Bachelorette Michelle Finale: Soul-Nayte

Bachelorette Michelle Recap | Finale

It’s happening, people. Michelle has found her soulmate. Or her soul-Nayte, if you will. Even though there was a sliver of a moment that I thought Brandon might just pull this one off, everyone’s favorite baby-faced bachelor didn’t tick the win column this go around.

Was the finale boring? A bit. Did it haven’t moments of shock and awe? Absolutely.

Instead of ticking through all the minute details, I’ve put together a handy bullet list of everything you need to know about Michelle’s finale. Although I did predict she would end up with the tall, handsome, baddish boy (is baddish a word?), there were a few gems that are too good not to mention. Enjoy!

  • Kaitlyn had to handle all three hours of the “live” finale solo. Tayshia was exposed to COVID and practiced caution. Who thinks she’s quarantining with Joe, the light-skinned baller besides me?
  • Bachelorettes still journal in their beds on their final few days as non-engaged women. 
  • When Brandon meets Michelle’s family for a second time, he gifts Mr. Young a new pair of swim trunks. This made me so happy. 
  • Mr. Young thinks Brandon reminds him of himself. That is HUGE. Mrs. Young is ecstatic that Brandon has no hesitations about moving to Minnesota tomorrow. She even kisses Brandon on the cheek like a future son-in-law. Ouch.
  • Nayte royally fails to communicate with Michelle’s family. In every way possible. This is detrimental, considering Mrs. Young is currently knitting Brandon a stocking for the mantle, just in time for Christmas. 
  • Mr. Young thinks Nayte has a “different vibe.” He uses the term “warmth” when describing Brandon. However, he does not feel Nayte is ready to move to Minnesota. Why? Because when he asked him point blank, Nayte’s response was, “I don’t know.”
  • Angela, Michelle’s sister, continues this train of interrogation. Will he move to Minnesota from Texas? Nayte makes sure Angela knows that he’s all about the adventures and is ready to live life with Michelle. Awesome! Also, you didn’t answer the question.
  • Through teary eyes, Mrs. Young tells her sweet daughter that Nayte is not ready for an engagement. He says the right things, but there isn’t any emotion behind his words, unlike Brandon, who flings his everywhere. Michelle cries when she hears that her parents aren’t fully on board with Nayte. 
  • In Mexico, Michelle rides jet skis with Brandon, who has probably never been in an ocean before. They kiss for hours and talk about how life is perfect. Brandon tells her once every sixty seconds that he’s in love with her and will put her first, come what may.
  • That night, Brandon gifts Michelle with his favorite sweatshirt. It’s from their fantasy suite food fight. It’s his favorite moment with her, besides every other one in existence. 
  • Michelle tells Brandon she loves him. He beams. This is the moment Brandon thinks he’s sealed the deal. 
  • The next day, Michelle makes Nayte see a shaman named Raul. Through a thick fog of sage, Nayte is encouraged to open up, even if it’s hard. Shaman Raul is certain Nayte’s emotions are blocked. Finally, Nayte realizes that this is Michelle’s way of telling him that he better start feeling it up, or he might lose her. 
  • Nayte takes this information and tells Michelle that night, “There’s a side of me that thinks about losing you, as soon as later this week, and I think it would suck.” 
  • Perhaps Michelle’s mom can needlepoint that onto a pillow.
  • Nayte came to the resort with only two suits. That’s how “in this” he was from the beginning. Is this a compliment? Michelle thinks so. 
  • Nayte tells Michelle he’s crazy about her before adding the caveat that all he does is think about life with her. It’s scary to think she may be gone soon. But he’s ready to get down on one knee. 
  • This is enough for Michelle. Nayte is the one. He’s her man. They are going to be tall and gorgeous together. 
  • On the other hand, we have Brandon to deal with at the Home Depot proposal pedestal. When Michelle lets him down quickly, we see that little babyface in shock. Then when she walks him to the bottom of the stairs, forcing him to scale a mountain heartbroken, she hugs him tightly, and Brandon loses it. EMOTIONS. TEARS. UGLY CRYING. PAIN. CONFUSION. SHOCK. I’ve never seen a goodbye this intense. 
  • Brandon pretends to throw his Neil Lane ring into the angry sea. Kudos to the old guy with the metal detector who finds that bad boy later this week!
  • During After the Final Rose, Brandon seems legitimately fine. When Kaitlyn asks him if he’s over Michelle, he’s too nice to say yes. Instead, he opts for respect and wishes her nothing but happiness with Nayte. 
  • As far as Michelle and Nayte go, they are happily in love and about to move in together. The Youngs love Nayte, and he makes sure we know that he is indeed moving to Minnesota. Never fear. Michelle can stay near her students and make dreams come true one historical book report at a time. 
  • In shocking news, ABC producers gift Michelle and Nayte a down payment on their first house together. Rumor has it that it is a cool $200,000, which is way better than an all-expense-paid trip back to the resort for a holiday getaway. Methinks ABC really wants these two crazy kids to make it. Will they?

And finally, Kaitlyn makes our  new Bachelor Clayton read mean Tweets about himself. It was humiliating, and I was not fond of it at all. It made me sad for him. It had to hurt his feelings, so I am officially rooting for Clayton to find love come January 3. Will you be watching?

