Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 2

chris-bachelor-padLet the blood begin to flow. No not between Raichel and Melissa — we’ll deal with their battle later. I’m talking about National Blood Donor month. We here at The Bachelor are very happy to be partnering up with the American Red Cross to shine an entertaining light on a very serious topic. Last Saturday, Brad, a host of former contestants, and myself were extremely proud to host a blood drive here in L.A. This is the first of several we’re going to host across the country. For more info on these blood drives and how you can help, go to our web site. Now let’s get back to the show. This week as promised I didn’t watch with my family and friends, so don’t worry — you wont be digging into the archives for your Best of Eddie Money album. I checked, and there really is a Best of Eddie Money album. Who knew? The first thing we did this week was move the girls into the mansion. There’s a lot more to this than you get to see. Once I meet them on the driveway and move the women in, they run around the house checking everything out. One highlight you didn’t get to see during the move was Sarah P. diving into the pool with her clothes on. Madison followed close behind. They got dried off before I called them inside for the date card talk.

The first date went to Ashley H. Unfortunately for Ashley I think she’s going to fall victim to the Great First Date Syndrome. Now, I just made this up so bear with me. I’ve noticed in the past that having the first date is great, but when it goes well — which Ashley’s did — it then makes it hard to go back to the house and wait and watch all the other girls start to date your man. Ashley will begin to struggle with this like many have before her. The carnival date they went on was fantastic. I really have to give it up to our art department. They had just twelve hours to set this up on one of the hottest days ever in Los Angeles. (One other cool fact is that the ticket booth was the same one used in the movie Grease.) The first date went extremely late and when they got home around 4 a.m., the only person awake was Ashley S. Must be an Ashley thing.

The date card we delivered for the group date was ridiculously long because it had so many names on it. We never have fifteen women on one group date. But as you saw this was a very special date with a very special purpose. A couple notes from the PSA blood drive date: My man Paul Danner (the big man shouting orders) continues to get screen time on the show. We will continue to show him until I marry him off. As I’ve said before Paul is our regular floor manager on the show. The man directing the PSAs is our regular director Ken Fuchs, who also does an amazing job. I just wish on this group date you were somehow able to tell it was Michelle’s 30th birthday. Speaking of age, many of you have asked why we aren’t showing how old the women are this year. I find it interesting their age makes such a difference to you. Not sure why age would make a difference in finding love. There actually is a technical reason the ages aren’t on there this season: We changed the graphics up a bit and they just don’t fit. But I will tell you if you pay attention you will learn how old these women are as we go. You found out how old three or four of them were this week alone, and the ages are up on the web site on their bios. As I said last week, Michelle, who’s 30 years old, is a person who goes after what she wants, and she definitely stirs things up along the way as she does it. By the way, Madison and her fangs didn’t get a lot of airtime this week but the girls did not forget about her. While she was out on the group date Sarah P., Lindsay and Ashley S. devised a plan to see if Madison was really a vampire. They made crosses out of branches in the backyard and stuffed cloves of garlic under all the mattresses (just in case).

Jackie’s date is what we like to call the “Pretty Woman” date. The car Brad is driving on this date and during the show is the Aston Martin DB9. This is an amazing machine. I know this because they were crazy enough — I mean kind enough — to lend me one to drive during the show as well. After a day of pampering at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Brad and Jackie drove out to one of the most iconic spots in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Bowl. This was such a cool once-in-a-lifetime experience, I also showed up for this date. I said a quick hello to the couple but stayed off. To go to the Hollywood Bowl is one thing; to have the place completely to ourselves is another. All I could think of is the movie Some Kind of Wonderful. I know I just dated myself with that one, but check it out it’s a very cheesy but good coming-of-age date movie. One funny note from the date: When Brad gave Jackie the rose, he then told her there was a surprise and pointed to the stage… and nothing happened. The band wasn’t set yet so they had to wait a couple minutes, and then he introduced the surprise guests again.

