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[American Idol/BSB/N'sync/Supernatural RPS] [David Archuleta/David Cook; David Cook/Several Others] [PG]

I don't actually watch The Bachelor, but I've been thinking about doing this for a while. It's sort of a weird style, I realize, but it was kind of fun to do, so there may be more, depending on the response!



Merry Men


The Bachelor Recap: Episode One


You'd think that after 43 seasons, this show would be out of gimmicks. Apparently not.

For those of you who've missed it, The Bachelor is going gay.

If you've been wondering why ABC's been holding out on photos of the contestants (or why I finally agreed to take on recapping this show), this would be the reason. (Two words: Naked. Manflesh.)

In this season premiere of The (Newly-Gay) Bachelor, we, along with Bachelor David Cook, are introduced to 18 other bachelors (note the lack of capitalization there), 6 of whom are going to be sent home at the end of the hour.

The show kicks off trying to get us invested in David, an Idol contestant who was eliminated during Hollywood week in the seventh season of the show. "It was probably the hair," David jokes. Based on the clip they aired, he's probably right.

Several minutes are spent in a 'day in the life-esque' montage of David working out, plucking at his guitar, and hanging out with a couple of his friends (a cleverly engineered scheme to bring out how good looking David is compared to the Average Joe, sorry guys).

David then reveals that it was his brother who sent in an application to the network under his name, and he was "totally bewildered" when he was called in for an interview. He was "apprehensive at first" but is now "glad to be part of the flagship attempt at gay TV reaching out to a wider, more general audience". (Yawn, we've heard this before, can we get over the PSA and skip to the manflesh already?)

Finally, we're introduced to some of the guys. There's Nick Carter, for one, a big, blond, blue-eyed power boat racer who's "looking for a reason to stay onshore"; Michael Johns, a tennis coach (or Guy with the Sexy Aussie Accent); Jared, a struggling actor with a smile that lights up the room, and brothers Jason and Michael Castro, whose hairdos deserve their own TV shows (if the cops don't find their stash of weed first.)

Host Chris Harrison starts quizzing David on whether he's been burned in the past, what he's looking for in a relationship, and what he wants out of the whole show (duh, someone he can connect with, and a recording contract, respectively). I'm yelling at my TV set because Harrison has apparently forgotten that David is not actually a woman.

Then the rest of the motley crew is brought out and introduced to David. Based on my expertise, I'm going to give you a breakdown of their chances.

  1. David H. instantly becomes my favorite bachelor when he says, "In the interest of full disclosure, I used to be a stripper." He better be staying. (Is that my naked manflesh bias showing?) Bachelor David scores major points for laughing it off like it's no big deal.

  2. Brian has just the right blend of charming and dork to make it. I'm sold.

  3. Justin, struggling musician with a side of diva. He's smooth, but I'm on the fence. Hopefully we'll start seeing some potential.

  4. Lance. He's a regular Southern gentlemen, and boy is he pretty, but I'm not convinced he's going to make it very far.

  5. Michael Johns. Sure deal. I'm pegging him as a finalist.

  6. AJ. The man needs to learn to say no to tattoos. Then again, so does David. I'm going to go with 'there's potential'.

  7. Jensen, possibly god's gift to straight women and gay men everywhere. He seems shy (or boring) but for that face, I think David will be willing to overlook it. Or maybe that's just me.

  8. Howie, a real estate tycoon. He seems sweet, but he's not right for this show. Next!

  9. Chikezie. Kind of laidback. Kind of boring. He's not going to last long.

  10. Jared. Confident without being smarmy, and a total sweetheart to boot; he just wants to "take it slow and see if there's anything there". I know he'd be my second finalist.

  11. Chris, a psychologist from Pennsylvania. I can't decide if he's crazy or coming on too strong. Either way, he's a barrel of laughs, which makes for good TV. He needs to stick around.

  12. Kevin. Full out creepy, and his bushy almost-unibrow only adds to that. There's mystery, and then there's I'm-hiding-a-cleaver-under-my-bed. When he says, "I'm looking forward to spending more time with you," David seems to be leaning towards the latter explanation.

