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My Antonio Finale Recap

The morning after last week's elimination Antonio went to the women's suite and woke Brooke and Miranda up for an impromptu photo shoot. I guess the purpose of this challenge was to see how good the women looked first thing in the morning because Antonio didn't give them time to get dressed or put on any makeup beforehand. The women each took turns posing in front of the camera, with Antonio acting as the photographer. And at the end of the shoot it was determined that aspiring actress Miranda was much more comfortable in front of the camera than nurse Brooke...shocking! I am not sure what this was supposed to tell Antonio in terms of picking a mate, but then again most of the challenges throughout this show have done very little to reveal anyone's true character.


After the shoot, Antonio told the women that they had 10 minutes to be ready to walk out the door. Apparently he wanted to see if they could handle his lifestyle by being ready to go at a moment's notice. Handle his lifestyle by being ready at a moment's notice, really? How many acting or modeling emergencies has he ever had to rush to in his lifetime? Ultimately Brooke won this challenge, which is ironic considering that Miranda insisted a few weeks ago that she could be ready in 8 minutes. Incidentally it took Miranda much longer than 8 or even 10 minutes to be ready on this particular morning. All her preparations were a waste of time though because as it turned out Antonio only took the women as far as the hot tub.

In the hot tub, Antonio asked the women if they would ever see other people if he happened to be dating both of them at the same time. Um, I'm confused, isn't that what he has been doing? Brooke told him that if he was seeing other people she would do the same. Miranda, on the other hand, implied that she would only date Antonio regardless of who he was seeing. And of course Antonio liked Miranda's answer the most. Apparently this was a trick question, not so cleverly designed to find out if the women thought it was appropriate to date more than one person simultaneously.

Later on, Antonio took Brooke and Miranda on an extended helicopter tour around the island, where all of Miranda's fears and phobias bubbled to the surface. Obviously Miranda does not have the same adventurous spirit that Antonio does. I think that throughout this show she has pretended to like a lot of the activities he has taken her on in order to win him over. That's not to say that perhaps many of the other women have not done the same thing, but Miranda has had to go completely against her nature to do that. Brooke on the other hand, has always seemed more at ease with all of Antonio's activities, including this helicopter tour.

After the tour, the women prepped for the final elimination ceremony, as Antonio talked with his mother about the difficult decision he had to make. Mama Sabato offered to give her opinion about who he should pick, but for the first time Antonio told her that he needed to decide on his own. Apparently it was much harder for Antonio to make a decision without his mother's input though because he told the women he needed more time to think things over. This infuriated Brooke because she and Miranda had spent so much time preparing for an elimination that did not happen. I also think Brooke was angry because she felt like Antonio was going to pick her, and prolonging the elimination meant giving Miranda another chance to prove that she was the right one for Antonio. Miranda's relief following this non-elimination ceremony showed that she had reached this same conclusion.

The next day Antonio announced that he wanted to spend time with each of the women so that he could make his final decision later that same day. Antonio chose to take Brooke out first, who told him that she wanted a contract regarding the specifications of their relationship. Who asks for a contract before entering a relationship? I know this is a reality show, but a contract? Had Antonio agreed to this so-called contract, what would Brooke have done later on if he was in breach of this contract, break up with him? This was a bizarre request, not to mention unwise considering that the final elimination was only hours away. Brooke tried to clarify this request by stating that she only wanted to date Antonio, so I guess this contract was supposed to be some sort of guarantee of exclusivity. However, I still have to wonder who asks for a contract prior to entering a relationship? Most people just have a conversation about the specifications of their relationship, without involving paperwork.

Later on Antonio spent time with Miranda on the beach, where they talked about the impending elimination. This conversation went much smoother than the one Antonio had with Brooke. And if these two final dates were supposed to help Antonio decide who he should pick, one could have easily made the assumption that he was going to choose Miranda. In the end these dates only suggested that Antonio's decision had already been made the night before because he chose Brooke, despite her contract request.

Ultimately I was a little surprised that Antonio picked Brooke after the conversation about the contract. I was positive that this was going to turn him completely against her given the fact that he was so appalled by this request. I was not, however, surprised at all to see Brooke in the finale, in fact I predicted her as the favorite from the very first episode. I just assumed she would be there with Tully instead of Miranda. I never would have imagined that Miranda would make it to the finale. I could never tell at any given point who Miranda was, even at the end. I always felt that she tried to adapt her personality according to what she thought Antonio wanted her to be. It was obvious that she was never comfortable with Antonio's zest for adventure. And this was never more evident than in the finale. However, I did feel that she fit in better with his Hollywood lifestyle than Brooke. Brooke always seemed a little too uncomfortable with the idea of being with someone who commands attention. This begs the question, why would someone participate in a reality dating show if they didn't want to be in the spotlight and didn't want to date someone who was in the spotlight? The main quality working in Brooke's favor, aside from the fact that it never seemed like she was there just to become famous, was that she was adventurous. And in the end Brooke's sense of adventure won out over Miranda's sense of style.

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