November 20, 2007 06:11 AM by Joe Blackmon
Written By Jennifer Brown. DeAnna and Jenni meet Brad’s family; Brad chooses a ring; Both girls get jilted. We start the evening in the kitchen with an excited Brad. He’s
confused because both girls are so “perfect,” and he’s “head over heels
with both.” But today’s a special day – the day both girls get to meet Brad’s
family. DeAnna’s up first, and she already has a leg-up because she’s a
Southern girl (Brad’s mom likes that). They sit down to lunch and have
an easy chat with lots of jokes.
Brad’s mom steals DeAnna away to ask the tough questions, such as, “Are you in love with him?” DeAnna answers yes and admits she’s hoping for a proposal from Brad. Meanwhile, Brad confides in his brothers – “,my head is swimming.”
The tough questions over, the brothers tease and roughhouse and it feels really comfortable. DeAnna loves it, wants to have it forever. “It’s scary to think that he may choose her over me,” she says. They have a tough time parting.
But part they must because soon it’s Jenni’s turn. Brad hugs Jenni for a long time when she comes in the door, and a nervous Jenni is brought to lunch as well. During the meal, Brad’s mom blurts out, “Have you told Brad that you love him?” It’s a pretty uncomfortable moment, as Jenni has to admit that she hasn’t yet done it. Again, Brad’s mom gets alone time, and again she puts the screws to the poor girl. “Are you in love with Brad?” she asks Jenni, and Jenni hedges, before finally admitting that she is falling in love with him. Afterwards, Jenni joins the boys for a round of football, reminding Brad one of the many reasons he’s crazy about her.
After the girls are gone, Brad gets some much-needed alone time of his own with Mom. He tells her that saying goodbye to either of those women is going to break his heart. While Mom suggests that things were more relaxed and easier with DeAnna, she admits that Brad has a very difficult decision to make because both women are great.
The girls each get a final date with Brad and DeAnna’s up first. She bakes a pan of lasagna for him, looking forward to a normal life with Brad. They dig in, Brad praising the food like crazy, and talk about nitty-gritty details of a possible life together (down to the raising and lowering of the toilet seat). Brad gets honest about his feelings with DeAnna and she gets honest right back. “It’s becoming very real,” DeAnna says. “I’ll be crushed if he doesn’t choose me. Somebody’ll have to pick me up off the ground.”
Jenni admits that she’s been a “huge mess” all day, waiting for this final date with Brad. She, too, is serving dinner (sorry, Jen, your dinner didn’t get the high praise DeAnna’s lasagna got), but they hardly get into the first bite before she goes emotional, telling Brad how she feels about him. She tells him that, though she’d be a lot of work to be committed to, she’s worth it, and apologizes over and over again for crying. Finally, after many tears, she says it: “I love you.”
The next day Brad heads out ring-shopping and chooses one. He’s suffering. “I never in a million years thought it’d be this tough,” he says. “I have to follow my heart.”
Next time we see Brad he’s standing in a flower garden, the final rose on a pedestal behind him. The limo pulls up and Jenni gets out. Although Brad looks happy to see her, we quickly learn that this is no happy occasion. He talks about her smile and how she makes him feel, but then says, “I want something more,” She immediately begins crying, and Brad has to beg her to say something to him. She tells him, “I want to say so many things but I can’t get them out.” Then she goes on to tell him that she’d waited so long to tell him her true feelings, and now she feels embarrassed that she told him. They hug for a very long time, both at the rose site and at the limo. Finally she gets into the limo and that’s when the crying really sets in. “I know that there’s someone waiting for me,” she cries.
Brad’s back by the rose when the limo pulls up again. This time DeAnna gets out,but why doesn’t Brad look too happy to see her? He tells her she’s beautiful and lists all the wonderful, amazing qualities about her. He even tells her that he’s just told Jenni goodbye, and clearly DeAnna thinks she’s about to get a proposal. But suddenly Brad has to excuse himself. He keeps tugging on his collar, and he paces around the flower garden. When he comes back, he wastes no time telling DeAnna goodbye as well. “I can’t look you in the eye and tell you that I love you,” he says. “I don’t understand,” DeAnna says, almost argumentative. She’s got jilted-girlfriend attitude and presses him until he finally tells her he has to walk her out,now. “I refuse to give you any kind of false promise,” he tells her. She cries on his shoulder and he whispers, “I’m sorry. So sorry,” into her hair. In the limo, tears running, DeAnna claims she’s “hurt and mad all at the same time.” “Stupid me,” she says.
We leave with Brad, teary-eyed but not quite crying, sitting on the wall in front of the rose pedestal, twirling the engagement ring in his fingers. He has nothing to say.
Tomorrow on The Bachelor: Jenni & DeAnna want answers; Brad faces them.