So I am assuming that all of you watched the finale and saw our Jef take the final rose.
There may or may not have been water dripping from my eyeballs. Not whole tears, just a little moisture.
Fine. There were tears. That dang Jef is so stinking cute I couldn’t help myself.
So let’s talk about how he got to the end…kay?
The episode started with Chris Harrison in a studio with a live audience looking on. This year’s “After the Final Rose” was completely live.
I was expecting a running man dance from Emily, because she promised that she would do one on an earlier episode, but it never happened.
Emily’s parents, brother and future sister in law made the journey to Curacao to meet the final two guys.
Jef comes in with flowers and immediately soft-talks his way into their hearts.
Even the steely Ernie, who was obviously paid not to smile, seemed to warm to Jef.
Emily’s mom tells Jef that Emily needs someone to make her laugh, smile and also wait on her hand and foot.
It was hilarious. Emily gave her mom a look that said, “I will cut you, bitch”
But, it was the most telling part of the episode, for me. Did you catch that Jef?
Ernie told Jef that no one ever has lived up to big Ricky, that he was apparently, “the best”.
Jef took it like, “nbd homes. I got this.” Seriously love this guy.
Jef talks to Emily’s dad and asks his permission if he decides to propose and Emily’s Dad gladly obliged.
The next day Arie came to meet the folks.
Emily’s dad really didn’t see why. Neither did I, dad.
Initially Arie tries to find a commonality with the Maynard men and starts talking fish. He spouted off a few fishing facts he quick wiki’d before he got there. They didn’t seem to appreciate this fancy boy trying to tell them how to catch their fish, so Arie’s tips were met with crickets.
Arie tells us that when he’s nervous he talks a a lot. I can relate ever so slightly. I may have that same affliction.
Emily’s family went into the meeting with preconceived ideas that Arie would be arrogant and wouldn’t be there for the “right” reasons. I am assuming they thought this because he’s a race car driver…it was never really explained. Arie broke them down with his over-talking and a box of dried roses, though.
After meeting both the men, Emily’s family told her that they couldn’t help her decide. That both were great and Emily got a little pissed. It was kind of funny.
The next day were the final dates.
Jef was up first. They met on the beach.
Emily pretended for about 10 minutes that she wasn’t going to introduce Jef to Ricki. The exchange was a little awkward, all in all. We knew they would meet, honestly. I mean, what else were they going to do for the rest of the day?
When they got to Emily’s hotel, Jef fit right in with Ricki. They played, he wore pink goggles and they acted like a happy family.
At dinner, where no food was served, they talked about the evolution of their relationship and Jef gave her a coffee table book that he picked up in the airport. BUT he drew little stick figure sketches throughout the book of them in different situations on Curacoa, making it totally adorable.
The next morning Emily wakes up and realizes that there is no reason to go n the date with Arie. She is all Jef, all the way. No need to drag it out.
CH sees the potential for “the most dramatic finale ever” and quickly jumps on board with the premature dumping of Arie. He basically said, “doitdoitdoitdoit!!”
As Arie waits for their final date he snags a local witch doctor lady and tries to make a love potion with local flowers and a hair plucked from Emily’s brush.
I have to say that I felt bad for Arie. I liked him. He seemed to really like Emily.
When she arrived he complimented her necklace and rubbed love potion on her wrists. The potion obviously didn’t work because she was protected by Jef’s love bubble that easily bounces off basic love potions attempts made by race car drivers. Don’t think that Jef didn’t plan ahead.
Here’s how it went:
He acted concerned.
He got quiet.
She tried to explain.
Back at the live studio, resident Bachelor couple Ashely and JP were there to get any publicity they could by “weighing in ” on the situation. Also there to get a free 2 minutes was Deanna Pappas and Michael Staglioni, plus some random friend who was on Brad’s season with her…they all said that they are happy for her blah blah…
Back to the show…
Jef ring picks and reflects.
Emily reflects and gets dressed.
Jef proposes and Emily waits an excruciating amount of time before she said yes. I literally held my breath.
Finally she agreed and they kissed.
The Bachelor dipped into their vast catalog of “Love songs from the 80′s” and gave us a montage of Jef and Emily all set to PETER CETERA.
I felt like I was watching The Karate Kid II waiting for Ralph Macchio to pop out stage-right as a very special guest.
No Ralph Macchio, but there was a sweet shot of Jef holding a bow and arrow as the music swelled and I kinda smiled, not ironically.
After the Final Rose was totally tame this year.
Emily comes out freshly Botoxed and flat-ironed.
CH asked her forgettable questions and then Arie came out.
Apparently at some point after the show Arie decided to “seek closure” and fly to Charlotte and try to get Emily to change her mind.
He decided at the last minute not to meet her, but chose to leave his journal on her front step to show her how he really feels.
In a super awkward moment, Emily told Arie, and America, that she didn’t read his journal because she thought it was inappropriate, and gave it back to him.
Arie thanked her and left the building.
Next up Jef made his appearance.
They re-watch the proposal and cuddle on the couch.
Jef tells America that he is moving to Charlotte, which I thought was odd because she told him on a date that she would move. Whatever.
But first they are going to Africa to help people and have adventures.
Emily is thinking a spring wedding…I have to say that I really hope it works out for them. She seems like a tough nut, so I hope he doesn’t get steam rolled.
So, who’s watching Bachelor Pad??