-Since there is no cocktail party, we get a shot of the guys all sitting around talking about James (again) before he walks in the room. I think this was my favorite scene of the whole episode. He walks in, all the little pansies shut up, and James plops himself right in between Juan Pablo and Michael on a couch meant to sit about 2 ½ people, but is now sitting four with his giant 6’2″, 260 lb frame along with that oversized head. So maybe it’s sitting 5 people now since we can count James’ head as that of a midget. Him sitting there with his arms folded squished between those two guys is a hilarious camera shot. I should’ve taken a picture of it. Regardless, Des walks in and says she wants to talk to James again outside. In an ITM, she tells us she’s thought about it, and basically she does not appreciate what James has said and that he has to go, which pretty much guaranteed you knew he was staying. She tells him “I have things the guys have told me that I haven’t seen myself.” Translation: I like them more than I like you, so I believe them. Even though they are being little 5th grade girls right now.
-As Des and James are having this conversation on the steps, you can see some of the other guys looking off the balcony at them and talking about what they think will happen. Now they are SURELY convinced she’s getting rid of him. NO WAY she keeps him at this point, right? Ummmm, wrong. Kasey is convinced that James is a salesman and could sell ice to an Eskimo. Maybe, maybe not. But he sure could sell a line to Des. Between his begging and pleading, his tears, and him lactating through his light purple shirt, Des decides she again needs more time. He’s saved his own ass again this episode and is somehow avoided going home yet again, even though Des told us that was the plan right before she talked to him. James just made it clear to her “Whether you eliminate me or not tonight, just don’t make your decision based on what you heard today.” Uhhhh, ok. So she’ll let you go, say “It wasn’t because of that stuff the guys said,” and you’re gonna believe it? Please. I think at this point if James told Des the sky was bright red, she might believe him. The fact James gets to stick around until at least the rose ceremony sets the guys off again: “If James gets a rose tonight, I think the group is going to collectively sh** themselves.” Well wouldn’t that make for interesting TV. Bring it on.
-Once James gets back to the room after a talk with Desiree, yet ANOTHER talk with the guys regarding what he said. They’re going in circles at this point. James isn’t budging from his stance that he’s just being realistic to thinking about life if he doesn’t win, and the guys think you should eat, sleep, and breathe Desiree Hartsock every second you are on the show. Sorry, but this is not a black and white issue. There is no right and wrong here, and people can argue about this for days. It’s pointless. James is allowed to think about partying with chicks on boats in Chicago if he wants to, he just probably shouldn’t have verbalized around a bunch of guys who were on their periods that week. And the guys most certainly can be offended that James would even entertain the thought of not winning while on the show, as preposterous as that sounds. Guess what? Plenty of guys in this show’s history have thought about not being there while the show was going on. And verbalized it not only to other guys, but to do producers as well, yet weren’t allowed to leave until the producers figured out an exit strategy for that particular person. Has happened in the past, and will happen in the future. That’s how this show works. I personally wouldn’t have been nearly as offended and pissed off as Drew, Michael, and Kasey were about it, but hey, that’s them and not me.
-Des is in the deliberation room just moments before the rose ceremony looking at all the “Pick me!” photos. Of course she picks up James’ to show the audience what a tough decision she had ahead of her, although six weeks ago you knew when he was leaving. Rose ceremony time and Drew and Zak have roses already. Des: “Great week in Barcelona (Really? Could’ve fooled me)…tonight is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make (until next week of course)…I’m making the best decision for myself and ultimately for you guys too (Translation: Chris, Drew, Brooks, Michael, and Zak – I trust you more than James).”
Chris: I gotta imagine with a 1-on-1 date next week he whips out another poem. Lets see if this one is 10 pages long.
Brooks: Oh Brooks, Brooks, Brooks. Next Tuesday won’t be a good look for you.
“Desiree, Gentleman. It’s the final rose tonight. When you’re ready. We gotta get these Barcelonans in on my At First Sight app. There’s some hotties down here. You think they’ll be into me?”
Michael: Since she had to keep one of the remaining four, and she’s loyal to her gossip police, then I guess Michael had to stay. Until next week.
I was expecting much more of a blow up from James in his limo/van exit. Dammit. It was pretty tame compared to the serial cuss monster he turned into during the show. Just reiterated he couldn’t believe what whining babies some of the other guys turned into. What does he care at this point? I’m sure on Thursday he and Mikey will be on his boat out somewhere in Chicago spraying down bikini clad women with bottles of champagne. Make it rain, James. However, if/when “Bachelor Pad” returns, you can fully expect to see James front and center of that cast. No doubt. Next week, three 1-on-1 dates with Brooks, Chris, and Michael and a 2-on-1 with Drew and Zak (no roses on these dates). UPDATE: The press release for next week’s episode says on the Zak & Drew 2-on-1, one of the guys will be given a rose, thus securing his final four spot, and the other guy must sweat it out til the rose ceremony. My guess is Drew gets it, but we know that Zak is in the final four as well, so he gets his at the rose ceremony. Also, we get to see Catherine, Lesley Murphy, and Jackie Parr visit Des in Madeira for a little girl chat.
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