Episode Nine: The Finale
The Bachelor Season 11 Episode 0 (11/19/07)
Brad Womack made The Bachelor history by failing to present his final rose to either of his final two suitors - Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas - during November 19's The Bachelor 11th finale broadcast on ABC.
Brad walks her back to the limo, and we get a shot of the single remaining rose, lying lonely on the pedestal. DeAnna Pappas cries in the limo, and actually says that it's tougher that he didn't pick either one of them.
The fact that he didn't pick either one of us is harder to deal with," said DeAnna Pappas, a 25-year-old realtor from Neunan, Ga., who was rejected after Brad had already sent Jenni Croft packing.
"This is one of the worst feelings in the world... When you tell someone how you feel about them and they kind of just reject your feelings," Jenni, a 27-year-old Phoenix Suns cheerleader from Wichita, Ks., said. "[That's] the reason why it's so hard for me to tell people how I feel."
Needless to say, Brad Womack also failed to propose marriage to either. It has been a long streak of just that happening on this show. Let's take a look at how he got there, and - who are we kidding - how he let 'em go.
After both girls met with Brad Womack's family, they each had one more chance to impress Brad during a final set of solo dates. Then it was time for the big showdown ... who will it be?
"To say it's a big day is a mild understatement," said Brad. "It's huge."
Brad said he could see both DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft being his wife and found himself in a quandary.
"I never in a million years thought it's be this tough," said Brad. "But I know exactly what I'm going to do today and I am so confident in that decision. I have to follow my heart."
The Bachelor 11's final Rose Ceremony then began and Jenni Croft was the first one to step out of her limo.
"I hate to say this," said Brad. "But I want something more that I can't find with us. I never thought I'd tell you goodbye - I truly didn't - and here I am telling you goodbye. It breaks my heart to tell you that."
Brad begged Jenni Croft - whom he presented his first impression rose to during The Bachelor 11's premiere broadcast - to look at him as he tried to explain how much the decision was hurting him.
"I want to say so many things but I can't get them out," a tearful Jenni told Brad. "This was the reason why it was so hard for me to tell you how I felt, and now I feel embarrassed for telling you."
Brad told Jenni Croft not to feel embarrassed, gave her a hug and held her as she cried. He eventually walked her out to the waiting limo, where she whispered in his ear, "I hope you end up truly happy."
"I honestly don't know what went wrong," Jenni said in the limo. "My dad told me before I came here, 'There's one person in this life for you and you'll find him.' Obviously it is not Brad... I know there's someone waiting for me. I know that there is."
After Jenni Croft left, it was DeAnna's turn to meet with Brad.
"Remember when you told me that marriage for you is one time and one time only?" Brad asked DeAnna, who nodded in eager anticipation. "I feel the same exact way, and I just said goodbye to Jenni."
However, instead of then telling DeAnna Pappas she was the girl for him, Brad hit the pause button.
"We always promised each other we'd be completely honest right, no matter how much it could hurt?" Brad asked DeAnna Pappas.
"I look at you and I see so many things I never thought I would have in my entire life and I'm trying to tell you that I have so, so many feelings for you. And I want so badly to be so confident to pick you up and twirl you around and give you a diamond ring and spend my life with you. But I can't look you in your eye and tell you that I love you. I can't. I can't give you a promise that I can't keep, I refuse to. I have to tell you goodbye."
Understandably, Brad's "clarification" seemed to further confuse DeAnna.
"It just doesn't sound right to say that you do care about someone so much, but you're willing to watch them walk away" said DeAnna.
"I would never want to hurt you," said Brad.
"I'm hurting right now," answered DeAnna. "I think the difference is I came here sure, and you're not."
"Do you know how much I care about you?" Brad asked DeAnna.
"No I don't. No I don't," said DeAnna. "I thought I did, up until I got here today. Until just now. I thought I had it all figured out. This would explain why I never wear my heart on my sleeve."
Brad Womack pleaded with an upset DeAnna Pappas not to say something like that before she asked him one last question.
"What happens when you regret your decision?" she wondered.
"I don't know," answered Brad.
"To be so hurt and mad all at the same time," said DeAnna Pappas back in her limo. "Half of me is looking at him like I don't give a f**k what he says, than the other half just could not understand. I definitely didn't think he'd be the next person to break my heart. Stupid me."
The Bachelor 11's finale broadcast concluded with Brad sitting on the edge of the final Rose Ceremony altar and staring at the unused ring. Deep.
ABC will air a special The Bachelor: After the Final Rose show in which Brad will explain his decision and Jenni and DeAnna get a chance to get some additional answers from Brad Womack on Tuesday, November 20.
Tonight, hopefully Brad gets his ass kicked. Because that would really be the most be fair. Don't lead people on man. That's just not cool, you big jerk.