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The “Bachelor” Chris Episode 5 Recap Including the “Women Tell All” Taping & When Does the “Bachelorette” Begin Filming

I guess we should start off with the question I’ve been asked most since last night, “Do you still think Britt will be the ‘Bachelorette’ after that edit she got?” My answer: I don’t know. I’ve always thought she was exactly the fit for the role they’re looking for, but last night definitely threw a monkey wrench into things. Although a lot of things that were said and shown last night I believe were either highly exaggerated, or never said at all, it still didn’t depict her in the greatest of light. However, there have been plenty of girls who got the “Bachelorette” role that at points as a contestant on the “Bachelor” they said or did things that didn’t show them in the greatest of light either, so it’s still up in the air. Remember, Britt still has the “Women Tell All” hot seat to win people over, and we know the Tell All show has been a huge factor in the past in determining who ultimately gets the role. The “Women Tell All” tapes on Feb. 21st and Britt will most certainly be there. If anything, Britt just came across as more quirky than anything last night. But it could be a tougher sell now than before. Still a few weeks away. Lets let it play out and see. I just don’t see any other viable options from this season. You know who won’t be at the WTA to try and win people over? Becca. Why? Well…

I can confirm that filming for the next “Bachelorette” will start either the day after Chris’ finale airs, Tuesday, March 10th or Wednesday March 11th. Pretty much exactly on schedule with the last 5 seasons. Which means that they will announce the next “Bachelorette” on the ATFR the night before while all the guys on the season will be in their hotel rooms waiting to get on. Like I’ve said, this show sticks to a schedule, and as long as that schedule is that they will begin shooting the “Bachelorette” the week the “Bachelor” ends, there’s no way that the final 2 girl will ever be the “Bachelorette.” Move it back a couple weeks? Sure. But they haven’t done that in ages, so I don’t see it happening. They can’t bring Becca out on the ATFR, have her talk to Chris for the first time since being dumped, then later on within the same hour say, “And our new Bachelorette – Becca!” Makes zero sense and it’s why the #2 girl never gets the role. Not to mention, the new lead has to do photo shoots and intro videos a couple weeks before being officially announced as the “Bachelorette.” They can’t do that with Becca when she will still be in contention on the show when the finale airs on March 9th. Unspoiled people will think she has a chance to win, so there’s no way production is gonna take the chance of shooting intros and doing photo shoots with a girl weeks before she’s even eliminated from the show. Not happening. You can officially cross Becca off your list for next “Bachelorette.” Sorry Becca. I’m sure producers have even made you think you have a chance by talking to you. You don’t. Think of it logically and you’ll realize it.

You know how people say all the time how boring this show is, and that they hate so-and-so, and they’re not watching anymore? Or God forbid Chris is so boring and Arie would’ve been such a better choice, they’re totally not gonna watch this season? Ratings are in from last night and it’s the highest ratings of the season. It drew 500k more viewers than the previous most watched episode this season, and did a 2.5 in the 18-49 demo, along with winning Women 18-34 and 18-49 for the night. So yeah, those people can shut up now. Only goes to show it doesn’t matter who they cast as the lead, people are going to watch for the drama, the contestants, and the dates. It’s been proven time and time again for the last 29 seasons spanning over 10 years. Not sure when people are going to realize this, but just because you and your friends don’t like the lead doesn’t mean other people don’t. 8.4 million last night with a 2.5 in the 18-49 demo.

Nell Kalter’s Vanderpump Rules recap is now up if you wanna check it out. Did Jade make her cameo? All I hear about that show is how much of a douchenozzle Jax is. With a name like that, aren’t you most certainly going to grow up with a sense of entitlement and wear Affliction shirts?

We all know that the New Mexico Tourism board forked over $100,000 to get the “Bachelor” to shoot an episode in their city. With that said, how happy do you think they were of this shot?

Money well spent New Mexico. I’m sure the fact that an operation like this show not only couldn’t spell your city name correctly, but couldn’t even notice their own mistake on screen and fix it before it went to air must make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Congrats on that promotion for your city last night. I can’t wait to visit Sante Fe. Looks lovely.

