Harrison greets her after the helicopter disgorges her, and Courtney talks about super-romantic things like how she wasn't the best with the other women, but she never lied about her feelings with Ben, and he's a good guy and she could possibly love her forever. "I have a pattern with men where they appreciate me at first and then they take me for granted," she tells us. It's telling that as she describes her pattern with men, it's blaming the men for not giving enough for her.
"You look so pretty," Ben tells her, as she arrives out of breath, like Lindzi, but at least this time Ben has managed to come up with, "You took my breath away!" And then he launches into a speech that begins with "What a journey!" and ends with "I think that you're incredible woman." And then he throws in a "But..." so that Courtney thinks things are ending, only he continues by saying he promised himself he wouldn't get down on one knee unless it was for forever, or some bullshit. "I want to tell you that you are my forever," he says. She gasps, and then gets giggly and annoying as Ben tries to explain his dingbat love philosophy, and finally he gets down on one knee, and says, "Will you marry me?" and she says yes, and they each say, "I will love you forever," and then as time runs out hit a whole bunch of annoying/creepy Bachelor themes: saying, "Oh my dad!" and calling something that doesn't involve unicorns or melting faces "surreal" and Ben saying, "I know, right?" And then he pulls out the final, final rose and asks if she'll accept it. Because the rose is more important than the ring, I suppose.
And she accepts, and they kiss. "I am the happiest girl in the world!" she tells the camera, and Ben says, "I am the happiest guy in the world!" It's that sweet moment in the show where the happy couple talks about how much in love they are, just a few moments before After the Final Rose starts, and we learn that things have fallen apart in the mere weeks since.
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