Janice Shaw Crouse

O.K., I watched this week’s episode of “The Bachelor.” Set in beautiful San Francisco, the fifth episode of The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love starred Jake Pavelka, the bachelor, and the five “ladies” that remained from the original 25 contestants. Jake said several times during the program that he is “in love” with all of them and agonized over the “impossible” task of eliminating one from the competition for his affection. Ultimately, Corrie Adamson, a 23-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama, was the one “sent home,” leaving four girls remaining for the subsequent episodes. In the limo as she leaves, Corrie explained, "You know, I don't do good dating a guy who is dating other girls at the same time. I think that if me and Jake had been dating just each other and he hadn't of been dating four other women that things would have definitely been different."

I’m not so sure about that.

Scenes from Jake’s date with each of the final five women were depicted on screen. All the girls, except Corrie, were giddy with excitement and anticipation before their opportunity to spend a day or evening with the bachelor. Corrie was obviously uncomfortable with the fact that Jake was “making out” with all the other girls –– during the same time period. During this week’s episode, for instance, one of the girls slipped out to go to Jake’s room to crawl in bed with him, with the intention of seducing him in order to have an advantage over the other girls. Jake asked her to leave with the explanation that her being there in his bed was not fair to the other girls.

Several of the girls believe that they have a “special” connection with Jake and that the “chemistry” between them is more real than his relationship with the others. While not prudish, Corrie clearly did not fit in with the fast and loose sexual games; nor did she indulge in the giddy silliness and gushy, saccharine nonsense of the other girls or entertain wildly romantic delusions about Jake falling hopelessly in love with her. In fact, Jake privately complained that Corrie was “moving too slow” and there did not seem to be a “connection” between them.

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There definitely were connections between him and the other women. Viewers had to worry about the fact that they were all emotionally falling for Jake. The tension in the girls’ faces was obvious each time one of the girls left them behind to go on a date with the bachelor.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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