The pair announced their pregnancy via Instagram, each posting an adorable photo of them splayed out on the couch, Sean’s hand resting on her belly. In case you don’t follow either of them on the Insta, you really should. They might be the most adorable Bachelor/ette couple that seems genuinely happy in love and not completely in it for the fame. Sean posted his caption with an emoji version of those bumper stickers you find on many a minivan showing the new family, adding a baby to their two pups, Lola and Ellie. Congrats to the happy couple!
And the winner of Sean’s heart is Catherine! Congrats to the happy couple.
First, can we talk about how ironic it was that Lindsay wore a silver dress and Catherine wore a gold one? The symbolism was just too good to be true, a producer’s dream.
Who Sean chose and who got kicked off:
Are they still together? Yes, and happily so. They couldn’t stop crying happy tears watching their proposal. And Catherine was all excited to get married, saying she didn’t see the need to wait. Wonderful. Looks like we’ll have another Bachelor wedding on our hands. ABC must be jumping for joy at the prospect of all those viewers because the happy couple announced plans to air the wedding on ABC.
About that note: What was up with that note they kept showing in the previews? It was in fact from Catherine. But it wasn’t a break-up or cold feet. It was just the opposite. I final note on how much in love she was with Sean. Catherine had left him little notes throughout the season – mostly quirky, nerdy notes. But this time around it was just to let him know how much she loved him. Sean says he still re-reads it. Adorable.
What made his decision? Sean said he realized he didn’t want to say good-bye to Catherine ever. On his last date with Catherine, she went running after him after he left. They shared another hug and kiss. And I guess that’s when he knew.
Best moment of the night: Lindsay took off her heels after Sean told her she wasn’t the one. You go girl. He walked her out in her bare, comfortable feet.
Who got kicked off: AshLee was sent home and boy was she pissed. Not the exact reaction I was anticipating from this very emotional young lady. Thought there would be more waterworks, but no she walked right out, stone-faced, shooting lasers with her eyes, without saying a word to Sean.Next week, The Women Tell All!
Next week is hometown dates already! I can’t believe how fast that came up. The four lucky ladies below will be taking Sean home to meet the ‘rents.
Thank the good Lord above for Sean’s sister (or the producers that flew her in to give Sean some much-needed advice.) His sister warned Sean from the beginning to be wary of the girl that didn’t get along with the other girls (ahem, Tierra). And he finally listened to his family and sent Tierra packing. Although things could have been different had he not walked in on Tierra all waterworks because she had just gotten into a drama-filled argument with AshLee. Doesn’t matter. Tierra is finally out. Sean, I’m proud of you for actually taking your sister’s advice instead of listening to that picker that always gets the men on these seasons in trouble.
Who got kicked off: Lesley was also among the missing. Sean said his relationship with her just wasn’t moving as quickly as his relationships with the other ladies. Bit of a shocker, but I guess it was a little more one-sided than I had originally thought.
Two episodes in one week and we’re down to 6 ladies.
And the Tierra show continues. And based off the previews for next week it doesn’t seem like there’s an end in sight.
Who got kicked off: I can’t believe Selma got kicked off. I thought she was in it for the long haul. I guess she waited too long to give that lackluster kiss. Sean sent Sarah home prematurely (not waiting for the rose ceremony) after she showed him pictures of her childhood and family, and he realized he didn’t want to lead her on. And I suppose it was only a matter of time before Daniella was booted off. Maybe they’ll bring her back to narrate the rest of the season. One can hope.
Finally the traveling around the world dates have begun! And they’re off to…drumroll please…Montana. Yep. Fancy. While I do appreciate the fact Sean wants to see the girls rough it, I don’t think this should qualify as traveling around the world. Also, apparently when you travel to Montana you have to wear plaid. I’m almost positive it’s a state uniform or something. Exhibit A) Lindsay and Sean both wore it on their one-on-one. Exhibit B) All of the girls on the group date got a team plaid shirt. Exhibit C) Tierra even scrounged one up.
Who got kicked off: I know you were all hoping for Tierra to get the boot, but nope Robyn and Jackie were on the chopping block this time around. Sean said he just wasn’t feeling the romantic connection.
Last week’s predictions: Well, here’s one thing we learned. I am no longer allowed to make predictions, because of the two ladies I thought were going home (Jackie and Daniella), only one was correct. Not only did Daniella not go home, she got the rose on the group date. And all this time I thought Daniella was only here to narrate Sean’s make-out sessions with the other girls. Well, she must have been taking notes because she planted a nice lip-lock of her own on Sean, that I’m sure earned her that rose.
Also, note: Daniella started their interaction balling her eyes out because she saw he had strong connections with other girls. I’m starting to think that with Sean, tears = roses.
