You know a wise man once told me “love…don’t come eeasssyy.” Seriously, truer words have never been spoken. Every now and then I have those really odd “I’m the host of The Bachelor/Bachelorette” weeks. This week has been one of them. It started off trading texts and tweets with Trista (we’re way too cool to just talk on the phone, that’s so ‘08). Got a nice call from Jason
Mesnick and caught up with him and Molly. They’re doing great, by the way. Then I get a call from my old friend Byron. He and Mary are alive and well, still engaged, and doing great as well. I had my weekly talk with Jillian about life, love, and this week’s episode. Then my wife and I were out to dinner and ran into Juan. He told me he’s ready to dish at the Men Tell All special. Then we stopped by a party only to run into DeAnna and Holly. Oh…and to top it all off, the family and I were having dinner with the Firestones this week. Like I said, just one of those weeks, but it’s also one of the things I truly love about hosting this show. I’ve formed some wonderful friendships that will endure long after the cameras are turned off. Hey, Guiney, give me a call, man! Before I jump into hometown visits and this week’s episode, I want to clear up the schedule from here on out because more than a few of you seem to be confused. As you know we are now down to our final four. They are taking off for a week in Spain, but this is not the typical “exotic date” location. That will come the week after. The finale for this season will be Monday, July 27, followed by an After the Final Rose special on Tuesday night July 28. Hope that helps your party planning.
Now, let’s get down to business because we have much to discuss. I would just skip to the dessert and Wes’ hometown date but then I’d get grief for skipping over the other guys, so we’ll give them their due…kind of. One thing you didn’t see on Jill’s date with Reid was at the condo when she dropped a full bottle of champagne and it smashed on the floor. She said she was a bit nervous. Before Jillian met Reid’s grandmother he warned Jillian that she could be a little cranky and that she isn’t that easy to talk to. They hit it off immediately and you couldn’t separate the two of them. Reid’s hometown was great. Jillian loved every minute of it and I think it’s clear to see why he got a rose this week. Their relationship gets better and better each date.
Moving on to Valencia, Calif., and Michael. I’m guessing as you’re reading this blog there is no shortage of women who are madly in love with Michael…or his twin brother. By the way, Jillian was impressed with herself that she didn’t fall for the ol’ identical twin swap one bit. Jilli told me Michael had everything she was looking for in a man but they just didn’t have that romantic connection. She also said if there’s one guy on the show she would like to help find love it’s Michael. I think we could all tell there was just something missing between them. That’s too bad because he’s a great guy and handled himself with extreme class. One last note on Michael’s hometown: When Jill was leaving she was holding a plate. That was a plate of cookies not leftovers.
Kiptyn’s parents started their visit by teasing Jillian about her hot tub scenes. For the record, Jill is not ashamed whatsoever about her hot tub time and thought it was really funny that Kiptyn’s parents gave her a hard time about it. One thing I continually notice about Jillian when she’s around Kip is that she’s always wondering if she’s good enough for him instead of vice versa – an interesting dynamic between them that we’ll have to keep an eye on. Jesse’s hometown date in Carmel was good and for the most part uneventful. The only hitch was that somewhere along the way Jillian had all her personal jewelry stolen. So if you’re wondering what to get her for her birthday or Christmas, I suggest jewelry. The best part of Jesse’s hometown was his brother. When he asked Jill if she and Jesse had been naked together her reaction was priceless. Jesse ends up going home and I doubt many of you were shocked by this. Their relationship was always a little strange. It’s hard to put your finger on it but watching them together I just never saw “it.”
Okay, I paid my dues. I talked about the other guys; now let’s eat dessert together…let’s talk Wes! So Wes decides the first people he wants to introduce Jillian to are his band members. We learn about the new CD and that his ultimate goal in life is for this CD to do well. Wes also shares with us that no drug, no woman can make him feel like he does when he’s on stage. Ladies, the line forms to the right. I can’t wait to read your comments this week about Wes. As if things weren’t awkward enough with the band once again proclaiming “love…don’t come eeeasy” everybody’s favorite airline pilot, Jake, decides to drop in on Jillian and give her a little news. Not only does Jake tell Jillian about Wes’ girlfriend but he tells Jill her name is Laurel…that’s it. He’s finally going down now…game, set, match, right? Wrong. Wes turns on the Texas charm and two-steps right out of this mess. I’m saying right here and now that I’m not responsible for anything that was thrown at your TV. Was it just me or did anybody else think Wes sounded just like Bill Clinton telling us “I did not have sexual relations with that woman!” Wes never even flinches when Jake strolls in and even gives him a little shot when he opens the door and says “well, Jake…man of character.” When Jillian decides she’s seen and heard enough, she says goodbye to Jake and he proceeds to start crying on the railing or what we like to call in the biz, gives us his best Jason. On a scale of 0-Jason, I give this railing cry about a 5.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Jake’s decision to show up and tell Jillian the truth. I have mixed emotions about it. Jillian decides ultimately that Wes is telling the truth and this is confirmed in her mind when she meets his family. According to Wes’ sister, this happens to Wes quite a lot. Apparently there are many who are just jealous of all that Wes possesses. Jillian finally recovers from her hometown dates and is preparing for the rose ceremony when there’s a knock at the door. Ed is back. Jillian was obviously happy about his return but she was also very hesitant to give him a rose. She had feelings for Ed but they hadn’t had that much time together. She wasn’t sure if their relationship was as strong as it was with some of the other guys. As you saw, much to the chagrin of Michael, Ed strolled into the rose ceremony and back into Jillian’s heart.
As you saw in the previews for next week the drama with Wes is far from over. Jillian is now down to her final four guys and things really kick up a notch from here on out. I leave you with this thought to ponder til I talk to you again next week: “Some say love it don’t”…I can’t do it to you again. I will tell you this though, no drug, no woman makes me feel as good as this blog does.