The Journal

Reality TV

I’m not sure I want to admit this. But I might as well be honest about it. I’ve been watching “The Bachelor.” I mean…wait…no I don’t watch such TV slop. Oh fine. Yes I do. I can’t help it. It’s like a train wreck where the train is carrying 30 girls and one guy and you can’t look away because they’ve all collided into one big hot mess. But it’s reality TV, so it must be real, and I’m on the edge of my couch wondering what’s going to happen next. Don’t judge me. I read the New York Times and listen to NPR, too. I’m well-rounded.

After watching last night’s episode, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really like Chris Harrison. Usually you only see him at the rose ceremony when he comes out to announce that it’s “the final rose,” because we Bachelor viewers are obviously so brain dead that we can’t figure that out on our own. There is only one rose left on the pedestal…but I thought this was the second-to-last rose, Chris! Awwww, way burst my bubble!

Anyway, I saw Chris in a whole new light last night on the “Women Tell All” episode when the he showed some gumption and put the girls in their place, chastising them for being so harsh. The most real personality I’ve seen yet on that show happened like this:

“Come on, come on,” he said as one of the girls started on a verbal rampage against another. She continued, and he was like, “Okay, hold on, hold on. Okay, that’s good,” signaling her to stop. But she kept on. That’s when Chris lost it. “Alright, hey! Hey! HEY!” Then he actually whistled at her like a lifeguard and did the hand across the neck movement. You know, the one that says, “Cut it out!!!”

“Like really?!?” he said. “Like, just relax!”

That’s when I fell in love with Chris Harrison. He may seem like an unneeded accoutrement on the show, but last night he proved to me that he has spunk enough to stop the train wreck when it’s gone too far.

Now that you’ve read my pointless take on pointless TV, I’m off to go do something very meaningful and important. Like saving galapagos snails and endangered sea anemones. Or take a shower. That’s important, too.

He’s got spirit, how ’bout you?

  1. Karen R. says:

    I’ve always like Chris Harrison! It’s been a few years since I’ve seen a season of The Bachelor (it was my guilty pleasure watching it with my Mom, eating ice cream every Wed night when I was single). I was very proud of Chris in this episode. Way to go!

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