The Bachelor Season Finale: Who Did Brad Womack Choose, Emily or Chantal?

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Is reality TV's most famous commitment-phobe ready to get down on one knee? Will he propose to Chantal or Emily? Were The Bachelor spoilers correct?

It's all come down to one final rose tonight, and for the two women remaining, a final date to make their case in the quest to become Mrs. Brad Womack.

How will the saga end? Which amazing woman - Emily Maynard and Chantal O'Brien - will receive a Neil Lane ring and who will depart empty-handed?

THG breaks down The Bachelor season finale in a LIVE +/- recap!

Brad Womack Waits

Come on, ABC. Ditch the "most controversial season in Bachelor history" bit. We get it. You recycled Brad. Other than that? Pretty normal season! Minus 4.

Five minutes in and Brad's crying. Sorry ... bawling. Yikes. Minus 3.

Wait ... Brad is a changed man? Emily and Chantal couldn't be more different? Wild. Missed that the first four times. Also, what is Brad wearing?! Minus 5.

Chantal is bringing it tonight. She's holding nothing back. Plus 9. Saying she'll get married to Brad on the spot? Not a bluff. Talk about laying it on the line.

Oh, passing the mom test. This is going down to the wire! Plus 6.

Is your top on backwards, though, Chantal? Just askin'. Minus 2.

Emily to Brad: "I'm so happy to see you." Show-watching companion: "I'm a Barbie doll. I'm so beautiful. I'm perfect. La la." More or less true. Plus 2.

Like they had to make Emily relive her background on camera. Eh, we got all choked up even though we've heard it like 49 times by now, so ... Wash.

Brad may be an uptight, cyborg stiff of a Bachelor, but his feeling for Emily - and Ricki - seem far from rehearsed. Plus 7. Not looking good, Chantal.

Why didn't the non-twin Womack get the same genes? Just askin'. Minus 1.

Lots of votes for Emily Maynard. The family has spoken, and doesn't seem to be on the fence. Plus only 5, because there's an hour and 20 minutes left.

Will she lose the bracelet with the ex's initials if they get hitched? No points, merely curious ... is it sweet? Or a sign she can't let go? A little of both?

Man, that is some tight scuba gear. Good sign? Bad sign? Eh, Plus 2.

Handsome Bachelor

Chantal: "If we can get through swimming with sharks, we can get through anything." Yes, a once-in-a-lifetime ABC-sponsored date is a metaphor for life. Minus 11.

That's a sweet map Chris Harrison made for Chantal! Plus 4.

Channy, Channy, Channy? No, no, no, no, no. Minus 3.

If this were Jersey Shore, the phrase "get it in" would've been used at least 2-3 times on this date. Plus 6 for the imagery of Brad throwing around that term.

Honestly, how many helicopter rides does one girl need to consider herself wooed? Minus 8. We know they ran out of date ideas by the 200th season, but still.

We were going to mock Brad for saying this was "the most important talk of his life," but we're pretty sure he just proposed ... to be Ricki's dad. Sniff. Plus 5.

Whoa, short fuse alert! She's just covering her bases, B. Yeesh. Minus 13. Toweling himself off? Asking for water? Is Brad having a nervous breakdown?!

Brad laments that he was defeated. "Slapped in the face." And "shot out of the water." Oh, and "profoundly hurt!" Nice misdirection, Chris/Brad/ABC! Plus 4.

Cue obligatory episode recap/Neil Lane filler. Minus 7.

Brad Womack and Chantal O'Brien

How appropriate. En route to the final rose ceremony, Emily is in white, Chantal in black. Minus 9 for obviousness. She's the Black Swan of The Bachelor.

Look at host-pimp Chris. So very cool, so collected. Plus 5.

At least he gave it to her straight. When he says he's meant every word from day one, he's probably being genuine. Still hurts, though. Hard. Minus 8.

Plus 7 because we like Chantal, and because she'll land on her feet. Possibly even in a dress without those feathers. Things happen for a reason!

Can you imagine if Emily Maynard shot Brad down? Now that would be a twist. Won't happen but you can kinda see it, and wonder if this is gonna last.

Okay, Plus 35 for that beautiful dress, the beautiful bride-to-be, and for a proposal that made this celebrity gossip site's offices just a little dusty.

And Plus 7 more for his trademark "Come here to me, please."

