On Second Thought, Episode 14 “Raider and a Ring”

Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired.  I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now!

Episode Fourteen, Air Date: July 31, 2012

I’m thankful Gino takes Tripp fishing, because nature is a big part of every Alaskan’s life!

Have you ever seen a cuter dog?  I bought Gino that sweet Newfoundland, because hoped it would give him a tiny taste of what it’s like to have a baby! After all, if we did get married and have kids, it would be hard work.

It turned out to be a great gift, because Gino loved him!  Of course, we immediately disagreed on a name.  That’s when I brought the question to you guys! (At the end of the episode, we reveal what you already know – we settled on Riot. At least for a bit.  Would you believe Gino changed his name back to Raider!?)

So how many of you have gone bear baiting?  This is a legal way to hunt bears in Alaska.  You set up a station with old food – whatever you have around the house works – and it brings the bears to you.  This time, of course, it brought Gino and me together!  When Gino gave me that promise ring, I was really excited.  Not that you could tell. It’s important to be quiet when you’re hunting, so it cracked me up that the entire exchange was in hushed tones.  Gino said the ring was symbol that he’d be “faithful and loyal and loving” and that we might one day get married.

Stay tuned to see if that actually happens.  I’ll be happy to find out if that happens as well.  However, the promise ring created one of the best lines of the season:

“I love you.  Okay, now let’s shoot a bear.”

Thanks for coming along with me during this adventure of “Life’s a Tripp.”  It was a wonderful way to let all of you into my life in a fun way.

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  • Monique

    I just finished out your show this weekend and I did not realize it was the last one!! Do you have plans to do anymore? Were the ratings good enough? My daughter and I watched and really enjoyed it. I do have to say I agree with a lot of Mark Miller posted above. Sometimes, it is hard to tell how you truly feel about Gino. I am sure being in front of cameras is strange as you all acted a bit “stiff and forced” at times. I truly wish you happiness and if Gino is the one so be it :-)

  • bo

    The last episode? Good! At last, our long national nightmare is over.
    Oh, wait! You’re going back to “Dancing with the Stars” for a second time? I guess you have to make hay while the sun shines, huh, cupcake? There is still a small minority of the population who isn’t fed up and sick and tired of your whole trailer trash clan. If someone is still willing to pay you money for extending your over-exposure, I suppose you have to take it. After all, just look how long your mother — that dimwitted former half-term governor of Alaska — has been able to milk it!

  • janel

    to the kid above… doesn’t trailer trash live in trailers??? its funny that they definitely don’t live in trailers and Bristol has like 3 houses.. yeah that’s trailer trash bud! You must the red neck around here.
    And just make sure the Beano Gino has a good career ahead of him!


    I don’t see your Reality show on Life Channel 23 any more on Tuesday nights! Are you off the air? Episode 13 was the last!? Has it moved to a different time & date? Please let me know!

  • Emily

    Is this the last episode of the season?
    When will it be back on?

  • Shannon Quick

    Bristol I hope you read this I’m such a fan of yours, and I thought this episode was the cutest thing! I sure can tell that Gino loves you up one side and down the other! I hope you appreciate that! If I were you, I would quit calling Tripps biological dad b/c if he couldn’t even call on his birthday (or even the next day if he forgot) he isn’t worth your son’s time! It doesn’t take much to make a baby, but it takes a MAN to be a dad. You have that in Gino! I thought you were a little harsh on Gino on the road trip I was glad to see you admit your mistakes and say that everyone makes them! My son just turned 4 and my daughter is 2.5, so I feel like I can relate to you so much because of that! I hope your show stays on the air! Do you feel awkward with the cameras around b/c you guys hardly kiss on camera? Tell Willow to take a chill pill and get off your back about Gino and other things! — It may be the editing, but I feel like she hates everyone and everything except hair. Oh and I remember on one of the episodes either you or Willow were saying you’d never want to go to the East Coast because people are mean. I assure you that we aren’t all mean! You should come to North Carolina (Especially the Forsyth county/Stokes county line area)….the people on your show remind me of people from here! Some of the prettiest places on earth are in North Carolina and Alaska! Google Lake Junaluska so pretty and such a nice place to visit!!

  • Gregory Russo

    I really enjoy the series Bristol. I hope that you have Finiacial secutrity for your Son as well as some for your self. Saveing money for Tripp’s College education.

    Although I wish that you at least go get a College degree of some kind in the future. There so many options that make it very easy for single mothers. I hope Gino would support you as a Working Mom and as a Potentially a Higher educated working Mom.

    • Sam Adams

      I hope Gino grows up and gets an education.
      He is seriously immature.
      Move on, Bristol.
      You’re past the likes of him.
      ?Tim Tebow?!

  • Tootie

    I will be so happy when you and Gino get married. You make a great couple! And what sense of security Tripp will have in having a daddy.

  • Muffin

    Jellybean, how would you know I guess you are a big Bear Eater and your post even STINKS!!!!!.
    I think you are a little jealous and you need to go back to one of the Soros web sites and post your hateful stinky comments.

  • Denise

    Jelly- you are an angry, jealous person. What is the matter with you ?? Your comment is as stupid as it is ill informed. But does that stop you from flapping your gums ?? apparently not.

  • Truth101

    Gov. Palin never shot anything from a chopper. Come on!