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The Bachelorette 2012 Episode 2 Details: Muppets, Music and … Cookie Baking?

Wocka Wocka! Emily Maynard continues to search for her rainbow connection (or at least a fancy ring) on The Bachelorette Season 8, Episode 2, which is still set at this point in her hometown of Charlotte, N.C. Because of the Dancing With the Stars finale, the time period is funky again — the Monday, May 21 episode runs from 9 to 11 p.m. Sorry, morning people! Just put some coffee on and nap during commercials. The show goes back to its 8-10 time slot on May 28.

Here’s what ABC says we can look forward to this week:

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Ryan Bowers gets the first date — soccer dad cookie baking!Ryan is ecstatic when he finds out that he gets the first date of the season. After a quick visit with her girlfriends, Emily arrives at the mansion to take Ryan away for what he thinks will be a glamorous day of fun. But Emily has other plans, as she takes him to her home and instructs him in the everyday task of baking cookies for Ricki’s soccer team. Will he pass the ‘test’? Later that night, Emily looks stunning as she scoops Ryan up in a sleek Aston Martin and brings him to a romantic dinner spot. After walking a red carpet lined with adoring fans, Emily and Ryan have a secluded fireside table where they discuss relationships and their potential future over dinner. Then things turn intimate even though the couple are the in middle of a crowd, as they are serenaded in a special concert by popular country band Gloriana, featuring their hit single ‘(Kissed You) Good Night.’ But is there enough romance for Ryan to get the rose?”

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Group date with the Muppets: “The next day, 13 bachelors take to the stage and join Emily and the beloved Muppets for a live performance benefitting The Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care at The Levine Children’s Hospital. The men split up in groups to rehearse, but one man has a serious case of performance panic. He explains the problem to Emily and musters up enough courage to go on, but how will he feel when Miss Piggy targets him during the show? The men also get a pleasant surprise when they see Ricki for the first time as she joins her mother and The Muppets in a special performance. That evening at the swank after party, the competition for Emily’s attention heats up: Chris [Bukowski] is all smiles as the Bachelorette gushes over his looks; Stevie treats her to a slow dance but gets interrupted by the overconfident Kalon; and Jef finally starts to open up to Emily, but will she find him too guarded?”

(What do they mean “finally”? This is the first episode after the meet-and-greets. And if Jef is “too guarded” maybe that’s a good thing, since Emily was guarded herself back on The Bachelor.)

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Joe Gendreau heads to Em’s birth state: “The next day is a dream come true for Joe, as Emily meets him at a private jet and they’re off to West Virginia to the exquisite Greenbriar resort, which holds many childhood memories for the Bachelorette, who spent time there with her family. The scene is set for the two to have an extravagant dinner in a grand ballroom. They recite their individual dreams for the future in front of the famous ‘love clock,’ but is Joe ready for life with a single mom and her daughter?”

Doug vs. Kalon! “Meanwhile, back at the mansion, a poolside fight breaks out between Doug and Kalon. They almost come to blows when Doug’s fathering practices are questioned.”

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Cocktail party: “The following night at home, Ricki helps Emily as she gets dressed for her next rose ceremony. Arriving at the mansion, everyone wants the Bachelorette’s time at the cocktail party, particularly those men who didn’t get a date. Arie reveals to Emily that he once dated a woman with two children. Ryan, even though he already has had an individual date, monopolizes her time, as another man is dying to tell her that he has a son.”

And then three guys have to go home so Emily can get down to her top 16 boyfriends.

The 19 men still in the running toward becoming America’s Next Top Bachelorette Dumpee are:

Aaron, 36, a biology teacher from Long Beach, CA
Alessandro, 30, a grain merchant from St. Paul, MN
Alejandro, 24, a mushroom farmer from San Francisco, CA
Arie, 30, a race car driver from Scottsdale, AZ
Charlie, 32, a recruiter from Nashville, TN
Chris, 25, a corporate sales director from Chicago, IL
Doug, 33, a charity director/realtor from Seattle, WA
Jef, 27, an entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, UT
Joe, 27, a field energy advisor from Los Angeles, CA
John “Wolf,” 30, a data destruction specialist from St. Louis, MO
Kalon, 27, a luxury brand consultant from Houston, TX
Kyle, 29, a financial advisor from Long Beach, CA
Michael, 26, a rehab counselor from Austin, TX
Nate, 26, an accountant from Los Angeles, CA
Ryan, 31, a pro sports trainer from Augusta, GA
Sean, 28, an insurance agent from Dallas, TX
Stevie, 26, a party MC from Monroe Township, NJ
Tony, 31, a lumber trader from Beaverton, OR
Travis, 30, an advertising sales representative from Madison, MS

Source: ABC press release

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05.17.2012 / 09:46 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
Related: The Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, The Bachelor

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