This is some montage. If only Train's "Marry Me" were "their" song. Alas, it forever belongs to Brad and Ashley. Hey, nobody's perfect. Minus 3.

A Hug For Brad

Man, Chantal O'Brien is still hurting on After the Final Rose, but still looks great. Like Melissa Rycroft, it's not a huge surprise someone snatched her up. Plus 8.

Wait ... Brad "tried" to marry Emily tonight but got shot down? AND they broke up, but are now back together and still engaged? Heads: Spinning. Minus 12.

Wow. Emily looks even better now, if that's possible. Plus 9.

When you're rooting for your fiancee to confirm you're engaged? Not a good sign. Worse? When her take on moving to Austin is a resounding "no." Minus 10.

Plus 7 for Emily calling out the show's editing of her.

When Emily says they're "working through some issues," she's talking about A LOT of issues. Chief among them? Poking the bear. Don't even ask. Minus 6.

That was the most rambling, drawn-out yes of all time, but Emily did say she sees herself marrying Brad. We have our doubts, but Plus 13 for now.

Man, this After the Final Rose special is starting to feel like group therapy. Minus 8. Including Ali and Roberto as a "success" is a tad presumptive, but whatever.

We still love you, Molly Malaney Mesnick!!! Plus 3.

And Plus 10 for Ashley Hebert as The Bachelorette.


What do you think: Will Brad Womack and Emily Maynard last?


Getting angry and having "Anger Issues" are two massively different things. Misplaced anger is extremely bad for relationships and general good mental health. I give him credit for going into therapy for this. Hope Emily takes it sloooooow, and recognizes what she is getting into.
She is a great girl she has A LOT of options - hope she doesn't settle.


Oh and as for the "anger issues" ... who doesn't get angry .. who doesn't get vocal .. if you don't ~ then you must be dead inside. Passion, love, and anger are all emotions that one needs to survive in life. Thank God he knows he needs help and seeks a professional he shouldn't be maligned for recognizing a problem and helping himself.


I just watched the final rose and have to say I am very happy. Emily was my pick for him, not that there weren't other wonderful choices. He said he wants to be a better man because of her and that is all a woman can hope for. But, I can imagine that watching a wan sow his wild oats while he is falling in love with you must be difficult. It is what he is supposed to do and you know it while you are going through it but it still must be hard. To Emily ~ he is yours and if you watch every moment back that we saw ~ he tells you all the time .. even when he says "my family LOVES you VERY much" .. he was trying to tell you .. Best of luck!


Emily deserves better - I am so glad she is smart enought to WAIT. More of Brad's true personality will enfold...and if she's okay with his quick temper, well then fine, they can work it out in therapy in the years to come...
And, after seeing the last episode, I think most of the women are breathing a sigh of relief that they weren't chosen by this Big Baby masquarading around like a Man.


i am so happy he picked emily!!!!!!!!! they will last forever! she so pretty and they make a great couple. and to all emily haters you need to back off. you are just mad that he didnt pick you. she been through alot and deverse to be happy


People can be so cruel. Emily's fiance was Ricky Hendrick, son of the NASCAR icon, Rick Hendrick and was killed along with Rick's brother and his twin daughters, plus others. I do not feel that she used this information in her attempt to find love...


Huge RED FLAG. This man has problems. . . he has a temper and she has been warned none other than his own family. Run, don't walk. Don't subject yourself or your daughter to a man with a temper. He's got wife beater written all over his face.


Stupidiest show on tv ! And no I don't watch it and do not care.


Major Red Flag, in the last show, where Brad says he was starting to "get mad" why? simply because of Emily's 'warning' remarks about how having a kid is tuff etc... I can understand he was a bit annoyed because he felt he had just reassured her...well, clearly, she just needed 'more' why not give her more reassurance? if you are a mature man who is truly in love and respectful, you would reassure her in the moment, no big deal (i mean obviously they havent been together enough for him to be frustrated to the point that he was...)
Instead, he immediately reacts with 'getting angry', needs to leave the room and get water (cmon) me, that revealed a lot about his character.
Being 14 years older than Emily, you'd think he would be a lot more 'together' - he seemed like a 20 yr old petulant child.
The guy has issues, which is fine, as long as he realizes it and continues to get help with it.


I agree it's an uphill climb, but people are so quick to lose faith! The fact that they're even sitting there admitting the things they're working on and saying they want it to work should count for something! Good luck Brad and Em!

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The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]