The Letter! A Wedding?! The Top 5 Moments From 'The Bachelor' Finale

In a mostly predictable ending, Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici -- but there were a few surprises!

"I love you, Catherine Giudici! And I love that you love the beef!" 

Okay, that's not what Sean Lowe said to finalist Catherine when he proposed marriage at the end of The Bachelor 17. (Wouldn't that have been awesome, though?) But he did propose, and he did finally say "I love you," the words she had been waiting to hear all season.

Yes, it's a teensy bit troubling to notice that yet another Bachelor chose the finalist with the bigger cup size. And yes, his proposal arrived at the end of a predictable two hours filled with trite dialogue (which we've heard from countless Bachelors before him). That said, Sean's proposal was lovely. Here are our Top 5 moments from the finale.

1.   That ultimate, extended Shirtless Sean scene, which arrived when our man was dressing for the big day. Sure, we had to sit through the usual scripted voiceover: "I never thought I'd be in this situation," said Sean. "Last week. Two girls. Not knowing what to do." But producers sugar-coated their usual boring formula by filming Sean in nothing but a towel, rubbing moisturizer on his abs and laying his suit out on his bed.

2.   Lindsay Yenter got dumped, then dumped her heels. After setting herself and the audience up for a proposal -- "Today is the best day of my life! Today is the day I'm going to get engaged!" she narrated -- Sean told Lindsay that his heart was leading him somewhere else. "Was it me?" she asked, then told him that "this is my nightmare." But her best move was discarding her heels before he walked her back to host Chris Harrison. Why endure any more discomfort for a guy who just tossed her aside? Loved that move. You go, Lindsay.

3. "I get this?" cried Catherine, squeezing Sean's thigh while they rode an elephant into the sunset. "I get this?" she cried, feeling his chest. "Mmm-hmm," replied a giddy Sean, "your beefcake." It's all about the beef with these two.

4. The Letter. Producers promoted the heck out of the mysterious letter, which was handed to Sean just moments before he proposed. Who was it from? What did it say? Frankly, The Letter doesn't really deserve to be on this list of the top moments, but all that hype can't just be swept aside -- even when The Letter turned out to be nothing more than Catherine repeating her feelings for Sean. "All I want to do is move to Dallas and become part of your wonderful family," it read. Whatever. We knew that already, people.

5. And that's not all, folks! At the After the Rose special, Harrison announced that the pair are getting married … soon … for ABC's cameras! "This really is, in all seriousness, really big news," said Harrison. "We have never had a couple like this, I think, in the 10 or 11 years we've been doing this, to come out of the gate so sincere and so serious to take that next step." Can we get an "awww" from the Lonely Hearts Club (a.k.a. the studio audience who watched the show with Harrison)?

Truth be told, Harrison wins the award for the best line of the night. His first words to Sean at the After The Rose special were: "This is really the best part about this, is to never have to see you naked again." Ha! No doubt millions of Bachelor fans disagree with him on that one -- though they will be seeing more of him when he appears as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars this season!

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