The promos for last night’s The Bachelorette finale made it seem like Emily wouldn’t choose either one of the two remaining bachelors, Jef or Arie. Not only did she choose Jef, but the two are now officially engaged.
The episode began with Jef and Arie meeting Emily’s family. Her parents liked both guys, but seemed to be more bowled over by Jef. However, Emily’s father questioned how she could truly be in love with two people at once, and her mother warned her against accepting a marriage proposal so soon.
Emily then had her final date with Jef, whom she introduced to her treasured daughter Ricky. The footage of Jef’s final date dragged on and on, leading one to suspect that something was up. Lo and behold, Emily had already made up her mind: Jef was the one for her, and she didn’t want to have her final date with Arie. (But one has to wonder if she skipped her last date with Arie to avoid confusing herself even further.) After much agonizing and crying, Emily had to break the news to Arie, who was left stunned and crushed. His only consolation was that he was spared the pain and embarrassment of going through the final rose ceremony.
In the end, Emily told Jef he was “the one”, to which he responded with a romantic proposal. After a somewhat awkward pause, Emily accepted. When asked about her hesitation, Emily explained that she “didn’t want to be the girl who was engaged fifteen times before getting married.”
During the After the Final Rose special, viewers learned that Arie was so devastated by the breakup, he flew to Charlotte to see Emily and deliver a personal journal to her. Out of respect for Jef, Emily did not see or speak to Arie, nor did she read his journal. It’s evident that Arie is still reeling from his rejection, having thought all along that he would be the last man standing.
When Jef finally joined Emily on stage, the pair revealed that he would be relocating to Charlotte to live with Emily and Ricky. No wedding date has been set yet, but Emily says she would love to have a spring wedding.
Do you think Emily made the right choice? Will their relationship last? And more importantly, who should be the next Bachelor: Sean? Arie? Someone else?