I enjoyed a slight change to my usual screening of the Bachelor Pad this week, taking advantage of a rare occasion to watch the show alongside one of its most legendary characters, Erica Rose.
Holding court in the main dining area of the Capitol at St. Germain, the Rose family gathered for a special BP watch party to help raise funds for the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery for cancer patients. More than 50 other guests responded to the Rose's invitation to the event, which asked for a $20 suggested donation.
"Coming into this season, I knew how important the challenges are, " Erica Rose said. "You can't count on them, though, if you're not naturally good at some of these events."
According to several sources close to the Houston reality star, Kalon Joseph Reid McMahon was driving to California this week and was unable to attend the benefit party. Attempting to redeem himself after a dramatic dismissal from the recent season of The Bachelorette, McMahon is rumored to have made it (very) far on the current Bachelor Pad.
In compliance with Bachelor-branded contracts, however, friends and family were tight-lipped.
The show had just started when I spotted Erica Rose, who was watching the televised version of herself attempt to maneuver through an awkward Olympics-themed challenge centered on rhythmic gymnastics — that branch involving the ribbons and hoops.
When asked what lessons she learned from her first go-around on the Bachelor Pad last summer, Rose discussed the importance of maintaining friendships and alliances before talking about the always unpredictable challenges, one of which was unfolding before our eyes at the St. Germain as contestants on the show put together their routines.
"Coming into this season, I knew how important the challenges are," she said. "You can't count on them, though, if you're not naturally good at some of these events."
It turns out that rhythmic gymnastics is not Rose's strong suit, an unfortunate reality that earned her last place in the challenge . . . and a vote against her in the show's elimination round. Luckily, when twins Erica and Brittany fail to reconcile their differences and voluntarily leave the show, the women's elimination round is canceled and Rose is safe, crystal gavel and all.
I asked if she would return to the small screen for yet another season of Bachelor Pad. "That would be a little excessive," she replied before turning her attention back to the episode.
For the most part, aside from a quick obnoxious comment during the ladies' gymnastics performances — “Shopping and gymnastics, like what the fuck else do you have to do in your life?” — Kalon kept a low profile as he shacked up with fellow contestant Lindzi Cox, whom he is reportedly dating.
Episode two ended with the departure of 32-year-old virgin Ryan Hoag, with both Houston reality stars marching on to next week's show.