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  • S 18 : Ep 14

    The Women Tell All

    Aired 3/3/14

  • S 18 : Ep 13

    St. Lucia

    Aired 2/25/14

  • S 18 : Ep 16

    After the Final Rose

    Aired 3/10/14

  • S 18 : Ep 12

    Hometown Dates

    Aired 2/24/14

  • S 18 : Ep 11

    Miami, Florida

    Aired 2/17/14

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  • Amanda

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  • AshLee F.

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  • Ashley H.

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  • Brooke

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  • The Bachelor is an original one hour prime-time reality television series that gives one man and 25 women the unique opportunity to find true love in a most exciting and adventurous way. The Bachelor will get to know the 25 women in a series of fun, exciting and exotic dates that will elicit real and raw emotions. Along the way he must follow a gradual process of elimination, as his initial 25 bachelorettes are narrowed down week by week by presenting them with a single, red rose. In the end, he will ultimately decide on the one woman who captures his heart. However, at any point along the way, should a woman decide that she is no longer interested in The Bachelor, she may reject his invitation to continue dating. If the women decide to stay, some lucky women will meet his family, and he will visit their hometowns for a slice of their life in an effort to determine the woman with whom he is most compatible. The Bachelor provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of each participant involved in this unique dating process. At the end of the journey, this gentleman will have had an unforgettable experience, made new friendships and quite possibly found true love. But the big question is: After all of this, if he pops the question, will she accept?moreless

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    • The Phone Call (In the interview room) Leanza: When the bachelor concluded his quest for love by choosing Amanda, America approved. But there was one person left broken hearted, Trista, the runner-up in this ground-breaking televised experiment in courtship. I'm Leanza Cornett here with the Bachelor, Alex Michel. Hello again Alex. Alex: Hey, Leanza how are ya? Leanza: I'm very well. Now, we are about to see some much touted, never before seen footage, I know you haven't seen it either, but you've lived it so, tell me about what we are going to see. Alex: It's a phone call that I had with Trista, late the day after the final selection, and it was kind of the final break-up call which is never easy, and, uh, I was actually feeling guilty because I was so focused on my happiness with Amanda that I had sort of not considered as much how Trista might be feeling and she was sort of neglected and alone all day, the next day, so I just heard she was upset and called to try and make her feel better. Leanza: Okay, here it is, the phone call the day after, take a look. Cuts to video of ‘The Call’ (Phone rings) Trista: Hello? Alex: Trista? Hey, how are you? Trista: I'm just a little shocked, that's all. Alex: That's what I hear, I heard you were upset. Trista: I guess after our date the other night I just, I, you know, things that you said and everything, I just thought it would be different. Is there something that happened that you could go from telling me that it was me...to....making the decision that it was? I just am having trouble understanding how you could go from one extreme to the other and what could've happened in one day Alex: Well, I mean, first of all, our date the other night, I felt we weren't best friends we've had, but even at the end of it I thought, you know, I'm not totally sure how into this she is. Trista: You know, at one point, I was like, well trying to make sense of it all and I was like, ‘was he for real?' you know, when he told me ‘it's you' you know ‘you're the one.' Was that just a bunch of -------- as ever, you know, or was I just strung along for the ride just to get me in a ------- bikini and for any kind of physical, you know, gratification. And...I so don't want to believe that, but part of me thinks that. Alex: That's what I felt at that moment, I mean, I told you in the beginning of the night that it could go either way and you said ‘If you had to decide right now' and I said ‘it's you' it would be you because, you know, that's what I thought. But, then, I just felt like, in your mind you still had lots of big questions about whether I was really the guy for you or not. (Back in the interview room) Leanza: Now this is another thing the show brings up about courtship and that is that agonizing phone call after a break up, and we all have had ‘em, and you know what they're not a good idea, ever. Alex: Agreed Leanza: You seemed so upset. Alex: Well I really, I, like I said I was feeling guilty that she sort of said ‘how could you not think how I'd be feeling today, you know, ‘no one's checked on me' ‘I've been upset all day'. I felt like, hmm, she's right. Leanza: So, If it was so hard, why did you make the phone call? Was it for you, or was it for her? Alex: Well, it was really for her. I heard that she was upset, I felt guilty that I hadn't worried about her I was kind of focused on being with Amanda and I wanted to make sure that she knew that I thought she was a great person and that it was a tough call and that, you know, she should feel fine about her self and about my feelings for her. I guess the other thing that we discussed is that she really felt like I had promised that I was gonna pick her... Leanza: (interjecting) yeah Alex:...in our conversation a few nights earlier and that really wasn't true from my perspective. I had told her once that it was, that I wasn't sure and then once I said ‘well, if I had to choose right this second, I'd probably choose you' but she knew I had another date the next night, and, you know, I think that was, that's not the thing you should be upset about so I wanted to kind of clear that up with her. Leanza: You know, Trista really kept you at arms length, pretty much thru out the whole show until the last day, so I think a lot of people were surprised when she got that emotional over not being picked, and were you surprised? Alex: I was a little surprised. I was surprised my self. Leanza: Yeah...Now, most people know that Trista is going to be the Bachelorette... Alex: Right Leanza: ...next season, and during this show, you know, she put up a lot of walls in this sort of compressed, sped up situation that didn't do very well for her, really. How do you think she's gonna do when she's in your shoes? Alex: Well, I think she probably learned a lot from her first experience and I think she'll do well, and I wish her well and I hope she'll find a great guy, um, I also think that being in my shoes she'll have a little more sympathy for me, I think she was, you know, mad at me in the aftermath of our experience and I think when she goes through it her self that, you know, it's a tough thing to do. Leanza: Well it's time for us to go, thank you so much. Alex: Thank you very much Leanza: And thank you for watching the Bachelor special edition marathon along with us, for Alex Michel, I'm Leanza Cornett, good bye.

