The third episode of ABC's "The Bachelor" continued the season's new style of embracing the humor along with the histrionics (often via some heavy-handed editing at the women's expense). For examples of this trend, see Ellen DeGeneres's recent season recap:
Is Chris Soules so boring that the producers' only recourse is to turn the show into an ongoing bloopers reel? Probably. Is it kind of uncool of them to caricature the women's poor drunken choices, their fashion faux pas and their displays of emotion with clever camera work and cruel cuts. Um, yeah. Is it still incredibly entertaining and addictive and we'll never be shamed into not watching? Of course! As always, we've sacrificed our own brain cells for your benefit. Behold, the best dating advice "The Bachelor" can give:
- It may be trendy, but clown-color lipstick is not a good choice if you're hoping for a late-date make-out sesh. We're all for men wearing make-up, but it's got to be their own choice.
- You don't have to pretend to be the "cool girl," as defined by Gillian Flynn in "Gone Girl," in order to get the guy:
Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she's hosting the world's biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don't mind, I'm the Cool Girl... Men actually think this girl exists.
- When pursuing a romantic interest, do not bring along a funnier, more interesting person as your wingman/wingwoman (that goes double if said wingperson is a famous celebrity, triple if they're a famous celebrity comedian). They will upstage you while underscoring your flaws.
- Ass crack should not be a fashion accessory, ever.
- Five words you should never say on a first or second date: "Let's pretend it's our wedding." Similarly, avoid cheesy pick up lines and canned prefaces to first kisses, e.g. "You're a man and I'm a woman, so I just wanted to take advantage..." (You may also want to avoid the phrase, "Salty and warm, that's not stuff I like in my mouth." Then again, asserting that upfront may be a good thing, depending on how you roll.)
- Not rushing into things, saving something for later and leaving something to the imagination are all legitimate dating strategies (and not only when you're one of 18 people trying to play one-on-one tonsil hockey with the same person). We're not suggesting you play games, we're just saying the beginning of a relationship is one of the most fun parts -- why not draw it out and make it last?
- Never underestimate the transformative power of knowing how to dance, even if it's only the "Shopping Cart" and the "Fishing Rod." Prince Farming got 80% more attractive once he exhibited his moves on the dance floor of the wedding he crashed with his date. It's called rhythm -- get some.
- While we would caution against employing a Kardashian look, we must insist unequivocally that you never publicly admit that you actually have "a Kardashian look" that you sometimes employ.
- While we understand there's no time like the present, we question the wisdom of dropping the details of a personal tragedy to the object of your affection in the middle of an event like a fun, flirty, boozy pool party... while dressed in wet bathing suits. (Don't even get us started on wisdom of wearing a foreheadband.)
- In the immortal words of Rosy Grier, it's alright to cry (see below) -- for instance, over the tragic suicide of your husband and baby's father. However, it is NOT alright to cry because someone won't get out of a hot tub.