One-one-one: Lindsay the substitute teacher who wore a wedding dress on night one finally got her one-on-one time with Sean. He whisked her away in what else but a helicopter and they had a concert after dinner where the producers do that really awkward thing of putting the couple on a raised platform in the middle of a crowd of random fans; so Lindsay and Sean are dancing and kissing while the band is playing and all these people are looking up at them. When is a one-on-one actually going to be a one-on-one, Sean? Hmm? Riddle me that.
Group date: Again, Sean just likes to put these girls through the ringer. We already know athletic competitions are not their thing. Do we need to revisit volleyball and roller derby? So what does he make them do, but paddle canoes and milk goats. You do know how to woo a girl, don’t you Sean.
The final part of the challenge was to chug the goat’s milk. The losing team was sent home, but not for long. Sean wanted to spend more time with those girls, so he invited them to come to the after party. Needless to say the winning team was not pleased.
Dude, I’d be pissed too if I chugged a gallon of goat’s milk like a lumberjack all for naught. Though, I’d probably try to steer clear of giving the man I wanted to date the evil eye *ahem* Robyn. That could be why you got sent home.
Two-on-one: The first two-on-one! I love these dates. They’re just packed with uncomfortableness. Jackie vs Tierra. They went horseback riding and Jackie’s horse was left in the dust by Sean’s and Tierra’s. Later in the date, Jackie dropped a bomb that Tierra was flirting with some guy in the airport when the ladies were on their way to Montana. And yet, Sean still gave Tierra the rose. When he pulled her aside, Tierra said she was the way she was because she dated a guy (who had been in-and-out of rehab for drug and alcohol addiction) on-and-off for five years before he passed away.
Cocktail party: Also known as Awkward Hour this time around. Tensions were high that Sean had given Tierra a rose. At one point during the night, Sean walked through the room when Tierra was ripping Robyn a new one.
Quote of the night: Goes to Robyn before her smack down with Tierra. “I am so sick of her. I will make this the bad girls club.”
When Sean pulled Tierra aside, suddenly a light switched and she was all smiles. After that, Sean tried to get to the bottom of why Tierra was not getting along with any of the girls. So he went around asking what was up.
One-on-one with Chris Harrison: Drama is developing and tension is high so naturally Chris Harrison had a sit-down with the bachelor to hash out all the dirty deets. Sean said:
(referring to his one-on-one time with the other girls) Why are we wasting our time talking about Tierra? BECAUSE YOU ASKED THEM.
Some women are here to talk about other women. BECAUSE YOU ASKED THEM.
Then Sean proceeds to say that the girls were just giving him vague details about Tierra and he needed hard facts. Let’s journey back. I’m pretty sure Jackie gave him some pretty detailed evidence Tierra was not there for him…airport…flirting…ring any bells? What does he want a We Hate Tierra Parade? Ugh, men. We get it. Tierra gets your blood flowing. How many excuses are you gonna make for her?
Mix and Match Mama is Sean’s sister.
Then Sean made the comment that maybe his wife’s not there and he goes through this whole process not finding her. What? No, that could never happen. 17 seasons of The Bachelor and not a one found their wife. (I don’t count Molly and Jason because Jason did not pick Molly. He picked Melissa and broadcasted their breakup. Awwkwarrd. And the other two marriages were Bachelorette seasons. The Bachelorette’s are just better pickers.) Seriously, Sean. Have you never seen the show?
More fun-filled drama tomorrow night! Frigid temps, a paramedic, and more Tierra bashing!
Because my predictions haven’t been on par just yet, I’m asking you, Bachelor Fans…
Who got kicked off: Amanda and Leslie were booted off this week.
One-on-one:Selma – All 110lbs of her (as she snuck into the conversation) went on a date with Sean. That not-so-subtle announcement and the epic boob shot, rocketed Selma to the height of Twitter conversations – trending on the Boston Twittosphere.
Sean took his “pint-sized” (as he referred to Selma) girl on a date in the desert for some rock climbing. At first Selma wasn’t so hot on climbing in the heat, but she managed to book her small frame up to the top of the rock and was rewarded with a dinner in a circle of RV’s. I don’t know about you, but after a hard day’s climb that’s exactly what I’d want. Sean called it roughing it. I call it Selma getting shafted.
On the date, Selma told Sean her Arabic family wasn’t stoked on the idea of her coming on to the show. She kept teasing him, batting her long lashes, and repeating how much she wanted to kiss him, but told him because of her culture she can’t. She’s not supposed to put her dating on display…so she goes on national television to find love. If you’re going to go on the show, go all in. You’ve already stirred the hornet’s nest. Go big or go home.
JP’s response was what I’m sure everyone was thinking.