    • Alex Michel: It just seemed like a fun way to talk about this weird thing that I did.

    • Jesse: (to Jessica) ...but, i don't want to wake up tomorrow unless i can wake up with you.

    • (Angry about not getting a rose)
      Allie:(To Travis) Why didn't you choose me?, Am I too short, are my boobs too small? Come one what?!

    • Gina: “I would have given my everything to him”

    • (Spoken to Lorenzo from the limo after not receiving a rose.) Erica: “I’m sorry you made such a bad mistake.”

    • Andy: (to Bevin) You're my sanctuary. Bevin: That is actually really romantic.

    • (Matt holding the last rose) Matt: Shayne (Shayne walk towards Matt) Shayne: You're killing me, Matt. You're killing me. (Other ladies laughing)

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    • The Bachelor's Diary First of all, I want to start off by saying that the most important factor in me being selected as The Bachelor is luck. I mean, I think I'm a great guy but there are lots of eligible bachelors out there and the fact that I am the guy who got to meet these 25 women and go through this amazing process has a lot to do with luck, so I feel very fortunate to have this chance. When I saw the women getting out of the limousines I was overwhelmed. And I was glad to have to make a cut early on because dating 15 people at once is hard enough and 25 was overwhelming. So even though I think it was a bit unfair, because I didn't have much to go on, I was glad to do it so I could focus a bit … Amber was probably the most rambunctious person there the first night. She had been drinking in the limo and she was sort of the life of the party in some ways. At one point she kind of became the master of ceremonies and got all of the girls in a group and started throwing questions at me that I had to answer to the whole group at once. So most of the night had been a nice cocktail party situation and suddenly it was like she put me in the hot seat. I respected her for it and I sort of enoyed the connection and thought she was impressive and someone I could have fun with. In the end I had to make a decision and I felt like she was too much to handle. She was so over the top that night that I wondered what it would be like from that point on and that was the reason why I cut her … I just wasn't sure if I could handle her.

