Netflix and my obsession with television

Are you a Netflix customer? I didn’t realize that I was supposed to be so angry about all these new changes but I think I’m catching on. At present, I’m a little spoiled with all my tv viewing options – last year Mumbles signed us up for a 6 month free trial of all the movie channels and when I got super sick in January he took such pity on me that he decided not to opt out of it so I could watch all the sappy love movies I wanted to at all hours of the day despite the fact that it was very likely I’d already seen them 5 times or more (Charlie St. Cloud, Something New, Enchanted, and the list goes on…) That coupled with my brilliant idea to get Mumbles a Netflix subscription for his birthday last year (I’m a big fan of gifts that ultimately benefit me) so he could watch Entourage season by season and also because it became quite clear that Blockbuster was never gonna make it and I wanted to keep the ol’ movie-in date night alive.

So now here we are and Netflix is making all sorts of crazy changes so that it doesn’t seem like the steal it was before…yet — and it might just be me — it also doesn’t seem like a rip off. When I think about how much we’re paying for all the movie channels plus the streaming and mail-in DVD, well, that’s when I get a little remorseful. I like to think that we’d stream more often but until they really bulk up on the selection I can’t see that happening. I think the only real reason I’m clinging to Netflix is that I’d like to be able to request all the seasons of Veronica Mars if I wanted to, but I just found out BFOTB has every last one of ’em so that solves that insecurity. With how full my DVR is each week, we really do have plenty of options for which way we’re going to kill time watching tv. And now that I think about it even more, I feel really guilty/successful because when Mumbles and I met he wasn’t all too into television….now he is hooked! [insert evil laugh here].

Stay tuned for what I’m watching this week and let me know what your thoughts are on the whole Netflix debacle. Staying a subscriber? Jumping ship? Don’t really care about that extra $8 a month?

What’s for dinner: BBQ Ranch Salad

Mumbles is like a lot of guys in that he has to have meat on his plate to consider it a meal. This was pretty tricky for me in the early dating stages, as I’ve been known to have meals that consist solely of bread, cheese and wine. (I later learned to add salami and nuts to round it out a bit for him). Even sometimes now when I’m not up for cooking meat I get a little worried… that is until I decided to make myself like black beans. Dr. Merrett can attest to the fact that I’ve told her [probably a million times over] of how I learned to love tomatoes while living in Spain with BFOTB, forced myself to eat pickles until I began to crave them, and even tried to partake in the party staple deviled eggs (that one hasn’t stuck yet). So, I’m proud to present the new Mumbles and Stick Girl go-to favorite for when we don’t want to cook meat but still want to pack a punch of healthy protein in a meal: the BBQ Ranch Salad.

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I cut up a bunch of fresh veggies like celery, tomatoes, carrots, and bell peppers (and would have used corn if I had any). Next I added in half a can of black beans and some pepper jack cubes to give a slight kick to the salad, then added the leafy greens and tossed everything together with light ranch dressing and barbecue sauce. The finishing touch was crumbling some tortilla chips on top.

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It was super delicious and because I was too lazy to dirty up more dishes/find it somewhat romantic to eat out of the same bowl (again with the two forks, one bowl – this is really starting to stick! – or just completely make people throw up in their mouth a little. gosh, we’re like the kind of couple that sit on the same side of the booth at restaurants… okay, yes, we do that, too, sometimes. stop judging me.), we were fighting back and forth over all the yummy nuggets of goodness in this tasty salad.

What are your go-to recipes when you don’t have/want meat?

The Bachelorette recap episode 7, season 7

This week finds us in Taipei, Taiwan. There are six guys left with only 4 dates to be had…3-one-on-one dates with no roses and one group date with one rose up for grabs. 

JP is jealous already and scared of losing Ashley while everyone is feeling the pressure wanting to make it to the next round for hometown dates.

