See now…. THIS is why we watch The Bachelor.
THIS is why the franchise has become so successful.
THIS is why it wins it’s timeslot every monday, why spin offs like The Bachelor Pad draw viewers and why it continues to be one of the longest running reality TV programs (next to Survivor of course).
Every week, we tune in because there is a formula that we can’t resist, and every once and awhile there’s a moment we were SO glad we tuned in to see. Mostly, so we can talk about it with our girl friends later.
This week, we all know what that moment was… the skinny dipping.
Let’s start the discussion. It’s the only one worth having from this episode… (please, do we care that the girls had a baseball themed date, or that Ben made out with Nicki in his first one on one, or that Elyse didnt get a rose on her one on one? Not really.)
So the girls go on a group date. Everyone hates group dates, because your ‘alone time’ is minimal, and the rest of the day/night you are forced to chit chat with you competition. Mostly in a bikini or a steamy hot tub. It’s not particularly fun or romantic.
So we all know at this point, you have to make the most fo your ‘time’ with Ben. 2 girls did that. Kacie B, was able to lure him into an emotional conversation about his life and his journey to find love. She got the rose. However, the girl that made the MOST of her time was once again…. model Courtney.
Girl knows what she’s doing. In my opinion, this particular scenario was NOT set up by producers, I think she just ran with the opportunity as it presented itself. As evidence by the fact that Ben, once coerced into de-frocking, tried to hide his ‘parts’ from the camera. Almost like he remembered this would air…on TV, but before that… a team of editors would get to look at his naked rear for hours on the cutting room floor.
So here’s the question. Who do you hate more right now? Ben or Courtney?
Courtney is the wiley one, the one who proposed and concocted the plan in the first place. But, you are hosting a group date and you scurry off with the ‘hot one’ to go skinney dipping? That’s low.
How do you compete with that? No amount of talking about feelings and love will ever compete with ‘omg! I just saw a model naked!’.
There have been a lot of people walk off the show for ridiculous, petty and even unexplained reasons. But if I was a contestant on this show, it would be over for me right then and there.
At the Rose Ceremony, Emily tries (again) to warn Ben about Courtney. Girl, this guy has seen his wildest fantasy come true… he doesnt care if ‘she’s kind of a weirdo’. Couldnt care less at this point.
But in the end, the limo drove away with Jennifer who was heart broken, of course.