The 26-year-old swimsuit model from New York, NY failed to receive a rose from Pavelka during last night's penultimate broadcast of the ABC reality dating series -- leaving Tenley Molzahn and Vienna Girardi as his Final 2 bachelorettes.
"That was not easy. I think you're absolutely amazing," Jake told Gia after she was eliminated. "I think that in our relationship it's been a little start/stop. I just felt like I developed a little stronger feelings for the other two women."
"I understand. I know that I haven't been the most open. I know I'm slow-moving at this and opening up. If there was more time, maybe it would have been different. But there's not more time and this is the conclusion," replied a teary-eyed Gia.
"I came here to find something that you didn't find in me, I wasn't able to give you what you need. But there's two other great girls there, and I totally understand. If they weren't great girls I would sit here and tell you that you made the wrong decision, but I don't think you did. So I'm happy for you."
As she left the Rose Ceremony, Gia said she was "really disappointed."
"This is a really big shock. I really thought I was going to get a rose," opined Gia as she left.
"I was really starting to see a future together. I feel crushed right now. I don't understand. It sucks. The hardest thing about this is I actually did fall in love."
"A week ago, where I was with Ali, I would have Ali here. It just sucks," he opined. "I still can't believe that she's gone. But I wonder how she's doing and if it was all worth it."
After returning to San Francisco and being there for "a few days," Ali said she was still "heartbroken about Jake."
"I chose my career because I was just scared," she said. "I guess I thought my love for my career could get me through life. What I've realized since I've been back is my life is without love. I have more anxiety then I've ever had in my whole life... Everyday that's I'm away from him my heart just breaks a little bit more."
Ali also said she planned "to fight" for Jake.
"I'm going to tell him exactly how I feel," she said. "I hope he feels the same."
Back in Saint Lucia, Jake's first one-on-one date was with Gia. The two went on a hike that overlooked a bay before he revealed they'd be taking a boat across it to get something to eat.
Arriving at Gros Islet, the two drank from coconuts and enjoyed some of the local culture. As the sun set, the two went swimming, which eventually led to kissing and canoodling.
"I was really enjoying being there, and I need to see more of that tonight," said Jake.
"By the end of the day, I want us to say, 'I love you,' to each other and to say to one another, 'I want to spend the rest of my life with you,'" revealed Gia in a confessional. "It's a big step, and I think that we'll be able to take that step."
That night the two met for dinner on the beach and Gia was concerned she wouldn't be able to let Jake know how she feels about him, and he wanted to create an environment where she could relax. In addition, Gia said she was "scared to get hurt again." The two talked, and Jake said there was an "amazing connection" between them.
"I think you know I'm kind of closed in the beginning, and this atmosphere of being with you has opened me up like more than I would ever open up," she told him.
Jake then talked about what he's looking for in a wife.
"I've never saw this side of you," said Gia. "It's very deep."
"It's what I came here for though," he responded.
Gia was impressed and despite her desire to do so, she was unable to tell him she was falling in love with him.
"I'm just waiting for the right moment to tell him," she said in a confessional.
Jake felt he found what he needed on the date and the two eventually found themselves on a hammock. He then presented her with the overnight Fantasy Suite Card -- which Gia called the "Chris Harrison Card." After reading the invitation, Gia accepted a night in the Fantasy Suite.
"I'm ready to be the last one here. I'm ready to go all the way," she said in a confessional. "I want to tell Jake that I'm falling in love with him. It's so important to say that right now and at this stage of the game, but it's so hard for me to say... Hopefully I should be able to show him."
Jake was feeling the romance in the suite's hot tub.
"She could be the woman that I propose to," he said in a confessional.
The next day, Jake met with Tenley, a 25-year-old college admissions representative from Newberg, OR, for their one-on-one date, which began with a helicopter ride over Rodney Bay. Once the helicopter landed, they explored a local plantation before enjoying a picnic.
Tenley said it's "the simplest things" that make her feel "on top of the world" and felt her connection with Jake was growing.