One-on-one date: Constantine “let your love light shine”
The pair will be taking a steam engine to a small village for a lantern festival. Constantine wants to know if it’s a speed train, while Ashley notes that their relationship is moving super slow. BFOTB makes it known this train ain’t no Hogwarts Express. I fully agree. Clearly, we are more excited about Harry Potter later this week than the entire season of this show combined.  Ashley and Constantine paint their love wishes on a lantern and being a man of many family traditions, Constantine is taking it very seriously.

Ashley tells Constantine that she is really attracted to him physically. We think he looks like an oaf. They seem to be having a nice conversation and Ashley is surprised that Constantine remembers things that she’s said in the past.  Seriously, lady, raise your standards. In regards to how slowly their relationship is moving Constantine says he’s not trying to speed it up or force anything to happen, he’s just waiting for a moment when he knows. That’s all fine and well and normal for regular dating, dude, but this here’s a competition and you’re gonna have to step it up.

To top it all off they have a super lame, sappy peck kiss session. Mumbles and BFOTB’s husband compare it to mild salsa. All the right ingredients. Not enough spice.

All the lanterns released into the sky…so romantic…until you view it through BFOTB’s eyes: littering. Seriously, I wonder where all those love wishes go to die?

One-on-One Date: Ben “let’s spend a gorges day together.”
I seriously wonder if Ashley told producers that she “likes to explore” as her idea of dream dates because practically every date has involved gallivanting around a village or city. But this one is totally different because they’ll be exploring a park…on a moped. Ben drops the “precious cargo” line which makes Mumbles laugh because he gets that speech from my Dad every time we leave their house, and we’ve been together for over 7 years.

Ben F is falling in love with Ashley but he doesn’t want to tell her yet. Mumbles notes that Ben just pulled an “upper like” on her…he recognizes an “upper like” when he sees/hears it because he pulled that crap on me when we were dating. Ashley says she feels like Ben is her boyfriend.

The perhaps only interesting thing about this episode is that JP gets super pissed because Ben didn’t come home from his date until the morning. 

Group Date: Lucas, Ames & JP “I’m grooming you for the Big Day”
Ashley is excited to be taking wedding photos in a wedding district in Taipei. Reminds me of Las Tunas in Temple City…anyone?  I think putting on wedding dresses before you’re getting married with a bunch of guys you’re dating is awful. But, it makes it a little better that the guys look ridiculous. Except JP comes out in a James Bond tux. Ugh, he is such a cry baby who is now grinning from ear-to-ear because he got his way. I feel like JP and Ashley deserve each other. I can see their future now: insecurity-induced fights and long nights full of questions like “do you think I’m pretty?” 

Lucas is in traditional Chinese garb and when Lucas and Ashley kiss on camera the veins in JP’s forehead bulge. Ames and Ashley’s shoot is super cute in a tree. Whimsical.  He’s wearing a light blue sequined tux.  His photo definitely came out best.

Lucas says he felt out of place in a dress because he’s traditional and was a bit jealous to see JP in a tux and her in a white dress with flowers. He’s already had a wedding so maybe Ashley thought he wouldn’t mind. Lucas says he’s ready to be married again. He misses the simple pleasures of marriage and wants to have kids. 

Ames brought some photos to share. Ashley tells Ames that he’s the most unique person she’s ever met. [Not good]. Ames is wearing hot pink skinny jeans. [Also not good].

JP shares that he was unhappy and jealous all week. His veins are still bulging. Ashley sees the potential for a hulk-esque moment and asks if JP got mad or got in fights with the other guys because he was upset. He says no and so she rewards him with a rose.

One-on-One Date: Ryan “let’s get a taste of Taipei.”
The foreshadowing here is that Ryan is wearing a Pepto pink shirt…something to ease your stomach later on. Ryan seems desperate to find a woman and make it work. His words: he’s yearning to focus his life on one person and build a partnership. They make a wish in front of the matchmaker and the stones they throw land on the same side, which apparently is a bad thing but I couldn’t really tell because it didn’t seem to phase our Bachelorette. They sit on steps and watch some people doing Tai Chi. Ashley doesn’t feel ready to meet Ryan’s family, she doesn’t feel a romantic connection.

