Chris does ask if DeAnna still has hope, which she confesses that she does; then he asks what she would do if Brad asked her out again today, and she says that, "as stupid as it sounds," she would go. Chris reassures her that "it's not stupid," although it really is, because Brad is clearly not going to do that, and DeAnna explains that if Brad didn't know a good thing when he had it, then maybe she shouldn't give him another chance. And I agree that she shouldn't. Because he IS NOT INTO IT, so it's time to give MOVING ON a chance instead. Chris must know he's poking the bear, kind of, as he deadpans that it would be foolish not to give Brad another chance if she loves him, and DeAnna nods briskly: "Any person would." Any person who didn't watch the show, maybe.
After the break, Brad comes out, to scattered boos from the crowd. Chris wants to know if Brad can explain what happened. Brad claims he's "more disappointed than anybody." Cut to a woman in the crowd rolling her eyes. …Yeah, I agree. Even if it's the truth, Brad should stick to expressing regret and saying he didn't want to pretend a love he didn't feel. Chris gives Brad an opening to discuss the fact that it's a touchy sitch when two women expressed their love for him, but Brad stupidly goes back to the defensive "I'm heartbroken too, ya gotta believe me" line, and gets kind of grumpy when Chris calls him on it: "I don't have a plan for falling in love, man. I didn't want to make a false promise when I just didn't feel it in my heart." Fine. Done. It's all he has to say, or should say. Chris asks if it would have been false, had Brad proposed to DeAnna. Dude, what did he just tell you. Brad patiently says that DeAnna deserves better than a guy who doesn't love her. Again: all he has to say. Chris presses him on why he didn't feel it, and Brad says they had "six amazing weeks," great dates and conversations, DeAnna has all the wifely qualities he wants, and it's a good question as to why he "didn't get the butterflies," but he doesn't know the answer. And who does, really; he didn't get them, is the point, end of story.
Chris reveals that production flew DeAnna's father out to L.A., at Brad's request, so that Brad could ask him for DeAnna's hand. Various members of the audience look disgusted as Chris hammers on how the proposal came that close to happening: "How does that make you feel, as a man?" "As a man"? Chris, it pains me, but: shut up. Brad says that, if a proposal "was going to happen," he wanted to talk to DeAnna's father, and Chris repeats that that was Brad's idea, not the show's, and Brad's like, yeah, which proves that I tried until the last minute to "make something happen." Chris has people asking him why Brad bothered buying a ring; Brad starts to say he wanted to give it his all, but Chris interrupts to ask whether Brad had made up his mind by the time he went ring-shopping. Brad implies that the ring-shopping itself kind of gelled it in his mind that "this just wasn't right." "Did you feel like a jerk?" Brad's response is prompt: "Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely." Who is right for Brad? He doesn't know; he admits that he "has a few problems," and Chris snorts that Brad just dismissed "25 beautiful women," so it does seem that way. See above. The number isn't relevant; it's the quality of the individuals who make up the total, not the total itself.