It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Bachelor Re-Cap

Before I head into discussions of soy sauce, vending machines, Buddhas, and all things Japanese, I must first mention last night’s premier of “The Bachelor.”  For a hot second, I thought about not watching this season, but let’s be honest, that was never a viable option.  I love this show and I can’t get enough of the caddy women, ridiculous commentary, Chris Harrison’s forward questions, and the cheesy fashion show.  Why so many sequins last night?

What do we have to look forward to this season?  So much, my friends, so much.

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Bachelor Brad, Take Two

Our bachelor is Brad Womack.  Does that name sound familiar?  Well, it should.  Brad’s been “The Bachelor” before, in fact three years ago.  Southern, chiseled Brad is the only bachelor who has returned for a second go around as the show’s star.  On his first season, Brad left both finalists, Deanna and Ginny, high and dry at the final rose ceremony.  Audiences did not respond well to his decision, but isn’t the dual rejection better than the way most seasons end: Bachelor(ette) picks someone, only for the couple to have a nasty, tabloid-documented, break up weeks later.  If I were a contestant, I’d rather get turned down at the end of the show AND have my competition dumped too.

Brad Womack: Heartbreaker

Brad Womack: Heartbreaker

This season’s premier had the usual shower shots of Brad, montages of him working out (shirtless, of course), and a lot of soul searching commentary.  Apparently Brad has been in counseling for the past three years to deal with his “lady issues.”  ABC even interviewed Brad’s therapist on the show to tell us about how Brad is healing.  (I’m sure Brad’s shrink will launch a reality TV show on E later this year.)  Brad repeatedly tells Chris and us that he’s a changed man and he’s ready to commit.  And what could be a better way to finally resolve your commitment issues than by breaking the hearts of 24 other women on national television before proposing to the final one?

While Brad’s story is interesting and semi-believable, once the ladies arrive, the fun really begins.  Side note: Did anyone else notice that this season SBC isn’t showing the women’s ages on screen?  Fortunately, David found their ages (and number of tattoos) on ABC’s website so he filled us in on the women’s stats as we watched.  Any guesses on how old Brad is?  38.  Oldest bachelorette on this season? 32.  Interesting…

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The Ladies

Some early notes on the women…

My initial favorite was Jill, 28, a former college volleyball player.  Normal, good conversationalist, attractive.  And, did I mention she was normal?  Brad didn’t have the sense to pick Jill, but instead he did give a rose to Madison, 25, who has two fangs and a totally bizarre obsession with vampires.  Good choice, Brad.

Emily, a 24-year old widow from Charlotte, seems to be one of Brad’s early favorites.  He told her over and over again how beautiful she looked.  I also have my money on Michelle, from Salt Lake City.  She’s pretty hot.  Ashley H., 26-year old dentist is going to be really annoying and competitive, but that’s what makes the show so good, right?

Other odd professions include ‘manscaper,’ mortician and an overly zealous Rockette.  So good.

Any other initial thoughts on the season?  Observations?  Early picks?

PS: Why did Seal sell his soul and perform ‘Kiss from a Rose’ on The Bachelor?  I thought his career was more successful than that.  I mean he is married to Heidi Klum.

  1. Elizabeth says:

    We need to watch this together, period.

  2. moxie says:

    Betsy,
    Thanks for picking up elaney’s slack and posting on the Bachelor. I’m going to try really hard not to get sucked in, but LBH, I might.

  3. Betsy says:

    Moxie, I think you just won’t be able to resist vampires, southern charm and roses.

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