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    Entertainment Weekly has released their recap of the Hometown Date episode.

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    It's not often that themes from classic literature intersect with themes on televised dating shows, but watching this all-important hometown date episode, all I could think about was how the opening line of Anna Kareninawould've read had Anna been competing for Count Vronsky on a 19th century version of The Bachelor: ''All happy families are alike; each happy family on reality TV is wacked-out in its own way.''

    But before we begin the 2009 Hometown Horror Show North American Tour, Jason has a ''lady''-by-''lady'' recap prepared to help new viewers get up to speed: Jillian is the Strong One Who Can't Open Up; Molly is the Pretty One Who Might be Too Shallow; Naomi is the Free Spirit Who Isn't Ready to Settle Down; and Melissa is the Hot Babe Who's Too Good to be True. After waving goodbye to his son (Bye Ty! Daddy's leaving again, but he put a cardboard cut-out of himself in your bedroom in case you forget what he looks like!), Jason heads off to America's hat Canada for date number one.

    Up in Kelowna, British Columbia, Jillian is waiting in a park wearing some seriously cute pink gloves. As they overlook scenic Lake Okanagan, Jillian tells Jason about the legend of the lake monster called Ogopogo, and how it once brushed her foot when she was tubing in the lake. Oh, those crazy Canadians it's so cute how all that open space addles their brains. Anyhoo, after the stroll, the duo head to a winery (is it me, or did it sound like Jason was reading a cue card when he said ''The winery was beautiful, but not nearly as beautiful as Jill''?). Over two giant glasses of red (the first of many Jason and the ''ladies'' will drink this episode), Jillian tearfully reveals that her mother endured a long battle with serious depression, which took a toll on her parents' marriage. It sucks that she has to share such personal information about her family on national television... but, you know, she did voluntarily sign up for The Bachelor. The good news is, this revelation helps explain to Jason why Jillian feels the need to be so strong all the time. ''If anything, it makes me care about her more,'' he says.

    When Jason and Jillian arrive at her parents' house, her dad gives Jason a traditional Canadian welcome by wrapping him first in the national flag and then in a friendly bear hug. Her mom Peggy wastes no time pulling Jason aside to grill him about what kind of guy he is. Like her daughter, Peggy is a joker: ''I just have a couple questions for you,'' she says and then unfurls a long scroll of paper. After a pleasant talk, it's clear that Jason has passed the Peggy test; she tells Jillian that he has ''depth'' and ''character.'' Jillian's dad Glen, who seems like the sweetest man on the planet, approves of Jason, too. ''She's been exceptional in every sense of the word,'' says Glen of his daughter, choking up. ''If Jillian gets married, you're going to see a pretty happy guy.'' That's right, dry your tears, dad! You know ABC is totallygoing to pay for the wedding.

    But all this is just a prelude to the real party: It's Granny time! Jillian's beloved grandma is instantly smitten with the Bachelor: ''Oh my god,'' she cries as Jason, his manly biceps straining against his t-shirt sleeves, leans in for a hug. ''Jason is very, very beautiful. He's a gorgeous guy,'' says Granny, who no longer feels the need to take Jillian to northern Alberta ''and marry her off to some Ukrainian up there.'' Well, don't lose that Ukrainian guy's number yet, Granny. We've still got three episodes to go.

    : Molly's Mom busts out the funny hats!

    The good times keep coming as Granny inexplicably puts some maple leaf boxers on Jason's head. ''The funny genes are running through the family,'' he says. (That's good news for Jason and Jillian's hypothetical children dad has no sense of humor, but at least mom's genes will save those kids from a life of earnest dullness.) All in all, Jason thinks it was a perfect day. ''The bar is high after today's date,'' he says. ''I cannot imagine a date with somebody's family going any better than this.'' Oh, snap. Take that, other ''ladies''!

