Well, well, well. If you really want to enjoy this show, try finding somebody who hasn't watched it, sit down with them, and listen to their reactions. It can be quite interesting. That's what happened to me last night. I was visiting my sister's, and together she, my BIL, and myself watched the show. They've never watched this show before so, like I said, the results were quite interesting. Below are a list of comments that I remember.
[during the dinner scene with JP]
"There's something wrong with Ashley's teeth. They don't seem to quite fit in her mouth."
[during all the ruckus with Ashley's family and JP]
"She comes across as whiny and immature, like she's back in high school or something. She definitely has some insecurity and self-esteem issues. This does not bode well."
"Boy, this is going to be a fun Thanksgiving for Ashley's family. Can't you see them all sitting at the table with Sis glaring daggers at JP?" (me)
We all agreed that the multiple tattoo thing did not look good.
"Is Sis wearing Coco Chanel earrings? That looks like the famous double C logo. Ewww. That just does not look right with all those tattoos." (me)
More ewww from all of us during the mud scene.
[when Ashley first appears in the circle of flowers, alone]
"She looks like a virgin sacrifice, as if the natives are about to push her into the volcano." (me)
"Was there a hurricane alert for that day?" (BIL)
"So they do this huge product placement for the jewelry company, but not for the peasant fisherman in the boat, who has the boat's name blurred out? What's up with that? Guess the poor guy couldn't
paybribe the producers enough!" (all of us)
"Why couldn't they have filmed these scenes in the morning or evening? Poor Ben seems to be sweating like crazy." (me)
[as Ben stomps angrily off]
(to the pilot of his airplane) "Take me to the beach! Where's the rest of the women on this island?" and "Where's the nearest bar?" (BIL)
And my favorite comment of the evening, from my BIL:
"Ashley looks like the leg of a Clydesdale horse." (after getting befuddled looks from my sister and I ) "You know, all smooth on top, and furry on the bottom."
Viva la differance between the sexes!
I wish Ashley well, but with the track record of this show, and the bad vibes I get from both Ashley and JP, I doubt it will last.
Since both Ames and Ben are taken now, I guess we're stuck with Ryan. (sigh) I'm still trying to decide if I'll watch.
I don't particularly mind the things Ben said. As somebody here posted, that was probably the first genuine emotion that's been shown this season. Who among us hasn't, in a moment of hurt and anger, said something that we later regretted? I'd rather see that than Ben walking off with a smile plastered on his face, as if he didn't just get humiliated on national tv. And yes, I hold Ashley fully responsible for that. She knew she wasn't going to pick him quite a while ago, so she should have let him off early a la Ali. That she let him go all the way to the proposal was, as somebody posted, probably part of her insecurity/ego thing. Whatever her reasoning, it just puts the finishing touches to my lack of respect that I've had for her throughout this season.