Guilty Pleasures

The Bachelor {Arie, Ep. 1}

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It was a lackluster start to Arie’s season of The Bachelor.

Well, it’s Day 2 of our “No-Snow Snow Day” run and I’m just now getting to this post about The Bachelor premiere.

Suffice it to say, I wasn’t that wowed by the first episode that i just had to run to my computer and get all my thoughts and reactions down.


The whole thing felt a little lackluster. 

Arie seemed a little “smoother” than I remembered him, as if several years of being a C-list celebrity has made him cockier. Like how Nick Viall was as the Bachelor, but worse.

And trust me, I am a big Arie fan. I loved him on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette and I felt that he should have ended up with her.

Speaking of which, he mentioned SEVERAL times that he has not been in love since Emily. 

Is anyone else concerned by this? 

Usually after the show, contestants will gain a bit of perspective and realize that Gee, maybe I really WASN’T in love with that person I only knew for four weeks.


Arie seems dead set on believing Emily has been his one true love.

(Wondering how Emily is reacting to this news!)

Speaking of Emily, we got to hear from another one of her rejected suitors, Sean Lowe.

Is it really necessary to trot Sean and Catherine out before each season starts to give tips to the newbie? Kinda over them.

The limo introductions were your typical cheese-fest, with over-the-top props and puns.

Tia’s “little wiener” joke seemed to go right over Arie’s head, leaving me wondering if he was not paying attention or just dumb.

I liked Tia, and I think the fact that she’s friends with Raven (from Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor) gives her a slight edge.

Bekah was the chick with the short hair. In Bachelor world, this is RARE. It almost seems like it’s a requirement to have long hair. Because I like anyone challenging the norm, I like Bekah. (Not to be confused with Becca.)

More Bekah intrigue…the previews hint at a contestant’s age being an issue and she certainly looks the youngest. A quick check of her bio on ABC’s website DOESN’T LIST HER AGE!!! Even though every other contestant’s age is listed!


I mean, how young could she be? 22? 18? 12?

Chelsea took me on a rollercoaster ride. When we first met her, I was affected by her story of being a single mom. I also thought she looked a lot like Olivia, from Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor.

After seeing footage of her during the Cocktail Party, however, I changed my opinion. She seems a little psycho, clingy, and insecure.

Of course, she got the First Impression Rose….which makes me wonder if the producers influence that choice.

Chelsea seemed to be the one stirring up the most drama, so giving her the first rose would add even more drama. 

I thought Marikh was absolutely stunning.

I recall really liking Annaliese, but I can’t remember why, so there’s that.

And finally, there are four Laurens. I repeat, there are four contestants named Lauren on the show. 

This alone does not shock me, but the fact that they all spell it “L-A-U-R-E-N” does. 

I thought for sure there would be a “Loryn” or a “Laurin” or “Laurren.”

Hopefully this season will pick up steam in the next episode, otherwise I can’t say I’m going to keep watching.

(Oh who am I kidding?! Of course I am.)

Photos courtesy of ABC.

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