Oh boy, I’m excited! Someone’s getting proposed to and someone’s getting her heartbroken tonight on the season finale of The Bachelor, London Calling.
London and Chelsea
Chelsea is the first to meet Matt’s family and he is going to first take her on the London Eye (which reminds me of an enormous Ferris wheel). They view the city from above and Matt interviews that the “stakes are high right now” (no pun intended…) and she wants to impress the family because she knows that they could make or break the relationship (duh). Apparently, it’s mom, Trish, dad, Tony, and brother, Simon. They sit down to dinner and the family asks her why she likes him. Simon really likes her and Matt’s mom likes the “Selling job” she’s doing, but is unsure of the sincerity.
Mom asks her if she’s guarding herself and she explains that, yes, she is, for obvious reasons. Mom likes her openness and honesty. Then she talks to Matt and he says he’s still a little unsure of Chelsea, but feels better after today. When she leaves, he interviews that he feels good thinking he may be engaged to her in the end.
It’s her first time in Europe and so Matt takes her through High Park (I think) and they ride a double-decker bus to the ‘rent’s. She’s nervous, but she’s “falling in love with their son so [she] has nothing to hide.” I really admire her attitude in all this. She starts out really cute with the family, laughing and joking and being all open and lovely. Simon is unsure of her at first, but then she talks a lot at dinner about how hard she worked to get where she is in acting and when he continues to grill her, he warms up. She is handling this really well. In a one-on-one, Simon tells Shayne he misread her and now likes her warmth and how genuine she is. Mom feels really at ease with her and they talk about Shayne’s experiences with a broken family and how that’s molded marriage to be really important to Shayne.
The Family Talks
Matt talks with his family after Shayne leaves and says he feels more at ease with Shayne but more passion with Chelsea. Simon imagines him with Chelsea and Dad imagines him with Shayne. They laugh about how unhelpful it all was.
Barbados and Chelsea
Matt has a huge surprise for Chelsea: a helicopter ride and then a picnic on an “untouched” island. She’s stoked (can’t blame her). They share intimate conversation where she says she feels they’d have a great future and she can’t picture spending her life with anyone else. Later, at the hotel, she gives him a gift full of cute items he’d need to visit her in California (surf wax, cereal for breakfast in bed, etc.). She nervously tells him she’s falling in love with her and he reciprocates. She interviews afterwards that she needs it to be “him and me.” I feel bad for her already.
Barbados and Shayne
Matt starts the date by interviewing that he’s trying to get Chelsea out of his head so he can have all attentions on Shayne. I asked the women I was watching this with if they would say yes to a man who proposed to them and had trouble deciding between them and someone else. Just food for thought! Anyway, he takes Shayne parasailing and says right as she’s about to go up, “If I don’t come back, I wish you and Chelsea the best.” To which, I laughed and thought how cool she was.
You can probably guess that there was a lot of screaming involved and laughing and cuddling and kissing, so I don’t need to recap that. She interviews that she is in love with him (bonus points for not saying “falling in love with him”) and then we see them in the hotel. She says she has a present and it’s the best present he’ll ever get from her no matter what. He opens up a picture of her in the process of writing “I love you” in the sand, then another photo of the finished product and her lying next to it. I have to admit that it was one really heartfelt gift. And really cheap, too.
So I’m pretty sure I’ll duplicate that at some point. Anyway, so the point of it was that she was saying “I love you” for the first time to Matt and he was floored. He knew that she took a big jump today and when she says “I love you” again, he says the horrible “I’m falling in love with you…” to which I barfed. Anyway, he then tells her she is the warmest, kindest, gentlest person he’s ever met and afterwards, she interviews that she’ll say yes if he proposes. I hope he does.
Matt interviews that it’s the toughest decision and doesn’t want to make it. Ok, well, then don’t. Brad didn’t last season. Anyway, he’s going to propose, and finds the perfect Tacori ring. He says that it just jumped out and it was “an incredible diamond ring to symbolize his love and commitment.” He’s never been this nervous and never thought he’d fall in love with two women. Yes, we’ve heard it all before.
First out of the limo usually means you’re going home, sista! She’s fallen in love and is hoping he chooses her. She would feel lucky and blessed to walk away with him. Poor Chelsea. He never thought he’d meet someone like her and really “found Chelsea” in Las Vegas. He thanks her for her time but can’t give her all she needs. “I’m sorry you’re not the one because you’re incredible.” She is sad, finds it hard to understand that she’s not the one. Then the claws come out!
Chelsea calls Shayne the “falsest person here.” To which I yelled at the TV because let’s be honest, Shayne and Amanda were the only 2 that didn’t get into all out battles or bash everyone and everything that came through the house. In the limo, she says she doesn’t really understand what happened and that he’s a fool. Heard it all before.
Matt interviews that he’s found his soulmate and sees lots of fun and perfection with Shayne, and that she’ll always be there for him. She interviews that she’s never had her heart in a man’s hands like this and that he holds all the qualities she wants in a husband. She’d be heartbroken if she lost him.
He tells her from the first moment he saw her, he saw the million dollar smile, beautiful brown eyes, and thought it was “too good to be true” many times. There has been lots of good stuff but that he came to find someone for life and “I know when I look in your beautiful brown eyes that you’ll always be there for me. I hope you know that I’ll always be there for you.” He gets down on one knee, she hyperventilates (not really) and he says, “Monkey, will you marry me?” I am thinking this is absolutely adorable, then she outdoes herself, “I’ll marry you on one condition…..that you never look at another girl for the rest of our lives!” Ha! I love her. I didn’t, but now I do. Good for them, I’m really glad that they’re happy and I’m glad I was wrong about a 22 year old not being mature enough. Happy to admit she proved me wrong.
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