'Age of Love': The Finale

Age_lFinal episodes of dating shows are almost always terrible, and last night’s Age of Love finale was no exception. Once all the aggressive alpha-chicks and disturbed nutcases have been weeded out, things too often get awkwardly intense and you realize that you never genuinely cared who won, you just wanted to see people fight, get wasted, and do other ignorant things. The show’s actual outcome is an afterthought.

Granted, 25-year-old Amanda was both aggressive and loony — and not in a fun sort of way. She cried her way through the final days of the show, stressing the momentousness of Mark’s decision and dropping red-flag phrases like "knight in shining armor" and "happily ever after." But all of this psychobabble was reserved for the diary room — in person she just shut her mouth and hoped that the Poo would naturally gravitate towards her functional ovaries no matter what kind of charms 48-year-old Jen threw at the Philippoussises. Even from the first episodes, Amanda was given the editing that marked her as someone you were gonna see in the finale. She won and now it’s all over.

But let’s not end this "mini watch" on such a depressing note. As usual, there were a few humorous moments that diverted some attention away from the dark storm cloud that is Amanda:

Koalas. Cougars.Sharks. Oh my! Unfortunately, the animal-themed dates were not nearly as wild as they could have been, but they were still pretty weird and I’m glad that I have now witnessed the Australian version of Benihana (it’s no "Asian Hooters!"). When I saw the little dinner table set up in the aquarium, I thought they were going to have to eat fish while sharks swarmed around them, kind of like this Japanese game show I saw once where contestants had to eat turtle soup while sitting in a tub of turtles. Then I hoped a kangaroo would perform some sort of jump kick on Amanda. Needless to say, neither of these things happened.

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"We have a saying here in Australia — you can’t judge a book by its cover." Sorry, the Poo’s sister, but that’s an Outback original in the same way that Foster’s is "Australian for beer." This is exactly why people always say they like New Zealanders better…

The Magic Number Today’s categories are "things that have happened to Jen during sex" and "the number 34." Where do the circles in this X-rated Venn diagram overlap? I’m guessing she had some fun with a little guy called Shaq when he was still with the Lakers…

Editing mishaps Is it just me, or did the Poo mention that he was excited to have "all four ladies" at his home in Melbourne? Was that recorded before Maria walked away and Megan refused to get on the flight? Very confusing. Also, the clumsy editing extravaganza during the Poo’s rejection speech was completely thrown off by a telltale shot of Jen’s ‘do. Even in the final minutes, the producers did nothing to make Amanda’s victory even remotely surprising.

The Mark Consuelos Mystery The host was inexplicably MIA for two weeks, and I don’t think I’m alone in saying that he was sorely missed. I just hope he reemerges for the Poo’s next reality gig.

In summation, I would give this show a 5 out of 10. Did anyone actually like the finale? Or think that Amanda was actually the right choice?


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  • Stephanie T.

    The one on the right looks better. And again, how is this not like “The Average Joe”?

  • ronaldo

    for this series, the entertainment focused on the cattiness of the women. At this stage, very little between Jen and Amanda (minor bonus points for Amanda growling that Jen withheld her intention of bringing a gift to AUS, like she would have recipricated if roles were reversed). Lousy finale, especially the bouncing between Amanda and Jen in the decision to stage drama. Who wins is irrelevant; the question is how long it took to unload her. Anyone know?

  • Lesley

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if that guy does not break up with Amanda after seeing what a psycho she is on the show, he deserves to have his bunny boiled.

  • Anjeliki

    In his quest for fresh ovaries, Poo should have considered whether Amanda is the person he wants to have child-custody and alimony battles with. Methinks not.

  • joe

    I can’t tell from the pics which one is 40 and which one is not.

  • bradley

    this was taped a while ago. any word on whether or not they are still together? surely he has seen the tapes by now and kicked himself in the arse. jen got LUCKY! wow, she was hot! (amanda – NOT!)

  • Snooks

    Bradley if you go to people.com (I think I can say that as EW and People are owned by the same company) there is a little article about how Amanda and the Poo have been separated since May (when the show was filmed) and they watched the show together in Vegas and plan on spending the next week together doing “couple” things.
    On a side note, I always thought she reminded me more of an Aman-duh than Amanda. Oh yeah, the article states she’s some sort of assistant rather than a “hockey dancer” which was what it said she was all through the show.

  • Jen

    This was the first dating show I’ve ever watched, and the only thing possibly more pathetic than the women was the fact that they were all competed for a man with the personality of a thumbtack. Did I miss something? What is remotely appealing about this guy??

  • EP sato

    Jen, he’s a shy tennis pro who loves puppies and making out with 20 women over the course of a few weeks. What’s not to love?
    I’m upset Amanda won, but knew the show’d go all “Cousin Oliver” once Poo dumped Jayanna.

  • Samsara

    I could see glimmers of Poo’s personality and sense of humor sporadically. However – Amanda & Jen? BO-RING! I always liked Jen better, but she was so monotone all the time and never had anything interesting to say. Neither girl had any sense of humor, wit, irony, etc. Their dates were so dull. Maybe that’s why the show was so dull…

  • Rebekah

    I think Mark’s choice(and his mother’s) of Amanda came down to one thing. She can have his babies. I don’t think Jen would want a 25 yr. old & a new one. The preview did give it all away. I knew Jen was gone from that. Any word on if Amanda and Mark are still together? Hmm…I wonder which Lakers Jen has had her fun with.

  • Rebekah

    To Joe: I always thought Amanda could’ve passed for one of the 40 yr. olds. I’m 31 and she looks way older than me.

  • AL

    Jen, I agree. I think a lot of the women were actually surprised by how dull Mark was. It was good Amanda won because she was the only person who actually seemed in love with him.
    These dating show couples never last anyway, so Mark should have picked Jen just to make headlines. Then, they could have dated for a week and split up.
    The best thing about this show was the 40-something women. They were the hottest 40-somethings I know I have ever seen!!! They won’t stay single for long.
    Mark was a bore, the 20-somethings were idiots, but the 40-somethings were pretty incredible.

  • Tisa

    I think it is hilarious that you call him poo. He was pretty dull in my opinion too but then again so was Amanda. I knew he was going to chose her from the point at the camping trip where he let her stay the night in his tent. In my opinion, if you are doing that while dating and trying to “get to know” a bunch of women, then your mind is already made up. I think the other women should have dumped him for doing that since it was in very poor taste.

  • AJ

    Rebekah, yes, my husband has said over and over how ill-preserved Amanda is and that she will look like hell at 35. Too much sun, deep nasal-labio folds, etc.
    I knew his mom would prefer her, and I can’t believe how well a ploy like just smile and hope youth and prettiness will make the boy like you. It reminded me of watching Ariel voicelessly woo Eric in “The Little Mermaid”! ;-)

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