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Helene Eksterowicz's 'Bachelor' Episode 2 Recap: Aggressive Women, and Brad Womack

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Every Tuesday, Philly2Philly will offer a recap on the latest episode of "Helene BachelorThe Bachelor." And who better than to give her insights than our very own Helene Eksterowicz! As most of you know, Helene was the winner of Season 2 of "The Bachelor." Helene will give her opinions as well as some advice for the contestants as they vie for the affections of Brad Womack throughout out the next several weeks.

And we want YOU to get involved too!  Feel free to offer your comments at the bottom of the page, or email Helene at helene@philly2philly.com  Philly2Philly will also have contest as to who will be given the final rose. Details of the contest will be released soon.  Here's Helene!

It’s episode two and Brad has slimmed down the playing field from 30 to 20 girls. And now its time for the “changed man” to start dating these women in either one on one or group dates.

Ashley

The first one on one date went to Ashley H. (from Philly-yay!) who he took to a carnival just for them. This was a very cute and light hearted date although it looked a little awkward with Ashley walking along a dark, dirt road in her heels and sequined dress to get the carnival. During this date, they were both very playful, had a few good make-out sessions, and opened up a lot to each other about their bad childhoods and such. It was good to see Brad own up to his promise and open up a bit more, to Ashley in this case. Although the date went well and there seemed to be some playful chemistry there, I’m not so sure if Ashley will be the one in the end. Just a hunch.

Group Dates

As for the group date, it was a fairly massive group date of 15 women who Brad takes to do Red Cross public service announcements/skits and later a roofdeck pool party at the Roosevelt Hotel. The group dates are always so amusing as women go to often great lengths to steal some along time with the Bachelor to try to make a connection and form some bond with him in order to secure their fate at the next rose ceremony. And one can always see the super aggressive women emerge who barge in to take him aside and break up conversations with other women to steal time away.

I truly don’t think this ever leaves a good impression and personally, I always look to see who the guy asks to talk to and who he really wants to spend time with. Melissa takes the cake for the being the most aggressive during this date by interjecting on another person’s skit to kiss him, Moreover, she later gets into a catty fight with another girl. Not a good move, Melissa. Men do not like drama!

Michelle also created a stir during the date by making a huge deal about celebrating her 30th birthday and trying to feel special during that big group date. That was a little melodramatic in itself in addition to her storming off of the set. But this tactic did made Brad come up to her and got her some alone time with him and so maybe that worked for the time being. Not sure it will work out long term for her. She may require a little more attention and special care than Brad can deliver during this social experiment.

ABC's The Bachelor's Brad Womack. Photo courtesy of ABC.

On the other hand, one can see Brad actively seek to talk to Emily during this group date and try to get to know. She is definitely a front runner in my opinion and on the top of Brad’s list. And she reminds me a little of myself during this Bachelor process as I was sort of reserved and cautious which may have been seen as a challenge. Not a tactic but more like a personality trait under strange dating circumstances.

Jackie

The last one on one date went to Jackie, who he whisked away for a whole day and night date to a spa, then out to select the perfect dress and flashy diamonds by Neil Lane, and later to the Hollywood Bowl for a private dinner and performance by Train.

This date was similar to the date I went on during my season when I went to Nicole Miller to select a dress/outfit and later to the Hollywood Bowl for dinner and dancing. It’s certainly a nice, romantic, and classy date and Jackie seemed the girl to bit that bill. Brad seemed to really enjoy hanging out with her and really tried to find the right moment to kiss her while dancing. Now Jackie was a bit reserved as well and Brad told her that he is concerned about that, as he can see himself in her during his last Bachelor experience. We shall see how that later pans out.

The return of Ali and Roberto

Lastly, the show wrap ups up with Ali Fedotowsky  and Roberto Martinez (the couple from last season’s Bachelorette) coming on right before the rose ceremony to talk to the girls and try to see who is there for the right seasons. They later gave him feedback which we never saw which was a bummer. Ultimately, he let go of the two drama girls, Melissa and Raichel, and Keltie who describes herself as the “worst dater.” I did feel bad for Keltie, although I saw no chemistry between them. And sometimes that happens, even with the hottest guy.

Next week should be interesting as Brad gets to know the girls more and more of their personalities and insecurities emerge. Stay tuned!

Ex-Bachelor star and winner Helene Eksterowicz is also a co-writer of a dating/self help book called "Nobody’s Perfect" featured on Amazon.com  and Barnes and Noble  a few years ago. Drawing from her reality show dating experience, her background in psychology, and her belief in true love and relationships, Helene is setting out to bring some love back to Philly and help spotlight some eligible singles in order to hopefully find some love matches for others.

You can contact Helene at helene@philly2philly.com

Photos courtesy of ABC