thoughts about ED's edit..
I think there is a definite difference in the Ed edit before he left and after he came back..
In the beginning he was portrayed as more of a regular guy.An everyman.Came on the show,not any major expectations,was very career driven,no time for love,etc.
His original edit was a " workaholic with no time for love"..
Once there was an established strong connection with Jill and he left for his work issues TPTB knew that if /when he would return they would have to play up another angle.They could not play up a guy who is a workaholic because he has now returned , left his job again, to return for Jill.
They needed a new edit "decoy"since alot of viewers thought it was a "slam dunk" when he came back that she would choose him,not all,but alot of casual viewers.
They used the Spain dates for Ed to catch up...all is well so far..no real issues since they were still dealing with the Wes storyline conclusion.
So at the point of the FD's in HI "the comeback Kid" as CH has dubbed him seems to be all caught up,his parents have met Jill, all is in place for a straight shot to the finale.
The one thing about this show is that it is never going to be portaryed as a straight shot for the F1 on this show.There will always be doubt cast for DRAMA.SO people will watch the until the very end.
TPTB really could care less anymore how good or bad the F1 looks .They can always redeem his edit in the finale anyway.They need drama and suspence to hold the viewers interest.Like Bloomers said,they are competing with the MTV generation reality shows where sex and inappropraite behavior mean ratings.
So during the FD' they could not play up their attraction,they needed to downplay their connection to hold suspence until the finale.
Ed took one for the Team ,the Jill and ED team, on the "FD issue".I heard they were both EXHAUSTED and really wanted the crew to leave them alone.
I heard it was 4:45 in the morning when they were filming the FD for them,check Ed's watch..
I have no doubts that Ed and Jill are just fine in the physical attraction /chemistry department.(Jill even said she was wondering "what happens after the honeymoon stage is over?"to Ed on the boat.)
I think they used what they needed to for ratings and suspence to cast doubt on Ed,the presumptive F1 after he returned.
Really,what better thing can you really use at that point to cast real doubt ?
I think Ed seems to have a good sense of humor and can laugh at himself ..Although this was a very tough Edit" card" to draw..in the end it really won't matter.
All's well that ends well ...that's what this show is about.