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PopePhilly

Pope Philly

  • Karen

    Glad to hear that he wasn’t faking the whole thing, or just going along with the producers, because that would have been really creepy. I don’t mind Evan that much. I’ve even warmed up to Daniel. Now Josh is another story, I can’t take him at all.

  • itchy

    Yeah, but, since he’s the opposite of the usual Chad/Josh/Meathead they cast on these shows, I kind of appreciate him for that.

  • Hot Mama

    I thought he was just a creepy douche canoe.

  • itchy

    I listened to the latest Here to make Friends podcast today, with Caila on it. She had some pretty good insights into the episode. For one, that Evan really was in danger — he was taking medication and had a bad interaction with the alcohol, and he was in fact hallucinating through a lot of that, which is why he was saying all those weird things about Carly.

  • itchy

    I dunno. Listen to Caila on the latest Here To Make Friends podcast. She seems like a perfectly normal, reasonably intelligent person. I think she’s just uncomfortable around cameras, which is why she was shot down as Bachelorette.

  • PopePhilly

    Thanks!

    I have no problem with people who are always happy. Caila’s happiness, however, just seems so forced. It never seems like she’s genuinely happy. I think I’d like her far more if she had more variation in her emotions.

    I’m really hoping that was fake blood and was just some stupid joke because Evan bleeds a lot.

  • Tmurda

    1) Hilarious recap, as always.
    2) I hate Caila. Mainly cause I hate people who smile and pretend to be happy all the time. She did that with Ben cause, in her mind, if Ben thinks she’s always happy, then he will assume THEY will always be happy, never fight, she will never nag him, etc. Dumbass. I hate her for the same reasons I hate Bridgette on BB. I digress.
    3) THANK YOU for acknowledging the horrible IV technique. I am a former medic, and I was CRINGING watching that. She was doing every single thing we are taught NOT TO do. She didn’t even have on gloves. *twitch*

  • itchy

    I admit to getting sucked into caring about these people. Every single damn time. Even though I’m as cynical as they come. But I just can’t help myself. It’s why I love reality TV so much, when it’s done well. And even when it isn’t.

  • Baby Gordon

    I just looked it up and his name is Chris Harrison

  • Baby Gordon

    LOL, I just looked it up and it is Chris Harrison. 🙂

  • PopePhilly

    Seriously, if that many people warn you about a guy, it’s probably best to listen. I could understand Amanda not trusting Evan’s or Nick’s opinions of Josh, but Lace and Izzy had literally nothing to gain if Amanda dumped Josh.

    Amanda makes really bad decisions.

  • PopePhilly

    Can we bring back “Celebrity Death Match” just so Hy can take on Josh?

  • itchy

    Andi is awesome. Except, why on earth a nice Jewish girl like herself would take on a control-freak bible thumper in the first place is beyond me. Poor Hy! He must have been fuming!

  • Safari

    Fucking Ashley. It’s so ridiculous. I’d have said the same shit Nick said to her. …and Amanda. W.T.F? Most of the girls and at least two of the guys – one who spent quite a bit of tie with the dude – are warning you about him!!! What will it take to make you wake up and smell the cliche-covered, moaning bullshit? I hope this is an editing trick for her sake but… that conversation with Evan was SO telling. He MUST be in control and right (and righteous). Evan, for probably the first time, is right on about him… no substance.

    More to say but gotta finish some work soon – I’m off tomorrow! Woohoo! 🙂 Thanks PP!!

  • Safari

    Well that would just be shameless…. and FABULOUS!!! Yes, ABC! Bring Andi back to smite Josh and his evil plans for Like Amanda…please!

  • itchy

    In the previews for next week, they seem to be hinting Andi’s coming, aren’t they? Maybe the whole idea is to provoke a showdown. Because the Bachelor producers are the opposite of class.

  • jojo mama

    It is awesome. One of my really naive when it comes to reality shows sisters finally admitted yesterday that the show is completely and unabashedly fake. This is a person who believes that Jordan and JoJo stand a good chance of getting married. She also for reasons that escape me cares about the contestants on these shows.

    I’m watching because it is like watching a limited season soap opera. You know—lots of slutty men and women wearing lots and lots of makeup, “romances” going wrong, bad acting, lame scripts, cliffhangers.

  • jojo mama

    I like Jared only because he reminds me so much of my little brother ( same cheekbones, facial structure and lips but not semi-weaselly eyes)and he does have an actual, discernible personality.

  • jojo mama

    Ha Ha Ha x 10

  • PopePhilly

    I’m actually liking this season because this is the least seriously the show has ever taken itself. They just flat out couldn’t care. And it’s awesome.

  • itchy

    It’s not Chris Hanson. It’s Chris Hostdouchison. Nuance!

    This season is actually pretty great, because the show is no longer making any pretence at all: these people are idiots and the editors/producers have no compunction about showing it.

  • itchy

    Yeah, the show’s not really worth the trouble. And Ashley’s dad’s only on for about a minute. But he came on wiping the tears from his eyes! Also, he’s a doctor, which is bit of info filling in the Ashley I puzzle (i.e., wealthy upbringing/spoiled princess).

