The Bachelorette: Finale and ATFR

23 07 2012

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So you already know… Emily chose Jef on the Bachelorette Finale last night.

You didn’t really come to my blog to find out ‘the winner’ – you came to discuss last night’s finale and ATFR.

Did you sit through all 3 hours of the Bachelorette last night? I did. And I’ll probably sit through 2 hours of the bachelor Pad tonight… sad right? But it’s Monday night, and it’s the summer. There’s nothing else on and they KNOW it! It’s the ABC Monday night formula: DWTS, Bachelor/Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad… start again.

SO let’s talk about last night.

Here’s my question:

If Arie had received the first ‘last’ date after the two met the Parents… would HE have met Ricki, and would HE have been the ultimate ‘winner’. Was he a victim of…timing? of production? of editing? Or had Emily already made up her mind, requesting the show to work the way it did… Jef getting the first date, meeting Ricki and sealing the deal.

An interesting thought.

ONE guy got to meet Ricki – after that, it was all over.

Jef has never been my favourite to ‘win’. I struggled with his school-boy crush attitude he adopted every time he was with Emily. You’re a grown woman, with a child, who has had your share of romance… does it really sweep you off your feet to hear a guy say he was ‘scared’ to kiss you? Is that endearing? Or it that ‘behind the portables at recess’? I just didnt get…them.

However, I also know how much of this show is scripted, edited to tell a ‘story’, and only seconds of a relationship that manifests itself without cameras rolling. I know this. Therefore, I can’t analyse their relationship based on what I’ve seen every Monday night.

ATFR was useless – it followed the exact same format as every other. “When are you getting married” “What do you love about each other” “How does it feel to be public about your relationship?” “is that a Neil Lane rock on your finger?”

Probably the most interesting story line that unfolded last night…was the Ari rejection drama.

Emily showed up at her final date with Arie, and choked out a rejection instead. Arie’s reaction was extremely realistic. As in, I felt like we were watching a real moment between a man and a woman ending a relationship that was unexpected and emotional. Follow that up with a face-to-face ATFR, where we hear that Arie tried to reach out after the show… and Emily would have no part in it. Emily has shown strength and poise through this entire process, however, she seriously lacks the ability to just… say the hard stuff. She could NOT verbalize her feelings to Arie when she was breaking up with him, and she could not bring herself to properly explain her relationship with Jef to him…even now!

So there was a fair share of drama last night – the question of whether this couple will last is moot. They have the same chance as any other… The Franchise doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation for developing long lasting relationships.




The Bachelor Finale and ATFR

13 03 2012

You saw it happen, the conclusion of this seasons bachelor ended with Ben getting on his knee and proposing to Courtney with the Materhorn as a backdrop.

A storybook moment, a fairytale.

But as rarely the story ends with ‘Happily Ever After…”, there’s SO much more to talk about, isnt there?

In this case, I was equally as interested in watching the third hour, After the FInal Rose, as I was the previous 2 hours… perhaps even moreso. The lead up was a bit formulaic and dull. The best part was when each girl met the 2 other girls in Bens life, his mom and sister. It was pretty telling when they actually gave their blessing to Courtney. Of course, they liked Lindzi… who wouldnt? She smiles, presents herself very well. Her parents would be so proud. But the thing is, Ben was very obviously in love with Courtney (or at least, he liked her the most from very early on). Lindzi was a prop. IT probably couldve been any other girl in the final two, Ben had made his decision long ago. That’s what I believe, and that’s what his mom and sister picked up on.

Thye both went on final dates – Lindzi spewed out more ingratiating metaphors about falling in love, and Courtney made a scrapbook.

Lindzi got out of the helicopter first, and was given the let down of her life. Then in a final class-less act of desperation, she actually utters the words ” If anything happens, call me”. Oh. Burn. Notice how, things HAVE gone wrong, and he STILL hasnt called…right Lindz?

The proposal was a little bit anti climatic – I couldnt tell if Courtney was happier about ‘winning’ or about getting her man. Hard to say.

Can I just ask… are capes a ‘thing’ now? They both wore capes. Also, Chris Harrison was reduced to the role of greeter and cape holder the entire last half of the episode. Classic.

So are they still together?

Asked point blank in the After the Final Rose, Courtney’s not sure…well, she sorta is, then…well maybe not…tear, tear. Bring in Ben, who STILL hasnt gotten a haircut or realized that the 5 o clock shadow isnt a good look for him. He tells us that he was basically a big shmuck and abandoned Courtney when the you know what was hitting the fan. Girls got trust issues, and you bail because of a bad edit? Yikes.

So she he put the ring on it again… only time will tell if this relationship lasts. Judging by the track record, I’m guessing this time next year… the ring will be back in the Neil Lane box.


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