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Final Four : February Madness

Final Four : February Madness

by Christie Humphries

kvue.com

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 1:34 AM

Hometown date night is always my favorite part of the season. It’s a time to see where the ladies come from and whether they've been themselves...or if they've been faking it all season.  Sometimes you find out where they got those dimples and sometimes you find out why they ran away from home.

It wouldn't be a hometown date with Gia, if she didn't run in for the frontal mount on Jake.  I think "The Soup" referred to it as "a human baby bjorn".  She literally was an accessory that he could carry around with him, which was exactly what her brother did not want for his sister.  I don't think that her family helped her out any by telling Jake over and over again how many times Gia has been dumped on.  No one really wants to date a doormat.  And you didn't need to see the Statue of Liberty to know they were in New York.  Their accents were so thick, they put the Jersey Shore kids to shame.  I think Gia is very sweet, but no matter how hard I try, I just don't see those two together.
 
Ali's date looked cold and Jake was quite the snuggle bunny.  Yes I almost gagged they were so cute together.  Then, to make it even worse, Ali took Jake to meet her grandmother, who recently passed away.  She brought him to her grandmother's home and told him her story and how she died.  It was kind of nice and kind of creepy, but overall I felt like it was something that really gave her comfort, so I'm glad she did it.  Back at the house, Ali's mom had a very serious talk with Jake, where he basically asked her if she would approve of him getting engaged to Ali at the end of the show.  To top it off, Ali told Jake that if he proposed that day, she'd say yes.  I wish they would have just gone ahead and done it.  I don't think they need to drag the show out any longer.  However, I was not that lucky.
 
Jake headed off to Oregon to meet up with Tenley to learn more about her ex-husband and her love of dance.  I don't know about you but there is nothing I love more than an interpretive dance and insight into Tenley's soul....and I'm gagging again.  Tenley wants someone to dance with forever.  Well, she certainly has the calves for it.  Very impressive, but that's about all I'm really feeling for Tenley.  She is a nice girl and all, but I just don't think she's really ready for another serious relationship.  I think she should have taken some time to get over her divorce before jumping into a reality dating show.  I think they would probably make a good couple, but I think all the talk about her ex is ultimately going to drive Jake away.   I will say though that Tenley's family was by far the best looking bunch.  Her mom looked young enough to be in her 30's.  Maybe that's why he asked her dad for permission to marry her as well.  It’s always good to pick a girl with good genes. 
 
Now for Vienna...I'd say that they saved the best for last, but I think we all know that's not true.  Go figure...she grew up in the swamp.  I'm sure she's right at home with the alligators.  Jake put on his best 5 o'clock shadow to go down the river in Vienna's swanky pontoon boat, where she explained how her dad never really knew her first husband.  I don't think that went over too well with Jake considering how much family means to him and it really didn't make any sense considering how close she is supposed to be with her father.  I guess the marriage didn't last long...maybe she threw him into the river before her dad had a chance to get his hands on him.  I don't know about you, but the whole thing seemed a bit like a scene from Deliverance.
 
Once the hometown dates were over, the ladies and Jake headed back to LA for the rose ceremony.  But Ali had a little surprise waiting for Jake.  Ali had to tell Jake that her work gave her an ultimatum. Either she goes back to work or she loses her job. In his infinite wisdom, Jake tells her, “Life is about minimizing your regrets and you just have to weigh which one is going to be a bigger regret”. She asked him to help her make the decision.  I don’t think Jake really gave her a choice. He basically said it might be worth it to you to stay or it might not….well thanks for clearing that up Jake. Way to make things clear as mud for the girl who’s looking at losing her job for you. I don’t blame her for choosing her job. She wouldn’t be the first person on the show to lose their job and their chance at love. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone with a real job can afford to go on this show unless they are a teacher on summer break or a model with savings or a sugar daddy back home to pay their bills. I was glad Chris Harrison tried to clear things up for Jake when he pointed out that she’d be giving up her job for him and questioned whether he’d really be able to look her in the eye at the end and tell her, “Thanks for quitting your job for me, but it’s not you that I want”. I don’t think he’d have the balls to do it either.
As all the ladies lined up for the rose ceremony, Ali took one last look at the competition and asked Chris if she could talk to him for a second. He took her down the hall to Jake, so they could discuss whether Jake was worth losing her job over. At the end of the day, her job is definitely going to be there if she leaves. If she stays, there is no guarantee…there are 3 other women. Ultimately, the fear of living under the Golden Gate Bridge instead of driving over it on the way to work won out.   Ali chose the job she loves over the man that may or may not love her. It was a lucky day for the other three. They were all saved by Ali’s sacrifice and they all get to go to St. Lucia to celebrate. Ali on the other hand is headed back to San Francisco in her very own limo…maybe she should have had Gia’s mom read her cards and tell her what to do. It’s like I always say…if you don’t know what to do…follow the queen of hearts.

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