    • The Bachelor's Diary When I flew to Las Vegas I realized what kind of glamorous experience this was going to be. We boarded a private jet and whipped off to Las Vegas and got the Honeymoon Suite on top of the Venetian and I thought "Wow … this is going to be pretty fun!" It was the first time I had the experience of dating five women at a time and I wanted to make sure that everyone felt included and that we were all having fun together. But I also tried to steal moments here and there with one person at a time because if it was always just the six of us together it would be too much like a party and not enough like a date. In Palm Springs I was a little less even-handed with how I spent my time. In Vegas I made sure to spend 10 minutes alone with each person. In Palm Springs I decided to mix it up. So I talked to someone for half an hour, someone else I talked to only in a group. And I didn't mean anything by it but at the end of the day I realized that I had actually annoyed some of the women by doing that. They definitely grilled me in Palm Springs — Angela took the lead on that. Lots of serious questions about kids and what I was going to do and where I was going to live. And it got into some dangerous territory for me when they asked if I had ever cheated on a girlfriend and I had to admit than I had. I had crossed a big line that I think was a red flag for a lot of the women. And not just the women in Palm Springs … they went back to the house and told the rest of the women and everyone was in an uproar. I had to do some explaining … and it came up again and again so I definitely got grilled that day. On the way to Santa Barbara I pulled over to call Angela to see how her eye was and just to make sure she was ok. I think Angela really liked it that I called and I don't know what the women that I was on a date with thought. I think they might have been asking themselves "what does this mean for us? Maybe he really likes Angela," so it was a little tricky but definitely a good thing for me to do. Santa Barbara ended up being a pretty gossipy date. The decision to go from 15 to eight was tough. And I really didn't get much of a sense of anybody who really didn't like me. I think that may have been a combination of politeness on one hand and also I think almost everyone there wanted to keep going and see what would happen. So I had to be a detective and try to figure out if there was something real there, or if the person was going to string me along and go on as many amazing dates as possible and then pull the rug out from under me. So that was something I worried about … I was like, "Hmmmm I know they don't all love me, but which one is for real and which one isn't?" I don't know!

    • The Bachelor's Diary When Sam and Steph showed up, it was an incredible relief. I thought: "I can talk to them without trying to seduce them, and I'm not on a date with them." I was glad to see them and they are really good friends of mine. So we designed a compatibility test together. They probably have a better idea of what kind of guy I am and the kind of woman that's right for me — even more than I do. Steph gave me some advice … she said that the reason I am still single is because I always go for what I want and not necessarily what I need, and that maybe it is time for me to start thinking about what kind of woman I NEED to be with. Someone who is right for me. My first individual date was with Amanda and on that date I was very attracted to her. She is an incredibly sexy woman. I realized that I had a strong attraction for her and we got along great. I was really tempted to "push it" to see what might happen sexually, but I didn't for a couple of reasons. One reason was that I was definitely aware of all the other women I was dating at the same time and I didn't want to make a move or a decision too soon that would affect the way things could develop with the other women. The other thing is — we spent a really long time together and by the end of the date I felt "wow, I should get away from her and sort of leave her wanting more because I am about to wear out my welcome." My next one-on-one date was with Trista, and I hadn't had much alone time with her at that point but I knew I was attracted to her. I knew I liked her — I thought she was cool and I liked listening to her talk, but I had high hopes for her so I was nervous. We talked about a lot of things on that date but it felt a little bit surfacey, and a little bit more like a job interview or just old friends getting together. But there wasn't a lot of romantic chemistry … at least not two-way. I mean, I was thinking, "wow she is beautiful — I think she's great," but there was no connecting in a romantic way, really. The next date was a group date with five women. I think they were a little miffed that they hadn't gotten the same one-on-one opportunities that some of the other women had and they sort of wondered what they had done wrong. I was actually fearing that Sam and Steph would get in trouble over at the ladies' villa. My date with Shannon was probably one of the most romantic night I have ever had in my life. It was just perfect, and she looked beautiful. We had a great rapport from the start and she was really fun to be with, and I mean I was really blown away. Rhonda was very disappointed when I didn't pick her. It was a hard decision, and there were a lot of factors. First of all, I got a sense that she was less of a social person than I was looking for. I think she is more mature than I am in many ways and I just started to get a sense that we weren't a perfect match. She apparently got upset when they were interviewing her afterwards and it provoked some kind of an athsma or anxiety attack I felt terrible. I can't flatter myself to think that I really caused it; I think just the overall stress of the experience, and the ego blow of not being selected, and realizing that she had invested something here and now she was going to go home … sort of all combined got to her. I wanted to call her but I thought that for me to call her wouldn't have been comforting. It would have been polite maybe, and maybe would have made me feel better, but I think it would have made her feel worse.

