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'The Bachelorette' - 'Finale' Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 3rd 2010 5:00AM
(S06E11) Ali FedotowskyWe've reached the end of the road, 'Bachelorette' fans, the final chapter in the fairytale of Ali's search for love. But did she leave with a happily ever after or a broken heart? If you haven't seen the show and have managed to avoid spoilers up to this point, then I salute you! (Twitter got me, d'oh!)

Still, since there are undoubtedly still some spoilerphobes among you, we'll reveal the outcome of Ali's final rose ceremony after the jump. ... Was it what you were expecting?

(Drum-roll please) Ali chose ...

Roberto! Looks like Reality Steve got it wrong for the first time in years; although many internet outlets (including us) believed that Ali would end the show alone, her chemistry with saucy Latin salsa dancer Roberto clearly won out. Her loss, America's gain, I say, since it seems clear that dreamy Chris L. is perfectly poised to become the next 'Bachelor.' Start filming those audition tapes now, ladies.

But how did we arrive at such an unexpected outcome? And, actually, was it all that unexpected?

To kick things off, we got to see Roberto and Chris L. meeting Ali's parents. Roberto has generally seemed more reserved when it comes to confessing his feelings throughout this process, so I felt as though he was holding back in his conversations with Ali's family somewhat, even though he was obviously still being honest. Chris L., on the other hand, bared his soul to Ali's clan, and immediately endeared himself to them as a result. I was surprised when Ali's father later admitted that he preferred Roberto to Chris L. during the family's sit-down with Ali, since it seemed as though Chris L. had built up a genuine rapport with them all that didn't come so easily to Roberto.

The cynic in me (and the part that had already been sullied with spoilers, curses!) started to worry when Chris L. began declaring that he was going to propose to Ali, not if, but when. I've clearly seen too many horror movies, or something -- the foreboding was strong and I was on the verge of shouting "retreat!" at the screen like one of those people that you never want to sit near in movie theaters. He seemed so sure, and it broke my heart.

After the game of meet the parents, Ali went on one final date with Roberto, involving jet-skiing, stingrays and a very intimate sleepover. He gave her a picture of their date in the not-at-all symbolic heart-shaped lagoon, and Ali pretty much spent the day with her lips glued to him. Things then really started to go south for Chris L. when Ali admitted that she didn't want to ever leave Roberto, even to go on her date with Chris L. the next day.

Full disclosure, here -- Chris L. melts my heart like a roomful of puppies having a pillow fight: The dude is adorable. Even when Ali was breaking his heart, he had the decency to thank her. Forget Roberto being too good to be true, Chris L. is total dream-guy material. When Ali came to visit him before their date to let him down semi-gently, he took it like a gentleman, expressing his gratitude that Ali didn't choose to string him along for another day when it was clear her mind was already made up. If this fella isn't the next 'Bachelor,' then there's no hope for any of us.

And to cement Chris L.'s belief that everything happens for a reason, he stepped outside his hut and saw a rainbow (Ali had helpfully reminded us in the teaser earlier that his mom told him to "look for her in rainbows" before she died.) And by that point, I was dunzo -- bawling my eyes out, total hot mess in front of the TV. HE SAW A FREAKING RAINBOW! So Chris L. decided that his mom was proud of him for putting himself out there again, I decided that I was ruined for all other men, and Ali decided that she was Team Roberto until the end.

So all that was left to fill the fifteen-some minutes of airtime remaining was for Ali and Roberto to stare pensively out to sea or up at the ceiling, dramatically pondering whether they were making the right choice or whether their one true love would inexplicably reject them on national television after they've spent the last two months joined at the lips. Roberto had a contemplative shower and shave, while Ali wandered the beach and admired her fabulous gown, admitting that she'd sent home an amazing guy. Yes, Ali, yes you did.

Roberto picked out a totally gorgeous ring -- I approve of his taste -- and gave an admittedly heartwarming speech about wanting to guard and protect her heart ... just kidding!

"You told me how important it was for your husband to love you unconditionally and for him to by your side, no matter what," Roberto said. "I want to be that man for you. I want to make you laugh, just like this. I want to make you smile. I want to make sure you wake up every night, every morning for the rest of your life knowing that you're so so loved ... I want to grow old with you, I want to have a beautiful, beautiful family with you. I want to share my life with you. Share your life with me, be my wife, Ali Fedotowsky."

How could she say no to that?

Well, I could've, but that's just me. More Chris L. for the rest of us, right? Roberto gave Ali his ring, Ali gave Roberto his rose, and then Roberto carried her off into the sunset while a heartwarming montage set to 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' played. Well, I guess it's better than 'On the Wings of Love' ...

I have to admit, the passion between the pair was undeniable, and there was no hammy prevaricating or hand-wringing over two rings like Fake Jake gave us last season, so I give Ali props for that. As amazing as Chris L. was, he obviously wasn't the right choice for her, and I respect her decision to tell him so up front, rather than dragging out the torture over another date -- it made for one of the most genuine and heartfelt final rose ceremonies I've seen for a while.

Do you think Ali made the right choice? Are you shocked she picked one of the guys when we all suspected she might end up alone? Will you join the madness of 'Bachelor Pad' next week? Give us your thoughts on the 'Bachelorette' finale below, and head over to our initial reaction post to discuss the details of the 'After the Rose' special too.

[Follow Laura on Twitter @LauinLA.]

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Chris was the real person for Ali, but Roberto was the smooth-talking Latin that wooed Ali. She chose the wrong person, but if that's the case, Chris deserves better. However, if he's the new bachelor, he will do just what the others have done-----gone for the figure and the boobs!!!

August 17 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sandy m.

i knew that she was going to take roberto when he got out of the car and the way she looked at him when he was going into the house. she had that look and she watched him till he got in the house saying wow.

August 17 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think she made the right choice. He is sweet, handsome and has a wonderful family. Why you think he's a player is beyond me. A baseball player, maybe, but he seems to truly love Ali and he's already moved to San Diego, transferred his job there and changed his life to be with her. This one is a keeper, as far as I'm concerned. And what a smile.........

August 03 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Big Mistake Ali......Roberto is hot, that's for sure but he is only 26 and a player...Chris on the other hand is older, settled, handsome, charming and a real gentleman....You have put yourself out there without holding anything back for yourself...it's not too late to start "guarding and protecting your heart"

August 03 2010 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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