'Bachelor Pad' eliminates Reid Rosenthal and "Super Fan" Donna Zitelli
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/07/2012
Bachelor Pad eliminated Reid Rosenthal and "Super Fan" Donna Zitelli during Monday night's third episode of the third season of The Bachelor reality franchise spinoff in which 15 former bachelor and bachelorettes and five "Super Fans" compete for a $250,000 cash prize.
Reid and Donna -- who entered the game as one of the five "Super Fans," who have been fans of the show and were interested in competing with or against, and possibly dating, the former bachelors and bachelorettes -- were eliminated based on votes cast by Bachelor Pad's third-season cast. Reid was ousted from the competition after receiving the majority of female votes, while Donna was sent home because most of the male contestants cast their votes her way.
"I definitely feel like a pretty big loser right now. I thought I had the numbers, I mean, it's crazy. Bachelor Pad is a sick, deceptive place. The game is completely changing all the time. It's a nightmare," Reid, a 33-year-old realtor from Philadelphia, PA, who previously competed on The Bachelorette's fifth season, said following his ouster.
"I came here for the game. I came here for the money. I came here to see old friends. It would've been nice to win the money. I hope I didn't burn any bridges in life. There's one similarity between The Bachelorette andBachelor Pad, and that is that [Ed Swiderski] lasted longer than me, ugh, damn."
"I'm so shocked. It sucks. I didn't want to leave yet. It was so fun. I had the time of my life in this house. This was a total dream come true. I mean, I got pretty far for a fan, but I would have never thought that a guy would vote me off -- ever -- because I'm just so used of them throwing themselves at me. But they're going to regret it, watch. When I'm not around in my bikini, they're going to be pissed," explained Donna, a 22-year-old student from Hackensack, NJ.
Bachelor Pad's third third-season episode began with the remaining 14 former bachelor and bachelorettes and two "Super Fans" returning from the second broadcast's Rose Ceremony in which Ryan Hoag was eliminated.
Reid, who had tried to rally up the girls to vote Ed, a 33-year-old technology consultant from Chicago, IL, who previously competed on The Bachelorette's fifth season, out of the competition, worried the female contestants might end up turning on him and team up to get him out next. Reid was well aware that because he had spearheaded the failed plan to get rid of Ed, his head could potentially be on the chopping block if word got out.
Sarah Newlon, a 28-year-old bar manager from St. Louis, MO, who previously competed on The Bachelor's eleventh season, was appalled at her decision to follow through with Reid's plan and vote to oust Ed. She felt terribly considering she had previously hooked up with Ed and attempting to reconcile with him, but Ed clearly didn't want to talk to her.
Ed then went through a short period of time when he was debating whether to quitBachelor Pad. However, his partner Jaclyn Swartz, a 27-year-old account manager from Newton, MA, who previously competed on The Bachelor's sixteenth season, talked him out of it. After their chat, Ed became determined to do whatever it may take to stay in the competition and hopefully make it all the way to the end.
The following day, Bachelor Pad host Chris Harrison told the cast they'd be participating in the season's third challenge and then explained the rules.
The male and female contestants were instructed to compete in a relay race with new randomly-selected partners. First, the ladies were required to wade through a bath of ice cream, go down a slide covered in hot fudge, crab-crawl through a field of whipped cream, get in a sack and dump five scoops of nuts on their heads, and then hop to the end of course. Upon tagging their male partners, the men then had to complete the same series of tasks in the obstacle course but in reverse.
The male and female contestant to finish the relay race in first place would win the challenge, earn immunity roses and receive separate romantic dates away from the mansion. Each person would be able to choose three people to take with them on the dates, and there would be one additional rose up for grabs on each date. The two winners could offer whomever they wanted the rose, giving them immunity and the ability to stay in the competition another week.
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Like in previous episodes, the man and woman to perform the worst and finish in last place would receive a penalty in the form of one vote against each of them heading into the next Rose Ceremony elimination.
Blakeley Shea, a 34-year-old aesthetician from Charlotte, NC, who previously competed on The Bachelor's sixteenth season, was paired up with Tony Pieper, a 30-year-old lumber trader from Portland, OR, who previously competed on The Bachelorette's eighth season. Jamie Otis, a 25-year-old registered nurse from New York, NY, who previously competed on The Bachelor's sixteenth season, wasn't too thrilled to compete alongside Ed.
Rachel Truehart, a 27-year-old executive assistant from New York, NY, who previously competed on The Bachelor's sixteenth season, was ready to work with "Super Fan" David Mallet, a 28-year-old real estate agent and MMA fighter from Hoboken, NJ. Sarah was also excited to be partnered with Michael Stagliano -- a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Sherman Oaks, CA, who previously competed on The Bachelorette's fifth season andBachelor Pad's second season, which he ultimately won with partner Holly Durst.
