July 23rd, 2012
12:38 PM ET
Emily picks her beau on 'The Bachelorette'
The final episode of "The Bachelorette" on Sunday may have been the most disjointed season finale in show history.
Host Chris Harrison popped in and out of the taped finale, dressed in a dark suit that may have been purged from Regis Philbin's "Millionaire" collection.
He reminded us numerous times that he was in the studio for the live, post-game "After The Final Rose" special. He also channeled his inner Phil Donahue throughout these segments, interviewing audience members and "Bachelor" alumni about the episode. I wasn't sure if I was watching "The Bachelorette" or a talk show pilot.
Chris also pledged to the audience that this was "the most dramatic event of the summer" and "the biggest event this summer." Either the show was going to replay Adam Scott's British Open collapse, or Chris managed to get an Olympics hosting gig.
I was wrong on both counts, as the first two hours focused on Emily making her decision on whether Arie or Jef would be "the one." Both met with Emily's family, who all seemed to like the two guys. Arie earned the slight nod in my book for dressing slightly better than Jef, who showed up in a white T-shirt and skinny jeans to the soiree. At least Jef's hair continued to be Vanilla Ice-tastic.
After getting no help from the family on who to pick, Emily went on her final date with Jef, and they spent part of their day with Emily's daughter, who joined her mom in Curacao for the final leg of the journey. Emily originally didn't plan on having any of the men meet daughter Ricki, but changed her mind after expressing confidence that "it could work out."
Jef and Ricki had great chemistry, and Jef thanked Emily for opening up her family to him. This led to Emily's epiphany that Jef was "the one" and that Arie needed to go. But how to tell Arie that he's shameful silver to Jef's gallant gold? Singing telegram? A note telling Arie that "NASCAR rules, IndyCar drools"? Not a chance.
Emily bumbled and stumbled for what seemed to be an eternity, telling Arie that he wouldn't be "the one" despite the fact that "everybody" loved him. Arie thanked Emily for "sparing him the embarrassment" of a failed proposal and then stepped inside the "SUV of shame," where he expressed being "stupid" and "naive" over what happened.
We then moved on to the proposal, where Jef earned bonus points for actually dressing like an adult. Jef channeled his inner Lou Gehrig by calling himself the "luckiest man in the world," then pledged to Emily that she and Ricki would "never be lonely again."
This brings us to knee, proposal, dramatic pause, acceptance, and then the studio audience going wild. Cue Peter Cetera, and fin. But what happened to Jef's skateboard from the premiere?
We went back to the studio for the live "After The Final Rose" special, where Arie revealed a big secret to the world. He admitted that, without the show's knowledge, he flew to Charlotte after "The Bachelorette" completed filming to get "closure or a beginning" from Emily without cameras present. Arie noted that he didn't actually go through with that, choosing instead to phone Emily to ask her to read a journal that he wrote during filming.
Emily took out the journal and gave it back to Arie, saying she never read it. Emily then admitted that if Jef hadn't been on the show, it would probably be "Emily and Arie."
Emily really didn't help things by telling Arie he was "almost first" - that may not have been the best path to take. However, Arie seemed to be in good spirits, and said he was happy for Emily and Jef.
The show concluded with Emily and Jef appearing together, and Jef said the two will be heading to Africa on a humanitarian mission to build wells. Following that, Jef pledged to move to Charlotte to be with Emily and her daughter, although he will not live with them.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelorette" finale? Did Emily make the right choice?
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of course she picked him....he's EXTREMELY WEALTHY!!!!
MY GOD HER FOREHEAD IS HUGE!!!!!!!!!!
we're all wiki'd out too
branden is that you again?
nothing there all in fun..we have it though.
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he should BANG another one
they'll be another soon if they don't stick together.
why would he promise never to leave her that's bullying your boyfriend..he just banged her to shut her face up
its not over
Do people really watch this show?!
i like her she made the decision, she knows what she wants...makeup won't leak we have water proof now. duh.
Emily should have chosen the guy she was in love with. Money, comfort, intelligent choice, the family man, promises to never leave her, will never win out over love. Eventually Emily with opt out for love, and Ari.
Boo Who it's finally over. Emily was sooooo indecisive! Both of these men are so young to even consider MARRIAGE! Emily is very confused and could not even make a decision! Wow, guess she never had a job! So immature to think this will be a lasting relationship. I guess it is nice to "dream", but reality shall surface eventually! Sorry I can't even imagine Emily going to Africa......the heat will ruin her makeup! Also the trip to Africa will have to be extended if decisions will be left up to Emily.....Ha!
my cousin is married to a guy 6 yrs younger for 19 years now..she's 51 and he's 45–he took her to Italy for her birthday. as long everything works who cares.
I think she choose the best guy on the show. Arie is irrogant and a player. Jef is not a boy he is a man, mature and very determine. He is 27 and she is 26 how could he be a boy don't you know age. By the way you can be 50 and act like a child. I believe jef raised in a good family and very respectful. Trista the bachelor was married one year younger than her but she is a happy married woman. Stop complaining who she should have to choose.
they may finally stick this out
I wished she would have picked Arie too! I guess money talks & race car drivers walk.
If Jef moves to Charlotte, he will have to make it past the Nascar crowd. It is a tight knit group and Emily dated most of Rick's friends after his death. I have no doubt Rick's parents are supporting her and this could be interesting.
