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The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 14, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Conclusion. Drama continues during a week in San Francisco.
Original Air Date: Feb 1, 2010

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Season 14, Episode 8
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Length: 21:26:28
Aired: 2/22/2010
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: "Women Tell All" Season 14, Episode 8

On this week's episode of The Bachelor, the women (minus Tenley and Vienna) reunite to reflect back on the season, and Rozlyn returns to share her side of one of the series' biggest scandals.

The first half-hour is pretty much all filler footage. Let's relive the most dramatic moments of the season viewers have seen too many times already! Aw, look at past Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants hanging out in Vegas together and giving back to the less fortunate (gee, I wonder if that's tied at all to the upcoming Bachelor spin-off Bachelor Pad?!).

When the attention finally comes back to the ladies, Gia is the first to talk with Chris Harrison one-on-one. However, her time is pretty brief. She says she knows what she did wrong in not being more forth-coming about her feelings with Jake but was hoping he would just know how she felt. She's upset still but hardly devastated.

Before she comes to the stage, looking back at footage of the woman I affectionately call "crazy eyes" (aka Michelle) is even more painful the second time around. Everything from her incessant references to wanting to be Jake's co-pilot to the awkward kiss they shared right before she gets the boot. I am still confused as to why she was so surprised about being sent home when she suggested it herself (and also had already packed her bags once). Now Michelle says she understands why Jake sent her home and would have done the same. She's also realized going on national television isn't the ideal way to fall in love (duh). However, she's still defensive about her former housemates and cast mates for saying she needed a therapist more than a husband and seems to still have some of the same issues from before.

Ali seems to have a new sense of closure since the last time we saw her getting shot down by Jake on the telephone. During her time on the couch, she is also the first to bring up the many, many, many tabloid reports surrounding the bachelorettes, especially Vienna. Ali apologizes to Vienna (if she's watching, which, I'm sure she is somewhere out there) for being mean to her throughout the show. Aw, Ali's growing! Finally, Ali brings new light to her exit, saying she didn't want to lose her job and have her whole life riding on whether or not Jake picked her in the end and she also didn't want Jake to feel an obligation to her if she did give her job up. Ali simply says she would choose love over work knowing what she knows now but "would have fought like hell" to get her job back.

Rozlyn is up next and this segment makes all of the montages and boring Bachelor reunion footage worth it. Even the editing hints at a Jerry Springer-esque showdown to come (cue frowning audience members and the other bachelorettes, who refuse to wave back at Rozlyn when she so obviously waves at them). First off, Rozlyn calls the relationship with the producer a "friendship" and says the reason she left somehow had to do with the fact that producers of the show didn't let her talk to her son. After the two other mothers on the show dispute that fact and tell Rozlyn not to blame the relationship on her child is when things really start to get heated. When asked by Chris, she admits this producer came to her hometown to film her in the beginning, admits that they spent a night together in a hotel and admits that they have remained in contact (she met his dad!) since they were both fired from the show. But she still insists she was taken off the show for vague reasons and insists nothing more went on than a close platonic relationship.

The best part of the special is when Rozlyn, again, denies any physical intimacy between her and the producer and then asks Chris (so rudely) why he can't understand that nothing happened. Chris gives hands-down the best response imaginable: "Often times, what I tell my son when he's going off on an elaborate story about unicorns and magicians and stuff, I sit him down and I say, son isn't the simplest story the truth?" [Insert Rozlyn's evil eye look here.] Chris asks the other women of the house to help him out and Ella, Jessie and Christina all bring up separate occasions when they witnessed Rozlyn and the producer together. Jessie says she once found Rozlyn and the producer making out on a staircase but Rozlyn swears on her child that that never happened. The audiences boos loudly as if she's that guy on Maury who insists he's not the father after the paternity test says he is. As my roommate more eloquently put it, who does Rozlyn think she's fooling? The various jilted bachelorettes continue to argue with Rozlyn and then things go completely downhill between her and Chris when she says she knows about how our lovable host had been hitting on the producer's wife in New Zealand. Chris takes the high road and gets Rozlyn off the stage before the chair throwing begins.

Finally, Jake steps up to the plate for confession time. His most emotional moments are obviously when he's speaking (from afar) with Gia and Ali. With Gia, he says his heart was crying but he knows he did what was right. Even though Ali left earlier, the emotions between these two are raw and Jake calls her one of the most amazing women he's ever met and says she'll always have a friend in him. When asked about the night she left the show, Jake says he was hoping to see Ali suddenly pop out of the limo and change her mind. His most interesting reveal is when he says he wishes he had seen more of the funny and light-hearted Christina seen on TV. (For those who remember, Christina was an early favorite of mine precisely for her sense of humor). In regards to the finale, Jake will only say he is happy with his decision.

So what did you of tonight's special episode? Did your heart go out to Ali and Gia? Is Michelle still a little out there? And, most importantly, is Rozlyn telling the truth? What do you think went on between her and the producer? Share your opinions in the comments.

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On this week's episode of The Bachelor, the women (minus Tenley and Vienna) reunite to reflect back on the season, and Rozlyn returns to share her side of one of the series' biggest scandals.

The first half-hour is pretty much all filler footage. Let's relive the most dramatic moments of the season viewers have seen too many times already! Aw, look at past Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants hanging out in Vegas together and giving back to the less fortunate (gee, I wonder if that's tied at all to the upcoming Bachelor spin-off Bachelor Pad?!).

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