'The Bachelor' Finale Recap: The Top Five Highlights
The Bachelor” marked the end of one of the most controversial seasons in the show’s history -- and the episode lived up to the hype. Ben described the choice between wholesome, bubbly Lindzi and the enigmatic villain of this season, Courtney, as the hardest of his life. Comforted by the support of his mother and sister and the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, he pulled himself together and made his crucial decision confidently. Here are the week’s top five highlights, plus a look at what happened on “After The Final Rose.”
Julia Has a Change of Heart
Ben, who claimed to be having trouble deciding between the final two women, was relieved to the point of tears when his mother and sister arrived to give him an outside perspective on his situation. His sister, Julia, was instantly suspicious of Courtney upon hearing that she had failed to make friends with the other women, and became even more wary when she found out that Courtney is a model. “The idea of a model as a sister-in-law…I’m like, oh God, Ben, come on,” she said. “There are red flags when it comes to Courtney already.”
Both Lindzi and Courtney got a chance to get sized up by Ben’s mom and sister. Lindzi’s warm personality and vivaciousness made her an instant hit with both, and she unsurprisingly received the stamp of approval. Julia tried to get her to dish about Courtney, but Lindzi would only say that Courtney is “very different" from her.
Courtney had a lot more to prove than Lindzi during her visit with the potential in-laws, and the stakes were high. Ben was much more nervous than Courtney, and when Courtney immediately brought up her troubles with the other women, calling them “judgey,” the friction in the room was obvious. Having pulled her aside, Julia brought up her “red flag” concerns right away. Courtney admitted that she could have tried harder, and that the situation brought out a bad side to her. Her confession worked wonders on Julia, who did a complete about-face and turned into Courtney’s cheerleader, telling Ben, “I found her to be very, very sweet.”
When prodded, Julia chose Courtney over Lindzi for Ben, a move that no doubt shocked audiences.
Lindzi Falls in Love
Ben had one more date with each woman before having to make his big decision, and he picked up Lindzi for hers in a horse and carriage, continuing the equestrian theme to their relationship. The ski trip, followed by a romantic dinner, was Lindzi’s last shot to address Ben’s sole criticism of her -- that she hasn’t been open enough and vulnerable with him. “I use my sense of humor as a crutch,” she admitted.
Lindzi filled her date with confessions of love and visions of a future with Ben, saying, “No one has come along in my life that has been worth letting in.” Ben seemed appreciative of her honesty, and they shared a sweet goodbye. “I love you,” she whispered one last time.