I'm so glad to see other people discussing this. I finally watched Part II* of the last episode and was surprised at how JP's family mentioned, repeatedly, his bad break-up and not wanting to see him get hurt again. I thought, The guy is 34! He's not some fragile hothouse flower that you can keep from getting his petals bruised! Most people weather a heartbreak and get over it. I wasn't paying full attention but I could swear that this break-up happened when he was in his 20s (?). If so then yeah, time to get back into the game and take a chance.
Granted, I've seen nothing of this show in all its years since it starting recycling contestants, to prove that none of the people I see are doing more than basically auditioning to Fleiss to stay on television. And now that he has Bachelor Pad to dangle under their little fame hungry mauls the quicker they are to jump through his hoops. So JP, bad teenage acting aside, comes off as more self-centered than even the usual little dirty whore the show attracts. He is there to win. Or there to go on. Or hopefully both since a careful breakup post final rose the obligatory scripted three months down the line still keeps him open for Bachelor Pad, and VH1's famous food II. Dancing with People who want us to believe they are stars and even as Brad Womack's return might hint, a final rose win still doesn't rule out a return with your own stint if you read your lines right and take all the Fleiss direction he give you (hint: talk about "falling" or at least "think I'm falling" if you make it past the big exotic locale skuzz junket; use the words journey and connection a lot of course and if you can hint at some kind of dramatic possible impediment that makes the journey and allows the connection to make an even greater Lifetime movie moment at the end? Gold).
So all that makes me think that JP is merely golden to the outsider from the insider family's point of view. I think most families are like that in some regard. Couple this with the fact that JP is nothing but a little self centered bad acting but still giving it his Fleiss all bitch , I suspect that the bad break up was a meme the family agreed on since there are conveniently no real details (if they said something like he went out and bought a ring I might at least believe this breakup actually might have happened). But it is such a flat generalization delivered by all despite the fact that even the mother tries to almost guilt Ashley into picking her little attention whore of a son Ashley doesn't really know anything about the relationship or what made the breakup so incredibly bad that the family all talks it about as if that is the only thing that has happened to the family in years.
I wonder how much Fleiss guides his cast and how much they pick up on their own. Because while I can see Fleiss telling them all to have something that makes them unigue, something that makes this "journey" and this "connection" have obstacles and odds unique to each little keep the cameras on me hopeful? I can also see someone like JP, who strikes me as particularly self-involved, rather dim and utterly charm free coasting on looks and a persona he took from a couple of old episodes of The OC, to have made a rather simple dissolution of a not-really-serious relationship into a betrayal that would have Otello sharpening his knife, Medea gathering the kids around a fire, Agamemnon summoning the Greek Fleet. A guy who pretends to be jealous of a woman he doesn't really know for the cameras? Bad actor he is, but determined to wallow in his own drama he seems not. And attention with continued Fleiss posturing or garnering what he believes is the affirmation of being picked for the final rose; I think either pats JP and fluffs little JP like nothing else. I'd go so far to say that JP might just be as desperate for validation through celebrity to pursue the Trista-Jason utter selling out if it means being on camera. Heck he'd marry Ames I suspect if Fleiss offered him his own two hour very special Bachelor Wedding Production.