Emily Maynard knew more than we thought she knew about one of her Bachelorette boys dating her producer, Cassie Lambert. She just didn't know it was Arie Luyendyk, Jr. until they got to Prague.
In her People.com blog on Season 8, Episode 7, Emily writes about Arie's relationship, his "I love you," Doug Clerget's awkward kiss, Chris Bukowski's Toddlers and Tiaras-esque temper tantrum and Jef Holm's deep conversation.
Here are some highlights:
Learning the truth about Arie: "I remember being at Dollywood with Arie and saying how I felt so close to him without having the 'awkward ex-girlfriend talk' yet. I could tell the word 'ex-girlfriend' made him nervous and I think from that moment on I had a feeling I was missing something. Before we started filming I had been told that there may be one contestant on the show this season who had dated Cassie, and I was asked if I would mind. Once I knew it was almost a decade ago, and knowing that Cassie is engaged to another one of my favorite producers, Pete, I was fine with it. I put it way out of my head as I was gearing up to meet the men, so when Cassie took it upon herself halfway through the season to tell me who the guy was, I was definitely surprised. [...] Although I wish I would have known the specifics earlier, I understand the show didn't want to color my opinion of him."
Arie loves Emily: "During dinner, I was so caught off guard when he told me he loves me because it was still so early – not to mention the stressful day we had just had – but it was absolutely everything I had hoped for since my very first date with him. Arie and I can have disagreements, but we always bounce back and are even stronger than we were to begin with. Whether it was our bump in the road in London, or this mess in Prague, we always communicate really well. To me that's the most important part of a relationship."
Smiling till it hurts for Sean Lowe: "As I was walking back to the hotel [after date with John Wolfner], I heard someone calling my name to turn around and that's when I saw Sean. What a great surprise! I felt so bad for putting him on the group date and was so happy to have the chance to let him know it was only because I felt so confident in what we had. My face really did hurt from smiling so much!"
Chris acts like a baby (but she still kept him!): "After giving Sean the rose I definitely saw a side of Chris that I thought only existed on Toddlers and Tiaras. I get that his feelings were hurt, but I wish he would have been a little more mature about it. [...] I loved that Chris was mature enough to admit his mistakes, take charge and do everything possible to make it better. I know we all have moments that we're not proud of, but the only thing that really matters is how you make up for it and Chris went above and beyond."
Getting serious with Jef: "While we were laying on the floor of the library, we had one of the most honest conversations I'd had during this experience. We talked about kids, faith and everything in between, and it really felt like we were the only two people on the planet! Even though Jef's last words to me weren't exactly what every girl dreams of hearing, it was the perfect ending."
Read Em's full blog for more.