Okay, I think we all know that Roberto is likely the winner at this point. Which leaves us the following questions: 1.) What the heck does Frank tell Ali while in the tropics that just destroys her? And who is that chick he is seen with, the one who's door he knocks on? 2.) What does Ali possibility see in "Let's Live in Trees and Be Monkeys Since I don't have a Job and I Still Live With my Parents" Frank, anyways? As soon as he broke out into that whole "I quit my corporate job to find myself and travel Europe" speech, I started flinging throw pillows at the TV shouting, "Run, Ali, run!" Because I think we've all dated a Frank. The kind that doesn't show up for dates on time. The one that says we can live on love. (FYI Frank: love doesn't keep you warm at night, or keep a roof over your head.) The one that has impossibly big dreams but still wears undershirts as his only shirt. Oh, Ali. To be 25 again.
And 3.) what was that sound heard across the country on Monday night? I believe it was a million hearts breaking as we watched Chris L finally open up to Ali. Love him! LOVE him!! Okay, maybe he's not everyone's cup of TV, but he has that whole Boston/Mark Walhberg-tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold-thing going on. And I'm a sucker for that. Let's talk about why he is so awesome: a.) he's cute, b.) he's got a sweet little accent, 3.) he's a landscaper, which means he would probably approve of my latest purchase - a bad ass hedge trimmer and 4.) you can tell he wears his heart on his sleeve (not literally, like Kasey, thankfully) and is absolutely the most sensitive guy once you get past the gruff exterior. Every time he brought up his deceased mom, you could just watch Ali melt into a puddle of goo. I don't think he wins, but I do think he might be the next Bachelor. Unless, of course, he's not into it, which could definitely be a possibility.
And now, let's talk about Jake and Vienna...aka World War III. I have to admit, Jake is super creepy. He was so disengaged - and then over-the-top rageful - during the whole interview, it was like watched Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I mean, has he always been like that, or is LA Jake? I feel like that's the whole problem with the concept of this kind of show - Jake started out normal, had a taste of fame, became Jake 2.0, had a bigger helping of fame, became Jake 3.0, and now he no longer wants what he originally set out for. And let's face it, Fame is a fickle mistress. All of these bachelor and bachelorette contestants get corrupted by fame and then they are unable to connect with people in real, authentic relationships. It's like the show is self-reflexively doing the exact opposite of what it sets out to do. You cannot not be changed by it. (how very post-modern, no?) So when Jake started the show, he probably really did want to find a wife. But now, since his search for his wife was done so publicly, he is no longer the same person with the same core values. Which is why he came off as a total psychopath on Monday night.
I blame LA for this.
Anyways, enough theoretical babbling. I think Vienna is a lot of things, but I do not think she is a liar. I think Jake went off the deep end, she was stuck in a tough situation and ultimately made some poor choices. The airing of their dirty laundry was fairly painful to watch, and let's hope this is the last we have seen of them. Though I think Jake 4.0 is just right around the corner. (eek).
And finally, sad news broke today - Jillian and Ed split. Egads! The Bachelor/Bachelorette production team is having a tough week. I think the whole show needs to be re-tooled (no pun intended, Ed) at this point. Because after the Jake/Vienna dust-up, that might have been the final dagger in this franchise's heart.