Ashley asks for a tip to help her “go green” and Ryan starts talking about the most boring possible thing: water heaters.  Apparently that was his shot to redemption and he completely failed. Ashley gives Ryan the “you’re a great guy” speech. He looks confused. She tells Ryan she’s not feeling a romantic connection. He is surprised. Not quite understanding he asks in a high pitched voice “so you don’t want to meet my family?” They part ways and now Ashley doesn’t know if she made the right decision.

Ryan wipes away one. glistening. tear.
Then he cries, curses and walks off camera to hide behind the bushes.
There’s a lot of voice cracking.
He has to fetch his own cab, too.

For all you single ladies out there, word from our friend Casey is that you can find Ryan soaking up the sunshine in Corona Del Mar on his beach cruiser. You’re welcome.

Ashley says she doesn’t want a cocktail party, she’s ready to go. (at this point we wonder if she’s super bummed and wishes she could bring back other contestants from reject-land). 

Roses:
JP
Constantine
Ben
Ames

Looks like oil and sun didnt fair well on tonight’s show.  Lucas is a gentleman saying goodbye to Ashley. He says he was shocked. Ashley tells him she felt a super strong romantic connection. (IE: “wish we would have hopped in the sack before you left”). And we would have liked to see a football game in Odessa but we’re over it.  Thanks for nothing, Ashley.

Ashley is a crying mess. She’s ready to get outta Asia.

I know I’m not even going out on a limb when I say: Worst. Bachelorette. Season. EVER.  Seriously, I long for the days of cocky/errogant/entertaining Bachelors like Andrew Firestone and Charlie O’Connell.  Those were fun seasons.

Now an uninformative and uninteresting interview with Emily about her breakup with Brad.  Is anyone [other than Chris Harrison] surprised to see her in that chair? She looks amazing but it doesn’t help to mask the fact that half of this conversation consists of “um” and “you know” filler…No, Emily, we don’t know. That’s why you’re here.

She’s disappointed. She’ll always love Brad. [Liar]. She has nothing bad to say about him. [Don’t believe it]. She wanted to be married and have more kids. What she wanted for their relationship didn’t match up with the reality.  [Boring].  We were a little worried they were going to announce her as the next Bachelorette but could they honestly pull that off?  Might be the controversy the show needs but Emily would look like a total fool. [More than she does already]. 

Next week: hometowns, roller skating, restaurant cooking, Greek dancing, meeting moms and dads. More boring but one step closer to the end!

PS. Constantine and Ashley’s love lantern got pissed on by a stray dog. Haha. They never show the good stuff during the show.

The Bachelorette Recap episode 3, season 7

Wow, what a show.  It’s hard to believe we’re only in episode 3 (let alone only in the second week of Ashley knowing these guys) and already the tears are flowing, biggest insecurities are being realized, hearts are breaking, and our villain is going home – so soon!.  [pssssttt…i heard a rumor that he’ll be back!!]  Maybe ABC wasn’t so crazy last season hiring that therapist to make regular house calls.  They oughta think about hiring that guy full time on call.  Here’s how it all happened:

The first one-on-one date was with Ben C, the french lawyer, nay flash mob dancer! Ashley takes Ben to a dance studio to learn the dance moves she’s choreographed for a secret flash mob dance (which immediately made us think of this awesome commercial – speaking of which, AT&T is really spot on with brilliant commercials lately – my other favorite is this one) she has planned at The Americana at Brand, a lovely outdoor shopping mall.  Ben is smitten with Ashley having seen her in the dance studio where she’s so comfortable, confident and sexy (oh, Benny Boop, just wait until later when the insecure Ashley resurfaces!).  Whilst they’re lounging in the grass in the middle of the shopping center, random passersby all with their phones out to snap photos of the darling couple, Ashley states that she’d really like to do their dance. Right now.  Ben. Is. Freaked.  But, all in the name of love, right?  He gets up and rocks that dance and soon notices that the gawkers are now joining in too.  Here’s my version of what’s going on in Boring Ben’s mind strictly interpreted via eyebrow movements and anxiety in the eyes:  “Wait, how do they know this dance?  Does everyone know this dance and I only just learned it?  Oh…oh, I see what’s going on here – this here was planned!  Ashley, you trickster!” Now Ben is having fun.  My favorite part is when the dance has ended and everyone just walks away nonchalantly like nothing happened.  Not even a hug it out, high five or “good job, bro.”  Other than that, the BFOTB and I decide that we NEED to be part of a flash mob.  Heidi’s gonna come (Note: Heidi and BFOTB Ashley are big fans of the choreographed dance having created and performed a marvelous one at the wedding of yours truly and Mumbles.  It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.)  and you can come too – “bring your green hat!” Flash Mob America – write that down. 

Next part of this date is a live performance by the Far East Movement.  The Bachelorette and her lawyerman (who BFOTB thinks looks just like the bad guy/backstabbing friend Carl from Ghost, right?!) have a nice little kiss in the crowd to the background of a collective “awww…”

Ben from The Bachelorette & Carl from Ghost

Ben explains his unrealistic views about love to Ashley: “I want to live in an idealistic bubble where we believe we are more in love than any other couple. Ever.”  That’s intense.  He softens that up a bit by saying he’d like to go on a second date with her. She gives him the rose and then they suck face for a while.

Group Date: Ames, Ben F., Mike, Blake, Jeff the Phantom, Lucas, Nick, Ryan, Wills & Bentley – “Make me laugh”

Phantom Jeff is perched on his balcony and today is the day the mask is coming off.  The unveiling is quite underwhelming but entertaining too. A) because I already know what he looks like and B) He’s not attractive nor does he have any jarring facial disfigurements to have really warranted the “get to know me without my looks” phase for so long and C) I realize he’s had that mask custom made to fit his face/large nose.  Ashley, too, is disappointed when she only says “He’s a lot older than I thought he was.” Not a good sign.  Blake says it best comparing it to “when someone tells you ‘I got a surprise’ and you open up the present and there’s not much there.” Well said, sir.

The large group heads to a comedy club to meet with Jeffrey Ross, the Roastmaster.  And everything goes south from here.  In front of a sold out house, all these guys are going to be tearing Ashley apart.  Not a brilliant idea of a date for such an insecure lad.  We learn Wills’ life aspiration is to become a comedian so he’s using this like an audition. Lucas the oilman has a good plan – play it safe. Best to not impress than to offend.  Smart man. My favorite line was naming Phantom Jeff as Zorro’s unemployed brother.  For someone who has only spoken about 10 words to Ashley and just revealed his face, he gets ballsy and makes a rude comment about her small breasts.  One of the guys said it was like “Whoop, here’s my face; you have small titties.”  Inappropriate. Bentley, ever the chivalrous man he is, defends Ashley’s small boobies because she has the butt to make up for it.  Class act, that guy.  Wills gets his shot at glory to impress the Roastmaster and completely bombs, telling the crowd how disappointed he was to find Ashley as the new Bachelorette instead of Chantal or Emily.  Bentley is surprised Wills said that out loud…he’s been thinking it all along, too, but just couldn’t believe Wills actually said it.  The audience is silent. Not even the crickets are chiming in.  Whoa, awkward.  After the show, Ashley quickly exits the stage and finds a dark corner to cry in.  Bentley uses the opportunity to mess with her head and console her.  Meant to sound like a reassuring compliment he says, “Of 25 guys, I can promise you 24 were really excited it was you.”

Of all the guys, Wills is the one that almost married Ashley on date 1 so she was most hurt that he would say those things at her expense. Instead of trying to make it up to her he just quits and tells her to go talk to the other guys, even saying that he’d go home to pack.  He leaves the party to go brood on a bench somewhere and then wait….he’s running! We were hoping at this point for him to come storming in out of breath but instead he apparently just ran back to sulk on a stairwell closer to her. 

