Hometown Dates and Heartbreak: Emily Meets the (Skeptical) Families on This Week's 'Bachelorette'
Tears fell, cultures clashed, and babies cried this week on "The Bachelorette" as Emily met her four remaining suitors' families for the first time. Despite their best efforts, one family would soon be welcoming their heartbroken son back into the fold.
Date No. 1 -- Skeptical in Chicago
Chris interrupted the rose ceremony last week with a last-minute declaration that he was falling in love with Emily -- a desperate move that seemed to both impress and frighten her a little. His relationship with Emily has been lagging behind, but his impromptu plea for her heart won him another week on the show and a coveted hometown date in his native Chicago.
Chris seemed to relish the chance to show off his city to Emily, and to be away from the incessant touring of castles and dungeons that had characterized their European dates. They sat down for a beer at a Polish restaurant like the ones Chris had frequented in his childhood, and Chris announced, "On a scale of one to Polish, we're Polish." Emily would find out how true this was later in the evening.
The family's reception of Emily was amiable enough, but all of Chris's relatives seemed preoccupied with the possibility that he might get his heart broken. Chris' sister Christine was especially skeptical of Emily's intentions and asked Emily to ax her brother the minute Emily decided they didn't belong together, rather than dragging out their romance.
Chris kept his heart firmly attached to his sleeve all evening and ended the date with a proclamation of everlasting love for Emily -- apparently, seeing her with his family had catapulted his emotions to the next level. A Polish musical group in full traditional costume was there to top off the announcement, and Chris and Emily did a painful polka among his relatives.
Date No. 2 -- The Testosterone Test
Jef might look like the keyboard player of a prepubescent hipster punk band, but he's also handy with a shotgun. Emily was put through a few action-packed hoops upon her arrival in Salt Lake City, including a breakneck ride in an all-terrain vehicle and a tense skeet-shooting contest. Emily coquettishly pretended not to know the first thing about guns, only to hit every single one of her clay pigeons, sending Jef into a frenzy of arousal.