Dare we hope that Emily has found her charisma? The question floated through my mind as they played the teasers for the evening and I found myself getting excited. After watching the first two episodes, I had almost given up on Emily. Where was the sparkly, flirty, entertaining woman that we caught glimpses of with Brad? Turns out she might have had a little stage fright/insecurity to deal with, or maybe she just felt overwhelmed when surrounded by the larger group of men, but whatever it was – last night she found her chutzpah!
I haven’t really been a Chris fan since I viewed his pic on ABC.com, but I’m willing to say I was wrong about him. His date was the first time this season that I actually felt excited for Emily. Sure he’s a little competitive, young, and he seems to be seriously underestimating what she may have going on with other guys (has he watched the show?), but she sparkles when she’s with him and their first kiss was undeniably romantic. He seems sincere and for the most part sweet, although I could have done without his comment on how unbelievable she looked in a harness! (Ick!)
When Emily lets it slip she’s been thinking about someone since the beginning, I tend to believe that’s her voice and not the producers. It’s obvious he’s on her list of potentials. There date was a pretty cute set up, but you can’t convince me they couldn’t have checked the weather forecast – scaling the building with a threatening thunderstorm seemed an unnecessary risk. The Charlotte people running into the dance floor after their kiss was a little contrived as well, but cute. Overall, this date brought me back into the process! Hooray!
The group date was one of the best ever, in my opinion. Never has a Bachelorette had the chance to get so much scoop on her men before. Emily’s friends preformed to the best of their ability, not shirking the harder responsibilities like viewing the push up performances or the pectoral magnificence of various men. If you hung around to watch the credits you caught a glimpse of the reasoning behind Emily’s party time conversation with Alessandro, too. Would she have kept him by mistake had her friends not been looking out? Maybe!
The group date also gave us the chance to get to know Sean and Ryan better. With Sean, well, let’s face it – is anyone not head over heels for this guy yet? He’s handsome, sincere, wants to be a husband and father and talked about family and faith. He seems like he could be her perfect match! With Ryan – wow – the warning signs that cropped up last week made a full-on appearance tonight. Could a guy be any denser than to say he wouldn’t be “loving on” Emily if she gained weight? And to say it in front of her friends? Loser! His behavior at the party before the rose ceremony was like that of a snotty toddler. Seriously, I know he may have been sincerely jealous when he saw her kissing Arie, but it’s what he signed up for and Arie’s a race car driver not a ballerina! He called him girly! His face as he lifted his glass for a toast spoke volumes. She’s picking up on it, too – so it’ll soon be sayonara Ryan!
Emily’s last one-on-one date with Arie showed why he’ll be around until, my guess, the end. Not sure about the very end but probably top four, at least. Her actual words after her date with the daring driver, “Guys like Arie are really hard to find. I feel like I finally found him and I don’t want to screw it up.” My only concern with Arie is that Emily has a bit of a transference issue going on. First she transferred all her excitement and idol worship of Dolly Parton in to the experience of the date, then she transferred her feelings about little Ricki’s daddy to Arie. She said he reminds her so much of him – good for Arie, maybe not so psychologically good for Emily finding true love. She’ll have to get past the image she’s imposing on him to see the real him.
My favorite moment and line of the night had to be when Kalon reprimanded her for interrupting him. In reference to his rudeness she stated, “I do like tall, skinny, and funny but I don’t like tall, skinny, and condescending.” It was at that moment I fell in love with her. I just wish the producers would have let her kick his skinny butt off the show like you know she wanted to! Sadly, it was Kalon’s nemesis, Stevie, that took the walk out alone since she had already sent Tony and Alessandro packing!
Three moments to keep in mind for future shows: Sean and Emily’s first kiss at the rose ceremony party (oh my goodness!), Arie and Emily’s make out session at the rose ceremony party (oh my goodness gracious!), and Jef’s confession of his crush on her – courtesy of her friend’s advice. We only caught a glimpse but it was apparent in that moment that her friend’s dug him. They gave him the edit they gave Sean last week and look what that got Sean this week…I’m just sayin’.
Looking forward to next week’s show – Golly, I’m so happy to be able to say that!