With just three gents left, Desiree is in Antigua, which I can confirm is a super romantic place because Mumbles and I honeymooned there. But, I can pretty confidently say that we had a lot more fun than Desiree is about to. Tears, tears, tears. Goodness me.
Clearly, Desiree is more in love with Brooks than the other two fellas…but my hunch is that this is foreshadowing the heartbreak to come because Brooks is the only guy yet to say ‘I love you.’
Drew. I don’t know why but I want to call him Pony Boy. I wish I would’ve thought of that earlier in the season. He’s so boyishly good looking. And Desiree has noticed. I think she’s mentioned his abs like eight times so far. Their date is pretty typical, walking around the town, buying souvenirs, and recapping the Hometown Date. It’s all easy peasy, life is good, let’s be sweet, but it doesn’t feel like Desiree is really into it. Except there’s lots of making out. But, that’s to be expected at this point, right? So maybe she’s into it, but she’ll be over it as soon as the next guy comes along.
To Drew’s delight, their dinner on the beach gets rained out so they head to the fantasy suite early. Drew tells Desiree he hasn’t yet picked out a ring but he was ready a few weeks ago and he feels confident (especially after her meeting his family) that she’s the one. Another unanswered “I love you” from Drew and some ugly kissing. Doesn’t look fun. Doesn’t sound fun either. But the cameras get kicked out and we can only assume what happened next…
Chris is an easy choice for Des. They seem easy and relaxed together, and super cheesy too. All the season are blurring together so I can’t be certain if this is the first helicopter ride this season (seems unlikely) but Chris is stoked nonetheless. They land on the island of Barbuda, which makes me think of Pirates of the Caribbean. Savvy? Desiree gushes over meeting Chris’s family and he assures her that they loved her. Chris and Des making out on the beach, rolling around in the sand…looks a lot less ugly than Drew and Des kissing, I’ll give ’em that.
Over dinner, Desiree wants to talk future and Chris tells Des that he’d like to stay in Seattle — he found a career there that he loves and he can see himself there raising a family there. Des says California is her home because she doesn’t feel home anywhere else but concedes that she’s not afraid to get up and go to make the sacrifice to settle down and so, yeah, after all that, she’d be open to move to Seattle. Des says Chris makes her feel comfortable and their relationship is easy. Chris agrees to the fantasy suite and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without…you guessed it! A poem.
Brooks is wondering why he’s not yet at the point where he feels like he can tell Desiree he loves her. He goes to get guidance from his family in Boise and he’s trying to work through his feelings. He tells his family that he’s really uncomfortable with the idea of proposing to Desiree at the end of this, and, in fact, avoids the question about loving her. It sounds like he wants to be in love with her and maybe wishes he was, but he’s just not. In explaining his situation to his family he answers his own dilemma: he’s not in love with her. But after coming to this conclusion, they all start talking her up and going over how amazing she is. Confusing. Well, at least this show has groomed us to believe this is weird. But if I pull it out of context, it’s pretty normal that this guy might not be super eager to get down on one knee after such a short amount of time. On television. With crazy, staged dates. While competing against other men. Maybe Brooks is normal.
Brooks invites Chris Harrison over to his suite in Antigua to let him down. It’s like a practice break up. Like if you break up with The Bachelorette, you also have to break up with Chris Harrison. You gotta give it to Chris when he just comes right out and asks the question: are you just not sure or are you just not in love with her? Brooks doesn’t have an answer right away but finally tells Chris that he’s come to the conclusion that he doesn’t think Des is the love of his life. 100% sure. Not in love with her. Not going to be in love with her. Ouch.
After Desiree finishes her monologue of how in love with Brooks she is, Brooks shows up and she can tell immediately that something is wrong. They sit down to chat and they’re both tearing up before any words are even said. Brooks takes the long road around and Desiree tries with a sad plea before she finally just asks: how do you really feel? And he replies that he really wants to be madly in love with her and that’s enough for her to know that she had picked the wrong guy. She picked the one that didn’t like her back. She is blubbering and crying and finally tells Brooks that she is in love with him (to which he replies “why didn’t you tell me earlier?” like it would have made a difference?) and announces that he’s breaking her heart. Oh, he knows. And, apparently a glutton for punishment, Des just keeps proclaiming that she loves him. Probably to make him feel worse. Not sure it works, though. Commence Tearfest 2013, starring Brooks and Des. Des is in super self-pity mode and Brooks is beating himself up. Apparently he thought he was a bit more apathetic than he truly is. His limo speech on the way home wishes Des well, hoping that she’ll find love with Drew or Chris, or just that she’ll find what she’s looking for.
Now Des feels guilty because she has two amazing guys who do love her but she can’t love them with all she has to give because she loves Brooks. So, she says, it’s over.
Next week: the finale.
Do you think she’s going home solo?