    • The Bachelor's Diary I had a really good day with Trista in St. Louis. I guess she started to melt a little bit, and she was more open, gave me more of a chance, and we spent a good part of the day together, just the two of us, before we met her family. With some of the other women we jumped right in, and I was being sort of questioned about my intentions by peoples' fathers in the first five minutes, but with Trista I had a chance to kind of spend some time with her getting to see her city before I had to run the gauntlet of the family. We went to this kind of fun palace place where they had all these fun things to do. We made our hair stand on end with static electricity, and stuff like that, and we had some pizza under the St. Louis arch. I don't know if Trista would ever go to the St. Louis arch alone, but since I was in St. Louis, I had to be there. We had a few kisses, and ate some pizza, and did a bunch of fun stuff. I think she just felt more comfortable, and started to wonder what would it be like to be my girlfriend. Trista and I also visited her high school. Sort of walking around her high school seeing where she used to be a dancer for the football team, and looking in classrooms, and stuff like that. This was also was a good kind of way to bring us closer together. It just was another side of her. To know about someone through different phases of their life, as opposed to just how is she acting today at age 29, was helpful in giving me another angle into her personality. We then went to her father and stepmother's house, but her mother had flown in from Alabama for the occasion. So, she had her mother and stepmother all under the same roof which I thought was kind of strange, but it seemed to be smooth for the family. I was pretty impressed with that, and it showed that both her parents really love her and whatever awkwardness they might have felt they put it aside because both parents wanted to be there for their daughter. I thought that was really cool. I also met a couple of Trista's friends, and I think I did a pretty good job with them, and I think that helped. I think Trista is someone who cares a lot about what other people think, and getting a couple of second opinions was good. I went to Phoenix to visit Kim, and the first thing we did was go out to a lake and get on this incredible speedboat and just cruise around. We were going like 80 mph on the lake, which was pretty fun. We kissed some, which was eventful to me, but I guess we started to sense a gap between us in our interests. We talked about reading, and she isn't much of a reader, and I really am, and she is much younger than I am, and currently is working as a nanny, and even though she's actually in a Master's program in education at the same time, I just got the feeling that she needs more life experience before we would make a good pair. I had mixed feelings about the date. I was feeling closer to her in some ways, but also increasingly aware that it probably wouldn't work out between us in the long run, and you know, like I said, Kim, in many ways, meets my definition of dream girl. So, it was sort of sad to be like, "wow, I think I might not continue pursuing this, and isn't this crazy? Who would of thought that I would say no to a girl like this?? " My time in Chanute, Kansas with Amanda was really interesting. At first it was tough because I had just had a date in St. Louis with Trista, and it was more of a dinner party, but then there I am in Kansas having lunch with Amanda's mother and stepfather, and we were just sitting there for hours, and it felt a little heavier. I just realized that I was meeting parents, and they're getting invested in this and they want to make sure their daughters' feelings don't get hurt. I have a responsibility here, the fun and games part is over. That night I had dinner with Amanda, her family including a bunch of brothers, and even some of her mother's friends, and one of Amanda's good friends. It was a big kind of festival crowd at the Chanute Country Club, lots of drinking, lots of laughing, and I felt very much at home, and they were making fun of me, and I was trying to make a little fun of them, but trying to be a politic about it at the same time. So, it was really fun, but there were definitely a few serious moments. I was so excited to go to Dallas, and meet Shannon's family. I had actually been looking forward to it all week, and when I got there it appeared that the most important member of her family from her point of view was her dog Avery. I found myself sitting on a bench next to Shannon kind of yearning for her attention, but her attention was 100% focused on her dog. That was a little bit worrisome, and I realized that I'll be competing for Shannon's affection with this dog. I'll have to embrace the dog even though I view the dog as my rival. It was very interesting. Shannon and I had a conversation in the limo, and we started to get into some areas that made her uncomfortable, because she was very concerned about how she will look on TV. How will her grandmother, and mother, and father react to it? Which I respect, but she really shut me down 100%. She seemed quite absolute, and got angry at me for even daring to take the conversation in even a slightly dangerous direction. I felt that she was pretty hard on me. After I met the family, I had a night with just a big group of Shannon's friends, which was a cool thing to do. I watched how Shannon was with her friends, and I thought it was great, and the fact that she had a lot of friends was cool. She's the kind of person that likes to have a big social circle, and I'm the same way, so I thought that was a good compatibility thing. I think I passed the friend test; I think her friends liked me. They also gave me a couple warnings about making sure that I was good to her.

