Tonight, I loved the hometown dates part of The Bachelorette even more than I usually do thanks to Sean's little joke on Emily. Since Emily keeps saying Sean is "perfect" every five minutes, she soooooo deserved being told by him that yes, he still lives here at his parent's house, and here's his (messy) room he wishes his mom would have cleaned today!
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The best part was the way Emily tried to cover the shock on her face at seeing a row of stuffed animals on Sean's floor and cookie and cracker crumbs on his dresser. Priceless. I still want Jef to sweep Emily off her feet, but Sean has gained brownie points with me over Arie and Chris at this point.
Show off Sean
I didn't like it at all though when, as soon as Emily's vehicle pulled away after the hometown date at Sean's family's house in Dallas, Texas, that Sean had to be a show off by running after Emily just like he did in Prague. Is this all you're going to do, Sean? Yawn.
Emily says she liked it and also loved his sense of humor about the Peter Pan Syndrome bedroom. Emily also made a comment in the park with Sean and his dogs that she could really picture Ricky being here with them. By the way, it was awesome earlier when Sean's mom, Sherry, told Sean that he better be ready to be a good parent to Ricky or else let Emily know everything's off.
A warm welcome in the Windy City
Emily has a nice architectural tour of Chicago which is Chris' hometown. They stop at a pub for a beer and Chris tells Emily his family is Polish. At Chris' parents' home later, over the very long, very ornate and very nice dining room table, his family seems warm and welcoming toward Emily.
During Emily's talk after dinner with Chris' father, John, she asks him if he thinks Chris would be ready for both her and 6 year old, Ricky. John says yes, Chris loves kids. To finish off Chris' hometown visit, there is a big Polish polka party and Emily looks like she is trying to enjoy it.
More than a little bit country
In Salt Lake City, things get rural. Emily can wear the Dixie Chicks look of a little white flowing dress and cowboy boots really well though. She and Jef shoot clay pigeons and Emily pretends at first that she doesn't know what she's doing, but really she's a sharp shot used to firing guns for target practice. Jef likes that. I like Jef with one 'f.' It's hilarious when Jef and Emily sit on hay bales with a blanket on them that look just like a love seat with a back and everything.
Later, Emily meets Jef's siblings only since his parents are said to be in South Carolina on some sort of charity project. Steve, Jef's older brother, says after speaking with Emily that she does seem right for Jef. Well, I hope that conversation went on for longer than the two minutes they showed. But, then I did pick Jef for Emily as soon as I saw him on the first episode of this season's 'Bachelorette. Jef's sisters seem to like Emily too. Before Emily leaves, she and Jef share a long kiss.
In Scottsdale, Arizona, Emily gets into a race car with Arie. She and Arie kiss and just spend time together talking until it's time to meet the parents.These aren't the Fockers, but Emily feels a little awkward when everyone is speaking Dutch around her. Arie soon stops this though. In a private talk with Arie's mother, Mieke, Emily assures her that she only broke up with Brad because she should have made sure they were on the same page beforehand, so she has done that with Arie.
One down, three to go
Back from the hometown visits, Emily has a little chat with Chris Harrison so we have to hear about everything again that we just saw in detail. Now Emily is fretting not so much about which of the four guys to send home, but that she feels bad about sending someone home after just meeting their families. Yeah, that sucks. She repeats that she liked all of the families and I would have done that too.
Finally, it's time for the Rose Ceremony. Sean gets the first rose and I'm worrying a bit for Jef. He actually looks worried too, but does score the second rose. Arie get the final rose, which leaves an upset, and frankly, angry looking Chris to head for home. He keeps asking Emily why she chose him to leave and wow, this is tough. Emily says that it's just that things are progressing more quickly with the other guys.
This was a fun, yet intense, episode of The Bachelorette. Are you loving or hating this season?