To paraphrase Wes: "You assumed that shot was from next week's episode. Why?"
Originally Posted by SD_fan
Seriously, the previews have been deceptive before and the editors could have easily used a "clicking champagne glasses" shot from almost any of the past episodes in order to throw us off.
The producers obviously were to take a huge risk of having no gay guys in the final three if they did not pair two of the remaining straight guys together in episode 4's elimination ceremony. However, the producers have consulted with James about every elimination decision. I've read in another thread that, despite how the suitors were arranged, the producers might have convinced James to pick a certain guy over this guy to make sure he gets into the final three, even if the straight guy wasn't paired with the other straight guy. They might have used this tactic to fool the viewers or something into thinking Franklin is straight, when Wes or Brian might actually be the fakers. The producers might have insisted James on picking Wes over Robb (because Andra said Robb and him had the least chemistry) or Brian over Darren (I'm not sure about the reasoning for this pairing).
Or maybe the producers were just so obvious for putting Sean and Franklin together, that it's just an absolute no-brainer that Franklin's the straight guy?
We'll all just watch next week's finale just to make sure.
That may be true, however the previous ceremonies weren't held outside and James was wearing the same clothes he did when he said "I have to assume you're straight."
Originally Posted by LAGuy
Check the backdrop
True. And to prove your point even further, check out the backdrop for the two scenes - it is exactly the same. I rewound the tape four times to be sure of this.
Originally Posted by SD_fan
I just saw the new promo with Andra saying "I chose you to be here" and something about making a mistake. They then cut to Franklin. Convenient editing?
Remember in episode 2 when Andra got upset upon learning that the mates would be put in groups of four and James would have to eliminate one from each group? She said something like, "What if they put my favorites in one group? What if they put Franklin, Robb, Matt and Sean into one group? Who are you going to get rid of?" Three of those guys are now gone, so I submit that she was talking to Franklin.
Originally Posted by FranFan
Originally Posted by Montmorency
Does anyone have a list of all the selection time groupings so far? It would be interesting to see (now that we know who is straight), whether there was a 'randomness' to the groupings or there was a straight/gay pattern, or if the pattern had to do with James's preferences for specific guys (ie. the producers knew who he was most likely to choose beforehand, and grouped accordingly).
Yes, it's been examined here on FORT. You can look for the specifics, but they were as follows:
(assuming Franklin is the Straight)
And you remember grouping 3.
Originally Posted by jsciv
thanks much, Joe! I guess it's true, then -- they definitely had the selections so that the outcome would always have gay and straight mixed in to the next choice. I figured as much, but it's interesting to see it listed out.
Here's another way to break this down.
Originally Posted by fizban
The producer's of the show probably figured that people would watch the pairing situations, since it's a new twist to the dating reality show genre. This, inturn, would open the door for accusations that they "fixed" the outcome, if they had an entirely straight group in each round.
To prevent any such criticism, they could have decided to place at least one gay guy in a predominantly straight group, therefore assuring that several straights made it through to the next round. They could then argue that they never set James up to end up with a straight suitor, because he always had a gay choice.
This theory. and I'm not saying it's right, would work if Wes is the straight guy, and Franklin is the gay one.
It would then work out like this...
Jim (S) Franklin (G) Sean (S) Dan (S)
Wes (S) Michael (S) Robb (G) Paul (S)
Matt (G) Brian (G) Marc (G) Darren (G)
Here, we have 2 predominantly straight groups...where one was let go, assuring straights make it through.
Michael (S) Sean (S) Robb (G)
Darren (G) Brian (G) Matt (G)
Franklink (G) Dan (S) Wes (S)
Again, it works. The producers could claim they always had a gay guy in each group. Plus, if stereotypical gay guys were James appeal, he would have probably gotten rid of Franklin in this round, leaving 2 straights.
Brian (G) Darren (G)
Wes (S) Robb (G)
Franklin (G) Sean (S)
Again, there's always a gay guy in the group. This is where the disclaimer at the end of the show comes into play. They have consulted with James prior to the eliminations, but the choices were James. The producers would have known, based on James' and Andra's statements, that he had little chemistry with Robb, so Wes would make it through, and that he couldn't figure Sean out, so he'd pick Franklin...allowing a 2 to 1 gay/straight finale.
I know this is looking way into it, but no more so than the all gay group assumption. I just feel that the show, and it's producers, would be setting themselves up for major criticism far beyond what they've already heard, not to mention potential law suits, had they made it impossible for James to not wind up with a straight guy in the final 3.
They also focussed so much attention on the date with Wes, that it's strange to think he'll be the ultimate winner. It was too leading for a reality show...in particular this one. Also, the kiss...James said to Wes specifically how important kissing is. If Wes wanted the money, of course he would kiss him...
Just my two cents. Any thoughts about this?
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