Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Recap of The Bachelor Canada 2 Finale Part 1

We begin with Timbits flying off to Tahiti. Air Tahiti must have been down on it's bookings that day because it looks like Tim was the only one on the plane. Tim laments that this is a very important week because he will be proposing to either April or Trisha by the end of it. The problem? He is falling in love with two very different women.

No shit they're different. Trisha is the happy, easy-going girl, while April is the shy, guarded
one. Trisha has already told Tim she is in love with him. April however is only now willing to admit that she is maybe falling in love. Kinda. Perhaps. But this whole thing has all been way too fast.

These final dates, an overnight stay in a fantasy suite and the meetings with Tim's Ma and Pa will mean all the difference in the world in Tim's decision to find his soulmate. First up is Trisha. Tim meets her in the pineapple field, with two horses in tow. Because he is a self-described, accomplished horseman and Trisha is not. In fact, she fears for her life. Especially when she can't control the horse. My first thought is it's kind of funny she got the unwieldy horse. They stop in the field to have a chat. Tim thinks they are a good fit. She tells him she loves him, but she is nervous about what it all means. They have dinner at the Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa. Lo and behold, there is that overnight date card sitting there on the table. She accepts. No, there was no mention of it being an opportunity to talk. So of course you know what that means? But there was no cutaway shot of Tim and Trisha kissing in the Fantasy Suite...which is very interesting indeed.

Next is April's turn for her own shot at a little Timbits. Their date is the typical dream yacht date. There is more of that "I have started to fall for you" talk. They jump off the upper deck, supposedly to symbolize "trust" and "taking a leap of faith." They toast to it over dinner. Blah, blah, blah. April also accepts the overnight card for a stay on board the yacht. He stipulates it's only to talk and get to know each other more, because time is running out. She agrees. I will hold back my comments, except to say never go by what these people say when they accept the card. The cutaway shot they show of Tim and April? Well, let's just say there was no talking going on.

Okay, now for the hardest test of all. The girls get to meet Tim's Mumsy. She's a tough nut to crack and what's worse is, she knows it. I sympathize for these 2 girls. I really do. Well I would, if this was real life. Trisha does fine. Ma and Pa like her. April? Not so much. She didn't react to the bombardment very well, especially the question "Tell us about your upbringing."

Stop the presses. Tell us about your upbringing??? My bullshit meter just went off again. I would understand a question like, "Tell us about your family." or "What do you do for a living?" or even, "Where did you grow up?" But... "Tell us about your upbringing"? Come on. That just smacks of a production prompted question to me, knowing what we do of April's childhood. The only person who would ever ask that is some snob nose who thinks they are so much better and really wants everyone to know it. You just don't say "upbringing" unless you're being judgmental. Of course April is flustered and can't give proper answers. That question would have cut her right to the core.

Ma and Pa don't beat around the bush. They tell Tim that Trish appears the better match, but they will accept his decision.

Later, Tim goes to see April. She is sooo upset that now she wants to go home. And that's it for now. We get the "To be continued..." tag with some very dramatic music.  So what is happening with April? What the heck is wrong with this girl?

Absolutely nothing is wrong with her.

This is my opinion, and my opinion only. All of these girls have handlers and throughout this whole process, or "journey", they are repeatedly told or prompted in their ITMs with things like "Tim seems to very attracted to you"; "He looks like he is developing feelings for you"; or "He's really falling for could be the one." So when someone is told these kind of things over and over again, they start to believe it. It is very much like Stockholm Syndrome. Add to that, production pushes and pushes to meet their 6 week filming agenda. When it comes down to the end, it all catches up and becomes very overwhelming. I think that is what she meant when she tried to say she had so many thoughts going through her head. Meeting the parents is like a dose of reality. Everything erupts. The problem is, when this is portrayed on television, what we see appears to be an unstable person like Whitney last year or a shy, reserved person who just wants to go home - like April.

But what I don't understand is how are they intending to wrap this thing up next week in an episode that is only 30 minutes long? And do it convincingly.

Latest Update (Monday, November 17): At first I thought the only way they could get away with a 30 minute format was if Tim sends one of the girls home. However, the latest preview - if it can be trusted, clearly shows both girls wearing gowns and walking to the Final Rose Ceremony. We also hear Tim say in a v/o, "Will you marry me?" But be careful, this could be a very creative edit. So what happens?

If April stays by her own decision - that is if Tim doesn't persuade her to stay, I suppose his choice could be Trisha. If Tim convinces April to stay with more of this "trust" and "leap of faith" crap, then his choice is definitely her. He'd look like a complete douchebag if he got April to stay only to turn around and give the final rose to Trisha. So, as of today, I am going with April.