I’m going to call it now: Most dramatic final rose ceremony ever! I felt real feelings. I cried more than once. Strangest of all, I liked these people. All of them. I was overwhelmed with goodwill, in fact. If they didn’t keep showing the little Bachelorette logo, with the silhouette of Ali looking ponderously into the distance, I would’ve worried I was watching the wrong show. Which would have really irritated me, since I spent three hours on it.
For fear of spoiling things even a little, I’ll stop here and say the full recap with a detailed dissection of the highlights will be up soon (UPDATE: Click here to read Jennifer Armstrong’s full Bachelorette finale recap), but if you’ve already watched and want to weigh in on the outcome, read on after the jump for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you’ve already watched Monday’s Bachelorette. Seriously.]
Wow, where to begin? With the way the show defied the bazillions of varying spoilers out there? (Well done, Bachelorette rumor-spreading team!) The way we couldn’t really deny that it ended well, even if it wasn’t the outcome we’d been rooting for? The way we’re kinda hoping, and kinda not, that this cinches who’ll be our next Bachelor?
We’ll start at the beginning, I suppose …
Things continued to look like a dead heat through the meeting-of-the-parents round, with both men getting Ali’s dad’s official blessing. Roberto seemed, in the ensuing family discussions, to have captured Dad’s heart a little more, but the rest of the Fedotowsky clan stood up for Chris. “He just experienced a tremendous loss of his mom,” Ali’s mother said. “And that changed him as a person. I think he’s a person who needs time to get to that point, but when he gets to the point of saying that he loves you, he’s going to mean it.” Nobody was about to argue with that, but it didn’t make Ali’s choice any clearer.
Roberto’s date, however, turned things around for good. Making out in the rain on a private beach was only the beginning: Ali told him it was her “most fun date” of the entire season. Then he gave her a framed photo of the two of them in the heart-shaped lagoon from two weeks ago, and there was no turning back. He wrote her a note that ended with “Let’s dance forever” in Spanish. Then he made a nervous, heartfelt declaration of love: “I feel like I know how I feel about taking that next step. I hope you know, if you don’t know already, I told your dad, I feel like I haven’t made it clear to you. … He’s like, ‘Do you love my daughter?’ And I didn’t hesitate for a second. I told him absolutely. So if you didn’t know already, I’ve definitely definitely fallen in love with you.” When she said her heart was “exploding,” we knew she meant she loved him too. She didn’t tell him yet, but she told the cameras: “I love Roberto. I love him. I’ve never in my whole life felt this way about a relationship. Everything I came here to find, I found in Roberto. I know I have a date with Chris tomorrow and I should go …” this is when I started screaming at the TV, despite knowing that she was right … “but I just can’t. I don’t want to say goodbye to Roberto.”
She lowered the boom on Chris the next day. “I’m in love with somebody else,” she told her heartbroken suitor. He responded with an unbearably mature, “Good luck tomorrow. Go find out if he loves you.” Then, God help us, just after she hugged him and left him in tears, a rainbow appeared to remind him of his mother’s dying request to “look for me in rainbows.” “That’s just my mom saying, ‘You know what, when you put yourself out there for love, there’s always a chance you’re going to get hurt,” Chris said. “I know she’s like, ‘Good job, Chris.’”
And yet somehow Roberto still managed to capture at least a little part of our hearts after that when he proposed. “You told me how important it was for your husband to love you unconditionally and to be by your side no matter what,” he said. “I want to be that man for you. I want to make you laugh, just like this. I want to make you smile. I want to make sure you wake up every morning for the rest of your life knowing that you’re so, so loved.” I chose to ignore the absurdly lame montage set to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and bask in a finale that featured two truly good options vying for what turned out to be a pretty classy girl.
My full recap will be up soon, but let us know what you think now. What was your favorite moment? Which part made you cry the most? Did Ali choose correctly? Will Chris be the next Bachelor?
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