Old face causes new problems on 'The Bachelor'
January 17th, 2012
11:25 AM ET

Old face causes new problems on 'The Bachelor'

Last night's "Bachelor" took place in San Francisco, which Ben called "home." Given that he considered Sonoma home last week, I'm a bit concerned that Ben can't stay in one place for a long period of time.

Ben starts off the show by chatting with his sister about what he's dealt with on the series so far. Ben proudly notes that his sister could get along with Courtney the model - perhaps his sis is a Katie Holmes fan.

The 16 remaining contestants check into their suite, which comes with its own telescope. I presume the telescope is for spying, not stargazing.

Host Chris Harrison, wearing quite the grandfatherly jacket, reminds the women that there's one group date and a pair of one-on-one dates for this week. Emily the epidemiologist gets the first one-on-one, and she's worried about soiling herself. Courtney predicts the date will be "boring," but nothing's dull when bladder control issues are at play.

Ben tells Emily they are going to do something "very different" on their date - climb to the top of the Bay Bridge. Both appear to be afraid of heights, but do they tell the producers to jump in a lake and opt to go to Fisherman's Wharf instead? Nope, we're going climbing.

A state employee tells Ben and Emily what to do as California taxpayers seethe at the money being wasted here. After what feels like three hours of climbing, Jennifer the accountant appears to find the dynamic duo via the magic telescope. Hmmm, I wonder how Jennifer knew where and when to look?

Meanwhile, Emily is frozen in fear on the bridge, and Ben resolves the crisis by kissing her. Ben should get a Nobel Prize for finding the cure for acrophobia.

Later that night, Ben and Emily have dinner by the bridge, and Ben gives the lady a rose. The two celebrate with a "private" fireworks show that the other women watch at the suite.

The group date consisted of several women going snow skiing down a random San Francisco street. It didn't make much sense, as part of the date consisted of Ben and the ladies pimping the automobiles they were driving.

After the date, Ben and the ladies head to the hotel pool (another date, another swimming pool) to determine the next rose recipient. Out comes Brittney, the "Grandma's girl" from two weeks ago who wasn't even on this date. In fact, she was supposed to be preparing for a one-on-one date the next day.

Turns out her heart's not into the competition, so she's quitting the show. Ben, who did not expect this development (and given his track record so far, he's not good at expecting anything), escorts Brittney to the "vehicle of defeat."

The one-on-one date then goes to Lindzi the horse lady, and she and Ben take a cable car ride to the ice cream parlor, followed by a stop at City Hall. Given that this is an election year, I applaud "The Bachelor" for taking the time to show the democratic process in action - perhaps Ben and Lindzi can sign random bills into law.

Nope, I was wrong - they danced to an "impromptu" Matt Nathanson concert.

Ben and Lindzi then went to a speakeasy where you need a password to get in. Alas, the password isn't "swordfish." After Ben asks Lindzi why she's still single, he gives her a rose.

Meanwhile, a mystery woman is driving to San Francisco, and she's talking to Chris Harrison on the phone (don't worry, safety fans, it's a hands-free phone). The woman says she's quite eager to get together with Ben, so we're safe to assume that Mrs. Chris Harrison is not the driver.

The woman arrives at the hotel for the cocktail party, and reveals herself to be Shawntel, the funeral director from Brad Womack's season.

Shawntel enters the party, and the women are not amused. Much name calling is thrown about, others threaten to quit the show if Shawntel sticks around, and one competitor, Erica, faints during the rose ceremony.

I'll say it once and I'll say it again - ladies, you knew what you signed up for when you agreed to do this show. There's only one "official" rule on this series, and that's to expect the unexpected. Don't be angry at Shawntel for crashing the party, be angry at the following...

  • Ben, for apparently engaging in phone chats with Shawntel before taping began
  • The show's producers for pulling a fast one on them
  • Chris Harrison, for apparently giving Shawntel his cell number.  Oh, wait - this should go on the "why Mrs. Chris Harrison should be angry" list.

After Erica recovers from her fainting spell, Ben is left with one rose and three women to pick from: Erica, Shawntel and Jaclyn. And in what may have been the worst case of post-production voice-editing in "Bachelor" history, Ben opts to boot all three to the curb, telling Shawntel that it wasn't fair to add her to the competition at the last minute.

Next week, the group heads to Park City, Utah, for more drama and hanging out at swimming pools.

What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" episode?

soundoff (13 Responses)
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    January 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Denis Ostojic

    I was hoping that Shawntel would get a rose because the show would have become a lot more interesting if she did. I think Shawntel would have gotten a rose if Courtney Robertson wouldn't have said I'm leaving if Shawntel gets a rose. I think he should have given a rose to Shawntel before Courtney to shut her up.

    January 20, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
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  6. Danny

    Pmn u need to change ur name to pms b!otch. stfu. if u don't like the comments don't read the. It's that simple, old w hore

    January 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carrieanne

    I cant believe this show is still on!

    January 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robin

    This season's Bachelor is horrible. There are barely 2 girls I would even say is mature and reasonable to be picked. I read an article that Ben picks Courtney. SERIOUSLY!!!!???? This is the same girl who called Shawntel "what's her butt" last night. Real classy. If Ben picks Courtney it's another episode/couple that won't make it to the alter. Courtney is mean, rude and way too full of herself. I'm so ready for this seson to be over.

    January 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @Leo

    u'r just as stupid for commenting to him. U'r not much smarter.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leo

    New levels of vulgarity and desperation from the freak known as Tracie. Now I at least have an idea when your study hall begins, so I can avoid reading your "PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO ME!" comments.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |

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