Last night, "Bachelorette" Desiree Hartsock faced her former suitors on the "Men Tell All" special. While Chris Harrison promised an exciting drama-filled two hours, I found myself feeling a bit bored.
Bad Boys - Whatcha Gonna Do?
Did Jason and Molly Mesnick really need to parade their new baby around at the "Bachelor Nation" viewing parties? "That old couple with the baby" seemed a bit desperate to be on TV again.
We were also treated to a segment with Desiree, Ali Fedotowsky, Emily Maynard, and Ashley Hebert. The past "Bachelorettes" advised Des on how to deal with the "bad boys." It was quite telling that married Ashley remained silent while Ali and Emily dominated the conversation.
Did anyone really believe Ali when she said that becoming the "Bachelorette" was the furthest thing from her mind during Jake Pavelka's season?
Bad Boys and Crybabies
It was a bit amusing how the "MTA" put so much emphasis on this season's "bad boys." When compared to past villains like "Rated R" or Bentley, James and Ben seemed relatively benign.
Other than his "Hello Hollywood" comment in the exit limo, I had a hard time figuring out why exactly the other guys were so upset with Ben. Sure, he "wasn't here to make friends," and he pursued Desiree "aggressively." But unlike Drew and Kasey, at least Ben spent the majority of his time on the show focusing on his relationship with Des, not the other guys.
The season, the guys seem to either be "Jersey Shore" meat head stereotypes (like Mikey), or effeminate wimpy types (like "#Kasey"). The funny thing about James is that he seems to be a combination of the two. On the one hand, he was a tough confrontational person who wasn't afraid to have it out like "real men."
Yet during his last week in the house, he came across as a bit of a crybaby when he kept whining about how he was so "bullied" by the other guys. If he was really "here for Des," then why should he care what Kasey and Drew think? And I don't even want to know what the "bleep" Michael G. did to James off camera.
The "real" bad boys of the season did not receive any screen time last night. Brian did not have the courage to show up for the "MTA." It's just as well that the "lying, cheating, deceitful pig" was not in attendance. It appears that he and Stephanie are back together.
As for Bryden, I guess the network decided not to ask about his alleged girlfriend back home.
In her conversation with Zak, Desiree made an interesting point. Last season, Sean Lowe mentioned wondering if Des was hiding behind her smile. Last night, she made a similar comment about Zak. Because he always was so peppy and positive, she wondered how he would be able to handle a hard day, and whether or not he would be able to talk to her about it.
Des may have been onto something. Zak was always so deliriously upbeat, that I had to wonder if there was a dark side. Last night, his gloomy somber demeanor was quite a contrast from the fun-loving outrageous personality we saw on the show.
It's so funny to see guys like Zak and Chris S. attempting to woo Des with poetry. Ryan Sutter is probably the only guy in franchise history who could recite poetry without coming across as desperate or creepy.
I wouldn't mind seeing Zak on TV again. He did provide some entertainment this season, and he came across as surprisingly thoughtful and intelligent. But after performing that song on guitar, he effectively nixed his chances of becoming the next "Bachelor."
He'd better hope that the network brings back "Bachelor Pad!"
"Won Pahblow" For "Bachelor"
Women across the country responded so favorably to Juan Pablo, that the network decided to listen. Despite his lack of screen time this season, the Venezuelan soccer player was prominently featured during last night's "MTA."
Harrison went out of his way to include Juan Pablo in the conversations, asking him his thoughts on the drama in the house, Ben, and James.
The single dad also had his turn in the "hot seat." We learned that despite "Latin stereotypes," Juan Pablo actually doesn't date a lot. Because he takes care of his daughter on weekends, he's usually unavailable on date nights.
Desiree didn't seem to have a clear explanation about why she had sent him home, though I'm thinking that she probably wasn't ready to be a step mom, or to learn Spanish. She still can't pronounce his name!
I'd be on board with Juan Pablo as the next "Bachelor." In addition to his sex appeal, he seems sincere and ready to find love, and to find a step mom for his daughter. It would also give the network a chance to silence the critics who complain about the lack of ethnic diversity on the show.
The "MTA" aired one week earlier than usual, in order to pave the way for a "shocking two-part finale." Harrison promises a finale like none other, "the most intense finale in the show's history," and he actually means it this time!
I'll believe it when I see Drew coming out of the closet and proposing to Brooks in two weeks.
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