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March 8, 2010

The Bachelor Gives Us A Wedding And A Dancer

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Tonight we will see the very first wedding from The Bachelor.  Trista was the Bachelorette, so if we are going to separate out the two shows, this is the first one, and like so many people, I am really excited. 

I have had a love/hate relationship with Jason Mesnick over the past year.  When he became The Bachelor I was happy for him.  I dug that he was Jewish, and a single dad.  Turns out the Jewish thing, not so much, but the dad part stuck, and he and his son were adorable.

When his season ended, I thought he was a putz like the rest of America. I thought he was an idiot, and Molly was a home wrecker.  It’s insane that we all got so invested in the lives of strangers, but in the end, it means the show is working that we care that much.

I had an opportunity to meet Jason after the big fiasco and it was very interesting.  In listening to his side of things, I realized that he was not the bad guy I had decided he was.  In the end, he followed his heart, and opted to have love and be hated, rather than sacrifice love, to be the good guy.

I was so angry as a viewer that I did not get my happy ending, that I forgot to see that Jason and Molly got theirs.  I could not be happier for these two.  They are lovely, and I think they will live a long and happy life together.

When I spoke with Molly and Jason after their wedding, they were still giddy,  and floating on air.  I referred to Molly as Mrs. Mesnick and you could feel her happiness as she said it would never get old to be called that.

Even the fact that it poured rain during the vows of their outdoor ceremony, did not dampen the day.  It’s symbolic if you ask me.  After everything they went through, the rain came to wipe the slate clean, and allow them a fresh and new beginning.

I asked Molly if she was bitter or angry that her fairytale was somehow tainted, and she said no.  Her feeling is that if they had not gone through all the fallout when the season ended, they would not be were they are now.

She said it was a very difficult period of time for them, and while it sounded cliché, it brought them closer together.  Molly has a piece of her that is so thrilled to have this happy ending for everyone who watched.  It really is their true, absolute happy moment. 

The Mesnicks said that a lot of people see the wedding as a television show, but for them, it was their wedding, and that’s what they focused on.  They are glad people can share their happiness, because it was the best weekend of our lives. 

Regardless of what you think about Jason and Molly, you cannot deny that the show worked.  They went to find love, and they did.  They are the only ones to have made it, so as viewers, we need to celebrate with them. The Wedding will air tonight on ABC at 8:00 pm. 

In other Bachelor news, Jake Pavelka is on the new season of Dancing With The Stars.  Really?  I could barely get through his Bachelor season and now he is bleeding over into another show.  I don’t get it.  Will totally watch, but I don’t get it.

I think the best thing about Jake being on Dancing With The Stars, is that we get to see Vienna every week.  I think this chick is fascinating.  She is the best thing to come out of reality television in a long time.  I want her to marry Russell from Survivor, and then have their own reality show.

We will be able to track their relationship by whether or not she is in the audience cheering on her man.  I wonder what she is going to do in LA while he dances.  She has no job, and apparently no friends.  The show will either bond them together, or rip them apart.  If he dumps her mid-season, he might actually win!

Vienna, call me.  I will keep you company.  We can go shopping, and out for lunch.  We can spray tan, and get our nails done.  We can plan your wedding, and scrapbook all the tabloid articles about you.  I heart you Vienna.  Call me.  Seriously. BFF’s sister.  Call!

Spring is coming and it’s the best time of year to be a hopeless romantic.  If Molly and Jason can get married, there is hope. If Jake and Vienna are together, there is hope.  Hope is possible for everyone, as long as you keep the faith.

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