So let’s say you’re Emily Maynard. Twang and all. You’re a single mom to a 6-year-old girl. You’re dating Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Sean Lowe, and Jef Holm on The Bachelorette Season 8. It’s down to the overnight dates, which include the all-important “fantasy suites” with invitation cards written by Rosemaster Chris Harrison himself. The cameras are on you. The guys are waiting.
What do you do? Do you grab Arie by the mouth and drag him behind closed doors? Do you make a proper lady speech so everyone (including your daughter someday) knows you spent the night alone? Do you spend the night with the men, but make sure everyone knows it’s just to talk without the cameras around?
We’ll see the real Emily navigate these tricky waters in Curacao on July 9’s Episode 9. Here’s what ABC says we can look forward to — as well as dread, since we really like these final three guys and saying goodbye to any of them will be hard.
A head and heart battle with Sean: “Emily and Sean kick off their tropical escapade with a spectacular helicopter tour over the sun-kissed beaches of Curacao. They spend the day snorkeling and frolicking in the crystal clear waters. Later that evening Sean opens up to Emily about his feelings for her. But will he feel the pressure to speed things up and express the fact that he loves her? In the fantasy suite, it’s a battle between Emily’s head and heart, as she wrestles with her decision to allow her date to stay the night. Will she let her heart’s desire override her judgment?”
Jef stays smooth on the sea of love: “The next day, Emily treats Jef to an afternoon on the high seas, sailing aboard Curacao’s luxurious Insulinde. The couple shares a romantic paddleboard ride to Klein Knip, a secluded white sand beach. That night, they reunite for a private dinner along the seashore. But despite the chemistry between them, Jef is focused on the big picture, including Emily’s daughter, Ricki. Is he a natural fit to complete Emily’s family? Will Emily and this smooth bachelor allow themselves to give into their passions in the ‘fantasy suite’ or will she ask Jef not to spend the night?”
Intense passion with Arie … could mean no fantasy suite (how does that logic work?): “On her last date, Emily surprises the handsome Arie with a sea expedition aboard a magnificent catamaran. The two drop anchor at beautiful Fuik Bay where they swim with a pod of dolphins. They spend a passionate afternoon wrapped tightly in each other’s arms. Although Emily has never felt a shortage of attraction for Arie, will the day-to-day details of his life mesh with hers? At a candle-lit dinner Emily grills her potential soul mate about their future. Will she offer him the opportunity to stay overnight with her or will their intense physical connection stand in the way of a 'fantasy suite' invitation?"
Painful farewell for one great guy: “Emily has experienced a distinctly different path to love with each of these men, and it has left her feeling more vulnerable than she expected. After an emotional deliberation, she is overwhelmed by tears, shaken by the turmoil she faces over her pending decision. She moves cautiously to the rose ceremony and says a painful goodbye one bachelor. She and the final two bachelors toast to continuing their adventure on Curacao. Emily’s journey to find love is quickly coming to a close. Whom will she choose – but more importantly, will they choose her back?”
Come on! They always choose back. Are you ready for Reality Steve’s spoiler on Em’s final two and ultimate finale decision? Here it is.
The three men still in the running toward becoming America’s Next Top Bachelorette Dumpee are...
Arie, 30, a race car driver from Scottsdale, AZ
Jef, 27, an entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, UT
Sean, 28, an insurance agent from Dallas, TX
Source: ABC press release