January 5th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

'Bachelor' review: Canada is a U.S. state

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The new season of "The Bachelor" promises to be "most dramatic yet," as opposed to the other seasons that pledged the same thing.  And as Monday's premiere showed, it's going to take some time to get to the meat and potatoes of what makes this show crazy.

Jake Pavelka, channeling his inner Fonzie by riding a motorcycle to the "Bachelor" house, tells host Chris Harrison that this will work out for him, adding that the "woman of his dreams" will be in the house.  How funny would it have been if he said such a woman wasn't there, so we can all focus on who's dating a show producer?

This season's bachelorettes range in age from 23 to 31 and, according to Harrison, come from "across the country."  This includes two women from Canada, which apparently became a U.S. state while I was on vacation.  I wonder if Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper knows about this development?

One bachelorette tripped into Jake, while another stumbled and ripped her dress while walking with Jake.  Perhaps the show should adapt a casual Friday policy.

Twenty-five women to consider.  What will Jake do to decide which 15 to keep and which 10 to stay home?  Never fear, last season's winning couple, Jillian and Ed, are here to extend their 15 minutes of fame help Jake out by interviewing the contenders!  Unfortunately, the only thing of importance we got from the Woodward and Bernstein of dating is that some dog is off birth control.

In the end, Jake made his picks.  Among those staying are Christina, a woman who brought jellybeans to the house as a "parting gift" to the others (guess that Turtle Wax sponsorship fell through); Michelle, who impersonated an airplane to try to impress pilot Jake; the two women who tripped all over Jake; and Tenley, who received the "first impression rose."

Those sent home include Kimberly, an Oklahoma native who asked Texan Jake to "put their college football differences aside" during the show (guess Jake's not willing to Roll Tide later this week), and British Columbia native Tiana, who will have to inform her family up north what Chris Harrison said about Canada.

As is tradition, the show ended with a rapid fire preview of what to expect during the season.  Tensions flare!  Jake throws a tantrum!  Exclamation points are emphasized!  And before Jake makes his proposal, we find out which woman makes a date with a show producer, as well as whether Harrison learns basic geography.

Did you watch "The Bachelor" last night?  What did you think of the show?


soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Ashley

    @ EK

    Racist? I don't know about that. There was an Asian girl. And last season there was a black girl.

    In all seriousness though, the bachelor or bachelorette provides physical and personality traits that they desire in a match and is allowed to select from pictures. Given that a rather large segment of the US population tends to date within their own race, I'd guess that he selected those girls. Furthermore, as someone who knows a little about airing commercials and videos on TV – I happen to know for a fact that networks/companies do have a great focus on portraying diversity on air.

    But if its too "white" for someone, I suppose they can always watch "Flava of Love".

    January 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike in NJ

    Sandy is right, these shows aren't about relationships. They're about sex. As in, who can get closest to having sex on the TV without actually putting it on the screen, and also not get arrested.

    It demeans men, women, love, and honesty. It implies that there is such a thing as "love at first sight," when love is something that requires communication, trust, and time.

    I won't be watching this load of carp.

    January 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EK

    Gee is this show "whites only"? After a few seasons, it's pretty obvious. Let me see he's going to pick, umm, a blonde. Boring, racist and pretty predictable.

    January 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jill

    I enjoy the franchise- it is pure fluff but nonetheless entertaining. My guess for who will he will end up with (for a time anyway) is either Ali or Tenley. I wonder who will be part of the producer scandal- perhaps Gia or Rozlyn? They seem less wholesome than some of the other women.

    January 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Christie

    Jake is the cheesiest of cheeseball. Not sure I can stomach much more of this season!

    January 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    This guy is such a bore!!!! Good looking, but where is his personality? "I've been on a lot of first dates"...there's a suprise, either you're too boring or too desperate....what was with the giant helmet?? I'm going to watch every minute this season, so I guess it's working on me...again.

    January 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Laura

    As well....these girls fell in love so fast because they have been googly-eyed over Jake since the last season. Then, after entering, they find out that they are contestants for the next season. All they have on their minds for months and months is JAKE. It's like waiting for Christmas and hoping that you get this really cool gift. You wait and you wait and all you think about is this gift. Christmas comes and you don't get the gift. Disappointment all over the place. That's why they cry. It's a let down. And it's embarassing because they have told allll their friends and family.

    January 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mark

    Tenley and michelle were actually my two picks right from the start, but michelle kinda ruined my toughts bout that. something is not right about her! just glad tenley is still in it though!

    January 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Johnny Rampage

    Wow it’s the Bachelor season 10??? 11?? 12?? 20?? and let me guest the star is a WHITE GUY??

    January 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laura

    Janice....you have it wrong. Michelle, the psycho, cried because she hadn't had any alone time with Jake. Tenley cried because she regreted kissing him first. Tenley seems very sweet. Michelle? Not so much.

    January 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Janice

    Tenley is pyscho. She cried for no reason because she wanted alone time with him. How do they fall in love so quickly!!!!!

    January 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sandi

    Canada may be a new state, but we are keeping our universal healthcare!

    January 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fosidfhowien

    Producers get to pick one girl to stay. I would bet that was the psycho Michelle. I like Tenley and Elizabeth. It looks like an interesting season

    January 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Evelyn Dull

    i enjoyed the bachelor show very much. nice to watch good looking people for a change and not a challenge show where everyone is competing .or terribly overweight people trying to exercise.. i am looking forward to Jason's dates with the ladies.

    January 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shell

    Yes I watched! Love Jake Surprised he kept Michelle, she's psycho. He will see it, just a matter of time. It will get better when he weeds out some of the fluff.

    January 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. LUCY

    Okay this show is AWESOME! It's all for fun! If you take this show seriously, you should probably recalculate your life! They just give us something to watch for fun, not to take it to heart haha Keep on keepin' on ABC!

    January 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jacqueline Martinez

    Tenley is going to be the winner.

    January 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. sharon

    After watching for 10 minutes, I couldn't take anymore of the "bubbleheaded" bleach blondes, and turned it off! Enough already!

    January 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mollie

    My 16-year-old son and I watched "The Bachelor" Monday for the first time. His reaction: "What did this guy do to get this gig?" and "These women are all kind of pathetic, aren't they?" My reaction: evil snicker.

    January 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Brian

    Is it cold up there on your pedestal, Sandy?

    January 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sandy

    Nothing like a little cotton candy in a sometimes vinegar world. A staged soap opera with a prince charming and a lot of princesses. Nice gowns and sexy people make up this reality show where time is forgotten.
    BTW, go do some volunteer work and get a taste of the real reality of this world. Don't waste your time on this junk.

    January 5, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  22. Brian

    Highly entertaining. Jake is kind of a goober. I wasn't expecting that. I'm calling the "winner" now: Tenley.

    Some crazy women, though. Sheesh. Run Jake, run!

    January 5, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  23. Debra R

    Ah that must have been the extra state Obama talked about! Who knew?

    January 5, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |

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