"I can see us together," she told him. "I can see us being really happy, just having a lot of fun. I can tell you: I make a commitment, I stick to it until it's over."
"That's exactly what I have always believed that I'd bring to a marriage," he agreed.
In a confessional, Tenley said being with Jake has allowed her to "feel passion again" after her ex-husband.
"I want to find a man that will love and adore one person for the rest of his life," she said. "I think Jake's there."
Jake and Tenley then went swimming.
"Today with Tenley I wanted to explore if she could open her heart up, and we're starting to get really close," he said. "She's amazing."
While Tenley was also happy with the way the date was going, the impending Fantasy Suite was on her mind as well.
"I haven't been with another man since I was married," she explained in a confessional. "Being with Jake overnight is a big deal. I'm not sure that I'm ready to take this leap of faith."
That night the two met for dinner, and Jake was hopeful that Tenley felt "safe enough" with him to move the relationship forward. Jake told her he liked that he could be himself around her, and she added she also feels at ease.
"But having been married before, it means so much to me that you've given me this opportunity, with my past," she explained.
"I want you to know it really is put to rest. I have grown and I have learned and I know that I have so much love to give. I also know that I'm meant to be loved. You've had such a big piece in making my heart smile... I'm really falling in love with you."
Jake said the comment "melted" his heart and the two proceeded to dance.
"I knew that I wanted to dance with him forever and that I was actually falling more in love with him," she said in a confessional.
Jake said he was "falling in love" with Tenley and then asked her about the Fantasy Suite.
"I want every second that I can have with you so I would love to stay with you tonight," she answered.
"I absolutely cannot wait to watch our first sunrise," he added.
The two went upstairs to the Fantasy Suite, where they shared dessert.
"This isn't something I just do -- spending an evening alone with a guy," she told him. "So this is very special and I wouldn't just let anybody bring me to a room like this. So I trust in my heart."
Jake said he "loved" Tenley's values and morals.
"Thank you for appreciating them," she replied. "They're special to me."
Tenley and Jake went for a dip in their private pool and shared a passionate kiss.
"There's no doubt in my mind that Tenley would be an amazing wife," he said.
The next morning Jake went on his finale one-on-one date with Vienna, a 23-year-old marketing representative from Sanford, FL, and it began with trip on a pirate ship -- which both were excited about because they liked the fun they have with each other.
"I can see myself marrying Jake," she said in a confessional. "I can see him being my husband. I don't want to be away from him. I don't care if we're in Saint Lucia or Texas -- I just want to be with him."
Jake said that "more so than any other girl," he and Vienna have an "affection" for each other.
"That feels really good," he added. "Sometimes this journey can be a little lonely, and she's made it so unbelievably clear that she's here for me."
The two climbed to the ship's crows nest before he made her walk the plank into the bay and they swam to shore and watched the sunset. They then kissed and canoodled in the sand.
"The chemistry is just bam -- fireworks," she explained. "But it's been like that since the start. I can't think about anything else but being with him. I'm falling in love with him."
Still, Vienna said she was hesitant to tell Jake since there were still two other girls vying for his affection.
"Tonight I'm scared because I know that I'm not the only girl here right now," she said in a confessional prior to dinner.
"If it was just Jake and I and I had fallen in love with him, I would have no problem telling him right up front. But I know there's two other girls here, and that's what scares me. I'm going to go out on a limb tonight, but my heart out there, tell him how I feel. I just want to hear how he feels and how he thinks."
Vienna assured Jake she was "absolutely" ready to be married, but he still wanted to make sure his "passion" for her was not "just sexual."
"I really need to make sure that I am more attracted to her heart," he said.
The two discussed marriage, including what she's looking for in a marriage.
"I don't want to make you uncomfortable, but I've got to know and I've got to figure it out," he said. "What kind of rings do you like?"
"Are you being serious right now?" asked Vienna before answering.
Vienna then had her own question for Jake.
"Could you see me as your wife?" she asked.
"Yes," he answered almost immediately.
"No doubts?" she asked.
