Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Bachelorette Episode 6

Finally. The episode we've all been waiting for. When the B-word goes from Bentley to BLEEP!!!  Everyone is in Hong Kong and by everyone, I'm including Bentley.  At the beginning of this episode, Chris Harrison swings by Ashley's hotel room to let her know Bentley "flew halfway around the world" to see her.  Finally..Chris tells her to not let Bentley be "so vague."  Hey Chris, is that your way of actually telling her Bentley is a douche-deluxe?? Ashley heads down to B's room and hesitates at the door... dramatically.  Took her long enough to finally suck it up and knock.  And OMG.. the idiot on the other side of the door says "Who is it?"  Really B?? I think I would have answered with "Emily" just to throw him for a loop.  Instead sweet Ashley answers "It's me" and he opens the door and she jumps in his arms and practically rapes him for a kiss.  He's of course reluctant because as we all know, he has no chemistry with her in reality.  I honestly have to say after reading Reality Steve's blog last week, I wasn't expecting much from this showdown. They sit on the sofa in front of the massive walls of windows overlooking the city (what a backdrop!).  Ashley inquires about Cozy, B's daughter who he "missed so much" and he hangs his head and mumbles that she's fine.  Red flag #1.  He tells Ashley "they are on the same page" and that it's "hard to know if they're relationship is over forever."  Ashley pleads with him about it not being fair to her.  (Hello Ashley, he left the show.. obviously he didn't want to pursue it too terribly bad.)  Ashley continues:  "I have a gut feeling about you... I don't know why you came into my life. Maybe it was for me to teach you something, or maybe it's for me to learn from you, but maybe it's to be together." Bentley finally decides to stop with the games and states that since he's home, it doesn't look good for them.  Duh.  He also suggests she pursues the relationships she has growing.  FINALLY.. Ashley gets this look of realization on her face and lashes out at him...and I quote:  "If you came here for the same reasons Michelle Money told me, then you would run with that and have fun, and leave me with the dot-dot-dot, and leave me with, like, me wanting you -- and you know what? Mission accomplished. If that's what you wanted, mission a-f---ing-complished. But I thought that you respected me enough as a human being to give me the closure that I needed if you were going to leave me at that point. And you didn't, and it sucked." And instead of just walking out and leaving him with this..she keeps sitting there..telling him he should have just called instead of flying halfway around the world to be a total d-bag.   Okay enough with the Bleepin B-Word... moving on!!!! :)

Ashley has a one on one date with Lucas, the guy from Odessa, TX.  I like Lucas only because he's almost a hometown boy for me since I was born in Midland (the neighboring city of Odessa) but he's kind of squirrelly.  They walk through the street markets of Hong Kong and she asks a lot of questions since she hasn't really spent much time with him since the show began.  He admits he's divorced and it was the hardest thing he'd ever went through.  They have dinner, he gets the rose and he asks for a kiss which she gives him. 

Group date (I'm moving pretty quick here) was with Blake, Ben, Ames, Constantine, Ryan & Mickey.  They are divided into teams of two and have to go find locals to be on their dragon boat race team.  Long dramatic story short, Mickey & Ames win the trophy and they all witness a couple get engaged on the beach as they sit there sweating it out.  Later on at dinner/party.. Ames "kidnaps" Ashley and they go to an elevator and make out.  He made the first move and was on her like white on rice, which she was pleasantly surprised.  When Ryan (happy happy) gets his one on one time, all the guys are talking about him behind his back.  No one really likes him except for Ashley.  He ends up with the rose. 

Next one on one date is JP.  Okay I like JP, but to me it isn't fair that he's getting a 2nd one on one date when there are other guys who haven't had one at all.  Oh well.  I can't remember what they did other than Ashley telling him at dinner about her visitor earlier in the week.  He's cool with it, understanding and it gives her the courage to tell the other guys at the cocktail party.. .Can we say FAIL?

