The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard began her journey with 25 men, but after axing cocky Ryan, awkward Doug, an Ostrich egg-carrying Travis and pompous Kalon (he of the "baggage" comment infamy), among others, the 26-year-old single mom has narrowed down the field to two men.
Emily, Sean, Arie and Jef arrive Curacao for a week of fantasy dates. Before the dates begin, Emily talks about her time with all the men. She says she immediately had a connection with Sean, who she says gives her butterflies. Jef, who rode in on a skateboard Night 1, "marches to his own drum," she says. He has an edge, but is also kind and thoughtful, which she loves. Then there's Arie, who Emily says she hit it off with right away. Emily tears up as she imagines her life with Arie and how much he would adore her.
Enough with the mushy stuff, let's get to the hot-and-steamy dates! Sean and Emily meet on the beach where they take off in a helicopter that transports them to a private island. They talk about their hometown date and a comment his family made about him treating his ex like a buddy, which raised a red flag for Emily. Sean explains that after a while he wasn't in love with his ex, but that it's not the love he's experiencing with Emily. Sean then stutters and doesn't yet say the "L" word to her directly. Sean changes the topic and they go off to snorkel in the ocean. That night Emily and Sean have a romantic dinner on the beach. Sean talks about how he's ready for a family and then pulls out a letter he wrote for Ricki.
"I hope to honor you by loving your mom with every ounce of my being," he says. Emily melts as he continues to spout such meaningful words.
It's fantasy date week on The Bachelorette, but will single mom Emily offer up the overnight fantasy suite card?
The Bachelorette's Chris Harrison: "Emily narrowed it down to three phenomenal guys"
In the first clip from Monday's episode, Emily presents Jef with the offer, but he doesn't necessarily jump at the chance to spend a night alone with Emily. "That's a tough question to ask," Jef says.
The Bachelorette's Emily might've looked like cutting Chris was a tough decision, but host Chris Harrison says he had a feeling all along that she'd make that choice.
"I honestly could not see her with Chris, and Emily couldn't either," Harrison tells us. "The date itself went great, but it was clear the three other guys are spectacular and hard to beat."
It's hometown date week on The Bachelorette and Emily is headed to Chicago with Chris; St. George, Utah, with Jef; Scottsdale, Ariz., with Arie; and Dallas with Sean.
First, Emily spends some quality time with her daughter Ricki and imagines how each of the men would fit into their lives. She loves how sweet Chris is, that Jef has edge, the fun she has with Arie and how safe she feels with Sean.
Emily Maynard and Chris
On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Emily got not one, but two "I love you's." But just as the remaining men are falling hard, so is Emily — and it only gets tougher.
"We get to the end of hometowns and she realizes, 'Oh, crap. I can't be falling in love with four people when time is running out,'" host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com.
Keep reading for more from Harrison about Emily's split decision, Chris' meltdown and Sean's bold (and very hot) move. (For Harrison's thoughts on Arie's past relationship with a producer click here.)
Emily and the six remaining men are in Prague, just one week away from hometown dates! Who will get to take our Bachelorette home with him and who's getting left behind? Let's get to recapping.
The first one-on-one date of the week goes to Arie. The two walk around the city hand-in-hand, try some hot wine and share lots of kisses. But while everything looks perfect on the outside, Emily says she knows Arie is hiding something. Since Arie's past relationship with producer Cassie has become public, the show then cuts to...
Emily and her men have arrived in Croatia for the next step of their Bachelorette journey, and Travis is the lucky man who gets the week's first one-on-one.
First up, he and Emily explore the town, hand-in-hand. They wind up at the "balancing stone" where if you can stay up on the rock, you'll be lucky in love. After a few failed tries, Travis hangs on. Good sign for things to come? At dinner, Travis tells Emily about his broken engagement and that no one did anything wrong, but it just wasn't right. He also admits he hasn't dated in the two years since. After a seemingly great dinner, Emily says, "From Day 1 you've been someone who's brought light to every situation...but I don't know if we have that romance." She lets Travis go (I'm actually surprised), and he is heartbroken.
On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Emily and the gang are headed to Bermuda for fun in the sun and some manly competition. But before the group date, we get a one-on-one date, which goes to Doug. Immediately, the single dad gets nervous and the guys waste no time before playing up his insecurity and pushing his buttons.
The two head off to shop around the island town and Doug also tells Emily about a charity he started. Emily is more and more impressed, but equally nervous that he can't possibly be that perfect. So at dinner she calls him out on it and even asks him what his ex would say was her biggest complaint about him. Doug responds that he spends too much time with her son, and again she wonders if he's just saying the "right thing." But when Doug asks Emily about her flaws she realizes maybe it was a tougher question than she thought. So with that, she hands him the rose, but he doesn't give her a thank you kiss.
We begin with Emily chatting with her mom while the men are meeting Chris in the courtyard to get the first date card of the week, which goes to Chris. Before we know it, they're walking through downtown Charlotte, hand-in-hand, until they reach a building — that they'll have to climb up. The ropes fall from the top and the harnesses come out and the two are getting ready to scale the wall. As they're climbing, the wind picks up and lighting flashes, so Emily starts to freak out. And it doesn't help there's now a crowd below. They soon reach the top, but rather than kissing her, Chris gives Emily a high-five. How, um, romantic?