Yes, Kelsey came off a bit crazy last night. More on that later, but I’m kinda shocked at how many people think she actually made up her story. I understand a lot of you are beginning to question everything you see on this show, and rightfully so, but she’s not just gonna make up a story about being married and her husband dying. I mean, why? It’d be able to be proven in milliseconds because we have this thing called the internet. Sure, she told it very awkwardly and almost seemed to laugh it off in her ITM, but yes, the story is actually true. She was married to a guy named Sanderson and he did die. Here is Sanderson Poe’s obituary, which I gave you back three months ago when I confirmed her as a contestant. Sure looks like it was written by Kelsey herself. Kelsey is taking some serious heat on social media after last night that made her shut down her Twitter account. Hey, you signed up for it. Deal with the consequences.

Get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in today and tomorrow to have them appear in the columns. If you have sent in a “Dr. Reality Steve” email in the past that was posted and you want to give us an update on what happened, you can do that to. Just be sure to include your original email so people remember what your story was.

Your three blogs are up to read right now: Chris Harrison’s weekly interview. Chris Harrison’s weekly Chris Harrison Yahoo: Yahoo blog. And Chris Soules weekly weekly blog for All three definitely give a little insight to stuff that wasn’t shown last night, so check them out.

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  1. caffeinequeen

    February 3, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Hmmm. A few (unrelated) comments–
    Jade – I don’t know if that’s a legitimate “condition,” but I experience that too in moderately cold conditions. She might have poor circulation or Reynaud’s syndrome. It makes your feet and hands ache when it occurs, and it’s pretty uncomfortable. I assume that in Nebraska she’d be wearing gloves and boots. She didn’t have any protection from the cold in the raft.

    That Carly/Chris date. Jesus. That defines awkward. I actually like her and her sense of humor. I wouldn’t mind seeing her as the bachelorette. I feel like Britt is looking for career advancement more than a husband. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t make her a great potential bachelorette when it seems so obvious.

    Kelsey. She seemed pretty detached, not sarcastic, as the person who emailed suggested. It didn’t seem like great timing to be snogging with Chris after sharing that sobering story…nd then to talk about herself and her amazing story that “she loves,” she comes across as extremely self-involved. That whole ITM was cringe-worthy. The panic attack might be legit, but I just feel like this woman needs to get some counseling.

  2. enndea

    February 3, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    I think the email about producer manipulation is a good one, but I don’t entirely buy it, and here’s why–Kelsey was on Twitter last night basically saying the exact same thing. (“Sander’s death was absolutely devastating, but my finding a way to live through it and my strength to survive is amazing.”) Perhaps she was implying the “amazing” thing about her story is her own strength–but it still is a very odd thing to say about your husbands passing. Especially when followed by “I love my story.” I think there are things you can love about what you learn from an experience like that…..but wow. It seemed cold and a little crazy to me.

  3. nora j

    February 3, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Maybe the next Bachelorette won’t be from this season? After last night I hope it’s not Britt. Sorry but who wears all that make up to bed? Doesn’t the bright pink lipstick just end up all over her pillow. It’s so weird. She just seems way too immature to be The Bachelorette. And she’s a waitress? Her credentials don’t seem that great.

  4. fcew

    February 3, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Just an FYI, as a person from New Mexico, I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked the most ignorant questions about New Mexico. “But you’re so white?” (Yup, blonde and blue eyed too!) “Your English is really good!” (Mmmmhmmmm. First language.) “I can’t take a Mexican ID.” (REALLY?! That one was at a mortgage company! In CALIFORNIA.) “Did you have to get a passport to come here?” (I was in Illinois!) “What’s the weather like? You have palm trees right?” (No, New Mexico doesn’t have palm trees, at least as far as I’ve seen. Maybe way down south. And New Mexico experiences all 4 seasons. There are mountains and even SNOW.) Sadly, this behavior from Megan is actually quite typical, and while I laughed as I watched her, I cringed inside. Because stuff like that has happened to me more times than I can count. Whenever people from New Mexico leave the state, it’s expected that people will ask questions or make statements like the ones I described above. Depressingly, in my experience, its people from Texas, Colorado and Arizona that know New Mexico is a state, and it’s people from the Mid West that are really the worst offenders.

    So my go to line has become “It’s a STATE. In the UNITED STATES.” I don’t care if I sound rude. If I have to whip that line out, it’s because you sound uneducated! Go back to third grade!

