Bachelorette Gabby and Rachel Finale Recap: Dumpster Fire

Bachelorette Gabby and Rachel Finale Recap | Finale Part 1

I know, I know. It’s all a big confusing mess. You thought the show was on Monday? Not so. You thought this was the actual finale? Think again. You thought Rachel found love with Tino? Take a look at her facial expressions and complete lack of Poker face in the last seconds of the show.

Rachel looks M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E. And after watching the first half of the finale, I still don’t understand why!

ZACH

When we last left Rachel, Zach pulled her to a more private location (away from Aven and Tino) and into a more spacious environment so the cameras could catch many angles. In a nutshell, he feels she displayed characteristics in the fantasy suite that was “not the real Rachel,” and therefore must leave Mexico.

Lo and behold, Rachel doesn’t seem to mind Zach’s abrupt self-elimination. She throws him some shade as she hands roses to Aven and Tino, scoffing at his audacity to question her process. On the other hand, Zach dials into his emotions and cries real tears in the rejection SUV. It’s clear the boy is vying to be the next bachelor, and this is his audition reel.

Was the ten-second goodbye enough to land him the gig? Allegedly, we will learn who the next bachelor will be, according to Jesse Palmer. I admit that the announcement surprises me due to the fact that I have no connection to any male from this entire season. I would have put ten dollars on our next season’s lead coming from Paradise.

But what do I know? I thought Rachel was about to dump Aven on national television. That was SO NOT THE CASE.

AVEN

Rachel is eager to introduce Aven to her family. She looks like a princess in a Disney parade. All smiles and hair tossing and kissing people on the cheek. Everyone seems fully on board with this tall drink of water, including Big Tony. Even Mom loves the fact that he wants kids one day.

But it’s the two friends who discover Aven’s deep, dark secret. When they tell Rachel that Aven admitted to not being ready for an engagement, Rachel gulps her morning mimosa in one large chug. Could it be that Aven is a LIAR? He told her straight to her face that he was ready for an engagement. She just told her large Italian father that he was ready for an engagement. WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Cut to Rachel sitting with Aven in a flock of banana trees on the roaming bench. As a normal person with above-average social skills, Aven can tell that something is bothering Rachel. He asks her to explain the sudden change in demeanor, and she launches into a line of questioning that circles around the definition of “ready to be engaged.”

At first, Aven seems relieved to learn that the question of his readiness is the issue. Simply put, Aven is ready to be engaged. He is ready for marriage. He is ready to be a husband. He’d rather not do that in five days as dictated by the parameters of the reality show. A reality show he signed up for, presumably understanding the intricacies of the process.

Is this me defending Rachel? Heaven’s no. But I do think there needs to be some clause in the agreement that all parties are either okay or not okay with an engagement being the neat little bow at the end of this journey.

LET ME BE CLEAR

Aven is a logical man who genuinely likes Rachel. In his brain, this process worked! He fell in love! He wants to date this woman, pursue her out of the bubble, and more than likely get down on one knee in the future. Aven loves her! Isn’t that what it’s all about? Mark it down as a success story, and book their first appearance as a couple at the Bellagio in Vegas!

Silly reader. You must suspend reality and creep into the mind of someone who has been mentally broken by the system. You see, Aven’s inability to admit that he’s ready for an engagement in five days represents his complete hatred of Rachel and their inability to be on the same page. Duh.

Aven is confused as he walks away from Rachel. She is embarrassed by her loud declaration to her family that this guy is solid. The only thing she can do now is to set things straight at dinner.

Unfortunately, things only get worse. Aven apologizes for “leading Rachel on,” yet he refuses to give in. He still doesn’t understand why she can’t just be happy with dating, knowing that he loves her more than anything and wants to leave Mexico with Rachel on his arm.

Sadly, Rachel claims she is “not coming out of this journey, not engaged.” Her tears are fierce. The snot running from her nose is profuse. Her face is as red as a tomato. Aven is gutted. Rachel nearly pukes. She bids him adieu and almost pulls a Crouching Mesnick on the driveway.

It’s at the point I realize that Rachel was going to pick Aven. This reaction is too great for a runner-up.

My theory is confirmed when the cameras return to the studio, where Jesse stares at a stoic Rachel blankly. She admits that she thought it would be her and Aven at the end of this journey. This makes things awkward for two reasons.