    • The Bachelor's Diary I had a great date in New York with Amanda. She's from a small town in Kansas, it was her first time in the big city, and it was great for me to see it through her eyes. She was just really enthusiastic about everything, excited to be there, fun for me to be with. It was a freezing-freezing cold day in New York so we were totally bundled up. We took a tour around the city on a double-decker bus so we were outdoors, but we had a couple big wool blankets on top of us, and thermoses full of hot chocolate. That forced us closer just for warmth, which was good. Amanda and I went skating. We had an ice rink all to ourselves, and there was a crowd of would-be skaters who had to wait. I think they thought maybe we were movie stars, and then they realized we weren't, and they thought maybe we were great skaters, and they noticed that we weren't, so they started to boo, and I had to get tough with the crowd. I yelled at them "no booing there's a lady here," and Amanda really liked it because she had been worried that I wasn't tough enough for her, and that she would walk all over me. Then we had a kiss in the middle of the rink, and then the crowd cheered, and then it was kind of like a movie. It was really a fun event. After dinner I pulled out this envelope that Chris (the host) had given us, and it said we could forego our individual rooms, and stay in this presidential suite which is the option we took … at least for a little while. We went up to this beautiful suite on the top floor of the W Hotel, and we had some champagne, and then I ordered this item from the room service menu called "Sex In The Sheets. " It came with ice cream, hot fudge, butterscotch, whipped cream, a plastic sheet, and a Polaroid camera. And Amanda, as we discussed earlier, is very adventurous, so it was another good bonding moment for us. The room was basically covered in hot fudge, so we had to go. There was no way that anyone could sleep in that bed, and in the morning somebody came up and said, "Hey what's with the crime scene upstairs?" Shannon and I went to Lake Tahoe to ski, and we had beautiful weather. We were in Heavenly Valley, where every run looks out over the lake, and it was a perfectly clear day; it was beautiful. It was fun skiing with her. We had a couple of good talks on the mountain; we had a picnic lunch basically on a table made out of snow and ice. But then when we came back to the cabin at the end of the day, things started to take an interesting turn. First we went to get in the hot tub, and Shannon made a huge production about getting into her bikini and being seen, and she was so concerned with how she looked that the date took a turn for the worse. There were a couple of things that happened that confirmed some of my fears from Dallas. I was hoping that they were blips, but there were a couple things that made me think that Shannon was a little bit stubborn on certain issues, and focused on her own feelings more than on mine. For example: we went to get in the hot tub, and Shannon made a huge production about being seen by the cameras in her bikini. Earlier she had sort of agreed to do it, and didn't think it was a big deal, but when it came time for the moment of truth-she just panicked. Obviously, I was sympathetic to that in some ways. I mean, I understand the feeling, but I was sitting there just in a bathing suit in the hot tub, obviously wanting her to get in, and then when she didn't want to be seen by the cameras, I said "just get in your robe, and you can throw your wet robe out, and you'll be in and no one will see you." Then she didn't want to do that because she thought that would inconvenience the hotel keeper and she didn't want to do that, and I just realized that I was number ten on her priority list. She was worried about her grandmother, and herself, and the cameras, and the guys around the hotel, but the fact that I'm sitting there basically naked in the hot tub, not knowing what to do, she didn't care about that. She was in the middle of a power play with the cameras, and I just felt bad about it, and then it turns out that her body was perfect … flawless perfection. Like, the best body in history, and the fact that she was really embarrassed by it, I thought, was a weird sign. I was thinking she's either got some weird body issues, or some weird self-esteem problem that could have other implications. So I just thought, how could somebody with a body like this be worried? I should be worried. Then we opened another one of the envelopes that said "Shannon and Alex, if you want to forego your individual rooms you can stay in this special cabin in the back." You know, I wasn't sure how she would react to it, but she reacted really badly. She felt that by even giving her this envelope — even though it was part of the format of the show, and Chris, the host, had said you gotta open this — she felt that I had put her in a bad position, I was making her look cheap. To her, that was a slap in the face from me, and it was a big fight. I mean she was angry, and so we went to that cabin, and she just sort of sat with her arms crossed, and said she was ready to go home. Again, I just felt like she was quick to anger, and wasn't at all sympathetic to my position. Which was, look, I'm sorry I had to give you this, and besides, I do want to spend some alone time with you. I'm not just saying we should go have sex in this cabin, but I just think there were ways to handle that other than getting really angry at me. I don't want to sound like I'm being too hard on her — I can understand why she was offended, and I don't think that's bad in itself, but I think it might be bad for me. I think there might be a compatibility issue if this kind of thing is going to make her that angry. I'm more of an easy going guy, and she's more … she's got certain rules that she tries to live by, and I myself like to break rules, and that just could be a recipe for disaster. So, that was another warning sign