Ryan comes to the rescue all sweet and sugary, telling her that she is exactly who he wanted to be there. He finishes by throwing in a “you’re gorgeous” and a nice long kiss.  Just what the dentist ordered!

Ashley gets some alone time with Bentley and confesses that she received warnings about his intentions prior to their meeting.  Bentley correctly guesses that these warnings came from [crazy] Michelle Money from Brad’s season.  Apparently, according to Michelle, Bentley was coming on the show to promote his business and would only stick around a few weeks.  Bentley’s job occupation title reads “Businessman.”  (As in “Excuse me, do you have any businesswomen’s specials?”…movie title anyone? anyone?!)  Ashley makes it known to Bentley that if he leaves it would be harder for her than anything she went through last season.  Bentley says they’re both on the same page. [Liar] “Definitely feelin’ some feelings.” [Insert evil grin] Ashley says she’s falling in love with Bentley right on time for Bentley to declare in his confessional that he doesn’t want to be here anymore.  The next morning he’s packing his bags and Phantom Mask-less Jeff is quite the counselor asking Bentley if he’s sure he has to go, prompting him further by telling him (as if he didn’t know) that he’s a front runner and Ashley likes him more than all the other guys.  There’s that evil grin again. Bentley is quite pleased he’s played everyone. 

My favorite quote: “I’m gonna make Ashley cry; I hope my hair looks okay.”  I’m seriously starting to wonder if this guy isn’t Michelle Money’s ex-husband.  What a pair!

After calling Ashley an ugly duckling (not to her face, of course) compared to Emily, he concocts a story about missing his daughter (Cozy) and being consumed by worry that she’s missing him and asking about him. I imagine Cozy’s mother has already had a version of this conversation with her daughter that goes something like this “Oh, he’s off in Hollywood breaking some girl’s heart on national television, Cozy, that’s where daddy is right now. But don’t you worry, sweetie, it won’t take that long. He’ll be back before you know it!”  Bentley is annoyed beyond belief at all the tears and hugging and crying and kissing he’s having to put up with right now.  He gets a little more interested when Ashley straddles him, legs around his waist noting “something good could happen right now [read: sex]…but I’m not into her.” He demands that Ashley leave a “dot dot dot” [an open loophole for him to return to cause more mischief later this season, I presume]. She’s hopeful. He leaves with one last touch of the glass that separates them and then Ashley retreats under the covers and sobs into her pillows.  A lot.

That night she’s got a romantic dinner at home date lined up with JP.  Frankly, she looks like hell because she’s been crying all day.  Ever the gentleman, he brings flowers and tells her how beautiful she looks.  He’s quite the looker, this one.  BFOTB has narrowed him down to a cross between Joseph Gordon Levitt and Heath Ledger.  Sure. He’s pretty.  And, also very understanding that she’s had a rough few days so he asks her if she’s okay and then transitions to making the night about them, all while making sure she’s comfortable.  So comfortable, in fact, that they both change into their pajamas.  PJ’s with JP!  Cute. Ashley is thankful that JP let her be herself and have a bad day.  They have some romantic kissing moments on the plush bear skin rug and she’s mesmerized for a little while.

Cocktail party comes around and Ashley is back to being devastated.  She thought Bentley was going to be her husband and now is at a loss for how to continue being the Bachelorette.  Broken hearted, she’s talking to Chris Harrison and I actually like the role he’s playing for once, trying to help her navigate through the Bentley crap.  See, no need to hire a therapist if Chris Harrison does his job right!  Chris asks if she was just attracted to Bentley because he was forbidden from the beginning.  Doing his best, he’s trying to steer her away from Bentley, letting her down easy with the honest truth that there is no dot dot dot and that if Bentley really was a good guy and wanted to be there, he would have said he was coming back.  Also a nice time to remind her that there are plenty of other good looking fellas in the other room dying to see her.  She could care less and opts to skip the cocktail party and get to sending some guys packing. 

