If it was that hard for Emily to get rid of Chris last night, I don’t know how the lady will make it through this final three. There can be cases made for each one of the men to receive the final rose…and I’ve already made most of them. After the hometown dates I thought maybe Jef and Sean had a slight edge because I didn’t think Emily could see Ricki in Arie’s life as well as she could at Sean’s family home and Jef’s family ranch, but who knows? The chemistry between Arie and Emily is definitely off the charts.
I’m not going to even say much about Chris’ hometown date in Chicago because it was obviously the least eventful of the four, BUT I have to give it to the producers, editors, and to Em as an actress, they almost had me thinking maybe she would go for him. I think it was a little out of line for her to tell Chris’ dad she was falling in love with Chris. She had to have known at that point that the other three men had a stronger hold on her heart. Maybe Chris’ sister telling her to let him go if he wasn’t the one sunk in too late and she was just caught up in the excitement of his loving family, but I think, unfortunately, that her statement was more of a calculated move by the show to keep us guessing. Yuck.
Jef’s date in Utah couldn’t have been better. Who would have guessed he had “a little country in him” as Emily said. It was fun to watch them shoot and she seemed to really connect with his sisters. I have to admit when they left the family gathering, I thought, “That’s it?” Cut to the scene of them on the picnic blanket and him reading her the letter…heart melt. It was so different from the last letter Emily had read aloud to her on the show ( Ryan Bowers!). It’s obvious that Jef has fallen head over heels for Emily and, I think, from the way she looks at him with goo goo eyes – she’s fallen for him as well. However, once again, we are watching a show and you will have noticed that she didn’t tell his family she was actually falling in love with him. (Calculation and acting – no!)
Saving Sean and Arie for last totally sets the viewer up to think they will be the final two. The fact that she told Arie she had missed him and she called Sean “honey” were just two of the little clues being dropped that, hey – these two are sure things. The show is totally setting us up for the ouster of one of the big guys next week. I can’t even begin to guess which one it might be…unless I look at Emily’s behavior with Sean’s family which on the surface seemed really cool.
When Emily was with Arie’s family there was a moment of tension with his mom but then we saw their one on one conversation and it was clear that they liked one another. With Sean’s family we had the practical joke about him still living at home (and if you watched the credits – the armadillo for dinner). With both of the jokes, Emily’s smile never reached her eyes. She seemed uncomfortable and a little out of place. The other clue we got was the absolute overuse of the term perfect with Sean. Everything about Sean is “perfect”. In the Bachelorette that usually signifies an upcoming issue or problem. True, he ran after her for one last kiss and he’s romantic, but if you watch the way she kisses all three of them he’s the one that she looks the least comfortable with.
To close, I will say that if you contrast the way Emily used the word perfect with Sean to the way she used it with Jef, her tone of voice says it all. My prediction after hometowns: Jef is final two – probably endgame – but I still have no clue about Sean and Arie. Leaning towards Arie. What do you guys think?