A serious note starts tonight’s episode in London. Chris Harrison announces to the nine remaining bachelors that, why yes, Emily is looking for a husband. The group is in London for the week, their second stop of their international travels with Emily, who is “well on her way to falling in love” according to Chris Harrison.
Sean, the 28 year old Texan with a perfectly sculpted body, gets to be Emily’s prisoner for the night. They take a tour of London on a double Decker. Emily tells Sean he’s a great photographer and kisser when he snaps a pic of them smooching. Emily also lets Sean (and us) know that “Guys like you are usually boring, but you’re not boring”. That’s not very reassuring. Sean does the most adorable act of the night by street preaching his perspective on love. “He’s done pretty good on the checklist of what I’m looking for,” Emily says of the day.
They have dinner at the London Tower and Sean tells Emily he doesn’t have any bombs to drop on her: “I told you, what you see is what you get.” He really is perfect. All Sean can think of is that when he’s with Emily he’s “full of happiness”. Emily, by contrast, can’t get over his kissing abilities. “I love my kisses with Sean,” she says. “My kisses in my relationship with Sean are only going to get better.” Sean walks away with a rose and a peck.
But everyone isn’t as perfect as Sean. Kalon, the not so nice Texan, announces that he thinks Emily has a lot of baggage. Ricki, the person Emily lives for, is baggage.
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The group date is a surprise for everyone- Chris, Arie, Ryan, Kalon, Alejandro, John, and Doug are asked to whip out their acting skills to take part in a mini reproduction of Romeo and Juliet. Unfortunately, Emily’s lost her voice. Arie and Doug struggle throughout the audition process—Arie’s got no idea what he’s even saying. The old English is taking a toll on the two and they end up playing the role of nurses. Ryan’s thrilled that Arie, his biggest threat, will be in a dress while he himself will be playing the role of Romeo. “I’m going to get to kiss Emily,” Ryan says in a masked tone of overexcitement.
Emily worries that Arie won’t let go and have fun. While she flirts with Ryan, Kalon gets upset and ‘shoos’ her off. “Kalon needs to calm down,” Emily says, finally showing a little exasperation for his shenanigans. “He isn’t on Broadway.” The guys suit up. Well except for Arie and Doug—they put on tights and dresses.
Kalon gets the most romantic scene but manages to make it sound boring and the least bit romantic. Travis is having a ball with his y’alls. Apparently Shakespeare is popular in Mississippi. Doug puts on the best female voice he can and it's truly an amazing effort. Arie’s still freaking out: “I’m having a nervous breakdown.” But it works for him, Emily finds herself liking him even more. Ryan’s overly annoying about getting his first kiss and the rest of the guys take it lightly. After all it’s just a play right? Wrong. Ryan smooches Emily for real and it makes them all uneasy. “He’s like the perfect Romeo,” according to Emily.
The date continues at Cox’s Yard. Although Emily and Arie share some more lip-to-lip time and Ryan surprises her with a necklace, the night takes a turn for the worse. Chris tells the rest of the guys that Kalon’s been saying some mean things. Arie gets pissed because he likes Emily a lot. Doug gets pissed because if anyone referred to his son as baggage, there’d be some fists flying. Ryan really isn’t concerned about Kalon.
“I’m not going to apologize for it,” Kalon says when confronted by the guys. “I’m not going to retract it.” Doug makes a move—he tells Emily.
Her response? “I want to rip his limbs off and beat him with them.” She’s furious and is trying to figure out how to approach the situation in a graceful and ladylike manner. “I want to go West Virginia, hood rat, back woods, on his ass,” Emily says in the sweetest voice laced in fury. Doug sets the scene. As usual the obnoxious donkey tries to explain himself but is cut off by Emily: “I love to hear you talk but not until I’m done. I got that line from you.” Kalon has nothing to say for himself so Emily tells him to “get the f*** out”.
Kalon’s leaving remarks are obscene. “I did say it and I absolutely mean it.”
