Reality Steve

Bachelor in Paradise 3

“Reader Emails,” “Bachelor in Paradise” Recap, and Josh & Amanda Grace the Cover of US Weekly

Photo Credit: US Weekly

All season many of you have been sending me your emails and tweets regarding how Josh & Amanda haven’t hid the fact at all that they’re together. Even last night again when Josh was skyping in on “After Paradise,” he was doing it from Amanda’s bedroom as many of you pointed out. Again, there’s no need to keep mentioning it every time they post a pic in the same place because it’s not news anymore. Hasn’t been for a month or so. But all of that info wasn’t enough, today’s cover of US Weekly should put it all to rest. Now I’m sure you’re next question will be, “Why is the show letting them do this?” I don’t know. My guess is because they just don’t care as much about the spoilers regarding BIP and are much looser with the rules. Because when “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” roll around, are they all the sudden going to let the final couple just start hanging out in public together, holding hands, and “live” together while the show is airing? Of course not. I just think the funniest part of that cover story is the picture. It’s not even a picture of them together. It’s each of their bio pictures from when they were on their respective shows just pasted together. And despite what their cover story is, and no matter what each of them say in that article, just keep in mind that nothing everything you read in tabloids is true. Never forget that.

Get your “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in for tomorrow. We’re at 5 right now meaning I only got one more after yesterday’s plea. Lets try and get to 8. Also, I think that tomorrow night might be the last live video chat of the season. I’m out the next two Thursday’s, and Crowdcast hasn’t been the most responsive when I’ve told them about issues regarding the video feed going out numerous times during the broadcast. But I’ll let you know for sure tomorrow.

Some thoughts on last night’s episode along with “After Paradise”:

-I think most people are in agreement that Izzy made a dumb decision with Vinny. Of course she has every right to explore her options out there, but it looks like she was tempted by nothing other than Brett’s looks, which doesn’t seem something too solid to base a relationship off of. So she comes on “After Paradise” and says it was more about the lack of quality conversation she’d had with Vinny, and she felt they didn’t talk about anything significant and it was more physical than anything. A purely physical relationship in “Bachelor” world? Shocking I tell ya’! Izzy could’ve handled it better than she did. Yes, it’s better she told him then than later on down the line, however, she basically blindsided him since he had no idea. I thought Vinny came off looking way better in the end and Izzy, well, maybe she’ll show up again next season.

-It was awesome to see Tanner and Jade show up to prove to all these contestants that love CAN come from this silly show. They’re living proof of it. Not to mention, Tanner and Jade can absolutely share with all those couples the ins and outs of how they too can get on “Celebrity Marriage Boot Camp” and make some extra coin. Glad they could be of service. However, they were very helpful in one aspect of their appearance. They got Grant and Lace to fight. Or at least have an argument. She looked at them and realized she didn’t see herself like that with Grant. At least at that moment she didn’t. All kinda moot since we know they’re engaged now. But basically even Lace got the sense that Grant is telling her loves her WAAAAY too much. “You repeat yourself a lot.” Uh huh.

-The best exchange they had with a couple was when they spoke to Josh and Amanda and had to witness the father bear protecting his young. Josh of course made sure to kiss Amanda in front of them, along with give her a giant bear hug like it was a wrestling match or something. Even Tanner said in an ITM that he basically didn’t buy what Josh was selling. I was half expecting Tanner to mock sticking his finger down his throat after those two got up and left. I sure did. It’s seriously nauseating at this point and incredibly uncomfortable. I mean, lets go to the voice of reason now when it comes to this show. Hey Nick, why are they constantly showing Josh and Amanda making out? “Because Josh and Amanda were always making out.” Guess that answers that.

