March 5th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
Chris Harrison promised viewers that Monday's "Women Tell All" edition of "The Bachelor" would be an episode you wouldn't want to miss.
That was good, because I lost my remote and wasn't able to switch to "WWE Monday Night Raw." Thank goodness for DVRs!
The episode featured a "Bachelor Special Investigation," which I presumed would focus on why the word "awesome" is featured 14 times per episode.
But no, it was Chris and Sean checking out "Bachelor" viewing parties at random homes. Yes, it was beyond pointless. It was like watching a four-minute beer commercial. (Chris also threatened to visit "Bachelorette" viewing parties this summer, so everyone lock their doors!)
After the break, Chris introduced 17 of the eliminated contestants. Resident villain Tierra wasn't one of them, but she was scheduled to appear later in the show.
Following a quick rundown of the season, Chris asked the women what went wrong with Tierra. Most of the women said that they tried to befriend Tierra and encouraged her to "tone down the crazy," but to no avail.
Others suggested that Tierra played the "victim card" one too many times (falling down the stairs, frostbite scare, etc.). One contestant, Brooke, actually complimented Tierra for taking the initiative while others didn't.
Chris said that Tierra was backstage, although he openly wondered whether her presence was a "good idea." To the show's credit, at least Tierra got a dressing room. Last season, it appeared Courtney Robertson had to prep in a stairwell.
Tierra entered to a "golf clap" applause, with Chris complimenting her for having the "courage" to come out and defend herself. Tierra immediately accused the women of judging her on her looks and personality without giving her a chance. She also said getting the rose right off the bat in the first episode made her an immediate target for the rest of the series.
Chris asked Tierra why everyone seemed to "turn" on her, admitting that she was there to fight and win. Tierra said that Sean told her "several times" to fight, and that she wasn't there to make best friends. Chris noted that she could have tried to be friendly to others, but Tierra said she felt bullied throughout the series.
Chris then asked if there was anything Tierra would apologize for. She said she didn't know what she could apologize for, because she doesn't think she acted wrong. Well, that set the stage for cross-examination from the other women.
Robyn from Texas started it off by calling Tierra "delusional," while another woman said Tierra was there to be "fake." Chris tried to jog Tierra's memory about various incidents throughout the season, but Tierra claimed not to remember most of it. The women seemed to suggest that Tierra thought everyone was out to get her. Selma then said that Tierra may not have been "unfriendly," but she was not "friendly." Huh?
The showdown continued into another segment, with AshLee and Tierra discussing their lengthy argument in St. Croix (the "eyebrows" incident) that led to Sean giving Tierra the boot. Essentially, each accused the other of lying about what happened. Lesley M. the political consultant, who witnessed the argument, said AshLee was merely being "tough" with Tierra over her behavior and was not being a bully. Finally, Tierra apologized to the women, but what she actually apologized for remains under debate.
Chris then noticed a massive ring on one of Tierra's fingers. Tierra confirmed her engagement to another man, saying the beau in question was an ex-boyfriend she reconnected with after she left the show. Chris noted allegations by some that the engagement was a hoax and/or a publicity stunt, but she denied that (the mystery beau was reportedly invited to participate in the special, but did not appear).
Once Tierra left, Chris brought up three other contestants to discuss their experience on the show - Sarah, Desiree and AshLee. This felt like more of an audition to become the next "Bachelorette" than anything else, although AshLee had fireworks of her own as she confronted Sean.
She brought up her elimination in Thailand (where she essentially told Sean to scram after getting the bad news), as well as her claim that he "acted like a frat boy" toward everybody but her. Apparently, AshLee likes toga parties and keggers.
AshLee and Sean's discussion quickly plunged into a bizarre debate over whether Sean told her that he had "absolutely no feelings" for the two finalists, Lindsay and Catherine. AshLee said he did, while Sean said he didn't. This went on for far too long until Chris called an end to it. If AshLee was trying to campaign to become the next "Bachelorette," her candidacy may have just blown up in her face.
The show concluded with the annual blooper reel, a preview of next week's finale and a sweet tribute to a producer's dog that passed away earlier this year (the dog was a frequent visitor to the "Bachelor" set). Who knew that the dog would steal the show?
Next week, Sean will choose his beloved, the happy couple will be revealed and the next "Bachelorette" will be named.
What did you think of last night's "Women Tell All" special?
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