  1. Aven comes out, and they graciously apologize to each other for ten minutes.
  2. If Tino is the last man standing, I’m sure he has questions, right? He CAN’T be the last man standing. He HAS to be eliminated. LOOK AT RACHEL’S FACE.

Could Rachel pull a Clay-en and get back with Aven at the end of all this? Will she ever be happy again?

TINO

This guy.

No one in the family liked Tino more than Aven, which is a bummer for Tino. He didn’t seem to have any game, but of course, he felt confident in the day’s festivities. By the looks of next week’s promo, something is revealed that has Rachel questioning everything. Could it be that she reads his journal? Take a peek and keep a lookout for a brown notebook in his hands:

ERICH

Bless Erich’s heart. The family loves him. Grandpa John is on board. The emotions are high, in a good way, and then it all falls to pieces with one sentence discreetly whispered on a balcony.

Erich: “I want to date you in the real world.”

Why does this send Gabby off in a tizzy, irate that this boy “only wants to date me!”

Here’s the deal with the Bachelorette — these women feel vulnerable because the guy is the one who has to do the proposing. That means the whole thing is a sham if Erich doesn’t get down on one knee. Erich isn’t in love with Gabby if he can’t propose. His feelings aren’t deep enough to make this a sure thing with an Uncle Neil ring on her finger.

IN CONCLUSION

Erich, Aven, and even Jason back in the day are good guys who happened upon a reality show, fell in love with the lead, and want to give this an actual shot at working by NOT getting down on one knee. All have been honest. All have been clear with their intentions.

And both leads have freaked out by such normal behavior.

Yes, they all signed up for this, knowing that a ring was at the end. So, where does that leave us?

I don’t know if Rachel and Tino make it in the end. There is footage of Rachel at the Home Depot proposal pedestal. She does put the rose back down, but I can’t see them making her get all dressed up in her engagement dress, only to walk away without something happening.

As for Erich, I bet that he gets down on one knee. Gabby looked too happy in the studio with her silver Dancing with the Stars mirrorball dress not to have a ring on her finger at the end of this journey. Plus, Erich already feels like she compromised back when he told her on camera that he wasn’t happy about her being with other guys in fantasy suites. I think he takes her stalking away as a sign to “play the game” and get down on one knee at the end of this.

What do you think? Am I totally off? Was Rachel a miserable mess? Did Gabby look like she was tempering her excitement? Has Jesse ever hosted anything in his life? Sound off in the comments! And remember, this is a spoiler-free zone!

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sybille vought
sybille vought
September 16, 2022 11:47 am

i hope it’s not zack for bachelor – the long blinks he does are so distracting and annoying.

aven dodged a bullet.

Dori
Dori
September 16, 2022 7:28 pm
Reply to  sybille vought

What if Aven was a possibility for Bachelor? I think that could be pretty cool!

Tracy
Tracy
September 20, 2022 6:18 pm
Reply to  Dori

No…not Aven. I really liked him at first, but changed my mind after he did an about face when he met Rachel’s friends and family.

Wendy
Wendy
September 16, 2022 12:25 pm

You’re absolutely right. Gabby was working way too hard to hide her excitement. I’m really disappointed that these girls would walk away from love just to have a ring at the end of the show. And I am SOOOO over Rachel. Her behavior has turned me off the entire show. Gabby is my girl and deserves to find love!!! I hope Aven runs and hides.

Bonnie
Bonnie
September 17, 2022 11:58 am
Reply to  Wendy

It’s not love if she’s willing to walk away without a ring.

Lisa
Lisa
September 16, 2022 12:50 pm

I think we will soon see that choosing an engagement at any cost versus a solid rational human being is foolish. I understand how the show works, but to demand an engagement or leave with nothing is ridiculous.

Bee
Bee
September 16, 2022 5:57 pm
Reply to  Lisa

Also, why don’t the GIRLS propose! Why is the power with the men? Especially if an engagement is so important to these girls and this is “their journey.”

We are in the year 2022… ask him to marry you if it’s what you want so badly. You thibk he’s not equally nervous you’re going to say no to him?

Trish
Trish
September 16, 2022 1:11 pm

My thoughts in a nutshell…in no particular order!

1) Nate for next Bachelor…calling it now!!!

2) I, too, thought Rachel looked miserable but there was something really different about her face. I think she has had some “work” done since the season ended. Definitely looked like her lips were pumped up but her face looked more round. I couldn’t put my finger on it.

