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Hey, remember Tony Pieper and Blakeley Jones? They got engaged last night on the Bachelor Pad 3 finale, just before the Nick-tatorship took over. Chris Harrison has a lot to say on the subject of Nick Peterson vs. Rachel Truehart, but first he wants us to know the big proposal had an extra awkward moment.

“One thing we did cut out was right after Tony and Blakeley announced they were moving in together, SWAT yells out, ‘Oh, thank God, I thought you were going to propose,’” Chris writes in his Entertainment Weekly blog. “I gave SWAT a ton of grief after the show, letting him know he almost blew this poor guys proposal.”

No worries — Nick was already on top of blowing the proposal by adding a whole different context to the night. On that note, here are more highlights from The Rosemaster’s blog:

Sympathy for Rachel: “[N]o matter what you think of Nick’s decision, you have to feel bad for Rachel. Whether she was used by Michael [Stagliano] or not, I think we could all see she was falling in love with a guy that was just never going to have those same feelings for her. She was left heartbroken. She did a very good job of expressing her feelings for Michael and did the best she could to try and get some sort of answer. But let’s face it, we’ve all been in that situation, and there is never an explanation that will make anybody feel better about it.”

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Face the facts about Nick: “Let’s put Rachel’s feelings aside and the fact that Nick didn’t handle the situation well after he won the money, and let’s lay out a few facts: Bachelor Pad is a game. From the moment you arrive at Bachelor Pad the fact that you are playing for a quarter of a million dollars is always on your mind. Nobody, especially nobody in Rachel’s alliance, gave a damn about Nick. Not only did they not care about him, but they didn’t think he had a chance to make it to the finals. Nick was expendable and he was being used. Rachel, Michael, Jaclyn [Swartz] and Ed [Swiderski] were only keeping Nick around until it was time to put him out of his misery and vote him off the show. As soon as he wasn’t useful anymore he was going to go… at least, that was the plan. Even while he was sitting on the stage, nobody in Rachel’s alliance felt he deserved the money or even to be up there. The only problem with that thought is whether you think somebody ‘deserves’ it or not, he was there. I thought Kalon [McMahon] really put it in perspective when he told the other contestants that they didn’t really understand the true meaning of the word ‘deserve.'”

Chris seems to admire Nick’s guts: “So the question Nick faced was should he split the money with a woman he never had an alliance with, who didn’t really respect him as far as the game goes, and didn’t think he “deserved” to be there… or should he keep the entire amount for himself? All I know is I’ve been doing this a long time and I thought I had seen just about everything, but obviously I was wrong. I was stunned Nick had the guts to actually pull the trigger and keep all the money for himself. The audience loved the move and went nuts when he revealed his decision. The look on the other cast members faces was priceless. So, let the debate begin on this amazing finale of Bachelor Pad. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts.”

What do you think? The audience seemed to be Team Nick. The Padawan jury was split. The Rosemaster just loves anything that brings drama/ratings. Do you think Nick sold out Rachel or not? Would they have won that “Sister Christian” challenge — the most important challenge of the season — without her singing? Was she a fool to let Nick convince her to take Chris Bukowski and Sarah Newlon to the end instead of her friend Jaclyn, or was she just showing loyalty to her partner — the same partner who claimed he did this all on his own? Should she have chosen “keep” herself? 

Source: Entertainment Weekly