Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor Pad' season premiere

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When I was told who would be moving into Bachelor Pad this season I had high expectations. Those expectations didn’t come close to the drama and excitement that will unfold over the next six weeks. I remember sitting in the control room that very first night and someone jokingly said, “This is so good we’re going to need a three hour premiere.” We all laughed because in this day and age of ADD, channel-surfing viewers there’s no such thing as a three-hour show. Turns out that little joke became a reality. We had so much to show you this first week it had to be three hours — just think about what we have to show you when things really get good!

Obviously the most anticipated houseguests were Jake, Kasey and Vienna. But before they all arrived there were some other very intriguing characters and stories developing. Justin “Rated R” came out of the limo guns blazing. This is kind of what I expected from Wes last season but he arrived playing the “good ol’ boy” card. Justin had no such intention. He embraced the bad boy tag and owned it. The other slightly awkward arrival was that of Holly and Michael. There are a lot of unresolved feelings between these two. They didn’t really surface this first week but as time goes on and the pressure rises they will be forced to face some very tough issues. The fact that a couple that just broke off their engagement are now partners in a game together and living under one roof is obviously going to lead to something, whether it’s good or bad you’ll have to see.

The anticipation of the arrival of Kasey, Vienna and Jake was palpable. Everybody was making small talk but all anybody was thinking about was that moment when they would all meet up for the first time. Vienna also did a good job of working the room prior to Jake’s arrival, making sure everybody knew just how upsetting this all was for her. I knew this moment was going to be awkward but I had no idea just how awkward it would be. After all the posturing and big talk, what really happened was a lot of passive-aggressive behavior. For crying out loud, they ended up talking about the weather. It was one off the oddest, most awkward moments I’ve ever witnessed on this show, and believe me I’ve seen a few. After thinking about what they would say and do for so long nobody knew what to say or do when the moment actually arrived. And so it was with this incredible awkward dark cloud that Bachelor Pad began.

Last season it took weeks for the real game play to begin. This season it took a few minutes. The moment they started to arrive the houseguests began to plot and scheme. Because there was so much strategy and game play already in the works, the first challenge was huge. I think everybody knew it was going to come down to a battle of wills (not William) between Jake and Kasey. Jake was fighting for his life and Kasey for pride and control of the house. When we tested this challenge before the show, our people stayed up there for about fifteen minutes, so we figured in competition the winner might last twenty at the most. One by one the contestants started to drop, but not Jake and Kasey. These guys were physically hurting. Their legs were turning purple and they were losing feeling in their limbs. I couldn’t believe they were still holding on after thirty minutes and got very close to forty minutes, twice as long as we thought they would possibly go. In the end, Jake prevailed.

I have to give it to Kasey, that guy fought hard. I found it interesting the way Vienna acted after the challenge and how she treated Kasey. Their relationship is under extreme pressure and this will continue to evolve. Jake and Jackie went on a much-deserved date. They both earned a rose but the big twist was they also had a third rose to hand out. What they decided to do with that rose changed this game forever. An innocent act of kindness thought up by Jackie set in motion a chain of events that will affect everything about this season. Jake, thinking he could bury the hatchet and extend an olive branch to Kasey and Vienna, gave the rose and immunity to Vienna. Jake thought he was doing the right thing and felt great about it afterwards. What he didn’t realize is Vienna is not having it. She wants nothing more than to take that rose and stab Jake in the back with it.

Obviously Kasey and Vienna are a formidable team and have a lot of power in the house. Blake realized this and made a last ditch effort to break them up and get rid of Kasey. They almost did it, but Gia — who felt betrayed by Jake — couldn’t pull the trigger, and Kasey and Vienna remain. Alli made a tactical error and couldn’t decide who she was going to align with and was thus left in the middle, which is no place to be. Justin also attempted to play both sides and ended up being the first man to take a walk. Again, this is just week one and there’s already more storylines to follow than we can fit into a three hour episode. The more time these people spend together and the more relationships are formed and tested the more the drama in the house will build. Next week the fallout will continue from this week’s vote and the struggle for power will continue as two main teams emerge.

Before I go, I want to thank Jimmy Kimmel for having me on his show Monday night. Jimmy, who in my opinion conducts a great interview, has constantly been a champion of our show. I always love being on Kimmel because you never know what you’ll be asked or where the interview will go, and I very much appreciate the spontaneity. Thanks for watching this week, and I’ll see you next week in the Pad. For more follow me on Twitter @chrisbharrison and check out our official web site thebachelor.tv.

More Bachelor Pad from EW:
Bachelor Pad recap: The Ex Factor

Kiptyn and Tenley’s Bachelor Pad blog on people.com

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  • Kathi M Snider

    Watched Chris on Kimmel Live. Enjoyed how personable he was when he gets to be himself and say more than, “this is the final rose tonight”. GREAT smile throughout and at the end!

    • lm

      Nice pic, Chris! Looking good! Great smile!

  • Anonymous

    Did you really have the masked guy come back during the taping of this show, or was it shot separately then edited? Either way, hilarious!

    • Ellie

      best part of then show!!!

    • Bridget

      I missed that! What section was the masked man in?

      • mom2amk

        it was during the credits… HYSTERICAL!

  • baddancer

    Yahoo! Great to have you back blogging the PAD Chris! We had a hoot of a time watching it tonight! Keep it coming!

  • James Love

    No Comment… a question: So WHO are the three “Mistery Men’ that weren’t mentioned in any column or Chris Harrison. Like name, age, from where?

    • me

      They’re William, Blake, and Ames, from Ashley’s season.

