‘The Bachelorette’ review: Jef Holm, Sean Lowe’s hometown havoc

Emily Maynard professed that she was in love at least a dozen times on “The Bachelorette,” and unlike many other seasons, we actually believed her almost all of the time. For the first time in several seasons, every member of the final four seemed like the sort of guy who could win a season of this show — even the guy who was pretty obviously in fourth place.

Before talking about the inevitable elimination, here are some basic impressions from the date.

Chris Bukowski – Chris started things off in Chicago, and we quickly learned one thing — if Emily is looking for a guy based on their taste in food, Chris is absolutely perfect. While his family didn’t stand out as much, they were certainly nice and welcoming enough. While Emily would probably not have a life here that would grab plenty of headlines, she would be surrounding herself with some loving people.

Jef Holm – First things first, did Jef’s hair manage to raise itself up to another level before this date? The guy showed off some surprising firearm skill (in addition to his now-famous ‘do) while at his family’s ranch, but was a reminder that this guy is absolutely loaded more so than possibly all of the other contenders (even Arie). He also had the most intimidating date out of everyone, since his parents weren’t there and our leading lady was just forced to impress a gigantic crew of siblings and other family members — including plenty of kids. At least Ricki would have a bunch of new friends here really fast!

As is typically the case on this show, though, Emily managed to overcome her intimidation and some tough questions from the family to have a great time with the gang. He also wrote one of the most touching notes we’ve seriously ever heard.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. – This date wins the awkward award! There’s no questioning that Emily has a great relationship with Arie, and the two already look like they are a great match. Arie’s mother, though, was a little bit disrespectful in deciding to speak another language in front of a guest, and we never really felt as though everyone was comfortable in this obviously planned-out environment.

Sean Lowe – Sean’s date in Dallas was really the sort of date you would expect from him — it was mostly relaxed, and she got along with his family without a problem. We still don’t think that any date measured up to Jef’s with his incredible letter at the end of it, but we absolutely loved Sean faking her out and pretending as though he still lived with his parents — mostly because the look on Emily’s face suggested that she was ready to send him home right then, right now before he finally ‘fessed up.

All of the guys had some pretty sweet dates with Emily, but seeing Chris go was a given before the show — he does seem to be a great guy, but he wasn’t as compatible as the other guys are with her. He’s heartbroken now — but hopefully, he’ll be able to get over this eventually and find someone else.

What did you think about this episode, and do you think that Emily made the right decision in sending Chris home? If you haven’t heard the big announcement from the show earlier in the day, be sure to head on over to this link.

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