  • PopePhilly

    Not trying to be pedantic, but Chris Harrison. Chris Hanson is the “To Catch a Predator Guy.” These people are all at least legal.

    Jared really is boring. So many people in this franchise love him, but I don’t get it. He seems nice enough, but there’s nothing interesting or charming about him at all.

  • PopePhilly

    Sadly, no. My cable was out until about 11:30 on Tuesday night. It’s never really important enough to seek out, so I just didn’t bother with it. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

  • itchy

    Did you see Ashley’s dad on After Paradise? He was pretty great!

  • Baby Gordon

    Great read! This used to be one of my end of the summer guilty pleasures, but I can’t do it this year. First off, we start off with some guy named Chad whom they didn’t vet very well and apparently is a serial murderer. After what was probably hours, Chris Hanson and Co finally got this tool to leave the lsland, on a one way ticket, probably heavily medicated with his very own white jacket. At that point I just kind of lost interest, the twins pulling the usual switch and bait trick and this Jared dope. God, they need to get rid of his boring a**. He isn’t interesting, and doesn’t have an ounce of charisma. And the other one that they keep trying to pawn off on the girls, another boring piece of cardboard. Ok, at that point I’m willing to let it play in the background while I multitask, but then they bring back Miss Stupid face from last season, Ashley I believe. I was out at that point. Couldn’t stand how vapid and self involved she was last year and I can’t do another season of it. I will keep reading to keep up on all the stupidity. Thanks!

  • PopePhilly

    Ashley kills me because she could be so awesome! The crying thing is just whatever. I’m a stress crier – I get it. Sometimes people just cry. Every time I’ve seen her interviewed, she comes across as really sweet, smart, and funny. Combine that with her looks and the woman is a catch! I think you’re right about this all being producer driven. I’ve read the spoilers (I can’t help it!) and I’m actually pretty happy with what happens to Ashley. I’ll just leave it at that.

    Josh is right – only God can judge him. God thinks that he’s an ass hole.

  • jojo mama

    Your Holiness:

    Thanks for the recap–forgot the show was on because I was all about the Olympics that night.

    I think the Ashley/Jared thing is just their producer-given storyline. Ashley’s delusional thinking is possibly a combination of bad acting/poor writing and her insecurities which I don’t get because she is attractive. The crying seems to be something she has always done–her personality is inoffensive and she seems to be a decent person. She just needs to meet the right person. Hmmm….maybe Evan? They both have a clingy, needy thing going on. Poor Evan. He is not a bad person at all but he is certainly his own worst enemy. I think Carly is being a little cruel to him.

    Just can’t with Daniel. This is just my super-judgy (and completely superficial attitude about appearances) side coming into play but that jutt-butt of his is just too much for me. Speaking of judging….um Josh? It isn’t just God judging you it is everyone who watches BIP (with a special shout out to my fellow TTTVers). Your sweaty moaning and smuggy control-freaking ways are NOT a good look.

  • PopePhilly

    I’ll probably forgive Daniel by next week. He really is the best thing about this show.

    I’m guessing that Andi picked Josh because she had no idea he was as controlling as he is. Other than the Fantasy Suite, all of their interactions were on camera. Josh is probably very careful to not let his abuser flag fly when the whole country is watching. Also, because he was the winner, he probably got a really good edit. I’m not sure why ABC is OK with this. They seem to really like Andi (she and Chris Harrison are even good friends), so it’s weird that they’d pick Josh just for ratings.

    While Evan is probably a good guy, he needs to stop doing whatever the producers tell him to do. The “date” with Amanda, warning her about Josh, and the (probably) fake illness just screams producer manipulation.

  • itchy

    Daniel was just joking about the virginity thing. It’s pretty clear now that this guy has an amazing deadpan humor. Now that I realize everything he’s been saying has been a joke, he just gets funnier and funnier. The whole maple syrup – poutine schtick had me laughing out loud.

    I’m also really enjoying Evan, by the way. He’s just having a good time with this whole thing, and he’s very aware of who he is and how he comes off, and just laughs along with it. Which is probably why Carly is indeed coming around to him. He really does seem like a decent person.

    Speaking of which… I agree with the Here To Make Friends gals: this show has proved that ABC doesn’t give a shit about its cast and certainly doesn’t care about its female castmembers. Bringing back Chad was already bad enough. But bringing Josh? It’s certain Andi was telling the truth about him (but why she ever picked a born-again control freak like him in the first place is the real question), but even still : ABC should NOT be offering him a chance to redeem himself.

    Although kudoes to them for undermining him with all those dubbed-in moans. Poor Amanda. But isn’t her story that the father of her kids dumped them? Josh probably just fits her pattern – she probably always chooses guys who are bad for her.

    I tried watching After Paradise but got bored midway. Who in their right mind thought Mr. Born Again Virgin would make a good co-host? Ridiculous.

    I’m really enjoying the twins. They should become Bachelorettes together. Give them a couple more years to mature a bit first though.

    As for Jen’s hotness… you apparently didn’t notice her walking about in a bikini….