One of the reasons that reality shows have the audience they enjoy is the lengths that some of the participants will go to win the prize. For instance, in “The Bachelor,” the prize is for a bevy of beautiful young women to earn the hand of a handsome bachelor and an expensive engagement ring along with him, though the latter is only if the couple stays together for two years. For example, we can point to what the beautiful, blond, ‘business owner” Corinne tried to do to get Nick Vail, this year’s bachelor, into bed.

Corinne, wearing a revealing trench coat and it seemed to be little else, approached Nick and sprayed whipped cream into her cleavage.

Nick, clearly taken aback, take the hint and licks the whipped cream off her body and gives her a quick smooch. But he draws back from going all the way, since he suggests that would not be good for either one of them. Corinne is later seen crying in the bathroom proclaiming her stupidity and her desire to just go home.

The sequence contained everything that makes some people watch “The Bachelor” and why other people find the show off putting. It had drama, the titillating prospect of sex, unintentional comedy, and finally schadenfreude at the expense of the hapless Corinne. It had the elements of soap opera and screwball comedy all in one.

Corinne made one crucial mistake in her approach to Nick. She forgot that the object of the show is not who can have sex with the Bachelor.

Every female contestant is beautiful and presumably be a delight in bed. But the object is for the Bachelor to find a life partner, a wife, someone to grow old with. Beauty fades and sex, while always great when it is done right, loses its urgency in many cases. Corinne should have found a way to approach Nick to make her attractive beyond her obvious physical attributes.

Throwing herself at him was the worst possible approach she could have used and she paid for it.

Corinne should have done her research and found out what Nick finds attractive in a woman. The best act of seduction would be to make the other party think it was his idea all along. But that strategy was beyond her, alas.

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