Group date: Oh, Tierra. She has Sean wrapped around her little finger. (Sidenote: all of that appears to come unraveled next week, though, after Tierra makes the dreaded mistake of saying there are plenty of fish in the sea. Have you learned nothing from previous seasons, Tierra? That’s a sure-fire ticket out the door.) Until then though, she was sitting pretty with a rose prior to the rose ceremony after she threatened to leave the show. That’s how it works – Tierra cries, Sean buckles, Tierra gets a rose.
Overall the group date was a disaster. Whoever thought “Roller Derby” and “date” should be in the same sentence, should be fined. None of the girls were coordinated enough for that. Didn’t you learn anything after the volleyball date last week, Sean? If they couldn’t handle a volleyball game, what makes you think they can roller skate, on a slanted rink, while pounding into each other? After Amanda took a spill and bruised her jaw (Ironically, Amanda lied to the girls that she had done roller derby before. Well played, Amanda. Way to throw them off your game.) and Sarah was struggling to keep her balance, Sean called it quits and designated it a free skate. Wise choice.
One-on-one:Leslie got a “Pretty Woman”-style date, where she got fully outfitted with diamonds and a new gown. This date was so awkward. There was no spark there at all, not even a glimmer. Dinner felt like an interview. Wasting no time, Sean sent her home, not even letting her get to enjoy Ben Taylor’s musical talent. One of my favorite parts of the show might be when the luggage guy comes to pick up the suitcases, and not just because producer Robert Mills makes a drinking game out of it.
Predictions: I’m not sure how much longer Daniella is going to last. She seems to be chillin’ on the sidelines, narrating the show (see previous post for example). And we haven’t heard much from Jackie. So I think those two are the low women on the totem pole.
We’ll find out in two whole episodes next week!! That’s right. Monday AND Tuesday The Bachelor is taking over ABC (and my weeknights). Until then, Bachelor Fans.
Who got kicked off: It was only a matter of time before Kacie B. was sent packing back to the friend zone. (Although, I’m not sure she ever really left.) Close on her heels were Taryn and Kristy.
One-on-one: Lesley M. – Sean took her to Wrigley’s Believe it or Not down in Hollywood.
Fun Fact: Sean’s Dad holds a Guinness world record for shortest amount of time driving through 48 contiguous states. In case you’re curious, that record is 97 hours and 7 minutes.
Because of this, Sean thought it would be fun to try to score a Guinness World Record of his own: longest time for an on-screen kiss. Well played, Sean. The standing record was 3 minutes, which doesn’t seem like a long time, but to have your lips touching the entire duration without moving is quite a feat. Oh, and in front of the entire Hollywood Blvd. They were up for the challenge, broke the record and spent the evening eating dinner under the Hollywood sign.
Group date: Sean took 12 women on a group date to play volleyball, and by “play volleyball” I mean hit the ball, drop the ball, start again. I think there may have been one volley the entire game. Riveting. The losing team had to take their bikini-clad bodies home. Among the winning squad, who were rewarded with a cocktail hour, were Desiree and Lindsay who both had some adorable one-on-one time with Sean. One who did not have some adorable one-on-one time was…
Kacie B.: I forgot how much of a crier she was. Lots and lots of tears in the interviews. She finally gave Sean a legitimate reason to send her home. Kacie B. told Sean that there was some tension between Desiree and Amanda and that this was making it “difficult to be herself.” I still have no idea how that works and how that has any effect on her, but OK. C’mon Kacie B., you know better than that. You’ve seen the show; you’ve been on the show! The girls that use their time to whine and crab about the other girls in the house get sent home.
Quote of the night: Sean to Kacie B. – “I want you to act like Kacie not like this crazy person. ” Ouch. Yep, that’s all I have to say. Ouch.
Three-on-one: Yeah, there’s no way this date can qualify as a one-on-one. Poor AshLee F. had to share her time with two other girls. Granted, they weren’t girls from the house, but still. Sean took AshLee to an amusement park and brought along two teenage girls who suffer from mitochondrial disease and are huge Bachelor fans. Sean said charitable work was a big part of his life and wanted to share that with AshLee. That’s great and all, but isn’t the point of a one-on-one to be a one-on-on? Oh, and not only that her date got off to a late start because, surprise surprise, Tierra stole the show and attention of Sean when he came to the house to pick up AshLee.
Tierra: She fell down the steps moments before Sean arrived for his date with AshLee, waited for the paramedics to put a neck brace on her and strap her to a stretcher, then threw a fit and popped back up as though nothing had happened. “Maybe Sean is her magic potion,” said Catherine. Up until this point, I hadn’t been a huge Catherine fan, but she’s winning me over with lines like that.
So of course, Sean rushes to her aid and spends time stroking her ego.
What-the-what of the evening: Sean told Kacie B. he had too much respect to put her through a rose ceremony. So instead he waits until he has to hand out the roses and calls her out in front of everyone and sends her away in the limo. Then goes back in to the other girls and airs out all of their dirty laundry. Mmmhmm, way too much respect.
