As the new season of the Bachelorette set in, I took a deep breath and began the journey along with all of you. Chris consistently begins by informing us just how shocking, dramatic or unpredictable each season is and his conviction makes me believe it every time. There was some admiration for Jillian for taking this trip again after the Jason debacle, but if I’m being honest, she really didn’t stand a chance. But then again neither did Melissa, the girl Jason initially proposed to, a whole other story all together.
Here sits Jillian with her twenty five available singles when a batch of five additional bachelors enters the room. It was only later I realized that Ed was part of that crowd, oddly, so was Reid. The season took on its usual twists and I’ll even grant an unworthy mention to Wes, one of the grossest participants in bachelor history. If bad publicity is better than none, then Wes should hold on to his generic cowboy hat. A talentless wannabee claiming that only through the magic of editing was his portrayal so ugly. Well here is a news flash Wes, if it walks and sings like a duck, it’s a duck. You are a duck and it’s unfortunate that you and your poorly written and poorly performed song got so much camera time. Laurel, if you are out there, walk the other way as fast as you can.
Week after week I kept my fingers crossed for Kiptyn and even though I wasn’t completely sold on his interest in Jillian, I believed he would get there. Well, he didn’t disappoint and maybe we’ll never know what runs through the hearts and minds of anyone who signs up to be on a reality show, we have to believe the best case scenario is possible. Through more editing magic I was beginning to envision that the final rose would belong to either Kiptyn or Reid and this made me happy and made sense. After seeing Reid’s tearful good bye I knew that Kiptyn was going to be the last man standing and Ed could happily return to his dull job and live happily ever after with it, as he once said himself that he was married to it.
Jillian took her final walk up a long wooden isle, water on both sides, brush cleared for her center stage moment, the proposal. Seeing Kyptan walk out of the first limo struck terror in my heart. It can’t be. She can’t be ready to hand over her life to the guy who left her once already. The guy who wore hot pants to the beach. The guy whose father’s asked what in the world was he doing there, on national television. The guy who got too much sun and passed out in the fantasy suite – but that could have been the editing again; you never know what those magicians will think of next. Although I was more concerned with what Jillian was thinking?
Enter Reid to save the day. It was all starting to make sense again. Reid missed the taping of the ‘Men Tell All’ episode; it must have been because he’s the one. It can’t be Ed, it just can’t. But as we all watched and now know that according to Jillian and Ed and all her squealing, it was Ed indeed. He proposed, she accepted, end of story. These unions seldom work out. We are all giant instigators because we fund the networks with our love and devotion to this genre of television. So Jillian and Ed, I wish you the best possible life in this crazy, unpredictable world. I only hope that your final decision was based less on safety and more on love. That’s what this is all about.