Erica Rose, a 29-year-old law student from Houston, TX, who previously competed on The Bachelor's ninth season, got paired up with her "frenemy" Kalon McMahon, a 27-year-old luxury brand consultant from Houston, TX, who previously competed on The Bachelorette's eighth season.
Chris Bukowski, a 25-year-old corporate sales director from Chicago, IL, who previously competed on The Bachelorette's most recent eighth edition with Emily Maynard, was paired up with Jaclyn. Lastly, Lindzi Cox, a 27-year-old development manager from Bellevue, WA, who previously competed on The Bachelor's sixteenth season, was partnered up with Reid.
David and Michael's finish was so close at the end of the relay race the producers had to review the tape. Chris Harrison then announced David had passed Michael "by a nose," and therefore, David and Rachel won the challenge. Ed and Jamie unfortunately came in last place and each received a vote against them as a result.
Michael thought David was a huge threat in the game against his alliance, especially when it came to the challenges. Likewise, Sarah thought David was the biggest threat in the whole house. All the former bachelors and bachelorettes began worrying that David could possibly win every challenge going forward and always be safe from elimination.
The next day, it was time for David to embark on his date and he selected Blakeley, Erica and Jamie.
"David, I think, has gotten smarter since his earlier days. We were definitely off to a very rocky start, but I think it's very important for me to go on this date. The way it is right now, I need Dave on my side," Erica said.
David and his trio of girls then enjoyed their own private prom with a live band and dressing attire included. Jamie toasted to a truce with Blakeley, but Blakeley didn't want to be fake and be friends to Jamie's face when she didn't appreciate or respect the fact Jamie had tried to steal her partner, Chris, away from her earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, Reid was sweet-talking Ed at the mansion, assuring him he wouldn't be getting votes again. Reid acted like he was on Ed's side and had his back through everything, when in actuality, Reid was still plotting against him and was the one orchestrating all the drama. Afterward, Ed and Jaclyn hooked up.
Back on David's date, Blakeley thought Jamie and Dave were clicking and she didn't approve, especially once David laid a kiss on Jamie.
"Hell no, David is kissing on Jamie and I need him to not give Jamie the rose. That rose is mine. I hope that he understands this, and if he doesn't, karma is a bitch... Even though David knows he owes his loyalty to me, I was a little bit worried because I just didn't know what he was doing with Jamie. I had to tell him that he needed to give me the rose, but more importantly, to not give it to Jamie because we were trying to get Jamie off," Blakeley explained.
David wanted to give Jamie the rose because he had a crush on her and felt she had opened up to him on their date, but Blakeley interrupted their conversation and told him to stay loyal and keep his word because she had held up her end of the deal by taking him on a date the week prior when he had been an obvious target in the house.
Blakeley explained to David that Jamie was on the chopping block first and Erica was going to follow her. She insisted he should not keep Jamie safe. However, David didn't listen to Blakeley's request and offered his only group-date rose to Jamie.
David is on my diarrhea list right now. He betrayed me... and now, I'm going to take it back to my alliance at the house and he's just going to have to deal with what happens and the repercussions from it. Total mistake. I hope David and Jamie enjoy the prom tonight, because I don't think they have much time left," Blakeley said.
The following day, it was time for Rachel to embark on her date and she selected Nick, Tony and Michael to join her. The group went to a wax museum, and then much to their own surprise, learned they were going to be made-up to look like wax figured themselves for a Bachelor exhibit to fool fans.
Meanwhile, Jamie continued to pursue Chris and was growing tired of their one-sided relationship. She asked him to open up to her and the idea of falling in love, but he wanted nothing to do with her. Chris said he was tired and asked Jamie to leave him alone. Their discussion caused Jamie to get really upset and cry, because she knew she was awkward when it came to dating and she just wanted to find love so badly.
During Rachel's date, Rachel ended up giving her rose to Michael so they could spend more time together. Michael knew the rose was a romantic gesture rather than a strategic one, so he said it felt good to know the feelings between them were mutual. Rachel and Michael, whose chemistry was growing, continued the date together alone. Rachel said she felt so strongly for Michael it was beginning to "freak her out."
Rachel expressed her fears and concerns about getting heartbroken again with Michael, but Michael assured her that he liked her and wasn't going anywhere. Rachel smiled and seemed very comfortable and secure in Michael's arms.
