As we get ready to watch Emily Maynard this evening in her final hours as The Bachelorette, I wanted to give a little recap of some of the most memorable moments of this season. We’ve met Shelly the egg, Emily and Chris bobble heads, we’ve heard Ryan speak with a stick up his (you know what!) and have seen Mr. Big Bucks roll up in all his helicopter joy. Now we are about to witness Emily profess her love….. or so we think?
I still think she ends up with no one and if she does find herself wearing a ring at the end of tonight’s finale, I don’t think it will still be on during the LIVE After the Final Rose to follow. However, we shall see!
So let’s take a look at the past 10 weeks of Emily’s quest to find the perfect mate for her and daughter Ricki.
Who was the first to go home?
Remember this face?
I didn’t think so. This is Brent, one of the five guys sent packing the first night in Charlotte, NC. Brent, Lerone, Jean-Paul, Randy, and David didn’t make it to barely say hello. Read my first impressions of the guys back in my first Bachelorette recap, here.
The first few episodes took place in my town of Charlotte, NC (which is currently listed for sale at $5.9 million).. anyone want to buy it for me? I’ll let you swim in the pool! The mansion sits in the Evermay neighborhood off Marvin Rd. Anyone of my Charlotte friends stalk it?
The second episode was filmed at the Blumenthal Center in uptown Charlotte. This was the episode I was on! Remember this!? I remember picking out Charlie out of the group of guys that day and really liked him. If you read my recap, you will remember I still thought the same thing seeing him on the show too. This is also the episode where Emily and Ryan had their first date at Osso Charlotte. Ryan was a quick favorite of mine too.
Aaron and Kyle who I jokingly called twins (seriously check out the pictures below) went home in episode 2.
Episode 3 Emily finally got down the nitty gritty sending home four guys total. Tony was sent home when Emily could tell he was missing his son (which is ironic, because he ended up on Bachelor Pad 3 romancing Charlotte’s other own, Blakeley Shea.) Read week 3′s full recap here.
The following week Emily and her suitors jetted off to the lovely Bermuda where Nate went home (who was one of my favorites in past weeks.) Read this weeks full recap here.
This next week was when Emily went all “West Virginia hoodrat” on Kalon’s pretty little behind! Kalon calls Ricky baggage and Emily went nuts sending him home before the rose ceremony and saying goodbye to Alejandro. Check out the full recap and find out more about her dates this week, here.
Week six is when Ryan refers to Emily as a “trophy wife” and the start of the end for their relationship.
And week seven is where Arie’s past relationship with Bachelor producer Cassie Lambert is addressed. NOT on camera however, Emily finds out, expresses anger to the camera, then Cassie, Arie, and Emily have a talk off camera and Emily overcomes the whole thing and decides her feelings for Arie are stronger than that. Read more about my thoughts on the whole thing before it aired here, then the full recap of that episode here.
Episode eight, Emily visited Arie, Jef, and Sean’s hometown’s. She had – chemistry with Arie’s family, didn’t meet Jef’s Mormon parents, and got along great with Sean’s family! Find out more about her hometown visits on this post.
Episode nine Emily was faced with the decision to go or not to go on the overnight dates in the fantasy suite. What did she decide? Check out the recap here.
Then there was The Men Tell All. I’m sure many people disagreed with me, but I said in my recap I really thought a lot of the bad shown about Ryan and Kalon was edited and they may be somewhat misunderstood. Get more details on my thoughts on Kalon and Ryan and some more details on TMTA on my recap in this post.
And that brings us to the final two. Jef and Arie. Jef, I think is more sincere than Arie, but I honestly do not feel like they match. Their images are different and they just don’t match well. Jef however, is a fan favorite and I don’t think Arie is as sincere and I also am not quite sure I believe the whole story about him not making it on, because of knowing Cassie.
Who do you think Emily is standing with in the end? Who is your favorite?
Think Emily fits better with Arie’s life in the fastlane or with Jef riding four wheelers off into the sunset?
And don’t forget to join me for an After the Final Rose Party Monday at Painting with a Twist in Charlotte! We have giveaways featuring jewelery worn by Emily Maynard from Towne and Reese, a giftcard to Osso Charlotte where Emily and Ryan had their first date, and more!
Half of the proceeds will benefit the Ricky Hendrick Center for ICU at Levine Children’s Hospital!