The Bachelorette's hometown showdown

Emily Maynard is ready to meet the guys' families. (ABC)

Emily Maynard is ready to meet the guys' families. (ABC)

Samie Durnford, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Things are getting serious on “The Bachelorette” as Emily heads off to the final four guys’ families.

Back from her ‘round-the-world tour with the guys, she finally gets to reconnect with her six-year-old daughter Ricki, which is adorable.

At home, Emily feels she gets to have time to really think about all of the guys -- followed by a montage of her dates, just in case we’ve all forgotten.

She says that the hometown dates are “really a turning point,” and after the dates she could be really in love with someone. Not just kind of in love. Really in love.

For real.

Mom knows best

The fiirst home date is in Chicago with Chris where he shows her what he has to offer.

“We’d have a fantastic life here if things work out,” he says. It’s odd that he assumes Emily would uproot her daughter and her seemingly multi-million dollar home to move to Chicago.

But, I guess the show wants viewers to think that two people fall in love, get engaged, and magically merge two completely different lives together.

Chris seems kind of lame overall, so I’m interested to see what he’s like around his family.

His dad gives Emily “the talk” privately to make sure her intentions are in the right place -- which they aren’t. She’s dating four other dudes. But she fakes it well.

Emily asks Chris’s dad if he thinks Chris is ready for a six-year-old kid and his dad says that Chris will “do his best”. He even gets Emily to admit she loves Chris.

Meanwhile, Chris’s mom gives him the pep talk saying that he has to kick a-- if he really loves Emily. (C'mon Chris, step it up).

His sister says that she’s worried about Chris because she doesn’t want him to be hurt and asks Emily to let him go sooner rather than later if he isn't the one.

Overall, things go well. Kind of boring, but fine.

Chris pulls the "love" card and now all four guys officially love Emily. There’s going to be some major heartbreak later tonight.

Skinny jeans and guns

Next Emily meets Jef on a ranch in Utah where he’s ready to show her the country side of him. He comes off like such a city hipster, but if anything this makes him seem way hotter.

Jef takes her on an off-roading ride where they stop to shoot guns. Shooting guns in skinny jeans is something only Jef with one F can pull off for sure.

Emily tricks him into thinking she’s never held a gun before when in reality she takes gun lessons at home. I have to give her props for that. She’s a kick butt single mom for sure.

Jef’s family is out of state doing charity work so Emily gets to meet all of his siblings instead. Personally, I find siblings the most nerve-wracking to win over. We’ll see how she does.

His brother Steve grills her and seems skeptical of the whole show but she doesn’t do too poorly answering his tough questions. She says she’s looking for the fundamentals, not just the puppy love. He likes her answer.

Jef’s four sisters are all smiles as they try to get tough with Emily and it doesn’t take much for her to win them over too.

She says that she’d move to be with Jef and the girls are happy.

However, Steve is still skeptical and tells Jef that he thinks it’s all a bit fast and that he’s never seen Jef want kids at this point in time because he’s a bit wild. Is Jef maybe just acting for the show? He does seem a little too good to be true.

Everyone loves Emily in the end. They make it look so easy, don’t they!?

She should write a book -- “How To Win Over Families While Dating Multiple People”.

To end the day, Jef reads Emily the cutest note ever as they sit on a cliff during the sunset. It’s very romantic. I think he’s a keeper, but I’m biased since I have a thing for his hair-do.

Racing for love

In Arizona, Emily meets Arie at the racetrack. It’s weird that she never mentions her ex who was a famous NASCAR driver who tragically died in a plane crash. She’s so excited to be at the track but I would have thought that it would open some old wounds.

I guess not.

Emily gives Arie a big smooch and gets in the car with as he races around the track. It’s the first time she’s expressed how much she’s missed one of the guys. I can’t help but feel she’s already made up her mind and is going to choose Arie.

Arie’s mom starts talking to him in Dutch in the middle of the conversation. It’s awkward as hell and he cuts them off and starts to translate what they’ve been saying. It’s tense between them all. I’d be scared to death of his mom. Her botox makes her look mean.

His mom says she watched Emily’s season with ex-fiance Brad Womack and wants to know what happened with them. Emily says she has nothing bad to say about Brad (a quick Google search begs to differ).

She asks Arie’s mom what it’s like to date a race-car driver. I’m so confused. Didn’t she date a NASCAR driver?! Are we just pretending this never happened? She has a daughter with him! This is so confusing.

Regardless, Arie’s mom seems to warm up to Emily and his dad likes her too. Arie says he’s ready to purpose.

Well, we knew that already.

Puppy love

Sean takes Emily to Texas to meet his dogs and family. Throwing frisbees with the dogs in the park and sipping wine seems like a pretty natural date. Nothing cheesy with Sean.

I must say, I’m super envious of Emily’s dress. It looks stunning on her.

At his parents' house, Sean takes Emily to “his” extremely dirty room where there is stuffed animals and cookies crumbs on the dresser. Is this for real? Is this actually happening right now?

Oh God. Apparently it was a joke and he doesn’t live at home and his room is not a disaster. He definitely fooled me.

Emily clearly almost died inside but pretends the joke is funny. It wasn’t funny. A dude that has a messy room and lives at home is any woman’s worst nightmare.

Sean’s dad is adorable. He seems like the sweetest guy and you can tell where Sean gets it from. He tells Emily that it’s the first time Sean has told them about his feelings towards someone else. Just a bit of pressure, eh?

If Emily doesn’t pick Sean she’ll be breaking his dad’s heart too. He seems to really want to see them together. Too bad.

They have a super awkward goodbye kiss, which leaves Sean running after her for the second time this season. I guess the whole desperation thing is his shtick.

I guess it’s sort of cute that he wanted one more kiss.

Bring on the heartbreak

Time for the doom as Emily tells the host Chris that she has no idea how she’s going to choose who to send home and the waterworks start to flow before the rose ceremony even begins.

Arie gets the first rose, which isn’t a surprise.

Jef gets rose number two. I think Arie and him will be the final two guys.

The final rose goes to Sean.

Again, I’m not surprised. Chris wasn’t doing too hot since last week and it was definitely his time.

They sit outside as she explains that her feelings for him just didn’t progress fast enough like they have for the other guys. She doesn’t even cry, which I find odd at this point. You’d think she’d feel more invested. I guess she tooks Chris’s sister's advice and let him go.

Chris is barely holding back tears but he makes it into the limo with his tacky light blue tie before falling into a slump. It’s sort of cruel how the camera flashes back and forth between him hating himself and the other three toasting to next week.

The final three are off to a Caribbean island next week where things start to get real between all of them and Emily starts to fall in love with more than one person.

Bring your tissues!

 


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