As much as Vienna Girardi walking off the set of the Bachelor reunion with Jake Pavelka and Chris Hansen made for exciting TV, there’s something much more hilarious about the awkward encounter she had with Jake on last night’s premiere of Bachelor Pad 2. It’s the kind of thing you would see between any two exes: Jake introduces himself to the other guests while Vienna watches him warily. Then, when he gets to her, it’s both of them softly saying, “Hi.” Jake could have saved things if he’d just excused himself, but he rushed on with, “Good to see you. You look nice. And I met Kasey.” That would be Kasey Kahl, former Bachelorette contestant and Vienna’s new boyfriend.
For some reason, Vienna is robbed of speech while Jake and Kasey have a weird Mexican standoff. Then suddenly it’s the most cringe-worthy conversation about the weather and how cold everyone who’s not wearing a coat is. But Jake keeps pushing on, even as everyone starts snickering at him before they’ve gone back into the house.
As Matt Ritter pointed out in his Bachelor Pad 2 recap, Jake is trying to play like he’s the new cool kid at school — cracking jokes and trying to be Mr. Smooth. This is the kind of bad conversation skills you’re supposed to see only in bad romantic comedies about socially awkward people in love.
And it’s clear that no one on The Bachelor Pad is actually in love.