I think that a lot of Bachelor fans out there have been waiting for the Women Tell All episode. The evening started off with a taped interview between Chris and Jake. Chris talked to Jake about what went right and what went wrong this season on the Bachelor.
Among other things, they discussed the Rozlyn Papa scandal, i.e. Rozlyn was apparently dating one of the show’s producers. Jake said that the scandal “knocked me off my high horse.”
Next, we are shown some Bachelor “reunion” footage. Apparently, former contestants from prior seasons of the Bachelor and the Bachelorette get together and party from time to time. My guess is that these reunions are completely orchestrated by ABC, although that wasn’t made abundantly clear.
Footage was shown from a recent reunion that involved a lot of skimpy swimsuits and drinking. I was really irritated by this part of the show. I certainly didn’t need to see Wes from the last season of the Bachelorette again, and I didn’t like the outright promiscuousness either!
Then, Chris announced that, because The Bachelor is so successful, there is a responsibility for the show to give back to the community. They showed former Bachelor and Bachelorette participants working with school children and several different charities.
I don’t deny the need for this humanitarian work, the benefit that it provides, and the good intentions of the people involved. However, I have to admit that I was a bit upset by this part of the show.
Specifically, I don’t think that grade school children should be encouraged to watch The Bachelor or to think that The Bachelor is a “normal” way of finding love. When one woman asked a child if he would go onto The Bachelor with her to find true love, I was appalled. It was great that the child said NO! Also, in light of the prior raunchy segment on The Bachelor reunion, this emphasis on the show’s charitable work left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt like The Bachelor was trying to make itself into something that it clearly is NOT.
Finally, the women who have been kicked off the show were brought onto the stage. It was time for the cattiness to begin! A montage of clips was shown where the women bash each other. I thought that some of the funniest quotes were about Tenley. Among the most entertaining were: “Tenley almost fell out of a Disney movie,” “that girl sh&ts rainbows,” and “I think maybe that girl dreams in cartoons.”
Then Chris talked to the girls live. He asked the women what it was about Vienna that pissed them all off so much. Ella said that Vienna was 23 years old, very immature, and she said things without thinking. Vienna would later apologize, but after awhile, saying “I’m sorry” was just not good enough for the girls. Gia defended Vienna, saying that she was a good person who deserved love.
Chris also talked to Elizabeth about her “don’t kiss me until I’m the last girl standing” note. Elizabeth said that it was a strategy and that she wanted Jake to pursue her. She insisted that she didn’t know she was playing a game, but she did admit that when she watched herself on tv, she looked “pretty stupid.”
Chris then asked all the Bachelor women about the Rozlyn scandal. Jessie spoke up and said that she saw Rozlyn and the producer lying on the stairs making out. Ella also described a time when Rozlyn said, “If you see the producer, tell him to come on in, because I need to be put to bed.” Rozlyn was apparently on the couch on all fours with her butt in the air when she said it.
Next, Chris talked to Gia. I felt like nothing new came out here. It was just a rehashing of Gia’s inability to open up to Jake.
Gia’s interview was followed by a discussion with Michelle. A lot of awkward footage of Michelle was shown. Again, this was just a rehashing of her crazy behavior on the show. I thought that Michelle stood up for herself and defended herself well in this segment. She actually seemed kind of normal to me during this interview.
Ali was the next one in the hot seat. Ali said that when she doesn’t want to face her emotions, she buries herself in work. She said that work is the place that she goes when she is scared, and she was scared on the Bachelor. In hindsight, she said that if she had to do it all over again, she would choose love over work.
Chris then asked about Ali’s negativity toward Vienna. I was happy that Chris asked this question because I was very turned off by Ali’s bad attitude when it came to Vienna. Ali said that she is a blunt person, and often not in a good way. She admitted that she had been “mean” to Vienna. Ali also said that if Vienna was watching — “I’m sorry for the things that I said, I’m sorry that it turned out that way.” I thought that Ali acted very maturely during the interview, and she won back quite a bit of my respect!
After, Ali, Rozlyn came out on stage for the first time to discuss the scandal. Rozlyn flat out denied that anything physical ever happened between her and the infamous producer. She claimed that she thought she was kicked off the show because she used the producer’s phone to call her son.
Rozlyn truly acted like an ice princess during this segment. She never once wavered from her position or showed signs of cracking. She accused Chris of never being clear about exactly what she did wrong, and she asked where the damning footage of her and the producer was. Chris countered by saying that there is a lot of down time on the show and that the girls are not being shot 24/7.
Jessie brought up that she saw Rozlyn and the producer kissing on the stairs. Jessie swore on her dog’s life that the story is true. Rozyln then said – “On my child’s life, that never happened.” This majorly creeped me out , and I couldn’t wait for Rozyln to be gone. In her parting shot, Rozlyn made a catty remark about Chris Harrison, alleging that he had hit on the producer’s wife in New Zealand. Very low class!!
Finally, the man of the hour, our Bachelor Jake, took center stage. As always, cheesiness ensued. In talking about Gia, Jake said that when they were sitting on that bench saying goodbye, “my heart was crying.” He also told Ali that “she would have a friend no matter what.” I can’t say that I enjoyed this segment very much.
Finally, there was a pretty funny montage of outtakes from this season of The Bachelor, and then another montage showing the final two women, Tenley and Vienna.
The preview for the final episode of the Bachelor again made it seem to me that Jake is not going to pick either one of the women in the end.
Until next week, keep on being amazing, my friends!