Episode #3 of The Bachelorette included two one-on-one dates and a group date. Here is a recap of week #3:
The One-On-One Date: Emily and Chris began their date scaling a tall building for their dinner. Of course, there was no time wasted in using the clichés about how a relationship is a lot like climbing a building. Emily was very happy with the way Chris encouraged her as she fearfully climbed the building. Their dinner conversation included a discussion on how Emily was concerned that Chris was only 25 years old. I found this to be very odd considering Emily is only 26 years old. Did she really think one year was going to make such a difference? I mean, come on, she already tried being engaged to someone older (Brad Womack) and look where that got her. Chris reassured her that he was ready to be a father-figure to Ricki. The date ended with country singer, Luke Bryan performing while Emily and Chris danced in the street. Emily gave Chris a rose on the date.
The Group Date: Emily decides to take the men to meet her friends. Her friends grill each one of the Bachelors so that they can give Emily some input on the Bachelors. The questioning started off alright until Emily’s friends got carried away and were making requests to the men to take their shirts off, do push-ups, and dance. Clearly at this point it looked like all of the shenanigans were done for their entertainment rather than to provide Emily with input. However, I did like that Emily’s friends told Jef he needed to step it up a bit. Definitely true. During the group date, Ryan digs himself a hole by telling Emily and her friends that if she were to ever gain weight, he would still “love her” but not “love on her” as much. He received looks of death from all of Emily’s friends and Emily herself after that comment. In the end, Sean ends up getting the group date rose.
Second One-On-One Date: Emily decides to take race car driver, Arie to Dollywood. They start out the date riding a roller coaster and then find themselves in the middle of a surprise Dolly Parton appearance. This seemed to be a great surprise for Emily. Dolly spent a few minutes providing words of wisdom and encouragement to Emily about love.
The Cocktail Party: Little did we know but the best was yet to come at the cocktail party. Kalon continued to use his big vocabulary to impress the other Bachelors as well as Emily. So far, she doesn’t seem impressed. During their chat, he apparently thinks Emily cuts him off and he rudely tells her that he “loves hearing her talk” but that she basically needs to stop talking and let him finish. Oh Kalon, haven’t you learned that you always let a woman talk as much as they want?
Emily’s next chat is with Brazil native, Alessandro. As their conversation goes on and gets more and more awkward. At one point Emily hints at the fact that at first she thought maybe there was a language barrier but then she realized Alessandro was actually that self-centered when he said having a wife and a child would be a major “compromise” in his life. Goodbye Alessandro, it was nice knowing you. Emily quickly sends him on his way.
The Rose Ceremony: Emily sends New Jersey DJ, Stevie home. This was a smart move since he was on my “Red Flags” list after last week’s episode.