Bachelor Canada finale: Tim proposes to . . .
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Nov 19, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Bachelor Canada finale: Tim proposes to . . .

A fake-out leaves us guessing during season finale in Tahiti

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Let’s give the producers of The Bachelor Canada their due. They perpetrated one of the franchise’s better fake-outs this season.

In last week’s cliffhanger episode it looked like April Brockman was dunzo. The last we saw of her, she was telling Tim Warmels that she wanted to leave Tahiti.

The early minutes of Part 2 of the finale on Tuesday did nothing to make us think April was staying.

“I’m just so overwhelmed that I want to go home,” April told Tim. He hugged her, said OK and walked out of her room, leaving April sitting on the bed sniffling.

So that was it, right? Next up, April crying in a limo on the way to the airport?

Well, no. The heart wants what it wants and it turned out Tim’s and April’s hearts wanted each other.

But hey, don’t feel like a dork if you thought Trish was going to score a Michael Hill ring to match the diamond necklace and earrings Tim gave her in Italy.

I was still guessing right up until the last second which woman would be first to walk up to Tim at the proposal site and thus take the first steps in the long, sad journey home.

That was Trish, who handled her rejection with grace.

In fact, let me say I kind of fell in love with Trish after her appearance on After the Final Rose.

If Canada ever gets around to having a Bachelorette series of its own, I nominate Trish as its first star. Hell, let’s put her name on a write-in ballot to the U.S. Bachelorette. Are you listening, Chris Harrison?

Anyway, let’s revisit how April ended up as the prospective Mrs. Warmels (or Ms. Brockman, or Ms. Brockman Warmels, whatever she would like).

After the scene in her room at the resort, we watched night turn into day onscreen and saw Tim walking on the beach.

“This is by far the biggest week of my life and I’ve never felt so confused,” he said. “Seeing April break down really shook me up. Now it has me questioning everything.

“I only want someone who really wants to be here.”

Well, yeah, duh. But he was giving April one last chance. And lo and behold, there she was walking across the sand, saying she felt better and “like, calm.”

“I woke up feeling more clear today,” she told Tim. “This last week got so like, um, real and overwhelming and crazy, and I think I forgot to, like, stay in the moment at the end of all this, like when it became real.

“I just need to remember sometimes the things that scare you the most will bring you the biggest rewards. I want to be here now more than ever.”

And there was a really big smooch. And April left Tim with a note saying she loved him and wanted to be with him.

OK, so April wins.

But then Tim got together with Trish. And Tim still seemed to be into her.

He ran up to her and swept her up in a hug with a big grin on his face.

They left a love lock on a fence. They smooched. “That felt really right,” Tim said.

Trish said she was feeling calm about proposal day. “Tim’s the love of my life. I’m ready for the next step.”

The visit by jeweller Michael Hill with engagement rings for Tim to choose from didn’t make things clearer.

In picking a 3-carat sparkler, Tim said his intended’s “smile can absolutely light up a room. She’s fun and can be a little bit silly but completely romantic and she’s absolutely beautiful.”

Well, that could have been either of them, although the silly part sounded more like Trish.

And then it was the moment of truth. Tim had his suit on, the women had their long gowns, one of them was walking toward him on the beach . . . and it was Trish.

Tim told Trish she made him feel special.

But?

“You’re intelligent and smart and witty, and you made me so happy.”

But?

“I could totally see a life with you.”

But?

“But my heart’s more fully somewhere else.”

Trish nodded and smiled and said, “OK,” and saved her tears for the limo.

“He didn’t want to be with me,” she cried. “But then it gets even worse thinking now he’s gonna be with April. It almost makes all the special moments we had not special anymore.”

Then it was April’s turn on the beach.

She told Tim he had a long list of qualities she looked for in a guy she wanted to settle down with, including patience and understanding, which is what made her fall in love with him.

“Can I kiss you now?” she asked.

“No,” Tim laughed.

“When I first met you I saw calm, but I didn’t know if it was innocence to cover up a shark and then I thought it was too good to be true, and then we were the last two diving with sharks,” Tim told April.

Say wha?

“And then I got to go to your hometown. To be honest, that’s where I fell in love with you,” he said.

He got down on one knee, he proposed.

April, endearingly, responded with “Yeah, I will.”

“Holy moly,” she added after Tim put the ring on her finger.

And then they sealed it with the biggest smooch we saw all season.

On After the Final Rose, Trish showed her sense of humour was still intact.

She said all the right things to host Tyler Harcott about being grateful for the experience and learning about herself. She teared up after watching a video montage of her time with Tim but didn’t get maudlin.

“When I was with him, as much as there was drama — don’t get me wrong, bitches be crazy — none of that stuff mattered, it was just me and him.”

She admitted it was hard to watch Tim connecting with April on the show, but “April Brockman, hello, they’re adorable. I can’t even be mad.”

Asked why she thought Tim chose April, Trish said maybe because she used her carefree persona as a barrier and it was hard to share her emotions.

“Maybe that’s what it might have been, that and she’s hot, hello!”

Tim joined Trish onstage and Tyler asked what was missing in his relationship with Trish.

“It was not that there was something that was missing, but there was something that overshadowed what we have, unfortunately,” Tim replied.

But when Trish said she felt a bit embarrassed — “I almost feel like maybe it was a little bit one-sided on my side, looking back” — Tim told her she shouldn’t be.

“You’re amaze, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t,” he said, perhaps losing his “ing” between the couch cushions.

“Oh God and now I’m dying alone. Thanks, Tim,” joked Trish.

Tim told Tyler he was “hopelessly in love” and then he answered some rapid-fire questions sent in by fans. It was mostly forgettable stuff, except when Tim admitted that a lot of times he doesn’t wear underwear.

When April joined Tim onstage, well, either they really are in love or they’re really good actors.

Tim ran to hug her; they kissed; he nuzzled her neck; he got teary-eyed watching their proposal on video.

But Tyler missed the most important followup question of the night.

“Are there any wedding plans?” he asked.

“There are plans, yes,” April answered.

And that was it. The show and the season was over.

Hopefully I’ll get a little more out of Tim and April when I interview them on Wednesday.

Toronto Star

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