Kiss kiss, and that's it: Emily keeps it PG on 'The Bachelorette' fantasy suite week
Emily Maynard and her final three men steamed up the beautiful island of Curaçao this week on "The Bachelorette," but they kept the action on-camera. That meant no fantasy suite overnights for anyone this season, not even "Sweet Arie," who has been stoking Emily's fire for weeks. Nevertheless, the seaside setting provided plenty of opportunities for smooching, cuddling, and showing off of bathing-suit bodies -- but the fun came to an end when Emily had to send one love-struck suitor packing.
Date No. 1: Butterflies and brawn
Phew -- too many episodes have aired without one of the show's signature helicopter rides, so it was a relief to see Sean and Emily hop into a chopper for the first date of the week. Emily said Sean would be "the best dad ever," and that his combination of rippling muscles and endearing vulnerability gives her "butterflies in [her] heart."
Even so, Sean was treading on thin ice -- Emily was majorly miffed that he remained the only suitor who hadn't yet said "I love you," an intolerable omission from a member of the top three. The tension mounted as Sean continued to dance around the topic despite Emily's insistent digging for the three crucial words.
Sean stepped up his game over dinner, and pulled a Jef by whipping out a letter that he'd written to read aloud to Emily. Unlike Jef's, the letter was addressed not to Emily but to her daughter Ricki, in hopes that he'd one day be her father (but never replace her father). The letter was followed, finally, but Sean's confession of love. "I have fallen in love with you, and I know it without a shadow of a doubt," he said, shifty-eyed and sweating slightly. Emily grinned in approval, and took his concession as a cue to present him with the room key to their fantasy suite. He accepted gratefully, but was careful to state that he was excited to stay up late and talk to her (not just to see what was under all her bedazzled dresses). Emily allowed it at first, but decided to kick him out after a sexy hot-tub makeout session, citing her desire to set a good example for her daughter.
Date No. 2: Daddy issues
It's hard to believe that a guy who rolled into the first rose ceremony on a skateboard has made it to the top three -- but Jef, who kept his pompadour the whole season, is a clear front-runner. He makes Emily laugh "more than anyone." Plus, she likes "guys with a little bit of an edge."