I totally called that, and I'm so glad I was right. I'm also glad that Sean made the right decision.
Sean's Dad gets sweetest, most tender Dad in America award. I was literally tearing up when he told Catherine he would love her and be her biggest fan. Through the watery eyes, I rewinded and watched again. Yep, judge me twice.
Sean's sister loves the mini shorts. Her husband was pretty attractive. Their kids should be models. They really were so adorable looking.
Sean's family is the most normal family to grace the bachelor set. They issued sound advice and were very genuine.
Lindsey and Sean's date was pretty boring to me.
And how did Sean call that a raft? A) it wasn't inflatable, and B) it came with 2 rowers. I've never seen one of those "rafts" in the seasonable sections of Wal-mart OR Target.
--The water was disgustingly brown but the scenery greenery made up for it.
"I love you"
Let me tell you something... sometimes my husband also responds with "I know" when he's trying to be funny and even though I know he's 100% joking (right, Lane??) it still bugs me. I can't imagine how bugged I would be if I didn't know AND I got an "I know." Being on The Bachelor is so hard.
--Catherine's giggle makes me laugh. She laughs when she is nervous and I think that's why I like her. I too laugh when I'm nervous, or hurt, or scared....basically I laugh all the time, and it doesn't mean it's funny... it could really mean anything.
--I WANT TO RIDE AN ELEPHANT!
It seems really awkward, but super cool at the same time. Worth the bumpy ride, for sure.
The break up
--It was so obvious how much Lindsey liked Sean. She really did love him and had no doubts that he was going to pick her, so it was so hard to watch the rejection.
--Can I just say something? Lindsey was the classiest exit ever. She went from a vegas wedding drunk to the most mature 24 year old around. Quite the behavior change from the first episode to the last.
--I LOVED that she took her shoes off to walk out. It was like, "ok, I'm done trying to impress you with these awful shoes."
--I didn't love her dress at all. And by that I mean I hated it.
--Although it wasn't a "run away with me" letter from host, Chris Harrison, like I was hoping, I still liked the letter. It was TOTALLY played up to be more dramatic than it was, but that my friends, is the beauty of reality TV and production.
--I cried. Then I screamed. Then I fist pumped. No surprise there.
--Catherine's reaction was so real, but also so uncomfortable to watch. I wasn't sure if she was mad, sad, scared, shocked, frozen, happy...Sean couldn't get down on one knee fast enough.
--Her dress was beyond bomb.
--I'm glad the producers wrangled up an elephant chair (yes, that's what they are called--my parent's actually have one from Thailand) for the romantic exit. It would have been tragic if she ruined that dress trying to hoist herself up to the top of the 'magestic animal.'
After the final rose
--AshLee is still so bitter...and smokin' and skiiiiiiny
--I really need to look into tickets for next season
--Lesley D.C. Murphy is the funniest ever, and she thinks so too. Did you notice that she laughed at her own pun? Don't worry, L. I laugh at my own jokes, too. The couple that multiplies together, stays together.
--Nothing says I'm over you like looking super hotttt, Lindsey Yenter. She, once again, was a class act. I felt bad that she kept asking Sean for reasons why, because time and time again, he just didn't have the answer she was looking for. Loved her dress.
--Catherine and Sean made me tear up a jillion times during their interviews. Are they not the most darling couple ever?
--A TV WEDDING = MY DREAM COME TRUE
I would have never guessed they would be into that, but I couldn't be more pleased with their decision. Since I've been so good at calling the future this season, I'm going to go ahead and say that Chris Harrison will either marry them OR be Sean's best man.
The next bachelorette
--I called it, did I not? OK, maybe all of America called it.
--Was it just me or did Des not look as pretty tonight as I think she normally is? Was it the white eye shadow? The no bangs look?
