think about last night’s episode?

  6. velatria

    February 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    My comment is awaiting moderation. 🙁

  7. velatria

    February 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Hello people. I just registered last night as a new poster, but not new here. I read RS spoilers since Bachelor Pad 3.

  8. iheartvino

    February 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Karyn- yep it’s been pretty crazy around here. The news shifted gears to cover the Grammys briefly, but other than that all focus has been on that manhunt. I hope they find him too, but honestly, he knows how they operate and I don’t think he’ll be found until he’s ready to be found.

    **Revenge** (Spoilers!)
    Amazing show last night! Helen had it coming and I’m glad Victoria took her down. I hope Emily can still get the answers she’s looking for though, without Helen. And after last night’s episode I’m leaning towards Fauxmanda being one of the ones that dies. She also was missing from the funeral scene pictures I mentioned last week, so it definitely could be her. I hope I’m wrong, but it just seems like that’s how they were setting it up. I think the body with the wedding band on the hand is Nate Ryan.

  9. Sunnyside422

    February 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Oh my goodness, Revenge was incredible last night. Loads of drama and fast paced entertainment! Very good TV.

    And tonight…The Following at 9:00!

    Since I am invested in Idol, will probably watch Survivor On Demand. Wish they didn’t conflict. Notice I’m not mentioning The Bachelor at all! Think I’ll skip it again this week and just read Steve.

  10. addicted2rs

    February 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    If the altercation goes down on the boat, I’m thinking it has to be Jack that “makes the ultimate sacrifice” for Emily. If by land, it could include Aiden. I highly doubt it will be faux Amanda since she is a fearless badass that does some dirty work for Emily. Jack doesn’t do much, and if Jack dies, Emily can forever be tormented by “what could have been”. There wouldn’t be the same effect of loss if it were faux Amanda.

    Love that Victoria “offed” Helen. 🙂

    Confused that Nolan confronted Padma so directly, against Emily’s better judgement.

    This episode did not disappoint after being absent for so many weeks.

    @iheart Thanks for mentioning the pic of the funeral, I hope I can find it!

  11. velatria

    February 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM


    I don’t think they’d kill Jack this early on the series, that would eliminate Emily’s conflicting love-interest which will then make her character somewhat boring and predictable. I also think that the hand with the wedding band was Nate Ryan’s….or so I hope. 🙂

  12. randais

    February 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    GREAT show…have I said that before? I think we all think that.

    Helen DID have it coming to her, I can’t wait to see how Moma Vicky gets herself out of this one though. I can see where you’re coming from, IHEART, regarding fauxMandy ending up fish food along with Mr. Scarypants Ryan. I could get on that train. But I watched the show last night, fell asleep for the middle of it, read these comments this morning, went back and watched the show again and did not see the wedding ring on Nate’s hand. So IF this plays out like that, I either missed it OR it’s not him?

    Addicted, nothing Nolan does (especially regarding his “feelings”) surprises me. He’s ever the hopeful romantic and can be pretty clueless at times. I just hope that Padma isn’t feeding him another line of poo.

    Ok so any thoughts on Daniel breaking up with fauxEm’s? Protecting her? How about fauxEm’s relationship with Aiden? I mean she’s clearly still in love with Jack. In fact I was shocked she gave fauxMandy his pipe cleaner ring for the ceremony! Perhaps that means she truly has moved on? She also seems to have genuine feelings for Aiden.

    YES Sunny, The Following, tonight! Biggest Loser, the previews want us to believe that Jill has a soft side…..”skeptical look”. 😀

    I read the previous comments about The Taste, I don’t disagree. It needs more. The Job, from Friday, seemed very similar in format. It was ok, but I’m don’t think it will be able to compete with The Apprentice.

  13. randais

    February 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    May I add:

    This “comment awaiting moderation” is becoming annoying :\.

  14. iheartvino

    February 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    *The Following*
    Randais, I watched last week’s The Following about an hour before Revenge last night. I liked watching those shows back to back and wish The Following was on Sundays instead of Mondays. You were right about episode 3 (I think that’s how many they’ve had?) being more predictable. It was fairly obvious to me that that guy’s wife, Maggie? was in on it. And how creepy was it when they had Joey say “Hi Ryan!!!” to the camera? I am really liking this show and wish I had time during the week to watch it.

