‘The Bachelorette’ review: Arie Luyendyk Jr. – Cassie Lambert drama a whimper

It was easily overblown.

For those of you who really thought that Arie Luyendyk Jr. having a past relationship with “The Bachelorette” producer Cassie Lambert was going to be a big deal, you are probably laughing and shaking your head at this very moment. In true reality TV fashion, it really turned out to be much ado about nothing.

What happened? Basically, Emily Maynard found out about Arie’s past relationship, and in confronting Cassie about it she quickly realized that the only reason she wasn’t told was because it could have changed how she would have treated Arie earlier in the season. Cassie wanted to Emily to give him a fair chance, and Arie explained later in an off-camera conversation that he didn’t feel the need to bring it up simply because it was no big deal.

Moving on … there actually were some important developments that happened with Emily.

Goodbye, Doug – The saddest elimination of the night was clearly courtesy of the final single dad left in the competition, mostly because he seemed to be constantly too shy to really make the moves that he really needed to make in order to make it to the end. Ultimately, our theory on the matter is largely that Doug didn’t want his son to see him making out on TV, so he chose to play it a little bit more subdued — unfortunately, this very thing caused him to be sent home on the group date.

John’s delusional date – John and Emily went out on their one on one date and it couldn’t have gone worse, but for some reason John thought that he made it made in the shade even after their “love lock” refused to close.  After the date John felt confident that he would be getting a home town date.

Are Jef and Sean the favorites? – Even with Arie’s past being no big deal, it still looks as though these two guys are the ones who may be the frontrunners. Jef seems to be the only guy who is consistently remembering that Ricki is a part of this equation, and Sean actually chased her down on the street to get a few moments alone with her.

Jef is the strong front runner at this point as not only does he include Ricki into their conversations but he is the only one who asked Emily some important questions about what happens after the show ends like; does she want to live with him first before marriage and how soon after they get engaged does she want to have another child.  Arie’s going to need to show up in his IndyCar during the hometown dates to even compete at this point.

The final four are… – In addition to the aforementioned Jef, Arie, and Sean, it was Chris Bukowski who managed to end up getting the final hometown date spot for next week — though it took him completely wigging out at the Rose Ceremony in order to make it there. With that, we ended up saying goodbye to a man in John Wolfner who was a bit like a white wolf in a snowstorm for most of the season — we never even noticed he was there.

What did you think about how the Arie – Cassie drama was blown out of proportion, and who are you rooting for out of the final four contestants?

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