'The Bachelor 13' Aftergasm: Crazy, Bossy, Mean and Insecure
It’s been a whirlwind of activity at Bachelor-central: after only four episodes of the 13th season, we already have our final five, down from 25. They are Jillian, the Canadian hot dog enthusiast, Melissa, the formerly large-bosomed pinky ring wearer, Molly, the self-proclaimed good kisser who may or may not have given it up in a tent, Naomi, the sulker, and Stephanie, the widow who looks way older than she really is. These five women are all competing for Jason Mesnick’s heart, and they are all beginning to fall madly for him.

Now, I’m going to need some help from all you readers and fans of The Bachelor out there. This season is the first time I have ever watched the show so I’m not familiar with past contestants. But, is it just me, or are these women all kinds of crazy? Is this kind of behavior just par for the course on The Bachelor?

These women met Jason Mesnick, like, a millisecond ago, and they’re already hysterical and on the brink of emotional break down at the thought of losing him to another woman. Shannon, the dental hygienist with stalker-ish tendencies, is the most extreme. She took Jason aside during the group date and begged and pleaded with him to keep her around for another week. I felt so uncomfortable watching this display of ingratiation. Has she no self-respect? I tend to value uniqueness and unusualness more highly than bland attractiveness when evaluating how much I like someone, but that doesn’t mean that I think desperately begging for attention while bawling your eyes out is a good strategy for getting someone to fall in love with you. Shannon’s groveling was definitely a turn-off, and I can see why Jason couldn’t give her a rose.

On the other end of the spectrum is Lauren, whose smug bossiness definitely rubbed Jason the wrong way. I didn’t have as much of a problem with her behavior as some other people might have had because at least she wasn’t demeaning herself by prostrating herself in front of Jason. But her demanding attitude only succeeded in making her look like a self-entitled bitch, not exactly a warm personality with whom one would want to share one’s life with.

Megan completes the trifecta of rejects who were unceremoniously kicked to the curb at the Rose Ceremony. From the very first episode, Megan had a target on her back in the eyes of her competitors. More women wanted her out of the competition than any of the other bachelorettes. She has the biggest potty mouth, and she’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind. Also, last week, she practically got into a physical brawl with Erica during the cocktail party. Megan doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of substance underneath, although, according to herself, she’s quite a deep and profound person. I don’t think she’s exactly a catch, but at least she made for good TV.

Finally, there is Nikki. Unlike the three abovementioned bachelorettes, Nikki got a bum rap of a two-on-one date, at the end of which she had a 50 percent chance of going home. A two-on-one date sounds like every man’s dream scenario, but in actuality, it is an exercise in awkwardness and desperation. I don’t believe that Stephanie, the other woman on the date, has a whole lot of romantic chemistry with Jason – she’s more of a schoolmarm than a potential paramour – but what did Nikki in was her utter and desperate insecurity. You know, listening to extremely pessimistic, neurotic people talk about how unsure they are of themselves can sometimes be endearing and charming, but when you have to hear about it over and over and over again, it gets old fast. Just grow a spine, already, Nikki! Nobody likes an Eeyore, unless they are real, stuffed donkeys whose tails keep falling off. A real person who acts like Eeyore is just a wet blanket who’ll bring down the mood of the party.

-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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