The six remaining men are ones that Emily can definitely see a future with. They’re in Prague. It’s a bit different this week though—there are 3 one-on-one dates without the rose acting as sudden death, and one group date with a rose. The men who receive roses either at the ceremony or on the group date will have the special privilege of bringing Emily home to meet their families. It’s a big deal.
Arie gets the first one-on-one date and Emily wants to check out Prague with him. It’s something she’d picture doing with her husband if she were on holiday. Arie seems to be on the same brainwave; he says it’d be very romantic if they got married in one of the cathedrals they’re visiting. Emily’s got other things on her mind as well. She admits, “I like to kiss Arie. I feel like I let him know that a lot by kissing him a lot.” But there’s something she’s not letting him know: she’s aware of a secret that he’s not telling her.
Arie had a previous relationship with Cassie Lambert, producer on The Bachelorette. Chris Harrison explains the situation: Emily had no idea before production began and Cassie took it upon herself to tell Emily.
The date with Arie turns into Emily attempting to hint at what she wants Arie to tell her. “I just want to feel like I really, really know you.” He responds, “I think I’m very trustworthy.” I don’t think he’s catching on to what she wants from him. They talk about honesty and having no secrets. She wants complete openness. And for a second it seems like Arie is about to tell her but instead he comes out with: “I had a tattoo of a girl’s name. But I had it covered up.”
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It turns out, as Captain Obvious announces, the trio had a “very honest conversation about the issue”. Arie’s relationship with Cassie was brief and so long ago that it didn’t matter anymore. “I should have given you the benefit of the doubt,” Emily says apologetically. They kiss passionately. Their feelings are as strong as ever. He finds himself thinking about her all the time. “I love you,” Arie says in the most honest and meaningful way. Emily looks like the most loved person in the world. Her face is shining. “It made me so happy,” she says. “I don’t feel that Arie’s someone that throws that around.”
“Tonight has completely changed my life and now I completely see myself marrying her. And now I’m on top of the world.” Arie is on cloud nine.
Meanwhile, Chris is feeling a little down under. “It’s killing me inside,” he says about not being able to spend time with Emily. John’s received the second one-on-one date, his first one. Chris only gets a group date.
“My relationship with John has been a slow starter,” Emily says. She considered sending him home. During the date, she wants John to open up. He knows he’s got a “hard shell”. It’s difficult for him to open up and be vulnerable. After all his nickname isn’t Wolf for nothing, right? But Emily just needs to find out whether there are romantic feelings. They visit the John Lennon wall and come across a lovers locked fence, literally. The fence is covered in personal locks that lovers etch their names into. It symbolizes everlasting love. “This isn’t a good sign,” Emily says as their lock doesn’t lock. “I feel like John trying to close our lock is like our relationship. I feel like we just haven’t been able to connect.”
Back at the hotel, Chris is going crazy. “I try and step back in the shadows and not let it bother me but it does. It bothers me a lot.”
John feels that his day with Emily was amazing. Emily, however, is not sure what her feelings are for him. He hopes he can answer her questions. And he does by telling her about how his ex-girlfriend cheated on him with a “doctor-dude”. Emily finally understands why he’s so reserved: he got his heart broken. Of the family visiting that is supposed to happen next week, John thinks Emily and his mother would be like “two peas in a pod”. They kiss. I’m not sure I like it.
Chris is officially a baby. “I got my heart on the line right now.” Chris, get over yourself.
Sean sneaks out. He just has to see Emily. “I have no idea where she is but I’ve got to see her.”
He goes running around the streets of Prague calling her name. When he finally finds her, it’s a nice surprise for Emily. “Words cannot describe how it feels to have Emily in my arms,” Sean says, relieved. Sean had the confidence to come find her. It paid off. It’s obvious she’s missed him. In my opinion, their kisses have too much tongue.
This group date is the last one. Sean’s got a secret: he made Emily wake up happy this morning.
It’s raining and they’re going to take a horse ride to the castle. “Today is going to be an awesome day,” Doug says, as cheerful and positive as always. Doug is really the perfect man. “He has so many qualities that I’m looking for but I don’t know if we have that chemistry,” Emily says, a little nervously.
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She was going to send him home but changed her mind in the middle of the last rose ceremony.
“Today is going to be a true test to see if he is ready to fall in love and be my guy.” But Doug is awkward with touching Emily. He blushes when their knees touch; he’s apologetic. And she feels like if he doesn’t feel comfortable sitting next to her, then he won’t ever be comfortable close to her. “I just can’t get a read on her,” he admits.
