The Bachelor Review: The Final Rose Goes To…
Sean made it clear from the beginning of this week’s finale of The Bachelor that he had a hard decision ahead of him. Duh, boy. Even I could see that. When asked who I wanted and thought would win, I texted, “I want to be buds with Catherine more, but Lindsay’s more ready to settle down.” Catherine gets him; Lindsay shares the same upbringing and values. Essentially they both would be great for him. I’m glad it wasn’t my decision. I’d probably still be making it.
To see his family join him in paradise was pretty adorable. His face lit up so quickly and so evidently, and he hoped that they could help him make a decision, though he realized they’d love both girls as much as he did. And they did. As a warning, his smart mama asked if he was ready to propose because if he didn’t know who he would choose by now, then he clearly wasn’t ready to get down on one knee. Right? RIGHT?! But he honestly said he could see a proposal with both.
His family was just so warm and open. His dad Jay gave his blessing to both girls, and Lindsay even asked for Sean’s hand in marriage. His answer? “If it’s cool with him, it’s cool with me, baby.” Love him. Mama Sherry was a little less ooey-gooey. While Jay touched the heart with talk about what it’s like to find the one and accepting his son-in-law as a best friend, Sherry got to the core of what the girls want and their values.
At the end of it all, Sean was as confused as ever, but he did get to have a roundtable before heading off to his final dates. The consensus was that no matter what, it was a “win-win” and “they’d fit right in.” Before he left, his mom advised one-on-one that he doesn’t have to propose; he didn’t have to cave into pressure. She’s smart to understand that if her son is going to propose in three or four days, that maybe he should be sure by now. I choked up a bit when she broke down near tears and said, “It’s just a huge decision.”
THE FINAL DATES & DECISION
Sean let that decision weigh on him over the next two days as he went between Lindsay and Catherine, but he clearly enjoyed his time with both ladies. He rafted on the river with Lindsay and the two giggled and goofed off together. He and Catherine rode an elephant and the glee he got from totally making her day if not her life so far was melt-worthy. But really there was nothing new that we learned during the dates. It was their last one, and the ladies spent their time telling him how they could see their future and that they loved him. Catherine said it for the first time, and even chased after him in tears when he had to leave. It’s always a little hard hearing these girls open their hearts up when there’s a 50-50 chance that you’re getting dumped the next day. The stakes are never higher than during these dates. At the end of both, did Sean know who was the one? Not yet.
It would take him another day of picking out a ring and getting some sleep and praying to God to finally get his answer. And it was on to the proposal. A friend of mine mentioned the silver/gold palate of the girl’s dresses. Neither was that cute and looked shiny fake, but I liked the combating color idea. When Lindsay was the first to exit a limo, I knew immediately she was a goner. No one wants to end on a breakup, but all season they had teased some dramatic letter so the tension still didn’t abate. (Smart marketing, Bach!) She took it like a champ, holding back tears and wishing him happiness. She only once asked, “Was it me?” – which I can only imagine she was screaming endlessly in her head. So gracious.
Then there was Catherine. When Chris brought him the letter, my heart stopped. What would it say?! But really it wasn’t anything for Sean to worry about. The letter was like Catherine’s last, loving note to him, and a pretty cute idea since they’d been passing notes all season. If Sean was confused at that point, I’m sure the letter sealed the deal. She called him amazing AND attractive. What more can you ask for, men? So he got down on one knee and popped open that box. Catherine looked like she was hyperventilating and about to pass out, but she said yes without pause. It all felt easy and right.
AFTER THE FINAL ROSE
And the couple made that easy, right feeling seem absolutely true during the following live segment where they got to share the same ole Bachelor business. Lindsay returned to face Sean and held the same amount of composure that she mustered for the breakup. Sean and Catherine haven’t been able to be out in public. They want to shout their love to the world. The two also got to see the proposal for the first time, and Sean seriously teared up. I love this couple, but especially Sean. He just has that true heart that all bachelors may pretend to have but not all can actually live up to. I just hope that they become another Trista and Ryan or Molly (though she was post-TV picked) and Jason or JP and Ashley. Things are looking up since they announced that a wedding would be fairly imminent, and that it would be televised by ABC. That doesn’t equate to relationship success but it appears that they’ll actually make it down the aisle, which is step one of The Bachelor fantasy.
I’ll always be a diehard Bachelor lover, so you’ll find me glued to the tube next season whether they make it or not, especially with Desiree as the new bachelorette. Now, it’s your turn! Do you feel Sean picked the right or wrong contestant? Do you think they’ll actually make it, and if not, how much time do you give them? We don’t get to live it, but we sure do get to have an opinion.
Season 17, Episode 12 & 13: Finale & After The Final Rose (originally aired March 11, 2013)
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