-Hilarious that Tanner and Jade gave the date card to Jared and Caila considering Jared is Tanner’s boy. No favoritism there. Then again, Carly is Jade’s BFF and was in her wedding, so I’m wondering if there was any fighting over whose friend should get the date card. My guess is Jade wanted to give it to Carly and Tanner wanted to give it to Jared. So to decide who eventually got it, the producers said, “You’re giving it to Jared. We have a storyline we need to tell and we’ll just put Evan and Carly on another date.” Bingo!

-So Jared and Caila have their date, which obviously turns Ashley into a mess again. I wonder if Ashley watched that date back on TV last night with her hands covering her eyes. Jared and Caila were going at it something fierce in the water. Like, I thought he was gonna pork her. Yes, I said that. Sorry. Couldn’t get “European Vacation” out of my head. I think Jared did more with Caila in the one minute of footage we saw them in the water than he’s probably ever done with Ashley in all their time together. But that’s just a guess. I mean, she did get to second base with him, so there’s that. I think Jared might’ve stolen third with Caila.

-Evan and Carly got sent on a sweat retreat where Carly finally opened up and told Evan she was falling for him. This was great and all, but isn’t this the exact same place where Brandon and Dylan went to rid themselves of Kelly Taylor? I think it might’ve been. I’m not so sure sitting with someone in a boiling hot teepee is something I ever plan to explore in life, but I guess it worked for these two. I’m not sure who in the world thought up this date, but they should be fired. And 90210 should sue for copyright infringement. Nobody steals a 90210 storyline without giving full credit, dammit!

-As for the Ashley/Caila/Jared drama, the next day Ashley warned Jared about Caila saying he looks way more into her than she looks into him. Which of course, she does. And proved to be true that they couldn’t even last 2 months after the show ended. Carly even took to Ashley’s defense last night with this tweet:

Soooo yeah, not only does “After Paradise” host Michelle Collins question Caila’s sincerity, there were plenty of others out there who did as well. Can’t say I’m surprised. This goes as far back as Ben’s season. There are just people out there who don’t buy her act.

As for next week, I can let you know right now that I won’t be live tweeting as next Monday night is my fantasy football draft. So I’m gonna have to watch the show later, not to mention I’ll also be in California. Of all the ones to miss live, I’m bummed it’s gonna be this one since next week is when Mount Murray erupts. Take cover and hide the women and children. It’s not gonna look good for him.

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  1. rob22

    August 24, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Although it definitely feels odd to watch Sarah on this show & some of her relationship choices, I think we feel that way because she’s supposed to be the “poor, sweet, disabled girl that everyone ignores in the real world”. That’s kind of the narrative that’s been advanced in the past. But, that’s all it is. A narrative. She’s just a person like everyone else, who happens to have one arm. Bottom line: she’s on BIP for the same reason as everyone else. For attention, for the party, and possibly to advance a D-List career. You could answer that way for every single person in the franchise. The narratives are just story lines from producers & are, in no way, attached to reality. But I get it. They do a great job with their narratives. Even I have to step back and remember that it’s just a producer driven show that will do anything for ratings. That’s their job. Truth telling is not even on the list.

  2. valadega

    August 24, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    After the aftermath of BIP I wonder if the producers of The Bachelorette are relieved they didn’t cast Caila in the role? It now seems to me Caila was in it only for the fame.

  3. cjscjs711

    August 24, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Caila, Jubilee, and a few others strike me as rational, level-headed people who are not able to fall in love with a man they’ve never met, within several hours or a few days. Britt was another one this was not the right forum for. As we’ve discussed here before, coming back AGAIN isn’t a good idea. Also as we’ve seen with many in this audience regarding Jordan’s ex – you can’t win the popularity contest. Either way you’ll get vilified. Whether you speak up or keep quiet. You really just have to please yourself.

    I love the wild mustang Jade and hope she and Tanner don’t overdo the appearances – as SOME have done…….!

  4. LM111

    August 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Anyone else notice that Jade seemed a bit off last night? She just didn’t seem happy at all… and the few times she actually smiled, it seemed forced.

