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WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED? Desiree comes to grips with her happily never after.
It's another beautiful day in Antigua as Brooks arrives for his "exotic" date. But before he can leave the hotel -- knock knock knock! -- there's a casually-dressed host at the door. It seems wolfie has asked Chris Harrison to come over and give him some advice about how to navigate the roiling sea of angst inside his heart. Brooks reiterates all of his doubts to the host, who does his best to look concerned even though the glare from the sun is clearly blinding him. "Are you not sure, or are you telling me 'I'm not in love with this girl'?" he asks Brooks, who at first says he's not sure, but ultimately works his way around to the answer. "I feel like I've come to a conclusion where I don't think that Des is the love of my life," he says finally. "That's what's so difficult."
OMG, you guys. This is happening. Though the next step seems obvious -- welp, you'd better go break the news to Des! -- Harrison puts on his Freud hat for a moment. "Let me just ask, do you feel like you honestly are ready to fall in love?" he asks. "Your parents got divorced -- I know that was tough." Well sure, but Brooks assures him that's not the problem. He's ready to be in love -- but he's just not in love right now. (And it's been two whole months.) Even though I've never really been a fan of Brooks, I do truly feel bad for him in this moment. He seems so defeated, and almost ashamed. "There's gonna be tears and there's gonna be heartache," he says quietly, his voice breaking. "And I'm the cause of a lot of that. That's the last thing I want to do to Des." And yet, it must be done. Harrison offers a few more words of sympathy and advice ("Be open, honest... I think it's important that she sees this, how tough it's been, how conflicted you are") and then leaves poor Brooksy to gather his thoughts before lowering the boom on the Bachelorette.
Ugh, how sad is it to hear Des chirp about how excited she is to see Brooks and hold his hand and take a catamaran with him and how she's in love with him -- all as she unknowingly walks down the beach to her emotional doom? But as soon as she hugs Brooks hello, he starts to cry. "Brooks, what is wrong?" she asks in an urgent, hushed tone. Unfortunately, the quiet area "over there" where he takes Desiree to talk is like a mile away, so she has to spend 32 agonizing seconds (yes, I counted) walking over to the bench before Brooks even begins the process of dumping her. By the time they finally sit, though, Des knows it's going to be bad. "Talk to me," she insists.
Everyone sucks at breaking up, and Brooks is no different. He starts hesitantly, explaining that he was "surprised" to feel so infatuated with her on their first date, and he really wanted it to continue, but... it didn't. "There are like all of these things that I feel like I've checked off, you know? The way you look at everything, the way I feel that I'm around you, I feel like you're a much better person than I am," he tells Des, who looks concerned, but still confused. "I spend that time away from you when I'm not on dates, and it takes me a while when I see you again to be like, 'Oh yeah, that's what we have.'" That's when things get tough.
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