The Bachelorette season finale recap: Tayshia finds her 'wild, wild' love

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Do you remember when Clare was the Bachelorette? Neither do I, rose lover. Tonight, the real season 16 bachelorette, Tayshia Adams, ended her "journey" with a ring on her finger - although the pandemic stole the happy couple's reunion after the last rose. (Maybe they appear on Matt's season of The Bachelor?)
Sorry I'm ahead of myself. A lot happened before this desert proposal. Let's recap!
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In Ben we left him last night: we wait anxiously on the couch while Tayshia freaks out to a producer in another room. Will she send him back to pack or did his “I love you” get him a ticket for the next rose ceremony? A "shocked" Tayshia eventually returns to Ben and asks him why he didn't declare his love earlier. He is everything, I said to Chris Harrison! But that doesn't help his case. "Down the street when we're together - will you be there or will you run away every time something gets difficult?" asks Tayshia, who doesn't get a really satisfactory answer. ("I just screwed it up" is not enough, buddy.)
Still ... is that a smile I see on the Bachelorette's face? Tayshia won't lie - she missed Ben and she was "almost" in love with him. Not only that, she'll have him come to the rose ceremony. What a fun, sexy surprise that will be for Zac and Ivan! Aaannd now Tayshia and Ben are making out. This night is getting stranger.
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"Ben who shows up tonight affects everything," sighs Tayshia. “And I just kissed him! Why should i kiss him? "Only you can answer that, ma'am.
It's finally time for the rose ceremony. Ivan arrives and says he's on "cloud nine" in the "last two". Gah, the poor guy has no idea what's coming. Zac is next to show up and he too feels great where he stands with Tayshia. He and Ivan are just two guys ready to receive the last two roses. Then Ben - now in a suit - comes around the corner. Ivan's face says it all.
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"I just wanted to let you know that she invited me to the rose ceremony tonight," Ben tells his stunned rival. "Interesting," Ivan mumbles to himself. "Impressive." Exactly sir. I agree. When Tayshia shows up, she tells the boys that she has "prayed for clarity" because she cares about them all. With that she picks up the first rose ... and then puts it down again.
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Tayshia ... no! Don't do what you think! Don't vote for Ben - who definitely has a lot more to do with himself before he can be a good partner to anyone - over a king like Ivan. Do not do it! But that's exactly what she does. Apparently, while she was staying overnight, Tayshia learned that she and Ivan do not share the same views on religion. We don't really get a sense of what his views are, but apparently he doesn't take religion as seriously as they do. "Ultimately, religion is part of my morals and my beliefs," she says. Ivan, bless him, understand that this issue is a "roadblock" for them. "I see," he says. "I see, Tay." Cut to:
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When the Reject SUV drives him away, Ivan makes a sad prediction: "I think this is a lot more difficult than Tayshia imagined," he says. "I think she and me made the most sense ... She won't pick anyone, I don't think so."
Maybe not. But at the moment Tayshia has two last roses - and she is immediately distributing them to Zac and Ben (!). Bring the Bachelorette's family!
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Welcome Desmond, Rosario, Desmond Jr. and Bryce! What a joy to see them all back on our screens - especially Bryce, who drank his lemonade with meme-worthy confidence during Tayshia's hometown date with Colton in 2019:
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Papa Desmond sums it up: "Tayshia, what are you doing?" Dad, didn't she tell you? She's looking for a husband on TV ... again! The first man on the line is Ben. Tayshia gives her family a brief summary of Ben's "trip" and then goes outside to pick him up.
The chat starts with Tayshia asking Ben to reveal where he went to college (after all, dads love West Point), but this time Ben doesn't try to run away from the awkwardness. "I'm sure you heard she dumped me last week," he jokes. Then they all toast to “second chances”. (In a bachelor's franchise, Tayshia suggests a “toast” first, not a “cheers.” Progress!)
Even so, Desmond Sr. has concerns. "I don't want you to have to work so hard to get someone on the same page as you," he tells Tayshia. Meanwhile, Rosario wants to make sure that Ben sees her daughter as "forever". Of course he does! Ben tells anyone who will listen that he is in love with Tayshia - and that makes mom and dad very happy. "I've probably moved from doubting the guy to where I'd give him a chance," says Desmond Sr. Before you know it, the visit is over - and Bryce barely has time for the camera! Boo.
The next day, it's up to Zac to meet the family and Desmond Sr. is ready: "Zac better be the real deal!" Oh man I know this is not an issue but just look at how adorable Bryce is.
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Bachelor 2030! (Joke - don't you dare, hard work!) Rosario, who has such a sweet and calming presence, asks Zac about his feelings for Tayshia and where he will see them together in five years. (Answer: Married, in love, start a family.) As he sits down with Desmond Sr., Zac makes it clear that he knows that life outside of the bachelorette bubble will be different and undoubtedly more difficult, but he looks forward to it " Support each other in these difficult times. " He also shares some heartfelt thoughts about how much Tayshia cares for her family and how she wants a husband who is as strong and loyal as her father. "You have to know that it doesn't scare me," says Zac. "It really excites me."
Let me tell you, Desmond Sr. LOVES it. "He's a good man," says Zac's dad. "Just to see how another man loved my daughter the way he put it, I felt good." Then they all sit down and share a (fake) New York style pizza. Still no Bryce time! What a travesty.
Here's a question: will Tayshia get an overnight date with Ben before she makes her final choice? If not, how should she make an informed decision? Before we even get the answer to these questions - knock knock! - There's someone at Tayshia's door. And she's not happy about it. "Are you kidding me right now?" the Bachelorette moans when she opens the door. Don't worry, honey - it's not another scorned applicant who shows up to declare love. It is your father! That said, you can't be happy about what he has to say.
