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

On Second Thought, Episode 14 “Raider and a Ring” August 3, 2012

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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  • Troy Stephens

    How many season’s are you doing this show? I’m enjoying watching you grow and deal with life in a manner that all responsible individuals should strive to.

  • Caitlyn

    I so loved watching your show this summer!! Your life is so inspirational! Don’t let hate get you down, and I hope you and Gino find happiness together. I hope this show comes back again!!

  • Sue Lynn

    Love the show. How many more???? Lots I hope!

  • ava

    just wondering why on earth you’re so anxious to get married?? you’re only 21?!

  • I love you but…

    You “give” Gino a dog then claim ownership? That ain’t right.

    Listen to Willow.

  • James

    I didn’t see your promise ring in your DWTS interviews.

    • jojo

      James, look during week 7 —clearly visable during her re-do of Kelly O’s V. Waltz. It is also visable as she is “on the red carpet” with the paparazzi/reporters heading into the 200th episode party. I saw the links/pictures and they were also posted on a fan’s twitter.

      • James

        I’m talking for DWTSAS not the old one

  • Andrea

    Loved watching your show!! Hope there’s many more season

  • I really enjoyed the show but I would never go bear hunting. I’m scared to death of them. I have nightmares about them. I’m a wimp!! I lived two summers in Cordova, AK with my family. My husband worked for a cannery and we lived in a bunkhouse. It was a beautiful area but the bears were known to come into the cannery area – looking for food. There was one bear that used to sit up on a hill that was near where we walked to town. Best seafood ever is in Alaska. Gotta love those Copper River Reds!

  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, I can’t tell you how much I loved this episode! From start to finish! First of all, Gino is madly and passionately in love with you! Called you the “love of his life”. Told the jeweler that he was the lucky one. I truly believe that the promise ring he gave you is a baby step towards an engagement ring. Just enjoy the “pre-engagement” for awhile. The rest will come when the time is right. Watching Gino and Tripp fish together was super cute! I really hope that Gino does adopt Tripp one day. He’s a great dad to him already. No offense, but Willow needs to shut it! Haha She doesn’t know all the good, fun times that you and Gino have together. Only the bad ones that you share with her. I agree with Gino, I think you need to not confide in her anymore. Or, if you do, please share with her the positive stories, as well. Then maybe she wouldn’t hate Gino so much. Gino is good to you and Tripp, Bristol. Willow should be encouraging your relationship, not trying to destroy it. I love that scene in the truck when Gino did the moose call! Haha I know exactly what he was trying to say. He meant it as a compliment, Bristol. And I love that you guys love to shoot stuff! That was effing awesome! I would love to do that one day. That scene in the bear stand was super sweet!!! I love that you and Gino would not talk above a whisper. You really take this bear-baiting seriously! Haha That final scene was beautiful. You are super blessed, Bristol. You have a boyfriend who adores you, a son who thinks you’re the son and the moon and a gorgeous home right on the lake. And a beautiful monster of a dog named Raider! (I can’t believe Gino changed his name! Haha But that was my second choice, so that’s okay. I agree with Gino, I do not like the name Clifford!) I hope you finally have your happy ending, Bristol. I can’t imagine a more perfect little family than you, Gino and Tripp. Thank you for allowing us to get a glimpse into your life. I truly enjoyed watching your journey. Now on to your next adventure! DWTS: All-Stars! I really, really hope you get Tristan, Bristol! He is super adorable! I’ll be praying (and voting!) for you.

  • Bristol,
    Glad things have gotten better with Gino. “Kicked to the Curb” really had me worried. I think there are things you both need to work out and they all revolve around expectations. I know you mentioned the house cleaning in the prior episode and blog post, but I’ll talk about it here, since it’s all about the same core issue. Both of you are working. House cleaning/work, therefore, must be a team effort – just like it is with your parents – follow their model. They’ve got it right.

    Perhaps there’s tasks you like and he hates, and vice versa – you can complement each other that way. My wife, Elsy hates carrying, loading washers and dryers. I hate folding. But, folding does not bother her. So, I carry, load, and wash; she folds. We both cook – sometimes her – sometimes me. Whatever it is, the bottom line is neither one of you should expect the other to be a maid.