Rose Ceremony:
Boring Ben C., the bad guy from Ghost
Ryan P, the solar energy specials (received the group date rose for his good kissin’ and consoling skills)
JP (received a one-on-one date rose on a bear skin rug by the fire)
Constantine
West
Mickey
Ben F.
Blake, the dentist
Nick
Ames
Lucas, the oilman
Wills (kind of a shocker, but hey, masked man had to go!)

The Phantom Jeff burns his mask in the fire.  I’m almost a little sad because I feel like he probably spent some cash on having that custom made for the show.  Maybe he’s writing a research paper about awkward social situations.

Next week: Thailand, elephants, kayaking, boat rides, man claws, and everyone hates Ryan P.

P.S.  The clip at the end of the show of the masked man on the toilet looking through the classified ads in the paper to find a car or a boat is hilarious.  All this is happening whilst Bentley does his hair.  “The boat doesn’t have an engine or a steering wheel – think it’s worth it? …it’s only a hundred bucks!” …end scene.

The Bachelor Recap episode 9, season 15

This episode we’re in South Africa and I’ll just skip through the first 10 minutes of the show because essentially Brad just read my blog recap from last week aloud, minus the part about Shawntel the funeral director.

Chantal:
Chantal O. and Brad head off on a safari and Brad is excited about lions – it’s maybe the most excited he’s been all season.  They decide to have a romantic picnic by the river, which they are escorted to by a gun-wielding man.  Chantal says she feels safe with Brad. Nothing to do with the armed man standing behind the camera, I’m sure.

Brad says he misses Chantal’s family. We think he misses them more than he missed her. And maybe also the uber mansion.

Brad says he is definitely the most comfortable with Chantal, which could be good but could be bad. It’s new for him and he could just be trying out all these newfound emotions out on the one who puts him at ease. Chantal and Brad talk about what it would be like to get engaged and she says that getting engaged doesn’t mean ‘let’s see if it works out’ it means ‘we’re getting married.’  She means business.  But then again, she’s done this before.

Chantal is happy as a hippo in love and over eagerly accepts the invitation to the fantasy suite.  (Side note: does anyone else hate how the invitation comes from Chris Harrison so that The Bachelor doesn’t even have to work up the courage to ask the women to go back to the hotel room with him?  All he has to do is shove an envelope across the table.  I digress…) She says she’s done with dinner and they should hurry.  They are staying in a tree house.  BFOTB poignantly points out that animals know how to climb. No thank you. But Brad’s gonna see her Chantal O. face tonight, that’s for sure. (you’re welcome for that, courtesy of Mumbles)

Emily:
Brad and Emily have a short reunion before he says he forgot something. She is so darn cute. While she’s standing alone in the wild she says “I’m just thinking he had all gosh dang day to get ready for this date, what did he forget?!” and here comes brad gallantly on elephant back. It’s a good thing they are in South Africa otherwise it wouldn’t be as sexy…riding an elephant in America would probably include helmets and seat belts and all sorts of other protective gear. 

Brad keeps telling Emily how much he wishes Ricki was there with them. Brad tells Emily confidently that he’s thought about what it would mean to propose to her because she and Ricki are a package deal.  Emily is so smiley to hear all this and they have a steamy make out session.

Now it’s dinnertime and Brad is nervous, constantly reaching for the wine.  He’s sweating. Profusely. Emily confesses to the camera that shes falling in love with him but she keeps thinking about the other girls. At dinner she tells Brad she wishes it was over, that she could begin her life with him…or not and just move on, and she tells Brad she really wants to be with him and Ricki. Brad is grinning ear to ear.  He is so awkward giving her the fantasy suite card. Emily is pure class when she tells Brad she is a mom and wants to set a good example….but she’d be happy to go to the fantasy suite with him to talk and get to know each other better.  I like her style.