Week two and already one girl left voluntarily. Yoga instructor Katie just wasn’t feeling it, citing that this process wasn’t for her. Also on the chopping block were Mother of Two Diana and Brooke.
Who got kicked off:
One-on-one: The first one-on-one went to Sarah, the one-armed ad exec. In true Bachelor fashion, a helicopter arrived at the mansion to pick up the pair and drop them off onto the roof of a building in downtown LA. They went scaling down the building. As Sarah leaned down to look over the edge of the building she asked Sean, “What catches you?” That would be the ground, Sarah.
Group date: The group date consisted of a photo shoot, where the winner scored a book for appearing on the cover of Harlequin romance novel. I’ll save you the suspense – the Ford model (the most prestigious modeling agency you can get, as we were so humbly informed the first night), Kristy won. Surprise surprise.
Daniella: She just makes me chuckle. I think it is the fact that she is from San Francisco and seems to be embracing the plant commonly associated with the city. This entire episode her interviews consisted of her narrating other girls’ make-out sessions with Sean. Seems like every time she was interviewing with the producers, Sean was making out with a different girl behind her. Kind of hilarious. I’m glad he’s keeping her around for comedic effect.
One-on-one: Desiree. Sean takes Desiree to an art gallery. What he doesn’t tell her is that he hired a few actors. If we’ll remember from Emily’s season of The Bachelorette, Sean is a bit of a prankster. When he took Emily home to meet the family, he made her believed he still lived at home. I thought it was hilarious, but Emily did send Sean home that night. Just sayin’. Anyway, Sean sets it up so that Desiree is left alone with this million dollar art piece and it breaks. The artist (one of the actors) comes in and gives Desiree a hard time about it.
Cute quote: Sean referencing Desiree as he’s watching the hidden camera footage of Desiree getting railed for “breaking” the most valuable art piece in the gallery: “She’s so sweet. I am a bad person.”
I thought it was funny, and I give Desiree mad props for not picking her nose when she was left alone in the art room. And apparently, @Possessionista agreed.
Tweets of the night:
Rose Ceremony: Cray cray alert. Something weird is going on with Amanda. She was dark and brooding around the other ladies in the house, not responding to questions/conversation; then when Sean is around she flips a switch and her squinty eyes and a Cheshire cat grin is glued on her face.
Selma: She’s one to watch. She taught Sean how to speak Arabic. “You are very beautiful.”
It’s here!! Finally. Season 17 of The Bachelor with Sean Lowe premieres tomorrow (Monday, January 7th) night at 8|7c on ABC.
You’re welcome, America.
The Bachelor: Sean Lowe – Basically, he’s 29, an insurance broker from Texas, loves the Lord, and has the body of a Roman god. Plus, a killer smile to boot. He was 2nd runner up on Emily’s season of The Bachelorette, runs half marathons and Instagrams photos of himself holding puppies and babies. Heavy sigh. (No, those aren’t his babies. ABC casted them. Just kidding. That’s his close friend’s kid.) For his full bio, you can check out the official ABC homepage.
Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon 2012
Sean Lowe with niece and nephew
Fun Fact:His sister, Shay (married with two kids –actually married Sean’s college football teammate) has a blog and signed Sean up for the show for Emily’s season.)
The Ladies: As per usual, a couple models (Kristy and Amanda) are among the bunch. Plus, a yoga instructor, poker dealer (Leslie), and a casting agent to spice up the pot. That’s a new one. A lot of 24-year-olds making their mark. And word to the Californians dominating the board. There are rumors one of the ladies has a boyfriend –shocker. Also, I don’t know if it’s Photoshop, but several of these ladies look like they can pack a punch, a few of those arms rival that of the bachelor. (Browse through the bios here.)
Admittedly I haven’t snooped around the blogosphere to see which ladies we should be watching out for on night one, but I’m sure it’ll become apparent as they step out of their limos and bring on the flow of champagne. Firstly, there are entirely too many Ashleys (or however you want to spell them) on this season. I hope for sanity’s sake, a couple of them get the boot tomorrow night so I’m not forced to nickname them. Thankfully, ABC now has a handy-dandy cheat sheet to keep all of the ladies straight as you’re watching on night one.
What’s with the blurred face? Nope, you’re not seeing things and you counted correctly. There are 26 ladies in that photo, instead of the usual 25. The comments section on Facebook rumors the mystery lady could be a contestant from a previous season…Kacie B.
As always, you can tune in here for recaps. For now, take a looksy at the preview for tomorrow night’s episode and get excited because Bachelor nights have returned! Let the wine-drinking, cat-fighting, trip-taking journey to find love commence!
PS I owe you a blog post about JP and Ashley’s wedding. If you want to know, I did watch it. And yes, I may have teared up. They are an adorable couple and I wish them all the best. Until tomorrow night, Bachelor Fans!