Desiree and Chris seal their fate. (Francisco Roman / ABC )
Finally, all our questions will be answered: What will Desiree do now that Brooks, the man she loves, dumped her? Will Brooks come back and beg for forgiveness?
Does Drew come out of the closet? Will Chris ever stop writing cheesy poems? After all the crying and sniveling last week after Brooks departure, I hope that Drew and Chris are ready to be consolation prizes because Des made it very clear that without Brooks, her journey to find love is over.
Des’ story continues with her standing on a balcony reminiscing about her journey and still crying about Brooks leaving. Chris Harrison arrives and gives her a shoulder to cry on. He should have offered her a box of tissues because she is blubbering all over the place and needs a handkerchief or something. Des sniffles and says she just wants to go home. What she really needs is a bottle of wine and some raw cookie dough to ease her pain.
Chris Harrison assures Des that Drew and Chris are still there for her. He asks her if she could see herself with either of them. Des admits that although her heart is broken, her spirit is not, and she wants to continue on with Chris and Drew and see if a lifetime of happiness with either of them is in the cards. Despite the fact that the guy she loves has kicked her to the curb like yesterday’s garbage, the show (and the rose ceremony) must go on!
Drew and Chris arrive for the rose ceremony and Chris Harrison tells them that Brooks has hopped on the first plane back to the states and is running for dear life. Des arrives at the rose ceremony, cries for a change, tells Drew and Chris that Brooks leaving has turned her world upside down, and that love is unpredictable. She should have just told them the truth,“the guy I really love just dumped me and you two are all I have left. Hopefully, I will develop feelings for one of you so stick around and let’s see how this plays out.” I’m not sure how many guys would respond positively to that load of crap.
Des doesn’t want Brooks’ leaving to affect her relationships with Chris and Drew- after all, she still has 2 roses and 2 amazing guys who she doesn’t love. She cries as she calls each of their names and offers roses to the 2 losers, I mean Drew and Chris. Of course both men accept and say they will never leave her. This elicits cheers from the studio audience who offer their opinions, but no one cares what they have to say and most people hit the fast forward button at that point.
Normally at this time in the season, the remaining men would meet Des’ family. Given the circumstances- Des doesn’t know if she likes either of these guys- she wants to go on one last date with Drew and Chris to decide if they are worthy of meeting her mom, dad and felonious Brother Nate.
The first “let me decide if I like you” date goes to Drew. For Drew, there isn’t one iota of hesitation or doubt. They go horseback riding and engage in boring small talk to avoid talking about the fact that she has been crying non-stop over being dumped by the man she loves. Poor Drew doesn’t stand a chance and instead of reading Des’ cues that he is in the friend zone, he toasts to feeling madly in love. Des responds by crying and telling Drew that she doesn’t see a future for them. Drew is hurt and walks off the beach, crushed and confused, and of course he didn’t see coming out of this without Des. He was ready to propose because he loves her and thinks she is the most amazing woman he has ever met. He sniffles. He thanks her for her honesty and mutters “I don’t know” about 10 times. He wants her to be happy. He’s going to start over. He’s going to call Brooks as soon as he gets home.
The next “let’s give it the old college try” date goes to Chris. Des is hoping that she will feel something with Chris. Any feeling will do at this point. Chris consoles Des about her break up with Brooks, and Des talks herself into having feelings for Chris. They go on a catamaran, drink fruity Caribbean drinks and make out. Des finally stops crying and feels hopeful that Chris will make a really good second choice.
Later on, Chris tells Des that he has fallen in love with her and is looking forward to seeing what the future brings. He offers a toast (without a poem thank God) and is calm and confident. Des appreciates his support and thanks him for being by her side. She calls him a loyal friend. Des should just forget about trying to find a husband and should just get a dog instead.