Emily knows she needs to tell Brad how she feels because she hasn’t yet and he needs to know it going into the final week.  Emily tells Brad that she is completely falling in love with him and Brad is quiet and relieved, then tells Emily that he is without a doubt falling in love with her. I think he just broke all The Bachelor rules by telling her how he feels but he justifies it by saying that he can’t listen to her say that to him without letting her know how he feels too.  Yay, for ending happy (not happy endings).

Ashley:
It’s quite apparent going into Ashley’s date that this is the last one for her. In fact, she runs away when she sees the helicopter brad has waiting for them.  We all know how much brad loves helicopters so for her to be this freaked out must be a huge turn off for him.

Brad and Ashley go for a picnic at a place called God’s Window. It’s absolutely gorgeous. They’re supposed to be having a romantic day but instead he asks about her ambition and career plans and it’s the first serious conversation they’ve had so far, which is a total mood killer. Brad seems put off by her ambition outside of being a wife who would move to Austin to be with him.  Brad says he was in the same place she is now, only 10 years ago.  It isn’t looking good, honey.

During dinner we’re distracted by all the gross bugs in their hair.  It seems like Brad is looking for ways to make Ashley say no. They keep having to go back to referencing their carnival date, which was week two. It’s not a good leg to stand on.  Brad breaks it down and points out again that they keep trying to reassure each other.  Ashley accuses him of defying their spark and connection in favor of a wife and an easy situation that just fits. Brad doesn’t know how to respond so they resort to complimenting the food. Ashley seems resolved to the fact that it’s not going well and probably won’t go much farther than the fantasy suite.  Which she accepts gladly.  In fact, with no doubt in her mind. Idiot.

It sounds like the animal kingdom is sounding in on their collective opinion, overpowering the blah blah blah of Brad stressing about the predicament he finds himself in again this week. 

Before the rose ceremony begins Brad pulls Ashley aside to talk and starts out by saying ” you and I both know that our date yesterday didn’t go well.” Brad apologizes but asks how they have such bad communication when they have such a strong connection. He’s not completely off base when he says that he still has questions and he realized that he was about a week away from proposing and still didn’t know where he fit into her life.  It’s a valid point.  Brad tells her that he doesn’t want her to sit through a rose ceremony so he needs go tell her goodbye. She says she’s very surprised, she thought this was going to be it for her. We can only be left to assume she’s pissed that she gave it up in the fantasy suite last night only to be sent home today. Brad is sad because he though that Ashley would be one of the last two ladies standing and that she’d be meeting his family.  

Brad is a total lame-o and still holds the rose ceremony to make sure Emily and Chantal still like him back.  Now’s your chance to run, ladies!  Alas, they both accept so these are the two ladies left standing hoping Brad will get down on one knee.

Next week it’s The Women Tell All episode. Then in the final episode Chantal and Emily will be meeting Brad’s family in Cape Town, South Africa.  We don’t see any family clips, engagement rings or any mention of Emily’s family (didn’t Brad say he would never propose without asking for her father’s permission?  I believe Chantal’s dad gave a big yes to that).  All we do see is Brad getting super emotional. Where’s the therapist when you need him? 

Now it’s just down to 2.  Who’s your pick?! 

P.S. In case you’re interested, here are the new contestants for Dancing with the Stars, which were announced in the commercial promo breaks:

  • Sugar Ray Leonard, the boxer
  • Chelsea Kane, some Disney teenybopper
  • Romeo, Master P’s son
  • Ralph Macchio, the original karate kid
  • Petra Nemkova, model
  • Kendra Wilkinson, former playmate & House Bunny
  • Hines Ward, NFL player
  • “Psycho” Mike Catherwood from KROQ
  • Wendy Williams, a talk show host (I dint know her but Ashley says she’s annoying. I believe her)
  • Chris Jericho, WWE
  • Kirstie Alley, hot mess has been