Let the blood begin to flow. No not between Raichel and Melissa — we’ll deal with their battle later. I’m talking about National Blood Donor month. We here at The Bachelor are very happy to be partnering up with the American Red Cross to shine an entertaining light on a very serious topic. Last Saturday, Brad, a host of former contestants, and myself were extremely proud to host a blood drive here in L.A. This is the first of several we’re going to host across the country. For more info on these blood drives and how you can help, go to our web site. Now let’s get back to the show. This week as promised I didn’t watch with my family and friends, so don’t worry — you wont be digging into the archives for your Best of Eddie Money album. I checked, and there really is a Best of Eddie Money album. Who knew? The first thing we did this week was move the girls into the mansion. There’s a lot more to this than you get to see. Once I meet them on the driveway and move the women in, they run around the house checking everything out. One highlight you didn’t get to see during the move was Sarah P. diving into the pool with her clothes on. Madison followed close behind. They got dried off before I called them inside for the date card talk.
The first date went to Ashley H. Unfortunately for Ashley I think she’s going to fall victim to the Great First Date Syndrome. Now, I just made this up so bear with me. I’ve noticed in the past that having the first date is great, but when it goes well — which Ashley’s did — it then makes it hard to go back to the house and wait and watch all the other girls start to date your man. Ashley will begin to struggle with this like many have before her. The carnival date they went on was fantastic. I really have to give it up to our art department. They had just twelve hours to set this up on one of the hottest days ever in Los Angeles. (One other cool fact is that the ticket booth was the same one used in the movie Grease.) The first date went extremely late and when they got home around 4 a.m., the only person awake was Ashley S. Must be an Ashley thing.
The date card we delivered for the group date was ridiculously long because it had so many names on it. We never have fifteen women on one group date. But as you saw this was a very special date with a very special purpose. A couple notes from the PSA blood drive date: My man Paul Danner (the big man shouting orders) continues to get screen time on the show. We will continue to show him until I marry him off. As I’ve said before Paul is our regular floor manager on the show. The man directing the PSAs is our regular director Ken Fuchs, who also does an amazing job. I just wish on this group date you were somehow able to tell it was Michelle’s 30th birthday. Speaking of age, many of you have asked why we aren’t showing how old the women are this year. I find it interesting their age makes such a difference to you. Not sure why age would make a difference in finding love. There actually is a technical reason the ages aren’t on there this season: We changed the graphics up a bit and they just don’t fit. But I will tell you if you pay attention you will learn how old these women are as we go. You found out how old three or four of them were this week alone, and the ages are up on the web site on their bios. As I said last week, Michelle, who’s 30 years old, is a person who goes after what she wants, and she definitely stirs things up along the way as she does it. By the way, Madison and her fangs didn’t get a lot of airtime this week but the girls did not forget about her. While she was out on the group date Sarah P., Lindsay and Ashley S. devised a plan to see if Madison was really a vampire. They made crosses out of branches in the backyard and stuffed cloves of garlic under all the mattresses (just in case).
Jackie’s date is what we like to call the “Pretty Woman” date. The car Brad is driving on this date and during the show is the Aston Martin DB9. This is an amazing machine. I know this because they were crazy enough — I mean kind enough — to lend me one to drive during the show as well. After a day of pampering at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Brad and Jackie drove out to one of the most iconic spots in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Bowl. This was such a cool once-in-a-lifetime experience, I also showed up for this date. I said a quick hello to the couple but stayed off. To go to the Hollywood Bowl is one thing; to have the place completely to ourselves is another. All I could think of is the movie Some Kind of Wonderful. I know I just dated myself with that one, but check it out it’s a very cheesy but good coming-of-age date movie. One funny note from the date: When Brad gave Jackie the rose, he then told her there was a surprise and pointed to the stage… and nothing happened. The band wasn’t set yet so they had to wait a couple minutes, and then he introduced the surprise guests again.
I’m a huge fan of the band Train so after the performance I went backstage to meet Pat Monahan. Two reasons I know this guy is a great dude. One he really loved and respected the history of performing at the “Bowl” and two, turns out he’s a huge fan of the show. By the way, Jackie got to keep the amazing diamond earrings that Brad picked out for her. The other girls were crazy jealous. A lot of the women back at the house didn’t think Jackie would get the rose and would be going home. When she walked through the door the girls quickly began to realize they couldn’t predict what Brad might do. While Jackie was on her date, Keltie taught all the girls to do high-kicks in the backyard. Most of the women joined in but not Melissa, who was already at odds with Raichel as well as some of the other girls at this point.
Let’s talk about this Raichel vs. Melissa battle. I don’t know who was right and who was wrong and honestly I don’t really care. What I do know is they spoiled the cocktail party that night for a lot of women. Their constant bickering brought the whole mood down in the house. Poor Ashley S. spent the night trying to reason with them and calm them down but neither would listen. A couple things these girls should now know about Brad: First of all he has no poker face. Did you see the look on his face while he was talking to Melissa? The second is that Brad doesn’t like drama. I was impressed that he nipped this problem in the bud and sent both Melissa and Raichel packing. I will credit Melissa with giving us a great line by calling Raichel ” an energy suck”; I love that and will be using it now.
One final note before I let you go this week. It was really good to see Ali and Roberto and have them back on the show. It’s interesting how these couples walk back in the house and the cast looks at them like rock stars. They helped Brad pick Emily and give her a rose. Up to this point she really hasn’t had much time with Brad and he has no idea about her story. That will begin to change next week in what is a very emotional episode. We also showed you a preview of the Capitol Records date where another one of my favorites, Seal, makes an appearance. This season just continues to get better and better as we go. I’m really excited to let it unfold for you and see your reactions. I want to leave you this week with a personal note: I’m proud to be hosting the 90th annual Miss America Pageant on ABC next Saturday, January 15, at 9 p.m. I hope you can join me. Remember it is national blood donor month, so as Melissa would say don’t be an energy suck, give blood! Please continue to leave your comments below or you can always find me on twitter @chrisbharrison or look us up on our new web site, thebachelor.warnerbros.com.
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