    Back in America Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be exact Molly, looking like Golf Pro Barbie with her argyle sweater and maroon golf cart, meets Jason at a local country club. They both seem unusually nervous, perhaps because Molly won't date a guy that her parents don't like so if they don't dig Jason, this whole TV ''journey'' will have been for naught. After a few holes of golf, and some liquid courage in the form of more red wine, it's time for the Big Introduction at her parents' house. Everyone sits on the couch for a get-to-know-you chat, and when the awkward pauses between the bouts of polite laughter start to grow a little too long, Molly's mom Maryann decides to lighten the mood with... wacky headgear! A crown for Molly, an oversize orange cowboy hat for mom, a Native American headdress for the Bachelor, and a chapeau shaped like a foamy mug of beer for dad. To Maryann's credit, the hat box does seem to dispel the palpable tension in the air. (Note to self: visit this websitebefore the in-laws' next visit...)

    In keeping with the theme of random creativity, Maryann takes Jason downstairs to a home art studio and asks him to draw his ''most favorite memory'' of Molly's face. He decides to draw her ''huge'' smile, which he says always makes him feel better when he's crushing hopes, dreams and hearts at the rose ceremony. The drawing sort of resembles Molly, in that it appears to be of a white human female, but I'm not 100 percent sure why Jason depicted her being decapitated by a rainbow of pink hearts. Anyhow, I wonder if this whole art exercise is foreshadowing by the producers. Don't forget, Ryan gave Trista a drawing of a white tiger accompanied by some truly tragic poetry, if I recall and he ended up bagging the big prize.

    Upstairs, Molly's dad (who spends the whole visit looking like he'd rather be anywhere else, preferably drinking beer out of his hat) tells his daughter that Jason seems like a ''good kid,'' and then makes her promise that if she doesn't get the final rose, she won't cry: ''Smile, ok?'' (Ah, the old Fake Smile as Emotional Armor trick it's WASP way. I know it well.) The date ends, and (look out, Jillian!) it seems that Molly's family has completely obliterated Jason's memory of his fun-filled trip up north. ''Today could not have gone any better,'' he says. ''I can't get enough of Molly.''

    The next day, Jason's off to Lake Elsinore, California, to meet Naomi for what we're told will be ''the wackiest hometown visit in Bachelorhistory.'' That's good, because we all know Naomi's not making the final two, so the least she can do is provide us with an entertaining date, right? Naomi meets Jason in the park for mimosas and a serious talk. She says their conversation at the last rose ceremony left her completely ''freaked out,'' and she wants Jason to know that she's ''100 percent'' there for him and ready to be a stepmom to Ty. I'm pretty sure Naomi thinks that if she keeps saying this out loud over and over, it'll magically become true. ''I believe what's coming out of her mouth because she believes it,'' reasons Jason. ''But I wonder beyond the words 'Yes I can commit,' is she really ready?'' No, no she's not. But don't worry about that now let's get to the dead bird.

    : Road kill and Jesus Christ, together at last!

    ''Every family is different,'' Naomi explains as she and Jason pull up to her mom's house, ''and mine is probably as crazy as it gets.'' Her parents are divorced, but they apparently get along well enough to spend the afternoon vetting their daughter's TV boyfriend. First, Naomi's mom Joanne leads the family through a kind of Phys. Ed. icebreaker with some mandatory hula hooping. (''Be one with the hula hoop!'' she demands of the uncoordinated Bachelor.) Come on, we were promised wacky, not spastic! Well, ask and ye shall receive, dear viewers: Joanne then gathers everyone together to recount the story of how a dove kamikazed itself into her windshield. Her response, naturally, was to bag the feathery corpse and place it in the family's freezer and now Jason gets the honor of burying Rosie the Dead Dove in the backyard. I think it's safe to say that the enormous effort Jason puts forth to keep a pleasant smile on his face during Joanne's story is the most entertaining part of the entire episode. ''It was interestingto be a part of,'' says Captain Understatement.

