This is it. We made it! The end of The Bachelor Season 16 has come and gone.
It’s been a rough one for everybody, from Ben Flajnik to Courtney Robertson, the rest of the bachelorettes and — most importantly — the viewers. Now, he's engaged to Courtney and they're trying hard to move on and make it work. Good for them. But...
We can't help but wonder if there was a better choice. No, not runner-up Lindzi Cox. Not anyone! Here are our reasons for why Ben should've cut his losses and pulled a Brad Womack 1.0 by choosing himself:
1. He would've been screwed no matter WHO he chose
Ben doesn’t like things to be sugar-coated, so we won’t sugar-coat this: He sealed his fate the second he skinny-dipped with Courtney. Even if he didn’t want to get engaged to her, that moment arguably ended the realistic possibility of a successful relationship with Lindzi (or any other bachelorette). And, if he only wants to be with a girl other people like, he’s better off without Courtney. So, he’s damned if he picks either one of them now. Rather than pick one and waste everyone’s time with the same old “They’re dunzo!” announcement a few months after the finale, why not just tell both ladies, “My bad! I screwed it all up ‘cause I let Little Ben call the shots and never thought about the real-world consequences of being disliked for it.” Shake their hands, give them an Envolve winery gift card and let them find love or a shot at $250,000 on Bachelor Pad Season 3.
2. He doesn’t seem ready for a *Bachelor* relationship
Even if Ben’s outings with his buddies and nighttime strolls with other women were 100-percent innocent and not instances of him “cheating” on his fiancee, he’s a semi-famous 28-year-old guy with lots of female friends who clearly enjoys attention from pretty ladies. Why lock yourself into an engagement when you can flirt with more Jennifer Love Hewitts? After The Bachelor, he’s probably going to jump into his work, anyway, and won’t have time for the high-maintenance demands of a high-profile Bachelor relationship. But if he walks away alone, he won’t have to deal with the “Are They Still Together Or What?” headlines that will undoubtedly follow him and his Chosen One. Look at Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum — they are engaged and living together and they are still asked all the time about setting a wedding date. Then the curiosity will be about the wedding details. Then about baby plans. Look at Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter — they are still answering Bachelorette questions almost 10 years later. And if Ben is really over his Bachelor duties, then he ain’t seen nothing yet.
3. He needs to return to his true love — his hair
Ben’s hair has possibly had the toughest “journey” of all this season. Instead of getting caught up in the stress of a new engagement, Ben should just thank the finalists for stopping by, then fly home to San Francisco to work on reconnecting with his follicles. Then, once that relationship has been repaired, he should focus on his wine business, his friends, his dog Scotch, and whatever cows are still willing to play “Hey, cow” with him and his sister.