Either Rachel was body-snatched or we've been had!
Originally Posted by roseskid
Well, I have to say that ending blew donkeys . . . Didn't Rachel tell us repeatedly & up to 5 minutes before the elimination that she was all about the money??? Then she turns around and trashes her dream of these last many many weeks & wads her precious million up in a ball. For a personality-free guy who doesn't even like to kiss her? Devotion to the person she'd been dissing this whole time sprung up within minutes--who knew???
Why, Caleb & Rachel make Alex & Amanda from Bachelor 1 almost look like twue wuve, and who thought that was possible?
I can only think of two explanations for the strange outcome & why Caleb & Rachel both completely contradicted themselves. (Hint: Neither of them involves actual caring about each other.)
1. They were both body-snatched by aliens posing as them.
2. The ending was engineered by the producers, completely. I have learned an inevitable truth in reality-show programming: Contestants do not have free will, regardless of what the PimpHost might tell us. I think they created the situation in which the last man standing had $1, & at some point informed Caleb of his 'mystery' value. Face it, even a bad date being manhandled by Rachel is worth more than a dollar. It was a choice between Rachel & a scratch-off lottery ticket or a bottle of water, pretty much, for Caleb.
Rachel was no doubt promised some kind of photo shoot or gig in the TV business in exchange for wadding up her beloved check. That whole weepy confessional scene where she told us "This whole thing just sucks right now!" was not the sobs of a girl faced with breaking the heart of a true love--I think that just before the cameras rolled, the producers told Rachel that she WOULD be choosing the guy, and she could kiss her check buh-bye.
Maybe another girl could be swayed by the thought that public opinion of her as a money-grubbing 'ho, should she choose the money over the guy would hurt too much and negatively impact her ability to get work in show business (Can anyone say "Darva Conger"?). And such thoughts might persuade another girl to choose the guy out of a desire to be thought of as a 'nice' person. I don't think Rachel had any such qualms. They held a gun to her head, metaphorically speaking.
When Rachel & Caleb left the set and the camera honed in on their discarded checks, we saw that they had been smoothed out and laid out so we could read them. That was another tip-off that this outcome was rigged--If you were, in fact, choosing love over money & you wanted to show your sincerity in doing this, wouldn't you shred the check into tiny little bits & throw it in the air like confetti? That's what I'd do--utterly destroy the check.
They weren't allowed to do that--I'm sure their instructions were to ball up the checks & place them carefully back on the ring stand so we could read them later.
I look forward to reading the break-up feature in People magazine next week.