Warning: If you have not seen the July 28 season 10 finale of The Bachelorette, stop reading now. Seriously, stop. (West Coast, that means you.) Major spoilers are ahead.
It turns out that home is where Andi's heart was all along. After 10 weeks, five countries, and countless roses, season 10 Bachelorette Andi Dorfman got engaged to a man she could have met at a local sports bar in her hometown of Atlanta, Ga. That's right, ladies and gents: Faced with a choice between Atlanta-based former baseball player Josh Murray and Chicago sales exec Nick Viall, she chose Josh, a guy who, by her own admission, is like so many other guys she's dated in the past. The difference this time is that she got her happy ending—not to mention a massive diamond engagement ring. Read the recap below!
The episode kicks off a few days before the final rose ceremony in the Dominican Republic, where Andi's family—mom Patti, dad Hy, sister Rachel, and brother-in-law Elie—are waiting to meet her final two men. Nick is up first, and he's so jittery that he can barely look at Andi, let alone her parents. "When Nick first walked in the door, my first impression was that he was as nervous as can be to meet the family for the first time, more than any of the other guys that I've seen Andi with," Hy observes.
Nick continues to be super awkward through lunch, but he manages to compose himself enough to convince both Patti and Hy that he loves their daughter and wants to marry her—not an easy task considering how tough Hy was on Juan Pablo Galavis during the season 18 Bachelor hometown dates. "If Nick decides to propose to Andi and she says yes, I would be completely in support of it," Hy says. "I truly believe he's in love with Andi, and I have no doubt it's heartfelt."
Josh's "meet the parents" date is up next, and he's just as nervous as Nick was. In his case, though, it's warranted; Andi's family seems very skeptical of him, given what she's told them about his past as a pro athlete. "He's trying to be relaxed and calm and cool, but he is sweating, he is so nervous," Hy notes. "This poor guy doesn't have a prayer."
Fortunately for Josh, things get better from there. After a heart-to-heart with Rachel and Elie, he sits down with Hy to ask for Andi's hand in marriage. Hy asks him some tough questions, but Josh has answers ready for all of them. "I could definitely see Josh being a son-in-law," Hy says.
The next day is Andi's last one-on-one date with Josh. As she waits on a dock for him to arrive, she thinks about all the "ups and downs" they've had together. Today is definitely an "up"—their yachting trip reminds her of how much fun they have together, and what an "amazing connection" they have. "Is this gonna last forever?" she wonders out loud.
Andi's worried that what she has with Josh is "too good to be true," but he reassures her that it's just good enough. He even has a gift for her: a heartfelt letter and a personalized baseball card bearing what he hopes will be her married name, Andi Murray. Under the "fun facts" header on the back of the card, he writes, "Husband Josh has never missed a day saying I love you."
Hours later, Andi is still on a high from her time with Josh, and looking forward to a final date with Nick. She's excited to just relax and let loose, but Nick has other things on his mind—namely, trying to get her to admit how she feels about him. "I'm ready to propose to Andi, but I don't know for sure how she feels about me…I need her to find a way to just let me know," he explains.
What follows is an awkward conversation about Nick's former fiancee, and his concerns over being burned for a second time. She tells him—rather unconvincingly—that it's going to be okay, which he interprets as a proclamation of love. "I've had confidence before, but now it's at its peak," he says. "She's given me all the signs."
He has something to give her, too: a necklace with a vial of sand from the beach where he first told her he loved her. Guess Josh isn't the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve!
Andi is totally charmed by the present—and totally confused about what (or whom) she wants. On the morning of the final rose ceremony, she wanders the grounds of the villa pondering her next move. Josh, she says, makes her feel "young and vibrant" and giddy, while Nick makes her feel "intense" and "passionate" and emotional. However will she choose?
Elsewhere at Casa del Campo, Josh is mulling a proposal. As he wonders about his future with Andi, there's a knock on the door, from famed jewelry designer Neil Lane, who has an assortment of rings for the former athlete to choose from. Nick gets a visit, too, but—twist!—from Andi, not Lane. (Cue the ominous music!)
Andi proceeds with the awkward task of breaking up with Nick, telling him that something's "not right" between them. "It's not what I envisioned. It's not right. Today isn't right," she says. Pressed to elaborate, she explains that the intensity of their relationship worries her.
He's understandably hurt, and even a little angry. "Sometimes I feel like you took it too far," he tells her. "Certain things, I wish you wouldn't have said." Later, in the SUV, he confesses he was "so confident" he was going to be the last man standing. "What is she doing?" he asks.
And then there was one!
Later that day, Josh meets Andi at the site of the final rose ceremony. Before she can say anything, he launches into a long romantic speech about his feelings for her, telling her he gave up his first love, baseball, to find a greater love with someone like her. "Andi, you are the answer to all my prayers, you are the woman of my dreams," he gushes. "When I look in your eyes…I see a woman I want to give the world to. I see a woman I want to spend my life with."
She responds by saying that she's been "scared" since the moment she met him—which is not the most reassuring sentiment. She knows now, though, that it's because she loves him, and has loved him since the very first night. "I am madly in love with you, and you're it," she says. "You're the one that I want to spend the rest of my life with, and I want to have babies with."
At that, Josh gets down on one knee and pulls out the ring. "Andi Janette Dorfman, will you marry me?" he asks.
Stay tuned for the After the Final Rose recap, and tell Us: Do you think Andi made the right choice?
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