    Then it's time for Jason to hang out with Naomi's dad Hector, in what appears to be a living room casino. Dad explains that Naomi had a Christian upbringing, and tells the Bachelor that if he's not down with Jesus, all of his future marriages will be doomed. Jason, bless his heart, takes the Bible lesson in stride and doesn't mention the fact that he's Jewish. (Jesus, meanwhile, is likely sitting in Heaven, shaking his fist at the TV and cursing the Bachelorproducers: ''For the love of God, leave me out of this!'') Soon after, Joanne sits down with Jason and tells him that he's an Indigoand they're both from the same ''soul family.'' (I'm half expecting Renee to pop out from behind the couch waving a vision board, but no such luck.) Outside, Naomi sits on a swing drinking the biggest glass of red wine I've ever seen, and gently informs her dad that she doesn't care if Jason loves Jesus or if he's a devil-worshiping pagan cult leader she is falling in love with him wants to be his wife. Well, I want scientists to create a fat-free peanut butter that doesn't taste like Elmer's School Paste, but some things are not meant to be.

    Moving on to Dallas, Jason is blissfully ignorant of the fact that this hometown date is about to ''go terribly wrong,'' according to Harrison's voice over. ''I'm really looking forward to meeting Melissa's family,'' he says. ''It's going to tell me a lot about who she is.'' Melissa meets him in a park wearing extremely short shorts and bearing a gift for Ty (a box for the tyke to keep his tooth fairy ''moneys'' in). All of this serves to butter Jason up before she drops the bomb: He's not going to meet her family. ''My parents are not comfortable with the publicness, I guess, of this,'' she explains. Her brother put the kibosh on the televised meet-and-greet, too, so all Melissa has to offer Jason is a gathering with her best friends. (Side note: Can we take a moment to give Melissa's family a virtual high-five for refusing to participate in their daughter's misguided romantic fantasy? Way to go, Rycroft clan! Although they couldn't have been thatsurprised that Melissa turned to reality TV to find a husband, given how at home she feels in front of the camera whether it's posing for a calendaror appearing on CMT's series about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.)

    : News flash Melissa has no self-esteem

    But I digress. Let's go meet the friends. At dinner, Melissa tries to explain why she has never brought a guy to meet her friends or family: She's always been the ''dumpee,'' and none of the men she's dated really cared enough to meet the people important to her. Melissa's friends confirm this, explaining that she hasn't dated ''the best guys,'' and has tended to gravitate toward men who ''used and abused her.'' Oy, I'm hoping Melissa spent some serious time in the self-help aisle of her local Barnes & Nobelbefore applying to be on The Bachelor, but something tells me she skipped that step. Later, Jason tries to find out a little bit more about Melissa's family, but her friends can't help because none of them have really spent any time with her parents. ''You'd think that her closest friends would know her parents,'' he muses, ''at least a little bit.'' Well, Jason, you wanted to know if Melissa has any faults, and now you've found one she's not BFFs with her family. On the plus side, though, you'll probably never have to bury a dead bird for her mother.

    Melissa, understandably, is stressed out about the lack of ''home'' in her hometown date: ''Jason did not get to meet my parents, and I'm worried that that's a dealbreaker, maybe?'' But she's not going down without a fight. At her hotel, over those ever-present glasses of red wine, she tells the Bachelor that even when she was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader her parents, who are ''very private people,'' never came to see her perform, or whatever you want to call it. Again, can't really blame them. Not sure I'd want to watch my daughter prance around in star-studded booty shorts while drunken football fans leer at her from the cheap seats.

    Back in Seattle, Harrison drops by Jason's fake house for another pre-rose ceremony debriefing. (Side note number two: What is up with all those votive candles? Is this an interview or a romantic man-date for two?) ''I'm more confused than ever!'' Jason laments. Too bad, dude because it's time to take one woman's chance at love, place a pillow over its mouth, and hold it there until the thrashing stops. At the rose ceremony side note number three: Good God, Molly, what are you wearing? Jason drags it out, telling everyone how ''unbelievable'' the hometown visits were and how ''ridiculously hard'' it is for him to send one of them home. Still, he quickly passes out the three buds and shows Naomi the door, but not before telling her how ''incredible'' she is one more time. In the reject limo, Naomi manages to keep her composure for the most part: ''I feel like as of right now, I'm just better off on my own.'' Amen, sister.

