August 6th, 2013
11:00 AM ET
Last week on "The Bachelorette," Desiree was heartbroken to discover that Brooks - the finalist she truly fell in love with - just wasn't that into her.
But with two finalists left, Des rallied on Monday's "Bachelorette" finale to figure out if either of the contenders could be the right guy for her.
With Chris Harrison urging her on, Des agreed to hold a rose ceremony even though we'd already had an elimination. I was hopeful they'd skip the roses and go straight to the tequila.
When it was rose ceremony time, Chris H. told Drew and Chris S. that it wasn't his role to let them know Brooks left. So why did he tell them? Nevertheless, Desiree gave roses to both of the last men standing as they pledged to win her heart.
Yet Desiree's date with Drew never really got off the ground. After a quick horse ride, Desiree determined that Drew wasn't the one and eliminated him. Drew thanked Desiree for being honest before walking to the "van of shame" (the horses mysteriously disappeared).
While she was preparing for her date with Chris S., Desiree noted the two of them have a connection. If that involves drinking rainbow-colored beverages and standing on catamarans, then I see love on the horizon!
Plus, Chris S. said he'd "fallen in love" with Desiree, believing the two have an "awesome bond."
Desiree later introduced Chris S. to her family, which led to much fashion-related comedy. Chris S. opted to attend the soiree in a blah T-shirt and sweatpants - maybe it's me, but the "getting up from a nap" look typically isn't a hit with parents. Desiree's brother, whom you may remember dressing down Sean Lowe on last season's "The Bachelor," wore a prison stripe top that oddly matched the cushions on the furniture Desiree and Chris S. sat on.
Desiree's family appeared to approve of Chris S. - and I only say that because we barely heard a peep from her mother - so we moved on to the proposal.
The whole event seemed to take 10 hours to complete, as it included a "knee fakeout" and Desiree being "open" about Brooks' departure. But Desiree admitted that Brooks almost made her miss out on Chris S., meaning we had a winner.
So let's try this again: knee, ring, proposal, acceptance, crowd goes wild! Somewhere out there, show spoiler king "Reality" Steve Carbone - who stuck with Brooks as the winner until the end - is banging his head on his laptop.
The "After the Final Rose" special was basically what longtime "Bachelor"/"Bachelorette" viewers know to expect from these episodes. Desiree and Chris S. confirmed their love but haven't set a wedding date, and Brooks showed up to congratulate Desiree on her engagement.
What did you think of the "Bachelorette" finale - did Desiree make the right choice?
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