The premiere of the Bachelor Pad didn't disappoint, as Houston reality stars Kalon Joseph Reid McMahon and Erica Rose took to the small screen for two hours of boasting, backstabbing and brainstorming.
Out to redeem himself after a dramatic departure from The Bachelorette, Kalon appeared ready to take his villainous tactics into the cut-throat Bachelor Pad arena, where 20 former series contestants and fans date their way to a $250,000 prize.
"Guess what, America? Your favorite villain is back," he says with a smile during his intro. "I'm going to ruin your fucking summer."
"Guess what, America? Your fav orite villain is back," Kalon says with a smile. "I'm going to ruin your fucking summer."
Although rumors continue to circulate about his ongoing relationship with recent Bachelor runner-up and current Pad competitor Lindzi Cox, Kalon makes no effort to sugar-coat why he's on the show with lines like, "I need the $250,000. Helicopter fuel is expensive."
He notes that he's fairly sure the nation hates him at this point, shamelessly arriving to the bachelor manse in a white Porsche. Kalon hands the keys to host Chris Harrison and asks him to keep it nearby.
"The way the world works now is that you're a villain if you speak your mind," he adds. "If my demeanor has gotten me this far, then I'm certainly not going to stop."
Returning to the Bachelor Pad for a second season, Erica Rose tells host Chris Harrison she's looking forward to another go at the money, but is less than comfortable to be joining her Houston rival.
"I'm nervous about someone who might be here," she says about Kalon. "We know each other from the Houston social scene and recently I went to the tabloids about him. [He] was furious and has no idea I might be here."
In her bio interview, Rose guarantees a high level of tension between herself and McMahon. "From my experience with this game, I know it doesn't help to have drama with anyone," she explains. "I think Kalon wants to be a little American Psycho and that's a little scary."
The drama starts right away, as Kalon enters the house and thanks Erica "for all the love in the tabloids."
"From my experience with this game, I know it doesn't help to have drama with anyone," Rose worries. "I think Kalon wants to be a little American Psycho and that's a little scary."
After losing the show's first competition — a strange contest in which couples try to cram inside a tilting carnival ride — Rose finds herself with a penalty vote against her in the elimination round, as contestants attempt to strategically kick off the first two players of the season.
When she tells Kalon her fears of getting dismissed so early in the competition, he tells her not to worry . . . and promptly casts a vote against her two scenes later.
“I've told every single person here I'm in their alliance," Kalon says. "Does that make me a bad person or is it everything else I do that makes me a bad person?”