The Big D List

Episode 1:'s Assistant Editor shares the secrets to dating in Dallas.

Looking for your cowboy (or cowgirl) in shining armor? Need to know how to wrangle a date in Dallas? Never fear, we've got you covered with our Dallas Dos and Don'ts recap. We're pulling together all the wisdom gleaned from watching our six Most Eligible singles navigate the dating scene in The Big D to give you all the guidance you'll need. 

DO: Love dogs

What's the key to a Dallas girl's heart? Evidently the canine connection. Tara's got a passion for puppies and spends her free time rescuing dogs. In fact she's more concerned about dogs than people. She'll go to any lengths, including breaking and entering, just to help a dog in need. For people not so much: "I save dogs, I don't save people." It's safe to say she's probably more impressed by your pooch's pedigree than your flashy ride.

Even Courtney has a special place on her list (more on this later) for dogs. Any potential suitor should probably have a canine companion, preferably with a manly name like Butch or Duke. So before you go out and adopt a dog to help lure in the ladies, you may want to rethink the name Fluffy or Miss Pretty Paws. 

DON'T: Break up with someone during the New Year's countdown

Because you never know when that person will end up on a TV show and share with the world that you did that. Ouch. You don't want to be the person known as the countdown breakup guy. You might as well have just broken up with her via a Post-It note.

DO: Have a list

And if you're going to make a list, it may as well be thorough. OK, maybe one shouldn't be quite so specific as Courtney (i.e. must have a globe in their office from their mentor), but still standards are a must. 

DON'T: Become complacent about your body

I mean when Glenn's body can be critiqued…


DO: Have a sweet bachelor pad

A view that's a "panty-dropper," a button that allows you to order everything from a chicken Caesar salad to a facial – yep, Drew's apartment has it all. This way when you invite someone up, there is literally no way they can say no. For example:

"Do you want to come up for some coffee?"
"No thanks, I don't drink coffee."
"I'll pass."
"How about a massage and a facial?"
"Umm, OK!"

DON'T: Rock the gorilla juicehead look in Dallas

What works in Jersey definitely doesn't fly in Dallas. As Tara termed it, the "Guido von Dutchie" will only be met with universal revulsion, and not even just in Dallas, throughout the entire state of Texas. So be sure to trade in the tats and faux-hawks for polo shirts and cowboy boots before even trying to land a date in Dallas. 

DO: Make the most of your time 

Following Matt's philosophy, one shouldn't just schedule time to hang out with only one girl. Inefficient! As he astutely notes, "Why do one on one when you can do one on three? Why do one on three when you can do one on five? Why do one on five when you can grab a buddy and do two on fifteen?" Sounds like a Patti mixer to me, and who are we to question The Millionaire Matchmaker

DON'T: Bring a pretty blond unannounced to a dinner with your girl friends

Even if you're "just friends," your girl friend may still not be super cool with you bringing around your other "friend," who also happens to be a very attractive single mother. Courtney definitely engaged in some marking of her territory with Matt (whether there are some romantic feelings fueling that, I guess we'll have to wait and see) leading to a very awkward meal. I don't even think Drew peeing on a pregnancy test could have salvaged that shipwreck. 

Next week we'll be getting a lesson in the art of matchmaking thanks to Drew (and some insight as to what he's looking for in a guy). 

Closer Than Ever

Matt talks about his journey on the show and how his relationship with Courtney has changed.

It's nice to see the whole season come to fruition. I look at this process as the journey of a man, which every guy goes through in life at different stages. I can honestly say that there may not have been another point in my life in which there was so much personal growth. The Leadership Foundation is what I believe to be a legacy, one that I hope far surpasses my own life and can be something the Nordgren family and all those involved will cherish and hold on to forever.

Through this process I hope everyone sees that people who are very close can put aside their differences and find the positive in relationships and therefore become closer than before. It's obvious that my relationship with Courtney has evolved tremendously. I don't think either of us will regret taking the steps that we have. I didn't think there was a way for us to become closer, but we did just that. This is a woman that I love and have tremendous respect for in every aspect of the word. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the both of us. The one thing I know is that it will never be the same. I feel very sad for Tara and her situation; no one deserves to be lied to and deceived the way she was. This is a person whose heart and passion for giving far exceeds most and is the least deserving of pain in her life. Whoever she ends up with will be a lucky man.

Drew also went through a ton of personal growth. I feel very strongly that Drew will find the person he is looking for, and that through his heartache, he will be better equipped to identify who that person is now that he knows himself so much better. I couldn't be any happier for lovely Neill and her amazing band. It's great to finally see her in a big performance and to hear that great voice. She is talented and passionate when it comes to music. They have a great group of people, and I know that career is only just beginning.

My boy Glenn, the longtime NFL kicker, is leaving us behind to do what he does best. Whether it works out in the long run or not, his head is in the right place with his life goals and business directions. He will no doubt be a lifelong friend.

I want to thank you all for the unending support through this process. I feel like there is so much left to do and I can promise this…it's only just the beginning. Stay tuned for what's to come…it's not over.

In the interim please follow what we are doing at and follow me on Twitter @mattnordgren. Through the website everyone can link to the foundation and see our calendar of big events to come raising money to make a difference in others' lives. Lastly, I have to thank Dallas, TX (the seventh and strongest character) for being the most amazing city a guy could ever live in. The support of the town and the people in it has been what made it so special all these years. It will forever be my home!