March 6th, 2012
11:57 AM ET
Chris Harrison welcomed us to last night's "Women Tell All" edition of "The Bachelor" by declaring the chase for Ben "one of the most controversial seasons" in the show's history. But when is a season not controversial in Chris' mind?
Our host also pledged that the show would look at "the most talked about woman in America," so I was expecting to watch 10 minutes or so on Snooki, Newt Gingrich's wife or the woman Rush Limbaugh dissed.
But first, we began with what's now become a tradition on these specials, the "Bachelor Pad" casting call, also known as catching up with former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants.
All we learned from this is that there are a lot of people affiliated with this show who desperately need lives. Perhaps they need to take Andy Warhol's "15 minutes" credo to heart.
Then it was time to bring back more than a dozen contestants from Ben's season to discuss what happened when the cameras were and weren't rolling. For whatever reason, Samantha, the woman who left the show under mysterious circumstances, used this opportunity to go after Blakeley for bullying the other women, as well as Brittney for not being truthful as to why she departed the show.
Given that the audience completely forgot this woman's existence, I can only presume she was auditioning for "Bachelor Pad 3." As far as addressing the allegations that Samantha fell in love with a show producer, that wasn't brought up.
Shawntel the funeral director, whose surprise appearance on the San Francisco leg of the trip infuriated the other contestants, showed up to express her disappointment in the panel's behavior. The panel somewhat apologized for their name calling and anger toward her, but noted that they were "blindsided" by her appearance, and accused Shawntel of ignoring them.
Surprisingly, Shawntel didn't use her latest appearance to promote her memoir, "Final Rose," which is now available for sale. Even more surprisingly, the memoir is not 15 pages long in large type.
After one-on-one chats with Nicki, Kacie B. and Emily, Chris was finally ready to discuss "the most talked-about contestant" in show history, Courtney the model. As the highlight reel suggests, Courtney is as popular as $5/gallon gas.
Chris asked the panel what about Courtney irked them the most, and one said she was rude and disrespectful, while another said she was "in it to win it."
Kacie B. said Courtney had a split personality - acting nice and innocent toward Ben and evil toward the other women. Nicki noted that while Courtney may have a "twisted" sense of humor, she made no effort to get along with anyone in group settings.
Chris then turns to Casey S., who was Courtney's only friend among the contestants.Casey said Courtney didn't like hanging out in group settings, and kept her guard up a great deal. It would have been interesting to find out how and why Courtney and Casey S. clicked, but that wasn't discussed.
Chris notes that it's unfair to talk about Courtney unless she could defend herself, and of course she was waiting backstage to tell her side of the story. (Technically, she appeared to be waiting in a stairwell. The studio doesn't have a green room?)
Chris tells Courtney that the panel is understandably peeved at her and would like to talk with her. And the panel definitely let her have it, accusing her of having a gutter mouth, bullying other contestants and possibly causing "Lin-sanity." Courtney apologized a number of times during the two segments she was on, basically saying she has a lot to work on when it comes to interacting with others, adding that she was "humiliated" by some of the things she did.
Most of the panel didn't seem to buy Courtney's contrition, suggesting she was trying to repair her image. Chris thanks Courtney for handling the "firing squad" and lets her head out.
Bachelor Ben was up next, and given his questionable decisions throughout the season, I hoped he would get the "firing squad" treatment as well.
Alas, that's not the case, as the women ask mostly softball questions on why they were eliminated, with Ben responding in the blah, wishy-washy manner we've come to expect from him. We're then treated to a mediocre blooper reel highlighted by Ben apparently running naked through a vineyard. Ben expressed pride for that clip, saying it was "not the only time" he was naked on the show. Ben is one creepy guy.
Next week, Ben decides between Courtney and Lindzi (who didn't appear on stage), and Chris has promised that it'll be "the most controversial finale" in show history. So if you have a guess of what will happen, you're probably correct.
What did you think of last night's "Women Tell All" episode?
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