That's the vibe I got too. It's like Jillian's need for affirmation that's subtly been there all along has suddenly exploded and completely dominated the trip to Spain. It was the dominating theme for each date. I respect Kip and Reid for not just catering to what Jillian wanted to hear and thought it was a sign of them approaching this like a normal person (in an admittedly weird Fleissian setup) should. I got the vibe Kip was a little put off by the overriding seriousness of it all. Maybe I was projecting but during the RC I felt like it was dawning on Kip that to be F1, he'll probably have to move faster than he wants and say things he's not sure he feels. I don't expect he'll be willing to, at least enough for Jillian's (scripted?) satisfaction.Originally Posted by StanleyCupCanes;3548715;
I got the vibe Reid's more willing to indulge Jillian on this but not to the point that he'll say something he doesn't feel. He doesn't seem as bothered by the neediness as Kiptyn for some reason because Reid's focused more on his own possible shortcomings in a relationship. I do think he could've been more specific than he was shown being but overall, he came off really well last night.
I continued to get the trying too hard vibe with Ed and despite the physical chemistry I just didn't get the vibe Jillian was really listening to his words. For the first time I thought Ed was getting an edit that was tilted to the physical a la early Kiptyn (when Jillian was saying of Kip that she didn't even remember what he said, she just wanted to make out with him). That being said Ed is the only one who seems willing to tell Jillian what she wants to hear.
As horrible as Wes's character was last night, I have to point out that he could have tried to take advantage of the situation by kissing up and telling Jillian what she wanted to hear. In fact based on his character on the show, I feel like we were being led to expect that. Instead he apparently went cold and cruel, withheld all affection to the point that Jillian was practically begging for it from him. I think it's because this was his agreed upon exit point. Whatever it is, it was all so sudden that it seemed really producer-driven to me.
This goes along with something I said in a long post last week but last night's episode gave me more reasons to think that there's no love story here that the producers can tell so they're overcompensating by trying to invent one. IMO that would mean Ed as F1 because it's likely to come down to who's most willing to be the producer pawn and feed Jillian all this ridiculous commitment crap that Kip and Reid have hedged from so far.
Despite their likely portrayal as having "failed" or having had cold feet, I hope Kip and Reid don't second guess themselves and try to come back with a proposal. A relationship shouldn't be based on trying to accelerate to a point you don't sincerely believe you're ready for and it's obvious neither of them is at that point yet. Nor should they be given the circumstances. I'm more suspicious of someone who acts like he is.