How did I not know about the option of Sean and Chris Harrison coming to my bachelor viewing party? I would have made one heck of a viewing party experience for them. Roses, homemade t-shirts, a chocolate fountain (I've done this a time or two before) Maybe I'll have to become a DG at UCLA for next season and cross my fingers. I'm going to be so sad about this missed opportunity for years to come. SHIRT OFF! SHIRT OFF! SHIRT OFF! SHIRT OFF! SHIRT OFF!SHIRT OFF! Is that all you have to do to get men to take their shirts off? It is for Sean, apparently. --Video clip recaps of the show's highlights are always so awesome. There's nothing quite like cramming crazy into 5 minutes. --Who were the 3 girls sitting on the left, back row? I think they should only bring back the girls that we remember and actually care about. --Tierra is an idiot for coming back on the show. Some may call her brave or mature, but I just call her ridiculous. You might call me a coward, but if I was her, I would have stayed home, in sweats, with a bowl of ice cream and watched the episode on my couch. Why would anyone put them self in a situation where they are repeatedly attacked? If she thought she was "ganged up on" when one of the girls confronted her on the show, what did she think ALL of them confronting her was? Whether she went back on the show or not, everyone is going to talk about how Tierrable she is. I'd rather just not hear it to my face. TRUE OR FALSE: Tierra's eyebrow stole the show. For reals. I've tried to figure out how it does that, but I'm stumped.
--Tierra can't remember every detail AND can't control her eyebrow? Poor girl has some serious trubs. --Did you see how much perfume she put on before she went on stage? That was like 6 sprays. Fumes are going to her brain! --Do you think her engagement is fake? I hadn't thought about that as a possibility until Chris Harrison brought it up, but now that he did, I could totally see her doing that. I would believe it, if the heart tattoo on her finger has been changed from open to closed, but alas, her diamond was too big for me to tell. --Lesley is still hilarious. "Tierra made her own bed, or cot, or whatever." --Selma is a beauty queen--a beauty queen with a brain. She had quite the intellectual argument last night. If you can't tell, I'm a huge Selma fan. --I have to say something rude, but I would bet many of you are thinking it, so here it goes... Sarah is getting extra attention because she has a sad story of being led on by guys and then being told she's just not the one. Do you believe it? I don't. I believe it's because that happens to her AND she only has 1 arm. Plenty of other girls (girls with 2 arms) have had sad, teary exits about hoping to find their soul mate and they don't get remembered past their final exit. If Sarah had 2 arms, she wouldn't be getting as much attention. There, I said it. --On another(nicer) note: Sarah looked beautiful! --AshLee's hair looked so perfect. Full, bouncy. I got the hair envy bad. And her bod is rockin. I got body envy. Something I don't envy? Her crazy side. Girl's got some serious attitude. Preacher's daughter is loco. She can bring it. When she started yelling at Tierra, I was getting nervous. Her eye went all crazy! I think AshLee is equal parts sweet and sour. --Do you think Sean really told her that he didn't have feelings for the other 2 girls? Part of me believes that he said that to her, or said something close to that and she interpreted it as that, but still....DRAMA. Why else would she feel so comfortable to actually tell him what kind of ring she wants? I think he probably led her on. Team Ashley on this argument. How awkward was it when she started talking to him like he was her baby nephew? "Sean, don't do this. Just admit it." Like her head was all titled down and her eyebrow was up all condescendingly. I was loving the continued argument that was caught on tape before the show came back from commercial break. Sean's going to have some explaining to do with his other two girlfriends after the show. --When will ABC air an entire episode of just bloopers? That would be, by far, the best episode ever. Or maybe an episode of fantasy suites? Now keep it clean...we are talking about Sean, the "born-again" virgin - I'd just love to hear the one-liners Sean's been throwing around.
--Who do you think the letter is from? I think it's from Chris Harrison and goes something like this: Sean- It's me, your host, Chris Harrison. I had so much fun in the limo with you when we visited girl's college dorm rooms. If you chose to forgo this final rose ceremony, I'd invite you to travel LA with me and go sorority hopping. -Chris Harrison Who wants to join me for a season final viewing party next week? Seriously, let me know and we will make it a party... roses and all!
