Brad returns to his Dais Of Heartbreak. The rose…remains!
DeAnna, still in her limo. Brad waits; Brad VO says that there isn't anything on his ideal-wife list that DeAnna "does not possess." A "…but" hangs in the air as Brad continues that it's hard to say goodbye to Jenni, but he's "even more scared" about what's next. Nice attempt at misdirection, but Brad looks like he just ate a moth, so it's pretty clear he's not talking about proposing.
So, let's get to it. Chris offers DeAnna his arm; she VOs about "this amazing man," it's "the happiest [she's] been in a long time," she's excited and scared, she "honestly feel[s] it's meant to be." It seemed on first viewing, looking at her face, like she already knew Jenni hadn't gotten the rose, but it's hard to say for sure; as she climbs the stairs, she looks pretty confident. Brad goes into his speech: he's never met anyone like her; she's strong and independent; he saw her and boom; their first kiss was great. He looks down, then quickly looks back up and asks if she remembers saying that marriage is a "one time and one time only" thing for her? She does; he feels the same way, and he just said goodbye to Jenni…DeAnna looks victorious and relieved, and cocks her head, smiling expectantly…Brad takes a long pause while The Misleading Guitar Of Happy Endings twangs. He stares at DeAnna's hands and exhales sharply. Then he pulls at his tie and his shirt collar. Obviously production told him to do these things, but given that, he's selling the stage business pretty well. DeAnna gets a worried look. Brad excuses himself and walks around for a minute; DeAnna hikes her bodice up, and as Brad paces, she watches him, looking irritated. When he comes back, she gives him a look like "this better be good," and he reminds her that they promised they'd "be completely honest, right? No matter how much it could hurt?" Brad sees so many things in DeAnna that he never thought he would have in his entire life. Shot of DeAnna, and she knows what's about to happen, and she is pissed -- jaw set, nostrils flared. Brad has "so many feelings" for DeAnna, and really wants to feel confident about proposing: "But I can't look you in your eye and tell you that I love you. I can't."
DeAnna says nothing. Brad can't make her a promise he knows he can't keep. Although her eyes are filling with tears, she seems more mad than sad. She doesn't understand; she quizzes him on whether he thinks of her as a friend, which he doesn't -- it's because he cares about her so much that he doesn't want to mislead her. That is a tough line to sell, right there, but this is what I've liked about Brad -- even if he doesn't mean it, and I think he does (or at least thinks he does), he's enough of a gentleman to know that it's his only play here. Usually, though, that line is horseshit, and DeAnna calls him on it, that it doesn't make sense to let someone walk away if you care about her that much, and of course that's her only play here, but she must know that he can't really say anything else. Brad claims he didn't want to hurt her, and she's like, well, so much for that, ass. She wipes away "tears" and says that she's sure, but he's not. He asks if she knows how much he cares about her, and to her credit, she says, "No, I don't. No, I don't." She thought she did, until now. And…whatever, you know how I feel about her, namely that she doesn't really love him and mostly wants him to love her the most, but I for one really hate it when men give you the gate and then expect you to forgive them for it, like, on the spot. Again, Brad is doing it the nicest, most courteous way he can, and eventually she'll see that it's for the best; he's not a bad guy, but…you can't expect her to let you off the hook for it that day. It's like the "are you gonna be okay?" question -- yeah, probably, but it's not your business anymore either way, so let's just not.