Kaitlyn's season of The Bachelorette is ending and truth be told, it's the least interested I've been in awhile. The Snapchat scandal was the beginning of it being ruined, since I avoid the spoilers. But regardless of the Snap, it's been a forgone conclusion for weeks of who was getting picked. I simply have dreamt up in my mind some amazing twist ending.
Kaitlyn and her family meet up for the first time in months in exotic... Los Angeles. Man, Kaitlyn got totally screwed: couldn't be the solo lead, seventy eight dates in Irish castles, and now final dates in basic ol' LA instead of Turks and Caicos or somewhere beautiful. Continuing her TMI streak, Kaitlyn immediately informs the family that she banged Nick early in the process. OK. Nick meets the family first and Kaitlyn's mom has a lot of feelings that Nick made it this far given his shady past seasons. Nick makes sure the family knows his priority was coming on this show was to meet Kaitlyn, not an experience like it was the first time around. Nick has to defend his love of Kaitlyn a lot to a skeptical mom who can't believe her daughter has feelings for this dude. Nick even tearfully asks her mom for a marriage blessing (and dad's too) and mom realizes her pre-judging was wrong. Mom's judgments aren't just reserved for Nick, as she's apprehensive that Shawn is possessive and jealous and should've known what he was signing up for. Shawn admits he would Snapchat hearts around pictures of Kaitlyn and send to friends, because he's weird. Mom even brings up the Nick banging to Shawn, trying to understand Shawn's jealousy. Mom is reassured and charmed, her sister is Team Shawn, and both parents give the proposal blessing.
Kaitlyn and Nick's final date is popping champagne on a boat around Marina Del Rey. A lot of kissing and talking about families and feelings. Nick looks forwards to an ordinary life together and I'd like to remind him they're just in basic Marina Del Rey so like... you're close enough. Kaitlyn gives Nick one last visit for him to blab about being in love more, Kaitlyn's shock that Nick showed up to get a shot with her, and kissing. Nick's craft project of love is a picture frame including a shot of the pair kissing and a letter describing the words of how he felt on the date. Kaitlyn's all smitten and knows what she feels for Nick is love, with lots of bedroom makeout time. DON'T CRUSH THE GLASS ON THE FRAME!
The last date of the season with Shawn is at Saddle Neck Ranch where they sit for a rustic wine picnic while not eating any of the delicious fruit nearby. I pray one of them brought a Tide pen as both chose to wear all white on a date chugging red wine. The wine is flowing but the conversation isn't, as Kaitlyn is awkward and torn about her feelings for both guys when a proposal is coming in 24 hours. Shawn felt how weird the day date was so hopes his nighttime wrap-up will go a little smoother and make him feel alright with proposing the next day. Kaitlyn wants to know if Shawn will be able to watch this show, and he's like oh yeah, I mean kinda most of it, ok just parts of it. When asked about their future, Shawn says "it'll never not be fun with you" but I'm guessing rewatching her sexing Nick might not be so fun. Shawn's craft project of love is a jar full of stuff from all their dates, pictures, and notes. Oh man, that is a never level of crafting that required some serious Pinterest research. Kaitlyn's leaves happy with jar in hand, but still torn over the fact that in 24 hours she'll destroy one guy's heart.
Everyone wakes up on proposal day to thoughtfully look out over balconies and think about the big night. Neil Lane shows up at the guy's rooms to bring his usual box of halo rings to choose from, probably the other halos that weren't picked last time. The only interesting part of this is how excited Nick is to meet Neil Lane since last time around Andi dumped him before he had a chance to meet the jeweler of the stars/Kay Jewelers. The sun sets, it's nightime, and Kaitlyn gets ready for her romantic proposal at... the Bachelor mansion pool. Take a minute to remember just weeks ago a drunk man jumped into this pool into his underwear. THAT is romance. What a low budget season.
Nick arrives to the mansion first in his navy blue suit and we know the first out is a bad sign. The vibe is immediately weird but Nick doesn't notice the I'm-about-to-puke-face Kaitlyn is making. Nick makes a profound speech about how much he's in love with her again not noticing her derp face until she stops him. Kaitlyn's only explanation is that her heart is with someone else. Which we've all known for a while since she told Shawn like week 3 that he was the one. Nick is confused and heartbroken, not understanding why she led him on so much this time if she knew it wasn't him. Like maybe don't say you love him if you don't. Things are tense but Nick doesn't want to be super nasty and just points out that nope, she doesn't love him. With one last hug, Nick gets into the loser's limo to lament in sadness.
Shawn's limo arrives and this time Kaitlyn is beaming with happiness, usually a given if things are going to go well (take note, Nick). Shawn gives a speech about how she went from a girl on TV to the girl he's in love with and wants to kiss a bunch. Kaitlyn basically tells Shawn it was love at first sight when he got out of that limo, though doesn't bring up that she told him weeks ago he was the one. She hopes he'll never question what they have again because "I'm completely yours and will always be faithful to you." Shawn gets down on one knees and proposes. Shawn gets the last rose of the season and they kiss.
After the Final Rose
Kaitlyn and Shawn enter the reunion stage to cheers from the crowd, though probably not much of that wooooo'ing is coming from Nick's family. They're all happy and kissy, so glad they can be public. Well they were public when they spoiled it by posting that Snapchat and Shawn wore Canadian flag pants and posted a pic to Instagram. But Kaitlyn is giddy and it's nice to see her happy even if Shawn bugs me. Listen, it was most likely the edit which chose to make him the jealous, mopey guy so I'm sure someone as awesome as Kaitlyn wouldn't have picked a dud.
Nick comes out to the hot seat to explain how he felt at the time, explaining he saw some signs that it wasn't him but he decided to trust the connection. Nick gives a little clarification on the pre-show friendship which was talking on social sites, texting, and a few video chats - nothing big. Then she got the show and he decided he didn't want to miss out. When it comes to the guy's rivalry, Nick understands it and appreciates that Kaitlyn didn't let the petty BS bring her down. To continue the drama, the show brings Shawn out to join Nick on the couch to address their issues. Basically all their animosity stemmed from some off-camera, in-house problems and we're getting no real answers. Shawn wasn't jealous of Nick but moreso didn't like seeing Kaitlyn mack other guys. Blah blah blah, both guys admit they were immature when this show should've been about Kaitlyn's love story. Speaking of Kaitlyn, she comes out and they talk about chatting online AGAIN. Nick wishes he got dumped sooner if she wasn't into it. Blah blah. We've heard it all. This After the Final Rose is basically 80% the Nick Hour.
Kaitlyn and Shawn get an additional five minutes to talk about how happy they are after honestly 45 minutes of Nick. Shawn is happy now he can stand up for his lady instead of being a bystander. All the happiness to Kaitlyn and Shawn as we wrap up another snarky season.
See you next week for Bachelor in Paradise!