In this gripping special conclusion, Ashley, who began her search for love with 25 bachelors, has survived a shocking and emotionally taxing journey and found herself falling in love with two very different, but wonderful men, Ben F. and J.P. As she prepares to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life, she invites the two remaining bachelors to tour more of the breathtaking island country of Fiji to meet her family. Ashley hopes her family will offer some crucial input about which incredible man they believe will make the better match for her. Then the men have one last chance to lay their hearts on the line, each trying to guarantee that he will be the one to get Ashley’s final rose. Once fearful that none of the men would be drawn to her, she now has two men in love with her. But which man will she choose to leave paradise with and to share her life, and who will go home with a broken heart? The Season Finale of “The Bachelorette” airs Monday, August 1 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
With Ashley’s search for her soul mate over, she talks to Chris Harrison about the two final bachelors this season in “After the Final Rose” special. She’ll take viewers back to exotic Fiji on the final day, and to what she was thinking when she made the most challenging decision of her life. Ashley and the bachelor she rejected square off in an emotional discussion about his dramatic exit from the show – and he wants some answers. He will confront Ashley for the first time since that day he left heartbroken. Finally, Ashley and the man who received the final rose are together in public for the first time. They will discuss the difficulty of sustaining the relationship in secret, the roadblocks they encountered on their journey – including a surprise guest, Ashley’s sister Chrystie, who was one of those obstacles — and what the future will hold for them. It’s an emotional conclusion to Ashley’s heartfelt journey to find true love, on “The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose,” Monday, August 2 at 10:02 pm ET/PT.
When J.P. first arrives to meet Ashley’s family at the Vomo Island Resort and Spa, he appears to make a great first impression. However, Ashley’s sister, Chrystie, whose opinion she has always valued, lets her know that she doesn’t see this man as the one for her. The drama erupts as the two sisters confront one another in a sensational fight. Ashley is stunned by her sister’s frank assessment and seeks solace from her brother. Meanwhile, Chrystie offers J.P. a litany of things that she finds troubling about any future relationship he might be planning with her sister. He is shocked by this summary appraisal. Will Ashley be forced to reassess her feelings for J.P. because of her sister’s brutal opinion?
The following day, Ashley’s attempts to clear the air with her sister fail and fireworks start again – especially when Chrystie drops the bomb that she saw more chemistry between her sister and
Brad than Ashley and J.P. Another heated verbal sparring session ensues while Ashley worries how her family will receive Ben F. But when this amiable bachelor arrives, he immediately charms everyone with his carefree attitude and sense of humor. Even Chrystie is happy to see Ashley be herself around Ben F., which will only make her decision ever harder.
Ashley is now down to her “last chance” dates with the final two men to bring some clarity to the situation. She and Ben F. soar in a helicopter over the Fijian seascape, landing near some natural hot springs where the couple spend a steamy time together. Later the date turns serious when the emotional Ben F. finally completely opens up to Ashley and admits that he loves her. This outpouring of emotion has a definite effect on Ashley.
The next day, Ashley and J.P. meet and the distressed bachelor is still reeling from Chrystie’s harsh judgment of him. He begs Ashley not to let her sister’s opinion influence her decision, but Ashley is determined to make sure that the man she picks is right both for her head and heart. Desperate to convince her that he is the one for her, J.P. admits he’s falling madly in love with her. He even surprises her with a special gift that night as they snuggle.
Her journey is over and both men are ready to propose, but there is still one heart-breaking decision for Ashley to make before she can find her happily ever after.
The two remaining men are:
Ben F., 28, winemaker from Sonoma, CA
J.P., 34, construction manager from New York, NY
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