The Bachelorette's revealing "Men Tell All" episode aired Tuesday night and it went exactly like the rest of season 12: Chad Johnson was fascinating and everything else was the reality TV equivalent of Ambien.
As the show kicked off, all of the suitors who had been booted from the show so far during season 12 sat on stage and smiled as they were introduced -- but there was one face noticeably missing. Chad, a.k.a. the season's villain (and only interesting contestant) was still backstage, waiting for his own chunk of the two-hour episode to kick off.
When Chad was finally introduced, the 28-year-old luxury real estate agent did not disappoint. He came out strong, picking fights with the crowd of seething suitors as quickly and frequently as possible.
One of the hottest points of contention came when host Chris Harrison brought up Chad's real-life relationships with Hope Higginbotham -- the ex-girlfriend of finalist Robby Hayes -- and Jen Green, who used to date fellow contestant Grant Kemp.
"I wanted to show them that we're not all bad guys, just because we're on the show," Chad said, after alleging that Robby broke things off with Hope just for a chance to be on the show.
As for whether or not Chad's interactions with Hope and Jen were just stunts to anger the other guys, he said he's "absolutely" still talking with both girls.
"I mean, I'm not like planning on getting married to them within three weeks or something like that, but we talk," Chad said. "All I can say is that they are both beautiful women. They both really are absolutely amazing girls, and I just didn't like the fact that some guys had screwed them over."
This was the last straw for contestant Nick Benvenutti (a.k.a. "Saint Nick"), who stood up, took off his jacket, and postured as if he was going to try and beat up the former Marine.
"This is the same egotistical bulls**t that we had to listen to all season," Nick said, as he walked toward Chad like an a kid in a school yard looking to pick a fight.
"Are you just trying to get airtime right now?" Chad asked, never dropping his look of amused contentment. "Think about your thoughts before you say them."
After defusing the potential confrontation with Nick, Chad ran through a number of questions regarding his behavior on the show. He explained the time he punched a wall ("It was better than saying bad words."), and said he doesn't regret "99 percent of the things that happened."
Chad also explained his motivation behind trying to intimidate Jordan Rodgers by telling him that he would find him at his home after the show was over. "I thought that would make him be quiet. It didn’t work," Chad recounted. "Sometimes you choose apples when you should have chose pickles. I messed up."
Chad also talked about his late mom, who passed away just before the season was filmed, and opened up about what she would have thought about his behavior on the show.
"She would have thought it was hilarious. I think she would've loved it," Chad shared. "I mean, she would have been like, "’Hey, maybe you shouldn't have told the guys you'd find them at home.' But I think all the other stuff she would have been cracking up at."
Despite his crazy antics and the mind-blowing threats that made him the season's most reviled (and by extension, most beloved) contestant, Chad actually came away looking like a normal, albeit manipulative, guy.
Later, when JoJo took the stage to address her former suitors, Chad took the opportunity to wish her luck in the most sarcastic way possible when it came to the final two men competing for her heart: Jordan and Robby.
After digging at Robby for supposedly ditching his girlfriend to be on a TV show, Chad took a big swipe at Jordan, calling the former NFL quarterback a "liar and cheater whose own older brother won't even talk to him," referring to Jordan's public, tumultuous relationship with his bro, Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers.
"I do wish you the best of luck in your relationship endeavors," Chad concluded.
"Oh, I could go off right now," JoJo replied, clearly annoyed by his comments. "[But] it's not even worth my time. Because he loves this. This is what he wants. He loves the attention and we're giving it to him, so he's not even worth my breath."
JoJo's choice to not engage earned her a standing ovation from all the other men on stage.
"I'm so thankful and grateful that all of you have treated me with such respect, outside of Chad," JoJo said as the special episode came to a close. "Even just after saying goodbye you guys have all been just upstanding men."