    Now it's your turn to sound off, Bachelorfans! What did you think of Jason's hometown hell week? Did Melissa's family drama hurt her chances, or is the final rose still hers to lose? Do you like Jillian better now after meeting her fantastic Granny? (I know I do!) And how freaking psyched are you for DeAnna's impending return? Get posting in the comments section now! When you're done, be sure to head over to PopWatch to read Chris Harrison's exclusive blog this week, he reveals how Molly got Jason to take his pants off in a moment we definitelydidn't see on TV. And be sure to check out the extended scene below for more of Jillian and Jason's fireside chat at the winery, in which Jason insists that he's not ''looking for, like, a two month girlfriend after this.'' (That's good, because if their relationship lasted two months, I'm pretty sure that'd be some kind of record for this show.) Let's talk Bachelor!
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    The Bachelor 13 episode 6

    Hometown Dates

    Final National TV Ratings

    11.59 million viewers and 4.2/10 in adults 18-49.

    The finals were delayed due to the President's press conference. The final numbers are up from the overnights. The Bachelor has hit a new season high, and is up for the sixth straight week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinnia;3318587;
    The Bachelor 13 episode 6

    Hometown Dates

    Final National TV Ratings

    11.59 million viewers and 4.2/10 in adults 18-49.

    The finals were delayed due to the President's press conference. The final numbers are up from the overnights. The Bachelor has hit a new season high, and is up for the sixth straight week.
    Sweet! I know everyone is talking about how boring this season is, but it's kind of wierd. The casts of my fav reality shows are against-the-grain right now. Each has casts that are mature and that get along. There is very little drama or in-fighting on the current season's of Top Chef, Biggest Loser (well, minus Joelle and Carla who are long gone), and the Bachelor.

    For me, I'm happy with this. The economy is so scary right now, that I really don't want to watch more drama during my time off. It's too exhausting. And, the fights we normally see on reality tv are often so petty that they would be more offensive than normal during these tough times.

    So, I've really enjoyed this season of the Bachelor, i.e. mature, real women who get along and support each other. I'm not as sold on the genuineness of Jason, but I like him, and I like the girls. Glad to see I'm not alone.

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    I am new to posting on this board, so I am not sure where to ask this question, but why do you think Jason has not been doing any interviews lately? I am a LONG time fan of the show and no news has typically meant sad news in past seasons. I typically post of the ABC board, but I have not found very much engaging discussion there this season. Anyone here have a take on why Jason seems to be out of the media. Even with the outcome of Brad's season, he was always doing interviews. Travis Stork did not do many and we know how long his relationship with Sarah lasted. Do you think Jason and his F1 are still together?

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    There's lots of speculation in the spoiler forum. Look there.
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    Entertainment Weekly's Recap:

    ''Ladies,'' there comes a time in every ''relationship'' when poolside groping and slow-motion French kissing are no longer going to cut it. A time when you need to ask yourself, ''Am I ready to forgo my individual room and spend the night ''as a couple'' with this man I've maybe been alone with a total of forty-five minutes over the past six weeks?'' Yes ''ladies,'' the time has come to put out or get out.

    Welcome to week seven of The Bachelor, TV Watchers. Can you believe we've made it this far, all the way to the overnight dates in the ''fantasy suite''? Like all things Bachelor-related, I have a love-hate relationship with the ''fantasy'' date episodes, and here's why: This episode is all about whether the Bachelor and the remaining ''ladies'' click in the sack, but the FCC God bless 'em forbids broadcast networks from showing us whether they do. So as viewers, we're left with nothing but two hours of talky foreplay punctuated by icky, candlelit make-out sessions.