    And btw… I’ve changed my mind on Daniel. Pretty funny guy. Loved his conversation with Ashley about Jared (first, you get 10 guys…. hahaha).

  5. crushonspivey

    August 24, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    LM111, Daniel is he star of this season. He is so cringeworthy funny. Awkward yet hilarious. HE has made this season so much more enjoyable with his offbeat humor. He is the Ryan Lochte on the franchise. So so dumb. But hilarious.

    Ashley I might have been right about Caila not being into Jared, but she is still a hot mess. I mean, she has scared off any hopes of finding a normal guy with her unhinged emotional outbursts over Jared. Jared. Let that sink in…Jared. Honestly, Ashley just needs to get laid.

    Lacey is still bat poop crazy. I mean, Grant has to be desperate for a level of fame to want to be a part of that. And Carly and Evan? Seriously? Both are sadly pathetic. But I guess that is why we watch. We want to see them make idiots of themselves, and they certainly all oblige in this franchise.

  6. rob22

    August 24, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    @crushonspivey: Good call on the comparison between Ryan Lochte and Daniel. I saw a little bit of Lochte’s reality show, and I’ve seen a few of his interviews over the years, and the guy is as dumb as a sack of hammers. That, and a very limited moral compass. But, until recently, I gave him credit. He realized the one thing he could do was swim really fast. He had $1M in endorsements built up & he was going to keep swimming until they dragged his old, dead carcass out of the deep end.

    I suspect that, like Lochte, eventually Daniel’s level of stupidity will lead to a similar issue with the police or other problems. People that stupid, who don’t really seem to have a moral compass, eventually cross the line and they sweep up whoever’s around them into their mess.

  7. rob22

    August 24, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    LM111: I personally have never taken Jade and Tanner at face value. I’m sure they enjoy be around each other, and all, but I see their pairing as a business arrangement. A way to maintain attention, run their social media based businesses and keep on with their D-List celebrity status. I just refuse to buy their “love story”. Eventually, arrangements like that get old & people decide to move on. I’m not sure if Jade is reaching that point, but IMO, it’s only a matter of time.

    It’s tough enough to try to take relationships from The Bachelor seriously. But BIP? Come on. Do people really believe those are real?

  8. javagirl

    August 24, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Ashley I is so annoying. She is a total Jared stalker but he loves the attention.. Oooh poor Ashley, she needs me. boo hoo hoo.

    Caila & Jared were making a porno in the water – they so totally had it, it was pretty obvious. Jared is so ho hum boring though, his personality is like watching paint dry.

    I agree about comments on Carly & Evan.. a really odd coupling. I cringed when they kissed.. he creeps me out.

    And Lace slurs her words even when she is not drunk, what’s up with that… she is a doozy.

    Are the twins as stupid as they act or this a put on for attention.. They act like they never passed the 3rd grade. Seriously dump idiots. And one of them stated she was better looking than anyone else so she didn’t understand why she couldn’t get a date. Really? wow.

    Amanda has that sickening sweet baby voice… another annoying one. She should just go home, no one would miss her; Josh would just say Next…

  9. am22

    August 24, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    To the gal who has to watch seasons of the bachelor/ ette. For the guys I’d recommend Sean (he had more diverse and tolerable ladies, and Brad 2.0 avoid Ben F and Jojo (Ben was a jerk, Jojos guys were tools). I haven’t watched a ton of the girls seasons but Ali seems very down to earth and likeable. Good luck!

  10. jane527

    August 24, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Daniel isn’t stupid at all. He has a unique sense of humor and he’s amusing himself (and us) by spouting random nonsense. He’s playing a role and he’s doing a very good job of it. Watch him when he’s talking to Leah- he’s amusing himself at her expense. He also is aware that the twins are idiots- remember when he pretended to shoot himself in the head when one of them was talking? He’s actually heard of Mussolini- have you ever heard a Bachelor contestant mention a political figure before? If you think he’s stupid, you’re missing the point completely. Different, yes but not stupid.