  5. rob22

    February 3, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    You can say that Britt is getting a bad edit and won’t be the Bachelorette. But, remember Ali? She was edited as the wicked b*tch of the west & bloggers, including RS, were commenting on what an ice queen she was. But, they gave her time on WTA to rehabilitate her image then, voila! She’s the Bachelorette…. and a pretty popular Bachelorette, at that. Andi wasn’t that far off from that & a lawyer to boot (insert lawyer joke here). If you buy what RS is selling…. that the Bachelorette will be someone from the final four & it can’t be Becca (F2 timing & believability issues) or Whitney (F1, taken) & it absolutely won’t be Jade (self promoting nude model/aka not believable as the Bachelorette)…. well, do the math. The WTA will have her rescuing puppies, feeding starving kids and showing off her gourmet cooking skills while showing off the bod that God…. and (mostly) her personal trainer…. gave her. She’ll be fine.

  6. yankees4life

    February 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    If Jade has Raynaud’s she was definitely not faking! I have it and my fingers get numb sometimes when it’s 70 degrees out, so falling in ice cold water would definitely do it!

  7. auntiecairo

    February 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    The interesting (or disturbing) part about Kelsey’s “amazing” story – is that she makes it about herself. How she’s dealt with it. Everyone deals with grief in a different way — but this woman seems in need of serious counseling — her demeanor was kinda creepy — if it was 48 Hours she’d be a suspect in her husband’s death. At the very least – going on a reality show 18 months after the death of the alleged love of your life – is suspect. Was equally interesting seeing the non-reaction from the other women when Kelsey had her attack. Starting to think this Bachelor would have been better off on …

  8. kims123

    February 3, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    As fcew mentioned earlier, it is not sadly common for people not to know New Mexico is a state. However, I am surprised that RS doesn’t realize that Santa Fe is a world class destination. It is constantly rated one of the top destination cities and the most romantic cities to visit. He has clearly never been there.

  9. arod

    February 3, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I am very surprised by people hating on Britt. The whole time all I could think was: “there is no way her hair looks that good and people are always hugging her if she doesn’t shower”

    Kelsey… I don’t know. I really want to think editing made her look that way but it just seems her behavior is odd.

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  10. hattiebloom

    February 3, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Regardless of editing, I decided last night that I don’t want Britt as Bachelorette. I don’t care if she showers once a year, she’s a total phony baloney. I don’t think I could stomach her “who……me???” personality for an entire season.

    Kelsey is a sociopath.

    The End.

  11. gemsnob

    February 3, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    This is in response to Nora from comments above. Don’t you remember Ali Fedowsky? She quit her job and moved out of her apartment to be the bachelorette. I think Britt being a “waitress” trumps “jobless” and homeless”!

  12. elizabeth82

    February 3, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    hattiebloom, I agree.

    Kinda surprised Steve thinks Britt’s “bad edit” only has to do with the stupid showering joke. I guess he really wants her to be The Bachelorette! The real problem with her is that she comes across like she might be acting and just not the most genuine.

  13. myrtlebeachbabe

    February 3, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    There are so many issues with these girls, what a train wreck. Kelsey is a sociopath, her next husband should be worried. Jade is lost, disgustingly fake and has no morals. Ashley I is superficial, immature, and insecure, and lose those lashes, it’s not a good look on you. MacKenzie(?)-21 yr old with son who believes in Aliens, way too immature for Chris, sweet, just too young. You could go on and on with the whole bunch, what a joke. So many cringe worthy moments Chris has to watch unfold. WTA will be a riot to watch. It will be interesting to see who will be the next Bach and who will be in BIP2, more train wrecks coming down the tracks. Such a guilty pleasure watching this scripted show but the manipulation of the girls for ratings is shameful, but as RS states, they signed up for it… It’s a true narcissistic group

  14. bianca

    February 3, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    There’s something off about Brit and I can’t quite figure it out, but it’s clear Steve is all about her cuz he keeps trying to find ways to justify her questionable edit (lol). I was also enamored with her when the season started, but again, as it progresses, I feel there is something not quite right about her. It remains to be seen I suppose…

    As for Kelsey’s ex – I agree with the poster above! Her reaction almost seems fodder for an episode of 48 hours, and I almost wonder if the cause of her husband’s death really might be worth investigating further!