    But, such are the necessities of televised romance. We begin with Jason's quick recap of the pros and cons for each of the ''ladies'' in question. Last week, Jillian proved that she can be vulnerable, but the Bachelor is concerned that their relationship lacks physical passion. If she steps it up in that department, he says, ''I could see myself being married to Jillian.'' Molly, meanwhile, has pretty eyes, and Jason says she's ''somebody that I could spend my life with.'' Finally, he tells us that while he had an ''immediate connection'' with Melissa, a small voice inside his gut is screaming at him to back away slowly. ''I'm leery of girls like Melissa,'' he says. ''Melissa reminds me of girls like DeAnna, and my ex.'' (Hmmm, why am I suddenly reminded of that famous saying about the definition of insanity...?) Even worse, the fact that her family wouldn't meet him is making him suspicious: ''It made me question whether she's really serious.'' (Again, I'm surprised Jason doesn't think that it's a goodsign that Melissa's parents had the sound judgment not to appear on The Bachelor, but I guess he can't see the forest for the reality TV trees right now.)

    So many lingering questions! The only thing that can answer them, naturally, is audition sex. ''These overnight dates are really important,'' says Jason, ''because I know my wife is in this group of girls.'' Cut to Queenstown, New Zealand. Having been there, I'm going to have to agree with Jason on one thing it really is the most beautiful place on the planet. Jillian gets the first date, and she either bribed the producers to find out what Jason was wearing or these two are truly made for each other, as evidenced by their coordinating flannel shirts. (Or, perhaps, the Brawny man is now moonlighting as a reality TV stylist.)

    After a helicopter ride over a lovely New Zealand mountain range, the duo lands on a ledge for some wine and conversation. Jillian clearly wants to know where she stands: ''If you had to call back home and describe me,'' she asks the Bachelor, ''what would you say?'' (Looks like someone'sfishing for a compliment!) Jason produces a typically pleasant-yet-noncommittal string of adjectives: fun, gorgeous, exciting, adventurous. Jillian, meanwhile, can only describe Jason as he relates to her: ''What you are to me is I have never had somebody that I've been attracted to physically and that I've had amazing conversation with and that I've had a connection with and that you have so much fun with and that gets me right away.''

    : Baum-chikka-wow-wow!

    Despite this rhapsodizing, Jason is clearly still not feeling the spark. ''Everything is great with Jill. She's somebody I could be friends with forever... But what I'm looking for is more of a passionate connection, too.'' As he and Jillian take a tentative stroll around the mountaintop, Jason turns philosophical: ''We're on this ledge literally on the edge of a cliff, and our relationship right now is the exact same way.'' Meaning what exactly? That you both just realized you're on The Bachelorand are contemplating suicide? The bottom line is, Jason doesn't just want to marry his best friend... he wants to marry his best friend with hot, steamy benefits.

    And lo, the big night arrives. The two have a lonely-looking dinner in what appears to be the basement of an abandoned winery. Their conversation over dinner is, frankly, a little strained and that's probably because neither one of them is really saying what they mean. For example, when Jason asks Jillian, ''So, when you think about today, what sticks out?'', what he really wants to know is, ''Are we going to have sex tonight?'' And when he asks, ''How are you feeling about all this?'', he's really asking, ''When, exactly, are we going to be having sex tonight?'' And when Jillian asks Jason, ''Do you have something to give me tonight?'', she isn't really asking about the date card instead, she's saying, ''I hope you took your Viagra, pal.'' Jillian is more than happy to trash-talk Jason's penis on national television: ''I knew if we were to spend the night together, it'd be a long night. I just wanted to make sure he could handle that, handle all of this fire.'' They head to the fantasy suite, and what follows is a one minute and twenty-two second soft-core porn movie (yes, I counted), complete with ass grabbing, legs wrapping around torsos, and a smooth jazz soundtrack playing in the background. ''It was steamy in there,'' Jason giggles, ''because of us!'' (And maybe because of that random crew guy in the background during the hot-tub make-out session kudos to Slezak for noticing that!)

