After a last week’s emotional episode that saw Jasmine going on the hometown dates and Mike’s elimination, the heartbreak was truly ramped up for Tuesday’s season finale of The Bachelorette Canada. But anyone expecting Jasmine to choose between Kevin W. or Mikhel were in for heartbreak of their own because her decision won’t be shown for two more weeks.
Instead, the trio jetted back to Cuba for some more one-on-one time, questions and to meet Jasmine’s mom, sister and friend. And though there wasn’t a proposal at the end, this penultimate episode—aside from The Men Tell All next week—was certainly dramatic.
At the top of Jasmine’s To Do list? Finding out why Mikhel withdrew from her at the final rose ceremony, walked away and told producers he wanted to leave. Did he mean leave the show, or exit the interview he was taking part in? Viewers quickly learned Mikhel had slid back into his old way of thinking and was worried about being hurt. But he was back on track and ready to go with Jasmine. Moments later she found out the same info—while aboard a catamaran—and that Mikhel didn’t want to think about Jasmine and Kevin in the fantasy suite together. It took him a long time to tell her, but I’m glad he finally did. Keeping secrets from Jasmine so far into the show is a really bad move, so he was smart to confess.
The pair chose the fantasy suite—Mikhel couldn’t say yes fast enough—and they headed off to the booze, candle and rose petal-filled room for the night.
Then it was off to visit with Kevin and address the elephant in the room: how his mom grilled Jasmine. I have to say Jill’s comment regarding a bad day at the hair salon versus a bad day for a Kevin firefighting was insensitive and demeaning, and I was surprised Jasmine gave Kevin a rose. Clearly, she has very strong feelings for him, something evident as the pair talked about the situation in Waterloo, Ont., and then got onto their date. According to the fortune teller they sat with, Kevin and Jasmine are going to have a ton of pretty kids and lots and lots of money. I guess the producers can skip the conclusion of the finale: Wanda has picked the winner.
Not so fast, as it turns out. Despite Kevin wanting Jasmine to commit to him and say he was the one she was choosing, she wouldn’t do it. It led to a super-awkward few minutes—especially after she seemed to have to do the opposite with Mikhel—but it didn’t stop them from heading to the fantasy suite to be “normal.” But things went awry and Kevin ended up leaving the suite, leaving their relationship up in the air. Luckily, Jasmine’s mom Linda, sister Jade and friend Laurelly were there to grill the fellows. (I’ve got my fingers crossed that Laurelly is part of The Men Tell All and she sits down with Drew. It won’t happen, but a guy can dream, can’t he?)
Something viewers have already known is that Kevin is totally Jasmine’s type and Linda was quick to jump all over that fact. Laurelly didn’t waste any time grilling Kevin, questioning him on past relationships and what he learned while being a bachelor in Toronto. It made from fantastic television, but maybe not as a romance-builder. By the end of the group chat Linda saw him as a ladies’ man not suited to be with her daughter. (Can Laurelly be part of every season of The Bachelor Canada and Bachelorette Canada?)
By the end of the episode—and based on the editing—it appeared Mikhel had the inside track on winning Jasmine’s heart. But The Bachelorette is all about the editing, so you can’t put too much stock in that. What you can, perhaps, is Linda’s reaction to Kevin and Jill’s thoughts on Jasmine. And, of course, what Laurelly thinks.
The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All airs next Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on W Network.
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