“Kalon is just a terrible human being,” Emily concludes. Her poor voice is strained from her anger and her cold. Her confidence is shaken. How could she have let Kalon slip through the cracks? She’s bummed out that not one of the other guys had her back and decides to cut the night short. The rose is forfeited and all the men realize the grandeur of their mistake. “My dream guy, if he heard something like that, would be willing to stand up and fight for me and my daughter,” Emily sadly comments.
Jef finally has time with Emily on his one-on-one date with her but it turns into afternoon tea with Jean teaching them confusing and overly nonsensical etiquette. Jef’s nice about it: “Jean is great. I just kind of which she could give us a little space.” Emily wants to “stick one of those cakes in my pocket book and roll on out.” They ditch Jean for a bar.
Kalon comes up in the conversation and Jef manages to twist the insult into a perplexing compliment. The word baggage becomes a vintage Louis Vuitton that he wants to keep forever. Emily claims there is a physical attraction between them but that she just can’t read him. “I need Jef to show me more than tell me that he’s into me.” Maybe Jef needs to explore what he really wants because comparing Ricki to a Chloe handbag does not scream husband material.
They have dinner in the London eye and ‘cheers’ to not being a single girl. Emily wonders if she’s missing anything with Jef. They each think the other is cool and Jef is even “beginning to like her”. It’s about time…And he’s even ready for a family. She’d come home from whatever she’d be up to and he’d be having a dance party with Ricki. I’m a little concerned, and his next comment doesn’t help. “I like you and I want to be best friends with you,” Jef confesses to Emily. What? He wants the rose but seems confused about wanting Emily. Jef ends up with the rose because he’s “chill”.
But the pressure is building because it’s time for a kiss—the most anticipated one of his life. “Emily takes my breath away. I like the mom that she is, I like the girl that she is, I like the person she is”. Emily, to Jef, is what people write fairy tales about. Jef, I like you, but I get the vibe that you’re trying to audition to be Ricki’s nanny.
As of now, Sean and Jef both have a rose to wear. But since Emily cut the group date short, a third rose was never given out. And she’s beginning to scrutinize the men more and more. She wants answers as to why not one of them stood up for her when Kalon made his insult.
“I felt like I was in the hot seat,” Travis said. The whole situation has been eating John up. And Arie can’t find the right words to appease Emily. It is obvious that she’s most disappointed in him. Arie feels like he got caught off guard and is shaken up at the first conversation they’ve had that went wrong. He feels bad and is nervous he’s let her down enough that she’ll send him home. Ryan’s just full of surprises tonight and completely ignores the Kalon incident. Instead, he read Emily a poem from Shakespeare and they share a passionate smooch.
“He’s so smooth and thinks he can get any girl, and here I am falling for him,” Emily is mad to admit. “But I’m going to keep an eye on him.”
In the end it is Sean, like Arie did with the Alessandro incident, who comforts Emily. “I kept thinking if Sean was here he wouldn’t have let that happen he would have stood up and said something,” she tells him. They’ve missed each other and she feels safe with him. “I love being around him, it feels right.”
Chris Harrison (whom I’ve dubbed Captain Obvious) reiterates the fact that if the men had questions about how serious this season was, that they had definitely received some answers this week. With seven men standing and only six roses to hand out, everyone is on edge. The names are called. Captain Obvious comes out to announce that there is a final rose to be given out. Both Arie and Alejandro are rose-less. It’s a surprising twist of events because for a moment it’s believable that Emily would choose Alejandro over Arie. She has such a beautiful connection with Arie, and with that high hopes, so in her eyes he failed the most in terms of the Kalon incident.
But love seems to conquer all after all and Alejandro says his goodbyes. Arie graciously accepts the final rose. Emily’s taught all the men a lesson tonight: She means business.
“I wish the best for her. She really is an amazing girl,” Alejandro says. Hopefully, Emily will benefit from his blessing in Croatia next week.
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