The Bachelorette finale 2013 kicked off on July 29 with Desiree Hartsock sailing the Carribean sea, perched at the bow of a boat wearing a coral tank top and tiny blue shorts. In voice-over, Des tells viewers, “I can’t believe this fairytale is happening to me!”
However, if the Bachelorette spoilers from last week’s ABC promos are to be believed (and they are), that fairytale will soon turn into a nightmare for our hopeful romantic. Get a full recap of the first part of the Season 9 Bachelorette finale (July 29) here now, and find out what transformed Des from fairy-tale princess to jilted lover here now.
Also, check out video here where former Bachelorette Ali Fedotwosky gives her prediction to the question: Who does Desiree pick?
Bachelorette Finale 2013 Recap – Part One: Anguish in Antigua (Season 9, Week 10)
Though Desiree Hartsock started her journey with 25 men, Bachelorette spoilers from Reality Steve and other sources strongly indicated she would end up with one guy in particular: Brooks. Indeed, throughout the season, we watched Des fall in love with the dark-haired 28-year-old. But did Brooks fall in love with her?
Before Des met up with any of the final three guys for the Fantasy Suite dates in Antigua, though, we heard plenty of voice-overs concerning how she feels about each of them. “I couldn’t have asked for better group of guys,” Desiree said, though in reality we’re pretty sure there were a few she (read: all of us) really could have done without.
“Chris is everything I’m looking for in a husband. I would be very lucky to end up with him.” Desiree cited his boyish charm and occasional awkwardness as endearing qualities. As for Drew, Desiree said she loves “how open and kindhearted he is”, and, she pointed out, he’s not bad looking either.
But Desiree really glowed when she spoke about her third and final remaining suitor. “And then there’s Brooks. My feelings for Brooks are set apart from the other guys because when I’m with him, I do see my future.”
“Brooks is unlike anyone I’ve ever known. He’s adventurous and spontaneous,” Desiree gushed. “He’s one of a kind. I picture Brooks as my husband.”
Next, the dates began. Drew’s one-on-one time with Desiree played out first. The two spent the day exploring the island of Antigua in an open Jeep, stopping to sneak kisses along the way. Later, they shared a picnic full of deep conversation and yep, more kisses.
Drew said, “I just want to fall more and more in love with Desiree. That’s what happens every time I see her, every time I’m with her. I can’t help it this point. She’s the woman of my dreams.”
Later, their romantic dinner on the beach got rained out, so Desiree took Drew into the Fantasy Suite to seek shelter and presented him the standard card. As the lights dimmed and the cameras left Drew and Des alone, the episode cut to a seemingly conflicted Brooks, who had made a pit stop in his hometown of Boise before heading to Antigua.
“There’s been ups and downs for me,” Brooks shared with his mom and sister, to whom he had come seeking advice and clarification on comments they made during Hometown Week that had left him unsettled. He said that though there were things he loved about Des, he didn’t feel he was in love with her and didn’t feel ready to propose marriage anytime soon.
“A hard conversation now is better than horrible one later,” Brooks mused, and his mom and sister readily agreed. His mom insisted he not propose if he had any doubts, though she genuinely liked Desiree. His sister said it was a sign something was missing if he didn’t know by now how he felt; the feelings should be undeniable.
As Brooks prepared to head to Antiqua to break Desiree’s heart, Desiree and Chris were getting their one-on-one time on. Chris and Des flew by helicopter to tiny, secluded Barbuda, where the two set up towels on the beach for a relaxing day together. Later, Des and Chris enjoyed a candlelit dinner and intimate conversation. They discussed Des possibly moving to Seattle to be with Chris, which Des said she’d be open to. (Though neither of them mentioned it on-camera, it sounded like a creaky wheel in desperate need of some oil was going round and round in the background the entire time they sat there, seriously discussing their plans for the future – either island bugs or frogs or something. It was distracting, but made even more so because no one said anything about it!)
As dinner wrapped up, the Fantasy Suite card was discussed and cameras left the pair to enjoy a private night together.
Bachelorette Finale 2013 – Part One Recap: Brooks Drops A Bombshell
Next up, Brooks landed on the island and met with Chris Harrison to discuss the latest developments and his feelings (or lack thereof) for Desiree. Brooks said his head and heart weren’t matching up in terms of his emotions, and he didn’t know what to do.
After Brooks confessed his reservations to Chris, Chris asked Brooks to clarify his position. “Are you saying you’re just not sure, or you say you’re not in love with Desiree?”
Brooks gave it some thought, and replied, “Hmm. I don’t know. I feel like if I don’t feel it at this point…I don’t think that Des is the love of my life.” Chris told him that it wouldn’t be easy, but he had to man up and go tell Des.
Brooks met up with Des and brought her to a bench to sit and talk. As he began his rambling break-up speech, Desiree’s face began to fall as she realized what he was trying to say. She had missed him dearly every day they were apart, she told him, but hadn’t he? Or did he start to lose his feelings when they were apart? “I lost it,” he admitted.
When it became clear he was pulling the plug on their relationship, Desiree fell apart and sobbed, “Why? Why now?”
Brooks told her he didn’t know for sure how he felt until then. Desiree continued crying, and when Brooks tried to comfort her she told him to stop. Eventually, she let him hold her for the last time.
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Desiree and Brooks took a short walk together, and for a while, it seemed as though Brooks would possibly have a change of heart and that Desiree would accept it if he did. Then, they said goodbye with a final hug that seemed physically painful for Des.
Now separated, Brooks stood alone crying, calling that day the worst day of his life as Desiree sat at the end of a nearby pier, sobbing into her hands. “That was way worse than I thought it would be. I didn’t want to say goodbye,” Brooks said, appearing distraught before he got into the limo to leave.
Bachelorette Finale 2013 – Part One Recap: Who Does Desiree Pick on Aug. 5?
Des appeared on camera, saying, “It throws everything off to have Brooks gone…it breaks my heart. I have two amazing, unreal guys who do want to love me. Who do love me. But I just can’t love them [with as much love] as much as I know I have to give. And that’s not what they deserve. Honestly, for me? It’s over.”
In the ABC promo Bachelorette spoilers for next week, Chris Harrison asks Des, “Where do we go from here, where do you want to go from here?” Desiree replies, “I just want to go home.”
So, who will Desiree pick in the end, if anyone? Could Brooks make a comeback after all? Will Des settle for Drew or Chris, or become only the second Bachelorette in the show’s history to not end up with a ring on the season finale? Stay tuned for the second half of The Bachelorette finale 2013, which airs Aug. 5 on ABC, to see how Season 9 ends!