This is one cocktail party that was a disaster before it really ever began.  When Ashley tells the guys about Bentley coming to Hong Kong because she "had fallen hard for him and needed closure since he had left," some of the guys got really upset and felt like they were competing with yet another guy.  Of course, Ryan, Ames, JP & Ben were totally fine with it.  Constantine is the first to break the awkward silence and scolds Ashley for telling him on their date that she had "let go" of her previous relationships... Ooopsie.  Before she can even try to respond, Lucas (who btw already has a guaranteed spot to next week) asks her why she didn't do this earlier, since they'd already been to 3 different places since Bentley left.  So yeah, that's pretty screwed up. Ashley tries to explain that it was gradual..but let's be real.  It wasn't! Blake repeats what she said about "falling" for Bentley.. in disbelief.  Cue Ashley's exit to stage left.  Cue the sensitive guys to comfort her.  Eventually, Ashley makes the rounds to all the guys to let them vent to her about their feelings.  Blake brings her to tears and Mickey begs her to send him home.  She obviously doesn't want to do it so he does it for her.  (this makes me sad, I really liked him.  Mickey for the next Bachelor!)  Finally we get to the rose ceremony... Blake is sent home.  Poor guy. I really liked him!!!

Maybe next week we can get back to the task at hand..finding her a husband.  Now that she realizes how much time she wasted.    We see a preview telling us Ashley will still have heartbreak.. *sigh*  This has to be the most dramatic season of The Bachelorette. Ever.

Till next time.. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Bachelorette Episode 5 Recap

I must start out and say I screamed at my TV for most of this episode hoping Ashley could hear me.  Of course, she didn't.

Ashley went on a one on one date with Ben F. the winemaker from California.  Last week they had some chemistry during the group date.  They went shopping through a Thai market and ate Thai cuisine and listened to Thai music.  They seem to find it easy to be with each other and I could see Ben going to the end. (He got a rose BTW.)

This week's group date was horrible.  Ashley, where do you come up with this stuff? All of the guys (minus Ben F., Ben C., and William) went to a hot gym and trained to box.  Then they were given bright colored boxing trucks and gloves and shuttled to a boxing ring out on a town square.  Immediately I knew this wasn't going to end well.  All of the guys went into the ring one on one.  Most of them were pretty fair fights until it came down to Ryan & Ames.  Ames admitted to us he was not a fighter.  In my opinion, he should have just laid down and played dead.  But he gave it his all and Ryan "rung his bell" pretty good, delivering five blows to Ames' head.  When the match was over, Ames was pretty much out of it.  Ashley knew something was wrong, but she kept asking him if he was okay and in his usual fashion he'd say "I'm great."  Ashley finally got producers to take him to the hospital to get checked out.  He ended up having a mild concussion.  Blake the dentist ended up with the group date rose.

This week is the first two on one date and to me it was obvious who was going to be going home.  William and Ben C. were the lucky bachelors.  They met Ashley and took a boat ride to a picnic.  Ashley and William stepped away for some one on one time and William tells Ashley that Ben C. talks about being ready to go home so he can pursue online dating.  I must stop and say that William is a total tool.  He knew which button to push to make Ashley turn against Ben C. and that is exactly what he did.  Ashley is obviously very upset and when they head back to the picnic I fully expect her to pull Ben C. aside to discuss it.  Instead she says the two on one portion of the date is over right now and Ben C. is headed home. When walking him back to his boat ride out of there, you can tell Ben is just completely confused.  Ashley tells him what she heard and he said he did say that but was joking.  I'm sorry but Ashley, you can't believe what someone else always says and it's not right to not ask the other person if what was said about them is true.   I personally think Ashley was looking for a way out of the relationship with Ben C. and she had an out and took it.  Funny thing now though, William thinks he has it in the bag.  At dinner, he and Ashley discuss him being a "30 year old boy" and how he isn't ready to grow up.  Dude, marriage is about growing up and this show is about finding someone to settle down with for life.  What. A. Tool!!!!!  Ashley says goodbye to him and throws the rose into the fire.. Dramatic!!

After the cocktail party, Chris Harrison & Ashley sit down and Chris can tell that Ashley is having a hard time..She just can't get over Bentley.  She basically tells Chris she needs some sort of closure instead of the "dot-dot-dot" Bentley left her with when he left.  Chris tells her he'll work on it and they proceed with the rose ceremony, with everyone sticking around except for Nick the personal trainer.  He was hot but I didn't see anything coming from them.

Next week is supposed to be the most dramatic episode yet..so stay tuned!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Bachelorette Episode 4

Hola! Wait..that is spanish.  What is Thai for HELLO?! I don't know.  Oh well... the guys (and Ashley of course) jetted off to Phuket, Thailand this week! And what a perfect time to get away from LA with all the crap Bentley left behind.  

