After a surprise goodbye, some fans of “The Bachelor” are already hoping the recently departed woman will become the new leading lady.
This season of “The Bachelor” is almost done. (We know, we’re exhausted, too.) But the real drama had only just begun Monday night − and we have no clue where it’s going next.
We start off the live finale with a sizzle reel of the season’s passionate romance and inescapable drama (i.e. everything from Night 1 to Katie’s tea-spilling to Portugal).
But then it’s time to return to the narrative: We pick up where we left off last week, post-Colton’s infamous fence jump after Cassie smashed his likely chiseled heart into smithereens by leaving him. The crew, along with host Chris Harrison, are looking for our titular star. Are those dogs barking? Sure sounds like it.
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“I cannot believe that he hopped the fence,” we hear one crew member say, which is more than redundant at this juncture.
(We see Harrison on his cell and find out he almost called the police: “We’re gonna look for another 20, 30 minutes then I’ll call the, uh, I’ll have to call the police.”)
They start looking for Colton on foot but eventually hop into the car. As we know, they do eventually find him. A female crew member goes after him on the side of the road and asks if he’s OK, which he’s not, and he tells her as much.
Harrison catches up with him and asks if he wants to be done with the whole thing − and he says “yeah.” (!!!)
Our bachelor is breaking down, folks. “Every time I put myself out there I get (expletive) rejected,” he says.
Colton makes a … choice
When we regroup with our lovesick bachelor the next day, he tells Harrison he needed some time to be alone. He didn’t want to go on without Cassie.
“I’ve been through a lot in this last year and every time something good happens for me or to me, it’s always followed by something bad,” he says, a feeling that’s never great to have (especially when it comes to romance).
Colton also makes a key admission about his remaining relationships: He was falling in love with Tayshia and Hannah G. He fell in love with Cassie. Tenses, people! They matter!
He seems to have this idea that Cassie doesn’t want to be with him because he couldn’t give her certainty and confidence in their relationship because of the other women he’s seeing. (Though, uh, that’s not really the case − she maturely doesn’t feel she’s ready for an engagement.) Harrison reels him back in: What if the bottom line is that she’s just not that into him? Sick burn, Chris.
Colton loves Cassie “enough to risk everything,” he says. “I want to not only tell her but show her.” What does that mean?
It means breaking up with both Tayshia and Hannah G., that’s what it means.
Break up with your girlfriend. We’re bored
Colton visits Tayshia, tells her he loves Cassie and ends their relationship. The two talk in private, and can be heard exchanging cries.
“You’re amazing,” she tells him, seemingly the bigger person.”Thank you for everything. You’re a good guy.” We hear someone’s heartbeat picked up by the mic, though it’s not clear if it’s Colton’s or Tayshia’s. (Maybe it’s ours – this has been stressful.) She’s obviously hurt, and who wouldn’t be?
In front of the stunned live studio audience, Tayshia says she grew tremendously because of Colton and what they had. They haven’t seen each since their breakup − but that quickly changes! The two reunite, and Tayshia confronts him about what was missing in their relationship. Colton explains that it was more about the fact he gave all of himself to Cassie; he wouldn’t say it was anything to do with their relationship. Tayshia appears comfortable in her own skin and we’re here for it.
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Break up with your girlfriend. We’re bored (again)
Speaking of hurt: Poor Hannah G. She really sees that (nonexistent?) final rose her future: “This week is the perfect chance to tell Colton that I love him.” Sweetie, no!!!
Colton breaks the news to her (that he realized he loved Cassie) and Hannah’s world crumbles before our eyes. He twists the knife (more like a thorn-encrusted rose) even further: “I thought it was gonna be you,” he tells her, and says she still reminds him of home. She’s angry and embarrassed.
Colton starts second-guessing his decision, after it’s clear that she was ready for the long haul with him. (Have we found ourselves the next Bachelorette?)
“You don’t deserve to be anybody’s backup plan,” he tells her, perhaps also trying to comfort himself. He needs the comfort, too, as he can’t stop crying in the aftermath of his decision.
Despite her heartache, Hannah G. shows up for the live studio audience, too. She says that when he brought up “home” during their breakup, it became meaningless (oooooooof). Hannah’s been hoping for more closure as she watches week to week but remains confused.
Is she still in love with Colton? Apparently not: “I know what love is and it has to be a two-way street,” she tells Harrison.
Colton joins them, and gives a spiel to Hannah similar to the one he gave to Tayshia, which at this point seems extra-rehearsed and almost nauseating.
Hannah spells it out for Colton, giving back what he dished out: “What Cassie did to you was exactly what you did to me.” Sing it, Hannah! Still, she ends the chat on a lighter note and looks ahead toward a proverbial sunset: “I want somebody to jump a fence for me.” Same, Hannah, same.
Colton makes … a play for Cassie?!
Colton doesn’t want to leave Portugal without Cassie … which is good news for him, because she’s still in Portugal. (How … convenient.) We see Cassie pack up her things, and say that she’s sad to see it over but that she made the right choice. She can’t wait to be with her family and friends at home and move on. And with that, she leaves her hotel room. Uh oh.
Colton then goes to fight for her. He knocks on her door, and before we get a chance to see who opens it (or confirm that anyone does), we hear him utter a “hey.” Cue groans from the studio audience (and us).
Well, “hey” back, “The Bachelor”! What gives? Did she not actually leave?
Guess we’ll find out tomorrow night for sure.
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