and a doctor, an ironman and he's good-looking to boot! Yes, my guilty pleasure on Monday evenings is my time with "The Bachelor". This time, of course, is fully sanctioned by the spouse, who thinks this trivial TV drivel is absolutely hilarious. We usually start watching this show toward the end, when things get "serious". Last night's elimination left a final 4 girls standing. Or at least fawning. They've certainly raised the bar, upped the ante, shall we say, with this season's lucky man.
Dr. Andy Baldwin, although definitively fairly "hot" in his own right, doesn't really hold a candle to the original officer, that gorgeous young rebel with the hidden heart of gold, who swept the young factory girl off her feet to the orchestral wave signalling the end of the movie. Andy is a verified triathlete, so I must admit that during the kindergarten playground makeover segment of last night's episode (I know, don't you just love it, he adores kids too), when we got an occasional glimpse of his biceps I couldn't help but notice. And utter a soft "ahhh" under my breath which, although seemingly indiscernible was certainly loud and clear enough for Ian to comment on. (Funny, most times their hearing doesn't seem all there but at the worst times they pick up only sounds that dogs can catch). But something about Officer Bachelor seems too boyscout, too "nice", possibly his smile is just a tad too white.
What pubescent (okay, I'll admit- teenage) girl wasn't enthralled by that modern fairy tale which starred Richard Gere at his peak, and a young Debra Winger before she became bitter? I loved, loved, loved that movie. Who cares that at the heart of it the myth of Prince Charming was perpetuated, a myth that continues to exist courtesy of Disney and the folks that bring you this reality series. I think in our heart of hearts, we all want to find Mr (or Ms) perfect. The beauty of the movie was that it showed that Prince Charming and the girl had weaknesses, that even though he did "rescue" the damsel, he had come from some pretty dark places himself. Who was really being rescued after all? Rather than Mr. Perfect, it's about finding "Mr. Perfect for me". And Mr. Perfect for ME had a bit of an edge - at least when we first met. It's still hidden under Mr. Responsibility, but I know it's there.
We have another couple of weeks until the finale of this season. My money's on Tessa, the girl who's launched a new strategy this time around. She's not convinced that this process works and hasn't thrown herself at our bachelor. She's given him reason to stay interested, as they exchange in smart repartee and she certainly kisses him back, but she's never worn her heart on her sleeve (or in her wineglass - what's up with all the drinking in this show anyway?) Clever, clever girl! So it's up to Andy to convince her that it can work. It's working, girl. He's pursuing her like you wouldn't believe! And I'm probably biased, as I think she's of mixed race, much like my kiddos are. She's a beautiful girl and seems quite together. As together as a girl who's on this show could be, anyway.
I think "An Officer and a Gentleman" the movie is being released on DVD soon, if not already. Very timely. I'll have to go buy it to relive my own memories of that time in my life. Or recapture memories of a hotter, saner Richard Gere. What's up with these PDA's in India and charges of public indecency?!! Life was so much simpler in the 80's.