Here it is. Frank told Ali that he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend Nicole. Then, he broke things off with Ali. The result? Emotional roller-coaster Ali instantly broke down in tears. (And her reaction seemed pretty genuine, so maybe the whole thing wasn't staged.)
Ali wept and was outraged. Here's what she said to Frank after hearing the ex-girlfriend story: "It's so selfish of you to have done this. I've given up everything to be here." Frank then muttered that he had given up everything too. "Apparently not everything," Ali shot back. Zing! Good one, Ali!
It's been eight years and a whopping 20 seasons since Chris Harrison and a rotating cast of men and women looking for love on reality TV first brought 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' to primetime, but, as tonight's installment of 'The Bachelorette' (8PM ET, ABC) will prove, the long-running series can still spark watercooler chatter.
Harrison, who's been the face of the show since it debuted in 2002, talks about tonight's dramatic episode with 'Bachelorette' Ali Fedotowsky and potential love match Frank Neuschaefer, about that now infamous interview with recently-split 'Bachelor' couple Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, and about the franchise's enduring presence not only in TV land, but in pop culture, as evidenced by the new 'Bachelor' video game ... and Broadway musical???
But in the end, someone had to be eliminated, so ...
Kirk was the one kicked off the show. This was a little unexpected, as it appeared that Frank had the worst of it on tonight's episode. Ali seemed genuinely upset during the whole process. First, she cried about it during her talk with host Chris Harrison. Then, she cried during Kirk's elimination ceremony. Then, she cried again while talking to Kirk afterward.
What do you think? Was Ali crying fake crocodile tears? Did she make a bad choice by getting rid of Kirk?
Spoiler guru Reality Steve has, up to this point at least, successfully predicted every show twist and elimination on 'The Bachelorette', including the upcoming scandal that will rock next week's episode. This is due to a number of well-placed sources and the fact that the 'Bachelorette' finished filming in May, which means that Ali's final decision has long been made.
Would you like to know how (we're 99 percent sure) 'The Bachelorette' ends this season? Join us after the jump and BEWARE OF HEAVY SPOILERS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON -- they can leave bruises, you know.
Speculation is still running rampant amongst bloggers and tabloids regarding the true cause of the split; TMZ can't quite decide whether Jake dropped Vienna over suspicions that the Floridian daddy's girl was stepping out on him with 'Greek' star Gregory Michael, or if Vienna gave up on Jake for being a "fame whore" -- ouch. And I thought everyone who appeared on a reality dating show just wanted to live quiet, drama free lives ...
But now, our distinguished sister site, PopEater, has scoop from Star Magazine that claims Vienna wasn't just tired of Jake's showboating, she was tired of the lack of action in the bedroom too!
More juice after the jump ...
Even more sadly, Kasey never had a chance to show off his terrifying tattoo. Now, at last, he did get that chance. And it didn't go very well.
So while a lot of the time I am doing something else whenever either show is on, I find myself sitting and watching alongside my wife more often than I ever imagined.
So why do I do it, and why would an average guy like these shows themselves?
Fedotowsky was on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and DeGeneres grilled her for any hints as to which of the bachelors she may have taken a fancy to, even going so far as to put together a poster-grid of photos. "Roberto seems cute to me," DeGeneres said, pointing to his picture. "Who else was cute?" But Fedotowsky wouldn't fall for any of it.
It's not that we're shallow (much), but on shows like 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette,' it's safe to say we're not tuning in for the riveting conversation or sparkling wit -- there's a reason why ABC opted to open last season's 'Bachelor' premiere with all of those generous shots of Jake Pavelka soaping up his washboard abs, after all.
So sue us if we were kind of hoping for some eye candy to nibble on when the newest season of 'The Bachelorette' rolled around (premiere airs tonight at 9PM ET). Twenty-five eligible men vying for one lucky lady? Sounds like any girl's dream come true, right?
Wrong; unless you like your men with an overabundance of forehead, ear or nose, chances are that the bevy of bachelors chosen for Ali Fedotowsky aren't likely to have you running to the florist to invest in roses.
'Bachelor' fans remember Ali Fedotowsky as the sweet, lovable girl, vying for Jake's heart last season ... who won him over then dramatically chose to leave the show and go back to work instead. Big mistake? Maybe, at the time, but not irreparable.
As ABC's latest 'Bachelorette,' Ali gets to take the reins, happily welcoming the drama of her 25 new male suitors instead. There's a lawyer, a landscaper, a wrestler, a weatherman and an "outdoorsman" (whatever that means), and they all seem pretty psyched when the find out that Ali is the latest lady looking for love on reality TV.
AOL TV sat down with Ali to find out if it's harder on the other side, the dream date that "floored" her and how easy it was to spot that wrestler. Oh yeah, and she gives us her version of the "I-can't-tell-you-if-I'm-in-love-or-not" answer: "I made the best decisions for me, all along the way."
Here's hoping those decisions actually involve sticking around till the end this time.