    I think in some earlier scenes, Nate has been shown with a ring on, but not sure. Regarding Daniel’s call to Emily, I think he asked her for some distance just to protect her from Helen and The Initiative. I think Nolan will regret going against Emily’s advice and that Padma’s going to try to screw him over but I hope not.

  15. iheartvino

    February 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Also- Sean’s sister is on The Bachelor tonight! She seems much less boring than her brother is. I love her blog- she has some good recipes. I’m no Rachael Ray in the kitchen so I love when people post recipes that are easy to make but still really good. I made Shay’s “Lasagna Soup” recently and my family loved it.

  16. randais

    February 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Hey Iheart, have you discovered pinterest yet? I make SO many things from that site. I love the low cal recipes I find on there and I love trying out sweets but I only bake on Saturday so I can take them to church on Sunday and give them away, if I have any left over I give the rest out to the kids behind the desk at the gym, where I go after church, that way NONE are in the house! But anyway, it’s a fun site.

    I’m not watching the Bach, so fill us in with what happens. Regarding The Following, this whole show is soooo creepy, I can NOT figure out why I like it so much. I NEVER watch scary shows but I can’t NOT watch this show. I FORGOT about Joey saying that! “chills”

    P.S. Revolution is coming back and there’s a new one on NBC to rival Bach, called “Ready for Love”, starts 3/3 I think, as does the Apprentice.

  17. addicted2rs

    February 12, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    I didn’t see Tierra produce a single tear. It seemed like she was trying really hard to cry, and I am glad it backfired on her. No doubt she will end up on BachPad.

    Catherine completely confused me with her melt-down. It seemed like she was rooting for Sean to choose Leslie in the end. Huh?

  18. JovisMom

    February 12, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    @ iheartvino – Hey what is the name of Shay’s blog? I’d like to try to make that soup.
    Ever watch Trisha Yearwoods cooking show? Her stuff is relatively easy to make.

  19. iheartvino

    February 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Randais, I refuse to Pinterest because I know I would spend waaaay too much time on there (as I type this from my office lol).

    Addicted, I was confused by Catherine’s little meltdown too and the only thing that makes sense to me is it had to have been edited to look as though she was saying that just then. She could have said something completely different and they spliced it together. Who knows. I noticed they finally decided to show us when Tierra actually cried “I hope the girls got what they wanted…” in the car- earlier in the season they played that as a voice over in previews when they showed her right after her “fall” down the stairs. So dumb.

    Jovi, Shay’s blog is

  20. karynr

    February 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    **Amazing Race**
    randais, thanks for the heads-up regarding The Amazing Race. It’s always been one of the best reality shows on the air.

    Did anyone notice when Tierra called the show a “game?”

    IMO Catherine was just very emotional that night. I’m sure after a few weeks the tension can get to you and cause you to have little meltdowns. I also think maybe she and Lesley grew close and she was sad she left.

    I loved when Catherine said “I’m low maintenance.” “I just need to pee.” Can you imagine? I won’t even go hiking without slapping on a little makeup, deodorant, etc. Of course I’m probably almost 30 years older than Catherine!

  21. kaster

    February 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Hi Steve and All,

    I thought Catherine’s melt down showed a more vulnerable, human side to her. It showed she has doubts about herself and her compatibility with Sean, based on how different her own family experiences were growing up to his, they really come from completely different worlds.

    I think all the remaining girls seem nice enough, but I don’t see it with any of them and can’t understand how it would dramatically change in the short amount of time left. The fact that Sean still doesn’t have a front runner by St.Croix speaks volumes.

    During Emily’s season I wanted her to pick Sean, I thought he was the best match for her out of a not so suitable batch of guys, certainly better than the to immature players that made it to final two. However, after watching Sean’s season I see why she didn’t pick him, he seems a nice, genuine sort of guy but perhaps too much on the bland side.

    Lastly, Lindsay as the Bachelorette, nooooo! Nice girl but a whole season of her would be like listening to Minnie mouse hopped up on hormones.

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