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'The Bachelor' Premiere: Jake Pavelka Meets Some Crazy, Desperate (and Crazy Desperate) Bachelorettes

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 4th 2010 11:27PM
Since this season, the 14th season, of 'The Bachelor,' is subtitled 'On the Wings of Love,' it was only fitting that the 1982 Jeffrey Osborne hit 'On the Wings of Love' (or rather, an elevator music version of it) was playing softly in the background as new Bachelor Jake Pavelka rode into Los Angeles on his motorcycle.

But later in tonight's season premiere, as the 25 women who'd been chosen to vie for the 31-year-old commercial pilot's heart (and whatever pricey bauble producers might purchase for him to put on the chosen one's finger at season's end) introduced themselves to the camera and later to Pavelka, a better song choice might have been Patsy Cline's 'Crazy.'Since this season, the 14th, of 'The Bachelor,' is subtitled 'On the Wings of Love,' it was only fitting that the 1982 Jeffrey Osborne hit of the same name (or rather, an elevator music version of it) was playing softly in the background as new Bachelor Jake Pavelka rode into Los Angeles on his motorcycle.

But later in tonight's season premiere, as the 25 women vying for the 31-year-old commercial pilot's heart (and whatever pricey bauble producers might purchase for him to put on the chosen one's finger at season's end) introduced themselves to the camera and later to Pavelka, a better song choice might have been Patsy Cline's 'Crazy.'

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Among the more memorable wannabe Mrs. Pavelkas:
• Alexa, who talks about her love of riding motorcycles, and the "orgasm sound" they inspire her to make

• Vienna, a self-proclaimed spoiled daddy's girl, who seems to aspire to be a Paris Hilton knock-off, right down to the dog she says she has "mommy/daughter dates" with

• Ella, a single mom who says she's already picturing Pavelka as the new daddy to her seven-year-old son, and who later gives Jake a toy plane she says is a favorite of her wannabe pilot son (but which we bet she bought at Target after landing in Los Angeles). Memo to ourselves: Ella would be the perfect pitchwoman for a 'Bachelor'-inspired fragrance. Title of perfume: 'Desperation'

• Kirsten, who says she will "definitely cut a bitch" if said bitch gets in her way during the competition

• And Elizabeth, who says she will get jealous if she sees Jake kissing other women. Memo to Elizabeth: This may not be the right reality show for you

In the end, the 25 were pared down to 15, but there were still enough drama mamas left to make us believe for the first time that when 'Bachelor' host Chris Harrison announced -- as he does at the beginning of every season -- that this would be "the most dramatic season of 'The Bachelor' ever," he might really be onto something.

The premiere opened with the obligatory recap of Jake's journey to become 'The Bachelor,' beginning with his lack of luck in the dating pool and running through his experience as one of Jillian Harris' rejects on the last season of 'The Bachelorette.' He didn't win her heart, but he did endear himself to viewers, leading ABC to choose him as the guy who will try to become the first Bachelor to find a wife on the show.

And to remind us of why we all liked him so much on 'The Bachelorette' -- aside from his gentlemanly decision to let Jillian know that Wes, one of her suitors, already had a girlfriend -- there was a quick rundown of Pavelka's resume: has been a commercial pilot for 10 years, is so passionate about his work that he flies smaller planes as a hobby, owns his own home and likes to build things (while shirtless) in his backyard. Shirtless.

"I'm going to walk out with a fiancée ... I can feel it," says Jake, as we get video teases of his dates from the season ahead, including he and the bachelorettes sailing on a pirate ship, bungee jumping, visiting a castle, flying an airplane and running off to a private concert with Chicago.

And then it was time for Pavelka to meet the women, who arrived at the 'Bachelor' manse via limos, screaming with excitement as they stepped out in full evening wear. In addition to the aforementioned, um, colorful, bachelorettes, there was:

• Ali, who gifted Pavelka with a peacock feather and then tripped and tore her dress while walking off for a private chat with him. Also, she's so afraid of flying that she hasn't for eight years. Think she's gonna land a rose from a pilot? Keep reading ...

