The Bachelorette Season 10 Finale Review: [Spoiler] Shoulda Quit While He Was Ahead

The Bachelorette S10E11



In a move I think we all saw coming from the first time they sat on the mansion back porch and giggled just looking at each other, Andi Dorfman and Bachelorette candidate Josh got engaged on national TV. Congratulations, Josh! Congratulations, Andi! They seem genuinely smitten and adorbs.


Rather than put Nick through the insanely awkward process of getting down on one knee and proposing to her only to be rejected, Andi showed up at his doorstep the morning of the finale rose ceremony to break the news that it just wasn’t going to happen. It was a thoughtful, mature move by Andi... so it was too bad it bit her in the ass like a starving zombie in an abandoned power plant.


I’d always thought denying one contestant at the altar was part of the Faustian bargain of being a Bachelor/ette: Sign on for all the free champagne and travel you can handle, but the price is rejecting a fellow human being in front of all their Facebook friends! PAIN RATINGS > YES!!!

But now I’m wondering if maybe there's a psychological basis for rejecting the second runner up on-camera every season. Maybe cauterizing that relationship with pure cruelty is the kind of clean break that's ultimately merciful. Allowing the Bachelor/ette to be complicit in facilitating someone's public humiliation is a pretty cold move for the show to enforce year after year, but at least it keeps Mr. Second Best from drifting back into the limelight again, begging for a chance to have his unresolved feelings heard... only to bring up a bunch of sneaky little insinuations during After the Final Rose in an attempt to turn the finale into his own personal pity party.


Nick had the gall to show up during the live special with a stuttering little speech about all the affection Andi expressed on camera and off, veering into uncomfortable kiss-and-tell territory with the statement “that night, that was fiancé type of stuff... it meant so much to me.” He then proceeded to try to argue over the true nature of Andi’s feelings. Uh, I think she knows best on that topic, Nick. There are few things more condescending than having someone explain to you how you feel, and Nick honestly seemed ready to open up a rhetoric-club style debate about Andi's opinion of him.

Thank goodness Andi is an assistant DA, so she handled Nick like the trash he was. When he awkwardly insisted that he wasn't trying to hit her below the belt she said coolly, “You already have,” pointing out that she had cared about him... but only enough to break the bad news to him early, before he proposed. Which, really, that was a lovely thing to do for him. It's a shame he saw that kindness as weakness and made such a blatant grab for US Weekly headlines.

Nick may have been encouraged by precedent: In 2009, Season 13 Bachelor Jason Mesnick famously reneged on his proposal to Melissa and asked runner-up Molly to give him a second chance. Still, Andi had the chance to talk to Nick several times before After the Final Rose, and she declined. With ABC’s help, he cornered her to get some answers and basically low-key blackmailed her. Gross move, dude. This is not how one becomes a Bachelor, which is all you should've been focusing on! If you'd played it classy, you might've had a chance, Nick. A chance at a traveling harem of all the hotties you can shake a champagne flute at.

Luckily there was a heavy hint during After the Final Rose that the next Bachelor will be Farmer Chris (I look forward to watching a season where it's constantly Farmer Chris next to Chris Harrison, because they look vaguely alike, sort of like Farmer Chris is a souped-up steroids version of Harrison).


QUESTIONS:

... Were you so stoked Andi and Josh ended up together?

... How lame was Grumpy Cat? How frantic was Chris Harrison to create a shareable meme, all yelling at Andi to do her frown and angle her head just right?

... Did Nick vaporize all the goodwill left over from his turn on the series?

... Honestly, what was Nick trying to accomplish? Did he really think he could argue her into liking him? Like WTF?

... Has someone ever tried that shit on you?


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Jul 31, 2014
My ex tried that shit on me many time. It's annoying! And now that I think about it, being a cold hearted jerk when you let someone go is probably best. They can move on with their life hating you and you never have to hear from them again. This same thing happened in Emily's season, the dude even showed up at her doorstep.
I think grumpy cat was adorable! I didn't realize she was so small.
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I don't care for Josh, he reminds me of a car salesman but if they can make it then good for them.
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Jul 31, 2014
I also think it was NOT classy of her to sleep with Nick if 1. she wasn't in love with him and 2. she was in love with Josh. If I'm in love I only have eyes for that person. SO why have sex with Nick? Trashy!
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Jul 30, 2014
It might be useful if a review actually included a review of what happened. On the other hand, I guess the subtle and nuanced analysis makes up for it. LOL.
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Jul 31, 2014
lol totally agree!
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Jul 30, 2014
Lilly you got this one all wrong. Josh is on his way to being fat within five years, is less intelligent than Andi, and is surely the one who lied about being ready to get married on the polygraph anyway. Doubtful they'll end up ever married. Josh will be hot and fun and sexy well into his old age. But frankly I think he's lucky he didn't get stuck with Andi. She was not the caring soul you make her, and she made herself, out to be. Like her, I am a lawyer, and I saw her using her lawyer's bag of tricks all the way through. She was, more than anything, swaying a jury. Obviously her schtick worked on you Lilly. Nick gets the electric chair. As for the drama, Nick's calling her out on her s--- was the best thing ever on this show.
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Jul 29, 2014
Small moral of this whole thing: if you don't have TRUE FEELING for a dude compare to another dude... maybe you shouldn't have boinked the first dude (which is what Nick obviously implied here.)

Bigger moral of this whole thing: becoming The Bachelor should never be a goal in life... but, hey, if you're already willing to be a contestant in this fiasco, might as well shoot for the sky, kid!
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Jul 30, 2014
Hee hee. The audacity to use the concept of "morals" in the same year as this show!
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Jul 30, 2014
Well, feeling morally superior to reality shows 'stars' is pretty much the main reason behind their existence and, I suspect, their continuous popularity.

If we cannot look down at anyone showing on any incarnation of The Bachelor... who can we, as a society, look down to? And yes, picking Sarah Palin or Farrah Abraham is too easy of a cop-out.
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Jul 30, 2014
We've got Congress and the administration: the ultimate reality show.
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