Throughout the 13-year history of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” there have been a considerable number of villainous contestants, but none holds a candle to Season 19’s Kelsey Poe. After lying low for several episodes, the Austin guidance counselor made her questionable personality and motives known recently in episode 5 after sneaking away to see bachelor Chris Soules to reveal her heartbreaking story.
The 28-year-old “Bachelor” star explained how her husband, Sanderson Poe, died in 2013 on his way to work one morning. She said his sudden death was the result of congestive heart failure. While some viewers sympathized with the widow, their compassion was short-lived. “Isn’t my story amazing?” Kelsey later told the cameras. “It’s tragic, but it’s amazing. I love my story.”
The unknowing Chris let Kelsey – whom ABC pegged as “the most deceptive Bachelorette ever” -- remain on the show. She even had a panic attack and “fainted” at the end of episode 5 just moments before the weekly rose ceremony, which many of the girls considered to be a great coincidence and another tactic to remain in the game. “I’m gonna get a rose tonight,” Kelsey told paramedics while laughing through an oxygen mask. The episode ended on a cliff-hanger before the roses could be handed out.
The rose ceremony was held at the start of Monday night’s episode 6. After two other girls were eliminated and Kelsey stayed in the game, some remaining contestants called her out on her behavior. But Kelsey was stoic. “I didn’t go through the death of a spouse to be defeated,” she said.
Despite Kelsey telling Chris she would make a great wife because she already had been one, Chris sent her packing following his two-on-one date with her and fellow contestant Ashley I. (who also got dumped by Chris). Twitter users reacted positively to Kelsey getting the boot. Some even compared her to the sociopathic lead in Gillian Flynn’s best-selling book turned Academy Award-nominated film, “Gone Girl.”
For those who have not seen the David Fincher film or read Flynn’s novel, viewers compared Kelsey to Amy Dunne, a wife (played by Rosamund Pike) who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. Spoiler alert: It is later discovered that she faked her death in order to get back at her cheating husband, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck).
While Monday’s episode of “The Bachelor” was undeniably one of the season’s most entertaining, some Twitter users’ reactions were equally stellar. Here are the best viewer-submitted tweets:
Favorite thing about Kelsey on The Bachelor is that she's basically Gone Girl.
â€” kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) February 10, 2015
If anyone was going to be a real life Amy from Gone Girl, it would be that Kelsey chick from the Bachelor. I'm even terrified of her.
â€” K. Carson (@K_Carson_) February 10, 2015
I feel like Kelsey from the Bachelor is the real life Gone Girl.
â€” Jordan Semmelmayer (@jordansemm) February 3, 2015
Kelsey is fricken crazy. ... She actually reminded me of the girl from Gone Girl. ... Like she's definitely at THAT level of crazy. #bachelor
â€” Anisa (@GimmeMyMascara) February 3, 2015
â€” Dane Robertson (@dane_rob) February 3, 2015
Fun fact: Kelsey's favorite movie is Gone Girl. #bachelor
â€” Meg Maley (@megmaley) February 3, 2015
Kelsey is the inspiration for Gone Girl! Run away, Chris!!! #Bachelor
â€” Jill Biden - SLOTUS (@JillBidenVeep) February 3, 2015
“The Bachelor” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.