Tonight was the much anticipated (at least for me) finale of the bachelorette. It was a wild ride and when the show ended, I was emotionally spent.
Let's start at the beginning. I thought both guys did a great job with Jillian's family. Kiptyn came across as more free-spirited and fun, while Ed made his feelings about Jillian perfectly clear to her family--He was in love with her. Glenn obviously liked Ed more and what dad wouldn't? Ed said outright that he loved her and asked for her hand. Kiptyn kept saying "he was falling for her" and he "could see himself with her." I think in the end, that was the difference maker for Jillian too. She knew that Ed was just more in love with her.
Her final date with Kiptyn was a little boring. I have to say that Kiptyn has an amazing body and he knows it. Jillian looked pretty good too. When they were on the beach eating, I was laughing to myself thinking about what I was wearing on the beach--cut off sweats and a hoodie over my swimsuit with a hat. I could tell Jillian was cold but there was no way she was covering up that white bikini.
Her date with Ed was more romantic. I wish someone would have told him to spring for a new pair of trunks. Jillian had a different swimsuit in every shot. This has got to be the fourth time we've seen Ed in those tiny green shorts and ugly tank top. I like Ed though. He is real and most of the time he wears big cargo shorts and manly clothes. One thing I hated about Kiptyn was his little designer jeans and metro tops all the time. Be a man! Finally, I totally had to laugh when they showed the lights go out at the end of Jillian and Ed's date and then the volcano erupted. Did they really have to spell that out for us?
I have to admit, I loved seeing Kiptyn get his heart broken--not because I don't like him, but because he is always so polished and perfect. He has never been dumped until now. Everyone needs to have their heart broken at least once. I really wanted to see a tear but he never gave in. Kiptyn reminded me of Jason Mesnic when he was at the final rose ceremony with Deanna. Just like Jason, Kiptyn looked surprised that it wasn't him. He almost seemed more surprised than hurt. But rumor has it that he is the next bachelor so I'm not crying for him.
Finally, what in the world are the producers doing bringing back Reid in the middle of the final rose ceremony? I know it was done for dramatic effect but it really screwed Reid over. They should have had him come back to her earlier in the show. There was no way she was going to pick him at that point (even though I was shocked at how long she waffled!) I will always have a special place in my heart for Reid but seriously dude--deck shoes with a suit? C'mon. I did love the line where she asked Reid if he knew "what was going on here." And he said something like "yes, but what's going on here shouldn't be happening without me." Personally, I would rather see Reid as the next bachelor.
Let's get to the really important stuff--did you like the ring Ed picked out for Jillian? I'm not really a fan of the pear shaped diamond. There were some other gorgeous choices and I was pleading with Ed through the tv not to choose that one.
So--that's that. Are you watching "After the final rose" tomorrow night? Did you want Jillian to pick Reid? Are you happy with the outcome? Will they last? and did you think the ring was ugly? Please weigh in.