Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette': Episode 5
About this time every season things start getting pretty serious, and you know what that means. Yep, next to fall it’s my favorite time of year — time for rumors and accusations. Oh, isn’t it lovely? If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know my take on all this. In this day and age, when nobody is responsible or culpable for what they say or write on the Internet, it’s impossible and pointless to respond or try to explain them all away. Most of the time they are so ridiculous I wouldn’t even know where to begin. For example, this week I heard that we paid two of the guys $50,000 and guaranteed they would make it to the final four or three. I know we shouldn’t but let’s just think this one through a little bit. To start, we found two untrained actors from middle America and asked them to put on a performance better than Bradley Cooper in “The Hangover” (funniest movie I’ve seen in years) so we could fool all the viewers. Okay, let’s assume we happen to find two of the greatest untrained actors in the United States. These two Emmy-worthy actors would also have to have so much game that they could guarantee us that they could woo Jillian into keeping them ’til the final stages. Or wait a minute, the plot thickens: Jillian is in on it too. Yes, Jillian gave up two of her final four spots so these amazing thespians could make us laugh and give us such great drama. Can I stop now or do you get the idea? There are always those few out there who will always attempt to ruin the hard work of many for whatever reason. I don’t get it but if that’s what makes your boat float, good on ya. I just don’t want to waste the rest of your time in this blog explaining how the moon landing was actually real and wasn’t in fact staged on a Hollywood back lot.
The morning after the last rose ceremony we all piled in to two vans in Vancouver for the drive up to Whistler. There was a crew van (that’s the one I was on, thank God) and a cast van. We made it about 3/4 of the way up to Whistler when the vans quickly pulled into a parking lot. We asked our driver why we were stopping and then we quickly saw why. Guys started running off the other bus holding their breath and noses getting away from the bachelors who had gotten “car sick” on the ride up. Being the concerned citizens we are, we told our driver to keep going and we would meet them at the resort later. This would be a good time to tell you that Whistler is now one of my favorite places and I can’t thank my friends at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler enough for the hospitality. I’m pretty sure Michael was one of the guys who got sick on the bus, which is pretty funny because he got the first one-on-one date that day (I’m hoping that he had mouthwash). Michael is clearly a great guy and he and Jillian really get along, but I notice that she’s not very affectionate with him. When she’s with some of the other guys she just can’t seem to keep her hands off them. With Michael, at this point, that chemistry just isn’t there. Michael got the rose but he’s going to need to step it up a bit to stick around. The restaurant Jillian and Michael went to was the Bearfoot Bistro. I also went there and highly recommend it if you’re ever in Whistler. Make sure they take you down to the cellar where we shot the date and you have to order the liquid nitrogen ice cream!
The group date was very interesting because Jillian obviously still wanted to get some answers about guys possibly having girlfriends back home. Things started off a little rough. The guys took off on their snowmobiles and all of a sudden we couldn’t find Reid and Mark. Turns out Reid, who had never driven a snowmobile before, drove himself and Mark off a small cliff…oops! They were a little shaken but okay, although Reid complained of a hurt groin for a few days after. Not sure if that was an attempt to have Jilli take a look or if he was really injured. Interested to hear your thoughts on Wes this week. Are you falling for it? Jillian obviously is and the more guys warn her about him the more she seems to like him. Isn’t that the way it always is? Why are we all like that? Let me throw this log on the Wes fire for you (this was not used on TV). Jillian asked the guys “what was the worst thing they’d done.” Wes told Jilli and a few guys that he had slept with his teacher. He laughs it off and said it was hot! Discuss amongst yourselves. It was also on the group date that Jillian first heard there was a chance Ed might be leaving due to his job. I’ll be honest, once Ed told Jillian he was leaving that’s about all I remember because it was such a blow to her. Anyone who thinks there’s any acting going on should have looked into Jillian’s eyes that day Ed left. I also saw and talked to Ed that day. He felt horrible and was in an impossible situation. Either way, he was going to let somebody down. I know we’d all like to think we would choose a shot at love over our jobs, be the romantic, but for a young man like Ed who has such a promising career I do understand why he chose to leave.
The rose ceremony felt a little weird because of all this. Jillian looked amazing and was all dressed up but there was no cocktail party and she knew exactly what she wanted to do that night. Somebody mentioned in the comments that Jillian reminds them of Trista. I agree and have said this myself in a few interviews. They are both incredibly strong women and when their mind is made up that’s it. Once Jilli walked out of deliberation she decided to put Ed behind her and move on. At the rose ceremony, which we shot in the back of the restaurant inside the Fairmont, Jillian sent Mark home. Something I couldn’t tell you last week is that Jillian told me after her two-on-one date with Mark and Mike that she immediately regretted not sending both of them home in Vancouver. It wasn’t a big deal but when she looked back upon it she knew Mark wasn’t going to be the one and wished she had a do-over on that one.
One last funny note to wrap up our stay in Whistler. At least it’s funny now that nobody got hurt. Somebody left a candle burning in Jillian’s suite when she went to sleep. The candle caught some flowers on fire. Jillian woke in the middle of the night and saw flames. All she could find was a pot of coffee so she grabbed it and put the fire out. I want to thank you for all the comments. I still read them all and get most of my inspiration (good or bad) from you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go work with Dave. He just can’t seem to get his lines right getting out of the limo.
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