    Totally unrelated – your concerns about recoil. Go to http://www.chuckhawks.com/ He has excellent recoil energy charts up that you can reference so you know what you’re getting into before you pick that gun up. Generally once the gun exerts more than 20 lbs of force on you, it’s going to start getting uncomfortable. .308s, .30-06s are in the 20-lb range. You’ve fired 12-ga shotguns, and they go from 45 – to 70 lbs (3.5″ shells are up to 70 lbs and will leave your shoulder black and blue for a week – if you don’t have a good pad on the buttstock. Been there. Done it), so if you can handle them, you can handle these rifles no problem.
    Back to Gino…just be sure you resolve your expectations of one another before converting that promise ring to a wedding ring.

  • bellagrazi

    “I love you. Okay, now let’s shoot a bear.” Awesome line, Bristol! Hahaha You also had the best line in Sarah Palin’s Alaska. (“Prom hair”) I don’t think you get enough credit for how truly funny you are. I loved when you and Gino bumped fists. That’s exactly why I love your relationship so much. You’re best friends as well as boyfriend and girlfriend. You’re super cute together! Listen to your heart, Bristol.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Bristol now tell me is it really snowing up there, BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

    • Thomas, no it is not snowing here in the Wasilla area. The episode was filmed months ago. Its been in the 50’s and raining.

  • Becky

    Am really enjoying “Life’s a Tripp”! I look forward to each episode to see what’s going on in your life. God bless!

  • Whitney

    I think it’s wonderful that you have a good head on your shoulders! You’re not jumping into marriage BUT you want to establish a strong lasting relationship bc of your son. Keep up the good work!

  • Jes

    Loved the show, hate to see it end but I know it had to. You’re a great inspiration for my daughters. The ONLY reality show that Ive allowed them to watch since it was wholesome. Not Jersey Shore or selling yourself to 100 guys vying for you in order to find marriage “material”! I loved that you weren’t afraid to stand by your convictions and voice them. I also like that the show wasn’t about your mom. I love your mom but it was refreshing to see you separate from her, in your own light! 🙂
    Congrats to you and Gino and OMG welcome back to DWTS! Team Palin in this house!!! 🙂
    May life bring you and your family many more blessings! Stay Strong & Positive!

  • Jes

    Oh and PS.. Good call on your mom’s suggestion on Jeremiah for your quote for your bibles in the gift baskets. I think it was the show before this one. One of my favorite quotes Jeremiah 29:13. I use it quite often! 🙂 high5 to your mom! It made my heart skip a beat when she uttered Jeremiah. 🙂

  • Barbara Landi

    Listen to your BRAIN first, before any other body organ (heart, etc.) Gino may be sweet & cute, but there is no rush. A ring is nice, but no rush. Can you tell us about him a little? How did you meet? Where is he from? What does he do?

  • David Dempsey

    Bristol, good photo and post. I hope your relationship with Gino goes well.

    Jellybean, you are an a**h**e, and you and people like you are the ones who “stink to high heaven”.

    • Laura

      Good post, David!

  • Sarah

    I loved this episode, and I loved the line you quotes about shooting the bear! Was that episode the last one for this season, and has the show been picked up for a second go around? I hope so; I really enjoyed watching!

  • Carol

    You are young strong woman. Gino and you need to work as a team….respect….trust…humility….love…Gino needs to respect you as a woman…love you unconditionally….trust you always…and have humility in life. I hope it works out the way God has planned for you………..Now we need to talk girl stuff…your hair…What styling products do you use to smooth your hair out like that?? You should do a youtube video styling your hair and what products you use….just saying.

  • Burton

    Jellybean must be really jealous of Bristol! That’s why she has to keep commenting on Bristol’s Blog!! O.k. Jellybean, comment now and try to deny that you are jealous of her! LOL!!!

    P.S. Plus, you have NO CLUE on why hunting is done in the first place!!

