Just adding another perspective to this confusing season... and the Chris/Ali relationship.Originally Posted by latergator;4030645;
I know Harrison's blog kept harping on Iceland as the place Ali "fell in love", but who knows? Maybe, as she suggested to her armchair psychiatrist, she did fall for more than one guy. (Those words DID come out of her mouth and Harrison NEVER specifically said in all of his posts that she fell for just ONE at that point.) Perhaps Roberto was always her numero uno, but the "gap" between him and the others wasn't as great as it often is in other seasons. Otherwise, she wouldn't have been as equally giddy with Chris... their scenes together did not call-out "Chris is a future reject" to me. Ali did say to her family that Roberto and Chris just had "little differences" (or some words to that effect)... probably just enough to give Roberto the edge, but certainly not enough to demote Chris to the same peg as, let's say, Kasey.
Heck, it was not like Jillian telling the "talking" totem polls in Maui to get Reid to propose because "we are running out of time" or persuading him to "let's get the s*** over with" thanks to a helicopter minister.
The funny thing about it all... Ali did look awfully guilty coming out of her overnight in Bora Bora with Roberto. When she was laughing and looking scattered seeing Chris just before The Great Dump, it was as if she just had the most satisfying experience the night before. (Let you folks imagine the details on your own.) Yes, like Jillian, Ali has some "needs" that outweigh some of her other "needs". Poor Kiptyn only got the tranquil surf "symbol" with his LCD with Jillian... no volcano or popping helicopter cherry there. Say what we want about "JED", there was at least ONE thing keeping them together! (I think Mike Fleiss is a little tooooo eager to find the next "that's my man!" Bob Guiney among his Bachelorettes.)
A typical season is probably 50% "seeing it as it happens" and 50% post-production "hindsight" and "revised history". Ali had a different take on her Journey after it was done and over with than she did experiencing it at the time. One reason so many of her voice-overs about "our relationship being slow" didn't make sense with the material we saw on screen was because these lines were added later as "excuses" for her dumping Chris... even if she didn't necessarily feel this way at the time. Later, we get all of the "making up for lost time" comments in Cape Cod and Tahiti... again half-truths/half lies used to justify why the makeout sessions did not exactly involve Roberto in the back of her mind. (Poor Roberto... let's hope they prepped him ahead of time and he is OK seeing all of this on TV. Either that or the producers are purposely out to sabotage this relationship.)
This revising-the-Journey-in-hindsight may also account for the reason why Frank is less of a Big Deal now than he was in Tahiti. As Harrison asked her, is it really "all about" Frank or just what he did? Maybe Roberto was always her top pick, but he made her scared because he was "a shy guy" and "a mystery" and a potential Frank who "won't love me back". She went ahead and tossed caution to the wind with Chris, since she knew he was NOT a Frank in any way and she needed him as backup. After leaving Chris, she was still crying and wondering if she made a mistake. It is true that she loved Roberto more, but that doesn't mean she didn't fear the possibility of Roberto rejecting her the next day. Harrison told her she had to let that fear go back in Iceland and she didn't. I must also add that Harrison pointed out on his blog that she was "taking a risk" choosing Roberto.
Now, I'm not saying this season was like Jillian's in that there were two Final Ones (Reid replacing Ed when Jillian didn't think he'd come back). I just think that Chris as final 2, and possibly Frank as "co-F2", were not too far behind in her affections for Roberto. There was definitely a greater gap between Trista's Ryan and Charlie, Meredith's Ian and Matt and Jen's Jerry and JP (despite her dumping both) and even Deanna's Jesse and Jason than there was between Roberto and Chris.