You may have noticed that it took me a week to write this. Well. That’s because I have very few words to say about it. So I’ll make this quick.
This season of the Bachelor was so disappointing. It’s not even like I wasn’t expecting the outcome—I was just hoping for better. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s back up a bit.
I’m going to preface this by saying that I think part of why this episode was no fun for me was because Rachel wasn’t in it. Needless to say, I’m pumped for her to be the Bachelorette.
Act 1: Last Date with Raven
If you’ve watched this show before, you know that the final two get to meet the lead’s family in the final episode. So Nick’s gigantic family headed to Finland to hang with Nick and his ladies for, like, an hour each. It was probably longer than that, but it felt short. Raven had the clear advantage, because she had already met Nick’s family on a one-on-one date in Waukesha, Wisconsin way back in an early week. I can’t remember which week because, without the rose ceremonies at the end, I’m just lost. Anyway. Nick’s sister Bella particularly loved Raven, and you could tell she felt right at home. Honestly, I can’t even remember if they had an evening portion of this date. They did, right? Clearly, nothing very exciting happened, because I can’t remember it. But yeah, at this point, I was actually hopeful that Raven might get picked. Because the teasers for this episode didn’t paint a very good picture of Vanessa.
Act 2: Last Date with Vanessa
Vanessa met Nick’s family second, and you could feel the difference. There were awkward silences, and talk kept coming back to where they were going to live. Over and over and over.
I get it—it’s a big issue. But GIRL. You had to know that, when you agreed to go on the show, there was a very high chance the lead wasn’t going to live in Montreal. She came off as petulant and whiny. Demanding. NOT FUN. I think that’s the key, and the big difference that I felt between Raven’s date and Vanessa’s. Again, I don’t really remember if there was an evening portion or not. Whatever. You watched the episode, right?
I also want to point out that Nick’s dad, at one point, said to the camera that he could tell that Vanessa was more Nick’s type, but how had that worked out for him in the past? NAILED IT, DAD.
Act 3: The Final Rose
In the wise words of Sean Lowe—if you’re arriving to the final “rose ceremony” when it’s still light out, you’re going home. And that’s exactly what happened to Raven—she arrived in what appeared to be mid-afternoon. She gave a lovely speech, but I was cringing the entire time, knowing that he was going to send her home. NICK. Stop her from talking so much! Guh, come on! It was heartbreaking to know that her heart was about to be broken.
But, when the breakup came, Raven was stoic. She grieved quietly. When Nick said that he would miss her, Raven just said “I know.” That is powerful. She’s my new hero. And I hope she kills it in Paradise.
And then Vanessa comes, as the sun is just starting to sink (or something poetic like that). Even as she’s exiting the limo, she’s saying that she’ll probably say no if Nick proposes. She walks up to him, and he starts speaking and crying and… she caves. After all of that, all over her wavering and waffling, she still accepted the gigantic engagement ring and Nick.
I mean, I hope they’re happy. But it left a lot for us, as the audience, to question. And I still don’t know if they know where they’re going to live. *shrug*
I will say that they looked very happy in the end credits. So that’s good.
Epilogue: After the Final Rose
This is hardly even worth talking about. Raven came out and killed it, as she should. Nick came out and wasn’t super articulate—par for the course. And then Vanessa and Nick were on the couch together, and they just… didn’t look very happy. Vanessa said that things were difficult and challenging a whole bunch of times. It was very… strange. It was kind of what I expected from the way she went into the rose ceremony. And now Nick is doing Dancing with the Stars, which often puts a pretty big strain on these new relationships. I guess we’ll see what happens, but they sure didn’t look happy sitting on that couch with Chris Harrison (and who wouldn’t be happy to be sitting next to Charrison?).
Want to know the worst part, though? They brought Rachel out (which was the best, because I love her), but then they paraded four men from her season out in front of a live audience—that’s just not fair. It says a lot about Rachel that she handled it with class and with ease. But MAN. One of the first guys made a racial joke, and I’m like HOLY CRAP you’ve got to be kidding me. That’s you’re A+ material, guy? YIKES.
So like I said, all in all, it was boring and disappointing and I’m glad that the whole season is over. I’ll be keeping tabs on the news about Nick and Vanessa, so we’ll see how that goes too. You can bet your bottom dollar that I’m READY for Rachel in May, though!