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December 23, 2021 4:57 pm

I like Nayte…glad it turned out this way. It looks like he’s really come around. And I couldn’t agree with you more about Clayton! So unfair to show those comments…especially since on your blog there were favorable ones- like mine. I’m so glad he is the next bachelor and certainly will be watching

December 23, 2021 5:23 pm

I always liked Nayte and am SO happy for them both! I was bawling happy tears with the $200k down payment too!! It was great to see how they’ve coped with what must be the most difficult part: watching the show air, all while you can’t be out in public telling people that you’re in love. Loved that their parents, mums especially, are so close.
Brandon always seemed to be just a little too immature, too much puppy-love.
I thought Kaitlyn did a good job hosting too – prefer the solo approach – not saying Kaitlyn was better than Tayshia. Just that both of them seemed to be so unnecessary most of the time.
I really don’t understand the whole Clayton deal: from the timing of his becoming the Bachelor through to ABC airing key parts of his journey so early. Yes, there’s chatter on social media but jeez, rise above!
Lincee – I’ve been reading for absolute donkeys…just after you went online. And no matter what, even if I’m quite late, I always make sure I read your Recap. Your writing is incomparable, a true delight!

December 23, 2021 10:35 pm

Methinks the money was some strange and awkward form of reparations. Mealsothinks their plan worked by trying to turn Clayton into a sympathetic character. I’m not falling for it and I still don’t care about his journey. I might still watch though.

December 26, 2021 10:17 pm
Reply to  Phil

The 200k was super weird! The “reparations” thought also crossed my mind, but I do think they really really want this relationship to work out since a bunch of bach couples have split recently. The mean tweets bit was def a ploy to get people on board with Clayton. He seems like a nice enough guy, but still an odd choice … we’ve seen so little of him and there were so many other great contenders.
I’m not sure if I’ll be tuning in. As much as I liked Michelle, I only watched about half of the episodes this season. I didn’t watch all of Katie’s episodes either. Frankly, the Matt James season really soured the show for me with all of its excessive and misplaced politics. Cancel culture has a way of coming around full circle…

December 26, 2021 10:25 pm
Reply to  Allia

I was so close to being on board with your comment up until the end. I’m sure Matt James has had to deal with excessive and misplaced politics his entire life and I’m sure that won’t end for him anytime soon. But I’m so very sorry the show has been soured for you and that the real world had to creep into what must be a very safe and comfortable bubble for you.

December 27, 2021 9:17 pm
Reply to  Phil

I get that people like Matt James have had a lot to deal with in their lives. I won’t bore you with the kind of politics I’ve had to deal with in my real world… but my point is that The Bachelor is hardly the venue for preaching morals and values to people. If anything, Matt was put in a very awkward and difficult position by the production trying to make the show into something it’s not (remember the meeting with the dad? ). I’m all thumbs for diversifying the cast and production staff, but let’s not pretend that the show has any moral high ground or expertise to be dealing with complicated issues in a sensitive and appropriate way. So yes, that fiasco did sour my experience by turning a silly show into a silly show that caricatures people’s difficult experiences and pushes its brand of morality on people.

December 24, 2021 5:04 pm

I was not excited about Nayte up to the end but he was so much more open at the proposal and on the after show. I wish them well. Michelle seems like she has her head on straight. I really hope we do NOT see Brandon slobbering all over someone in Paradise

December 27, 2021 8:44 am

Wow, my comment here was deleted? As if I said something that was sooo offensive by pointing out that a black man is black every day and cannot escape from the side effects and so a reality show featuring said man will also by nature have racial drama amd it’s an extreme privilege to be able to even say that it “sours the show” for you, because you have the ability to get up and walk away from racial drama whereas black people don’t ever get that choice. Meanwhile, everyone else has free reign to say these incredibly ignorant things. The fragility here is super disappointing. You just lost a loyal reader, Lincee. Thanks.

December 27, 2021 12:09 pm
Reply to  Phil

I retract this comment. It looked like my previous comment had been deleted before but it’s back now.

December 27, 2021 9:57 pm
Reply to  Phil

Tried to respond to your comment… doesn’t seem like it worked. I don’t see it above. Anyway, not only did you not understand what I said, but you also went swinging with your assumptions about my “bubble” as I apparently don’t live in “the real world” (commenting on a cheesy reality show, no less…). What I was referring to was that, in its quest for wierd reparations, the show repeatedly put Matt in awkward and difficult situations, most cringeworthy of which being that meeting with his father, which should have never been broadcasted. Let’s not kid ourselves. The Bach is not in any way equipped to deal with the kind of issues it dug up and put on display, in a sensitive and appropriate way. The “racial drama” was a direct result of producer mismanagement, and Matt got stuck in the middle of it. They even had to call in Acho to try to dig them out of the mess they made. This is what happens when you try to turn the show into something it’s not. They need to seriously work on diversifying the cast and (just as, if not more importantly) the production staff, not pretend like they have a place in preaching morals and values to people. So excuse me for not enjoying that mess.

January 12, 2022 5:51 pm


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