Reid’s Bachelor Pad Blog: Episode 1

Wow, I’m completely overwhelmed with writing my first blog entry for season 2 of the Bachelor Pad. There were just too many crazy things going on, so many ridiculous quotes and so many contestants that it’s hard to know where to begin. I also never received the 3-hour episode memo. I’m sure it will get easier after this one.

To me, this season of the Bachelor Pad has more of a mental institution feel to it than last season. Speaking of that, Kasey and Vienna stole the show on this episode, strong-arming their opponents from the start. They seem to be running a Communist Party type strategy. You are either with them or you are with Jake. I will call Kasey and Vienna the Communist Party from now on and Jake the Democratic Party. In my opinion there is no way their strategy is going to work. Do they really think that they are going to be the last men standing in the end? No way. No one else in the house would allow that to happen, so they’re basically doomed from the start. I liked Jake’s strategy for most of the fist episode. I’ll call this the “Bigger Man” strategy, even though he said that he still has some feelings for Vienna and needs closure. I believe this will be his Achilles heel. He was personable and convivial even with his enemies, which led to, one of the worlds most awkward conversations ever. Jake introduces himself and Kasey says “I know who you are.” Jake says, “Terrific!” in a sarcastic way.

Jake was being as normal as he could be in a situation where Kasey, standing like a guard dog, showing off his “30 pounds of new muscle” and about to beat Jake’s head if he got any closer. Meanwhile, they talk about the weather in LA. It was seriously uncomfortable to watch. In my mind Kasey was thinking something like “I want it to thunder on you. I’m going to summon the thunder and the lightning from God down on to your soul.” This definitely goes into the Bachelor Hall of Fame.

Jake continues his convivial nature as he has another awkward conversation with Tiara The Princess about how they are both from Texas. She says in a ditzy way “so we are Texans YAY!” That was a deep one. The Princess says that she has an astrologer who says she’s going to win. Really? An astrologer? I guarantee your astrologer will be wrong. They always are. I have an astrologer that says that your astrologer is crazy. When she was dancing in a bikini with weights in the grass it reminded me of the Black Hole Sun video by Soundgarden back in the early 90s. Creepy. Bachelor Hall of Fame Moment.

Kasey and Jake have a man-to-man conversation with 80′s synth music in the background like it’s a Beverly Hills cop stakeout scene or something.
Jake’s facial expressions don’t always match the emotion he is trying to convey, much like Tom Cruise.

“Rated R” Justin Rego gets out of the limo and is as cocky and absurd as always. Well, all I really remember about him is that he’s the guy with the girlfriend who was the weirdo, walking around the bushes with his broken leg. He gets out of the limo, greets Chris and says something like, “The R stands for revenge and reality star,” or something like that. Chris should be allowed to kick off one person each season just for saying something stupid. Sorry Justin, there are many other R words that we could use to describe your antics on reality TV. I don’t think you will stay long. Not with that cockiness. He wants to get Miss Piggy (Vienna) and Kermit the Frog (Kasey) off the show at the same time. His strategy obviously failed because he was one of the two who got sent home because he got caught playing for both teams. Alli also gets sent home because for some reason the house can’t trust her. I’m not really sure why and neither was she.

Another important story line in the house was the quick romance that started between Ames 2-D2 (he may be a robot) and Jackie. They were already discussing hanging out in Central Park together when they both get back to NYC after the show. The problem is that Jackie and Jake won the hanging challenge so they now are going out on a date together. Ames 2-D2 is upset that this may mess up his new romance with Jackie. I don’t think this will matter. Ames is really smart and will probably go far. He seems like a really nice, trustworthy robot. I don’t believe Jake will make it very far after his stupid decision to give Vienna the extra rose after everyone told him it was a horrible decision. His “bigger man” strategy went straight down the tubes with that move. He lost all of my respect and Gia’s. I’m sure he knew it was a mistake after Vienna and Shield basically laughed in his face.

Let’s move onto Gia. One thing that confused me is when Gia said that she fell for Jake. You didn’t fall for Jake? COME ON GIA! I know you and Jake pretty well and I don’t see you guys ever falling for each other. Gia thinks Vienna is manipulative and I tend to agree with her. I also think that Gia plays the manipulation game pretty well as she saved herself with a last minute alliance with Kasey to Vienna’s dismay. That was some good manipulative work. Props.

