Because two hours isn’t possibly enough time to show all the complicated relationships that arise from The Bachelor, there is an extra special “After the Final Rose” special that we have the pleasure of watching.

It has been six weeks since the taping of the Final Rose Ceremony.  As we all know by now, there is no studio audience because there are some really big things that are going to go down.

Keep me company with your thoughts throughout the hour!

Chris Harrison meets Jason Mesnick out on stage and asks him how he’s doing.  Jason starts crying, saying that he has been waiting a long time to meet someone like Melissa Rycroft, but since the show ended, it has been different.  He realizes that they are not right for each other.  They’ve spent a lot of time together since the show, the chemistry between them has become different.  He says that she knows that things are different between them.  Then, he goes on to say that for the last few weeks, he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Molly Malaney.  He has been trying not think about Molly, for Melissa’s sake, but he realizes that when he said good-bye to Molly, a huge piece of him was gone, and that he is still in love with Molly.

Chris asks Jason if he has talked to Molly since that fateful day at the Rose Ceremony, and Jason says no.  (This is not what the bloggers are saying, though.)  Tonight, Jason says that he needs to talk to Melissa first and break up with her.  He is going to let her be angry at him and go through all those emotions because he deserves all of this.  Um, right, but does she deserve to be broken up with on national television?  I think the answer to that is an emphatic no.  I can’t believe this guy is doing this so publicly.  Give me a f–king break, man!

Melissa has been backstage this whole time but has not heard anything that Jason has said so far.  Jason begins his public breakup, first reminding her that he genuinely felt that he wanted to spend his life with when he proposed, but in just a few short weeks, he has realized that they are not right for each other.  She rightfully gets angry.  She says that he is being stupid because the second he is having doubts, he pulls back instead of having the decency of telling her about his doubts.  She wants to know what she did to make him change his mind.  Then he drops the bomb.  He says that he still has feelings for Molly, but assures her that he hasn’t been talking to her at all.  (A bald-face lie, if I ever heard one.)  Melissa starts talking about herself in the third person, which I guess shows that she is furious with him.  Good for her, though, that she isn’t crying.  She says under her breath, “You’re such a bastard.”  Wow, he totally is.  You know, I have not been a huge Melissa fan this season, but I am all like “Solidarity, sister.”

He says that he has not regretted anything this season, but she does.  She demands to know why he proposed to her.  Getting engaged for her is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and he took that away from her.  Now, she starts crying, and says that she’s so mad at him.  She returns the ring, and Chris Harrison steps in to take us to commercials.

The Bachelor 13: After the Final Rose, Part 1, Live Thoughts

Chris excuses himself to allow Melissa and Jason to say good-bye. Jason tries to apologize, but Melissa tells him never to call her or to text her again and to leave her alone. She sardonically wishes him luck with Molly, then she stalks off stage and down the hallway and out of his life. Wow, he is a piece of work. Just like I was happy that Jillian Harris wasn’t picked since it would ultimately be better off for her, I really do think that Melissa has dodged a bullet here. It hurts right now, I’m sure, but imagine what it would be like to actually have to spend the rest of her life with this douchebag? In the limo, she unleashes the fury of her emotion that she had been holding in while on stage. She cries piteously, “I always thought I would make a really good wife.” She laments that she has always been the dumpee in all of her relationships, and she can’t figure out why. She says that she can’t be mad at Jason for not being in love with her. While I agree that that’s a fair statement, I do believe that she has every right, and then some, to be mad at her for breaking up with her on camera like this. I can’t say this enough: what a frakking BASTARD!

After the break, Chris welcomes Molly back to the stage. He makes her sit through a viewing of her elimination, which she admits is very difficult to watch. She says that the week after the elimination was the worst of her life, but she still has feelings for him and still loves him. Chris asks her what the one thing she wants to ask Jason, and she has a whole bunch of things to ask. Jason joins her on stage, and she asks him if he’s nervous. She asks him when he knew that he didn’t want to be with her. He doesn’t really answer her, though. She’s not all that confrontational, as if maybe she knew what was going to happen all along. Jason tells her that he just broke up with Melissa, just moments before, and it’s because he couldn’t stop thinking about Molly. Molly’s face registers no shock at all. But then she kind of scoffs when Jason asks for another shot, maybe coffee or a drink. That’s rich, Jason! She asks him, “What about Melissa?” But naturally, Jason being the biggest douchebag in the world, he brushes Melissa aside and says that he wants to be with Molly.

Jason tells her that he wants a chance to be with her, away from the cameras and the show, and see where their relationship goes. This is what Molly has to do. She has to say, “NO!” She has to say, “You are the biggest POS I have ever laid eyes on, and I do not want to have anything more to do with you. I regret ever agreeing to be on The Bachelor. Get the f— away from me, you bastard!”

Whether she says this, though, we’ll have to wait until after the commercials. And finally, we get Molly’s answers. She is definitely confused about this, but she is willing to give the bastard a chance. None of her feelings changed since leaving New Zealand, and there are a number of things she needs to know about Jason’s change of heart, but she is glad that he has come crawling back to her. She leans over and gives him a kiss. Chris nips their makeout session in the bud by reminding them that America is watching this. This is all on national television, bitches. Jason simpers something cliché about following his heart and what not that just makes me want to brain him with his favorite golf club.

Molly and Jason are all smiles, and Chris Harrison has the audacity to say, “I don’t think that we could end on a better note.” WTF is that all about? Do they not remember that just moments before, they humiliated Melissa on national television?

I guess there’s more story to tell because there will be another “After the Final Rose” special tomorrow night. I guess we’ll have to watch that one too. I wonder if Jason will change his mind and break up with Molly and ask for Melissa back again. Douche.

-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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