  15. ladyjane747

    February 3, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Britt is so fake and she ridiculously overreacts to everything. How big can she make her mouth when she’s trying to act surprised or excited? And I’ll bet she has hair extensions. LOL I don’t care if she’s the Bachelorette or not; I don’t have to like the lead (I usually don’t) to be entertained by the show; in fact, it’s almost better if I dislike the lead – more to make fun of!

  16. hattiebloom

    February 4, 2015 at 4:12 AM


    I clicked the link to your blog.

    A). It’s written in the exact same format and feel as Sharleen Joynt’s blog.

    B). Pretty tacky to come on another blogger’s site to promote your own.

  17. melbel1811

    February 4, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    My sister used to work with Kelsey….
    my sis said she’s fake/not genuine. What you saw of her on this episode is her true self!!! NOT AN EDIT. She really is this way in real life!!!!

  18. kbray06

    February 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    They ended the episode before the rose ceremony on Bachelor in Paradise just this past summer. Maybe it got them a ratings spike so they figured they would try it again.

  19. ksrsfan

    February 4, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe the weirdos they casted this season! I think they are all fakes, seriously, can Megan be THAT stupid??? Ashley (or as someone else called her, “Kardashley”) telling Carly that Chris wants a “real” woman while wearing way too much makeup and huge fake eyelashes! Are we sure she is not related to Erica Rose, for all her entitlement attitude??? ie: the Cinderella date was supposed to be mine!!

    And did anyone else notice that when Carly was talking with Chris after their date, she said “like” at LEAST 30 times? True, I re-watched it and counted!

    I wonder if Britt uses some sort of lotion or water-less bath product if she doesn’t shower and still smells good? You really cannot cover up weeks of BO with perfume.

    And the icing on the cake, well since the other Ashley got booted anyway, is Kelsey! I do not believe the producers had to encourage or fake her edit at all, she was LOVING having a “tragic but amazing” story to tell Chris to try to stay around! Then, when he cancelled the cocktail party, she surely realized that the reason he was upset was because he was planning on sending her home after just hearing her story, and he knew that would hurt her. So she had to try another ploy to get to stay…….Oh my! I am having a panic attack!!! BS!! I have seen panic attacks and the person is not laughing soon afterward! And I would be embarrassed and not want Chris to see me, not ask for him! I agree, they need to look into her husband’s death, if he was truly that amazing, and she was so devastated by his death, how could she even think of being on this show!

  20. super1

    February 4, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    In the last episode, Kelsey mentioned something about, not understanding the timing of it all regarding her spouse’s passing. Well, according to his obituary which RS posted a link to: Kelsey graduated college with her Master’s degree on May 18, 2013. Her spouse passed away within less than a week after that. (obit posted May 23 and services May 24). That had to be the hardest thing on earth for her to deal with. I am giving Kelsey a break. She probably isn’t done mourning her spouse. In hindsight, this show wasn’t a good idea for her.

  21. rosenfie

    February 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Hi Steve,
    First time writing in!
    I have a couple comments on some of your thoughts about this week’s episode.

    Regarding Jade’s “circulation condition”, it sounds like she has Renaud’s Disease where your fingers, toes, etc go white and numb with the slightest chill. I have this “condition” (which isn’t at all serious), but it can be a total pain in the ass. I’ve walked around in flip flops in 80 degree weather and as soon as I go inside somewhere, my toes are white and numb. Truly uncomfortable and annoying. Or she could be full of $hit.

    Also, I don’t think Kelsey’s panic attack is real. When I saw her building up to it (it was very obvious what she was attempting to do), I turned to my husband and said “Uh oh – fake panic attack!”. And voila, there it was. I’ve had personal experience and can spot a good or bad act. There are many people out there who have a lot of anxiety, but there’s a difference between heightened anxiety and a full-blown panic attack.


  22. robsbitch

    February 4, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Finally they moved the show out of the country for an episode this season!

    Just kidding :p

    Really though, I never realized how much I watched this show for the travel until it was gone. Charlie O’Connell had the personality to carry a show in one location (wasn’t he in Tijuana the whole season – in actual Mexico?) Farmer Chris does not have the charisma to pull this off without the locale changes . I hope this isn’t a trend…

    And for the love of grammar Steve, it’s “all of a sudden”. Please let someone proof your blog – it’s painful.

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