While I did think that the producers had twisted Brooks's arm to make him go back, I began to doubt it when Des and Chris H had that little pseudo-therapy session in which Des seemed to be brushing off Brooks's rejection and said she was ready to carry on. Wow, that was easy. Professional therapists, take note of how fast you can help your clients recover from crushing heartbreak. I still didn't think she would accept a proposal from Chris because it makes her look like a flake, and Chris like a fool. (Yes, I know it worked for Ashley and JP, but Bentley had left long before the FRC.) In fact, everyone was thrown under the bus in some way. Besides Des's miraculous emotional recovery ... including manipulation of the viewers into disregarding everything she had just said about wanting Brooks and weeping about how it was all over for her and all she wanted now was to go home ... and Chris's meteoric rise from F2 to F1 while being totally unconscious of the fact that he was the only one left and clueless that Des wanted Brooks and only Brooks just a few days ago, there's poor Drew who just got one of the two roses despite Des knowing that she didn't want him. I'm glad he grilled her at the ATFR, but I wish he had asked her point blank why she gave him that rose. Of course, not giving him the rose would have meant that she was choosing Chris right there and then, and Fleiss wouldn't forgo the drama and "surprise" of the FRC. And speaking of that, poor Chris probably was on the verge of heart failure when Des stopped him from proposing and started talking about her love for Brooks.
Then there's Brooks, who, although he wasn't pushed to make a comeback after all, did look like he would have preferred to be anywhere but on that stage at the ATFR. He had every right to leave the show when he did if he wasn't feeling it for Des, but the producers made such a big deal of revealing fairly early on that Des wanted him and only him that he couldn't help but wind up looking like a bad guy for dumping her and never mind that insanely protracted, rambling, mumbled speech he made. They should have given him a script for that like they do for everything else.
I wish Des and Chris all the best, and if her "epiphany" was real at all, perhaps they can make it.
Not gonna watch JPab's season, but hopefully he will not be mentioning Camilla 17 times per episode as Emily did with Ricki, and that he won't wind up choosing a hipster chick who rolls in on a skateboard broadcasting for all the world to see (except him) that she is in no way mature stepmother material.