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Okay, to be fair, Desmond Sr. doesn't come out directly telling his daughter not to get engaged, but that is clearly the subtext of this conversation. "I've seen you hurt before and this time I can't let that happen," he says. "I want to make sure that we can do everything we can to avoid treading this path again." All he wants is to stop Tayshia from making "the biggest mistake of her life".
With that in mind, it's time for Zac's Last Chance Date! Tayshia is still clearly stressed out about what her dad said the day before, but she puts a smile on my face for today's date activity: dance lessons! A nice man named William and his fiancée Eden are here to teach Zac and Tayshia a "traditional wedding dance routine". Fun! Do not trigger at all! Despite being totally tense and distracted for most of the class, Tayshia eventually starts smiling and having a bit of fun. Still, she's worried. "Zac makes me so happy," she says. "It kind of bothers me that I can't find any faults in him because everything just can't be perfect." Just give it 6-12 months - bugs are bound to show up.
During her last conversation with Zac that night, Tayshia dumped all of her fears into his lap: what if they fall in love? What if she gives up her career (?) To stay home and he gets upset about it? What if something changes in their relationship? As we know, Zac doesn't get confused that easily, and he does his best to get Tayshia off the edge with hard-earned life lessons: "Today is an anniversary for me ... nine years sober," he says. “My sobriety, whatever you want to call it, is the most important thing in my life. And the reason for this is that I can't run away, I can't run away and face life as it gets in my way. "
Damn, that's a good answer. Am I 100 percent fixated on Zac now? I mean yeah, because Ben is definitely not ready to get engaged. Even so, I probably rely on the "She won't pick anyone" option the most. But that is unlikely. A typical example:
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Welp, Ben, looks like you've cut out your work for you. Good luck!
Not really matter. The next day, when it's time for Ben's Last Chance Date, Tayshia has already figured out what she wants. And my son, it's not you. (Side note: why is Tayshia wearing the same denim dress she wore two days ago when her dad came to visit? Did the breakup we're about to see with Ben happen before her last date with Zac, and for some reason only edited producers put it together in out of chronological order? And why am I even asking these questions as if any of it matters at all? Don't answer that!)
It's time again for Ben to be put in front of the camera. Tayshia comes into his room and brings the news gently. "I care so much about you," she says, "but I just feel like my heart is with someone else." Brendan, right? Oh, sorry, she means Zac. The Bachelorette further assures Ben that she “really, really” wanted to give them another chance before making her final decision.
The poor guy is devastated a second time, but he doesn't shut down completely. "I saw it differently," he says quietly. "But when you love someone, you want them to be happy." They hug each other warmly and then say goodbye in a second round. "I'm happy for you," says Ben. "I'm dead serious." And then it's back to the Reject SUV for Ben, whom I'll hopefully take care of outside of the camera for the next few years.
Proceed to suggestion day, rose lovers! You know what that means:
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Neil Lane is back to sell! Zac walks with the giant emerald cut diamond and prepares for one knee. But first enter the Bachelorette! She looks flawless as always in a fitted, strapless silver dress.
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But Tayshia is very into her feelings right now. When Harrison greets her for the encouraging lecture, the Bachelorette is almost immediately overwhelmed by emotions. "What's happening?" asks the host, putting his hand on her shoulder. "I'm just excited," says Tayshia, her voice full of tears. She seems to be stressed / upset / nervous / panicked rather than excited, to be honest. "It's good," she assures herself. "It is very good." Yes, this is definitely a woman ready to get engaged. All is well. No notes.
Even Tayshia says she was "stressed" and "overwhelmed" when she arrives on the listing platform. "I don't know if I'm doing the right thing," she says. "But I love Zac and I just hope I make the right decision." So do we, Mrs. Adams.
Question: Does Zac know that he's the only one left at this point? In all of his submissions, he does not mention any other man, nor does he express any concern that she might vote someone else over him. Zac's only concern seems to be whether or not Tayshia will say yes. His preamble on the platform is good - bonus points for "I love you because you are a total fool."
When it is Tayshia's turn to speak, she gives poor Zac a heart attack. "I know I told you I love you, but ..." She pauses to collect herself. But? BUT? Don't let poor Zac hang with "but" !!!
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"It's more than that," says Tayshia after a moment of silence. "It's this wild, wild love I've tried to find so many reasons not to believe, and you really just made me believe ... that I deserve love with a man who won't run away."
Brutal fake, Tayshia, but well done! Ok camera crew, get ready for the Neil Lane product shot. "Will you marry me?" Zac whispers. "Yes, a thousand times!" answers our bachelorette. This requires a fist pump.
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"Give me your hand!" Zac cries. Awww, she was so happy that she forgot to put him on the ring. Against my better judgment, rose lover, I'm a little constipated. We hope these two crazy kids can brave the odds and make it work. (Please don't burst my bubble.)
When it was last recycled, the manufacturers disguised the cardboard taxi from Zac's "hometown" date with a "Just Engaged" sign and some tin cans attached to the fake bumper. Tayshia and her fiance get in and "drive" into the sunset. Let us always remember them as they are in this moment: happy, optimistic, undisturbed by reality.
And there we have it, rose lovers. Another Bachelorette "Journey" in the books. I would be nostalgic if I said goodbye to you, but a new season of The Bachelor is only 13 days away - so we'll all be together soon. Take a moment to post your final thoughts on Tayshia and Zac. Now, if you will excuse me, I will write a strongly worded letter to Mike Fleiss warning him to stay away from Bryce. The child must be protected at all costs!
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