March 13th, 2012
10:19 AM ET
On Monday's season finale of "The Bachelor," Ben Flajnik announced to the world that he found love, and he felt great.
He just wouldn't tell us if he chose Lindzi Cox or Courtney Robertson until the end of the show. But because Chris Harrison warned us to expect "the most controversial ending in 'Bachelor' history," it was pretty much a slam dunk as to who Ben was going to pick.
Either that, or Ben was going to ask both ladies for their thoughts on polygamy.
Ben's mother and sister showed up at the suite in Switzerland, where our hero was staying, to help him in his search for love.
They were there to question Lindzi and Courtney about their motivations, so we presume Ben made no effort when it came to getting details.
Lindzi was the first to meet the family, and she spent most of her time dropping silverware and criticizing Courtney for being "shut off" from the other contestants. Ben's sister then expressed concern that she may have a fashion model for a sister-in-law. (Just lock up the sugar packets in a really high cabinet, and things will be fine.)
Courtney, wearing a top that strangely resembled candy corn, dropped by the next day and admitted to "giving up" in her attempts at forging relationships with the other contestants. But she also noted that she would "never hurt" Ben and truly loves him.
Courtney also called Ben "smart," which caused my head to hurt.
After Courtney left, Ben asked his mom and sister what they thought about the finalists. They said that Lindzi is easy to like, but still needs work on her vulnerability. As for Courtney, the ladies said she's better "wife material," and has a lot of "depth." I have absolutely no clue what either of those mean - maybe it has to do with her figure.
When Ben had his final dates with Lindzi and Courtney, nothing of significance occurs. Lindzi made a strange remark about being ready to be a fiancee, while Ben and Courtney made snow angels in the Alps. I wondered if, when all was said and done, Ben was going to ask Courtney to go steady and be his homecoming date.
On "proposal day," Ben said it could be one of the biggest days of his life. But earlier in the show, he called a helicopter ride with Courtney one of the "10 biggest things he's ever done in his life." So is proposing bigger than the helicopter? And where do both stand in comparison to, say, the first day of kindergarten?
But this proposal was so "big" that Lindzi and Courtney were both wearing ridiculous capes with their gowns. Courtney had on a white cape with long black gloves, which obviously meant that if she lost, she was going to steal the Dalmatian puppies.
Lindzi went for what looked to be a black-and-green cape, so if it didn't work out she could call Green Lantern to see if he needs a sidekick.
Lindzi was the first to meet up with Ben, who proudly said that he's fallen in love with her. But then he said he needs those moments "to last a lifetime," and that those would be with someone else.
As always, Ben eliminated a woman in that wishy-washy style we've come to expect.
When Courtney came out, Ben told her that he "wouldn't get down on one knee again" unless it's forever. Well, Ben wanted Courtney to be his forever, so knee, proposal, acceptance, engagement ring, happy dance, roll the "After the Final Rose" special.
So it looked like all was good, right? Think again, as Chris Harrison then told us that "all of America" was reeling from Ben's decision.
Based on what I've read from friends and colleagues, they seemed more concerned about the happenings on "WWE Monday Night RAW," but what do I know?
Chris brought out Ben to explain himself. Courtney is "not proud" of her behavior on the show, Ben said, adding that witnessing it for the first time did upset him. As far as the other women warning him about Courtney, Ben noted that he never received "specific examples" as to why Courtney would be bad news.
Ben left the stage, and Courtney received a mixed reaction when she entered. After admitting for the 400th time that she could have handled herself better on the show, Courtney and Chris dropped (by "Bachelor" standards) a bombshell: Ben broke off the engagement in early February due, in part, to the negative publicity surrounding the two of them. Courtney accused Ben of "abandoning" her, adding she was unsure they were still a couple.
Ben came back on stage to sit with Courtney, and said the two of them are "in a good place" and things would only get better. He also apologized for breaking off the engagement, saying he needed some time apart after watching Courtney's behavior on TV.
Ben said he still had feelings for Courtney, and that he still meant what he said on "proposal day." This prompted Chris to take the engagement ring out of his suit pocket and present it to Ben, who put it back on Courtney's finger.
So, I guess they're engaged again, though I wouldn't be going to Williams-Sonoma to buy wedding presents anytime soon, if ever.
Don't forget that "The Bachelorette" returns in May with fan favorite Emily Maynard as the star. Once that concludes, the third season of "Bachelor Pad" premieres and, for the first time ever, fans of the "Bachelor" franchise can audition to compete against the series veterans.
I have no idea how this will work, but I would advise potential contestants to consider STD testing and a flea bath before auditioning.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" finale? Are you going to be watching "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard in a few months, or are you through with the franchise?
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