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.

FINALE TOTAL: +49. SEASON TOTAL: +121.

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

 

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He didn't even give her the final rose!!! The show didn't even catch that. Don't think they have a chance.

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They are not a good match! She's a ball buster and he's frustrated with her. He better call Chantel!

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I'm glad Brad choose Emily, however Emily did not seem as excited as Brad, her emotions seemed forced and not natural. How sad.

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I'm pretty sure the bracelet was her daughters initials, Josephine Reddick Hendricks, I think it was sweet!!! And I think Emily was being honest, and wants to live in reality and not in this edited version she has been in, just like Ali and Roberto, its okay to date and not jump to marriage... more respect from me, wish them the best

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Amy: Nobody is hating.
If what you say is true then why doesn't nice, sweet, southern Belle, NASCAR Emily just be "jealous and cry" as Mrs. Brad Womack? Hmmmm???
Answer: because she can't or won't put Brad first in her life - period! Everything is Rickee or dead Ricky or North Carolina or her job or...whatever...
It's called "deep emotional scars" and she needs help instead of a reality TV Fiance.
Winning a contest on "Fantasy Island" is quite a bit different than taking it home and trying to make it work without the exotic surroundings and the 24/7 caretakers.
Maybe it is a bit like NASCAR.... doing laps in the Indy 500 is completely different than driving with the family around town. Doesn't mean you are not an excellent driver but it takes vastly different skills despite both of them basically being "driving a vehicle".

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All you people hate too much! Emily was the only one that made sense for him, I really hope everything works out for them, as a nascar fan I already knew about Emily and picked her from the begining. In defense of Emily it is hard to watch someone you love kissing all these different women even if this is what you signed up for it still hurts. Anyone that loves someone that much would be hurt no matter what circumstance your under and if you dont then you dont really love that person like you say. Shame on Chantal for crying over Brad during after the final rose if she is in love and found someone why does she still care that much, that was like a slap in her new boyfriends face.

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LTC; Perhaps but put yourself on camera for a few hours outside of home and it is a little tough to seem "genuine" while under a microscope.
Yes, Brad probably is restrained and has anger issues but he is trying to "put his best foot forward" as a suitor to these women. That's a tough thing to do and keep a "poker face" the whole time so that it doesn't become obvious which ones you really are into.
Yes, he is kinda creepy and weird but it could be worse...remember that "Bob" guy as the Bachelor - lost a whole bunch of weight but still was a Frat, party boy and never proposed to anyone?
Chantal got messed over BIG TIME as she has since moved on and still gets emotional. Her and Brad probably slept together or close to it and that non-proposal ending was tantamount to her "walk of shame".

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This guy is creapy and weird. He doesn't look anyone in the eye. Only watched 1 or 2 episodes, he is not a quality guy, I think it is obvious. He seems like a shalow person, not together, seems lost. Can't believe these two women dont see it.

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Savannah: HUH??? You're kidding, right? Emotionally Emily is borderline RETARDED!! She either can't or won't grow up. It has nothing to do with honesty or "protecting" her 5 year old daughter. She is so messed up that she USES her girl as a crutch to back away from Brad and not seriously commit.
But say you're right and I'm completely wrong..are things going to "work out in the real world" living that far apart with no immediate "plan" for how to even get to a living together (in the same city) arrangement??!!

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Brad is not used to having such a great, fun loving relationship. He needs someone like Chantal more than someone who is looking backwards like Emily. Too bad!

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]
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