The first season of "The Golden Bachelor" ended on an emotional note. Gerry Turner welcomed the last two, Theresa Nist and Leslie Fhima, to his family at the start of Thursday's conclusion.
Both encounters went well, although because Theresa went first, Gerry's family took a little longer to warm up to Leslie. And it immediately became clear that Gerry felt the same way.
Leslie and Gerry had one last date night together after his family visit, and she could feel he was off. She asked him what was up, but he didn't respond at first. He chose to stop their relationship after leaving her room and gathering his thoughts.
"I've fallen in love with Theresa, and that's the path I'm going to take," he told her as he returned to her room. Leslie, understandably taken aback, burst into tears."Everything you told me the other night was a complete and utter lie, Gerry," she went on to say.
He denied this, telling her, "Things have changed, things have developed... I would not have taken the first step on this path if I had realized how much anguish I would give someone." She seemed to blame herself as she grieved, claiming that this is how her life is. "No offense, I can think whatever the fuck I want right now," she said when he told her not to think that way.
I'm heartbroken yet again, but this time I have to do it in front of the entire world... You made it appear as if you selected me. You mentioned things to me that led me to believe that this was it. You led me down a path, then turned and left me there, and that's how I feel."
She acknowledged it was "mind-boggling" to her that they had just told each other they were in love and she was meeting his family 12 hours prior. She was grateful for one thing, though: he broke up with her in her hotel room.
"The only good this is now I don't have to walk down in that $60,000 dress and diamond earrings and get on that platform and be completely embarrassed… that I thank you for," she went on to say. Gerry burst into tears as he exited the room, telling Jesse Palmer that the only time he'd been in more pain was when he lost his wife.
He admitted that he despised himself for destroying her heart. That being said, the show had to go on — and the following day, it was time to propose to Theresa. He initially told her, "I came to the realization that you're not the right person for me to live with." He said, "You're the person I can't live without," after a (very long!) pause.
He got down on one knee after a hug and kiss. "I'm never going to stop believing that every day, I choose you," he went on to say. He gave her his final rose, a golden one, in addition to a diamond ring. "It will never wilt." "It'll last forever," he promised. "It's a symbol of the love that we have for each other."