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The Bachelorette 2, Episode 2: Advice for the Ten Remaining Bachelorsby Betsy Wasser -- 01/26/2004
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This week on The Bachelorette, Meredith recalled her own experience on The Bachelor. She said that she was less aggressive than some of the other women, and that at first she was too shy and nervous to really show Bob how she felt. As a result, she thinks he didn’t give her the chance she deserved. She’s vowed not to do the same thing with the men, but at the same time, there aren’t enough roses to go around. Every week, Meredith must make the choice to let some of the men go. What can Rick, Todd, Chad, Brad, Sean, Lanny, Ryan R, Matt, Ian, and Ryan M do to make sure they have a chance at romance? It’s time for a little advice.
Rick: On the first episode, you captured Meredith’s attention. You say you “could see each other’s souls.” I don’t know if I’d take it that far, but Meredith was intrigued enough to give you a white rose and the first one-on-one date. You did pretty well on that date, but there’s room for improvement.
Let’s start with the bad. You are coming across as incredibly high-maintenance. Meredith is a make-up artist, so I suspect she appreciates a guy who takes care of himself. But when you described yourself as “metrosexual,” she was not impressed. You made matters worse when you ordered another drink. You didn’t just order wine; you specifically asked for a “California Chardonnay.” Then right on the heels of that, you picked the basil off of your salad with the precision of a surgeon. If you had done just one or two of those things, you would have come across as someone who is decisive, who knows what he wants and asks for it, and expects the best. But since you did all three, you seemed persnickety. That’s not a characteristic that’s going to have the ladies lining up for you. The fact that Meredith teased you about being high-maintenance in front of the other guys before the Rose Ceremony should have you worried.
On the other hand, you did a lot of things right. You told Meredith about yourself, sharing your hobbies, but didn’t dominate the conversation. You were a lot of fun and a bit more relaxed when the date turned to bowling. And Meredith must like you, since she kissed you on the limo ride home.
Meredith gave you a rose, so you will have another chance to impress her. When that time comes, relax and remind her how fun you can be. She’ll realize that just because you know what kind of wine you like does not mean that she’s dating Niles Crane.
Todd: Your skills at the rodeo roped you some alone time with Meredith. Well done. And when you were given a chance to be alone with her, you made a good impression. Meredith is relaxed around you and just discovered that you are not as shy as she thought, and was happy to learn that you’re funny. You’re doing a great job. Next week, make sure you get more time alone with her, and use that time to show her even more of your personality.
Lanny: You did a good job this week of capturing Meredith’s attention. If you watched her on The Bachelor, you know that she’s not comfortable on horses, and you were very sweet to offer her some advice. You also asked for some alone time, giving you a chance to get to know her a little better. Meredith is definitely interested, as evidenced by the fact that she asked you a lot of questions about yourself. That’s good. But there are a few things that you could be doing better. When everyone arrived at the ranch, Meredith was visibly nervous about getting on a horse. Why didn’t you get off your horse to help her? If you had, she would surely have been charmed. It was a missed opportunity. You need to pay close attention to Meredith while you’re on group dates so that such a chance does not pass you by again. More importantly, Meredith called you a country boy and thinks that the two of you are very different. If that’s not the case, you would be wise to look for some common ground.
Matthew: On the ATV date, you took a moment to gently remove some of the mud from Meredith’s hair. I saw some definite chemistry there. You were also wise to ask for some alone time with Meredith so you’d have a chance to talk. The trouble was you talked a mile a minute. You talked so fast that Meredith actually had to tell you to relax. She doesn’t want your resume; she wants to get to know you. And do you realize that the entire time you were filibustering about yourself that you didn’t ask her a single question about herself? That’s not good. But any guy who enjoys homemade tortillas for breakfast can’t be all bad, so Meredith kept you this week. Next week, relax, slow down, and ask her some questions, or you and your tortillas will say adios.
Ryan M.: You told the other guys that you are falling for Meredith, and I must say, I see a real spark between the two of you. You asked for alone time at the oasis and made her laugh. Meredith said that you could talk about dirt and it would be interesting. That’s great – keep it up and you’ll stick around. But like Matthew, make sure you don’t do all of the talking. Meredith is funny, too; give her a chance to make you laugh, and it will make her feel good. Even more importantly, be careful not to come on too strong just yet. You told the guys that you can imagine yourself marrying Meredith. Don’t tell her that just yet, or she’ll run away from you like she ran away from Harold when he said he could imagine her pregnant with his baby. Get to know her, keep making her laugh, and you will be around for a long time.
Chad, Brad, Sean, Ryan R, and Ian: Who were you again? We hardly saw you this week, which leads me to believe that there were no moments between any of you and Meredith that were worth showing. Next week, all of you need to make a real effort to spend some time with her. Lanny, Matthew, and Ryan M got alone time with Meredith because they asked for it. You had better do the same, or Meredith will be forced to cut you because she doesn’t know you. It’s the smart thing to do, and it will show Meredith that you really are interested in her. Besides, how will you know if you want to date her unless you spend more time with her?
That’s it for my advice this week, boys. We’ll find out next week who decides to take my advice and who gets sent home.
Betsy is the Assistant Editor of RealityNewsOnline and can be reached with any comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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