Even amidst an on-air marriage proposal and an unforgettable win by quiet man Nick Peterson, Houston reality celebs Kalon Joseph Reid McMahon and Erica Rose still managed to dominate the closing episode of Bachelor Pad.
Their perpetually tense relationship bubbled up less than 10 minutes into the show, as host Chris Harrison asked the rivals questions about honesty — an issue close to Rose's heart considering she was stabbed in the back by fellow contestant (and former friend) Michael Stagliano.
"I do think that a big part of the game is lying and manipulating," Rose said. "If you're not good at that, like me, then you're not going to really do well at the game."
"I do think that a big part of the game is lying and manipulating,"Rose said. "If you're not good at that, like me, then you're not going to really do well at the game."
Harrison turned to McMahon to ask if there's a way to survive the game without lying?
"Absolutely," he responded. "You can survive, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll thrive. And that's a huge difference."
The burn heard around the nation
As the conversation turned to McMahon's ongoing romance with Lindzi Cox, whom he has been seeing since their dramatic Bachelor Pad departure, the audience could see Rose starting to fume.
"I think he was very overlooked on Emily's season," Cox said about McMahon. "He's a really nice, sweet guy." Then, out of the blue, came this doozy of an exchange:
Rose: I don't know. I'd just say be careful. I've seen Kalon around town at different events with different women . . . I'm not lying. There are pictures. He was out at a movie premiere just last week with a different girl. He was in Houston with his ex-girlfriend. I don't know if they have an open relationship or what their deal is.
McMahon: Who were you with at the movie premiere?
Rose: My friend Natalie.
McMahon: Are you dating?
Rose: No, but I wasn't rubbing her leg during the movie either.
Facing a virtually silent crowd, Harrison questioned Rose about her beef with McMahon.
"He's the one who targeted me years ago and he's been insulting me ever since," she said. "I don't know what the problem is."
When asked by the host if he'd like to apologize to anyone, McMahon offered a casual, "No, I'm good."
And for all those who doubt that a romance blossom among the gladiatorial fervor of the Bachelor manse? According to a impressively detailed relationship timeline, the reality TV arbiters at Wetpaint are insisting that the Kalon-Lindzi partnership remains on solid ground . . . so there.