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Bachelor Nation, tonight is the night that we’ve all been waiting for…THE FINALE! After watching Ben both Lauren B. and Jojo that he loves them, we’ve all been wondering what woman will win Ben’s heart.
The episode begins with Ben telling his parents that his decision isn’t cut and dry; he truly loves both women. Lauren B. is the first to come meet Ben’s parents in his hometown of Warsaw, IN. Ben instantly tells his parents about how Lauren B. mentioned how much she wanted to meet his parents during their first date. Lauren B. is quickly taken aside by Ben’s dad and tells him about how much she loves Ben; she then mentions the same thing to his mom. In addition to talking about how much she loves him, Lauren B. asks his mom for advice on how to get through tough times with Ben.
Ben sits down with his mom in order to discuss his touch position and she asks if the women knows his feelings for the other and his answer is no. She seems genuinely concerned about how this will play out.
Jojo is next to meet Ben’s parents and her nerves are apparent. Ben tells his parents how nice it is to be around Jojo because she always makes him feel so comfortable. During her conversation with Ben’s dad, Jojo wins him over with her genuine emotion which proves how much she loves Ben. Jojo enters her conversation with Ben’s mom extremely nervous and tells her about how Ben makes her feel safe, which happens to be exactly what Ben has said about Jojo. Jojo wins Ben’s mom over by making her feel that she knows what it would take to be married, especially to Ben.
After Jojo’s departure, Ben debriefs with his parents; they are certain that either woman would say yes to his proposal. His parents say that Lauren B. came off more polished whereas Jojo’s emotions seemed extremely genuine and that she sees Ben as her best friend. Ben’s mom says that she will be happy with whatever decision he makes; all they want is his happiness and a moment of clarity.
After his weekend home, Ben doesn’t feel like he has anymore clarity; his only chance is during his final date with each woman. Lauren B. and Ben kick off their day together on a boat in Jamaica. Lauren B. can tell that Ben is feeling stressed and isn’t quite himself. Lauren B. is beginning to question where his relationship stands with Jojo. Ben tells her about how easy their relationship has been and how it seems as though it’s too good to be true; this is obviously not what she was hoping to hear, but Ben thinks that their relationship needs to be tested.
Going into the evening, Lauren B. is a little uneasy and ends up telling Ben that she was terrified coming into the evening. After talking for a while, her anxiety subsides and she tell him that she is ready to spend the rest of her life with him. Unfortunately, Lauren B. ends the night worrying that he sees more of a future with Jojo than with her.
Prior to his date with Jojo, Ben talks about how Jojo has caught up with Lauren B. and how he is praying for clarity. The duo spends the day taking a Jeep tour of Jamaica. During the drive, Ben asks Jojo what his worst quality is and she says she can’t think of one. They then spend their afternoon swimming in the middle of the jungle, which happens to be absolutely stunning. Jojo tells Ben that she will do whatever it takes to make their relationship work after the show ends and then asks him what’s on his mind. Ben reveals that he loves her, but he is confused about the decision at hand.
As the evening begins, Jojo is extremely confused and concerned as to where her and Ben stand. Jojo asks Ben to elaborate about his feelings and his confusion; in spite of everything, he says his feelings for her are deeper than anything he’s ever felt. Ben tells her that he has no concerns about their relationship and that in two months, she has become his best friend. Jojo is still looking for a sign of reassurance; rather than a sign, he tells her that he also told Lauren B. that he loves her. Jojo ends the night more confused than when it started.
Going into the final rose ceremony, Ben is still as confused as ever. When Ben begins to look at engagement rings, he finally has his moment of clarity and knows who he will be proposing to. Jojo is the first woman to come out of the helicopter and face Ben. After expressing her feelings to him, Ben tell her that he has realized the he loves someone else more, Lauren B. Ben proceeds to propose to Lauren B. and give her his final rose.
During After The Final Rose, the next Bachelorette is announced and the next Bachelorette is Jojo. Make sure you tune in to ABC on Monday, May 23rd in order to watch JoJo’s journey as the next Bachelorette.
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