I’m a huge fan of the band Train so after the performance I went backstage to meet Pat Monahan. Two reasons I know this guy is a great dude. One he really loved and respected the history of performing at the “Bowl” and two, turns out he’s a huge fan of the show. By the way, Jackie got to keep the amazing diamond earrings that Brad picked out for her. The other girls were crazy jealous. A lot of the women back at the house didn’t think Jackie would get the rose and would be going home. When she walked through the door the girls quickly began to realize they couldn’t predict what Brad might do. While Jackie was on her date, Keltie taught all the girls to do high-kicks in the backyard. Most of the women joined in but not Melissa, who was already at odds with Raichel as well as some of the other girls at this point.

Let’s talk about this Raichel vs. Melissa battle. I don’t know who was right and who was wrong and honestly I don’t really care. What I do know is they spoiled the cocktail party that night for a lot of women. Their constant bickering brought the whole mood down in the house. Poor Ashley S. spent the night trying to reason with them and calm them down but neither would listen. A couple things these girls should now know about Brad: First of all he has no poker face. Did you see the look on his face while he was talking to Melissa? The second is that Brad doesn’t like drama. I was impressed that he nipped this problem in the bud and sent both Melissa and Raichel packing. I will credit Melissa with giving us a great line by calling Raichel ” an energy suck”; I love that and will be using it now.

One final note before I let you go this week. It was really good to see Ali and Roberto and have them back on the show. It’s interesting how these couples walk back in the house and the cast looks at them like rock stars. They helped Brad pick Emily and give her a rose. Up to this point she really hasn’t had much time with Brad and he has no idea about her story. That will begin to change next week in what is a very emotional episode. We also showed you a preview of the Capitol Records date where another one of my favorites, Seal, makes an appearance. This season just continues to get better and better as we go. I’m really excited to let it unfold for you and see your reactions. I want to leave you this week with a personal note: I’m proud to be hosting the 90th annual Miss America Pageant on ABC next Saturday, January 15, at 9 p.m. I hope you can join me. Remember it is national blood donor month, so as Melissa would say don’t be an energy suck, give blood! Please continue to leave your comments below or you can always find me on twitter @chrisbharrison or look us up on our new web site,

More Bachelor coverage from EW:
Bachelor episode 2 recap: Out for Blood

Brad’s Bachelor blog on

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  • Cupcake

    Totally agree that Brad was right on with letting Melissa and Raichel go. So much drama so soon? With the crying and getting people to side with each of them it was a little painful to watch. Way to scare him off. Michelle seems a little scary too but time will tell. In the previews for next week it looks like she is stalking the other women when they are with Brad. I sure hope not – creepy! Looking forward to Monday to see what happens next…

    • Anne

      I can tell you what happens next week: Kimberely, Sarah and Madison go home! There you go!

      • Saracen Riggins

        @ANNE – you are RUDE.

      • Kara

        SHUT UP! You might not care, but there are a bunch of people who enjoy watching the show.

      • Elizabeth

        Anne, shut your big fat mouth

      • Sharon

        You go girl!

      • Teri

        Anne, how immature of you! There are those of us who don’t want to know ahead of time who will be leaving. Keep your comments to yourself and let the rest of us enjoy finding out for ourselves!

      • SLB

        Then don’t read blogs.

      • LA

        And which ones are Kimberly, Sarah and Madison? At this point they are all bluring together except for the Ashley’s and the mom, Emily… So if the others go, they go.

      • BB

        @Anne, you go girl! This show started filming in September 2010 and was over before Thanksgiving.
        Everyone knows who our bachelor selected as the F1. The biggest open secret in Hollywood.

      • Suzi

        Anne..Why don’t you and all of the other 13 year olds just hang with your “hero” Reality Steve and let the grownups watch the show and enjoy it.

      • Milly

        Anne, you’re not a bitch and the women insulting you on here should be ashamed.

        However, why spoil it for others? What satisfaction do you get out of that? SLB argues that people who don’t want spoilers shouldn’t read blogs, but we all know there is only one blog that reveals spoilers every season.

        You don’t see Chris Harrison’s blog spoiling anything, you don’t see Brad’s blog on People spoiling anything, you don’t see re-caps everywhere else saying “their date was wonderful but we all know she doesn’t end up with him,” do you?

        We all know there’s only one “winner” and some people like to wait to find out. I read the spoilers on Reality Steve’s site, but still enjoy the re-caps and wouldn’t spoil it for others. Give it a try, and if you can’t resist being the one to tell everyone, then go and discuss it elsewhere.