She lets him go home. “I don’t feel like you’re fighting for me.” And he's not opening up in the way that she wants him to, especially because their relationship will eventually involve two children, his son and her daughter. Unfortunately, Doug doesn’t catch on to where her goodbye speech is leading—he kisses her, finally.
“I did not see that one coming today. I finally went for the kiss just a day late and a dollar short,” Doug says as he leaves. It’s tough being a single dad and trying to find love. He hopes that someday he’ll have what he craves: a family.
With Doug gone, the group date becomes an awkward two-on-one date. “I don’t like hanging out with you in big groups,” Emily tells Sean during their private time. They definitely love kissing each other. Meanwhile, Chris is fretting. He doesn’t want an uphill battle. He wants to already be on the top of the hill.
The boys discuss how Chris will react if he gets the rose. They’d rather he doesn’t because then he’ll be giddy and shove it in their faces.
After a talk with Emily and a confrontation about why he didn’t get a one-on-one date, Chris seems a little calmer. “Emily makes me feel better about myself.” He is falling in love with Emily and meeting his family would make that more concrete. He’s a few steps behind Arie and Sean, though. They are already in love.
Awarding the rose is awkward. It’s a symbol of the person that she is ready to meet their family. “There’s only one rose. And I hope you don’t take it personally,” Emily says to Chris as she offers it to Sean. Chris does everything but listen. “I am pissed.” He finds it insulting that Emily does not want to meet his family. He’s very upset and it’s visible. He’s angrily drumming his fingers and avoiding eye contact. He better watch it or he’ll turn her off by his obsessive anger.
Emily’s one-on-one with Jef is fun. They visit a puppet store. “I think he would be a great dad because he’s just a big kid,” Emily laughs as Jef shows off his skills at puppeteering. “I think I’d be the luckiest guy in the world to have a future with Emily.” And he does the sweetest things. As they each walk out with a puppet to represent themselves, Jef runs back into the store and returns with a smaller princess puppet. “We can’t leave Ricki hanging,” he says to Emily as he offers her the puppet to give to Ricki. Her heart melts. Mine does too. For once Jef seems like he’s actually father material.
With the puppets they enact the story of their relationship, awkwardly. It’s hilarious. The puppets make it easier for Jef to express big feelings. “I am 100, 1 million percent in love with you,” his puppet says to Emily’s. ”Can we get a dog together?” Their puppets kiss and so do they. It’s adorable.
He makes her really happy and she’s had a great date with him. Jef realizes they are falling for each other. “I can’t think of a cooler thing for you to do than meet my family.” And it’s a surprise because his family is really private. He doesn’t usually expose his family to his world. “I seriously want to grow old with Emily,” Jef admits. He’s so ready to be the fun dad and for everything else… “I want to date you so hard and marry the **** out of you!”
John and Chris are in the hot seat at the start of the Rose Ceremony. Or so it seems. “I feel extremely confident that I’m getting a rose,” John says in a perhaps overly-confident tone. But a discussion with Chris Harrison lets us learn that Emily has made up her mind. She doesn’t want to go through a cocktail party. Her relationships with the men have either been confirmed or are so obviously not there. But when Captain Obvious announces this to the boys, he’s ruining Chris’ plan to talk to Emily. It’s his worst nightmare. If he leaves tonight, he’ll be leaving with regrets: he knows he took the week for granted and hasn’t handled anything well.
“I don’t feel right,” Chris says. He’s no longer fighting the tears. “I’m not ready for this to be over between me and her.” He took time with Emily for granted.
Sean already has a rose. Jef and Arie both receive roses. Captain Obvious makes his usual appearance. Pressure’s on Chris and John. She’s about to give out the final rose. Chris interrupts. He needs to talk to her. He apologizes for not being as respectful when he didn’t get the rose. “I’m ready to be the man that you deserve. I’m ready to be the man that Ricki deserves.” He’s not ready for it to end right now, he presses on her. I’m rooting for John. Chris put her in a compromising position.
But Chris gets the rose. John seems a little peeved. It’s obvious that Chris’ last minute stunt had an impact. Emily takes John outside to talk with him. She just doesn’t know where the two of them stand together. He’s shocked but realizes you can’t force love.
“Maybe I’ll find my Cinderella someday,” John concludes.
Emily will be somebody’s Cinderella soon: there are only four men left. She won’t be taking next week lightly: she’s meeting the boys’ families!