    Somehow, even after a night of Canadian passion, Jason manages to get out of bed for his date with Molly. Good thing, because she is determined to move things past the ''goofy and silly and sarcastic'' level by showing Jason more of her ''emotional side.'' Remarkably, the first emotion Molly shows him isn't blind rage, even though he ambushes her by declaring that they will be bungee jumping on their date. (Get it? It's a metaphor for their relationship! Jason wants to know if Molly is willing to take the plunge!!) Despite being terrified, Molly manages to keep a smile on her face. ''I think it will be groundbreaking for our relationship,'' she chirps.

    After the big jump, Molly pulls out a long list of questions for the Bachelor that's she's inexplicably written on green construction paper. OK, now we're getting somewhere Molly's really not kidding when she says that she wants to get serious and talk about important issues... Oh, crap, never mind: ''If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life'' But wait, don't throw something at the TV yet! There's a method to her minutia madness: ''I think it's important in a relationship to know the little things about people. And if Jason proposes to me I don't know how I'm going to feel about that if I don't know what his favorite flavor of ice cream is.'' Oh, good plan. When you marry Jason, at least you'll know he's a peanut butter-and-chocolate guy, even if you can't answer things like why he thought it was OK to drag his toddler son into a trashy reality dating show. (Speaking of poor Ty, I hope nobody ever tells him that Daddy says the one thing he'd save if his house were on fire would be his ''old-school Air Jordan sneakers'' not, you know, his son.)

    : Molly and Melissa's overnight delight

    Jason finds the interrogation ''fun,'' but he wants more. (I'm sensing a pattern here...) At dinner, Jason tries to lead the conversation in a serious direction: Noting that her parents sat on the opposite sides of the couch during the hometown date, he's wondering if Molly is uncomfortable with the fact that he's more affectionate. ''We're just not a mushy-gushy family,'' she explains. ''I want to let my guard down for you. It's not easy for me to do.'' Darn that emotional wall! Somehow, Molly manages to scale it enough to tell Jason what he wants to hear: ''I really think I'm falling in love with you.'' After grunting a response ''Wow'' Jason is rarin' to go. Fortunately, Molly has come prepared: Turning Bachelortradition on its head, she produces a handmade date card of her own and asks Jason if he would spend the night with her. ''I took control,'' she says, ''and I think he liked it!'' Hooray for women's lib! The producers must have felt that we really didn't need much proof that Jason and Molly have chemistry, because rather than giving us another Skinemax make-out montage, they cut away after a brief bubble-bath kiss.

    Now it's Melissa's turn. After pretending to know who Winston Churchill is they are, quite randomly, taking a sailing trip on the British Bulldog's old boat Melissa yammers on and on in an incongruously peppy tone about how she's nervous about going home with a broken heart, but, like, it's OK because Jason's totally worth it. Later, as they soak in some ''hot pools'' overlooking the lake, the Bachelor asks Melissa if she's talked to her parents lately. That would be a big no. While the ''coming up'' teasers made it sound as though he cuts Melissa off with a curt, ''We can't change what happened,'' he actually seems to be on the verge of making peace with the whole thing. ''Falling in love with Melissa has nothing to do with her parents,'' he says. ''There's nothing that her parents can do or say that can make me feel different about Melissa... I think that I can fall in love with Melissa without meeting her parents, but it can only go so far.'' At the very least, it can go upstairs to the fantasy suite.

