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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brad s not ready for ANYONE...he has major abandonment issues and needs constant reassurance that he s worthy of breathing the same air as either woman... never works ,,,never will

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Well He should have picked Chantal she was a giver and Emily was a taker, she made him a map and what did Emily do. I know that sometimes people who are too nice its always too good to be true and Emily and him have been together for a few months and are already broken up. In the beginning of a relationship there should not be problems, there should be love and passion...

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i can believe that they broke up, but i cant believe they weathered the storm. maybe there is hope for these two yet,

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well Emily coming out - no wedding at this point. She doesn't want to move to Austin TX and not sure that will ever happen. Can't wait to hear what she has to say.

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How could you not love Emily she is as sweet as pie, but i don't think she loves him as much as she says. I hope it works out.

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emily and brad are in love and you can tell.
chantel just said she is happy too.
so we should all be happpy now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
peace, love, hippy!

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@Nan, you're awfully bitter. What's up with that? Anytime someone makes you want to be a better person, grab on and hold tight. Em does for Brad. She's a wonderful person, I just hope that for the first time for Bachelor that this one lasts.

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C will find love- such a great girl. SO pretty and SO fun. stop bashing emily. there is someone out there for emily-and they want to be together, there WILL be a wedding. i hope C is the next bachlorette too- she is great. i love emily. tough choice, emily always was the one though.

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Ha love it, definately no wedding ahead. They won't make it 3 months. Chantel is too good for him. I think she is beautiful, real, and too good for him. Screw him.

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Bummer. No wedding ahead!

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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