ready to pull a Mesnick. Neil gets tough with JP too, asking what happens if Ashley says no. JP pauses. “Heartbreak,” he eventually says. “Okay,” Neil replies, as if it was just a passing thought, who cares.
Both men feel confident that Ashley will accept their proposals. Uh-oh. BEN GETS DUMPED... THEN GETS MAD!
It’s usually bad when you are the first one to a final rose ceremony, whether you arrive by limo, helicopter, boat, or — in this case — sea plane.
It’s a beautiful, but windy day for the big proposal(s). Ashley’s dress is gorgeous
Ben is the first guy on the beach, which means he’s about to get his heart stepped on and crushed into the ground. We hear his voice-over saying this is the day he’s going to propose and Ashley is going to say yes. He’s never even come close to proposing before. “When you know you know,” he says.
And, as he approaches Ashley, we hear about how he’s thinking about his dad, who passed away four-and-a-half years ago. He thinks he’s adding a new person into the family. This is painful.
Ben says Ashley looks beautiful but she doesn’t have a ring on her finger. He’s totally confident in the two of them. He makes a speech about how every second they spend together he falls more in love. She tries to stop him, but he keeps going.
He’s down on one knee. At this point she should stop him, but she doesn’t. Ben:
“Will you marry me and make me the happiest man on Earth?”
Pause. She grabs his hands and helps him up.Ashley:
“Wow. I didn’t see this one coming.”
She says this isn’t easy. He knows it isn’t easy. He shrugs and walks off. Wow. No goodbye. No nothing? She runs after him. She’s always the one chasing the boys on this show. He feels like he opened up and did everything. She talks about how great he is.Ben:
“What I don’t need you to do is sugar-coat it.... You can’t leave something like this on good terms.... Good things don’t end unless they end badly.”
He sounds bitter. So pissed. Wow. This is the most emotion we’ve seen from Ben. What is it Avril Lavigne said? So much for my happy ending.
He talks about how vulnerable and open he was, but that doesn’t matter if she feels more strongly for someone else.
Ben: “JP is a safer bet than me. I think Ashley went safe today.” Really? That’s the opposite of Chrystie’s take on it.
Ashley gave him no hints. If he wasn’t sure about them as a couple, he wouldn’t have proposed. He thought he was in love, but now he’s not sure about that either.
Ashley feels awful. She hates that she just did that. So much for her happy ending, too.JP PROPOSES
Ashley is so in love with JP and she just hopes he feels the same way. She sees him as the best husband and father. He’s everything she wants. JP wanted her to take a leap of faith with him, and that’s what she’s doing.
She’s worried because he could break her heart and not propose. Not likely!
It’s sunset when he gets there. That’s how you know you’re the F1 — when it’s late enough in the day that the sun is going down. They kiss right away.
JP recalls being afraid and skeptical as he got out of the limo on the first night. JP:
“The hardest thing out of all this has been not knowing. I’m an open book. All my cards are on the table. I’ve told you how I feel and what I want. But I know that I told you my greatest fear is falling in love with you and having my heart broken again. I’m still afraid. I don’t think about all this. I don’t think about now. I think about forever. And it’s hard to know. But I also know that in order for me to overcome that fear I have to take a leap of faith. And that’s exactly what this is. This is my leap of faith. All the time that we’ve spent together, it’s been the happiest time of my life. And you always say to me ‘You’re smiling all the time, you’re gonna have wrinkles when you’re older.’ Well, I smile because of you. You bring that out. What I do know for absolute certainty that I am absolutely in love with you. I love everything about you.”Ashley:
“Today is the reason why I went through all the good times and the bad times and I’ve been wanting to tell you how much I loved you for so long. You mean the world to me and I do not want to be with anyone else but you forever.”JP:
“I’m so in love with you. You’re the one. You’re it.”
He gets down on one knee.JP:
“Ashley, will you marry me?”Ashley:
And, of course, REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” starts playing, ‘cause that’s their song from the hometown dates
Oh, but we’re not done. Ashley has to hand out the final rose and JP accepts. Brad and Emily neglected to do that last season, didn’t they. That cursed them!Ashley:
“I love you so much baby.”
“Baby”? What about “Cupcake”? Someone has to call someone else “Cupcake” or that whole premiere night speech
was for nothing
! Long live Team Cupcake!
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