Before I get into the mess that was this week’s Bachelor Pad, I want to take a moment to talk about a beautiful thing that happened to our family this week. Saturday I was honored to officiate the wedding of two of our wonderful producers, Cassie and Pete. I have watched these two grow professionally and romantically over the years, and it has been a wonderful thing to witness. This love culminated in an amazing ceremony this weekend surrounded by family and friends. It was fantastic to see and hang with so many of our happy couples at the wedding, including Ben and Courtney, Emily and Jef, and Ashley and JP. There was a lot of love in the house, and I can’t wait for the next wedding to come. I hope they are on their honeymoon and not reading this but I just want to say congratulations to Cassie and Pete — your Bachelor family loves you both very much.
This week’s Bachelor Pad was interesting to say the least.
I like how the episodes start with the fallout from the previous week’s rose ceremony. Once again, the house is divided and there really aren’t any true alliances. Because there are no true alliances, winning the competitions is paramount. This week’s competition called Hot Sludge Funday took place at Calamigos Ranch in the Malibu hills. They actually shoot a ton of shows and movies at this property.
You might have noticed that during the rules I did say “still in your nut sack.” That was for my good friend Joel McHale over at The Soup, so he and his producers wouldn’t have to work so hard to find material this week. While this challenge looked fun it was actually pretty dreadful. The foam from the ice cream pit was thick and tough to get through, and it was terrible to try to breathe in as well. I really felt bad for Jamie who dominated her leg of the race, only to watch Ed put on one of the saddest athletic displays in the history of sport. Michael and David were neck and neck but in the end we determined (after looking at the tape several times) that David won the challenge.
David has become a force to be reckoned with in the house. After a not so smart start, David has become much more savvy in his game play. He took Jamie, Erica and Blakeley to the prom. Jamie walked in and proclaimed, “This is just like senior prom!” Well, that’s true… if there was only one guy at prom and you really didn’t know him that well. Jamie finally got her prom, and she finally got her rose. This seemed to be a little bit of justice served as she really got screwed at the challenge by drawing Ed as her partner and watching him not only lose the lead but lose the entire race and earn a vote against them at the rose ceremony. While prom was going on in Hollywood back at the house Ed was being… well, Ed. There are really no words to describe just how big of a white-hot mess this guy can be but you just can’t help but watch and laugh.
Rachel got the other date and took Nick, Tony and, of course, Michael. Their date took them to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, where I was waiting to greet them. I’d like to give huge props to my makeup artist, Gina Modica, who’s been with me for years but on this night truly outdid herself. She literally turned all of us into perfect wax figures for this date. When Rachel and the boys walked in, they really thought we’d set up an exhibit. Seeing the look on Michael’s face and hearing him scream like a little girl when I scared them was priceless. It was a fun having fun with our fans that night. Easily the best moment, though, was listening to the fans ripping Tony apart right in front of him. At the end of the date Nick and Tony knew they had no shot to get the rose over Michael. Rachel and Michael obviously have a budding romance and everybody knew he would get the rose.
Back at the house more drama was brewing as Jamie decided to throw herself at Chris again. Chris, being the diplomatic ladies’ man he is, quickly gave Jamie the “it’s not you, it’s me” line. The best part is, it wasn’t even a cute version of this line. He literally said those words to her. As you saw in the previews next week Chris will continue to impress women all over the world with his charm and wit.
This week’s voting was just like all the rest, a complete free for all. The only difference was it finally seems like alliances are actually being formed and holding up during the vote. The battle and animosity between Ed and Reid was really interesting. I truly think some of this has carried over from their season and the battle for Jillian’s heart on The Bachelorette. Reid and his group really seemed to have the numbers in their favor, but this year at Bachelor Pad you can only count on the fact that you can’t count on anything or anybody. Reid and Donna were sent home in what turned out to be a very tight vote.
Now that alliances and battle lines have clearly been drawn, it will be interesting to see if anybody will stand up and do anything about it, or if like in seasons past the stronger group will continue to build momentum. I hope you all have a great week and you can always keep up with the latest Bachelor news via our website www.thebachelor.tv and you can always find me on Twitter @chrisbharrison.
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