Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Bachelorette Emily Maynard Episode 2. Let the Dates Begin!

Things I LOVE About Episode 2 and Other Random Thoughts...

I LOVE how they opened the show with the local news clip. This was the first of many things that makes filming the show in Charlotte feel so real and less "produced".

I LOVE that Emily brought Ricki to the park for a play date and met with her friends for some girl talk. A girl needs her BFF's! It sounds like these women will be asking some tough questions of the guys next week on a group date. Who will measure up?

 I LOVE Kalon's comment, "Being in Charlotte is overwhelming. It's like the frathouse from hell on steroids". Unfortunately, that is the only slightly entertaining thing that has come out of Kalon's mouth. Who's with me on that?

The first date card goes to Ryan!

Ryan was a good sport
wearing that apron!

I LOVE that Emily rocked it in her casual wear for the
day part of their date and that they started out their
day making cookies for Ricki's soccer practice.
Seriously, how cut are they?
So down-to-earth.

Emily has learned a lesson from her last go-around on the show and the girl means business this time. She asked Ryan some tough questions during the dinner portion of their date. I'm not convinced Ryan passed the test. Are you?

I LOVE their conversation about the "chase" and laughed out loud at Emily's, "Honey, I'm gonna give you a chase if you ask for it...get on it"! She certainly looks comfortable dancing in his arms!

Having said that, a red flag went up when Emily referenced Ryan to Brad with his good looks and she admitted worrying that Ryan is too perfect. Not a good sign! I was looking for some serious chemistry between these two. Was it an explosion or did it seem to fizzle out?

And the group date goes to The Muppets...with a few guys thrown in!

The guys were anxious to hit the stage, but I'm sure they did not expect to be sharing it with Fozzy Bear, Kermit or Miss Piggy!

I LOVE that Emily was so gracious to Charlie when he explained his disability from the accident.

Is it just me or are there distinct similarities between these two guys?

I LOVE Jef's proposal to Miss Piggy. I have no doubt this man will know exactly what to say when the time is right.

I LOVE watching Ricki's excitement as she ran up on the stage. That's a dream come true for any child and she'll remember it for the rest of her life. Well done, Emily.

The After Party

Emily thinks Chris is sooo good looking, yet very humble. Chris feels a connection with Emily and thinks there is no one else that shares that.

The tension between Stevie and Kalon builds as they vie for time with Emily. I hope she sends one of them home soon because I'm over the drama between these two.

Since Kermit is Taken, the Group Date Rose Goes to Jef

Emily says either Jef is playing hard to get, or he's just not that into her.

I LOVE her sass when she called him on the carpet for ignoring her all day. Emily feels awkward, like she's in middle school trying to get Jef to look at her and give her reassurance. Oh boy...

Jef knows Emily has given him the "look", but he  thinks she's giving it to a bunch of other guys too. Oh boy, oh boy...

Emily, of all people, understands what it's like to be skeptical. She gives the date rose to Jef to remind him she's glad he's there. Jef seems surprised that Emily is giving him the rose. Either that, or he needs to start playing poker.

I LOVE that we finally see a little bit of a grin on Jef's face. Can you say "relieved"? Jef is safe for this week.

Joe Receives the Last Date of the Episode

Flying to Emily's home State of West Virginia

Dinner by the "Love" clock at
Greenbriar Resort  and Spa

Emily tearfully sends Joe home and 
watches the fireworks alone.

Meanwhile Back at the ranch, the guys discuss taking on the role of being a father. Kalon, the resident expert, thinks Doug  put his child on hold to come on the show. Doug tells Kalon to be careful, stop and check it.

Sean feels that Kalon speaks before he thinks and it will eventually get him in trouble. Is this foreshadowing?

Sean is worried becasuse he didn't get a date this week. He knows how important time with Emily is and starts to doubt himself.

Pretty in Purple at a Cocktail Party

 I LOVE that Emily is so excited to see Arie. She wants to know about life in Scottsdale, AZ. Emily is surprised to find out that Arie was previously in a relationship with a woman with two children.

Without a date this week, Arie's had a tough time hearing the guys telling great stories about the connection they have with Emily.

I LOVE that Emily is nervous around Arie. She has that giddy girl expression during their 1:1 time and tells him that she remembered him this week because he is a very special guy. How cute is it when they return holding hands? She is definitely intrigued by this guy...and I don't think she is alone. Any team Arie fans out there?

Can I just say how awkward it was that Ryan wrote Emily a seven page letter after one date? Can I just say how awkward it was that Tony stood there waiting for Emily to finish reading the seven page letter? Thanks. I feel better now.

