Neither of the North Carolina women were really the focus of attention on last night's episode of "The Bachelor."
That is, until the cocktail party at the very end when Duke grad/UNC PhD student Emily O'Brien (right) made up her mind that she'd had enough of phony ice queen/fashion model Courtney (I don't care enough about Courtney to look up her full name) and made the terrible decision to tell Ben Flajnik that Courtney's intentions were not true.
Problems here: 1. Emily had gotten no alone time with Ben in the period of time during which this episode was filmed (a few days can be an eternity if your man is picnicking by a mountain stream with another woman!) and she used the teeny bit of time she had with him to complain about another woman. Never a good move! Never! 2. The other problem, and it's a much larger one, is that Ben really likes Courtney.
That means Ben is a fool, of course, but it was still a pretty disastrous move by Emily. A move made even worse when she told Courtney's one friend in the house what she'd done. That woman, Casey from Kansas I believe (?), defended Courtney and then ran straight to Courtney and told her what Emily had said.
Nobody likes a snitch, Casey (or whoever you were)! But then the show does have a particularly "children's playground" vibe this season, so maybe tattletales have their place.
Courtney (left) then engaged in some mild bullying, trying to get into Emily's head. And it worked. Emily was soon crying as she told the camera she's not used to people being "rude" to her.
And if Courtney's narcissistic machinations, evil cackling and making Emily cry weren't enough to make you despise her, she sweetens the Hate Pot by saying "Winning!" all the time when she thinks she's doing something great.
That's right. She's emulating Charlie Sheen. Courtney is the tiger-blooded, bitchin' rock star from Mars of "The Bachelor." Or maybe she's just the bitch of "The Bachelor."
Things really didn't look great for Emily going into the rose ceremony last night. She was pretty sure she had messed up her chances and would maybe go home, and in the end it came down to her and Monica for the final rose. Emily got the rose, much to Courtney's disappointment, and we hope she learned her lesson about taking any more of that cat fight to Ben. But previews from next week show her once again talking about Courtney with Ben ... for her sake, let's hope it's tricky editing and the mention is just part of her telling Ben she probably shouldn't have talked to him about that.
In other news ... Blakeley Shea of Charlotte/Rutherfordton also got a rose last night, and provided us with the most entertaining moment of the evening: doing a table-top stomp routine in boots and hip waders (shown at the very end of the show). It was pretty funny (I so wish I had a clip). And after seeing this NSFW video of Blakeley on the internet, I'm guessing it's not the first time she has danced on top of a table.
Chapel Hill and Charlotte continue to advance!