We laughed, we cried (we're looking at you, Nick) and someone wore a shark/dolphin costume.
Warning: Spoilers for the "The Bachelor" Season 21 finale.
Raven Gates was jilted by The Bachelor star Nick Viall when he selected Vanessa Grimaldi and proposed marriage to her instead at the conclusion of his televised search to find love. The couple seemed determined to convince themselves and everybody watching they do have a chance of surviving beyond Nick's upcoming gig on "Dancing with the Stars".More news: Oppo F3 and F3 Plus with Dual front camera setup coming soon
Even though Rachel only meets four of the almost 30 men she will date, she is happy with what she sees. That episode also ended with an introduction to Vanessa's feisty personality, when she called Nick out for his complicit behavior with the troublemaking Corinne. Though the reasoning behind this phobia remained unclear.
Maynard and Womack eventually split and she went on to become ABC's season 8 Bachelorette, where she accepted Jef Holm's proposal. Thereafter, she conquered her fears by kissing the mask.
Do you think they'll last? "So we're going to do that first". I want to say yes, I just want to make sure that Nick is ready to love me.
"I knew this kind of love existed, I just never thought it was going to happen for me, until I met you", Grimaldi told Viall.More news: Regular Sex At Home Equals Better Work Performance, Study Says
Her composure throughout the goodbye - a few tears shed through a tight-lipped, but forgiving smile - was just another testament to her being a fan favourite throughout the season.
'Vanessa and I just kind of chose to just be up front with the fact that it's hard to start a relationship as the Bachelor and with 29 other women and that it's hard to maintain that relationship long-distance while it's being re-aired, ' he said.
Done Bachelor-ing around: 'It's been a long time for me in Bachelor world, ' Viall added. Then Vanessa comes in. The two went on an ice-skating date in Lapland, Finland, a wintry throwback to their first time rollerblading together.
Nick's final date with Vanessa began as a hike to a special secret destination: the snow-covered cottage of Santa Claus, which had a special gift for her.More news: Marines Under Investigation for Sharing Nude Photos of Servicewomen
Vanessa sits down with Nick's mom in private, and they have a tough conversation.
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