The Bachelor's Shocking Finale

Celebrity News Mar. 2, 2009 AT 11:00PM
<i>The Bachelor</i>'s Shocking Finale Credit: ABC

The rose wasn't so sweet for Bachelor finalist Melissa Rycroft.

As Us reported in our March 9 issue, after Jason Mesnick gave the final rose (and the 3.1-carat engagement Neil Lane bling) to the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, 25, in the finale, he shocked audiences by breaking things off six weeks later in a taped After the Final Rose special to take another stab at his relationship with rejected finalist Molly Malaney, 24.

See photos of Molly and Melissa's time with Jason.

After introducing both of the ladies to his family (and four-year-old son Ty) Mesnick received a shock of his own in the form of a surprise visit from former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas who tells him she made a mistake when she rejected his proposal in favor of pro snowboarder Jesse Csincsak. Though she tells Mesnick. "I could see myself having a relationship with you," he turns her down explaining that he's fallen hard for both Rycroft and Malaney. At the final rose ceremony, Mesnick rejects a shocked Malaney who responds by telling him, "I think you've made a mistake, a big one."

The single dad then gets down on bended knee to propose to Rycroft, asking her to "make me the happiest man" by agreeing to marry him. The show cuts out with the happy couple jumping into the pool.

Check out which former Bachelor contestants are still with their final pick.

However six weeks later, at the After the Final Rose special, a tearful Mesnick tells Bachelor host Chris Harrison that the "chemistry is completely different" with him and Rycroft and that he hasn't been able to stop thinking of Malaney. He then tells his blindsided (and angry) Rycroft, "We're not right for each other." After breaking things off with his fiancee, Mesnick then asks Malaney for another shot, admitting that he's still in love with her. Her response? "I think we can see where things go."

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