    • LoliRyder

      Anne GO AWAY. You suck – energy suck!

      • Anne

        sorry, can’t do that, having too much fun.

      • Emily

        wow…spoiling things is fun for you? What a sad little creature you are.

      • Lucee

        Anne would be great on the Bachelor, like Melissa was great.

      • Anne

        Sorry Lucee, I couldn’t be on the Bachelor, I have been happily married for 25yrs.

      • @Anne

        You have a husband? I can’t imagine he is happily married to a b!tch like you.

      • Anne

        WOW!! So because I post spoilers, I am a b!tch! Never been called that before, it is a good day for me!! Yes, my husband is very happy! I keep him very very happy!

        I wasn’t going to post the spoilers for next week, but you guys egg me on so well, I may just have to do it!

      • Lucee

        Oh no! Anne’s got us out-smarted! Sorry for egging you on Anne. Please, please don’t post anymore spoilers. You’re so clever and we’re so dumb.

      • Cosmo

        And I would have thought Anne was some 15 year old high school drop out by the way she is acting, but knowing that she’s been married for 25 years??? Wow…grow up already. I will pray for your children, they’ll neeed it (assuming you have any, which I also pray you don’t).

      • etm

        ITA Cosmo. Anne is very immature. No way she’s been married 25 years.

        And yes, if you post spoilers you are a b!tch. You didn’t ruin it for me, but why do you get enjoyment ruining the show for others? Your life must me pretty empty.

      • Anne’s Husband

        Don’t believe her!! We are NOT happily married. My wife is mean spirited, childish, and doesn’t give me sex!! Help me!

    • LeonaMN

      I was glad to see that Brad is weeding out the bad girls right away. If some of the other bachelor/bachlorettes would have done that on their shows the shows would have been more fun to watch.

      • Heidi

        I kind of think that they must have really set this season up with the best possible chance of him actually finding a match. 30 women, alot ‘his type’, no one with the crazies, no big huge drama and they are letting him let the troublemakers go right away.
        Really, the show had as much to lose as Brad did this time round. So I’m sure they don’t even care that the ending has been easily spoiled. That said I’d like to see how he gets there just by watching, thank you very much.

    • Sues

      He ends up with Chantal – the chick that slapped him episode 1.

    • ktwolf

      Everyone does NOT know “who our bachelor selected as the F1″! Some of us deliberately avoid spoilers. Just because YOU read Reality Steve doesn’t mean the rest of us do. If you want to spoil the season for yourself, fine, but it’s crappy of you to try to spoil it for the rest of us.

    • Ani

      Anyone remember last season when Reality Steve got PLAYED! I do… so all the chatter means nothing :)

    • Sky

      Anne is the bad guy for “ruining it” :) I can’t stop laughing after reading all these angry outbursts:) people can’t believe Anne is married because she posted a spoiler :) WHO writes these comments???

  • Jujubee

    Chris – I don’t know if I should admit this, but I actually OWN the Best of Eddie Money CD! In my defense though, I got it used for just a few bucks. I think the occasional belting out in the car (“Be my little bay-baaaay, oh be my dar-arrrlin OH OH OH OH OHHHHHH!) has given me $3 of entertainment and more! :) As for the show, thank God Melissa & the Manscaper are gone! If there is someone there with *fangs*, and YOU are being shown as the crazy one, I think that says something right there. I’ll admit I’m shocked you guys let Brad let them go. But I’m glad. Looking forward to some of the others getting more screen time.

  • Stacie

    Either Michelle is crazy or they are doing a great job of making it seem that way. Because she seems like she is in it to win it, not actually find love but win the game. I know The Bachelor people would love her to stick around but she obviously isn’t the one that Brad chooses so she can go. I love Emily alot. I know her story and it’s heartbreaking. I hope that she is in a good place, either with Brad or someone else because she has had a tough number of years.
    Honestly, the rest of the show was ok, I kind of half watched it, but what got me sad was that Kelsie at the end, when she said she was destined to be a loner because Brad didn’t pick her. That was pretty sad, I felt bad for her. I hope that if she comes back at the Final Rose thing she says that she has found someone or has changed her opinion, because that’s not a great way to think.