The next day, Reid was still quietly campaigning to get rid of Blakeley and Ed. Although Reid thought -- or at least hoped -- he'd get away with his scheming, Sarah let Ed in on Reid's intentions and told the bachelor that Reid had been organizing the whole plan to get him out. Ed was shocked because Reid was his good friend and Reid had insisted he wanted Chris gone.
A very disappointed Ed was starting to realize Reid was trying to get him back for the outcome of Jillian Harris' The Bachelorette season. Ed didn't think Reid would be so vindictive, but he was unpleasantly surprised.
"I feel betrayed at this point. There's no other way for me to describe it. I completely trusted him and it's emotional for me. I believed that he was here to support me, and the fact that he stabbed me in the back, I'm sensing that he might have a little bit of a vendetta with me... I'm not going to put up with any more lies and deceit. If you cross me, then I'm going to get pissed, and now it's on. I cannot wait. I am going to smash this guy," Ed said.
That night, Ed called Reid out for being dishonest. Ed told him he never expected his loyalty, but he would at least expect Reid not to lie simply because they were good friends. Ed just wanted Reid to own up to his conspiring, but Reid denied the whole allegation. Despite his outward appearance, Reid was convinced he was screwed since the information had been leaked.
"Tonight, the alliances have pretty clearly been drawn and there's a clear divide. Half of the house is in my alliance and the alliance, as they stand, are myself and Rachel, Jaclyn and Ed, Blakeley and Chris. Kalon and Lindzi are kind of the two loose cannons in our alliance," Michael said.
"This week seemed like emerging was a power-couple alliance. So Reid kind of masterminded a new alliance this week with myself, Sarah, Jamie, Donna, Dave, Nick, and Tony. So the underdogs all came together and decided to overthrow that main alliance for the first time in Bachelor Pad history. So I predict that Blakeley will be going home tonight," Erica noted.
Chris Harrison then entered the mansion and told the ladies and gentlemen voting had commenced. He explained one woman and one man would be going home by the end of the night, and Chris' announcement quickly led to scrambling and paranoia. Blakeley and Donna were especially worried about their fate in the game.
Blakeley talked to Chris to make sure their partnership was still tight, and he told the bachelorette she was safe because he had the majority of male votes backing his up. Tony also told Blakeley she wasn't going anywhere. In addition to those two men, Michael also promised he was on Blakeley's side.
While the group assumed Ed and Kalon were also onboard to vote out Donna, Kalon was very buddy-buddy with the underdog alliance. Due to Kalon's apparent loyalty to them, Erica believed her allies had the numbers they needed to oust Blakeley.
David was also confident in his position in the game, as he knew his alliance had the upper hand because if the vote ended in a 4-4 tie, he'd be the deciding vote since he had won the prior challenge. Donna knew her name was being bounced around in the house and was upset because she seemed to be involved romantically with Nick. She did not want to go home yet.
"Nobody dislikes Donna. The guys are going to keep Donna around. Michael's trying to persuade people to vote for Donna. He's trying to even get the guys in my alliance to vote for Donna -- not going to happen. Donna's easy on the eyes. She runs around in her bikini and looks great. Donna is staying around," Nick said.
Blakeley knew she had 50/50 odds of going home. Kalon obviously told both parties what they wanted to hear and knew he was the swing vote. He liked where he stood and said he had no problem watching people's lives "crumble before his eyes."
Meanwhile, Reid definitively told Jaclyn that Ed and Blakeley were going home. He nonchalantly asked Jaclyn to become his partner for future challenges and join forces with him, but Jaclyn wasn't receptive to his claims. She cried because she hated seeing Reid stab his friend in the back, and she just didn't think it was Ed's time to go. Jaclyn believed Reid was a conniving person, and rather than join forces with her, she was completely ready to fight against him.
"I just found [Reid's plan] to be abrasive. I feel like he pulled a fast one on me tonight. I didn't expect the game to go like this... It upsets me. Reid is just a complete liability and I didn't think he was capable of pulling this stuff, but apparently, he's a snake. Reid just made the biggest mistake of his life. I am voting Reid off. It's not even a question, and I'm going to make sure that every girl in this house is voting off Reid tonight," Jaclyn said in tears.
Ed then confronted Reid again about his plans, and Reid justified his behavior and decisions by just saying he was "playing a game" in which everyone was going to screw over everyone eventually. Reid thought he had Donna, Jamie, Erica, and Sarah voting for Ed, but Sarah -- who was uncertain of her plans -- was seemingly the swing vote.
Sarah wasn't sure whether she wanted to trust Reid, a strong leader in the house, or stand by Ed, whom she had once regrettably turned on.
In the end, Reid and Donna were both voted out of Bachelor Pad.