Last night's hometown visits were very sweet, upbeat, and family-oriented. In fact, I have completely forgotten about the pornographic romp that was last week's The Bachelor.
Speaking of, I love how Chris Harrison refers to last week's episode as "a rough patch for Brad" instead of "a major step backwards for the women's movement" or the "reprehensible state of affairs in reality entertainment" or "a sad comment on the human condition" or simply, "sickening, shameful, and painful to watch." Semantics!
Friends, Brad is a simple guy. You know, "not complex." To Brad, olive oil is stinky. Embalming fluid is, likewise, a turnoff. And remember, Brad hates drama. OBVIOUSLY. Why else would you even go on ABC's The Bachelor unless you hate drama. So being with all-American women in all-American towns, except Maine which is partly French (Spanish if you're the bachelor), was a breath of fresh air for Brad. The families were warm and welcoming. And I mean, who wouldn't be? (Oh yes--every real family I've ever met.) They cheerfully gave Brad permission to string along their desperate daughters until he decides who to "marry." I grew up with a bit of an absent father and watching last night's The Bachelor made me realize what I've been missing all this time--someone to sell me out once the cameras are rolling to any handsome stranger that walks through the door.
For me the contest is really coming down to Boca vs. Rikki. I'm afraid Rikki will lose because she put up walls early in her relationship with Brad whereas Boca put himself out there. Brad likes it when people put themselves out there and it bothers him so much when people put up walls. We'll see which one ends up handily placed in a boat and paddled to shore.
Personally, I like Emily. But the more I get to know Brad--and even though I've never made out with him I do feel like I know him quite well--the clearer it is that he will choose the woman with no kids, no career, and no prospects. And that, dear reader, is Chantal. He is simple. She is easy. There's a perfect symmetry to it. She has the lowest barrier to entry, as they say. And who can blame him. Parenting, pursuing a career, having a personality and will of your own--it's all very dramatic.
My hope for the finale of ABC's The Bachelor is that in the end it is revealed that Brad is--and has been all along--his twin brother Chad. All the comments about "being a new man" make sense now! I really hope this happens. It would be the perfect ending.