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'The Bachelor Pad' Winner Is ... (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 14th 2010 9:45AM
Who Is the Winner of 'Bachelor Pad'?Welcome to the two-hour season finale of 'Bachelor Pad' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). Yes, it was the last episode of the season for the reality show that brought backstabbing and infighting to a whole new level. Heading into the finale, we had three couples remaining.

But only one person could win the $250,000 grand prize. ... Or so you would think.

[Spoiler alert.]

Our three remaining couples were: Kovacs and Elizabeth, Dave and Natalie, and Kiptyn and Tenley. Kovacs and his semi-crazy non-girlfriend Elizabeth were bounced off the show in the first hour, following their failure in a dance contest featuring some of the 'Dancing With the Stars' professionals. This left Dave-Nat to battle it out with Kip-Ten during the remaining one-hour "live" portion of the show.

Only one couple would survive -- and to the horror of everyone involved, the final voting was done by their rejected former housemates. This pretty much brought the cattiness factor up to 100 percent, as Peyton, Gia, Michelle, Jessie and everyone else took turns berating the two couples (while mostly seeming jealous that they weren't still in the running for the grand prize).

Meanwhile, also during this "live" section, Wes declared his true feelings for Gia, and the pair finally kissed. Wes said that finding a woman like Gia was worth more than any monetary prize that he could ever win. This was very sweet, but it also seemed blatantly out of place on this show, which was pretty much devoted to the endless pursuit of cold, hard cash.

... But back to our finalists! Both couples gave speeches as to why they deserved the $250,000, and then the voting took place. Kiptyn and Tenley were eliminated, which was fine with us, because they both have really silly names. (Also, Tenley's final speech was incredibly self-pitying and whiny and included a discussion of how "sensitive" and "emotional" she is. Yuck.)

This brought the whole show down to a choice between Dave and Natalie. Supposedly there could only be one winner. But of course -- this being 'Bachelor Pad' -- there just had to be one final twist, which just had to be revealed at the last second by host Chris Harrison. It turned out that winning the grand prize would be based upon a choice that Dave and Nat had to make. And the choice revolved around "selfishness" vs. "sharing."

Dave and Natalie had to go into separate "deliberation rooms." They would then decide if they wanted to "share" or "keep" all the money. If one of them chose "share," and the other chose "keep," then the selfish player would get the entire $250,000.

On the other hand, if both of them decided to "share," then the prize would be split evenly. But -- and here was the clever wrinkle -- if they both went with the "keep" option, then neither one would get the prize. Instead, the $250,000 would be divided among the seventeen rejected contestants. Interesting! (For the record, this was all a variation on a classic game known as 'The Prisoner's Dilemma.')

Dave went first, and said that he would share the money with Natalie. Then, it was his partner's turn. Natalie gulped, looked guilty, and asked if she could say something before revealing her choice. "No" was the reply from Chris Harrison. ... What would her decision be? Would Natalie betray Dave, or would the two of them split the grand prize?

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