Emily is...

Gazing upon the faces of her prince charmings

Very happy to see someone

So relieved to have another rose ceremony over with

Looking forward to more dates in Charlotte next week

Deleted Scene:
A skateboard lesson from Jef

Jef: No heels, no fancy dress...just you
and me and a skateboard

Emily: Absolutely do not let go

Emily: That was awesome, you're a good teacher

Emily: You're cool, I like hanging out with you

Next week...According to this press release from ABC Medianet, this one of the most intense first kiss in Bachelorette history! I'm sure it's also the most dramatic. Guess who?

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Emily Maynard Meets Her Man...and 24 Others

It seems like a lifetime ago that Emily Maynard received an engagement ring and the final twirl from Brad Womack. What she thought was her dream come true, turned into a nightmare. Let's hope the third time is the charm for Em.

When agreeing to do the show, Emily said her ultimate goal is to fall in love and meet someone that can be a father figure to her daughter Ricki. Oh yeah, and she wants a mini-van full of babies. Way to lay it out there Em!

Let the Parade Begin in No Particular Order...

Too Much

Joe from Los Angeles, CA is the epitome of too. Too over the top, too excited, too enthusiastic, too flamboyant, too much. My head was spinning after his departure from Em.

Kalon from Houston, TX says he has changed from being a loud obnoxious womanizer to a responsible down-to-earth, dependable person. Then he arrived on a helicopter and proceeded to do a bit of face rubbing. Actions speak louder than words, Kalon. 

New York, NY David wrote a song for Emily and proceeded to screech it. Well, he certainly is no Jeremiah James Korfe. That's all.

Oh, Randy...women want a man, not one that dresses up like their grandmother. Save the role playing for later.

Travis came from Madison, MS with his ostrich egg. Is he really going to carry it around as a symbol to protect Em and Ricki? Yes, indeed he is. Sorry, but it gives me the willies.

Stevie from Monroe Township, NJ...Two strikes against him,  green shirt and boombox...two words for 80's. I know this will date me, but he reminds me of Eddie Haskell.

Too Little

All John's friends from St. Louis, MO, call him Wolf. John was practically MIA in this episode. Is he going to be the lone wolf?

Tony from Beaverton, OR, has a passion for fitness, but being a father is the most important thing in his life. As a father looking for love, his story most parallel's Emily's. This has the potential to be the perfect family, but so far it's missing the "wow" factor.

It's a good thing Sean was the first one out of the limo or we may have missed him completely. This screencap is proof that not only was he there, he did receive 1:1 time with Emily! We need to see more Sean!

Music Mike from Austin, TX is certainly intriguing. It will be interesting to get a glimpse of what is inside the long hair, rocker look persona.

Too Late

Lerone from Los Angeles, CA, thinks Emily being a single mom is one of the most attractive things about her. Lerone seems sincere, but Emily wasn't feeling it.

Emily sent Brent back to his six kids in Fresno, CA. That's a bit much for a 26 year old mother of one.

And then there is Jackson from Lockport, IL, who says life isn't measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away. I wonder if he had one of those moments  when Emily called Travis to receive the last rose of the evening?

Just Right

Seeing Ryan from Augusta, GA, working as a mentor to kids and running with his dog certainly melted my heart. But will he melt Emily's? If the note he was holding when he met her is any indication of what's to come, she will be a big ole puddle. 

Charlie from Nashville, TN has had a traumatic and serious accident that changed his life. When you go through something like that, it certainly puts things in perspective. I love the way he talked to his dog and the titanium trick he played on Emily.

Although Arie from Scottsdale, AZ, is looking to be married, he worries being a race car driver may bring painful memories for Emily. I think once Em looks into those gorgeous Arie eyes, she will get lost in them and forget about everything else.

Jef, CEO of a bottled water company in Salt Lake City, UT, likes to be underestimated so he can pleasantly surprise people. He wants to enjoy life with that special person and believes in the fairy tale ending. More than anything, Emily wants her fairy tale ending. Will we be pleasantly surprised?

Chris, a Corporate Sales Director in Chicago, IL asked advice from his dad who has been married for 35 years. Chris will follow his heart and be himself if he adhere's to his father's wisdom. Oh, and the first thing his heart told him to do is make her bobbleheads of them. Cute or corny? Em thought it was cute.

Doug from Seattle, WA left a little boy at home to come and meet Emily. Not only that, his son wrote Emily a letter. Slam dunk for the first impression rose. Well done, Doug. Keep up your A game.

Next week starts the group and 1:1 dates. Let the journey begin...

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