The Bachelorette 2013, Season 9

I have never missed a single season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. But this season premiere had more awkward, cringe-inducing moments than any other, and while these moments can be entertaining in their way, I need at least one person to root for.

First, Desiree seems like a bit of an idiot. I know it’s only week one, but she didn’t display a hint of intelligence or humor, and while she weeps, she expresses her emotions like a drunk. Her tears come far too easily and they feel excessive to the moment. She’s more sentimental than deep.

And this group of bachelors! It’s the worst decent-to-ick ratio on The Bachelor/Bachelorette yet. There were maybe two or three seemingly decent guys, and the rest have one problem or another.

At first I was smitten with Ben and his adorable son Brody, even though using his son in this way was a little iffy. I was willing to keep an open mind about that, his son was that cute. But then Ben said he hunts and Desiree was completely okay with that, so now I dislike them both. I hope Ben wins. I want better for the two or three decent guys.

A few highlights.

The poor ER doc. Yes, I felt pity for him. So clueless, and I guess drunk. Also, he was funny with the guys. But I completely understood Desiree sending him home. Pity certainly isn’t a reason for keeping a guy around.

Zak, the abs and jump in the pool guy, who got a rose. See: Desiree is an idiot. Although he wasn’t a hateful idiot, I didn’t dislike the guy. So who knows.

And finally, Fantasy Suite Guy. “My love tank has not been depleted in years.” Without question the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard on reality tv ever. I guess the fact that Desiree sent him home proves she is not a total idiot. “My mom thinks I’m good looking.” Oh God, this poor, pathetic guy.

But there was something about the way she initially shut him down. We didn’t know he was a creep yet, and it could have just been an “it seemed like a good idea at the time” thing. Although maybe her “I’m not that kind of girl,” response was her trying to be cute, And to be fair, perhaps she was picking up on his creepiness in a way that we couldn’t from a distance. Because after that, it was clear he was truly creepy. Once he saw her reaction, to not just say, “Okay, that didn’t work,” and “sorry, I just meant it to be funny,” and instead try it not once more but again and again?? So maybe her immediate reaction was more evidence that she is not a total idiot.

But, but, who can’t pronounce Juan Pablo? In his bio on The Bachelor website Juan Pablo says he doesn’t read. Hmm. As a writer it’s going to take some doing to get past that. But, well, look at him.

There’s a new bike rental program in the city called Citi Bike. This is a bike station only a half a block away from me. Too bad I’m way too terrified to try to ride a bike in the city. Cars act like bicyclists are either invisible or targets, and the NYPD treats them like they’re terrorists.

Citi Bike, New York City

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “The Bachelorette 2013, Season 9

  1. Have you seen this video?

    Don’t let it put you off even more! Ha ha. But yeah, if you are not confident, don’t go out there on a bike. It helps if you can go into a Zen mode while biking (or even walking, really) and be hyper aware of the world around you, without focussing on any one thing.

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