about the fact that we might not be right for each other. At the end of the date with Shannon, I thought she had two strikes. Even though I had a great day with her, there were a bunch of problems that made me worry, but I still had a strong connection with Shannon, and I really felt like there's still something to explore here. Shannon is pretty young, and she hasn't been pushed that hard on things like this before. I think she is used to getting her way in her family, and with her friends, and so I felt like she still had lots of potential, even though it might be a struggle. At the end of the date with Shannon, I definitely wasn't thinking "oh, I'm cutting her." not at all. I still had some big worries about Trista, and what were her motives, and does Trista even like me — I still wondered at this point. So, I didn't know what I was gonna do. Then I went to Hawaii with Trista, and within a few hours of seeing her for the first time I was doubled over puking my guts out, which definitely put a little damper on the date. I was hoping for a big romantic night with her because I thought that would be a good test of is she interested in me or not. Behind closed doors, how Trista would react to this envelope was something I really wanted to see happen, and I was so sick that I never got a chance to give it to her. So, I felt like I had missed a chance there, but Trista handled my sickness really well. She is a pediatric physical therapist, and knows about medical things, and knows what it is to take care of people, and she lavished that kind of attention on me, and was completely selfless. She didn't worry about the fact that I had wrecked her time in Hawaii. She just wanted to help me feel better, and she was scolding me to follow my rehydration procedure that the doctor had given me. So I thought that in some ways it let both of us see another side of each other. I was too sick and tired to keep trying to impress her, and she was too concerned about getting me healthy to keep keeping her distance. It was a good thing for us in some ways, even though I didn't feel too good. We talked about a lot of stuff, and Trista told me where she stood in terms of her feelings for me, and she was really brutally honest about it. She said "I'm in like with you not in love with you, and I think there's potential, but I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that I'm falling in love with you because it just hasn't happened yet." To me, that actually helped her credibility, because I had been concerned that playing a game: she's very competitive, she just wants to win and it doesn't matter, I wasn't an important part of that, she just didn't want to let these other girls to beat her. The fact that she was really honest with me, and said some things that weren't the perfect strategy for winning made me think "oh, I guess she is pretty genuine, and she's genuinely telling me that her feelings are so-so." But they got stronger and stronger as we went, and even in our couple days in Hawaii we were much closer by the end. All in all I thought it was a great date. The decision of which two of these three women I would bring home to meet my family was really hard. It was surprisingly hard. I felt like I had so much invested in all three of them, and still a lot of questions … a lot of unanswered questions. I honestly wanted my parents to meet all three of them. I wanted to see all three of them interact with my family for one more angle on their personalities, and their potential for me, but I had to choose, and ultimately I chose to not bring Shannon home, even though I had really strong feelings for her. She was probably at the pinnacle … she was the front-runner, in the beginning. There were just enough friction points between us that I felt like if we were together it would be a lot of hard work, and there would be a lot of rewards too, but I just worried that where we were in our lives, it would be too much work. I think if I met Shannon three or four years from now, and she had a couple of relationships with people who said "Hey, I'm not gonna put up with this," then maybe we'd be a better match. But where we are right now, I think it would just be a lot of work, and lots of fighting. Shannon was pretty abrupt with me after I'd made my decision. She didn't want to give me a hug, she sort of shook my hand and said "see ya later pal," but then she spun on her heel, and came back and demanded to know why I cut her. I said I do feel like we struggle with each other a lot, and sometimes its productive, and sometimes it isn't, but I also said a couple of things that I think in retrospect were cop-outs. I said we're in different places in our lives, and I said you told me the other night that part of you just wanted to go home, and I tried to put it on her a little bit. And you know, the truth was it was a hard decision, but I had a couple concerns, and they were related to the fact that we struggled all the time, but I didn't give her any examples. I didn't tell her that the fact that it took her an hour to get in that hot tub kind of bummed me out, or the fact that she freaked out about the envelope didn't impress me. I didn't say those things to her, and I didn't feel like it was the right time. Because the truth is she invested a lot of herself in this process. I think she had a tough time with the cameras, and the cameras were part of the reason why she got upset with me a couple times. I think every time we were behind closed doors without the cameras she was a little better. We'd have a fight on camera, and then make up off camera. I felt like I didn't want to be giving Shannon a list of criticisms and reasons why I didn't want to continue. The truth is, it was a tough decision, and I just thought maybe there was more potential with the other two. It wasn't that I thought "Shannon you're bad for me for these reasons," but she really wanted the answer, and I think she was a little unsatisfied with the answer that I gave her.

