'The Bachelorette' Recap: Crazy in Love
A poem for Desiree: Roses are red, violets are blue, you love Brooks, and he doesn't love you … uh, yet.
In a bit of an unusual move for the star of "The Bachelorette," Des actually admits to Chris Harrison that she's fallen in love with Brooks. Or, excuse us, she's at "the finish line" with him.
Now, does this mean the show is over? No, since he hasn't said those magical three words to her. (She hasn't said them to him either, but we're pretty sure that's not allowed by the producers at this point.) And Des doesn't seem like she's going to choose someone who doesn't declare his undying love — and get on one knee.
So, the other guys are still in the running, especially since a couple of them have confessed their feelings. In the race for Desiree's heart, Brooks may have the lead, but he could wipe out at the next sharp turn.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Des and the guys are staying on Madeira Island, Portugal, off the coast of Africa. She's still a little down from the whole James incident, so her three besties fly over for some girl talk.
Those three ladies just happen to be from her season of "The Bachelor" — Lesley, Jackie, and Catherine (yeah, the woman who won Sean Lowe's heart over Des … awkward!). They spy on the guys at the pool, giggle over their physical assets, and grill Des about her feelings for each man.
After her fun afternoon with the ladies, Des heads out for her one-on-one with Brooks. They haven't had a private date since the very first one. But it's clear they're smitten with each other. They drive up a mountain to have a picnic in the clouds and even get silly "making up" words to describe feelings between like and love. We put "making up" in quotes because the words are actually just regular old words — stepping, skipping, running, and the finish line.
Later that night, Des tells him that she's at the running stage. Awww … oh wait, in a confessional, Brooks admits that he's not quite there yet. Oh no.
Still, he does like her a lot (so, he's skipping?) and wants her to meet his family. Somehow, we have a feeling that he'll get one of those hometown dates.
The second one-on-one date of the week is with Chris. Look, we don't need to be objective here — we are Team Chris. He and Des clearly have great physical chemistry (aka they want to make out with each other like crazy). And his habit of writing poetry is a bit cheesy but still sweet.
They take a yacht to a private island, where he surprises her with a message in a bottle. But the paper is blank — Chris wants them to write a poem together. They write the cheesiest verse ever in human history and throw the bottle into the sea.
At dinner, Chris is trying to work up the nerve to tell her how he feels. The poor guy starts sweating, fidgeting, tapping his feet. Finally, he stutters out that he's written (another) poem. The last line reveals his love for her. Des looks blown away and teary-eyed at this declaration.
She's falling for him and can picture being married to him. So can he. "When do we finally get to spend the rest of our lives together?" he asks in his talking head. "I think I found the one."
Totally Team Chris.
The last one-on-one date of the week goes to Michael. Finally! The guy's been waiting all season for this. Des takes him on one of those "let's pretend we're a normal couple and go shopping together" excursions. They have fun sampling fruits and trying on accessories before going on a toboggan ride on the streets of Madeira.