With Ali Fedotowsky just a week away from revealing her much-anticipated final pick on The Bachelorette 2010, Monday’s men tell all reunion show provided a break from the usual season 6 grind and served as a fun lead-in to the finale. Here’s a peek at all of the snark and surprises from the Man Pack, but be forewarned: It’s meaty, confusing, forward-sideways-backward stuff!
Chris Harrison opened up The Bachelorette 2010 men tell all with some pre-taped one-on-one time with Ali. The first subject of discussion? Justin ‘Rated R’ Rego, one of season 6’s biggest douchebags. While Ali confessed to falling for his charming facade, she went on to say that she pursued him as he fled her in Turkey in order to make a statement to women who find themselves in similar situations. Right-o. Chris moved on to Kasey (of the ‘guard and protect your heart’ motto). She was clearly less than impressed by his weirdness. And then, it was Kirk-time. She remarked on the importance of his first-episode scrapbook and confessed that his dad’s basement – complete with tons of ‘stuffed animals’ – was freaky deaky. Finally, tough-time as Chris brought up Frank. Ali admitted that she’d been excited about their day and that she’d thought all along that he was in love with her. Regardless of the heartache, she said she was pleased with her journey and all of her choices.
After a break, The Bachelorette men tell all returned with some unseen season 6 footage. The first clip featured a baseball uniform clad Roberto nearly popping Ali in the eye with a champagne cork. I give it a 5 out of 10 on the funny scale. Up next was a totally random bum toast from Frank’s dad that made zero sense. It was very amusing. Meh heh. Seven out of 10. Ali ggigled a lot next as Chris showed her footage of herself wearing some sort of funky astronaut’s helmet while on a date with Kasey. But that’s not all when it came to weirdness: Apparently Roberto and Ali often found themselves accompanied by various animals, all named Charlie. Uh… yeah. And then they addressed the most mysterious members of the Man Pack: Chris N., nicknamed The Phantom by his fellow xy’ers. Sweet!
It wouldn’t be a men tell all reunion without the men, right? Jesse, Hunter, Jyle, Tyler V., Craig R., John C., Derrick, Jason, Steve, Chris N., Kirk, Jonathan, Kasey, and Ty joined Chris for the evening’s first tell-all gossip session. Shockingly (not!), Justin wasn’t present, nor was Frank, but Chris assured us that the latter would be on the after the rose show next week. Craig R. got the chit chat started by confessing that the experience with The Bachelorette 2010 was nothing like he’d ever imagined. Phantom Chris called that first night “intense”, and then rose to his feet to reveal his “The Phantom” t-shirt. And then he took the first bazooka shot at Justin, woot! Gotta love it! I knew that guy wasn’t the enormous stuffed shirt he’d always seemed to be. Sch-weet. Then there was a segment featuring lots of scenes from the show and lots of cussing and beeping.
And women are accused of being drama queens! The guys got into it on-stage when Jonathan defended his long talk with Ali early on in the show. The weatherman should totally do stand-up. He has a priceless goofball air. He’ll fit in nicely on Bachelor Pad. The conversation turned to Kasey. Ty called him “Looney Toon” but acknowledged his genuineness, and Craig R. defended him. He said he was crazy, but that he’s a good guy. Meh heh. And then it was Bash le Justin time. Phantom Chris called him “a little fame whore”, and the other guys had some equally colorful monikers for season 6’s most hated character. (Phew, it’s hard to keep up!)
After a break, The Bachelorette men tell all show returned with a little ‘Frank’ discussion. Man, it’s almost heartbreaking to even think about it; I really liked the goofy stressball, conflicted feelings and sudden dumpage aside. The studio was silent after the clip ended; wow. Craig spoke first, and insisted that Justin and Frank were nothing alike. (Go Craig!) John C. differed, calling him selfish. Ty cut in and called the whole situation “a shame”. Hunter said he thought Frank really did love Ali, and that he had “a great chance” of winning. Kasey said he loved Frank, but that “he took the safe way out”. Huh. Ty went on to say that after seeing all of the footage, he thought Frank was selfish. Aw. I still maintain that despite Ali’s tears and her frustrations, Frank wound up doing the only thing he could do. He was truly stuck between a rock and a hard place. I just hope that no one actually equates him with Rated R. THAT would be a travesty.
Anyway, Chris then called Krazy Kasey up for a little one-on-one time. He praised Ali’s decision to reject him when she did. (Well, that’s good.) Kasey went on to claim that he’d never been a particularly open person prior to appearing on The Bachelorette. Uh, yeah. Even my listening-from-the-other-room hubby snickered aloud at that one. Despite the weirdness, Kasey said he was always himself. (Huh? How does that equate with what he just said about not being open before…? Color me confused.) As for the tattoo, he said that “it is what it is” and praised himself for being “a good memory” for Ali. Oh, and he looked forward to guarding and protecting the heart of his future wife. Methinks he’s auditioning for husbandry roles here. But anyhoo.
The Bachelorette week 10 returned as Chris called Kirk to the hot seat. Kirk claimed that he was in love with her when she dismissed him. He called the moment “frustrating” and was upset that he’d been beaten by Frank. Aw. It was a sad little segment. He seems like such a genuine guy. But it’s okay, Kirk: Up next was more Justin bashing. Like milk, it does a body goooood.
The Justin Fest began with Ty’s rhetorical question: “How could 25 guys be wrong?” Craig went on to call him “evil” and Jonathan recalled hearing him say “I guess I’m gonna be the villain this season”. Ty shared that in Iceland, the Man Pack had shared some personal things about one another, and that he felt betrayed that Justin had taken part in the love fest. Craig denied being a friend of Justin or “an extension of his family”, and went on to call him a colorful expletive. Man, the Man Pack was pissed. It would’ve been fun to see them string him up on TV, but we can’t have it all.
The Justin saga continued as Chris called Jessie, from the Jake Pavelka Bachelor season, to the stage. Jessie was the chick who called Ali to spill the beans about Justin’s scheme. She shared not only the story of Jessica, but that of Kimberly, the gal Justin cheated on Jessica with (got that?). It was all very hairy and smarmy. He’s still a dog. A big, gross dog. Chris opened up the mic to studio audience bashing, blah blah. In a very odd moment, an attractive brunette addressed Craig and appeared to hit on him, but Craig didn’t seem to notice. Huh?! Dude, get that girl’s number!
After a break, The Bachelorette week 10 resumed as Ali Fedotowsky herself took to the stage wearing yet another hideous frock, this time a bizarre silvery contraption that resembled a potato sack in form. (Don’t get me started on the hair.) She said she was pleased with the way she handled Rated R. Overall, she said the hardest part of the show was getting rid of the guys and saying good-bye. She called the Tahiti episode “rock bottom” and still seemed to smart a bit over what happened with the stressball. Chris asked if she wished she’d taken Kirk instead of Frank, and she didn’t really answer the question. No regrets? Hope not. Kirk thanked her for being part of his process of finding love, and then Kasey brought the house down (okay, well, induced giggling) with another special song. Up next was a compilation of funny moments; ha ha ha. Yawn. (It’s late.)
With most of the chit chat completed, taped segments detailing the journeys with finalists Roberto and Chris L. aired. While I think she’ll pick Roberto and I think he’s probably a nice guy, I so hate the thought of Chris getting hurt. He seems so sweet and genuine.
So that’s it for The Bachelorette week 10: The men tell all. Tune in next week for the finale and see who winds up with blondie once and for all.
The Bachelorette week 10, ABC, July 26, 2010