  13. David "Archie" A. He's giving Jared's smile a run for its money, and he seems like a genuinely sweet kid--but therein lies the problem. Is he even legal? I don't see him staying long.

  14. Nick. He seems more interested in talking about himself than in David. He's a goner.

  15. JC. He's a good-looking fella, but discussing tea leaves and a possible entwined destiny doesn't make a good first impression. A little too heads-in-the-clouds for David's (and my) taste. He's done.

  16. Joey works with children in a daycare center. He seems nice, but he's not making much of an impression on anyone. He's going to get the ax.

  17. Michael C. You can chalk it up to hormones, I don't know, but there's just something about this guy that I like. Plus he's worth keeping around for his (pink) hair alone. David will have to figure out if he's awkward or actually arrogant.

  18. Jason. Seriously? I want to know where this guy gets his weed. He's a sure thing.


Once the bachelors have all been introduced, Harrison herds them outside to give David a chance to see his potential soul mates get naked in the pool get to know them better. T-shirts are shed, Speedos are introduced, and most of the guys seem eager to get with the program. Except for Archie, who seems content to hang out by the side of the pool with a glass of punch.

It makes him the first to score a couple of minutes with David, during which his inability to form coherent sentences is oddly endearing ("I don't really, um, like, taking my clothes off in front of an audience is weird and stuff, I don't know."). David thinks he's "hysterical".

Michael Johns comes over and makes small talk with David for a couple of minutes, before David goes looking for Jensen (I'm surprised he waited this long). Jensen wracks up points by steering the conversation towards music, but they're interrupted by Harrison bringing out the First Impression Champagne a la Boy Meets Boy (they're doing away with roses, thank god).

Howie decides it's time to make his move, and he comes out of the pool to talk to David for a moment. Unfortunately, David seems about as interested in real estate as Howie is in toweling off (which is to say, not at all).

David H. gets a minute alone with David, then, and they seem to make a connection, especially when David asks to be shown "a move or two". (Details are fuzzy at this point, as I am mostly concentrating on the overwhelming mass of wet, naked torso appearing on my TV screen. And this show is rated PG.)

Chris somehow finds a way to join in the fray, and he pulls Jason along with him, which gets a laugh out of David. Unfortunately, Nick comes along and manages to ruin my party with his lack of appropriate dance moves (that said, he is looking pretty drunk at this point). Then AJ pulls a non-sequitur by commenting on David's tattoos, and the pair end up discussing AJ's stint in rehab, which David knows takes a lot of strength to do. He admires AJ's candidness. To break the tension, AJ cracks, "So you're saying you'll respect me in the morning?"

(If that's his way of drawing attention to the activities that would lead up to said morning, it works.)

The Castro brothers swop hairstyling pointers with David after that, before Kevin hijacks the conversation with a (creepy) smile and a glass of white wine that I'm kind of relieved David doesn't touch. They start talking about hunting (something Kevin is clearly experienced in, and David isn't) but Chikezie quickly swoops in before the conversation can turn awkward.

Then Harrison announces that it's time to give out the First Impression Champagne, and David angsts over making the decision before finally giving it to AJ.

There's applause from everyone but Creepy Kevin, and then Harrison c-blocks everyone who hasn't gotten the chance to get David alone by asking David to follow him back inside the house. David talks about his first impressions of the bachelors so far (and he's totally PC about it, boring!) and then we're shown a montage of nervous faces as David reappears outside.

Without too much fanfare (okay, there might have been some fanfare, but there was also a long row of half-naked men, which might have led to my missing it), David picks Jensen, Jason, Michael Johns, David H. (score!), Lance, Justin, AJ, Chikezie, Jared, Archie (who almost takes Joey out as he flails in shock, and provides the second highlight of the night when he says, "Oh my gosh, but I don't drink, sorry! I - I'd really like to stay, though?"), Michael C., and Chris.