Constantine scores the first one on one date this week and meets Ashley who is standing in the rain holding an umbrella and telling him they are going to ride a boat to an island.  Not much fun in the sun will be had if there is no sun, am I right?  Right when he gets excited about it, the boat driver says it isn't happening, too big of waves coming in.  What to do now? (did anyone else hear crickets at this point?) They decided to roam the streets of Phuket.  It seems like they have a really nice time together despite what they are doing.  I won't go into all the details but Constantine does score a rose(and a kiss!).

The group date this week was very interesting.. the guys met Ashley at an orphanage and they redid the rooms for the children there.  I was really impressed with this sort of date.  All of the guys really got into it, especially Ben F. (who I keep mistaking for Constantine. One of them needs to change their hair!).  He began painting a beautiful mural on one wall and did a pretty good job despite saying he wasn't an artist.  At the cocktail party later that night, each guy got some one on one time with her. I could tell Ashley was a little bored at times.  Ryan P. seems to be grinding on all the guys nerves, especially when he steals Ashley for just one more minute of one on one time right before she hands the rose out(to Ben F.). 

Ames scored the 2nd one on one date.  He has an odd look about him.. He almost seems snobbish at times.  I'm interested to see how he is on a date with Ashley. Ames shares with Ashley that he is an extremely spontaneous guy.  He decided to come to Thailand for cooking school one night and packed his stuff and was on a plane within hours.  They kayak through caves & caverns and have a small picnic on a deserted beach and talk.  Ashley had been concerned about Ames but after this date can totally see him as husband material.  He ends up with the rose.

Ashley vows this week's cocktail party will be way better than last week's non-cocktail party.  Ashley has a conversation with West and is aware he lost his wife a few years back and questions if he's ready for a relationship.  He assures her he is but I don't think she buys it.  Blake the dentist tells Ryan how he is grating on everyone's nerves because he's constantly happy and he sort of takes it to heart, even telling Ashley about it.  Ashley admits to Chris Harrison that she is still thinking about Bentley.  (I mean, really?!) She requests an extra rose for this rose ceremony because she doesn't want to miss out on a great guy and accidently send him home.  Since there is one extra rose, that means one guy will go home tonight. Who will it be??

WEST.  I liked West but Ashley feels he isn't ready for a relationship and I sort of sense the same thing myself. 

Next week's previews tell us what I have been waiting for..Bentley's return.  It show's Chris Harrison going to Ashley's room and telling her he's back.  I hope that Chris has also been somewhat honest with her about Bad News Bentley.

Until next week.. :)


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Bachelorette Episode 3

This was supposed to be the ill-fated episode where Bentley exposes himself and his lies to Ashley.  Did that happen? Heck no.  Thanks ABC for all the editing to make it look like that really happen.  Talk about disappointed!!!!  Okay I'll quit skipping ahead and get right to the juice.   This week there were 2 one on one dates and 1 group date.

Ben C.  got the first one on one date.  He had told Ashley at last week's rose ceremony that if there was ever a "dancing date", he'd love to be a part of it.  Your wish shall be her command.  Ben C. got a pretty awesome date. Ashley taught him some dance moves and then then ended up in a Flash Mob at the Americana by Brand mall.  Far East Movement was performing and it seemed to me that Ben was lost in his own dance for about half of the performance.  In the end, the crowd coaxes them to kiss as the band plays, which is pretty romantic if I do say so myself.

Later on at dinner, Ben C. admits he's always wanted life for he and his future wife to be in an idyllic "bubble."  Ashley calls him a hopeless romantic.  Maybe he's more hopeful than hopeless..guess we will have to see.  Ashley gives him a rose.

The group date this week consists of Bentley, Jeff "Zorro", Lucas, Ryan P., Blake, Jeff, Nick & William.   But before they even leave for the group date (and as soon as Ashley sits down), "Zorro" requests to speak to her privately.  Is this the big reveal? We all wait with baited breath.  He draws it out, finally reveals the mask.  CRICKETS I tell ya!!! You'd have thought he'd looked like a supermodel with all the drama surrounding that mask.  No.  That is so not the case.  Ashley even commented that he looked a little older than she thought he was.  I have a feeling he won't be getting a rose this week. 

