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?


dj, it makes me laugh how shocked the "winners" are when "every Monday night rolls around"! I can't believe that you kissed, hugged, snuggled and maybe even got it on with someone else!!"
C'mon are they really THAT ignorant about how the show works?
Yes, fun to see past couples but hinestly Emily seemed "non-plused" by any of the advice. I do not blame Brad for getting angry or having a temper with Emily. She has unrealistic expectations of him and wants to be constantly reassured by forcing him to put up with her constant BS and non-committal ways.
It is really sad because Brad is trying to face his shortcomings and fears of committment and he falls in love with a train wreck.
Sometimes "opposites attract" for a very good reason - to complement each other!


I loved Emily before tonights episode. After Final Rose hate her and think Brad can do better. He has been so open and honest, and obviously been so in love with her uptight ass since their barn date. I understand being protective of your child. I remarried with a four year old years ago and it worked. We now have four more! But geeze you go on a show with the premise of dating 25 women at the same time and then get jealous. Get over it. Your insecurity is going to cost you a great guy. You'll deserve it too, yuck! Nothing more ugly then insecurity which has Nothing to do with losing your first love! Ugh. Your insecurity is making you ugly!


Emily is perfect for Brad but Brad is not for Emily. He is unsure, insecure, and seemingly dishonest according to his body language.


You people are being way to judgemental. What relationship is a fairytale 24/7. People fight its life. Emily and Brad are having a hard time with the show and stuff and I cant blame Emily. It was be so hard to watch that. Give her a break. Just cause she is honest doesnt mean she doesnt love him or isnt into him. She has a daughter she had to think about too. GEEZZZ


happy for chantel if she found a great guy. i agree that appears that brad is more in love with emily than she seems to be with him. or maybe she's just more mature and is waiting for them to get on some type of solid ground. it was clear from the show and their last night together that she is not 100% certain that brad can handle her life. brad does seem to be a bit like a teen experiencing puppy love. i have to admit the way they kept reassuring each other with the constant i love you seemed a bit strange. its not like they haven't been in contact and we know they have ---in person. it came across as i love you but... i also agree with lizajane in that a real relationship is comprised of being able to totally be yourself with your loved one. that's how you stay together. we all know that after the bloom is off the rose (pun intended) life begins. good to see ally and roberto. hope to see a wedding soon! enough of reality tv, time to get on with our own lives.


No need to be a hater towards either woman as the bottom line is....Brad, EMILY IS JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU!!
As much as emotionally fragile Brad wants this to work with Emily within 6 months he is going to say "I just can't make it work, I can't MAKE her want to be with me."
It is readily apparent that Emily has severe mental issues and a need to sabotage "real" relationships - most likely caused by getting knocked up at 17 and the "Baby Daddy" unfortunately being killed in an airplane crash. I think the "engagement" thing is complete sophistry.
Emily is 14 years younger and unwilling to really move on and have a life with Brad. Brad needs to face that they are not at the same phase of their lives. Namely Brad needs a mature woman as a wife and not some Girl who was left crying at the Senior Prom.


wow, I think Brad chose the wrong lady. I've been married only 6 years (happily), but all the things he loved about Chantal--that he could be himself with her, have fun with her, be "Real" with her--That's the stuff that makes a marriage work. He has a puppy dog love for Emily, but he saw the more "Real" side of Emily only after he proposed (i.e. they fight all the time, and she's actually not all sweetness). With Chantal I think she was being her real self all along. I can't believe I'm analyzing his so much, but I was so heart broken for Chantal.


Come on folks, give these guys a break. They're just living in the real world now. It sounds like they're being real about it and taking some time. Em didn't say she wouldn't move to Austin, just that she wouldn't move there right now at that moment and that they had some things to work out before that happened. I, for one, think they'll manage to make it happen. Time will tell.


@christina if you didnt notice brad was carrying a gift bag out of the hotel room at the end of his and emily's one on one. the producers were just too focused on the drama of the situation it's all about editing people. quit hatin'


Emily and Brad are NOT broken up...they broke up once, but they are together now! So what if Emily wants to take some time. Jason and Molly did the same thing. It was months before Molly moved to Seattle! Chantal is dating a guy named Jeff.

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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

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Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]