  • Esther

    I thought I was the only one that tells my boyfriend about having a good career in order to buy all these crazy things that men want. LOL. I personally don’t believe in promise rings. I don’t think you need a promise ring to know that he will be faithful, loving and caring. Its simply just a waste of money. I think the dog is perfect for you guys. Other than Tripp, “Raider” is the first real thing that both of you have together. It ties you both together in a SERIOUS relationship. When my boyfriend wanted a dog, I finally gave in and we adopted our dog, it felt like our relationship took that next step. I hope “Raider” has opened up Gino’s eyes on having responsibility, guys need that at their age. Don’t rush yourselves into marriage, have a fun and beautiful relationship. Be young as well as responsible adults. At this age and in this society that we live in, where the real idea of marriage has been thrown out the window, you both want to be as mature as possible when that time comes. All couples fight, have disagreements, and have issues that can possibly take the people to a breaking point; however, communicating, forgiving, and having faith(which you have a lot of that) can help you both move past ANYTHING. I think Willow is still too young to see that, which is probably why she see’s things the way she does, and thats okay because she will figure it out. I hope you and Gino create new and wonderful opportunities for yourselves and your little family of four. 🙂

  • Patsy Carlisle

    I hate this was the last episode. I sure hope all is well with you and Geno. Please learn to say You love Geno and not just that he is so good with Tripp. I wish you nothing but the best.

  • Mark Miller

    I hope you don’t think this comment cruel, or that I’m asking impertinent questions, since that’s not my intent. A TV show can’t capture everything that’s happened. We’re only getting a brief window into your life. From watching what we were given, though, in this episode, I could not shake this feeling that you and Gino were “playing house,” playing at having a relationship. I know you say you love him, but I just can’t see it between you two. I don’t get a sense of your connection to each other. I kept hearing you say that you felt Gino was good for Tripp. That may be so, but Gino has to be good for YOU, too! Don’t leave yourself out of it. If you’re pursuing marriage, that’s a *lifetime* commitment–as in the rest of your life. As I heard someone else say recently, think on this: You are going to be seeing A LOT of each other…for decades! That’s the idea. Make SURE you’re picking the right person for YOU, not just for Tripp. A successful marriage can only work if it works for BOTH OF YOU–you and Tripp, that is.

    I have to say, though, as quirky as it was, Gino was at his most romantic (that I’ve seen) giving you that promise ring when you were out bear hunting. 🙂 I do think, just from what I can see, that he really feels something special for you. The question that’s on my mind, though, is if you feel the same for him. From his reaction, after he gave you the ring, I’m wondering if he has the same question. He seemed to expect that maybe you’d be excited, that you’d gush uncontrollably at the notion of being his significant other. He seemed a bit surprised that you didn’t seem overjoyed.

    I have some pointed questions for you, and again, I don’t mean to be impertinent. Are you sure deep down inside that you just don’t want to be alone, and are just looking for a father for Tripp? What about a husband for you?

    I know I’m a total stranger asking these deep, penetrating questions, but…I guess I’ve grown to care about your welfare a bit from afar. Watching reality shows can do that to me.

    Wishing you and Tripp the best

  • Ryan

    Loved it Bristol!! i am going to miss your show so much!!! im all for having a season two!! i was just reading something about how levi wants custody of Tripp..DONT LET HIM..levi is horrible..let gino be the “dad” love you bristol! loved the show!

  • Judy

    I wish you would do more episodes or videos online! I loved seeing your life. Your just a really awesome young woman. You better make sure Gino never forgets that! I hope you write another book and maybe a kids book too one day. I love what you have to say and am glad your someone a young teen like me can look up to in such a messed up world at times. 🙂 <3 LOVE YA! GOD BLESS YA! KEEP ME POSTED ON ALL THINGS BRISTOL. You really are GREAT! 😉

  • Congrats on the promise ring…and the Newfy! Gino seems great, too. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve been owned by two Newfs in my life and they are the best dogs ever! Enjoy!!

  • Megan M

    Loved your show, I am going to miss being able to see the Palin’s life on a daily basis! Stay in touch on the blog with photos and updates about what you are doing now please

  • 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.