‘The Bachelorette’ review: Did Brooks Forester, Zak Waddell earn Desiree Hartsock’s love?

Desiree HartsockIt’s hard to really even describe Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelorette” with any one word other than the following: Yawn. This is always one of the dullest episodes of the entire season, and for a couple of reasons. This is the tail end of a lengthy journey that these guys have been on, and their emotions are heightened out of control given that they haven’t been in the real world, have been cut off from technology, and literally all that they have been able to do over the course of the past several months was sit around and talk about a girl that they are supposed to be falling in love with.

So thanks to that, we had a barf-inducing number of “fairy tale,” “I’m falling for you,” and “this is the most important day of my life” comments. Multiple guys claimed that despite having a great set of abs and plenty of reasons to be hopeful for the road ahead.

In some ways, what was interesting about this episode was that Michael Garofola was probably the most impressive out of anyone tonight on his first-ever one-on-one date, opening up about his past and being honest on some difficult subjects. He probably is the guy most prepared for a relationship and a marriage (especially if Ben isn’t around), but that does not make him the most compatible with Desiree.

As for everyone else, they were all certainly fine. They are all reasonably likable, but it was pretty obvious that she wants to be with Brooks Forester. She pretty much admitted it before the Rose Ceremony! At this point, we wonder why Chris Harrison just doesn’t shut this thing down, and let everyone go home. Chris did ask if it was over, though, and she said she had an open mind moving forward.

In the end, and despite our good feelings about Michael, it was obvious that he was going home. The connection just was not there on the same level as some of the other guys, especially since his relationship really didn’t get going until late. Judging from the way he talked on his date as well, we have a feeling that he even knew the elimination was going to happen.

The one thing that was really heartbreaking? Seeing Michael’s mom try to comfort her after the fact.

Overall, what did you think about this “Bachelorette” episode … and were you bored at times watching all of this near-constant gushing and romantic cliches? If you want to greater sense at the show’s drama, including a taste of the road ahead, just be sure to click here.

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