Countdown to true love began as the partners said good byes to the farms before frocking up for one last catch-up on tonight’s Farmer Wants A Wife on Channel 7 and 7plus.
As the sun rose on the last day of farm stays, Farmers Benjamin’s ladies woke up to a devastating news: following his grandmother’s death, Benjamin had suffered a health issue of his own. “He’s so unwell that he can no longer continue the show. The doctors have made the call for him to exit the show and we’re all going home,” 32-year-old flower farmer Erin said.
For their final moments together, Farmer Will wanted to chat with 26-year-old dental nurse Jess and 25-year-old legal assistant Madi to figure out whose world best combined with his: “I’ve got Madi, who is really grounded and really stable and secure in what she wants. Then, on the other hand, there’s Jess who I have heaps and heaps of fun with.”
On their overnight date, 27-year-old underground driller Cody wrote Farmer Paige a poem and became her first kiss of the experience, but Paige felt Cody had stepped back since: “He keeps saying that he doesn’t wanna lead anyone on and he doesn’t want just that physical connection that he’s had with people before. And there’s part of me that just wonders if he lets go of that and just holds on to the emotional connection that’s there, then maybe he’ll allow something to grow.”
Farmer Harry spent the last day having some serious conversations with 27-year-old insurance claims specialist Bronte and 22-year-old psychology student Tess. While Bronte was very open to the idea of moving to the farm straight away, Harry wasn’t sure if situation would be the same with his early favourite, Tess: “I’m in a great spot with Tess. Really like her, but a fear with Tess is obviously the distance that we’d probably have to do for a little while, because she does have her studies.”
To celebrate the end of their time in the country, the farmers and their partners gathered for one final get-together, surrounded by the glitz and glamour of the city.
During the farmer’s catch-up, while the others were feeling the love, Farmer Paige got a huge reality check: “I wish that I was sitting with the farmers having the same yarns to them about what they’re telling me, falling in love and having an ending to this whole adventure for the exact reason that we came here. And I’m the one that is constantly sitting there questioning everything.”
Before the evening kicked-off, special guest Samantha Armytage gave the partners one last opportunity to know where the farmers’ hearts lied: “Today you have an important chance to get answers on any lingering concerns or questions that you may have. We have a question box for you to submit questions anonymously. The questions that you ask tonight could determine the course of your future.”
With honesty on the menu, 24-year-old beauty therapist Kiani – still reeling from the news that Ben kissed Leish on their final day on the farm – decided to confront him: “He was just, like, so adamant that he wasn’t gonna do that, because he felt weird. Yeah, I’m pissed off. Ben said that he didn’t wanna kiss either of us and Leish has just told me that they did kiss.”
Feeling uneasy about what Paige said during the farmers’ catch up earlier, Will pulled Cody aside for a chat: “I thought it would be a good opportunity to go and have a chat to Cody, maybe see where he’s at and if he was willing to, sort of, maybe open up a bit more to me.”
Will’s ladies decided to give Paige a pep-talk. “Will mentioned at the farmer catch up that Paige had some concerns and I think that all of the farmers have probably tried their best throughout the whole experience to be a comfort and a support for her, but I do think that it’s a little bit easier when you’ve got a few other girlfriends to talk to,” Madi said.
After confiding in the ladies, Paige decided to come clean, starting with 34-year-old builder Ayden: “I actually think we may not be suited for each other and that the person that you’re looking for to come back to your farm and have a family is not me and the person that I’m looking for is not in you.”
Following Ayden’s departure, Paige let Cody go as well: “I can’t stand here and allow someone to tell me that, essentially, I’m not enough. And I know that’s not the exact words that you’re saying to me, but that’s how I feel when, essentially, you kissed me and then are so distant. I really was hoping this was going somewhere, but I can’t keep hoping and questioning my own self-worth.”
Paige later confessed: “Saying goodbye to him was empowering, because I chose me. I came here looking for love and I haven’t found that with someone, but I’ve found a new love for myself and that’s incredible.”