Michael Stagliano and Holly Durst were named the “Bachelor Pad” season 2 winners and the winners of $250,000 on part two of Monday’s season finale. While some viewers may have thought Michael would go rogue and run off with the money due to recent, extremely awkward developments, the couple did decide to share the money, with Michael citing that Holly was always loyal and will always be his partner.
Despite no longer being a couple, Michael said it was loved that carried the pair through the game, adding that he could’ve punched Blake and fought with Holly but that wouldn’t have won him $250,000.
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Along with the announcement of a season 2 winner, viewers also heard from several of the season’s houseguests: Jackie described the devastation she felt after her breakup with Ames; Kasey, Vienna and Jake went one last round; Kasey broke down; Blake and Holly stunned Michael with engagement news; and Ben Flajnik was officially announced as the next Bachelor.
Highlights of “Bachelor Pad” season 2, episode six (finale part two):
As I reported earlier in the season, Ames Brown and Jackie Gordon are no longer today. On the finale, Jackie said she spent a lot of the summer trying to figure out what she did wrong and why Ames didn’t try harder to make it work. Ames told viewers he learned once out of the house the two were very different people and refused to drag it on longer than necessary. It was heartbreaking to listen to Jackie talk about not being able to get out of bed for one week because she was so blindsided and so devastated, but it was equally painful to see Ames so in pain that he never looked her in the eye. Of all of the “Bachelor” / “Bachelorette” / “Bachelor Pad” love stories, this was one of the few viewers really wanted to work.
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William Hoffman grew a pair and spoke up against alleged power couple Kasey Kahl and Vienna Girardi while the rest of the houseguests kissed their feet. Gia Allemand made a great point of Kasey being incredibly smart and creating a great dynamic for himself and Vienna to continue in the game, but William’s point was even better, with him pointing out that the couple never won a competition and did nothing but stab people in the back. There’s the William we all know and love!
Vienna told viewers she and ex-fiancé Jake Pavelka have found closure (Jake denies this). When viewers didn’t buy that Vienna was nice to Jake in the house but no one watching saw it, Erica Rose and Kirk DeWidnt stepped in to defend Jake and reiterate viewers’ believes that the fight was incredibly one-sided, with Vienna on the not-so-nice side, which made fire come out of Vienna’s eyes and ears for a very pretty lightshow. After shutting Vienna up without saying a word, Jake joined Chris Harrison on stage, where he described his first meeting with Kasey as “cold as ice” and defended himself against those that call him a terrible person, apologizing once again for the way he treated Vienna on their breakup special. Vienna tried to smooth things over with viewers by bringing up a charades game they played, but no one backed up Vienna’s claims, not even Kasey. And once again, just like on “Bachelor Pad,” Jake let Vienna dig her own grave, not speaking unless spoken to – a bold mood that, like on the show, made Vienna look like the devil. The best part of the meeting was Kasey apologizing to Jake for his actions and statements on the show, with the pair hugging it out. There was a moment when I thought it was a PR stunt, but Vienna gave Kasey the scariest look on the planet after, so I’m thinking Kasey actually meant what he said.
Kasey also had the chance to sit on stage with Chris Harrison. He was emotional on stage and said he didn’t like the person he saw when watching the episodes. He said he was mean and manipulative, but the person on “Bachelor Pad” was not the person he is in real life. When asked about the state of he and Vienna’s relationship, Kasey broke down, saying it is a “continuous struggle” to be happy again and saying he doesn’t want the relationship (with Vienna) he saw on the episodes. Vienna’s take was it was extremely difficult to watch their arguments each week, especially with America judging every word said.
‘Bachelor Pad’ reject Blake Julian: I definitely didn’t play the game perfect
One person we were all dying to hear from was Blake Julian, especially with news of his engagement to Holly Durst leaked last week. In regard to his partnership with Melissa Schreiber, he said he probably wouldn’t play the game the same a second time. Melissa said the reason she was so confused was because Blake said he didn’t want an on-air romance but then kissed her, so she let her guard down; she did, however, admit that the pair never discussed having a true relationship. Melissa has claimed she and Blake have hashed things out and are fine, but it didn’t sound as if that was the case. Things were awkward, and they seemed angry. On to a happier note, as mentioned above, Blake and Holly are engaged. Viewers saw video of their proposal, which only adds fuel to the fire that the entire thing was set up by the show, but in the grand scheme of things even a phony happy ending is better than no happy ending at all in the world of reality TV. Of course, in true reality TV fashion, the news was broken to Michael on stage – although, it appeared neither Holly nor Blake wanted it to go down like that. Michael was stunned and asked for a commercial brake, but filming continued. He said he wanted her to be happy but wished he hadn’t found out the way he did.
Viewers who didn’t watch “The Bachelorette” got the chance to meet Ben Flajnik, the next star of “The Bachelor” and Ashley Hebert’s runner-up. We saw scenes from his time on “The Bachelorette” while hearing him talk about how meeting Ashley changed his life and prepared him to be the Bachelor. Ben was then brought on stage, where he told viewers he is in a better place now and is able to open up more to his bachelorettes. He said he is very nervous about the first night but is looking forward to the experience as whole. I’m a huge Ben fan. I think he is smart and charming and one of the good guys. I’m not, however, excited about another reused Bachelor or Bachelorette. I understand ABC’s reasoning (guaranteed viewership), but I look forward to the day viewers get some new blood.
Check back each Tuesday, when former ‘Bachelorette’ star Jesse Csincsak will comment on the previous night’s episode, answering questions about the fights, the tears, the alliances and the backstabbing of “Bachelor Pad” season 2.
And if you love reading what Jesse thinks about each episode of “Bachelor Pad,” you must tune into “Bachelor Pad Beatdown” – hosted by Jesse Csincsak – on RTVZone.com Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST to hear the no-holds-bar opinions of “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” alumni Natalie Getz, Jesse Kovacs, Wes Hayden and David Good. Each week also will feature guest star, including Jason and Molly Mesnick, Craig Robinson, Trista Sutter, Ashley Spivey, Kipytn Locke and more.
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