Is Tony under 'The Blakeley Spell'? Updated August 21, at 4: After pulling a near-total disappearing act last week, Beaverton's own Tony Pieper got tons of camera time in Monday night's "Bachelor Pad. Much of the episode involved the endless jockeying-for-position, and "alliance" building gamesmanship that makes "Bachelor Pad" so Honestly, I have no patience for this post-"Survivor" stuff, in which ordinary Joes and Janes try to sound like they're master tactitians, instead of veterans of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" trenches.
So we got acres of sound bites of Chris worrying about being on the chopping block, Kalon being smarmy, Michael being incompetently Machiavellian, Erica being self-righteous and assorted gratuitous shots at Blakeley for having been a waitress at Hooters, like this is a blot on her morals.
You know, just "Bachelor Pad" business as usual. So, let's check in on how our hometown hero, Beaverton lumber trader Tony, fared. He and Blakeley are now apparently getting on like gangbusters. Tony worries about the lack of trust, and how relationships "are just tarnished. Things look promising for both Tony and Blakeley after they win the surprisingly daunting teacup-stacking challenge, which at first looks like something a "Downton Abbey" dowager could do with her eyes closed, but turns out to be full of near-misses, almost-had-its and enough broken China to fill a hundred DIY mosaic projects.
Their wins guarantee them roses and they're safe from elimination. Blakeley gets to choose a guy to go on a date, and she chooses Tony, who's happy about it. She gives her rose to Kalon, so he can go on a date with Lindzi -- yes, that's how she spells it. Hey, at least it's not LindZEE. Now, Blakeley must decide -- does she want to go on the overnight date, or the one-night date?
Blakeley's imagining that at the very least the overnight date will have jets and helicopters and Vegas and other romantic details, so she goes for that. Kalon and Lindzi get the "Pretty Woman" date. Why a movie about a hooker being paid to spend time with a sulky rich guy has come to define romance is beyond me, but that's another rant. Back at this rant: Blakeley sees that Lindzi's getting jewelry they're not real clear on whether Lindzi gets to keep the jewelry, and I kind of doubt it and a Bentley to transport them to Date Bliss.
Blakeley's jealous, but still thinks the "overnight date is the money date. He thinks Blakeley is "smoking hot," and the two have been growing closer every day. Chris is trying to harsh Tony's mellow, warning him that Blakeley is a lot to take. The overnight date doesn't turn out to be a private night on a yacht kind of thing Blakeley was hoping for. Instead, a Jeep is delivered to the pad, and Tony and Blakeley are given a map with their destination.
Sarah is snarking it up. She can't imagine Blakeley is happy about that. Oh, zip it, Sarah. Tony, though, is "kind of on Cloud 9," even though they drive to their appointed destination, and it's Out in the desert. Despite the humble surroundings, Blakeley and Tony seem to be making the most of it. She tells him he makes her "feel very comfortable,' and has been scared to fall in love. Tony tells her, "I think you've been with the wrong dudes," adding that he's been hurt, but he still thinks he can find that one person.
Things get cozy with a campfire, and Tony turns the Jeep's radio to a country station, and he and Blakeley dance. And then go into the trailer and close the door behind them. The next day, back at the pad, Chris is muttering something about Tony being sucked into "the Blakeley Spell. After a lot of hooha, it turns out that Erica is voted off -- and this week's twist is that since only a female is voted off, the losing woman decides which of the men she wants to have eliminated.
Erica, having realized that Michael has been lying to her and pursuing his own agenda, chooses him to be booted.