With Christi gone, is Heather the next drama queen? The Texas flight attendant seems poised to add the necessary spark of excitement the show desperately needs, says Jessica Shaw

By Jessica Shaw
Updated October 18, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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With Christi gone, is Heather the next drama queen?

It’s hard to really sort out the many emotions I have regarding Christi’s rose-less night on ”The Bachelor.”

On one hand, the ”assistant financial advisor” was, as Aaron put it, ”very emotionally unstable, if you will.” But, then again, how are we supposed to get excited about tuning in next week to watch the sartorially-challenged Gwen and the personality-challenged Hayley? Who’s going to have a complete breakdown on the carousel? Who’s going to curse the universe when things don’t go her way? Who’s going to tearfully swear, on national television, that she’s ”not, like, an emotional freak.” Ah, the memories we’ll always have of sweet, emotionally-challenged Christi.

Luckily, it seems that the show is teeing up flight attendant Heather from Texas to fill the dramatic void left by Christi. Let’s not forget that Heather was the one who led the post-date vulture-like inquisition of Brooke by asking oh-so appropriate questions like ”How many times did he kiss you? French? No tongue?” and ”Where are your panties?” Also subtle like Christi, she felt completely comfortable barging in on his ”private” interview and later letting him know she wanted to find out how he kissed. She’s certainly something special in the air.

It’s hard to believe Aaron’s best friends Melissa and Ryan didn’t pick up on Heather’s game plan. Then again, it seems like these two could only focus on the ”two and a half” breast augmentations among the competitors. (Admittedly, these features may have been distracting, considering how the bikinis played a larger than normal role in this episode). Though Melissa and Ryan seemed almost as bland as their buddy Aaron, it can’t be overlooked that they chose young Brooke to be the one to take the Bachelor off the market.

And how can you blame them? What is there not to like about this 22-year old Cinderella-style Southern belle? She even scores major bonus points for overcoming a father with a checkered past and being sort of truthful about it (though I don’t recall hearing the word ”jail”). And despite Heather’s full-on Disneyland dissage of Brooke, it’s impossible not to root for the one bachelorette who genuinely seems to have feelings for Aaron.

As for Helene, did anyone think she was even remotely interested in dating — much less marrying — Aaron? Sure, she wore the Nicole Miller pants he picked out and kissed him at the Hollywood Bowl, but could she have acted less enthused? When Aaron said ”…kiss me” she waited for a few awkward seconds and then mumbled ”Yeah.” Not exactly a promising sign. Plus, she acknowledged a certain hesitancy even if only jokingly when she replied ”Maybe” to Aaron’s rose offering.

Is Helene simply being coy? Has Brooke inherited any bad seed DNA? Will Heather from Texas provoke a full-fledged cat fight? And, what exactly is ”half” a breast augmentation? Hopefully, at least one of these questions will be answered next week.

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