    • "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" special was aired before the season's finale (Week Six) on April 25th at 7:00pm Thursday night. This was a different time and day (Thursday instead of Monday) which caused a big battle between the networks for the "must see" Thursday night prime time. "The Bachelor" ended up with about 18.1 million viewers for the night.

    • The Bachelor's Diary I've learned a lot about myself during this whole process. I'm 31 years old, and I'm looking for Mrs. Right, and I wanted to get married, and all those things are true ten times more now than they were when I started. I thought I was ready then, and now I'm much more ready because I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I want, thinking about who I am, thinking about how I fit together with different people and different personalities. I learned about a big insecure side that I have, which doesn't come out as much in normal life as it did here. I found that I needed a lot of affirmation from these women. I wasn't working, and I didn't have my friends around. Normally, you get a lot of support, and people telling you you're great from different parts of your life, but here I didn't have any of those normal contacts, and I really really wanted to hear these women tell me that I was great, and that turned out to be, actually, a big factor. How they felt about me definitely influenced how I felt about them — maybe more than it should've. I also learned that I am not as decisive as I wish I were. I really didn't want to make any mistakes, and I wanted to make sure that I was making decisions for the right reasons, but there were some nights when I was in the deliberation room for hours just going back and forth, unsure about what I was going to do, and I'd make a decision the next day, thinking I did the wrong thing. That was kind of an eye opener. Being in close quarters with these women, I became more aware of what the other person is thinking in a relationship. I think sometimes when you're dating you think that the whole thing happens on the date, and then you go away and think about it, and who knows what the other person is thinking, but I really got to see what the other person was thinking, and hear about it, and it just makes me more considerate. I'm just more aware of peoples feelings, and how the little things that I do can affect people.

    • At the end of the The Bachelor: Special Edition, ABC showed bonus footage of a phone call Alex made to Trista talking after the final rose ceremony. See the episode quotes for the transcript.

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    • Prior to the Bachelor, Alex Michel applied for Survivor: Marquesas. He was turned down by the casting directors only after he made it to the top 48 finalists.

    • ABC was originally leery of The Bachelor because the show's creator Mike Fleiss was also the creator of Fox's notorious Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?

    • On the Women Tell All, Rhonda claimed that her break down on the show was caused by asthma and not a panic attack as reported by paramedics on the scene.

    • Shannon later guest starred on The Bachelorette, season one, as a friend of Trista.

    • The morning after the finale, Alex called Trista's hotel room to check on her after being rejected. To read a transcript of the call, see The Bachelor: Special Edition notes.

    • Following The Bachelor Alex became a spokesperson for Match.com, one of the foremost dating websites online.

    • Alex and Amanda appeared as a couple for the first time on Good Morning America, the morning after the season finale (4/26/2002).

    • Despite being rejected on The Bachelor, Trista Rehn went on to star as the first Bachelorette on the show's spinoff series.

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