July 09, 2012 10:38pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'Bachelorette' Recap: Emily Picks Her Final Two Men
This week on The Bachelorette, it's down to the final three: Jef, Arie and Sean. Emily Maynard took her suitors to Curacao for romantic adventures on the beach and in the sun. She also had three overnight fantasy suite datecards to give out, but one man was not invited to extend his date.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you have not watched Monday's episode yet.]
The episode begins with Emily walking around picturesque Curacao. “Feelings are so intense and relationships have grown so much,” she says. “I’m at a point now where I feel really, really strongly about each of the three guys that are here.”
Sean is the one who hasn’t said, “I love you” to Emily, which seems to be weighing on Emily’s mind. They hop into a helicopter to see the sights. They drop off onto their own private island, which would seem like the perfect time to say the L-word, right? But he doesn’t. They talk about his past relationships, but still no L-word.
Later on, they head out dinner on the beach. Emily calls him the perfect man, and he says he’s ready to be a father to Emily’s daughter, Ricki. He’s even written a sweet letter to Ricki, saying that he would never try to replace her father, but would love to love her and her mom. (Sidenote: This season seems to have more letter-writing than any other, right?)
Sean also finally admits that he’s falling in love with Emily.
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Emily invites Sean to extend their date by enjoying the fantasy suite. However, Sean doesn’t actually spend the night. They just enjoy some spa time and makeout for a bit. Emily says she doesn’t want to set a bad example for her daughter.
Jef and Emily take a boat out to a private cove. Jef talks about how his parents, who weren’t around during the hometown date, would love to meet her if things work out. Jef emphasizes that he and Emily would be a good balance for each other. “I’ve said that I could keep you out of trouble, and that you could maybe get me into trouble sometimes, which could be fun,” Emily says in agreement.
After some canoodling in the ocean, Emily and Jef sit down for a nice dinner. Jef seems to be very unsure if he would be a good dad to Ricki. He asks Emily at least twice how she thinks he would be as a father to her daughter.
Emily invites Jef back to the fantasy suite. Jef says he plans on spending every night with Emily in their “own fantasy suite,” but that he wouldn’t want to spend the night out of respect to Emily’s standards and his own family. They agree to just “hang out” for awhile before going their separate ways.
Arie and Emily meet up, and start making out right away like to attention-starved teenagers. They eventually take a boat out (still making out, mind you) to go swim with dolphins. And then more making out.
At dinner, Emily tries to figure out if their connection is more than just physical chemistry. They talk about what Emily wants for Ricki, and that she’s looking for not only a husband for herself, but a father for her child.
With all this heat between them, it would be expected that Emily invites Arie back to the fantasy suite for more time together… but wait! She doesn’t. Why? Because she says she doesn’t trust herself to be alone with him in the suite. “As a role model and a mother, I just can’t,” she says to the cameras.
The Rose Ceremony
Chris Harrison shows Emily some personal videos from the three guys, which brings Emily to tears.
When it comes time to hand out the two roses, Emily gives the first to Jef. When it comes to deciding between Arie and Sean, she chooses Arie, sending Sean home.
Emily walks Sean out and he tells her he feels “kinda stupid” because he didn’t see this coming. Emily breaks down, and says she wanted to keep him and she’s really going to miss him.
Sean is very sad, but he also keeps very composed and is very kind to Emily. (Chris, are you taking notes?)
Read THR's interview with Sean here.
What do you think of Emily’s choice? Who do you think she will choose in the finale? Sound off in the comment section below.
And next week, the 25 guys will gather together for the “Men Tell All” special to speak to each other and Emily one more time.
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