IMO the key is this is a highly edited show and always has been. I am watching this season and find it to be very much like previous seasons where you have the mean guy or girl, the ones who totally are not there for the right reasons and mainly come on the show for what exposure they may get when they return to wherever they have come from and expect that it may mean some success for them in the future. Some seasons the players may seem to play their part better than others, but I think the biggest problem is TPTB of this show need to start changing things up if they want this show to continue on. Again, IMO I think we see the same script from season to season and may be part of the reason it has gotten to be boring. Everything is predictable.WoW! That is a lot to extrapolate from things that happen on this shallow edited "reality" show. I know there is a LOT that we did not see ... and that Michael absolutely meant well and his feelings were right in line with ALL the guys who cheered in the house when Ben's luggage left.
Echo I believe as you do that Michael is one of the few that meant well and I think the edit came out really bad. It did look like Michael was getting the worst end of the edit until Ben got into the car. I am not sure why TPTB decided to play it that way, and frankly I am not sure why they make the decisions that they do. I guess I just look at this show as I always have and that it is just a reality show and sometimes true love can come from it, but as we know not very often. We do know that Michael was not the only one who felt Ben was not who he pretended to be. He is the one who decided to use the 2 on 1 date to let Des know what was going on.
I remember from what I saw and mostly heard from last season that some of the girls tried to let Sean know about Tierra and ended up being eliminated for trying to let him know she was NOT there for the right reasons. She was another one who acted one way in front of the lead and another with the girls. Courtney from Ben's season was another one. Kalon from Emily's season and the list goes on. Each and every season is much the same. Michael may have come off strong, which he himself admitted might end up hurting his own chances. At least Des did listen or may have already formed her own opinion by her own observations.
There is so much we are not shown, but Des ended up keeping Michael, and I can only guess that she sees something in him that made her want to do so. Something that we have not been shown, but she has seen for herself. I can't pretend to really know any of these guys because they are being shown to me on a TV show that TPTB decide how they want them to be shown. To some Michael came off as the jerk, but IMO it is all about editing and I can't form an honest opinion of what he is really like in real life. It's just a reality TV show to me. Nothing more and nothing less. As always jmho.