If you don't like the show, just shut up. I hate negative energy!
I am a solid fan of Bachelorette since the show started.
I give them 3 months
First of all she chose a boy – not a man . I seriously doubt Jef has ever had any girlfriends in the past and is most likely a virgin. Not only that but everything he said was so contrived. Not like a player but like a kid who doesnt know himself as yet. There was so much fakeness to him. I think she chose him as the anti-brad. They will get married and after about 4 years she will crave a real man.
Your response is full of clay pigeons. 1) Being a virgin (if you mean in the biological sense) is not an indication of a lack of maturity, but just the opposite. He -or she- who is willing to wait is less likely to SETTLE. 2) There are plenty of "men" who act like 'boys' -and are just as annoying and one-dimensional. 3) "Player?" I may have to give a cool point to this, as you may be implying that SOME of the males/females vying for the attention of the Bachelor/Bachelorette do tend to come off as "players. You didn't talk about Ari...was he a player? 4) "Craving a real man?" Better ask Emily to provide her litmus test in determining an adult, responsible, accountable, mature male.
It was the most boring three hours (and believe me, I was channel surfing) of proof of a grown woman using her child to make adult decisions. Did ANYONE catch her comments that she WANTED Ari, wanted it TO BE Ari, and if Jef was NOT THERE (what does that say about her deductive reasoning skills), it WOULD HAVE BEEN Ari? Add to that -prior to Ari meeting her family- she 'hopes' that her family will give Ari a chance -WTH? They "read" her extremely well. Next, literally BEGGING her family to make a decision for her? At least her mother spoke what everyone else was thinking -"hold off on the engagement."
I love the fact that Jef asked intelligent questions of her...and gave her a situational question of asking how SHE would feel if she were in HIS position..and she had YET to meet the most important person in his life- the 'awkward' silence was deafening in context (remember when Emily stated that she had envisioned seeing Ari in her kitchen, as her partner).
I do wish Jef and Emily the best -for the sake of her child, who is growing up much faster than her mother.
I miss Ben and the "IT" girl...!
got yours too steve.
alot of people enjoy watching these shows and watching tv in general all day long
i think the whole thing will fit also.
Can anyone really see prissy Ms. Emily enjoying bringing clean water to African tribes. All those extensions and make up.........I really do not think this will last. But I love Jef...poor boy
Reality Steve (a blogger who has mega-spoilers on his website) told me the outcome so I knew what was going on. Also, Arie was texting 22 yr old girls while he was on the show wooing Emily, so though he's gorgeous and says all the right things, don't feel too sorry for him!
Jef with one F seems like a great guy, and though these relationships rarely last, he was my pick.
MEANT ARI!!!! SPELLED THE GUYS NAME ALL WRONG....
You spelled BOTH of them wrong, and one twice wrong.
Jef (with one f)
I TRULY BELIEVE EMILY CHOSE THE WRONG PERSON.... I BELIEVE HER FAMILY IS A BIT PREJ... SHE CHOSE JEFF BASED ON HER FAMILY ENGAGING HIM MORE THEN IRIE… YOU COULD SEE SHE LOVED IRIE.. CONFUSED WOMAN… SHE SHOULDVE BROKEN UP WITH BOTH AND DATED IRIE OFF THE SHOW….
ALTHOUGH JEFF IS YOUNG; I THINK HE WILL STRAY AT SOME POINT.
I BELIEVE IRIE WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY MADE HER HAPPY. JEFF IS ONLY IN LOVE WITH THE IDEA OF BEING IN LOVE... EMILY FELL FOR IRIE..... SHE NEEDS A” GOOD GUY” THAT LOOKS LIKE A” BAD GUY” IN HER LIFE.
JEFF EVENTUALLY WILL BORE HER..... SHE IS ENGAGED TO SOMEONE THAT LOOKS LIKE A YOUNGER VERSION OF HER FATHER.... HE PRETENDS TO BE SOMETHING HE IS NOT…HE WILL GET TIRED OF THE LITTLE GIRL... WATCH!!!! TOO MUCH RESPONSIBILITY…HE WILL NEVER SHOW IT BUT HE WILL. THANK GOD FOR BABY SITTERS!!!
SHE IS ONLY WITH JEFF BECAUSE OF HER FAMILY AND OF COURSE HER DAUGHTER.
IF YOU LOOK AT IRIE HEART OH MY…. HE LOVED HER..... JEFF IS IN LOVE WITH A TROPHY TO BE WIFE....
I can't believe that anyone watches this garbages. Must be the same bunch who watches the KarTrashians.
@Little Lotta....I mean, Lottie...
and yet, here you are, making comments on this. Look in the mirror fool.
I can't anybody who doesn't watch the show would post a comment about the article.
I can't believe anyone would follow this closely to post on the website if they think these shows are garbage to watch–why even post LOLOLOL
I think Emily made the safe choice. They are more like sister and brother than lovers. All season it was obvious Ari and Emily were in love, and couldn't keep their hands off each other.
I AGREE/ SUCH CHEMISTRY AND LOVE....... SHE IS ENGAGED FOR THE DAUGHTHER.. SHE NEEDS SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH HER.
totally agree with you....
I wish i were young again.
I did not like the format of this finale. Interrupting the flow for Chris Harrison to make some comment was only disruptive. I fast forwarded through those sections anyway.