I was actually going to give Vienna the benefit of the doubt, but now I feel the same way Gia feels about her. She has officially showed her true colors. Vienna lost the challenge and blamed it all on Kasey. That’s just not right! That’s dumping material in my opinion Kasey. She also sold the break up story to tabloids. Another red flag right there. Kasey, listen to me: beware. I think you need to guard and protect your own heart. Also, the minute she showed up at the house she started her fake emotional almost cries with Chris Harrison. She also took a cheap shot at Jake during the competition saying he sleeps through everything.

Michael Stagliano shows up and still has feelings for Holly Durst. Holly doesn’t give a crap about Michael’s feelings although she said that she broke his heart and hers. Michael seems to fall in love too quickly in life in general and Holly seems to fall out of love too quickly. There is a bit of symbolism during the challenge where she gives up on her partner and says, “I’d rather be drinking.” Could this signify her general outlook on life and relationships? Maybe. She basically had a crush on Blake the minute she walked through the door and Mike seemed to pick up on that rather quickly. I’m thinking that Holly and Michael eventually get kicked off due to their past relationship issues and baggage. I hope that I’m wrong because I would love Stagliano to take it all. Word to my brother from Bachelorette season 5 with Jillian Harris.

Anyway, towards the end Blake makes a great attempt to get everyone to vote Kasey off. I would have strategically done the same thing but Gia and Kasey’s alliance held strong and they didn’t vote for each other. This relationship could get interesting.

Some side notes:

1. I think that Guard and protect your heart should be a spokesperson for Lipitor.

2. There may be a few murders this season.

3. Some cracks are starting to show in the strength of Kasey and Vienna’s relationship.


Michael Stag: “It’s going to be a giant pillow fight.”

Kasey and Vienna: “I love you more than peanut butter cookies, the grandma ones?” That’s how they made up after their fight.

Jake and Gia are talking about strategy and Jake asks Gia: “How did the Romans beat the Greeks?” Gia responded with, “They showed up in a giant elephant at their door.”

My prediction for next week is that Jake and Gia both get voted off and possibly Kasey or Vienna as well.

Next week looks good and I’ll be blogging again, so look out for it. You can always follow me on Twitter @reidrosenthal1


  1. Fun blog! Great to hear another side, and even though I wish you saw through Jake, it’s nice to see that you’re impartial overall!

    Comment by Kylie — August 11, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

  2. Awesome blog, Reid! I could not agree with your opinions more, especially when it comes to Kasey and Vienna. I’m glad someone came out and called her out on how horrible she’s being in that house.

    Comment by Phoebe — August 11, 2011 @ 6:29 pm


    Comment by Jenna — August 11, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

  4. great blog! so far the best i have read on this site! ye i aint falling for jake, but the rest spot on, and funny too!

    Comment by mimi — August 11, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

  5. wasn’t it Holly that said Jake sleeps through everything? Anyways interesting. I agree with most but your girlfriend likes Vienna & Jake is manipulative as is Gia. None should talk about each others manipulation. Jake is still talking Vienna to Ryan Seacrest & milking it so who is still all about Fame??? HMmm.. If Jake was truly over Vienna he wouldn’t still be hell bent on deystroying. he is still all caught up in Vienna & until he truly lets go will never have a meaningful relationship. NO woman would attempt to go near him not a sane one anyways..

    Comment by just saying — August 11, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

  6. So funny, the best blog on here! Loved it

    Comment by Judy — August 11, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  7. LOVE you Reid!! Thanks for blogging! I really love that your sense of humor comes out when you are giving your opinions of each scene!! Keep that part coming, other blogs just re-cap, so I really make sure I read yours!! The full 3hrs was enough for me too.. the crazies came out early!! Take Care, & please keep giving us your opinions – that’s what makes your blog different!! THANKS

    Comment by BEVERLEY — August 11, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  8. Hi, Reid. Love your Mental Institution analogy.

    But you have a few facts wrong.

    Holly said Jake sleeps thru alot, not Vienna.

    And Kasey is a good dude. He has a speech impediment as a child and that’s why his voice seems ‘off’. Vienna is being given a terrible edit to redeem, fake ass Jake, who is the biggest dirtbag ever on this show, besides Ed Swiderski.

    You, of all people, should understand how they edit you on these shows. Everyone that has met Kasey and Vienna in real life, really likes them, so take it all with a grain of salt.
    Great blog, look forward to next week’s.

    Comment by Loved — August 11, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

  9. Having 18 people with a combined IQ of 36 (not including Ames) seriously makes a great TV show.

    Comment by J-Dawg — August 11, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  10. Amazing job! Who knew you could be so funny? Keep ‘em coming please :)

    Comment by Amanda — August 11, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  11. Best BP blog so far…. love it!

