July 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
This episode was the one that pulled at my heartstrings the most. My hometown dates on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are some of my favorite memories of all time. I felt the most comfortable with the guys at that point and like I could just be myself. Plus, the whole process of going those dates made me feel like finding that special someone was truly possible. Meeting the family adds a healthy sense of reality to this whole process, and I’ve always loved all of my ex-boyfriend’s families. To me, this is one of the most important parts of this crazy journey.
The first hometown date just happens to be in Chicago with Chris! My heart will always have a place in Chicago. Oddly enough, even though I chose Ed on The Bachelorette, I never did get that hometown date. Hmm… Anyway, I loved seeing all of the familiar places and corners and things that I loved about Chicago. It made my heart go pitter-patter! I wasn’t really a fan of Chris at the beginning, and I don’t know if it’s because of this Chi-town visit or what, but he’s definitely growing on me! He seems very genuine, but sometimes I feel like he needs to just loosen up a bit. His family also seemed very warm and sweet, however, I have to say I never saw the sparks. It was actually a little boring.
Now on to Jef! First off, I loved Emily’s outfit—so cute. And I love that they went on a western-style date. Jef shooting guns was amazing! Just three minutes into their date I was sold! But how heartbreaking was it that his parents weren’t there? I did kind of like the big family meeting, and I know Emily was intimated, but in the long run I think that approach is worthwhile. I have to admit, I loved Jef’s hipster vibe in the beginning but I didn’t feel that hunky vibe from him until this episode. Maybe it was the farm, the guns or the big family, but now I think this dude is a serious catch. It was also nice to see how playful and cute Emily is with him. She seems like she can totally be herself when they’re together.
I love Arie and I can definitely feel major energy between him and Emily, but I thought racing was a bit of a weird choice for their date. I know we need to eventually let that go but I just thought there were other things they could’ve done. Then meeting the family was definitely awkward. Do you remember Kiptyn’s family date? On screen it appeared to be awkward but in reality it was actually really fun. Don’t forget, there always has to be a little TV drama with at least one of the families.
Ok, now what’s this other guy’s name? I know that sounds awful but I just wasn’t feeling Sean’s date at all. The kiss at the beginning of their date was sooo awkward! One thing I did love about the date was the playhouse. Did you see the air-conditioner in that unit?! Amazing. Haha. And of course Sean’s prank was beyond awesome.
In the end, Chris goes home all while flipping her the bird. All I could think was, really? Just… wow.
So who do you think is going to take Emily home? I know you’ve probably already heard the rumors that she’s engaged…
Until next time,
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