Happiness is a Warm TV

For Raleigh’s Jenna Cooper, it’s a night of puppies and smooching on ‘The Bachelor’

Jenna Cooper trains dogs for the “Arie’s Amazing Acrodogs” show on ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
Jenna Cooper trains dogs for the “Arie’s Amazing Acrodogs” show on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” ABC

Jenna Cooper lucked out Monday night.

Instead of having to dress up in a ridiculous outfit and (once again) risk physical harm for a weird group wrestling date, the Raleigh-based social media manager got to play with puppies.

And on top of that, she “mounted” Arie Luyendyk and received a rose, so she gets to stick around another week.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the episode.

‘Amazing Acrodogs’

Jenna went on a group date with six other women, and they put on a dog show called “Arie’s Amazing Acrodogs,” with Chris Harrison and Fred Willard (“Best in Show”) as commentators. Arie was there with his own rescue dog.

“All the other dogs come and it’s like an explosion of happiness,” Jenna told the camera. “Not only are we on a date with the most handsome, most eligible bachelor, but we are getting to play with dogs!”


Jenna Cooper works with a dog for the “Arie’s Amazing Acrodogs” show on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Paul Hebert ABC

But not everyone was excited about the dogs.

Remember Annaliese, the woman from last week who balked at the demolition derby because she had a traumatic bumper car experience as a child? Well, she also has several traumatic dog experiences. “The Bachelor” even included a hilarious reenactment video of a screaming toddler with a vicious looking doglet.

The other women seemed to have fun playing with (aka “training”) their assigned dogs.

The actual dog show, though, was a bit of a letdown. Not a single dog did what it was supposed to do. Jenna’s show seemed particularly out of control. But ever the trouper, Jenna stood among the rambling dogs and threw her hands in the air and said “Yeah!” Commentator Fred Willard: “She just threw her hands in the air to mean success.”


I’ll say this about the GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) date. That was the worst idea ever. Some women were understandably uncomfortable and didn’t like being berated and having their hair pulled by the GLOW coaches. Those women were made to feel bad for being “uptight.”

One match was so awful and awkward and “weirdly sexual” (to quote one onlooker), that audience members cringed.

Jenna goes for it

Things got a little crazy at the rose ceremony cocktail party.

Annaliese (bumper car/dog trauma) figured out she was the only woman who had not yet kissed Arie, so she decided to get more aggressive. She cornered him at the party and essentially asked him to kiss her. He declined. This is the man who got the nickname “The Kissing Bandit” when he was on “The Bachelorette” in 2012. Dude kisses everyone. Annaliese was embarrassed and retreated into the house, where she bent 60 different ways rationalizing the fact that Arie would not kiss her.

She goes back to Arie to press him on it, and Arie has to tell her it’s just not going to happen and she might as well just go on home right now. So she did. My biggest regret here is that we won’t get to learn a new Annaliese trauma each week.

I’ll tell you who Arie did not resist making out with: Jenna.

Jenna Cooper on the Jan. 15 episode of “The Bachelor” on ABC. Paul Hebert ABC

Right about the time I was texting my mother to say “Jenna acts like she’s not even trying to get Arie,” they showed Jenna hovering over a reclined Arie, basically eating his face off.

Jenna paused once to say, “I’m all of the things that you’re looking for,” then back to kissing. Then she paused again: “Do you have any questions or concerns about me?” Arie, grinning ear-to-ear, responded: “I can’t think of anything right now.” Then she straddled him. Wearing a long, white evening gown.

Yeah, she didn’t go home.

When this aired, Jenna tweeted: “Hahahah. I’m so embarrassed.” Tons of people responded to her that she should not be. “That’s how you stick around!” replied a user named @BachelorScarf.

Was booze involved? Likely, but so what.

You be you, Jenna.

Later Jenna (a great follow on Twitter @jennacooperfit – she can really laugh at herself) tweeted an apology to America, which prompted a response from the show’s host, Chris Harrison.

Who went home

In addition to Annaliese, Arie sent home Lauren S. during their one-on-one date, and Bibiana, the one who challenged Krystal last week, left during the rose ceremony.

And yes, Krystal is still the House Villain.

A little about Arie

Fans of “The Bachelor” franchise will remember Arie Luyendyk Jr. as the Indy race car driver who fell for Emily Maynard of Charlotte during her 2012 season as “The Bachelorette.” Arie was Emily’s runner-up that season and was heartbroken that he did not get chosen. Arie seemed to really be in love with Emily and said in this season’s premiere that he had not felt that kind of connection with any woman since Emily. Awww. Emily is now married, but not to the guy she picked on “The Bachelorette.”

Arie is currently a real estate agent in Scottsdale, Ariz., but continues to be involved in racing.

We learned in the second episode of the season that he has a dog – a rescue mutt – that he has living with him during filming of the show. We also learned that before falling for Emily, who was a single mother, he lived with a girlfriend who had two small children.

In the third episode, we got to see more of Arie’s dog, named Bastian. He also revealed to Bekah M. that after having his heart broken by Emily, he only dated women who were “unavailable” so that he wouldn’t risk heartbreak again.

Brooke Cain: 919-829-4579, @brookecain

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