As was expected, Bachelorette Emily Maynard made her way through hometown dates in Texas, Illinois, Utah, and Arizona on Monday to meet and greet the families of the guys who are left on her love list.
Chris was up first, waiting in Chicago for his Emily to arrive, which she does, wearing red pants no less. Apparently, despite his shortcomings in Prague (see review here), Bukowsky stayed in the running because, as Maynard put it, "he's not scared of falling, and he can admit when he's wrong."
OK. The hometown date goes fairly well, especially when at the home of his Polish-born parents who show lots of love for Em. However, his sister is not so sure and says that if Em doesn't want to marry her smitten brother then she should "end it sooner rather than later." Just a bit of foreshadowing here.
In Utah, Jef greets the pretty blonde at the family's expansive and, yes, deluxe Holmstead Ranch, an incredible place where Maynard takes a shooting lesson and where he meets this obviously well off (as in rich) man's siblings. During this part of the date, one of Jef's brother asks if Em will be setting up her life according to "sound principles." That would be a yes, but that says nothing as nobody is going to say the opposite in this kind of setting.
And although this message may seem meaningful to some, to The Bachelorette the most meaningful moment of all during her Jef date is when he takes her to beautiful spot outdoors to reads her his love letter that makes Emily tear up since it is so sweet yet so cheesy all at the same time. Talk about putting Maynard in a vulnerable situation.
With that out of the way and the crying finished, Em is off to see Arie in Scottsdale, Arizona where the Indie car driver takes her for a spin. She's all about this date but not so much about the beginning of her introduction to Arie's family when they start talking in Dutch, leaving her out of the conversation until Arie swings the talk back to English.
This particular situation came to pass probably because of the drama and probably because Arie's mom, who looks like Emily will when she's older (hmmm), isn't all that fluent in English. Fair enough. The two have a swell talk in English and in a bedroom which becomes increasingly more exciting for Maynard once she's told by his mom that Arie is smitten big time.
Finally, there's that visit to Dallas where Sean and his two dogs meet Emily in a park. Then the pair are off to a family get together where The Bachelorette meets a bunch of the kin, including little niece Kensington who owns her own miniature version of Kensington Palace. Sweet.
For added interest, and because this family seems so, well, normal, they decided to pull a prank on Emily and say that Sean still lives with his folks. She's a little taken aback but says that's "cool" with her. And it is, sort of, until she sees the place where he resides which is a well executed mess filled with stuffed animals and broken cookies.
After Em delivers the desired reaction, Sean admits this has all been a joke and that, in fact, he doesn't live there. The whole clan just wanted to put some sass in this date--and they pulled it off. Well, sort of.
Then it's back to Los Angeles and Chris Harrington at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills for the final verdict: Who will be going home?
It's the other Chris. Angry Chris from Chicago who is told by Emily, "Maybe I will wake up tomorrow and think I made a mistake." Not too likely. Apparently, her fondness for the other three far outweighs her lack of love for this lonely guy.
And so it goes on The Bachelorette 2012 as Emily Maynard mows through the hometown dates and, ultimately, kicks Chris to the curb. It's on to Curacao next week to see what happens to the other three. Stay tuned.