He's a schmuck with $250,000, and he's also the only person in "Bachelor Pad" history to walk away with the entire grand prize jackpot. But does Nick Peterson's unlikely "BP" win make him the biggest villain in the "Bachelor" franchise?
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Forget bad boys Chris Bukowski and Kalon McMahon! There's an underdog in town, and he stole the show on the "Bachelor Pad" Season 3 finale.
For once, host Chris Harrison was right when he announced that it would be "the most shocking and disturbing finale in 'Bachelor Pad' history." Peterson and his partner, Rachel Truehart, were voted by their peers as the final couple. But when it came time to either "Keep" or "Share" the prize money, Peterson selfishly chose "Keep." That left Truehart -- who stuck with their previously agreed-upon plan to "Share" the money -- empty handed.
"Rachel never wanted to be my partner," Nick explained. "She tried to leave on me three times, knowing that it would screw me over."
"Are you [bleeping] kidding me?" Rachel asked. "I brought you here! You're here because of me! You're a disgusting human being."
Disgusting, despicable, or somewhere in between? The under-the-radar Peterson did have a point, however, and in his blog for Entertainment Weekly, Chris Harrison even wrote, "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."
Of course, before the explosive prize reveal occurred, we had to wade through nearly two hours of recaps, flashbacks, poor excuses, and tears.
Rachel Truehart's bad night started when her romantic partner on the show -- last year's "BP" winner Michael Stagliano -- admitted that he broke things off with her because she was falling in love, and he wasn't.
"Did I come on the 'Bachelor Pad' to find a wife? No. Did I like kissing Rachel? Yes. Is there a love connection? No. I just didn't fall in love with her," Stagliano said, dubbing their fling a "summer camp relationship."
But a broken-hearted Truehart revealed that while Stag told her he couldn't do a long distance relationship, it turns out he now has a girlfriend who lives in Chicago!
Speaking of long distance relationships, Lindzi Cox and Kalon McMahon are "still going." (Cox lives in Seattle and McMahon resides in Houston.) But "BP" pot stirrer Erica Rose -- also a Houston resident --warned Lindzi to "be careful" around Kalon.
"I've seen him around town with other women," Rose said. "I don't know if they have an open relationship…"
Meanwhile, Blakeley Shea and her partner, Tony Pieper, plan to be life partners. After announcing that they were moving in together ("He has cable!" Shea cheered), Tony took things a step further and pulled out a telltale Neil Lane ring box. A proposal on "Bachelor Pad"? This is getting to be a regular thing.
Chris Bukowski had some explaining to do as he faced all of the girls that he played this season. But the wrath of Jamie and Blakely was nothing compared to his family's reaction to his actions on the show.
Saying his family was disappointed in him ("That's not the way I raised you," Papa Bukowski apparently scolded), Chris petitioned his peers to vote for his partner, Sarah. "Don't vote for me, vote for Sarah," he said, knowing full well that a vote for Sarah is a vote for him. "Sarah" got three votes to Nick and Rachel's 13.
As for the show's sole winner in the end, amid all the name calling and F-bomb dropping, Nick Peterson said it best: "I'm a schmuck with $250,000." That he is.
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