The overnights are always the most hilarious of the dates because as viewers, we are supposed to pretend like we don't know what happens when the couple spends the night in the fantasy suite, but let's be real... I've never seen Monopoly or Uno laying around, however, I have seen lots of candles, beds, rose petals, hot tubs and low lighting. Thanks, Chris Harrison. Now, I have to say that I might just be sucked into Sean enough to believe that he really used the overnight dates as a time to talk and get to know the girls without taking the intimacy in the relationship to the next level. I know, I'm a total sucker. I chose to believe this reality. And by fantasy, I mean the opposite of reality, obviously. Lindsey -My dad called me this week(of course he watches the show...that's why it runs in my blood) and told me that I am being too hard on Lindsey, so I tried to watch with an open mind this time and I must say that I liked her a little more this episode. -"Thailand is nothing like Missouri!" Really, Linds? Are you surprised by this? Comparing the arm pit (no offense) of America to exotic islands in Asia? -How did she eat bugs? I'll give her props because I would have been a major diva and said not a chance, homie. And not only did she eat a bug, she ate multiple bugs. And then kissed Sean after they had eaten bugs. That's just really disgusting. -I thought it was cute and really 'normal' that Lindsey was afraid to tell Sean the L word. Seemed genuine -Lindsey's favorite words are cute and amazing. Throw in some baby talk and you've conquered a Lindsey impression. AshLee -She loves running to Sean -She also loves throwing her arms up and yelling things. Maybe she was a cheerleader in HS -Even more than running and cheer poses, she loves metaphors and calling Sean 'this man' -I appreciated their Titanic pose on the front of the boat -The private beach was the coolest thing I've ever seen and although the cave was sweet, I would have been scared too. -Is Sean surprised at how controlling AshLee is? She is a professional organizer, aka, she lives for order and placement and consistency. -I felt like Sean wanted to like AshLee because she was sweet and had so much love to give, and it stroked his ego to know that he was protecting her and giving her strength. He totally thrived on that. -Were you dying laughing when she described her wedding ring? I totally was. Doesn't she know that Neil Lane doesn't produce ugly diamond rings and she would have been fine with anything he bought? Regardless, I love that she did it. Girl knows what she wants. Catherine -Moments during her date were dejavu from AshLee's date-- running to Sean? Titanic pose? What's better than one of each of those? Two times of each of those things! -Catherine is Sean's best friend? Oh, I thought he already told Lindsey that!? Seeaannnnnn .... -She became my insta favorite when she told Sean he was beefy and hunky. I'm totally stealing that. I love incorporating Bachelor quotes into my everyday verbiage. -Sean was dishing out the sweetest comments to Catherine that were original and not the typical "you are amazing" and "you're special" so I've changed my vote. I now think Sean picks Catherine. Oh, I hope he does. They would have the best looking children. Do it for the children, Sean! -Oh, and have you ever had a multiplication war on a date before? Yeah, me neither. -The personal videos always make me laugh. I wouldn't be able to make a serious one. Mine would start with "heyo" or "holler" and end with "love you, homie" or something similar. I could never sit there and bawl about my love and soul connection in front of cameras and producers holding up cue cards. -Although cheesy, Lindsey's ending line about starting and ending the journey in a wedding dress was kinda cute. The Rose Ceremony -AshLee was putting it(them) all out there, now wasn't she? -Loved the color of Catherine's dress -I was literally dying waiting for Sean to call the second name. I had a feeling that it was going to be Catherine, but I was just anxious to see AshLee's eyes when he didn't call her name. Those eyes can kill. -I thought AshLee was going to lash out in anger against Sean and we were going to have a raging AshLee 2.0 a la Tierra fame. -Do you think it was rude that AshLee didn't really give Sean the chance to explain? I think it's interesting because we hold these girls to different standards because they are in the public eye; for example, had that been a private relationship, her reaction was probably justified and totally normal, but because it was TV, we will all sit and talk about how dramatic her exit was and make a huge deal out of it. And for that, I thank the Bachelor. Can't wait for the women tell all next week! I really hope Tierra's eyebrow makes an appearance so we can get it's perspective on the whole thing!