The Bachelorette Emily Maynard Tearfully Chooses Final Two!
9:53 pm, July 9th, 2012RECAP
Maynard spent quality time alone with Arie, Jef and Sean - but not all of the guys made it to the Fantasy Suite at the end of their respective dates.
Sean’s date with Maynard began with a helicopter tour of the tropical locale, with the two ending up at their very own private island.
As the pair discussed the Dallas insurance agent’s previous relationships, Maynard was disappointed he didn’t open up about his feelings towards her and share those three special words.
But during their romantic dinner on the beach, Sean impressed the single mom when he shared a letter he wrote to her young daughter, Ricki.
As they continued talking, Sean confessed, “I have fallen in love with you and I know it without a shadow of a doubt.”
He then accepted the offer to stay in the Fantasy Suite, saying he wanted to stay up talking with her – in private.
But Maynard ultimately decided not to spend the overnight hours with Sean, saying it wasn’t the example she wanted to set for her daughter, and the extra time together wouldn’t change the feelings she already has for him.
On Jef’s date with Maynard, the two set out on the open water, traveling on their own private boat, where they discussed their families – and potentially being parents together.
During dinner, the Salt Lake City-based entrepreneur put Maynard in the hot seat, asking some key questions such as where they would live and why Maynard has been so unlucky in love.
Unlike past suitors, Maynard said, Jef is more than just perfect on paper. Similarly, he revealed she is the first girl he can see a permanent future with.
And when Jef asked if he would be a good fit as Ricki’s father, Maynard said he would be a “perfect” fit.
When the prospect of spending time in the Fantasy Suite came up, Jef said he knew their families and Ricki might be watching, so it might be more respectful to pass and wait for a more appropriate time and place.
Maynard was impressed, and suggested they go for a bit but spend the overnight hours separately, to which he agreed.
Arie and Maynard kicked things off by swimming with dolphins, during which she realized his “protective instinct” would make him a great dad.
The two went on to spend some time locking lips, with Maynard pointing out that all of Arie’s favorite moments thus far involved them kissing.
That prompted Maynard, during dinner, to urge the race car driver to open up about his everyday life, to see if they were more than just physically compatible.
In turn, Arie asked Maynard if she would be willing to move Ricki to his home-base of Scottsdale, Arizona, and what she’s looking for in a father for her little girl.
But Maynard, though pleased with the results of their conversation, opted not to even present Arie with the Fantasy Suite option, admitting to the camera that she didn’t trust herself in that situation with him, and preferred to try to be a role model.
After watching emotional video messages from each of the guys, it was time for an already tearful Maynard to begin the rose ceremony and hand out her final two roses, despite being fearful of breaking someone’s heart – and potentially making the wrong choice.
Maynard began by telling the men she cared about each of them and was “sorry” for what she had to do.
The first rose went to (SPOILER ALERT)… Jef.
And the second – and last – rose went to… Arie.
Sean appeared shocked by Maynard’s decision, and the Bachelorette broke down in tears as he admitted how hurt he was by her choice.
Maynard said she had hoped it would work out with him, and Sean acknowledged she had to do what was best for her.
And with that, Sean was sent on his way.
What do you think of Maynard’s decision?
Next week, ABC will air the “Men Tell All” special, with the finale taking place on July 22.
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