'Bachelorette' Recap: Desiree Hartsock Is in Way Over Her Head

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Desiree Hartsock

What. The. Heck? Seriously, people -- this season of The Bachelorette is nothing short of painful so far. And you know I'm, like, the biggest fan of The Bachelor franchise ever, so that's a pretty bold statement coming from me.

But holy cow -- let's just go ahead and put it out there. Desiree Hartsock doesn't have the faintest idea what is happening, and she's obviously never watched the show before -- because she's getting sucked into every cheesy play these guys make for her. I mean, I know she's been on The Bachelor, but has she ever watched or paid attention to any other season than Sean Lowe's?

Let's start with Brooks. I won't lie, there's something about him I really like. But when he started to get all clammy and weird talking about his dad (and how he forgot what he looked like for a period of time), he lost me. But he totally hooked Des, which is kind of the point of the show, so who cares what I think?

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And then there's Bryden. Huh. What can you say about a dude who winds up in a hot tub with a gal as good looking as Des and keeps repeating over and over again how great the night is without getting within 10 feet of her? I know he was probably trying to be a gentleman and all -- but it got to the point where Des looked him in the eye and said, "Just kiss me, already." Um, I'm no expert, but if you have to ask a guy to kiss you -- maybe he doesn't want to in the first place? Awkward. (Dude should want to throw you up against a wall. Just sayin'.)

That brings us to Ben. I know last week I was all gaga over him (like every other woman in America) -- but any guy who goes into the cocktail party with a rose and interrupts other dudes who haven't had a chance to talk to The Bachelorette yet is a jerk, plain and simple. Des should've known better than to fall for his little scheme -- and it should've sent up a major red flag that there is more to Ben than meets the eye, and not in a good way.

OMG. Poor Des. She's SO not cut out for this gig. And something tells me by the end of this whole deal, whatever waterproof mascara she's wearing won't come close to holding up.

Do you think Des has any clue what's really going on with these guys?


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hexxuss hexxuss

Bryden was that way because he has/had a GF back home waiting for him.  I think Des is a little more savvy than she lets on... and I hope I'm right lol


Mike Cobb

Giving Des the benefit of the doubt: The entire electronic and printed media has painted only one picture of Desiree; that she is the sweet, innocent and naive, girl next door ... as pure and white as the freshly fallen snow; the California version of Mother Teresa (pardon the contradiction in terms). She is hailed as having strong religious convictions and high moral standards. It is reported she can quote the Holy Bible from memory. .......... If all this is true, I agree, she is in way over her head. And there is not going to be a happy ending ... unless she is successfully made a fool by one of the less legitimate men in the mansion.

It will only take a few episodes to reveal Des' true character. It's entirely possible she has sacrificed a few moral standards for the sake of making a hit on the show. If so, it will backfire on her, sooner or later.

As much as I hate to admit, it's also possible she's a complete fraud, and not the saint she's been painted to be. One cannot escape the fact she's been a California beach girl for the last ten years. And it can be assumed she is very much into the Hollywood lifestyle.

vaell... vaelliott1719

That Brian is a strange one though I would think just having a girlfriend 2 months ago, did you see the look on Des face??...I think Bryden was being a true gentleman which we dont see too often in the real world and have to agree that I loved Ben till last night..RUDE DUDE!


Mike Cobb

Yes, after watching another episode, I still agree.  Either Des is in way over her head ... or she is a complete fraud.  And at this point in time, I can go either way with it.

Mike Cobb

Three questions:

(1)  How much is Des getting paid for being the Bachelorette?  It's safe to say the amount is more than she's ever even dreamed of.

(2)  Would she have done it for FREE?

(3)  Is she really there for "The Right Reasons?"


Mike Cobb

I can no longer give Desiree the benefit of the doubt.  After the Munich and Barcelona episodes the cat is finally out of the bag. Desiree may be a basically good person; BUT she is not what she's been advertised to be ... a devout born-again Christian with strong convictions and high standards.

For those not wise to the ways of German beer: The average alcohol content of German beer is 18%. The standard 12 oz. can of American beer is 6.5%. You do the math. In Munich, Des took on a half-gallon of local brew and never even blinked. Having a glass of wine at the weekly cocktail party is one thing ... what she did in Munich is something completely different.

Then during the Barcelona episode, Des was "bleeped" several times to edit out bad language. And it's not the first time she's let her tongue slip.  

All doubts about her are now gone.  Despite anything you hear to the contrary, Desiree is the stereo-typical California fun-in-the-sun Bikini Beach girl who is definitely into the Hollywood lifestyle. I would describe her as being 27 going on 16, with the maturity of a sophomore.

nonmember avatar Diane Berger

James and Tierra are a perfect match! Hysterical, cry baby liars!!

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