  11. kimmyfromdablock

    August 25, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    My take on these peeps;

    Daniel — hilarious. TV Gold.
    Carly — refreshingly honest and real.
    Evan — something very yuck. If he truly is a “deadbeat” Dad and has coin, shame on him. That’s awful.
    Amanda — no personality, just a pretty face and sickeningly sweet. Zzzzzzzz.
    Josh — there is grease dripping out of every one of his pores.
    Nick — higher quality grease, but greasy nonetheless.
    Lace — hot mess.
    Grant — hot mess with no integrity.
    Vinny — sweet. simple.
    Jade & Tanner — I totally buy their relationship. Love them.
    Sarah — get off my tv.
    Twins — sweet. simple. hilarious.

  12. kimmyfromdablock

    August 25, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Less I forget:

    Ashley I – the schtick is getting old. Go away.
    Caila — a lost girl not sure who she should be, still in the personality developing phase.

    Steve’s site — annoying and crashing and diverting all the time !!!

  13. TeresaRenee

    August 25, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Carly is disgusting and desperate.

  14. purplerayne

    August 25, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    “It’s tough enough to try to take relationships from The Bachelor seriously. But BIP? Come on. Do people really believe those are real?”

    LOL why Rob? At least on BIP, the couple spends more time together than they do on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. And unlike the main shows, they have the option of other love interests. It seems a bit more organic. Mind you, its not normal in comparison to the real world LOL But within this world, its the environment that makes the most sense. A bunch of pretty people with similar interests (fame) together in one house/resort, see what happens.

  15. chg1008

    August 25, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Ashley I.- is she for real? She is truly one of the most ridiculously immature and annoying people I have ever seen on TV. She is not entertaining at all and truly needs to go away. Ashley, the “worst scenario” is you continuing to be on TV.
    Caila – one of those girls where you look into her eyes and all you see is the back of her head.
    Twins – adorable and sweet…badly in need of an education.
    Amanda & Josh: Can someone PLEASE stop the moaning in the background everytime Amanda and Josh are on screen, it’s just gross.
    Izzy – Ummmm…is the guy even interested in you? You dump a great guy for someone you think is good looking and not even aware he’s interested in you.
    Nick – I like him…but I don’t know his history.
    Vinny – sweet and natural, he is what you see.
    Grant – loves whomever he’s with
    Lace – please get a weed wacker to those fake lashes
    Jared – he’s cute, again, don’t know his history, but he seems very sweet.
    Daniel -He is so dumb it’s scary; he opens his mouth and I mute the TV.

    You have to wonder why there are so many good looking people on this show that are unable to find a mate? Hmm….could it be they are a hot mess in every other way?

  16. jlal

    August 26, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    The twins are so stupid and ignorant it is embarrassing. Daniel couldn’t believe when Haley said she thought Lincoln was our first president. How do you grow up in the US and not know about George Washington? How do you not know what a continent is and that you live in North America? Can image a European not know where or what Europe was?

    Daniel is playing it up. Once I caught on to his schitck I think he’s funny.

    I think Izzy did the right thing. If you’re that attracted to someone else, you must not be invested in the one you’re with.

    Evan and Carly are cute and I hope make it the distance.

    I don’t think Amanda and Josh have a prayer.

    Ashley I is just annoying and needs to go away. I don’t know if Jared not just telling her enough is because he gets his ego stroked or if it is producer driven.

  17. jessicat

    August 26, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Maybe Steve is light on emails because people are tired of how he responds. He often doesn’t actually answer the questions asked or else makes sarcastic comments.

  18. canesarah

    August 26, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    For the reader email wanting to know which seasons to watch- my advice is watch the ones who are married now. So watch Jason Mesnick, Sean Lowe, Ashley H, and Desiree . Add in the after the final rose and wedding specials too for all but Desiree.

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