No roses were on the line, only reputations on “The Bachelor: Women Tell All.” The reunion episode gave controversial bachelorettes the chance to clear up rumors, spill the beans on the other gals, and find closure with Jake Pavelka.
The claws came out once axed contestant Rozlyn Papa sat in the hot seat next to host Chris Harrison. Gia, Jessie, and Ella all had stories to share about witnessing an alleged romance between Rozlyn and one of the show’s producers. She denied the fling, saying, “On my child's life, that never happened.” However, she did admit that the two of them have remained friends since the scandal broke.
Rozlyn got defensive with the show’s host, saying, “You have cameras all over the place and you somehow missed the biggest scandal of the season. That's impressive.” He responded by explaining that there is a lot of downtime in the weeks that the show is filmed in which cameras are not rolling and when the women do not have microphones on. The other girls agreed, but Rozlyn fought that she was under the impression there were hidden cameras that could potentially pick up on anything at any given time.
Jake spoke intimately with Chris about falling in love with the two women still in the runnin--Vienna and Tenley. In their first one-on-one date, Jake and Vienna went bungee jumping and shared their first kiss while dangling upside down. Of the experience, he recalled, “It was conquering a fear together and we were able to lean on each other and that really sparked a relationship…That's where it all blossomed, right there.”
Tenley and Jake shared a special moment in San Francisco where they wrote fortune cookies for one another. When they cracked open their cookies, they found out they each independently wrote, “Kiss Me.” Jake told Chris, “It's a match made in heaven there.”
The season has been full of the women bashing Vienna. Now that she is a finalist, they are backing off a bit. Ali, who was one of the more vocal ones in complaining, offered an apology in hopes that Vienna was tuning in. Gia also said, “She's young and sometimes she doesn't think before she talks, but that doesn't make her a bad person. That doesn't make her not worthy of love with a good man.”
One of the hardest obstacles Jake was put through was letting go of Ali, who withdrew her candidacy to return to work. “Women Tell All” was the first time the two have seen one another since her departure and he told her, “I think you are one of the most amazing women I've ever met and you'll always have a friend, no matter what.”
Ali shared that she still misses him and would have done things differently if she could do it over again. She said, “I think in the end, I kind of just believed that if this was really love, if what I was feeling at that moment was real, then it didn't matter, the show didn't matter. It didn't matter if I was physically there even if I left. If he loved me, he would come find me. He's a pilot. Get in a plane, come find me. And, he didn't.” Ali also vowed to “put love first” from this point forward.
Jake admitted, “Ali fell in love with me and me in love with her and no closure.” He also spoke about saying goodbye to Gia, confessing, “My heart was crying.”
In an awkward kiss gone awry, Michelle was sent home several weeks ago. She now says, “To me, it's not the true way to find love. I don't feel that you can fall in love with somebody throughout this process.” Elizabeth said in an interview that Michelle needed a therapist and not a husband, to which Michelle responded, “I don't need a therapist, Elizabeth. I'm stable. I have a job.”
Watch the finale of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” on Monday night to see if Jake drops to one knee to ask either Tenley or Vienna to be his wife or if he will continue on as a bachelor. Following the season finale is “After the Final Rose,” on ABC.