My shame is great, as it should be. In the last week or two, I somehow fell into watching The Bachelor. Sure, I’m a little late to the party, but let’s be honest…it’s only the last few weeks that really count any way. Right?
I do have to respect that the franchise isn’t afraid to admit to what it is. Back in December, when ABC was trying to get audiences amped up for the then-coming season, the preparatory commercials just showed a close up of a chick bawling her eyes out, with mascara juice flowing out of her eye-holes, bemoaning, “Whyyyyy?” I knew that’s pretty much how the first few episodes would go and that’s why I’ve only just recently checked in. You know, my time is precious.
Let’s just talk about Bachelor Ben for a minute. The chicks vying for him are all acting like he’s the second coming of Elvis. I hate to be snarky, that’s not my style at all (go on and insert your eye roll here…I just did). But, can I be the only woman alive that recognizes that he could also be called “Link”? As in, he is the missing one…
I swear that now going forward, any Monkey Shines nightmares that I have will have Bachelor Ben’s face superimposed in them. The thought that simian singleton, Bachelor Ben, could be coming for any of my single girl friends now haunts me in my sleep.
The need of all of the contestants to sound profound and how they go about it is simply baffling to me. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard any Bachelor say, in their going-in-deep interviews, how he can, like, “See my life with (insert hometown date bachelorette’s name here)”. Gag. That’s not, like, special powers, Bachelor Ben. I can picture my life with all sorts of people. Call me imaginative, but don’t call me in love, pensive or smart. Can I see my life with Adolf Hitler? Sure! I could see me dumping him because he is a total ass, plus I’d never be able to abide that dumb toothbrush mustache. Could I picture a future with Kobe Bryant? Yes, it involves me looking the other way while he cheats on me and then I get kick-ass jewelry and shop away my sads. Just because you can picture something doesn’t necessarily mean you do any of it! Or even want to. Picturing an alternative future doesn’t mean that can can bend spoons with your mind.
And then the women. Oy vey! Let me just pause here to note that out of 25 women, 44% have names that end with the long “e” sound and 32% have names ending in ‘”a” and 24% have names ending in a consonant. There were 2 Ambers, 1 Casey and another Kacie, 1 Lindzi and another Lyndsie. I believe there was one Biblical name represented. I don’t know what it means, but it must mean something. “I mean, I am really in love with Ben now! I know it.” “I knew I was falling for Ben that first time we were in the jacuzzi.” What is wrong with them??? This week, the girls all had special dates and overnights with Ben in Switzerland. They are all in love with Ben, and then knew that he could see a future with all of them, too. Because that’s what he told them all, right before he forked over the invitation to forgo their single rooms and spend some “alone time” in the “Fantasy Suite”. And btw, you know that “alone time” is Bachelor code for boot knockin’, right?
Bachelor Ben was on a “I just did it with three girls high” when last week’s discard, Kacie B., made a surprise! trip to the land of neutrality to tell Bachelor Ben that she only wants for him to be happy. Because she loves him. From the beginning, all she cared about was his happiness. Because she is selfless and self-sacrificing when faced with the love of Bachelor Ben. Oh, and she also wanted to know “Whyyyyy? What did I do wrong?” Why can’t they all just move to Utah and become polygamist, since none of them seems to be too bothered that they are all nailing Bachelor Ben? Well, except that the other girls might see to it that Bachelorette Courtney has an accident that leaves her horribly maimed and unable to speak. Back to that impromptu visit by Bachelorette Kacie…Hell, I can barely pull it together to get to appointments five miles from my house on time. How did love-lorn Bachelorette Kacie manage to have her passport ready, alongside a bank account that could afford a less than 14-day advance ticket purchase fare to Switzerland, where she just happened to know where she could find Bachelor Ben, alone in his hotel room, in between all of his international wooing, looking camera-ready in a tie and a head full of dried dippity-do gel?
The episode ended with Bachelorette Nicki leaving sans rose. Next week is the big season 16 “Women Tell All” reunion show, so it’ll be two nail-biting weeks before we white-knuckle through Bachelor Ben’s mother and sister meeting their possible future skank-in-law to find out if Bachelor Ben will choose Bachelorette Courtney or Bachelorette Lindzi (yes, that is how her name is spelled). I will NOT be watching the tell-all show. After watching a Flavor of Love reunion, there is no way that this could ever stack up to my expectations of what a reunion show should be.