Mel Gibson, Jon and Kate Plus Eight
It's been a big week for family feuds. Rescue Me's Tommy had to deal with his demons, Breaking Bad's Walt had a crisis on the homefront, and even the Republican Party had to decide... Okay, look. We're just bringing up family because we want to talk Jon & Kate. The whole situation freaks us out. Just like a certain number seems to freak parents out. You'll see what we mean at the end of our Top Moments, crazy eights edition.
On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, one guy gets a little demanding of Jillian's time, a rivalry emerges, the Harlem Globetrotters and Martina McBride swing by for some reason, and four guys go home. Hi, and welcome back to our recap. With me as always is my lovely fiancée, who will contribute her thoughtful, incisive, and occasionally intemperate remarks.
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Jillian Harris, the busiest executioner in Bachelorette history, lopped off 10 heads last week and still has 20 to go. Four rose warriors will end up roseless tonight, and four won't get to go on either group or one-on-one dates with Jillian. We'll see how those lists match up, but first, one man accompanies her to a private Martina McBride show, and seven others play basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters. Then, at the rose ceremony, the guys get to help Jillian reduce their number to 16.
Read on for previews of Jon & Kate Plus 8, In Treatment, Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Time/Anderson Cooper 360: The World's Most Influential People.
Jillian Harris, The Bachelorette
On the season premiere of The Bachelorette, Jillian Harris meets not 25, but 30 bachelors and has to send 10 of them packing.
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Last hour, Jack took the traitorous Tony Almeida into custody and neutralized the canister of pathogen that the terrorists were planning to unleash in a subway station. But there are still unresolved issues as Day 7 draws to a close in the two-hour season finale. The terrorists have Jack's daughter, Kim, and are using her as leverage to get Jack to help Tony escape. And is Jack Bauer really going to die from his exposure to the pathogen?
Read on for previews of The Bachelorette, CSI: Miami, Gossip Girl and Two and a Half Men .
Brand-new Bachelorette Jillian Harris says a hot tub scene with The Bachelor's Jason Mesnick made her father's jaw drop, but she's opting not to clear the air about what happened — and called a query about the liaison "probably the most inappropriate question ever."
The hot tub hookup was one of three close encounters Mesnick shared with the final competitors on The Bachelor. He later said goodbye to Harris to choose — kind of — between Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney.
Ryan Sutter and Trista Sutter
Trista and Ryan Sutter have welcomed their second child, a girl, People reports.
Blakesley Grace arrived ...
The Bachelor, Melissa, Jason
If you're mad at Jason Mesnick for dumping his fiancée on the air, you can stop: Both Mesnick and ex Melissa Rycroft now say they broke up before the taping of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.
Of course, you now can fire up the ol' outrage over the fact that what we watched Monday night wasn't a breakup at all, but rather a relationship post-mortem presented to viewers in a way that made it look like a breakup.
Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss says he approached both Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney to be the next Bachelorette before Jillian Harris, the third-place finisher on the Bachelor, was finally given the honor.
When Mesnick proposed to Rycroft three months ago, Fleiss began courting Malaney, he said Wednesday.
Jason Mesick and Melissa, The Bachelor
He's been branded "a bastard," but is The Bachelor's Jason Mesnick a liar?
Mesnick has said contractual obligations led to his messy public goodbye with former fiancée Melissa Rycroft at the taping of After the Final Rose Part One, which aired Monday. But the show's creator and producer tells TVGuide.com that Mesnick was under "no contractual obligation" to dump Rycroft on-air.