ABC's "The Bachelor" goes Navy

Last Monday, the new season of The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman premiered on ABC.  A friend of mine had asked me earlier in the day if I planned on watching it.  I told her no as I have only watched one season (remember Bob Guiney?) and think it's all rather crazy.  She said the commercials had piqued her interest since he was a military man and she thought she'd watch it.

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin, M.D., 30, an undersea medical officer for a special operations dive unit stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, has been selected to star in the tenth edition of ABC's popular romance reality series, when The Bachelor returns to the network in the Spring of 2007. In addition to his professional accomplishments, this Bachelor is also a world-class triathlete. Now this real-life 'officer and a gentleman' faces the most exciting mission of his life -- finding true love.

Andy's achievements are matched by his good-natured personality, stunning good looks and self-deprecating sense of humor. He's an unabashed romantic, has watched the series and believes that the show can help find him the woman who could become his wife. Who doesn't love the movie 'An Officer and a Gentleman'? We're bringing the best parts of that romantic film to real life, said Mike Fleiss, executive producer of The Bachelor.

As it turns out, Dancing With the Stars (a favorite of mine and the girls') was on just prior to The Bachelor and I got sucked in.  All in all, it was fairly entertaining TV.  There was a mean girl, a drunk girl, and a buff, bug-eyed girl; none of whom received a rose. 

Now, I have to say that after watching the first episode, Andy is certainly a catch.  He seems to be all of those things they say he is.  In addition, he comes from a hard working middle class family who helped set him up for success.  His own hard work and determination are what put him through Med School.  He says he is extremely patriotic and loves serving his country.  Future episodes are sure to give us more of a peek into his personality as we watch him date a multitude of women.  Eventually, we will be left to decide for ourselves if he really is a gentleman.

While my mind was being occupied by mindless fluff for just over an hour, when the show was over, it hit me.  This man just might be bringing a new Milspouse into our little world!  I have since seen an interview in which Andy has confirmed that he did get engaged in the final episode.  Does this woman really know what she's getting into?  Can she possibly understand?

Andy will definately have a career outside of the Navy someday, but right now there's no word that he plans on leaving the Navy anytime soon.  Sure, he's handsome, charming, and successful, but so are all of our husbands, right?!  That doesn't make military life any easier to manage.  His beautiful new fiance has probably signed on for a lot more than she ever imagined. After all, as we all know, the premise of a romantic film show and real life can be glaringly different. 

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