In an emotional season finale, The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris ended up with Ed Swiderski, ousting Kiptyn Locke and leaving Reid Rosenthal devastated.
After Kiptyn was rejected, it appeared as if Reid might sweep Jillian off her feet with his dramatic return to the show. But ultimately, Jillian’s feelings for Ed, the Chicago native who left and returned himself this season, were just too strong.
The episode began on the big island of Hawaii and a date with her parents, Ed Swiderski and his chest hair. He admits to her folks that he used to be married to his girlfriend in Chicago job, but now is here because he loves Jillian.
Glenn Harris gave Ed Swiderski his blessing to propose to Jillian.
Then it is time for Jillian’s date with Kiptyn Locke. They are reunited at last. They kiss. A lot. They kiss again. They say a few words. And so on, et cetera.
Asked if he’s in love with Jillian Harris, Kiptyn says he’s “getting there.” Moments later, he admits (to the camera) that he is in love with her. More kissing.
After meeting both guys, her parents and hot cousin praise … both. Jill is still torn. Fortunately, she goes on second dates with both of the perfect fellas.
Jillian Harris’ decision on love did not come easy. Wes would understand.
Ed’s goes really well, with no sign of performance anxiety. He confesses that he wants to be with Jillian … forever. Hard to top that, although Kiptyn Locke tries, saying he’s ready to commit and wants Jillian to – OMG – move to San Diego.
In a shameless plug for Neil Lane, the guys both pick out rings. The dudes are hella nervous. Jillian has made her decision and decides she is going to let go of …
… Kiptyn. Even after he was gonna propose and stuff. Heartbreaking.
Sad as she is, Jillian can now focus all her attention on … wait, is that a mysterious taxi pulling up! Yes! With Reid Rosenthal, who arrives, shirt untucked!
In tears, Reid says he had to pull “a million” strings to get back on the show (yeah, right), admits his mistakes, and professes his undying love to Jillian. Swoon.
He drops to one knee and pops the question! It’s the most romantic thing ever. But … crickets. Jillian: “I need to think aboot this.” She leaves. Reid waits.
Fortunately, Chris Harrison is there to coach her. He tells her to follow her heart. Jillian: “How do I make a decision like this?” Chris: “Because you know.” Pimp.
Jillian cuts Reid loose for the second time. That’s gotta be rough.
Even a valiant effort by Reid Rosenthal couldn’t stave off Ed Swiderski.
Finally, it’s Ed’s turn to walk across the pool and into Jillian’s arms. He professes his love to Jillian once again, gets down to one knee and asks her to marry him.
She accepts! They embrace! Tears flow. He gives her a piggyback ride. Cue obligatory cheesy montage of Ed-Jillian highlights from weeks past as the credits roll!
Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski last?