The "survival of the fittest" rhetoric was thick on Monday's episode of The Bachelor Pad, as the formerly likable Reid (aka, Chandler from Friends) went on an Ayn Rand-style mission of self interest that eventually landed him in the limo to LAX. Caught between rival factions, Bachelor fan Donna fell as collateral damage.
But amidst the lies and back-stabbing, viewers got a glimpse into how Houston reality stars Erica Rose and Kalon McMahon are weaving their way to that $250,000 carrot at the end of the game.
For those keeping track of screen time, both contestants managed to stay out of the limelight throughout the episode, an impressive feat considering the two were randomly paired together for the first challenge of the night — an ice cream sundae-themed obstacle course taken straight from the annals of Double Dare.
"I've told both parties exactly what they want to hear, so I'm certainly the swing vote," Kalon said as he cast his ballot to eliminate Donna.
“We’ve got a huge pool full of ice cream," Kalon snickered in one of his few lines on Monday. "I’m thinking Erica can probably just eat her way through, Pac-Man style.” In spite of their continued on-screen and off-screen sparring, the Bayou City players finished in the middle of the pack, avoiding both immunity and elimination votes.
Apparently overlooking her aggressive anti-fan stance during the season opener, challenge winner and Bachelor fan David selected Erica to join him on a "high school prom" date with Jamie and Blakely. Once again, Erica positioned herself safely in the middle, remaining perfectly civil to her rivals as they fight over David.
This low profile approach is getting far better results than her early offensive moves, allowing Erica to float between alliances with ease.
Kalon was virtually missing from the episode as he shacks up with Lindzi, with whom he was spotted just last week in her Washington state hometown of Bellevue. (He even posted a picture of his recent Pacific Northwest visit on Instagram.)
As rumors stir about his hugely successful run on The Bachelor Pad, Kalon's villainous catch phrases seem to be revealing his tactic — one that, like Erica's, places him comfortably between two warring blocs that have placed Blakely and Donna on the chopping block.
"I've told both parties exactly what they want to hear, so I'm certainly the swing vote," he said as he cast his ballot to eliminate Donna. "To be completely honest, I enjoy this because I kind of hold their fate in my hands. And now I can enjoy the rest of the evening and watch people's lives crumble before my eyes."