So here we are after another completed season. 30 now in the books. Nothing we saw last night really should’ve surprised any of us. Maybe the fact that Nick never actually proposed, even though he started to, but other than that it was pretty standard for finale purposes. If we go back to Nick meeting Kaitlyn’s family which is what the show started with, there’s one thing I wanted to point out. This whole thing he was saying about, “Look, I’m not here to be on TV. I’m just here for Kaitlyn” is such a line. Obviously he can say that because he knew who the “Bachelorette” was when he entered the show, but that doesn’t eliminate the fact he enjoys the attention and did this to be on TV again. ANY contestant on ANY future season can enter in episode 4 and say the same exact thing to whoever the lead is. “Hey, obviously I’m here for you and that’s why I came on.” How is that really any different than Shawn showing up the first night because he wanted Kaitlyn to be the “Bachelorette?” Josh last season coming on and saying he only came on for Andi? It’s not any different, yet, Nick tries to pretend like it was. Did they have a pre-existing relationship? Yes. Did he like her? Absolutely. But as I’ve been saying all season, he didn’t have to come on the show. I’m sure his life would’ve been fine and he could’ve found a date if he didn’t.
When Shawn met her parents, basically all his mom wanted to talk about was the fact that he hated Nick and was worried about the jealousy issues. Oh mommy, no need to worry about that. Shawn is a big boy now. He and Kaitlyn do all sorts of grown up things now. They talk, they text, they FaceTime, they Snapchat videos of each other in bed. I think Shawn will be fine knowing he got the girl in the end. If Kaitlyn had chosen Nick? Well then we might’ve seen the wrath of Hulk start throwing chairs and sofas on that set last night. I mean, I get what they were trying to do. From episode 4 we knew this season was all leading up to Shawn vs Nick. They built their whole season around it. The problem was two months after the fact, these guys really didn’t care anymore. Do they like each other? No. And I’m sure it probably was a tad uncomfortable on the couch next to him. But it really didn’t matter. Kinda like “Survivor” where most jury members get over it by the time the live finale airs, so did these two.
Nick’s last date with Kaitlyn started out with him popping open a bottle champagne. If there were ever a vision that summed up Kaitlyn and Nick’s relationship the best, it had to be the overflowing bubbly out of that bottle. You notice that both guys last chance dates with Kaitlyn were so far removed where anyone could see them? I mean, so with filming changing almost at the last minute, they weren’t possibly gonna take a chance with these final two being seen on a hotel rooftop or something like that. Nick is out on a boat in Marina Del Rey, and Shawn was up in the hills. Kinda where it looked like Chris and Whitney were before they crashed that wedding, but I have no idea. Nothing too important on Nick’s last date with Kaitlyn except for the all important “final” gift. Doesn’t everyone pretty much give the lead something to remember their journey by? Just one of these times I’d love to see someone say, “Here. I got you a chocolate bunny.” Or something that’s not a note, poem, picture frame, collage, etc. Someone give the lead an Xbox. Or a gift card to Sephora. Something other than pictures and collages. We’re getting tired of them. Or at least I am.
Shawn’s last date was equally as boring and not the least bit interesting. Of course, that is until he gave her his final gift. A jar of crap. It honestly looked like a jar of candy that sits at people’s houses on Halloween night. I could’ve sworn I saw Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers in that thing. Would it really have killed him to throw a couple of those in there anyway? Even if Kaitlyn hadn’t already decided to pick him, I bet that would’ve pushed her over the top. Who can resist Snickers? Especially these two lovebirds. You look close enough, you might see some wrappers in their Snapchat video. Kidding. There weren’t any. But there should’ve been. If you took all your memories from your time with Kaitlyn on this two month journey and threw them into a jar, well frankly, you suck. And speaking of final gifts, does Kaitlyn just chuck the photo frame Nick gave her the second he left the room? Obviously she can’t keep it around her place since we know ShawnHulk would break into pieces.
I’ve always enjoyed the Neil Lane appearance. Not because I care for his rings, but just for the sole fact this guy just shows up with a box of rings pretending they are custom made for the lead (or final contestant on the “Bachelor”) when they’re obviously not. He makes rings, they’re ridiculously expensive, you choose one you like, and you give it away on national television without having to pay for it so Neil gets his ROI. Hell, half those rings are probably rejected ones from previous seasons anyway. Didn’t you love Neil’s acting job last night pretending he didn’t have a clue who Nick was and that he almost met him last season? Really Neil? You had no clue, huh? It never crossed your mind why you only met Josh? I think the fake tanning might have fried your brain. Not that we’d ever be able to get a real answer to this, but you wonder how many people have purchased engagement rings from Neil Lane because of this show? It’s like when I watch the Super Bowl. Pepsi could make the funniest, most creative, commercial filled with celebrity cameos. I’m still drinking Coke. Engagement rings aren’t impulse buys. Obviously some people like what Neil does and I’m sure today there will be some column on Kaitlyn’s ring along with the size, cost, cut, color, etc. (and here it is). I know nothing about rings. I’m just curious if this guy is selling crap, or, how far down the “Jewelers I’d Buy From” list he is?