July 09, 2012 08:29 PM by Shayla Perry
And then there were three. It’s the last rose ceremony before the finale, and Emily Maynard has one tough decision ahead of her. Which bachelors got an overnight invitation and who did Emily end up sending home? All the highlights from tonight’s episode of The Bachelorette, after the jump.
This week on ABC, Emily Maynard is down to her last three bachelors, and with the finale of The Bachelorette just weeks away, things are getting harder for her to figure out.
She feels “really strongly” about all of the guys; each of them for different reasons, and she doesn’t want to make the wrong choice or hurt anyone. Although, it’s not like she didn’t know what the show was about when she signed up for it…twice.
Hoping to get some kind of clarity, or at least a good tan, Emily and the men meet in Curacao.
Her first date is with Mr. Perfect himself, Sean Lowe. He’s the only one of the remaining bachelors who hasn’t told Emily that he loves her, and both of them know that he needs to say SOMETHING quickly, before he gets canned.
And what better place to say those three little words than a private island?
Before dinner on the beach, Sean reads a letter that he’s written to Emily’s daughter, Ricki. When Emily asks if he sees himself proposing, should he make it to the end, he finally tells her that he loves her. It takes a while to get there, but he does it…just to have Emily tell him, “Thank you.”
When Emily pulls out the overnight invitation, they both agree that they’d like to spend some more time together, but later, she decides that as a mom, she doesn’t want to set that kind of example for her daughter, and would rather not do the whole fantasy suite thing.
The next day, Emily meets Jef for a boating trip. Though most of her time is spent trying to keep her hair out of her face (maybe it was a bit too windy for this date), Jef was super focused on one thing and one thing only: Ricki. He had TONS of questions for Emily about whether or not she thought he’d be a good father, where they’d live, etc.
Emily assures him that he’d be a wonderful parent, and says that when she imagines going through her daily routine in the future, it’s him that she sees standing there packing Ricki’s lunch with her.
Could this mean that Jef’s going to be the last man standing…make that kneeling?
Maybe. Because when Emily presents him with the overnight invitation and asks him what he thinks about it, just like she asked Sean, he gives the exact answer that she wanted, but wasn’t expecting.
Jef explains that while he’d love to go to the fantasy suite with her, out of respect for her daughter and both of their families, he understands that it’s best not to, and that he can wait for all of the fantasy nights they’ll have when they’re married. (Spoken like someone who hasn’t been married.)
Score another point for Jef.
So will Arie fall for the trap?
We’re not sure if he would have or not because Emily doesn’t even show him the invitation! After swimming with the dolphins and a LOT of kissing, the two chat at dinner. Arie has the same questions as Jef, and Emily is really liking what he has to say about building a relationship with Ricki over time.
Why didn’t he get an invitation? Emily SAYS that it’s because she didn’t trust herself and that she really wanted to spend the rest of the night making out with Arie, but was it that she was afraid he’d give the wrong answer?
Before the rose ceremony — the last one of the season, BTW – Emily watches the private video messages that each of the guys recorded for her. You know, because things weren’t already tough enough for her.
She’s extremely upset about the entire situation, but the show must go on.
Jef is the first to get a rose, and the last one goes to Arie, leaving Sean shocked and feeling “stupid” for not seeing this coming.
Don’t take it too hard, Sean. We wouldn’t have known either if it weren’t for Reality Steve.
Next week, The Men Tell All!
What did you think of Emily’s decision to ditch the overnights? Do you think it was fair that she didn’t present Arie with the invitation? Should Sean have been sent home tonight, or were you hoping he’d be in the final two? Sound off in the Comments section below.
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