    At dinner, Melissa tries to safe familial face by telling Jason that she talks to her brother five times a week (''Wow, so pretty much every day,'' says our math-impaired Bachelor) and sees her parents two or three times a week. So, date card, forgo individual rooms, yes I'd love to, etc. Once in the fantasy suite, Melissa pulls out the big guns: ''I... have... absolutely fallen in love with you. Head over heels.'' None of this ''I am falling in love with you'' crap she is already there. Eat her co-dependent dust, ''ladies''! In keeping with Bachelor code of conduct, Jason can't respond in kind all he can do is utter a milquetoasty, ''You're amazing'' but once he's alone, he spills the truth: ''I am completely falling for her. I think I have been for a long time.'' As evidence, the duo makes a beeline for the bed no pit stops in a tub of any kind and start going at it. Close the shutters, Jason it's business time

    : Holy crap I did not see this elimination coming

    With three fantasy-date notches on his belt, the time has come for Jason to make a decision. Harrison arrives for a show-padding recap of the three dates. ''It's been way tougher than I thought,'' admits Jason. The good news is he's got three video messages from the ''ladies'' pleading for their proverbial love lives. Jillian, who calls him ''babe,'' promises him a life ''full of big families, big hearts, giving back, lots of laughs, and plenty of home cooked meals.'' Molly, who calls him ''J,'' declares that she is ''positive that I am madly in love with you.'' (The fact that upon hearing this Jason closes his eyes, reels back like someone punched him in the gut, and starts tearing up does not bode very well for Molly in the long run.) Melissa, who calls him ''you'' and who apparently time traveled back to 1983 to procure her magenta off-the-shoulder top rushes through her pitch, ending with, ''Thank you for being you. I miss you, and I love you.'' With each passing moment, the shell-shocked Bachelor looks more and more like he's about to cry, barf, or pass out possibly all three at once. Sending one of them home, he says, ''is going to be one of the toughest things I've ever had to do.'' I'd really feel bad for him, too, if he hadn't agreed to star in a reality show where his only jobis to send women home.

    Harrison greets the ''ladies'' in the garden to let them know that the two lucky bitches who get roses will meet Jason's family and Ty, but ''one of you will be on a plane heading back home tonight.'' Jason emerges and, with a quavering voice, tells them that he has to be ''selfish'' and send one of them packing. Melissa gets the first rose, leaving Molly and Jillian to each throw up a little bit in their mouths. In what came as a shock to me and maybe to no one else reading this Molly gets the second and final rose. WTF? Jason, you said you wanted passion was that amateur porn in the hot tub not passionate enough for you? Outside on the Bye-Bye Bench, he tries to let her down easy: ''You've got an amazing life. I would like to be able to keep up with you, and you deserve somebody who can.'' Poor Jillian clearly thinks she still has a chance to change his decision; she tearfully tells Jason that she is ''totally'' falling in love with him, and she had a dream where Ty tried on her shoes, and then the three of them napped on the couch, or something... Honestly, why are they letting her go on and on like this? Let her get in the reject limo with a shred of dignity! Once she's finally there, Jillian cannot believe what just happened: ''I really do feel like I am a better person for him, for sure.'' That remains to be seen, but I am looking forward to seeing her vent her wrath at Jason on next week's Women Tell Allspecial.

    Well, it's time to let it all out, Bachelorfans! Where did Jillian's hot dog theory go wrong? Who do you think will be better with Ty Melissa or Molly? And are you excited or repulsed at the prospect of DeAnna's return? Once you're done posting your little hearts out over here, head over to PopWatch for Chris Harrison's exclusive blog, where he gives us a preview of the Women Tell Allspecial. And if your Bachelorappetite is stillnot satisfied, check out our exclusive bonus scene below for more of Molly's ''20 Questions'' routine with Jason and hear him answer the age-old question, ''Boobs or ass?'' (His answer may surprise you.) Ok, folks, let's talk Bachelor!
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    TV Ratings for The Bachelor 13 episode 7

    The Fantasy Dates

    12.5 million viewers and 4.5/11 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to episode 6 The Home Town Dates
    11.59 million viewers and 4.2/10 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to episode 5
    10.99 million viewers and 4.1/10 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to episode 4
    10.58 million viewers and 4.0/9 in adults 18-49.
    (based on averaging fast affiliate half-hour rating.)