The guys pile into a limo and head out to a comedy club where they find out they will be doing a roast of Ashley.  If you have never watched or even heard of a roast, it is basically insulting the honored person with as much love and humor as possible. It is meant to be honest, but funny!  The guys have a little bit of time to write out what they are going to say.  William (who is supposedly the funniest guy in the house) sees this as his big moment in the spotlight.  He knows the other guys are going to be easy on Ashley, but he's watched one too many roasts on Comedy Central and he feels he's the expert on how its done.  Lucas goes first and he is smart, he takes jabs at the other guys and none at Ashley.  Jeff & Nick make jabs at Ashley's small chest.  That is just wrong!! A couple others refer to her as Brad Womack's "leftovers."  William takes the stage and says he thought the Bachelorette was going to be Emily or Shawntel. You can tell the jab really hit a spot with Ashley and even though she hugged him afterwards, she walked off the stage in tears.  Who was there to comfort her?? BENTLEY. With all his fakeness.  He assures her by saying "Hey at least 24 out of 25 guys here are glad its you!" Ashley doesn't see the irony in it like we do..but I'm sure she will as she watches the episode at home.  William realizes his stupidity after the guys tell him what a jerk he came across to be. After the comedy club, Ashley reveals that those jabs really hit her hard and she didn't really appreciate it.  William takes her aside and attempts to apologize and it ends up being very awkward and he decides he's just going to leave.  The cameras show him roaming the streets of LA as the cocktail party continutes without him.  Ashley seems sort of out of it as she has one on one time with the rest of the guys.  Ryan P (the cutie who looks like Matthew Morrison) is the only one who seems to comfort her.  Ashley decides she's going to be honest about the rumors she heard about Bentley and when he's confronted with it, he denies it.  He knows who spread it (Michelle Money) and claims she is not a credible source.  Ashley believes him and snuggles up to him and Bentley seems to think he'll get the group date rose.  Ryan P. ends up with it because he really comforted her.

On that note, Bentley decides to "check out".. he didn't get the group date rose and he's bored and ready to go home and uses his daughter as an excuse. What a skeeze!!!! He tells all the guys goodbye and a few of them tell him he's a good guy (bet they'd really like to kick his rear now!) and then he heads to Ashley's house to talk to her.  Ashley seems surprised that he's there but in my opinion, she had to have known something was happening with the camera crew coming into the house earlier than expected.  JP is getting the one on one date for the night and he's coming over to hang out at the house with her. Bentley hugs and cuddles her before telling her he's leaving and again, uses his daughter as an excuse.  He doesn't end things though (because he knows she's falling for him and he loves messing with her head) so he tells her it's not a period, it's "dot-dot-dot."  What a jerk.  When he leaves, Ashley is completely devastated and goes to bed to cry.  She tells us at home she felt he was the one and she felt at the last ceremony her husband was in the room and now she just doesn't know.  Okay here is my opinion, if she really felt that strongly for him that soon, why hasn't she taken him on a one on one date?? That doesn't make any sense to me!  She has to pull herself together because she has a date tonight.

JP comes over to the house and has flowers for her. It seems to lift her spirits a bit.  They ordered food in and sat by the fireplace and chilled out.  Then they decided to get in their pj's and really get comfortable.  I really like seeing Ashley just totally bare all with a guy.. No I don't mean she took her clothes off. I mean she has her hair up, makeup off, glasses on and she is comfortable.  JP knew she was upset and it was a good thing this was the type of date they had.  He ends up with the rose.

Because Ashley is so emotionally drained, she decides to forgo having a cocktail party before the rose ceremony.  Chris comes in and talks to her for awhile.  Did anyone hear me screaming at the TV for Chris to PLEASE tell her the truth about Bentley?  Chris knew about Bentley's antics.  I feel he should have told her the truth since he knew the truth. He had ample opportunity, he just didn't take it.  According to his blog today, this is not the last we'll see of Bentley.  So see Chris, if you had told Ashley the truth, maybe we wouldn't see Bentley again!! Jus' sayin!!

To quote my friend Kristie during the rose ceremony, "Batman's got to go!"  Yes I agree. Jeff "The Mask", "Zorro", "Batman" needs to go.  I called it when he revealed his face.  Since Bentley left, only two guys are leaving after the rose ceremony and that is Jeff & Chris.  I was really pushing for William to go home (because he never really left the show, just the date)after his antics, but she gave him a rose and he took the opportunity again to apologize.

Next week they are headed to Thailand!!!!! Weeeee!!!!!!!! :)