how the heck does Jef know what a Chloe bag is?
Had he said Chanel...or Louis Vuittan...or heck, even Coach, I would have not batted an eyelash. But Chloe? Really? That seems kind of a reach for most guys. If I asked my husband to describe Chloe to me, he would probably ask, "Is that a friend of yours? Is she in Junior League?"
As Mariana so aptly pointed out last week, we're still not 100% sure what team Jef is playing for. The Chloe comment only deepens the mystery. And his hesitancy to kiss Emily really makes me question things. But more on that in a moment.
(Also, I'm short on time, so this will be an abbreviated entry)
So we start with Emily and Ricky in London - yay double decker buses! Scotty would have been equally excited to see a red double decker up close. Emily picked Sean for the first date, and he strikes me as this season's Tenley - sweet, not a drama-creator, gets along with everyone. But at the same time, not a lot of fire. Emily and Sean took in the sights ("I should know what that is," said Sean as they passed Big Ben. Yup, you should), kissed for the camera, and Sean made a somewhat-decent speech on Speaker's Corner. (I think I got that name right.) They then had dinner at the Tower of London where - ew - people were like, murdered and tortured and stuff. Not my pick for a romantic, candle-lit dinner, but whatever floats Emily's boat. I liked her sense of humor when she told Sean to play his cards right or ::swish::! Off with his head.
She didn't behead him though - he got the rose.
On to the group date. I'm going to skip all the silly Romeo-Juliet-stuff (although Arie made an adorable nurse) and get right to the good stuff: the "Ricky is baggage" comment. So Doug overheard Kalon say this statement, and told Emily during their alone time during the group date. Emily immediately took action. Doug rallied the boys up, Emily confronted Kalon, Kalon stammered and tried to back-track without really apologizing (not a good move, dude - ask any husband out there. You never do that. Always apologize first) and Emily told him to "get the f*** out." Aw, snap. Kalon got the f*** out, Doug looked mighty pleased with himself, and Emily gave no one a rose, declaring herself tired and very upset.
What is fascinating about this exchange is this is essentially what happened during Ben's season's regarding Courtney. Yes, no one called his non-existent child "baggage," but the girls felt very strongly about warning Ben about a woman in their presence that they felt did not have his best interests at heart. What happened, however, is nothing like Emily's reaction - Ben admonished Emily (another Emily, not this one) and told her to "tread lightly." It, in effect, destroyed any chance at a relationship between Ben and Emily.
Now, I'm not sure if Ben and the Other Emily (let's call her Dr. Emily, shall we?) had a chance at a relationship, but I think it's interesting to note how men and women handle this kind of situation so differently. Emily (our Emily) expected the men to tell her about Kalon's admission, and when they didn't, she felt disrespected. She took it out hardest on the guy she likes the most, Arie. All of the men said something to the effect of, "I assumed she knew what she was doing" and "She would see through Kalon soon enough and it didn't require me saying something." Emily, however, took this as a breach of loyalty from the men. And Ben, as we know, ended up protecting Courtney since he felt as though she was getting picked on by the other girls. Just so I have this straight, Ben ended up siding with the person who was allegedly in it for the wrong reasons, whereas Emily took action and immediately dismissed the person. Interesting, no?
That aside, I really think her connection with Jef deepened as a result of this whole situation. She was hurt and wounded and he just happened to get the one-one-one date with her the day after all of this went down. She confided to him about her hurt feelings and he comforted her. There weren't a lot of sparks in the "egg" - what was that thing? - but he did go in for a kiss (finally!) as they gazed at the Thames River. Finally, Jef. Finally.
Now, on to Jef's er, sexuality. Yes, the Chloe bag comment was a little surprising. And his romantic timidness is a bit suspicious until I remembered he's from Salt Lake City. I'm not sure if he is LDS or was LDS (I'm not saying you have to be Mormon if you are from SLC, but there's a good chance), but his religious views may be having an affect on his romantic behavior. Maybe he's just a bit more of a slow mover than the rest of the lotharios (Ryan, I'm looking at you.) This isn't a bad thing, it's just the way he is. He strikes me as very serious and does jump into things quickly. I gotta respect him for that. Either way, it should be interesting to see how it plays out.
In the end, it was Alejandro the mushroom farmer from MN that got the boot. I think we all agree that he never really stood a chance of going the distance with Emily, but he certainly seemed like a sweet guy who didn't get much camera time. Best of luck, Alejandro.
Next week, the crew travels to Croatia and it looks amazing there. In the previews, Emily was shown yelling at producers, demanding to know, 'Who else is not here for me?' making me wonder what went down. It also makes me wonder if all of the guys are going to start ratting each other out at any given moment since Emily rewarded Doug's disclosure of information so highly. And - spoiler alert - US Weekly is claiming that Arie gets the boot because he failed to acknowledge a past relationship with one of the show's producers to Emily, and when she finds out, she cuts him immediately. Whoa, girlfriend. Slow your roll. The relationship was in 2003, a year before you even had Ricky. Everyone has a past. And besides, if Arie doesn't win, who does?? Jef? Chris??
All of a sudden, this got interested.