That means Joey, Nick, Brian, Kevin, Howie and JC are the first six bachelors to be sent home. (Sorry, guys. I hear Making The Band is still holding tryouts.)

Those who've made it celebrate with another round of champagne (and punch), while outside, JC rambles on about how "it just wasn't in the tea leaves," which is weird, and Kevin says, "You'll never know what you missed, David," which only adds to my psycho-serial-killer theory.

If there's a freak accident in the house next week, you'll know who to blame.

So, which man do you wish we'd gotten to know better, and which man caught your eye? Am I totally off the mark? Who's going home next week, and who would you crown Homecoming Queen?

Sound off below, and stay tuned for more (hopefully naked) manflesh next week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Okay, you've got me! I like the writing style & the premise? Wonderful! I LOL at some of the bachelors you picked for David, but loved the group you kept at the end. I also love that it's am AU. And thank GOD for figuring out a way to yet again bring AI and Supernatural together! I am so happy right now.

I love the humorous recapping style and all the naked manflesh is more than welcome. Keep up this 'verse, please - David needs to find his soul-mate!! Thanks!
heeee! thank you, bb! ngl, i had to dip deep to figure out 18 guys i could convincingly use in the scenario (aka pretty much my entire fandom arsenal ;D) and i'm glad you liked the group that ended up staying! triply glad the style works for you, oh my gosh, the reception has been better than i expected, so there is absolutely going to be more soon! (ALL THE IDEAS I'VE GOTTEN IN THE POLLS! ♥__♥)
AHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHA I LOVE THIS. YOU.
BAHAHAHA RAEEEEE. <3 i love seeing you in my inbox. TY FOR READING, BB.
This is such a fun idea. And any Supernatural crossover is always a plus. :) Please keep Michael Johns in it for the lulz, too.
hee! i'm glad you approve. i've been toying around with a couple of plans for mj, but we'll see how it goes! ;D thank you so much for reading, bb, i'm glad the style is woring for you.
Okay, so this has potential to be seriously EPIC! I love it so far -- and awwww for Archie!

And, can I say, as an original sync-slash reader, it's good to see the boys can still get around! Sometimes I feel like they've been retired to Shady Pines... lol

Thanks for sharing this story with us -- looks like it's gonna be awesome! :-)
the pop!boys have, unfortunately, been put on the backburner for me for a while now, but it's nice to be able to bring them out to play as second-bit characters occasionally!

but hee! thank you so much for the lovely fb; i'm glad you're enjoying this so far! ;D
This is awesome! I hope you continue.
awww, thank you, bb! i'm lad people are enjoying the style, and after all the awesome ideas i've been thrown in the poll, how cold i resist? ;D
I'm absolutely in love with this! I can't wait to read more, oh my gosh.
thank you! i'm glad people seem to be enjoying this, style and all! :D
I think Michael Johns is my favourite bachelor (apart from Archie, of course) because, hi, Guy with the Sexy Aussie Accent is the perfect description for him! I'd be really interested to hear Archie's backstory, though, and how he ended up on the show.

SO BASICALLY THIS WHOLE THING IS AMAZING, the style, and the idea, and just all of it! This is why I love this fandom, because there are the best ideas and you just pull this off so well ♥
clearly i fail, because those were two things i totally forgot to think about while i was plotting this, whoops! i'm tickled to see that mj is such an early favourite; i have a couple of plans for him up my sleeve! ;D

AND YAY I AM SO THRILLED YOU LIKED THIS, EVEN WITH THE STYLE. <33333 tysm for reading and letting me know, bb!
i think this is better than i could've done so its a good thing you posted yours before i got mine up. haha. i like the weird recap style.
aww, don't say that! there can never be too much cookleta, so i'm definitely pushing for you to post yours as well! ;D glad the style works for you; hopefully it becomes less weird eventually, haha!
Oh I loved this bb. MUST DO MOAR!!!

brothers Jason and Michael Castro, whose hairdos deserve their own TV shows (if the cops don't find their stash of weed first.) had me laughing hysterically.
heeee! i'm glad you feel that way, bb! i'm going to be working on more soon, for sure!

