Honestly, all 3 men on After the Final Rose completely stole my heart. And I’m more certain than ever that Jillian made the right decision with Ed, not only because he needs someone who loves him in “mankini” swim trunks who crosses his legs all the time, but also because they really do have good chemistry (you know, Fantasy Suite aside).
Some special moments included:
— Kiptyn told Jill that even though she was fishing for answers with him, he waited to say the things he did because he wanted to mean them. Cue the chorus of “Awwwww”.
— Reid looking like he was literally going to bite his tongue off while debating whether or not to ask her the questions he desperately wanted to get off his chest. He managed to get out a bit about the Fantasy Suite, to which Jillian looked stunned.
— Audience members asking Ed the two most pertinent questions: what exactly was up with those damn shorts, and are they having any bedroom issues now? To which Jillian responded that their only problem in the bedroom is that they don’t have enough time in it, and that she loves his shorts and he recently purchased another, shorter, navy pair. After which, Chris Harrison was the one who looked stunned.
— An audience member asking Reid out on a date. As soon as she popped that question, he turned to Jillian, maybe looking to gauge her response or simply because it was a reflex for him. I think he should have taken her up on it, she was cute!
— Jill and Ed saying that they’re moving in together in his place in Chicago on Sept. 1 and are looking at officially tying the knot in the next 12 months.
I have to say, they looked really happy together. If she wanted love and she found it, it will remain to be seen that it’s lasting and that they will walk down the aisle. Forgive me for being cynical, but after dozens of Bachelors and Bachelorettes alike having crossed the ABC finish line, only one has resulted in what appears to be the real deal. Now, on to more important things: can we get both Reid and Kiptyn to sign up as new Bachelors? They are both serious charmers and could pull in high ratings and melt hearts all at the same time.