For those of you who recall watching Jake compete for Jillian’s affection on her season of The Bachelorette, he stated that nice guys finish last. I watched her show and remember being impressed by the classy way Jake presented himself to her on the night they met. After watching Jillian fall for bad boy Wes and winding up with bad boy Ed, I believed Jake when he made that statement because his niceness wasn’t floating her boat.
Looking back, I’m beginning to think it was all an act. What stands out about him from Jillian’s show? Some of us remember him dressing up in his pilot uniform and acting like a sweet guy. But most of us remember him for visiting Jillian after she let him go and telling her that Wes had a girlfriend. He went on to confront Wes with Jillian in the room. Wes denied it. Jake cried and returned home. If Jake hadn’t done this, he would’ve faded off into oblivion like most of the other guys on Jillian’s show whose names I can’t even recall now.
For this season’s Bachelor, Kiptyn and Reid were the frontrunners. Both turned it down for various reasons. The opportunity went to Jake. He started off with his nice guy act, and then he decided to bend the rules a bit by sending two girls home at once and burning a rose because he didn’t feel the need to give it out. He had enough sense to keep sweetheart Tenley around, and I do think his feelings for her were genuine, as evidenced by his tearful emotions when he let her go at the end. If he was truly ready for marriage as a 30-something, then he would’ve proposed to Tenley. A marriage-minded guy would back off a bit on constantly talking about passion and fireworks. Lust is only one part of it, and is not enough to maintain a relationship. The emotional connection has to be there as well. Friendship is the sustaining factor throughout a relationship, especially after the looks and passion have faded.
Instead of sticking with his nice guy act, Jake does a 180 and picks bad girl Vienna, the one that the other girls didn’t like. It’s a crafty way to keep his name in the magazines by choosing such a controversial girl. Let’s face it, if he had chosen Tenley, they would’ve quietly faded off into the sunset together. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s not what Jake wants. Jake and Vienna mentioned on After the Final Rose that the tabloids are fabricated and laughable. Are rumors, true or not, really a laughing matter? I think they’re just laughing because they enjoy having the public continue talking about them. After all, bad publicity is better than nothing.
Was anyone surprised to learn that Jake is going to be on Dancing with the Stars? I didn’t see it coming at first. But, maybe I should’ve since Jake has already done two reality shows plus a brief stint on Walker, Texas Ranger. If all Jake wants is fame, then I think Miss Tenley is better off without him. She was so gracious to him and he didn’t deserve it. I think Jake had a lot of people fooled. It’s too bad, because I thought he was better than that.