SO TICKLED YOU LIKED THE CASTROS. AT LEAST SOMEBODY LOVES THEM. :D :D :D
aieeeee, The Bachelor! Hilarious. C'mon, pleeeeease do the Rose Ceremony!

(And, I am totally changing my vote for next episode to MECHANICAL BULL RIDING. I see you, Amy, you inventive, nastay girl ;))
*giggles* i may or may not have something planned in honour of this comment in an upcoming chapter. just saying. ;D

tysm for reading, bb, and for leaving the AWESOME comments (here and in the poll! bahaha! <3)
OMGAH. I love this AU so much. And I def need moreee. I love this writing style a lot! I also voted that I do like narrative though because I'm not sure what is easier to write? Pretty much, my whole thing is that whatever will get me more of this, I will read!! :D
oh my gosh, hi, you are TOTALLY AWESOME. thank you for thinking about which would be easier to write, bahaha! <3 i'm just glad you enjoyed this enough to stick around for more! :D
ahahah omg, this is GENIUS. Wow, I cannot wait for more. <3333
ngl, i make the most embarrassing noises when your name pops up in my inbox. tysm, i'm thrilled you liked this so far! :D
NAT.

NAAAAAAAAAAT.

IT'S LIKE, I DON'T EVEN REALIZE THAT I WANT TO READ THESE FICS UNTIL YOU WRITE THEM AND THEN I'M LIKE, "HOW HAVE I SURVIVED WITHOUT THIS IN MY LIFE?!"

I JUST. BACHELOR. BACHELOR DAVID COOK. AND CREEPY KEVIN. AND TYPICAL ARCHIE. AND STRIPPER HERNANDEZ. AND BACHELOR DAVID COOK UNFFFFF.

plus, ASTOLAT is telling you this is genius. THAT MEANS IT'S TRUE, OKAY. JUST -- I LOVE YOU.
HI ILU, ILU LIKE BURNING, AND EVERYTIME YOU APPEAR IN MY INBOX IT IS LIKE CHRISTMAS (BECAUSE I ALWAYS KNOW I'M GOING TO GET A GIFT EVEN THOUGH I AM NEVER SURE WHAT THAT GIFT IS GOING TO BE) AND I LOVE IT. I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE AMAZING. I AM SO GLAD YOU LIKE BACHELOR DAVID COOK, IDEK. ♥

AND YOUR SIDENOTE ABOUT ASTOLAT MADE ME SQUEE AND FLAILHANDS SOME MORE. ILU.
ROFLROFL OMG THE ONE NIGHT YOU ARE IN BED EARLY BECAUSE YOU'RE BUSSING TO JB. NAAAAAAT.

Okay, I FLOVE the style (if only I could recap ADITL as well, lmao)! So please be continuing! I'm also mused that you sent home 4/5 of BSB, and then there's JC. HAHAHA. And your description of the one gay man on the list amused me greatly, and I'm not sure why! And psycho-serial-killer Kevin has me thinking B&B era or something.

brothers Jason and Michael Castro, whose hairdos deserve their own TV shows
And THIS. This made me LOL so hard (not good at 1:30am!). Maybe sometime during their stint on the show they should record a mockumentary on their hair.

I WILL SQUEE MORE AT YOU WHEN YOU GET BACK HOME. Enjoy JB! (even though I already told you that, lmfao)
BAHAHAHAHA, OKAY, NGL, I SENT BACK THE BOYS I THOUGHT WOULD BE HARDEST TO WRITE. or, um, the ones i currently have no interest in writing, whoops.

i am scribbling all ideas down in this notepad, dude. ;D TY FOR READING, BB.
Ahahaha Archie is too cute for words.

So, uh, maybe Jensen and Jared will realize their a OTP during the show? XD
heeee! thank you! i'm glad i'm not the only one having fun with this!

and, uh, maybeeeeee~ ;D