I'll admit, I probably was unnecessarily overwrong there. But I was feeling really sad for Rachel. Also that amount of money seems kind of simultaneously a lot and not very much-- so you might as well share it. But maybe my perspective on this is warped. I can understand wanting it all-- plus money exerts a kind of exceptional call on people's desires.
I guess if Nick gave some to charity, I'd feel a lot better. Or if he did something socially useful. His sort of self-pitying or self-justifying gloating was what pushed me over the edge.
People seem often to see these people as fictional characters-- or something-- as if their feelings and lives are just a kind of story, when they're not-- as a story, the ending was vastly superior to the predictable nice ending with the winners sharing the money. It certainly is fun in a way to be shocked, for someone to do the truly unexpected, and for one's assumptions about some otherwise unremarkable story to be turned upside down. In fiction, it's fun. But as reality, it seems to me that Nick showed himself to be a really mean-spirited and selfish person-- prone to holding things against people, rather than having a good spirit, and really lacking in kindness or compassion. That's probably why people counted him out, or didn't take him seriously. And there were enough bitter and spiteful people there for the group to react with admiration-- people like Chris and Kalon-- It's easy and understandable in a way for us-- we're just watching television-- but the people in the world of the bachelor really know one another as a group, and see one another over time. How they play the game"--ie how they treat one another-- really does mean a lot about who they are as a person.
The whole thing seemed somehow sordid to me--but I admit to not really understanding all the dynamics. I haven't been the most avid and faithful batchelorpad-watcher ever. And while I watched part of it more often than not-- maybe I would have a more nuanced opinion if I'd seen the whole thing.