The Bachelorette – Season 4

Posted: July 8, 2008 in culture, family, tv & movies

Yep, I did just stay up until 11:00pm last night watching the 3 HOUR finale of The Bachelorette – Season 4, in which Deanna and Jesse ended up together.  Wow, what a marathon.  Truth is, I’d seen maybe 1 episode this season.  But this weekend, we were in Kentucky visiting my family, and my sister Kari Jo had the last 2 or 3 weeks of it recorded on their DVR, and on a lazy Saturday afternoon we all watched it together.  Turns out Deanna Pappas (the Bachelorette) is originally from Campbellsville, Ky, where my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew live. 

And I’ve seen a few of The Bachelor series in the past.  And none of the relationships work out.  In fact, Ryan and Trista from 2003 are the only “successful” couple out of 16 different Bachelor and Bachelorette series to date.  Not the greatest success rate.  A 6% success rate, in fact.  I think the rate of relationships in which the woman turns lesbian, leaves the guy, and hooks up with another women is even higher than 6%.  I mean, that’s dismal.  Which leaves me wondering how the show continues to be successful?  That’s like having a reality TV show about drug addiction recovery, in which addicts successfully kick-the-habit on tv, and then 15 out of every 16 contestants ends up back on drugs within 3 months of the show.  Not good.

For future reference, here’s how you know who’s going to get picked on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.  Whoever the show makes you THINK is going to get picked…is not going to get picked.  They do it all the time.  It’s on purpose.  The couples spend hours and hours together on dates, and you get to see 15 minutes of it.  The producers plan this all out, editing things so that you think one guy is toast (In this case – Jesse), and another guys is a shoe-in (Jason), and then it goes down completely the opposite way.  In fact, they make this slant so obvious, that it’s now almost predictable.  The family loved Jason.  He was hot, stable, family oriented, committed, open, honest, and the “chemistry” always seemed to be there.  Then there was Jesse…not as committed, nervous, not really ready to settle down as quickly, family seemed more unsure of him….and, of course, she picks Jesse.  It’s like watching WWE wrestling, except with lots of kissing and walks on the beach, personal helicopter rides, and other over-romanticized happenings. 

And, guys, be serious.  Who really wants to be lumped together with 25 other dudes to “compete” for a girl you don’t even know….even if she is attractive?  Especially when you know she’s making out with at least half the other guys on the show?  No way this happens naturally.  There has to be some coaching and planning behind the scenes to make this play out well on tv. 

Anyway, I’m rambling.  It’s probably because of my lack of sleep.  Which is mostly due to the 3 HOUR Bachelorette marathon finale.  Which, for some unexplainable reason, I watched.  Thanks Kari Jo.  I’m blaming it all on you.

  1. Kari Jo says:

    You know you loved it! It entails all the qualities of a good show..suspense, romance, adventure, and a touch of comedy. I was a bit disappointed with the ending though. I thought Jason was perfect of her. Oh well.

  2. Jason says:

    yeah, you’re right. i was totally into it. why else would i watch 3 hours of it?

  3. Kristin says:

    Yeah, I watched it too…and despite the fact that I knew it was going to happen…I was still disappointed.

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