Brad's turn. Shot of Karen smiling. "I'd like to make my plea to Rebekah," he says. Karen's smile fades. Santagati's voice-over says, "Wow, Rebekah, that's $2,000 more added to your personal dowry." Yes, his voice-over actually begins, "Wow, Rebekah." That was actually recorded later and dubbed in. Did the people who put this show together look at the finished episodes and actually think they'd done a good job? Rebekah's dowry is up to $23,000. Brad -- who obviously didn't rehearse his plea -- starts by saying that when he came on the show, he didn't know what to expect. Then something about it being a great experience meeting her and AGAIN with the "and all the other ladies" bullshit. Care to guess why Brad thinks Rebekah should choose him? Is it, "I think you're an incredible woman"? No. Is it, "I adore you"? No. Is it, "I think you deserve all the happiness in the world and I'd do anything to give you that happiness"? No. It's "You would look great on the back of my Harley." I swear to god. "YOU WOULD LOOK GREAT ON THE BACK OF MY HARLEY." Could someone please shove pinhead Brad off the side of the mountain? Would anyone be opposed to that?
Will's up next. He chooses to plead to Cecile, whose dowry is now at $15,000. His plea -- which came in the form of a sportscast treating Cecile's suitors as athletes (e.g. Old Tim was "yanked due to a costly error") -- I liked for a few reasons: (a) it was original; (b) it emphasized a common interest between the two of them; and (c) it was wisely directed at Cecile and Cecile alone and he didn't bother with the other women. I disliked his plea for mainly one reason: as far as sportscasts go...well, let's just say Will won't make any ESPN anchors worry about their job security, unless, that is, highlight-show producers don't mind their sportscasters saying "uh" or "um" every second word. When Will describes Jeff trying to reach "second base" and getting "sent packing to the cold showers" (nice triple-mixed metaphor there, by the way), Cecile laughs uproariously as she reminisces about the guy who, you know, sexually assaulted her and everything. Will wraps it up by saying that if New Tim is "removed due to injury," then "it appears Will will be the right choice to close the game out for the men." Cecile genuinely seems to have liked his plea, while New Tim looks like he knows he's toast.
Need another example of what a useless host Santagati is? He says he's going to give the women some time to think about the pleas -- but then immediately starts marching them to the centre to make a decision.