The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Galavis has spent weeks looking for love among 27 women vying for his affection, and after narrowing it down to pediatric nurse Nikki Ferrell and hairdresser Clare Crawley, he at last gave away his final rose to Nikki on Monday night's show --but did he propose?
The 32-year-old Venezuelan former pro-soccer player and single dad started off the finale by bringing Clare and Nikki to meet his extended family in Saint Lucia.
Clare, 32, was the first to be introduced to his relatives, and had intimate conversations with Juan Pablo's mother, father and brother where they welcomed her with open arms. However, they warned Clare in a roundabout way that Juan Pablo might not be the easiest person to start a relationship with.
The conversations opened Clare's eyes to the idea that when Juan Pablo says something bluntly, he's just being "honest."
"I could 1,000 percent see myself as part of Juan Pablo's family forever," Clare said after the drama-free family gathering.
Nikki, 26, had briefly met Juan Pablo's family prior, but was now given the opportunity to sit down with them and talk about her possible future with The Bachelor.
While they were warm and welcoming with Nikki as well, they too warned her that Juan Pablo could be stubborn and, as his father put it, "He's not an easy guy."
"How much fighting can you take? Because Juan Pablo, I love the guy, he's a really great guy, but sometimes when things are getting rough, he walks away from the relationship," said another of Juan Pablo's relatives. "How will you deal with that?"
"I feel like we'd fight well together," Nikki responded, laughing.
After his family got to spend time with the two women, they still had no idea who Juan Pablo should pick, and it was clear that The Bachelor himself was stuck in that same position.
"I don’t know what to do," he admitted.
In order to choose, he had to go on final dates with both women, and Clare was up first. What started as a beautiful, romantic helicopter ride quickly derailed when, as they landed, Juan Pablo leaned over and whispered something into Clare's ear that really changed the mood.
"I don't have words for it, how I feel right now. He chose to tell me something what no woman wants to hear. That he really doesn't know me and some sexual thing I don't want to repeat. It was insulting, it was offensive and it just made me feel awful," a clearly upset Clare told the cameras.
"I'm not just an object. Maybe I have him all wrong. ... I am so confused right now and I really don't know what to do next," she added. "I thought this was going to be one of the most romantic moments of my life but it wasn't."
After the date, Clare revealed that Juan Pablo told her that they don't seem to know each other at all, but that he loved hooking up with her. For Clare, this was a massive blow to her conception of their relationship.
Later, Juan Pablo came to her room at night to discuss what was upsetting her. "You could've said anything in the world. No mics, no cameras, no people, and what did you tell me? You made a comment about stuff that happened with us in private," Clare told Juan Pablo. "You said that we have good chemistry. You told me that you don't know me at all and I don't know you at all."
Juan Pablo defended himself by saying he was just being honest, but it was clear that the dynamic had shifted in their relationship.
Soon, Juan Pablo began opening up. He explained to Clare that this decision was a tough one for him, especially with his daughter in the mix, and showing that softer side was all it took for Clare to take him back into her heart.
The next day, Nikki and Juan Pablo went on their date, a romantic trip out to sea on a catamaran, and this excursion seemed to go much smoother than his date with Clare. At the very least, there was a lot more kissing.
Later, when Juan Pablo came around to Nikki's house, the tensions rose as she wanted to hear Juan Pablo say he loved her. He realized how sad she would be if she didn't end up with him. It was an emotional moment that appeared difficult for The Bachelor star to handle.
Finally, it was the moment of truth. Juan Pablo donned a dapper suit, while Clare and Nikki put on their loveliest gowns to prepare for the toughest choice of the season.
Clare was the first girl off the boat, which many saw as an indicator that she would not be going home with Juan Pablo, and those predictions proved accurate. Juan Pablo told her that she wasn't right, and that's when Clare's anger came out.
"I have saved this moment for the man of my dreams and I thought that was you and I thought you knew what kind of man you were," a visibly upset Clare told Juan Pablo. "What you just made me go through, I would never want my children having a father like you."
"Okay," Juan Pablo simply responded.
Clare walked off angrily, leaving Juan Pablo alone in the beautiful Saint Lucia setting, where he muttered, "Whew. I'm glad I didn't pick her."
Nikki was next to arrive. Juan Pablo looked down forlornly at the engagement ring he picked from Neil Lane, while holding a red rose. The question was: Will he give the rose to Nikki, or deny both women?
Nikki spilled her heart, confessing that she loved him and revealing that if she goes home without him she would be devastated. Juan Pablo told her that, while he loves a lot of things about her, he won't be asking her to get married ...not yet anyway.
"I'm not 100 percent sure that I want to propose to you... but I'm 100 percent sure that I don't want to let you go," Juan Pablo said. Nikki smiled, accepted his rose, and they began to kiss.
Do you think Nikki and Juan Pablo will last?