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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Butterflies Womack (Bachelor 11 After the Final Rose)


I wasn’t going to write anything about the After the Final Rose show, but between plates of turkey and mashed potatoes I’ve kept thinking about those darned butterflies. No, it’s not in a “I still think of you every day, Deanna” kind of way or even in an “I miss you more than you’ll ever know” fashion. It’s more like Brad Womack and I have a totally different understanding of the life cycle of the butterfly. When I was a child, my first grade teacher spent all this time walking us through the life cycle. There’s the egg, the caterpillar (larval), the cocoon, then finally the butterfly. If butterflies in the stomach are going to be your metaphor for love, then love is something that happens in well-defined stages.

I don’t blame Brad for this, lots of people use the “feeling butterflies” cliché as a way to suggest that the romantic process is somehow beyond analysis and thus not a matter of choice. Still, it strikes me that a careful analysis of the butterfly metaphor would suggest that real love grows, changes, and develops more or less gradually but in well-defined stages, before it transforms into that colorful-fluttery thing that glides through the air. By the way, the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly is six to eight weeks, roughly the same as the Bachelor.

Of course, the show isn’t premised on the metamorphosis of the butterfly. One reason, most Bachelor couples wind up as moths instead of butterflies (I’m not even sure I want to talk about whatever happened between Mary Delgado and Byron Velvick after the show) appears to be this notion that one can “pick” the right woman off the car lot of love after half a dozen test drives. Most of us know that the measure of a car we actually buy is not how it drives off the lot, but how you like it after it becomes your “used” car, (not in the Hillary Reisinger sense though).

The second image that haunts me is that of Deanna Pappas’s father sitting in some hotel room in California as he waited for the final ring ceremony. Yes, obviously it’s a tv show, but how creepy was Brad’s response? “I can look you straight in the eye and tell you that I’m heartbroken too.”

Brad, feel free to change your mind, but given that circumstance how did you even think to tell America that they should feel sorry for you too. Yes, the production people for the show can manipulate the participants into doing and saying things in front of the cameras, but I’ve never heard of any instance where they tricked anyone into flying a parent out for a proposal. Why didn’t Brad just acknowledge the pain his indecision caused and apologize profusely? You think maybe he could have just admitted being an idiot to Deanna’s dad?

Instead, Brad chose the Butterfly defense. The guy is almost thirty five years old. What the heck was he feeling or not feeling up to that point? Brad was so inept at damage control that Jenni Croft came off as the smartest person on the After the Final Rose. What were the odds of that? I know some of that was sympathy over the death of her Grandmother, and how do Jenni’s grandmother’s warnings to the Bachelor look now? Still, Jenni got to show solidarity with Deanna, asked the logical question about just dating instead of proposing, and got to wish Brad a happy life to boot. In the meantime, she’s back with her original boyfriend. Mr. Butterflies in the meantime sat there blathering about “fairness” and having taken the high road.

There is a school of thought that the ladies needed to make Brad chase them. Looking back, the edit did feel like all the women were throwing themselves and their feelings in front of Brad as he prepared to run over them, back up, ask them “if they’re all right” and tell them “how much he cares about them”, then run over them all over again. It’s possible and that strategy did appear to work for Tessa Horst in the last installment. They were noticeably ahead of him in the romantic rhetoric race. Jenni had been careful until the last chance date, then broke out the journal. Deanna had said “You’re what I want and this is what your life would be with me.”

In the meantime, Brad was answering “Wow, that’s great. I’m so excited.”

In fact, I have a feeling that a tivo of the season would include about seventy instances of Brad talking about how excited he was. Mmmmm! Oh well, I’m still confused about the distinction between thinking about someone every day and feeling butterflies. Brad did mention that whenever he was with one lady he tended to think about the other one. Apparently, that was the romantic equivalent of dividing by zero. Anyone have thoughts about who the zero was?

Oddly, the guy who didn’t like feeling “judged” by Bettina Bell’s parents, wound up getting judged by most of Bachelor America. In the meantime, Deanna Pappas hasn’t ruled out the possibility of being the Bachelorette next summer. Will they bring Brad Womack back the way they brought Mary Delgado back? On second thought, maybe that’s not such a good idea.

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At 11/26/2007 12:27:00 AM, Anonymous pogblog said...

Playing hard to get might actually work. But would it fufill guys'fantasies of all sorts of women finding them irresistable and being able to break all those hearts and walk away to score again?

Seems like Brad secretly gets the guys' vote.

 
At 11/26/2007 06:58:00 AM, Anonymous mztry said...

Jen is mad because Brad isn't getting the same anger... that is only because you were the FIRST to blow it and disappoint America JEN!

Can we hook Jen and Brad up?

 
At 11/26/2007 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Mr. Pogblog,
I don't think that guys are necessarily afraid of commitment. The show is pitched at women, but for some reason the Guy doing the choosing has always worked better ratings wise than having the woman do the choosing.

IT isn't that Brad refused to choose, it's how far he let everything go before he gave any hint that he would handle it that way. If you don't want to choose, don't have them fly the woman's father out for the proposal and don't spend the night with them during the fantasy dates. Also don't tell the last one that you still think about her every day.

Mztry,

Jen and Brad might work. The guy she was dating while she was the Bachelorette was apparently a club owner in Chicago.

I missed most of Jen's season, so it's hard for me to say but I don't get the sense that she led the guys on (though they did propose to her) at the same level that Brad did.

People keep pointing to the edit with Brad, but they gave him a very positive edit up to the AFTR and neither lady suggested that there was anything substantial that had gotten cut.

 
At 11/26/2007 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HE SHOULD HAVE PICKED JENNIE. sHE WAS SINCERE. I THOUGHT DEANNA WAS THE B WORD. SHE WAS MANIPULATING AND SAID ALL THE THINGS BRAD WANTED TO HEAR. I THINK BRAD LIKED DEANNA BECAUSE OF THE FAMILY THING. THE THING THAT AMAZED ME WAS THAT HE TOLD JENNIE THAT HE HAD NEVER FELT THE FEELINGS HE QAS HAVING WITH HER..TO ME..HE IS SINGLE BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS PICKING THE SAME PUSHY WOMEN LIKE DEANNA. I AM GLAD HE DIDN'T PICK DEANNA..I NEVER LIKED HER FROM THE BEGINNING. BRAD SHOULD LOOK OVER THE TAPES. I BET THEY WOULD HAVE ENDED UP DIVORCED. SHE WAS NOT A NICE GIRL AT ALL. LUCKY YOU BRAD...GIVE JENNIE A CHANCE. SHE IS SO CUTE AND SHE MADE YOU FEEL GOOD.

 
At 11/26/2007 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Anonymous,
I think Jenni Croft started dating an ex-boyfriend not long after the show stopped taping. I don't think she's interested in Brad at this point. I have a feeling there are more women who are less interested in Brad now than when this installment first aired.

I rather liked Deanna, but I don't know that I'd want to be married to her myself.

 

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