March 15th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
The second time was indeed the charm for Brad Womack, who proposed marriage to Emily Maynard on last night's season finale of "The Bachelor.”
But the real fireworks occurred on the "After the Final Rose" special, courtesy of two startling admissions.
First, host Chris Harrison announced that the original plan for the "Final Rose" ceremony was for Brad and Emily to get married on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, where a previous "Bachelor" episode took place.
Obviously, that didn’t happen, as the special took place in the same studio where all the "Final Rose" and "Tell All" specials are taped.
The second surprise was that Brad and Emily briefly broke up between the proposal and the "Final Rose" ceremony. So what happened, and are the two still together?
Brad and Emily sat down with Chris to explain the situation. Emily, curiously not wearing her engagement ring, says it "hasn't been all roses" between her and Brad, admitting that she was jealous every time she watched Brad flirt with the competition on TV. (Note to Emily: You’ve already lived through this show. Watch something else during that time. I hear "WWE Monday Night Raw" is getting entertaining again.)
Chris asks if they are ready to get married. Does he have a minister waiting backstage, or is he licensed to marry people in the state of California? Emily says now is not the time to consider marriage, as there are "things" that need to be worked out, such as how to communicate and deal with certain items. She also admitted that she's not ready to move to Texas, leading to several gasps (likely added in post-production) from the audience.
Emily added that both she and Brad have to work on their tempers, with Brad admitting to having "volatile" fights both in person and on the phone. Chris, understandably concerned with the situation, calls upon the three successful "Bachelor/Bachelorette" couples to save the day. I'm curious if these couples have a "hotline" phone that gives them instant access to Chris Harrison. Kind of like the Bat Phone on "Batman," with Chris as Alfred the butler.
All three couples encourage Brad and Emily to get over these bumps and forge ahead without the presence of cameras. They also tell the couple to focus on each other and not worry about the "tabloids and naysayers" who claim the relationship won't work.
In the end, Brad placed the engagement ring back on Emily's finger. Turns out the ring was being re-sized, or so Brad says.
Meanwhile, we now know the identity of the next "Bachelorette". It's Ashley Hebert, the "dancing dental student" who finished third in Brad's "Bachelor" season. Her search for love begins on May 23.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" finale? Do you think Brad and Emily will make it down the aisle?
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