First rose: Molly. "The hats didn't scare you away?" she says. No, not after the voodoo ceremony at Naomi's place. Jillian's next.
And the final rose goes to, after about five hours, Melissa. Naomi seems a little bit stunned, and then recovers enough to smile. She hugs the other women, telling them that she loves them (and I have to say that the final four women do -- and even going back to include Stephanie -- seem to genuinely like each other more than I remember happening before).
Jason sits down to tell Naomi that it had nothing to do with her as a person or her family, but just that he thinks they're in "different places" right now. She pleasantly tells him that that wasn't the reason she wanted to hear, because she is ready to settle down, so she would have rather heard that he feels stronger about the other women. He says she's incredible, and she says she wishes nothing but the best for him. In an interview, he tells her he felt bad sending her home because she's gorgeous and full of life and blah blah blah, but "it just wasn't the right time."
He packs her off in the limo, and she slowly starts to cry more and more as she talks about how it stinks that the very reasons she told him she didn't want to go home are the reasons she is going home, and she didn't want to have her heart broken again, and she's starting to feel like she's better off on her own. Aw. "I have no idea where I go from here. It sucks," she says, covering her face with her hands.
Jason says he knows he made the right decision, but it was still hard to do that to someone, and he knows he's going to have to do it again (and again). Then again, he and the other women are all smiles as he toasts them and their families, and he's going to see them all in New Zealand! The bachelorettes are going to New Zealand for the skanky and not at all romantic overnight dates!
Daniel metaphorically catapults into the shower after watching The Bachelor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.