'Bachelorette' recap: Arie or Jef? Emily gets her guy
Posted July 22, 2012
We're back in Curacao with Emily and the rest of the Maynard clan -- dad Dave, mom Suzy and brother Ernie -- who have jetted in to help the single mom make a decision about her future.
The Maynards are taken with the charming and family-focused Jef and make no qualms about how they feel about the Utah-based entrepreneur. "I don't know if today could've gone any better. I knew that my family would love Jef. I just was not anticipating how much. He could be the one for me."
The next day, they get to meet Arie, who tries to break an awkward silence with lots of chatter. The family does have some questions about the smooth-talking and handsome race car driver, but they come around and let Emily know that, at this point, they're just as confused as she is.
Mom Suzy lays it all out, though, when Emily raises concerns about making a decision about her love life without completely including 6-year-old daughter Ricki in the process. "I know you all will take the time and decide what's right for you. That's why I encourage you to wait on any kind of engagement," she advises. "See how they interact with Ricki."
Emily takes the advice to heart and questions whether or not she even wants to be engaged at the show's end. "Honestly in that split second, it made me question everything," she admits. "I'm not 100% sure I'm ready to get engaged at the end of all this. … There's a lot of pressure to make the right choice for myself and Ricki for the rest of our lives."
The next day, her final date with Jef takes an unexpected turn when he explains that as much as he loves her, he doesn't feel like he's getting all of her without having met Ricki. "Just because I haven't met her doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about her every day," he says sweetly. "I've been preparing my whole life to be a good dad."
His persistence works and she concedes, saying they'll go meet Ricki. They stop by her villa and sit by the pool while Ricki shows off her swim tricks and high-fives her potential new stepdad Jef. The two get along swimmingly (ha!) and his comfort with Ricki seems to help seal the deal where Emily is concerned. Later that night when they meet up again, they do a little kissing, do a little reminiscing and then flip through the book he gives her about Curacao.
At the end of the night, Jef gushes, "Emily makes me feel like there's someone who gets me perfectly. There's something so special that we have and it's almost-aaI can't really describe it. ... I think it's fate. … I've never been in love like this. … I just want to hold her hand until I'm like 110." Awwww.
The next morning, instead of meeting up with Arie, Emily calls a meeting with host Chris Harrison, where she tearfully tells him she knows that she wants to be with Jef and is now faced with the unpleasant task of dumping Arie before they even go on their final date.
"It makes me cry just thinking about it. … I can't even be happy because I just feel so bad," she says between tears. "I know myself… and I won't be able to sit with him all day and be there without feeling awful. … It's just not fair to him."
Meanwhile, an unsuspecting Arie is (literally) concocting a love potion for Emily. "Today I could be meeting Ricki; I could be meeting my future stepdaughter," he muses. "Tomorrow, I am getting engaged. I feel like Emily loves me. … I'm more than ready to get down on one knee."
As he basks in his love-tinged obliviousness, Emily rolls up in a black SUV and hops out looking miserable and nervous. Arie senses that something is off, but it doesn't click until she hits him with the kiss-of-death question: "Do you want to sit down and talk for a second?"
As she sobs uncontrollably, she's able to squeak out this break-up speech: "I don't know what to do; I don't know what to say. But, I know-aayou know how I felt about you from our very first date. And even beyond that, I felt like it was going to be me and you, and I don't know any more. ... My parents loved you, my family loved you, everybody loved you. I never thought that I would have to make a choice between you and anybody. I always thought it would just be me and you, honestly. And then, you know … I want you to know, like … I'm sorry. I don't want you to think it's because of anything you did or didn't do. You really are, like, everything."
Arie, stunned, plays it like a gentleman, telling Emily that there's nothing left to say, as he plants a kiss on her cheek and starts to walk away. She jumps up to follow, and still in tears, tries to reassure him that it's not him, it's her. But he's too in shock and too hurt to try and make her feel better.
"There's nothing to say," he says frankly. "I don't think you're going to get the goodbye that you want just because I'm not going to be like, 'Good luck.' I don't know what you want. I thought I knew what you wanted. That's fine. Thank you for sparing me the embarrassment tomorrow; I appreciate that. Give me a hug."
He gets into the car, leaving Emily to continue crying on a bench. In the car ride, he vents sadly, "I am (expletive) confused. I feel stupid. I feel naïve that I had that dream for us. I feel like I give so much and I'm so open and I'm a loving person and I deserve that back. I feel like I give way more than I get. … I was so sure. She's always made me feel secure in us. I still believe that she is the love of my life. That's what is so painful, you know? Ever since the beginning, this has just always been about Emily and I, and I can't believe that I'm here. It felt really good to fall in love and it makes me realize it's just so hard to find that person."
But with Arie gone, Emily is free to start planning her life with Jef, although she's still not sure she wants to be engaged. "I have such a huge decision to make and I'm scared I'm not going to make the right one or it's going to end up like it did last time (with ex Brad Womack)."
Jef, unaware that he's the only suitor left, meets with Neil Lane to pick out a ring and admits that he's fearful that Emily might not choose him. "The one person that I see myself with forever is right at my fingertips. The scary part is she could break my heart. … Everything comes down to one question and I'm going to lay it out there for her. … I've waited my whole life to feel these feelings and now it's up in the air."
They both get dressed in their finest for the final rose ceremony, where she's finally able to tell him that she loves him and always has. "It's been a long road, but one I can look back on every single moment, even the lowest, and know it was all worth it, because I can stand here and tell you you are everything that I've looked for for so long. I really do feel like you're my soulmate. You are the perfect person for me and you get me better than anyone has ever. I love you so, so much; so, so much. I knew you were the one for me, so much so, that you were the only one that got to meet Ricki. I didn't even go on a date with Arie yesterday and he's not even here today. It's just me and you."
A beaming Jef gears up his proposal speech, also unaware that she could still say no because of her uncertainty about getting engaged again. "I feel like the luckiest man in the world standing up with you, and you make me smile so big and so much every time I'm with you. There's just something about us. It's just so fun, and so natural and so easy with us. There's just that click that makes us work. … I think it's so rare that people find the person that they're meant to be with. … I'm so grateful that we did. I think God puts the right people in our lives when the timing is just right. … I found my everything, and I'm so in love with you. I promise you, Emily, if you let me into your life and Ricki's life, you will never feel lonely ever again. … What I'm about to ask you is a forever thing. Emily, will you marry me?"
Pause. Pause. Pause. She says yes!
Ricki runs out to join them, and like that, another season of Bachelorette has concluded with a happy ending!
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