February 27, 2006 11:35 PM by Joe Blackmon
It was the most romantic Bachelor ever. It was the worst kept secret on The Bachelor ever. Surprising no one, Travis Stork chose Sarah Stone from Tennessee over Moana from California. It was a happy, feel good ending, except for rejected bachelorette Moana’s emotional breakdown in the limousine.
Travis Stork starts off by telling Moana, “From the very first night I met you I was completely intrigued, and I think I called you Ms. Mysterious. Because I knew that underneath that initial conversation, there were many layers, and I was nervous that I would never see those layers.” However, after seeing those layers, things did not go Moana’s way. Travis ends it by telling Moana, “But if I listen to my heart I can’t choose you, and it’s not because everything we had here wasn’t real, because it was. In many ways, it was exactly what we came here for, this incredible French romance.” Moana reacts in utter shock, telling Travis, “You will always have a piece of me that I can’t ever get back.”
In the limousine ride away from the mansion, Moana breaks down into tears, saying “I’m emotionally devastated. I’m so shocked. At first, I almost thought it was a joke. I’ve just never been so vulnerable before in my life, and so dead-on to be so wrong, and to be made such a fool. To be completely convinced that your affections for someone are 100% reciprocated and to be smacked in the face with a solid rejection like I received tonight is so hurtful and I feel like such a fool. The good girl always wins. Guys like that don’t marry girls like me.”
Travis Stork tells Sarah, “So where do I begin? When I came to Paris I had absolutely no idea what to expect. You’re beautiful, you’re smart, you’re honest. But one of the things I like about you most, maybe the most is that when I’m with you I’m happy. I definitely never expected to come over here and have feelings. I certainly didn’t expect to have feelings like this. And the greatest irony is that you’re from Nashville, because when I spend time with you, I feel like I’m at home. But I have to be completely honest with you, because I choose you. I’m so happy right now, because every time I’m with you it’s perfect. Can I get a kiss?” Sarah says “You are though, Travis, you are so perfect for me.” Travis gives Sarah a 2.2 carat diamond ring on a necklace as a symbol of the connection that they’ve found. Travis promises to go back to Nashville and spend time with Sarah and see where the relationship goes.