'Bachelorette' finale recap: One of Tayshia's final three men leaves, another makes surprising return
As the year ends, this unprecedented season of ABC's "The Bachelorette" also comes to an end. First, it's time for fantasy suites. But is Tayshia really going to spend the night with each of her last three men?
Tayshia catches up with former "Bachelorette" JoJo Fletcher and says her remaining three husbands, Zac, Brendan and Ivan, are having positive results. But she still hesitates.
The trio develops an odd, uncomfortable dynamic during the episode - which makes sense as everyone thinks about spending the night with Tayshia and knows the others are too.
Ivan's date is the first. His date card says, "Our love is timeless."
What that actually means: You jump into ice baths in order to hit a supposed world record for the longest and coldest kiss. (That record is currently 5 minutes and 16 seconds.) Summer would have been more fun to watch.
Tayshia and Ivan predictably beat the record (at an impressive 6 minutes and 35 seconds) after synchronizing their breathing and trusting each other to beat the cold.
They later remember crying together. He tells her that he fell in love with her weeks ago and that he could see how it all works. "I'm definitely falling in love with you right now," he says. She says she fell in love with him too.
You take part in the Fantasy Suite and spend the night in a souped-up, romantic caravan that surprised us at how cozy it looked. After staying up all night talking - and probably other gimmicks - he says he could make her a suggestion. Result!
In case you missed it, "Bachelorette" recap: Tayshia makes a devastating cut after the candidate doesn't say "I love you".
Time to explore Zac and Tayshia's relationship
"Let's explore each other," says Zac's date card. Zac repeats the word "explore" so often that we get angry.
We're less annoyed when we watch Zac and Tayshia on their date. You paint yourself - literally strip yourself off and cover yourself with paint - and place handprints and otherwise roll around on a huge canvas. It's cute and looks fun. The most romantic: your initials in red with a heart around them.
Tayshia's greatest hesitation is that she is too trapped right now.
She later asks him about something his mother said: that he didn't want children. He explains that this was more of a defensive mechanism, but since he's been on the show he has realized that he does want her and knows he would be a good father and husband. Nice to save, buddy.
He is also committed to Tayshia and says it clearly: "I know that I love you."
She says she loves him too and has known that for a while. Um, should we just wrap up the show here?
Obviously, the couple also make use of the Fantasy suite and they seem to be doing well. The next morning they dance together on the bed.
However, Tayshia still believes she could end up with one of the men.
This has been quite a season: 'The Bachelorette' Recap: Tayshia sends four men home ... but one returns in shocking twist
Is Brendan ready? Plus, a surprising return
Brendan's date card says, "Let's see what the future holds."
Tayshia and Brendan meet with Neil Lane, the show's jeweler, to try on rings.
But the future is coming a little too fast for Brendan. He realizes that part of him is still broken (seemingly from his divorce) and that he needs time to heal and grow. He wants to give her all his heart, but he just can't. "You deserve a man who is complete. You deserve a man who is healed of his past, and unfortunately, I'm not that man right now," he says.
He apologizes, but effectively sends himself home. Ugh, poor Tayshia.
"If you're not ready, I won't push you," she says.
Tayshia says aside that she really thought she would end up with him; Remember, he was an early connection for her. But we haven't bought their relationship for what it's worth in the past few weeks.
Former "Bachelorette" Rachel Lindsay comes over to give Tayshia some advice, and the two end up discussing former candidate Ben. Hmm, wonder what that could mean ...
We don't have to wait too long to find out. Ben shows up (!) And tells Chris that he is in love with Tayshia.
And just as Tayshia is preparing for the rose ceremony, Ben appears at her door. He apologizes for the last time he closed up and tells her that he loves her. AFTER ALL.
"I see a life with you," he says. Our hearts race!
It takes her a minute to collect herself. Uh, what happens next ?! I think we'll find out in the finals on Tuesday (8 EST / PST) ...
Ah yes, recap the drama: 'The Bachelorette': Bennett, Noah is saving for a rose - but who will Tayshia choose?
And the romance of course: recap 'The Bachelorette': Tayshia connects with Ivan, Ben; sends 4 men pack after cocktail drama party
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: 'The Bachelorette' Finale Summary: Brendan leaves, Ben surprises Tayshia
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