Who won Bachelor Pad 3? That depends on how you define "winner." After a more or less typical season of gratuitous hookups and embarrassing challenges (ranging from a rhythmic gymnastics competition to a humiliating Karaoke contest), the finale came down to two couples: Chris Bukowski & Sarah Newton versus Nick Peterson and Rachel Trueheart.
But Bachelor Pad isn't just a contest to win a $250,000 prize. Along the way, buff guys and stacked women are mixing and mingling and open to love (or its television version, lust). So the finale began with an update from various former players. Did anyone find lasting…uh, love?
Yes! Lindzi Cox and Kalon McMahon claim they're a happy couple, even if Erica Rose points out that she's seen Kalon with other women. And Blakely Jones and Tony Pieper announce that they are moving in together. Then Tony delivers the evening's first surprise by dropping to his knee and making an honest woman of her. Click here for his marriage proposal and her stunned acceptance.
Alas, the romance has fizzled for Rachel Trueheart and Michael Stagliano, who now calls their fling a "summer camp" relationship. He tries to let her down easy, blaming the split on his desire to avoid a long-distance relationship. Too bad Rachel already knows he's already got a new, long-distance love in Chicago.
Little does she realize she's about to have a lot more to cry about. The former contestants vote for the winning couple, and not surprisingly they choose Nick and Rachel over the manipulative and just-plain-mean combo of Chris and Sarah.
Nick and Rachel are then given their final task: Separately, each must decide whether to split the money, or take it all for him or herself. If both players decide to share it, that's what they'll do. If both players selfishly choose to keep it, both will lose it (and it will be divided among the other contestants). But if one chooses to keep it, and the other to share, the selfish jerk gets it all.
In seasons past, the winning couple tends to go the safe route, splitting the dough and going on their way. Rachel followed that script, but then came surprise number 2. Nick chose to keep the money all to himself.
Was this the right thing to do? Of course not! But is Bachelor Pad meant to be a test of purity, morality and good sportsmanship? Absolutely not. It's a fight-to-the-finish, with some lascivious benefits on the side.
So technically, Nick won Bachelor Pad. But in the long run, the true winner here is arguably Blakely, the happy bride to be.
Didn't catch the finale? Watch the final episode here!