A few excerpts I found that made me dislike Holly + Blake even more. Holly was telling him things and allowing him to think things we did not see - That they were getting back together/were back together and she was in love with him!!!
[Interviewer]Holly referred to a conversation you had before the show, saying you didn’t want to get back together on the show, you wanted to wait until afterward. Can you talk about that?
Michael: Yeah, Holly and I talked about a week before we went on the show and actually then kind of hung out the next few days … and it was great. It was super friendly and then getting there, it was kind of a quick evolution for me. The first one or two days I really did want to keep things platonic and just be her partner and be a strong team and allies to the end. And then, you know, I just hung out with her so much and got to see her so much and laugh with her so much and we’d have these little one-on-one conversations by ourselves kind of away from everyone that I really started to fall for her again. So, yeah I totally wanted to [get back together] but — I’m sure this doesn’t sound that crazy — I just didn’t think the Bachelor Pad — that environment with cameras around and the stress of the game and everything going on — was the best place to rekindle things, you know, and to say “We’re in a relationship.” I was worried about the show starting to air or the show ending and looking back and thinking like “We started this in the bubble of the Bachelor Pad,” you know what I mean, which unfortunately isn’t the real world. It’s really not. We absolutely talked about getting back together afterwards and going to … our favorite spot in Hollywood and, yeah, going on dates and her coming back up to my parents’ house and seeing everyone again. We really talked about those things but I was, I was pretty adamant about waiting.
Michael: ...I do kind of regret some of what happened. I think mainly — none of this really exactly aired — but putting trust in Blake. Blake and I kind of agreed before it happened to let Holly go on that date. I talked to Holly about it, I trusted Holly enough and trusted where we were at in getting back together and kissing and kind of falling in love again. I trusted that, maybe a little bit too much, because after Holly went on that date everything completely changed.
[Interviewer]You mentioned earlier that you and Holly had talked about getting back together. Do you think things would’ve been different if Blake wasn’t in the house?
Michael: Wow, yes if I answer that totally honestly, yeah I do. Holly and Blake are in love, they are engaged and so I don’t really wish that necessarily. I don’t wish that Blake wasn’t there — that’s obviously how things are supposed to have turned out. Holly has a fiance now. But yes I think if Blake wasn’t there, yeah, I would’ve gone in a little bit more — and I think, I didn’t want to start things till after the show got done, but I think Holly wouldn’t have gone to Blake and would’ve gone to me instead. It’s sad to say that.
Michael: Blake actually kind of made a deal with me, came to me after he won the kissing contest and said “Hey, look I kind of realize where Melissa and I are at in the alliance, we’re kind of on the outskirts. So I want to make a deal with you where I’ll take Holly on a date, purely for strategy reasons, I’ll give her the rose and keep her safe as long as you keep Melissa around.” And, again, just one step further with that, he was shaking my hand, he looked me in the eyes and said, like, “I know where you guys are at. I know that you guys are trying to get back together, that she’s your ex-fiancee, I totally get it. It’s just purely strategy. I’m going to be totally respectful and not do anything.” And then even when he came up to Holly in the mixer to take her on the date, he shook my hand again and said “Look, you have nothing to worry about, man, I’m going to be respectful.” And then came back, you know, and kissed her. And then tried to tell Kasey and Vienna that the whole thing was my idea.