The Bachelor finale kicked off with Zach Shallcross down to his final two women, Kaity Biggar and Gabi Elnicki. Both women were questioning things after fantasy suite week. Gabi was worried that Zach regretted sleeping with her in the fantasy suite since he originally wanted a “no sex” rule. Katy was concerned that Zach hadn’t used the “L” word with her yet, fearing that he didn’t want a future with her if he hadn’t used the word “love” yet.
Zach Shallcross & Ariel Frenkel Reunite
Before getting to the episode, we caught up with Ariel Frenkel, who was eliminated after the fantasy suites. She praised Zach for making her feel comfortable throughout the experience, but admitted that the breakup didn’t hit her until she was in the car on the way home. Ariel was admittedly on the same page as Zach about the “no sex” rule, but said she wished they discussed that as a couple beforehand. Plus, she didn’t find out about Zach breaking his rule until she watched the episode. She said she was very hurt to find out on TV that Zach ended up being intimate with Gabi, then sharing that with Kaity, but not her. “I was really disappointed in the whole way the week was handled,” Ariel said.
Ariel got the chance to come face-to-face with Zach on the live show. She told Zach that she was upset at being left in the dark about what was happening during fantasy suite week. She pointed out that he had plenty of time to tell her when the “no sex” rule changed, including after he eliminated her. Zach admitted to having a lot of regrets about how he handled things with Ariel and regrets about setting the parameters that he did. In the end, though, Ariel didn’t want to reduce their relationship to that one situation. She looked back fondly on their time together and was able to accept his apology.
Gabi & Kaity’s Final Dates
Back in the pre-recorded episode, Zach reunited with his family in Thailand. Before introducing Gabi and Kaity to his parents, he admitted he didn’t have a clear path going forward. Gabi was up first, and wanted to have a conversation with Zach about the previous week before taking the next step of meeting his family.
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