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The Bachelorette

Bachelorette 2012 Spoilers: Hometown Dates Are Uncomfortable, Romantic and Heartbreaking for Emily Maynard

Random question: Do Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and Courtney Robertson know each other?

They are both from Scottsdale, Arizona — not that it’s a small town, but people in Bachelor Nation tend to be connected. Courtney's ... um ... European tendencies shocked her fellow bachelorettes on The Bachelor Season 16 and it sounds like Arie's European family makes things uncomfortable for Emily Maynard during his Scottsdale hometown date on The Bachelorette Season 8, Episode 8.

Just wondering if they'd connected out there. Not important. Here’s what’s really important: Jef Holm reportedly has a surprise for Emily during his hometown date and it’s called “one of the most romantic hometown moments in Bachelorette history.” And Sean Lowe still lives at home. In a messy room. In his parents’ house. Not hot. Love Uncle Seanie to bits, but he’s 28 and he probably shouldn’t wait to get engaged to establish a bit more independence, no? (Unless it's all a prank and that's not really his room? Let's hope!)

Anyway, here’s what else ABC says we can look forward to watching on Monday, July 2 (July already!)


Chris Bukowski’s hometown date: “After a much-needed reunion with her daughter, Ricki, Emily starts her hometown adventures on the bustling streets of Chicago, where Chris is located. He takes her on a walking tour of the city and for a taste of his family’s heritage at a local Polish restaurant. The conversation turns serious as Chris once again apologizes for his childish behavior on their last group date. Now with the air cleared, it seems smooth sailing from here. Emily feels instantly comfortable with Chris’ tight knit family, but they are worried he will end up brokenhearted. Will Chris take a giant leap of faith and share the depth of his true feelings for her? The celebration is just getting started as his extended family shows up for some traditional Polish festivities.”

Jef Holm’s hometown date: “Then it’s on to St. George, Utah, to visit Jef, the cool, laid-back entrepreneur. Arriving at his family ranch, Emily is caught off guard not only by the beauty of this desert paradise, but by Jef’s country boy appeal to match his more sophisticated side. The couple enjoys an afternoon together, shooting targets and touring the ranch. Emily’s early confidence fades as she nervously meets Jef’s siblings, knowing that they have rejected his past girlfriends. His older brother hints that she might be the kind of woman to motivate this on-the-go bachelor to settle down. But even if his brothers and sisters warm up to her, do they think she is the right fit for their family? Jef has one more surprise for Emily – and it’s one of the most romantic hometown moments in Bachelorette history. But will it be enough to seal the deal for the next rose?”

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Arie Luyendyk, Jr.’s hometown date: “Emily goes for a real change of pace when she meets Arie, the professional race car driver, at an Arizona racetrack. When he arrives in a racecar, Emily is up for the challenge of riding with him. The couple’s breathtaking spin around the track, leaves Emily happy and exhilarated. But Arie is very anxious about the potential culture clash between her and his very European family – especially his skeptical mother. He is right to worry. As if she weren’t already uncomfortable, Emily feels completely excluded when Arie’s family begins speaking Dutch in front of her. Will a heart-to-heart talk between the Bachelorette and Arie’s mother save this hometown date from turning into a disaster?”

Sean Lowe’s hometown date: “Finally, Emily journeys to Dallas, the home of the tall, handsome bachelor Sean, who seems to be everything she has always wanted in a husband. As they spend the morning picnicking in the park, he explains about his last failed relationship and reveals that he has vowed never to become serious with another woman unless he was going to spend his life with her. Emily is very impressed with Sean’s honesty, but she is in for a rude awakening. He reveals a painfully embarrassing secret once he brings her to his parent’s home. Is this the end for Emily’s supposedly perfect guy?” (FYI, that cat’s out of the bag — Sean supposedly still lives at home, and has a messy frat boy room.)

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Who will be cut before the fantasy suites? “Emily’s feelings have deepened for all four bachelors, so when she returns to Los Angeles for the rose ceremony, she is faced with the impossible decision to let one man go. However, she sadly does say good-bye to one stunned and heartbroken bachelor. The Bachelorette and final three men get ready to leave for their next exotic destination -- Curacao – where Emily will need to face the dilemma of the overnight dates.”

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

Arie, 30, a race car driver from Scottsdale, AZ
Chris, 25, a corporate sales director from Chicago, IL
Jef, 27, an entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, UT
Sean, 28, an insurance agent from Dallas, TX

Wanna know who makes it to the overnight dates? Here are Reality Steve's spoilers on who goes home this week.

Source: ABC press release

And now you must pick a side when it comes to Sean Lowe’s alleged living arrangements. Huge red flag or no big deal?