‘Bachelor Pad’ Finale Recap: Tears, Betrayals and a Proposal (VIDEO)

By: / September 10, 2012

Bachelor Pad season 3 came to a dramatic conclusion Monday night, when the booted contestants returned to the show to air out their dirty laundry and ultimately help choose a winner between Chris and Sarah and Nick and Rachel.

So, who won the whole shebang? And what were the best moments from the episode?

Get the full rundown after the jump.

In  a relatively clean sweep, Nick and Rachel won the vote from their former competitors, which allowed them to move on to the season’s final — and most nail-biting — round.

As we’ve witnessed from past seasons, the final round forces the winning couple to decide privately whether they should share the money with each other or keep it for themselves.

If they both choose to share the money, the $250,000 is split evenly between them. If only person decides to keep the money, and the other person chooses to share it, the person who voted to keep the money gets the entire $250,000 for themselves.

However, if they both choose to keep the money, they lose out completely, and the cash prize is split evenly among the remaining contestants.

Whew.

In the first two seasons, the winning couples chose to split the money evenly between themselves. Unfortunately — for Rachel, anyway — that didn’t happen on Monday, as a bitter Nick chose to take the money and run far, far far away.

His reason: Rachel didn’t even want to be his partner to begin with, not after Michael was eliminated.

“I feel like I’m an outsider,” Nick explained. “I got here by myself, I did this all by myself. Rachel never wanted to be my partner … [She] tried to leave on me three times.”

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“Are you kidding me? I brought you here,” Rachel fought back, before breaking down in tears. “You are a f****** schmuck.”

“I’m a schmuck with $250,000,” Nick said.

Yowch.

The two had an even bigger exchange of words backstage, which resulted in a loss of trust and, presumably, the end of a friendship.

Though it’s hard to believe it, that wasn’t the only thing that happened during Monday’s big finale. In fact, in true Bachelor franchise fashion, there were plenty of tears, feuds — even a proposal — along the way.

Below, check out the five most memorable moments from the season 3 finale.

1.) Tony Proposes to Blakeley
Seconds after Blakelely confirmed she’s moving to Portland to be with Tony, Tony got down on one knee and proposed. To which Blakeley said, “Absolutely.”

2.) Rachel, Michael Hash It Out
Though romance seemed to be blossoming between Rachel and Michael during the season, their relationship apparently did a complete 180 after cameras stopped rolling. A tearful Rachel ultimately accused Michael of leading her on, saying, “I just really, really trusted you … I thought I would be sitting up here, maybe in Blakeley and Tony’s position.”

3.) Chris Apologizes for His Actions
Also doing a complete 180: Chris, who apologized to the panel for his manipulative actions during game play. “The game — it go a hold of me,” he confessed, adding his actions embarrassed not only himself, but his family watching at home, as well. Still, Chris said he didn’t regret any of his actions. “I came here to win.”

4.) Jaclyn Confronts Rachel
Still reeling from Nick and Rachel’s decision to bring Chris and Sarah to the finals instead of her and Ed, Jaclyn was finally able to confront Nick and Rachel about their painful decision. “I just realized that this is a game and the best chance of us winning the money was to take Chris and Sarah [to the finale],” Nick said. “It was by far the lowest I’ve ever felt in my entire life,” Rachel added. (Earlier in the show, Jaclyn called Nick and Rachel’s vote “unforgivable,” adding her relationship with Rachel has “never been the same.”)

What did you think of Monday night’s shocking finale? Did Nick do the right thing? Or should he have split the money? Sound off, below.