‘The Bachelor: After the Final Rose’: Ben Flajnik upstaged by Ashley Hebert

Is there hope here?

Whenever Chris Harrison starts off an “After the Final Rose” segment on “The Bachelor” by asking viewers to “reserve judgment,” you know that this is never a good sign.

After sitting through a rather painful two-hour finale that was chock full of drawn-out pauses, we had a post-show special Monday night that really taught us one thing — when the going got tough, Ben Flajnik got going. Claiming that it was “difficult to watch” some of what went on involving Courtney Robertson and the other women, our leading man decided that he wanted to bail on his new fiance and not even send her roses on Valentine’s Day. (And this is after he handed out hundreds of them all season!)

Really, we actually think that Courtney ended up coming across better during this special than Ben, who looked almost as though he was more concerned with his image than the guy he asked to marry him. If you want to break up, then just break up — but the way in which he handled this entire situation may go down as one of the worst things we have ever seen a guy on this show do.

Nonetheless, Ben and Courtney both said that they are trying to making this relationship work despite all of their stumbles, and Harrison managed to close things off with the ultimate cruel trick (even if it is great for TV) — having Ben put the engagement ring back on Courtney’s finger.

The only thing that really made the entire ordeal involving Ben and Courtney all the more bizarre was that Lindzi Cox — who was overlooked for pretty much the entire season — either decided that she didn’t want to show up or the show itself decided to overlook her yet again. (Update: It appears that she is going to be doing press on some other shows.) Instead, we got to spend the final twenty minutes of this special watching a couple that America managed to get behind over the past several months — Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbuam. These two never broke up even while they were getting pummeled by the tabloids, and they have only grown stronger since their time on the show.

When it comes to their wedding, Ashley and J.P. are planning to tie the knot within the next year — and they even want Chris Harrison to officiate! Let’s all saw “aww” collectively, mostly because these two were a good example that this show (in spite of how cynical we are sometimes) can actually work. It was nice to see the show end on a high note — even if it didn’t involve Ben and Courtney in the process.

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