SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the season 19 finale of “The Bachelorette,” which aired September 20...
Did Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey find their happy endings?
Heading into the second half of the two-part Bachelorette finale, both women kept one last suitor. Rachel with Tino Franco – her first impression was Rosen recipient, whose family disapproved of their relationship – and Gabby with Erich Schwer – whom Gabby feared was unwilling to propose.
In addition to the on-screen drama, both men had been spoiled in real life by off-screen rumors, alluded to by host Jesse Palmer at the head of the live segment.
But before those rumors were addressed, viewers flashed back to Mexico, where Gabby and Rachel attempted to finalize their happy endings. Both touched briefly with their husbands and each other before they set off.
Rachel was the first. Preparing to give her last rose, she delivered an impassioned speech to Tino before getting down on one knee. But even during the marriage proposal, there seemed to be trouble in paradise. Rachel’s live reactions were broadcast simultaneously, and her fear made it clear the happiness was short-lived.
In the studio, Rachel confirmed that she and Tino had problems after the show. She explained that things started out strong, but the mounting pains of reliving life on screen proved to be too much. The two had never broken up or taken a break, but Tino confessed that he had kissed another woman during their relationship.
Gabby came back to comfort Rachel after hearing that Tino had cheated and encouraged her to confront him head-on. Rachel was disappointed with Tino’s reaction, where he hadn’t apologized and asked Rachel not to “tell anyone” to save face. When Tino and Rachel met again in person immediately after hearing the news, he said he screwed it up. It was a woman he had met before filming and they kissed after meeting at a bar.
In an attempt to justify his behavior, he blamed the state of their relationship. He pulled out his journal and began quoting what Rachel had said during the week of the premiere; He accused her of refusing to go, going to therapy, threatening to return the ring and wanting to be alone. She called him a liar and asked him to put the statements into context. Wanting to skip therapy because she was exhausted from the premiere, she said she would return the ring if they decided to step back from an engagement and start dating.
“Is there a way this works?” he asked. And after she asked if he thought he deserved her after what he had done, he left the call.
Outside, Tino covered his microphone as he spoke to a producer and accused Rachel of trying to make him look bad. “Tell her to break up with me. Let me out,” he asked a producer. He turned back to her and then stormed off again.
But between the tantrums, he tried to reconcile the relationship. “We can get through this. I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying to make things right,” he said. The crawling continued, but Rachel was done. She returned the ring once and for all.
The two reunited on stage, where Tino tried to control damage. He apologized and flattered Rachel but continued to rationalize the headspace he was in that was driving him to cheating. He referenced a conversation she had dared him to have – and asked if it was him Yes, really wanted to address “that”. There were conversations that supposedly took place that weren’t aired, and he came perilously close to airing their supposed dirty laundry. “You and I both know the truth about what happened,” she said.
The two brushed aside the never-explained topic and continued talking in circles. Tino tried to rationalize but Rachel pushed him back. Rachel ended the conversation for good, but as their engagement ended, another relationship potential emerged. Jesse told her that someone “demanded a chance to speak to you” before putting runner-up Aven Jones back on stage. Rachel then left Tino on the couch and left with Aven.
A happier ending followed. Back in Mexico, viewers reunited with Gabby and Erich and their version of the happy ending. Despite hesitation about his willingness to be engaged, Erich got on one knee and Gabby agreed to marry him.
Live on stage, the two fainted. When asked by the world of “The Bachelor” he attributed the hesitation before a marriage proposal and had too little time, but was confident in his decision.
All was not idyllic, however, as Jesse confronted Erich about rumors of his pre-show behavior, which recently surfaced on social media when a woman who claimed to have dated him before he joined the show exchanged messages between them . Screenshots of the text exchange were shared in the studio with the woman Erich dated before he met Gabby, and he admitted to going on the show to take advantage of opportunities that weren’t about falling in love. He said he dated this other woman until he went to film and left her to be on the show.
Erich was much more polished in his apologies than Tino. He took responsibility for assaulting the other woman and called himself a coward for his behavior. They had been seeing each other for about a month before he left to film and he used the show as an easy way to get out. He admitted he didn’t know what the show would entail, but since meeting Gabby it had come full circle.
Gabby first called him out for what he had done – but then commended him for taking responsibility and shared that he had indeed shared the news with her even before the text exchange was leaked. In the meantime, the two have moved past it and are still happily in love.
Gabby and Rachel were supposed to recap with Jesse one last time, but Gabby was left alone since Rachel had disappeared with Aven. Gabby reflected on her journey and took advice from former Bachelorette stars and her favorite grandpa before Jesse closed her chapter as The Bachelorette.
And as one chapter ended, another began. Jesse introduced Rachel’s second runner-up, Zach Shallcross, as next season’s Bachelor (more on that here). Zach received advice from The Bachelor alumna Sean Lowe before learning he would indeed begin his journey as The Bachelor tonight — five of his contestants were there, and America gave the first impression rose via Twitter, which went to a woman named Brianna who guarantees her presence at the villa for the first week.
With two first-time leads and two messy endings for Rachel and Gabby, this season of The Bachelorette had a double dose of drama, sure to fill the rest of the year — but fear not, Bachelor Nation: ahead of Zach’s journey to The Bachelor ‘ which will air in 2023, a new season of ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ begins next week.
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