The finale of the summer’s guiltiest pleasure, the Bachelor Pad, ended with a high stakes competition giving the winning couple Dave and Natalie $250,000.
The couple schemed and smooched their way into the final four and after winning a majority of the votes by the other contestants, they were chosen as the winners of the first Bachelor Pad.
The relationship-based show had some surprise pairings, with Gia and Wes admitted they’re a couple and Elizabeth and Jesse revealing that they broke up after leaving the mansion.
When Chris Harrison asked Jesse Kovacs and Elizabeth if they were still together, after she infamously admitted last episode that Jesse “got laid,” the newly brunette Elizabeth slammed her beau.
“He’s single. If anyone wants to date a player, he’s the one,” she said.
The tension between the two was palpable as Elizabeth called him out for saying she “had a screw loose”.
“He wanted a casual relationship,” Elizabeth said. “I don’t do casual relationships.”
Gia, who went on the show with a boyfriend but was on the finale telling everyone that she and Wes were a couple, looked stunning as usual and the passionate kiss she and Wes shared had the audience cheering.
“I’ve got $1million dollars here, I don’t need $250,000,” Wes said about Gia.
The actual competition to get to the finale seemed like a done deal for Kiptyn and Tenly.
Starting off with a Dancing With the Stars style dancing competition the couples were given just one day to train and then preformed for the judges - Jake Pavelka, Trista Ryan and Melissa Rycroft.
“It’s kind of like a bad wreck,” Natalie said of Elizabeth and Jesse’s dance.
The judges agreed and gave them a 24, but they all commented on the “chemistry” between the two.
“You guys are dating,” Jake joked to the pair.
He was right at the time, but their relationship was even shorter than his and Vienna’s.
David and Natalie had spunk with their dance, but their score of 25 didn’t beat Tenley and Kyptin who easily won the dancing competition with a score of 26.
They were allowed to choose which couple they wanted to compete against in the finals so they picked Dave and Natalie, sending Elizabeth and Jesse Kovacs home, which didn’t turn out to be a smart move for the kissing couple.
The real drama happened when the former contestants were brought back to judge the final four and the confrontations didn’t go in Kiptyn and Tenley’s favor.
Michelle was the harshest in her criticism of Tenley, telling her “I lost respect for you and I still don’t care for you,” after Tenley spread the rumor that Michelle and Craig hooked up the first night, sending Michelle home.
Tenley apologized to Michelle, but when Michelle said “what goes around comes around,” the audience started booing her.
Peyton called out Kiptyn for saying “I lied to Peyton,” and even though he apologized she voted for Dave and Natalie to win.
Gia also called out Kiptyn for not keeping Nikki in the house and ultimately Nikki voted for Dave and Natalie to be the winning couple.
Dave and Natalie didn’t seem like a sure thing either, with Wes saying he thought Dave was dishonest and Krisily getting mad at him for not telling her she was going home.
Gwen and Juan chided Dave for picking on them for being over 30 and on the show.
Just in case you didn’t have your calculator out, Gwen said she was two years older than Juan, making her 39.
Each person pleaded their case for why they should win, but the majority voted for Dave and Natalie over Kiptyn and Tenley.
The couple was then split up and told they could either vote to share the money or keep it for themselves.
If they both voted to share they would split the $250,000 evenly, if one person voted to keep it and the other voted to share the person voting for keeping would get the money — BUT -- if they both voted to keep the money it would get split evenly among the other 17 contestants.
Dave revealed that he wanted to share the money, but Natalie added a little tension into the last seconds saying “I think we all said get your friends as far as you can get your friends and the only time to be selfish is when you get your friend as far as you can get them.”
In the end she voted to share the money and after the drama, hookups and eliminations Natalie and Dave won the Bachelor Pad grand prize and split the $250,000.