"You wouldn't be here if I couldn't," he responded. "I've just got to be honest with you though. There's two other women here and I have fallen for them both as well. That makes everything very real for me."
"I just want to be completely honest with you. Now that I am with you, I can't picture not being with you," said Vienna. "I have fallen in love with you."
"You're in love with me?" he asked, causing Vienna to put her head down on his arm.
"I love that you told me that," he responded. "That's what I've always loved about you -- just your brutal honesty. I always know where I stand with you."
Jake then presented Vienna with the Fantasy Suite Card, and she accepted.
"I think we need some time alone to really get to know each other better and if this is going to go any farther," she said. "We need alone time."
Vienna was excited about the alone time as they moved to the Fantasy Suite, and Jake said he felt like "the luckiest guy in the world" when she changed into lingerie.
"It had felt really great to tell him I had fallen in love with him," she said. "I think I haven't been in love before. That's how I know what's going on right now is real -- because I've never felt this way before. I've fallen in love with him."
The next day in his hotel room, Jake received a phone call from Ali.
"I'm a mess right now," she said.
"All I can just say is I know I made the wrong choice and I want to come back. I just really, really would hate to think that because of my fear and my mistake that we would never find out if we were really a match."
Jake tried to process, and she said the "second" she left she "wanted to go back."
"I just went with what I thought was safe and being back here and working, I can't even focus on it," she explained. "I realized that even having this and not having someone to share it with, I don't want to have a life where I'm burying myself in my work. I'm so sorry that I put you through that night."
Jake was appreciative and reiterated it was hard to say goodbye to her.
"It was like you drove away with a piece of my heart," he told her. "The time we missed this week together is so critical. I don't know what to do. I just feel so confused."
Jake tried to think of a solution, but was unable to come up with one that resulted in Ali coming to Saint Lucia.
"I want to come back," Ali told him. "I really want to come back. I don't care if I come back and you see me and you send me right back home. I know in my heart it's what I believe and what I want and I just hope you feel even a little bit of what I feel."
"Ali, I was falling in love with you in San Francisco," he told her.
"But the problem is when you left it really forced me to put what I felt for you aside. And Ali, I can honestly tell you I'm further along with these three women here and I don't know who I would send home to have you back. I don't know how I could make that happen."
"I'm biased," said Ali, "but I think giving us a shot is what's best for you, for us. I can say right now are my feelings for you the same as the day I left? No, they're not. They're so much stronger now."
Ali added that she regrets the decision she made to leave.
"Everything about me wants to say get on a plane and come here right now, but I'm falling in love with these women that are here," he told her. "Ali I have to just go with my heart -- I know what it's telling me, I know exactly what it's telling me. I just don't think it's a good idea."
Jake said that decision "hurt" him, but he was sticking to it.
"I don't know what to say," said Ali. "I guess I didn't realize that it would all change so quickly. I will forever regret this decision."
Both apologized to each other, and Jake said he "really appreciated" he called her. The conversation then ended.
"There's no question in the world whether I care about Ali -- I do," he said. "As much as I want her here, I'm so in love with these three women. At this point in the journey, I'm not in love with Ali. I just have to trust my heart is leading me in the right direction."
In her own confessional, Ali said she was "completely heartbroken."
"I know with 100% certainty I made the sworn choice," she said. "I never felt this much in my whole life and I know that I'm totally in love with him, but it's just too late. It's too late. I don't know that I'll find anyone like Jake every again."
Jake then discussed his phone call with Ali and the three one-on-one dates with host Chris Harrison, and Jake revealed he thinks he's falling in love with Vienna and was unsure who to send home.
"If I had to choose that one girl right now I don't know what I would do," he said.
Jake then watched personal video messages that each of the remaining bachelorettes made for him before The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love's penultimate Rose Ceremony commenced.
Jake presented his first rose to Tenley and gave his second rose to Vienna, ending Gia's The Bachelor journey.
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love: The Women Tell All special will air next Monday, February 22 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC. The reality dating series' finale will then air on Monday, March 1 at 8PM ET/PT.
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