• Self-proclaimed "bitchy" Christina, who hates other women and comes bearing a basket of jelly beans. Sweets for her potential sweetie? Nah, they're parting gifts for the other women, who she knows will be leaving the mansion before she does. Meow! Think she's gonna land a rose from a sweet guy? Keep reading ...

• Jessie, who walks up to Pavelka, squeezes his arms and asks, "Do you have a registry for these guns?" Cheesy pick-up lines: they're not just for drunk dudes and Dwight Schrute anymore.

• Kathryn, a flight attendant who wears an engagement ring, as a symbol of her "fake fiancée"

• Ashley, who arrives in a gown, but changes into a skimpy flight attendant's uniform to turn Pavelka's attention away from her rivals

• And Channy, who upon meeting Jake, says something cryptic and lovely-sounding to him in Cambodian. When she translates later, it turns out she told him "you can land your plane on my landing strip any time." Think she's gonna land a rose from Jake? Keep ... eh, we'll save you the time ... turns out Pavelka was skeeved by her forward come on, too.

As the two-hour premiere wound down to the final half hour and Jake had to decide who to give the First Impression rose to, he asked for help from a pair of visitors: Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski, the season five 'Bachelorette' and the man she chose (over Pavelka), who interviewed the bachelorettes and reported their opinions back to Jake. They liked: Kathryn (really?), Elizabeth (really?) and Ella (really?!), but not so much for Michelle, who had spent most of the evening on the verge of tears (and eventually, IN tears) because she was upset about not getting enough time with Jake. Who she'd just met. Jillian warned that Michelle might be too "emotional" for Jake, and we'd warn that he might want to keep any pet rabbits away from boiling pots in her presence.

On to the First Impression rose ... Tenley, a 25-year-old divorcee, had fretted because she opened up to Jake during their one-on-one, telling him about herself, what she hoped to find in a mate and asking if they could share a little kiss to see if there was any chemistry between them. The college admissions worker, who says she and her ex-hubby remained virgins until they were married, feared she'd been too forward with Pavelka with the kiss (her first since she split with her ex). Turned out that was exactly what the Bachelor was looking for, though, and Tenley happily accepted the First Impression rose from Pavelka.

That sweet moment aside, Jake still faced a house full of 24 other women -- catty women, maybe the cattiest bunch of contenders ever! (pretend you're hearing that via a Chris Harrison voiceover) -- and he had to cast off 10 of them. After admitting to Harrison, the guy who becomes every 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette's' BFF during the season, that he was nervous, Pavelka headed off to his first rose ceremony saying he was heartened by the fact that, "I know my wife is in that room."

And the rejectees were: Alexa, Caitlyn, Channy, Elizabeth (from Washington, D.C.), Emily, Kimberly, Kirsten, Sheila, Stephanie and Tiana.

With the 15 finalists -- Ali, Ashleigh, Ashley, Christina, Corrie, Elizabeth (from Nebraska), Ella, Gia, Jessie, Kathryn, Michelle, Rozlyn, Tenley, Valisha and Vienna -- set, the episode ended with more previews of coming attractions, so to speak, including the rumored scandal that one of the ladies has an affair in the 'Bachelor' house (and it's not with 'The Bachelor' himself), and hints that one woman is hiding the fact that she's been married and has kids, that one woman is a virgin, that one woman tells Jake she loves him but leaves the house and that someone really ticks off Pavelka, who is seen kicking a candle and stomping off after ending an interview.

And there's a hint that the season ends in a proposal, as Jake is heard saying "I hope she says yes" after admitting he has fallen in love with one of the women.

So, we're off to the races with season 14 ... are you hooked on the new 'Bachelor' and his search for love? Is it just us, or is Pavelka the sweetest, least smarmy 'Bachelor' ever? Do you think this might just be the "most dramatic season ever"? And, after being introduced to this crop of women, do you think it's possible, finally, that 'The Bachelor' could result in a wedding?


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