After watching Desiree Hartsock kiss some frogs, it’s finally time for the first part of the two-part “Bachelorette” finale. Drew, Chris and Brooks remain in the running for Desiree’s heart, and they’re all heading to Antigua for potential overnight dates in the fantasy suite.
Drew has the first date with Desiree, and the pair explore the island of Antigua by jeep. Heading up to Shirley Heights, Drew and Des party with locals and indulge in some handmade souvenirs -- souvenirs that Drew believes will be in their house one day. Following the party, the two have a romantic picnic where they’re able to talk more about their feelings, including how Drew felt about Des meeting his family. “It was one of the happiest days of my life,” he tells Des of getting the opportunity to introduce her. But that’s not the only thing he has to tell her: Drew reveals to the camera that he would get on a knee today and ask the bachelorette to marry him.
Later that night, Des and Drew are supposed to have a romantic bonfire dinner beachside but are forced to relocate due to the rain. Kissing Drew as the rain washes over them (“I don’t want to leave those lips,” Des tells the camera), Desiree takes a chance and takes Drew into the fantasy suite. Once inside, she hands him the fantasy suite card and asks him if he is ready and wants to spend the evening -- and Drew is on board! “I don’t want to give you up,” he tells her before getting a little more serious.
“I haven’t picked out a ring, but I can get down on my knee right now,” he tells her. “You’re the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
Des and Drew move into the bedroom to drink some champagne while on a rose petal-covered bed before Drew tells the cameras to leave.
Meanwhile, back in the states, Brooks is stressing out over his relationship with Desiree. Visiting his mother and sister in Boise, Idaho, Brooks tells them that he’s having a hard time figuring out if he is really in love with Des and if she’s the love of his life. “The idea of me proposing to her at the end of this makes me uncomfortable,” he continues. “I want to be in love.”
“At this point you should know,” Brooks’ sister tells him. “Don’t propose if you have any doubt,” his mother echoes.
Back in Antigua, Desiree moves onto her second date with Chris. The two jump into a helicopter to look over the island (despite Chris being afraid of heights). Getting dropped off on a deserted beach for a picnic, they discuss the hometown visit and Chris tells Des that his family really liked her.
Later on in the evening, Chris and Desiree sit down for a romantic dinner during which their conversation turns toward the future. “I found a job that I really like. I feel like there is a lot of opportunity for me in Seattle,” Chris tells her, explaining that he can see them raising a family and getting a cute little house right on the water.
“If this were to work out between you and I ... you choose me, I choose you,” he continues. “How do you feel about moving to Seattle?” Desiree tells him that California has been her home. because there hasn’t been “anywhere else that I’ve felt at home ... at peace.” But the bachelorette does tell him that, when she is in love, she does make sacrifices to make things work.
“When you love someone, you make it work,” Desiree explains. “I’m ready to settle down. I’m ready to have a family. I’d be open to moving to Seattle. Definitely.”
Asking Chris to spend the night in the fantasy suite, Chris accepts, telling her that he wants to keep it simple, “no expectations and just have fun.”
Reading her another poem that expresses his feelings, the two spend the night kissing in a pool under the stars.
While Des is excited to see Brooks, the first person he sees when he gets to Antigua is “The Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison. Telling Chris that he can’t pinpoint why he’s not crazy about Des, Chris gets Brooks to finally come clean.
“It’s a big deal,” Brooks says of being in love and proposing. “I don’t want to jump into something without feeling like all the aspects are there.”
Chris asks Brooks if he’s not sure about Des or if he’s telling him that he’s not in love with her. “I don’t know,” Brooks tells him. “I don’t feel like I’m going to regret it.”
“You’re 100 percent sure this is not the girl for you?” Chris asks. “Even with more time, you’re not going to propose?
Brooks tells “The Bachelorette” host that he’s not afraid of committing and that in his last relationship he was ready to get married. “I realize now more than ever that I want to be in love,” he explains.
As Brooks pulls himself together after talking to the host, Des is waiting to see him for her third and final date. Ecstatic about the chance to spend alone time with him on Antigua, Des tells the camera that Brooks has “always been a fron-trunner.” Reminiscing about their first date on top of the Hollywood sign, Des reveals that it set the tone for what their relationship would be.
“I am in love with Brooks, and I miss him every day when I am not with him,” she tells the cameras before spotting her man.
As soon as Brooks spots Des, he begins to tear up and so does Des. Brooks tells Des that he feels like he loses what they have when they’re not together. “I really want to be madly in love with you, you know,” he explains.
With both of them now crying, Brooks puts his arm around her and apologizes. Asking Des to look at him, she tells him, no, that she can’t. “Why now?” she questions him. “I don’t know,” he tells her. “I didn’t know before this. I really always felt like I needed more time.”
Still crying, Des finally says those three little words to him: “I love you.”
“Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” Brooks asks upset. “I told you I was running,” she tells him. “For once in my life, I was hopeful. I never felt completely loved. ... I love you regardless. I don’t care that you just broke my heart. I love you.”
Des continues to tell Brooks that she was conflicted all along because she wanted to commit to him. “When I was on dates, I wanted to go with you,” she says. Brooks continues to apologize, but Des tells him to stop.
The two finally part ways, but they are far from over their talk. While Des goes to sit by the water and cry, Brooks is left to pace on the road. “Worst day of my life,” he lets out between sobs. “Nothing I can say to make it better.”
Seemingly beginning to realize he made a mistake, Brooks tells the cameras that he already misses the moments he shared with Des. “I was hoping that she would be in love with Drew or Chris. I want her to be happy, because she’s amazing. And I hope that she finds love, finds exactly what she’s looking for.”
The part one finale of “The Bachelorette” concluded with Desiree crying that it breaks her heart knowing that she has two guys who love her but she can’t love them as much. “That’s not what they deserve,” she says of Chris and Drew. “Honestly, for me ... it’s over.”
Part two of “The Bachelorette” finale ends Aug. 5. What do you think will happen next week? Let us know in the comments section.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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