  • cw

    Emily is my favorite. Not only is she beautiful, she seems very sincere.

    • Jennifer

      AGREED. And Ashley S, who got the first impression rose. I pegged them on when they first stepped out of the limo!

    • Lisa

      Emily and 1st impression rose winner Ashley are my faves too.

      • Garrett

        Lisa I agree with you my favorite on this show is Ashley S.

      • chris

        yes your right

    • PrincessBride

      Emily wins in my mind just for calling Michelle out as a smart-a**. Great comeback!

      • jones

        That was great.

  • Joey Cumley

    Emily is without question my favorite of the girls this season…I worry though that her having a child will in fact scare him off, I think she will make it far, but probably will not win. Michelle seems a little crazy to me.

  • Mya

    So, so proud of Brad when he sent the cutthroat witches, Melissa and Raichel, home this week. Therapy certainly has enabled him to grow alot. Michelle may register next on his radar as one to send home. She’s a big time schemer: 1) putting on a sympathy performance to win a rose on her birthday 2) pulling Brad away from the cocktail party to ask him silly questions about coffee and refrigerator items, and 3) pretending to have the same items he stocked his refrigerator with in her refrigerator. I’m sure that had the ring of desperation lie to it as soon as Brad heard it come out of her mouth. And Chris, I have to agree with Cupcake- Emily for the win! She is classy, sophisticated, genuine, and an advocate for sick children. Love her!

  • Marie

    Emily is a gem… even if she is 13 years younger than Brad. Michelle is no longer a favorite… too interested in the limelight me thinks. I loved the dates. :-)

  • sherimoonzombie

    I will NOT get sucked back into this show. Will.not.happen.

    • Stacie

      That’s what I said and now I am 2 episodes in, reading Bachelor blogs early in the morning. Not good.

      • SuzQ

        Resistance is futile!

    • duranmom

      And yet, you’re here…

  • Joan

    I missed part of the show Monday night, so Ali and Roberto were there? So are they still a couple? Married, split, what was said.

    • LA

      They are still engaged and still seemed like a very strong, committed couple.

  • Sara

    Ali looked like she might be pregnant. It’s hard to tell with the dress she had on but she kinda looked like she was …. so… is she!?

    • Energysuck

      No I just think she looked chubby, her legs were too thick for that mini!!

    • KWise

      Geez you people are brutal. I think Ali looked beautiful. how do YOU look in a mini?

    • Anna

      I agree with KWise. She looked pretty thin to me. So a size 2 is too fat for a mini now?

  • holli

    Funny column this week, Chris! BTW, thanks for letting us know that it was Michelle’s 30th birthday. I wasn’t sure.

    • Mel

      It was her birthday? Really?! Weird – she never mentioned it.

  • holli

    In response to Sara’s question about Ali…Ali twittered that she was 15 lbs heavier when that scene was filmed back in September.

    • KWise

      Which is still probably 40 pounds LESS than the average American woman, so perhaps we should all lay off her.

    • The Truth

      Her outfit was very unflattering and her hair looked horrible. She looked uncomfortable. Who would be comfy in a dress that short?

  • Teresa

    When did being a prostitute become a “fantasy date?”

  • Amiee

    calling from Sweden, we don´t have this show here, so thank´s to youtube – great show, Brad is just stunning, do I think the girls are young even if age should´t be in the way when it´s love. Hej då

  • SLB

    Gee Chris, maybe because in “reality” 38 year olds don’t marry 22 year olds most of the time.

    • KWise

      Seriously. Of course age matters. Also, the question came up so much last week because the show has historically shown contestants’ ages, and now all of a sudden does not. So I think that warrants all of us asking. And sure, it’s because of “aesthetic” or design issues….SURE. It’s not at ALL to hide the fact that these women are not all Brad’s peers in terms of age. Sure!

      • amanda

        I agree with you two. I was so disappointed with Brad when I saw the girls ages on the website. What could he possibly have in common with these young women.

    • amanda

      I agree with you SLB. They are not showing ages because why is a 38 year old dating these young inexperienced 20 year olds. I thought I liked Brad but when I saw their ages on the website I was very disappointed.

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