Emily is still a badass, Arie is still my favorite, Jef is solidly an adorable second place, and Ryan is still a dick. And we’re in Croatia this week! Yep, Croatia. This is also the first week without Little Ricki. It looks like mom is going to take some time to herself to date a handful of attractive men. I can’t say that I blame her.
Emily gave one on one dates to the guys it seems she was least sure about this week, Travis and Ryan. She wandered the streets of Croatia with Travis, danced to the local music, laughed, and enjoyed a nice dinner in a castle. They had fun, but Emily just didn’t feel anything with him. I can’t say I was too shocked that Egg Guy didn’t go all the way. Yawn. Next?
Ah yes, Ryan. He started out their date catching oysters with a cheesy line about Emily being the pearl (don’t worry, the other guys in the house facepalmed enough for all of us). Then he couldn’t stop making comments about wanting a trophy wife. As usual, Emily wasn’t impressed. At dinner he actually pulled out and read a long list of the qualities he wants in his perfect woman. In another moment of awesome Emily candor, she told him that she’s not interested in being someone’s perfect trophy wife. What she’s interested in is having a family that she loves unconditionally, and that wasn’t on his list.
SNAP! Applause, applause!
When Emily told Ryan she couldn’t give him the rose, he wouldn’t take no for an answer and started in telling her what a mistake she was making. Typical conceded manipulative asshole move. Can you tell I’m not really his number one fan? Poor Emily, who hates nothing more than to hurt a guy’s feelings, looked like maybe she was going to waver. It actually made me kind of sick to watch him try and work down her resolve. Such a freaking creep! In the end, she made the right choice and stuck to her guns. Thank god.
The best part was when Ryan was leaving and commented that at least he had made great friends on the show. Cut to the rest of the guys in the house high fiving each other as his stuff is being hauled away. Yep. Arrogant and deluded. Goodbye, Ryan. May you be forever single.
Had Ryan not been eliminated, Arie planned to correct the mistake he made with Kalon and sneak off to warn Emily about him in person. He actually had a lot of faith that Emily would make the right decision – faith that turned out to be completely justified, as she really does seem to be a solid judge of character so far. He decided to go over and talk to her anyway, understanding how hard it was for her to send him home (spot on about her again). She actually apologized for being so hard on him about the Kalon situation. She admitted she was holding him to a higher standard than everyone else. I guess that’s a good sign. After some cuddle time, Arie left, announcing to the cameras that he loves Emily. Big words!
For the group date, the guys wore kilts and played a version of the highland games. Why did they have a Scotland date in Croatia? No one knows, but I definitely didn’t mind the outfits. What? I like a man in a kilt. Sean won most of the events. What does he do for a living again? That dude is built. Jef struggled a bit due to his smaller size, but the guy that had the hardest time was Chris. He had a good attitude despite being mocked by his peers and ended up with the rose for the date.
At the cocktail party, Emily made another bold choice, this time deciding not to send anyone home. The two guys in danger were John and Doug. Doug has made a great impression on her in the past, so it probably would have been John going home except that he really opened up to Emily. John carries the cards from his grandparents’ funerals in his wallet wherever he goes, and he showed them to Emily, proving that there’s a softer side to the Wolf. It was actually really sweet. Although I think she could have just as easily cut both of them, I can see why she kept them around. She’s just not quite sure about them yet (they’re totally going home next week though).
NEXT WEEK: Prague, and possibly Arie’s Achilles’ heel in the form of a dating scandal (apparently he went out with a producer on the show at one time). Are you guys as sold by Arie as I am or do you have another favorite? Let me know in the comments!
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