Another season of the Bachelorette has come and gone and I have to say, despite a less than promising beginning, I am a totally satisfied viewer. Not because I think Ashley was the greatest bachelorette ever, in fact she was somewhat dull and insecure, and not because the producers filled the season with drama that was unnecessary and at times ridiculous. I am a satisfied viewer because I feel like I watched a genuine love story that will actually end in marriage.
Ashley wasn’t always fun to watch. Her insecurities early on were annoying and somewhat overwhelming. I wanted to reach out and shake her and say to her, “Seriously? You’re the freaking bachelorette! Act like it.” Watching the final episode though gave me some insight (whether real or not) that helped me revise my thoughts on her self – esteem issues. I mean, come on, with a sister like that, who needs enemies? I know she apologized and after watching the season realized what an idiot she was, but had I grown up with someone who obviously didn’t trust any of my instincts – I’m not sure I wouldn’t be as messed up as Ashley felt. My heart almost broke for J.P. when on the beach she said she just had to figure it out and he responded, “I kind of thought you already had.”
As for the producers and their drama…of course it’s a double-edged sword. We need the drama to make it interesting, and when you pit 25 guys against each other for one girl you’re going to get some, but did they really have to drag the Bentley saga out for as long as they did? And, at this point I have to question how much manipulation there was in Ashley’s behavior with Ben the night before the proposals and at the proposal itself. He was blindsided. Part of it was his fault – he never considered the possibility that she could be having feelings for someone else and he didn’t pay attention to her response when he pointed out she didn’t have a ring on yet. Did they have to let him get down on one knee? This has been an argument among viewers since Jason Mesnick came in #2. It has merit…making the loser propose just seems cruel.
Still, as I watch Ashley and J.P. doing the required talk show tours, it’s impossible not to feel it was all worth it. The look that J.P. gets when he sees her is one of real devotion. I have no doubt that what started on the show has grown exponentially through their Skype sessions and weekends together. It was smart of the show to finally cave and let the couples see each other during the break. Ashley is serious about moving to New York and it looks like they’re serious about a wedding next fall. As to all the rumors of him cheating etc…even Reality Steve says they’re bogus. When a guy that lives to make fun of and debunk the show says they’re for real – they’re for real.
So, I’m glad I watched and I’m really hoping for a televised wedding next fall. For any of you doubters out there I am willing to make a bet that this marriage happens. First five people who want to bet five dollars on it, send me a comment. I say solid wedding plans will be in the works by Dec. 2012. And now…onto Bachelor Pad!
*****As far as the next Bachelor is concerned, I don’t want Ben or Ames…maybe Ryan P. or Michael Stagliano, but I REALLY want someone NEW!