The partially-spoiled festivities kicked off with Recchia and Franco, whose engagement was broadcast alongside picture-in-picture footage of the Bachelorette and her dutiful parents reacting in real-time to the lovey-dovey scene with stoic agony. Minutes after their fairytale engagement ending aired, Palmer asked Recchia about the couple’s post-show challenges. While living apart and keeping their engagement a secret had caused turmoil, Recchia dropped the real bomb just before the commercial break: “He cheated on me.”
Bachelor Nation was then treated to footage of Recchia and Windey meeting at an undisclosed location some amount of time ago to discuss Franco’s infidelity. Recchia is understandably wounded and Windey is unflinchingly supportive, but the real takeaway from their conversation is that our other Bachelorette is also engaged. During their chat, which aired prior to Windey’s final rose, one can’t help but notice the giant sparkler on her ring finger, draining any juice out of Schwer’s apparent resistance to proposing.