    Comparison to episode 3
    9.9 million viewers and 3.5/9 in adults 18-49.
    (based on averaging overnight half-hour ratings)

    Comparison to episode 2
    9.06 million viewers and 3.2/8 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to Premiere Episode
    8.74 million viewers and 3.1/8 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to The Bachelor 12 ep. 7
    7.79 million viewers and 2.6/7 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to The Bachelor 11 ep. 7
    10+ million viewers and 3.9/10 in adults 18-49. (Final numbers weren't easily available.)

    Comparison to The Bachelor 10 ep. 7
    10.98 million viewers and 4.1/11 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to The Bachelor 9 (Rome) ep 7
    8.77 million viewers.

    Comparison to The Bachelor 8 (Paris) ep 7
    9.2 million viewers.

    Almost four million viewers beyond the premiere numbers!
    No Bachelor season has ever increased viewers each episode. These are great numbers for a finale, let alone Fantasy Dates.

    The Bachelor beat 24, and although behind House in the first hour, it was #1 in the demo over the two hours. It beat Hereos by almost five million viewers. (Although CBS' comedies were mostly repeats, it easily beat them too.)

    Almost five million viewers better than Matt's Bachelor 12.

    The improvement is unprecedented and unexplainable. No reality show, not Survivor, not American Idol, has had such an upswing in ratings after so many seasons.

    Jason has lit a fire in viewers, and the word-of-mouth keeps bringing in more.

    The demo for the last half-hour peaked at 5.2/12.

    The Bachelor may have broken into the top 10. That hasn't happened since Aaron's Bachelor 2. (And Trista's Bachelorette 1.)
    Is it too much to ask for some reality in reality TV?

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    Re: Bachelor 13-Jason MEDIA / PRESS

    A somewhat old interview of Jason from an Oregon morning talk show. My apologies if this has been posted before.
    "The Bachelor" Jason Mesnick | KATU.com - Portland, Oregon | Recent Shows

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    Re: Bachelor 13-Jason MEDIA / PRESS

    TV Ratings for The Bachelor 13 The Women Tell All

    10.96 million viewers and 3.7/9 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to episode 7 The Fantasy Dates
    12.5 million viewers and 4.5/11 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to episode 6 The Home Town Dates
    11.59 million viewers and 4.2/10 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to episode 5
    10.99 million viewers and 4.1/10 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to episode 4
    10.58 million viewers and 4.0/9 in adults 18-49.
    (based on averaging fast affiliate half-hour rating.)

    Comparison to episode 3
    9.9 million viewers and 3.5/9 in adults 18-49.
    (based on averaging overnight half-hour ratings)

    Comparison to episode 2
    9.06 million viewers and 3.2/8 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to Premiere Episode
    8.74 million viewers and 3.1/8 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to The Bachelor 12 TWTA
    6.99 million viewers and 2.4/7 in adults 18-49.

    Comparison to The Bachelor 11 TWTA
    9.17 million viewers and 3.4/9 in adults 18-49.

    TWTA typically drops in ratings about a mullion viewers from the Fantasy Dates. The Bachelor 13 has done the same, but almost 11 million for TWTA is the best performance since Blob.


    The Bachelor beat 24 in the demo, and behind House in the first hour, it was #2 over the two hours. It beat Hereos by over four million viewers. (Although CBS' comedies were mostly repeats, it easily beat them too.)

    Almost four million viewers better than Matt's Bachelor 12.

    The show improved each half hour and the last half-hour peaked at 11.54 million viewers and 4.2/10 in adults 18-49.
    Is it too much to ask for some reality in reality TV?

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    Re: Bachelor 13-Jason MEDIA / PRESS

    All three Jason, Mel and Mol are slated to be on Ellen next week. What they don't say is if it's on the same show...I can see it being two different days!
    "No matter how lovesick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along!"Joyce Brothers

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