After whittling down the bachelors from 30 to just two, Jillian finally found her reality love on the season finale of "The Bachelorette."
Diane Mizota: Despite his questionable choice in bathing attire (what was up with the green short shorts?) and previous "performance anxiety," "The Bachelorette"'s Jillian chose Ed, the mild-mannered businessman from Chicago, to receive the final rose, over Kiptyn, the San Diego beach hunk.
And in true Bachelorette fashion, the finale was not without surprises. Reid returned! To profess his feelings for Jillian and propose! So not only did Jillian have to break Kiptyn's heart, but moments later, she had to break Reid's AGAIN by refusing his proposal. Sorry Reid, too little, too late. And Kiptyn, couldn't you just tell she always thought you were out of her league?
So after enduring the emotional meat grinder of breaking dudes' hearts, Jillian finally became engaged to Ed, the guy who will forever be known in the pantheon of Bachelors as "the guy who couldn't get it up in the fantasy suite."
You have to hand it to those producers for breathing salacious life back into the aging reality franchise after last season's much-talked-about Bachelor switcheroo. There were memorable moments this season to be sure. Remember Wes, the country-singing toolbag who openly admitted to going on the show to further his music career while having a girlfriend back home? What a douche. Then there was the "perfect" pilot, Jake, who felt obligated to tell Jillian of the aforementioned girlfriend only to break down and cry on a balcony railing, Mesnick-style. Do you really want that guy to be the next "Bachelor"? I don't.
And of course, the persistent and not-so-subtle erectile dysfunction tease, which implied that Ed wasn't able to seal the deal on their fantasy date. Unfortunate that the poor dude's name is E-D. He said he was just sunburned and tired. Uh-huh, we've all heard that one before. But she chose him in the end, which shows us cynics that love can conquer all. Now we just have to see if they can endure the awkward discussion of their raging sex life tonight, "After the Final Rose" ...
|Diane Mizota is an accomplished TV host, actor, writer and producer who began her career as a professional dancer. She is a first-time mom who currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son.|