People on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" don’t often do things that make you go, "Hey, that was cool." It’s the champion of cheeseball guilty pleasures, and it’s cast accordingly. But when Brad Womack declined to commit to a contestant at the end of his 2007 "Bachelor" run, essentially acknowledging that you can’t always find a lifelong partner during an on-camera cocktail party, it was kind of cool. It made him seem normal and sane.
But Brad couldn’t leave well enough alone. He’s back on "The Bachelor," which had its season-14 premiere tonight. The first half of it was one long mea culpa. Womack’s explanation of why he walked away from his final two included mentions of panic attacks, therapists and deep-seeded daddy issues (all much more satisfying motives than just not wanting to marry either woman). He’d have to apologize to both of them on-camera later. Host Chris Harrison wondered aloud whether America would be able to trust Womack again. Even for "The Bachelor," it was hall-of-fame milking.