  • cocopuffs

    Kasey suffers from improper affect….it seems to me!

  • JillZ

    Vienna is a psycho and sickening. She is the reason I won’t be watching this season.

    • Katherine

      Yeah, me too. Time to find some other mind escapism… :)))

    • ghostlight

      You’ll be back next week. That’s what they’re counting on.

      • JillZ

        nope. I watch my fare share of crap, but I absolutely will not be back for this. The producers will have to count on everyone else.

    • Mary West

      I agree. ABC needs to think about what they are doing by having someone so damaged as Vienna on the show. Also, showing Kasey and Vienna in bed was really sickening…I threw up in my mouth.

      You can have a great show without allowing terrible people to be on the show and make it look like it is ok to act the way Vienna and some of the other nutballs do.

      • Kudos

        Agreed. Watching Kasey and Vienna in bed was horrible. I wonder what their parents thought? Yikes.

  • Linda

    Run, Kasey, run! He deserves so much better. Vienna is a lucky girl, and she doesn’t even realize it. But being loved more than peanut butter cookies isn’t important to her. Kasey should go find somebody who does want that. He had to have won more than a few hearts last night.

  • Teresa

    Kasey has to know what he’s gotten into with Vienna. How much protecting does the girl need, its the Bachelor Pad, not Afghanistan. He’s like her little pet bully now. Those two actually managed to make me sympathetic to Jake, which I never expected. And apparently even with a second shot, Gia hasn’t learned how to play the game.

    • Mary West

      Teresa I agree! It is obvious Kasey does not trust her and he seems like he is holding alot of anger inside. A gain, I question why they would have someone as fragile and challenged on as Kasey. This could cause him to have serious problems, especially when Vienna dumps him. ABC is playing with fire having him on the show.

  • Kate

    Loved seeing the “masked man!” That was hilarious!!!

  • bean99

    You really didn’t need 3 hrs, Chris. You could have cut out an hour of Vienna, Jake, & Kasey and gave us more of the rest instead who were much more interesting. What was funny was that Vienna managed to make Jake look almost good in contrast and even Kasey was looking bad by the end which I didn’t think was possible.

    I’d love to see way more of Graham, Ames, Kirk, and basically anyone but the 3 you highlighted. I hope it improves next week.

    • SLB

      This show “wasn’t” so good you needed a three hour premiere. And what a surprise. There was no surprise. We say everything in the previews fifty times. And why is anyone surprised by Vienna? She’s always been a b*tch. Kasey is obviously P*ssy whipped. I was always on Jakes side. And Gia is obviously still an idiot.

      • Katherine

        I would preferred to watch “Desperate Housewives” reruns than any of this new BPs – waisted idea, time and ether! :P

  • Joyce

    It would have been fine with me if Vienna had been the one to go, She is really hard to take. Talk about a self-centered so & so. Not a Kasey fan either, but he should run for his life & “protect” himself.
    “Miss Tiara” continues to be the same spoiled brat I shake my head at. What decent guy wants a girl like that. (Bentley, maybe.)
    Great blog, Chris. I’m sure you have done a lot of head shaking during this.,……whatever it is.

  • ghostlight

    I picture Harrison in the control booth, acting like The Rainbow Guy: “Oh! Oh! So much coolness on Bachelor Pad! Sooooo beautiful! Cool! Cool!”

    What a hyperbole-addicted jerkweed.

    • Mellissa

      Are you talking about Double Rainbow Guy? He’s way too cool for Chris Harrison.

  • Here & There

    Vienna’s true colors come out. I always believed she was self-centered, controlling and a gold-digger. So many sympathized with Vienna on the televised breakup, but I truly believe Jake was more a victim than Vienna. However, Jake is truly stupid for giving Vienna that rose. Why would Jackie put such an idea into Jake’s head?

    • FrankLee

      Good move by Jackie. She was hoping Jake would then get booted,,,,,,,but it didnt work.

      • Kudos

        Um . . . Jake and Jackie both had roses. If Jake gave Vienna a rose, there was NO POSSIBILITY that Jake could be up for elimination. Your comment doesn’t make sense.

    • Corrola

      You are so right!! Vienna shows who she really is and that is not a good thing. I always believed in Jake and I am glad that Vienna is proving herself to be a psycho drama queen.

      • Brenda

        Now I see why Vienna wanted a nose job. The only thing missing on the one she has now, is a wart.

    • Emily

      Vienna has always been white trash and thats how she presented herself on The Bachelor and thats how she is on THe Bachelor Pad. Jake on the other hand is a fake; he knew what he was getting when he picked Vienna and he wanted the drama to further his celebrity dream. He didnt expect the fallout when he showed what a egotistical jackass he was during the breakup interview. Now he’s trying to repair his image but he’s only proving that he’s a fake, pathological lying sociopath. I hope he’s gone next week; being in front of a camera just feeds his oversized ego.

  • M

    When does Melissa join as host?

    • ghostlight

      As soon as Chris is found in his trailer, schtupping a hooker and too coked up to do the job….

    • kkp

      Please, no!

    • DC

      Seriously, she’s horrible.

  • ghostlight

    As soon as Chris is found in his trailer, doing a prostitute and too coked up to “host”.

    • ghostlight

      Sorry, double post for emphasis. Emphasis on Chris being a cokehead!

      • Brenda

        I would certainly hope you have some kind of proof to back up your hateful accusations. If you have such a low opinion of Chris,why do you continue to watch the programs that he is a part of? We are here to have fun and really don’t appreciate your nasty remarks.

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