    Comment by Kat — August 11, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  12. Great blog, the best out of all on this site. I agree with you, Jake is the nice normal guy here, he seems to want to do the right thing. I can’t handle Vienna, hope she gets eliminated soon.

    Comment by noreen — August 11, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  13. Reid, loved your blog!!!!!!!! I havent watched BP2 but I have it DVR’ed. I was debating wether I was going to watch it or just erase it but after reading your blog I have to watch it. Great play on words saying “Guard and Protect your Heart” should be used for Very well written blog and I’ve read several. Yours is by far the best!

    Comment by shiloh13 — August 11, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  14. Reid- love you and so glad to see you on the bachelor franchise again! jillian missed out. really wanted you to be the next bachelor! best of luck with everything.

    Comment by agd979 — August 11, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

  15. Good job on the blog, Reid! I do think you are being too easy on Jake. I think that guy is a nut! Why would you give Kasey and Vienna your blessing? They. Don’t. Care. Oh the drama! :-) Look forward to tweeting next Mon. night and reading your blog next week!

    Comment by Lori — August 12, 2011 @ 12:26 am

  16. Okay, but there’s a big diff between Gia being manipulative to WIN THE GAME, and Vienna being manipulative to sell her intimate details to a magazine, and treating her bf Kasey like trash.

    Comment by Allissa — August 12, 2011 @ 12:34 am

  17. Hi Reid…Very clever with your usual sharp wit and it; Thank you. I just LMAO at the Helen of Troy question..Elephant??? too of the night;IMO..I was so incredulous at Jake giving Vicious Vienna the Rose..dumb move.. redemption comes in strange ways..Jake please stick (no pun intended) to flying…the aerials were beautiful..what in the H…is a nice boy like Ames doing in that snake pit?? People never cease to amaze me…keep up the good work Reid..

    Comment by Chris G. — August 12, 2011 @ 1:05 am

  18. Loved it! Couldn’t stop laughing though, past the ,Chris should be aloud to kick someone off just for saying something stupid. Classic!!!

    Comment by Molly — August 12, 2011 @ 1:41 am

  19. Oh Reid, I’ve missed you so! This whole bach franchise just hasn’t been the same since you went away. BOO HOO! But now you’re back. PLEASE STAY!! I just love you and your wit. Great blog. So happy to be reiding again.

    Comment by Patty — August 12, 2011 @ 2:54 am

  20. OH I have missed you, Reid! You were my favorite EVER!! I absolutely loved you on Jillian’s season, and I miss you sooo much. No one else has been quite as wonderful as you.

    Anywho, the crazy princess is giving all of us Erica’s an awful name. Let’s hope she doesn’t last long. The only sane people on here are Ella, Ames, and Michael. I rhink that every girl is going to fall in love with Stag (if they haven’t already) by the end of this season. Thanks for the great blog!! Can’t wait for more! :)

    Comment by Erica — August 12, 2011 @ 5:53 am

  21. REID! Loved your blog about this episode. Enjoyed ur writing style! Thanks!
    Do u still hate fondue? LOL

    Comment by Jilly&Reidneed2get2getherAgain!! — August 12, 2011 @ 6:45 am

  22. P.s. Gia is seriously overrated. If she flips her hair back one more time, I might just puke.

    And, Fake Jake …

    Um, YUCK!!!”"

    Comment by Jilly&Reidneed2get2getherAgain!! — August 12, 2011 @ 6:49 am

  23. Well done you! Loved hearing your side, since you know so many of the contestants. Your humor always makes me laugh. Thanks and keep up the great work! :)

    Comment by Rachel — August 12, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

  24. Kasey needs to look out for himself. Vienna is manipulative and would dump him in a heartbeat if it meant winning.

    Comment by Erin — August 12, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

  25. Great Job w/your 1st Blog for BP2 Reid…Loved your Side Notes. Contact drug company for Lipitor, forget Kasey, just tell them you’ve got a new marketing piece, you may have something there. Loved your “BEST SIDELINES” too! Looking forwar to your next week’s Blog!

    Comment by Susan L. a fellow realtor — August 12, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

  26. Enjoyed your blog, however, I think Jake is totally fake. In fact, I believe that he has Narcisstic Personality Disorder(

    1.Chris Harrison’s interview with Jake and Vienna about their breakup.