3) I think that Gabby and Erich will end up together exactly as you have called it…out of fear of losing her.

4) I think Rachel will end up with Tino. I think they are just trying to trick us into thinking otherwise with the previews.

5) Who knows…why do I keep watching this train wreck? Easy!!! So I can read Lindsay’s post episode blog!!!!

Baseballmimi
Baseballmimi
September 16, 2022 9:53 pm
Reply to  Trish

I thought it looked like she had fever blisters she was trying to cover. But maybe it was Botox that settled weird. The more I see her the less attractive she is. Aven, you dodged a bullet.

Maribeth
Maribeth
September 19, 2022 10:19 am
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Tara B
Tara B
September 16, 2022 1:42 pm

It appeared that Rachel was smiling when she left Aven’s hotel room after saying goodbye. It seemed so off and strange to me. Did anyone else notice it??

Old Christine
Old Christine
September 16, 2022 4:27 pm
Reply to  Tara B

Yes!

Dawn F
Dawn F
September 16, 2022 5:44 pm

I cannot stand how whiny and needy Rachel has become! Ugh! Aven, you did NOT fail! You are a great and reasonable guy. This woman is ridiculous, and you deserve someone who is mature enough to understand that the shiny object from Uncle Neil is not the end game here. I would love to see him as the next Bachelor.

Most of the clips pertaining to Gabby looked like footage we have already seen. I suspect she ends up with Erich (hard CH) and that Rachel is flying solo (pun intended).

Bee
Bee
September 16, 2022 5:55 pm

While the show HAS been about engagements, the longer it has gone on, it is clear that there can be variations to the end and a proposal doesn’t HAVE to be it. So it’s a bit annoying that that’s all they have been obsessing about. (Plus, the success rate of the show has been in the toilet, and so any good, logical person who isn’t just there for a career boost would be wary. But then again, in other cultures, arranged marriages can be quite the success and the couples barely know each other… so maybe they do need to take the leap.)

Either way, Rachel has held her men at a ridiculous standard and is a horrible listener. She treats them in ways that make her livid when they flip the script. I am actually mad that both Zach and Aven apologized to her.

Old Christine
Old Christine
September 16, 2022 7:18 pm
Reply to  Bee

Zach and Aven probably apologized to Rachel just to appease her and avoid her anger as much as possible. They both just needed to get out of Dodge.

Cindy
Cindy
September 21, 2022 12:09 am
Reply to  Bee

I agree with you. These men did absolutely nothing wrong. I’m team Tino, Zach and Aven. It also angers me that ABC had the audience side with Rachel. Oh well, the good news is that these fine men did dodge a big bullet when Rachael left them.

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Alison
Alison
September 16, 2022 7:16 pm

Is Rachel’s hair gray, or is it my tv?

Teri
Teri
September 16, 2022 8:40 pm
Reply to  Alison

It looked green to me.

Dori
Dori
September 17, 2022 2:25 am
Reply to  Alison

Yes, it looked to me like she had dyed it a sort of a greyish (blonde?) . . . I was confused by that.

Tracy
Tracy
September 18, 2022 4:52 pm

I was disgusted when the show was over! Wait another week for the finale when they milked this show so much with Jessee asking the same questions over and over to everybody. Rachel and Gabby both seem needy. I’m ready for the show to be over.

Dori
Dori
September 20, 2022 11:30 am
Reply to  Tracy

Yeah, this was just a tough season to get through, for real! Although the two leads had a really fun friendship between them, I didn’t like this two-Bachelorettes-season format at all. Hope they won’t do it again!

Denise
Denise
September 20, 2022 4:48 pm

“Here’s the deal with the Bachelorette — these women feel vulnerable because the guy is the one who has to do the proposing.”  Great point, Lincee!!

The Bachelorettes should get to propose on their seasons.

Cindy
Cindy
September 20, 2022 11:59 pm

Frankly, I’m team Tino I certainly don’t consider one kiss cheating. Apparently Tino didn’t F her, but Rachael F’d everyone in the fantasy suites and Tino was supposed to be just fine with that. Also, I agree that Tino was actually Rachel’s 3rd choice as she absolutely refused to continue anything without a ring on her finger.
Tino dodged a big bullet by Rachael leaving him. Tino deserves better as do Aden and Zach. Rachel is a hypocritical psycho. I’m sorry all these fine men were abused by Rachael.
(I do like Rachael’s dad and family though,)

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