    2. For an explanation of why “Jake’s facial expressions don’t always match the emotion he is trying to convey, much like Tom Cruise”, check out:

    3.In the first episode of the Bachelor Pad, Jake showed no empathy toward Gia, who is apparently his good friend, when he chose to give the rose to Vienna. I believe that Jake gave the rose to Vienna, not because he cared for her, but because he was concerned with his image and hoped that in giving the rose to Vienna he would come across as the good guy.

    Comment by Sharone — August 12, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  27. Laugh-out-loud funny! Ames2-D2? Guard and protect your heart as a sponsor for Lipitor? Sharp and savvy writing.

    Comment by Mary Agnes — August 12, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

  28. Nice to see you writing, Reid! Always liked your humor and way of looking at things.

    Comment by DW — August 13, 2011 @ 1:24 am

  29. ABSOLUTELY LOVED READING YOUR BACHELOR PAD BLOG REID! Can’t wait to read next week’s entry. You’re right on so many points. However, they should have kept it at 2 hours instead of 3. By the half-way point it was dragging on and on and on. Also, the person or person(s) who come up with these ridiculous challenges MUST be drunk or stoned or stupid or a combination of the 3. Rumor has it they’re going to be asking ridiculous questions like who is the least attractive in the bachelor pad house? Then, they’re going to throw eggs at each other! For crying out loud, bring viewers better challanges/competitions next season! This is like watching ridiculous immature elementary school drama!

    Comment by Victoria — August 13, 2011 @ 3:19 am

  30. So glad to hear from you again. We all thought Jillian was crazy not to pick you and were so bummed that you were not the bachelor – the ratings would have been through the roof. LOVE your sense of humor. I can’t stand BP, but had to read your blog and it’s by far even better than what is written by professionals in EW and anything on this site. Keep up the great work!

    They should make comments easier to read on this site.

    Comment by Team Reid — August 13, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  31. Omigod – This blog is great. I have no idea who you are and didn’t watch your season, but when you referred to “princess Erica” and said your astrologer said her astrologer was crazy, I died. But the best comparison when when you described “When she was dancing in a bikini with weights in the grass it reminded me of the Black Hole Sun video by Soundgarden”. CLASSIC! I remember that video – and you aren’t too far off… I recommend readers look it up on YouTube.
    Looking forward to next week’s blog

    Comment by Mary Jo — August 13, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  32. Well, I knew you were funny, for one! (Soy grande?) I’m so happy you’re writing this blog, and I look forward to seeing the next post. You have a unique perspective, and I appreciate your sense of humor!! You rock!!

    Comment by Bshher — August 14, 2011 @ 2:22 am

  33. Great Blog!! Can’t wait for episode 2!! You go Reid!

    Comment by luvsunshine — August 15, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

  34. A++

    Comment by BirdOfParadise — August 16, 2011 @ 4:44 am

  35. Jake is not fake–he’s just a bit naïve about how mean people can be. He gives people the benefit of the doubt, which is why he thought Vienna might possibly return his kindness and help save him on the Bachelor Pad. Others might see that as weakness, but I have far more respect for him than for that dysfunctional and meanspirited couple Kasey and Vienna.

    Comment by Me — August 16, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

  36. Oh my goodness! So good to hear from Reid again! Can YOU be the next bachelor? They haven’t had such good bachelors on the show since your final 3 with Jillian Harris–and this was the funniest recap I’ve read of these shows in a while! Definitely tuning in for next week!

    Comment by Beth — August 16, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  37. REID!!!!

    Loved your blog!

    Comment by Kat — August 17, 2011 @ 3:47 am

  38. Reid- You were the best ever on Bachelorette. America fell in love with you. You are adorable and so sweet! I could NOT believe that Jillian chose Ed over you. We miss you and hope to see more of you in the future.

    Comment by erin — August 17, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  39. I love reading your thoughts Reid!! You are my absolute favorite. You attractive, witty man.

    Comment by cathy — August 17, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  40. Hi, Reid: Didn’t see your recap of Episode 2 – are you going to combine Episodes 2 and 3? Looking forward to it. So enjoyed your first recap. Keep them coming.


    Comment by Sandy — August 22, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  41. Ola, Reid………. adorei vc no bo the bachelorette com a Jillian… não era para ser mesmo… mas pelo q vi aqui no site, faz tempo q aconteceu esse programa, em 2011 ????? e agora como vvc esta :? ??? namorando ??? já casou ???? vc participou do the bachelor depois ????? bjs

    Comment by Monica Casarin — November 24, 2012 @ 6:08 am

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