Jeez, Brad…loosen up a little! Do YOU think Brad was overreacting about Emily’s daughter or were his feelings justified?
After weeks in his own territory, we finally saw The Bachelor‘s Brad Womack interact with his final four women in their home towns during the Feb. 21 episode. We met Chantal‘s awesome family, experienced Emily‘s five-year-old daughter, Ricki, saw Shawntel in action at her funeral home and understood what makes Ashley so career driven. Some of Brad Womack‘s relationships come to a screeching halt, while a couple others soared to new levels…but who will make it all the way to the alter?
The first stop is to visit Chantal O’Brien in Seattle — and no wonder she’s the rumored winner, Brad gets along with Chantal’s family (especially her dad) swimmingly.
Let’s talk for a second about her house. Actually, calling that thing a house is an understatement…the O’Brien estate is a CASTLE of epic proportions. I wish Chantal would marry me just so I could go chill with her friendly parents and drink wine in their massive cellar in their sick mansion.
Both of Chantal’s parents give Brad their approval to marry their only daughter. “I think Brad and Chantal could get married tomorrow and my family would totally approve,” her dad says. “I’d be proud to have him as a son-in-law.”
So good or no good? SO good.
The next hometown date with Ashley Hebert in Madawaska, Maine takes on a completely different tone than the first. It seems like Ashley drank six Red Bulls to prepare for her time with Brad — she can’t stop bouncing around. At first it’s endearing, but after a while she seems like Pipsy the Mouse from Diddy Kong Racing…annoying.
Interestingly enough, both Brad and Ashley express separate concerns during their individual interviews. Ashley says she wouldn’t accept a proposal at this moment in time, explaining, “I still think there’s a lot more I need to know about him. I do have some skepticism about Brad’s feelings for me.”
Meanwhile, Brad has concerns about Ashley’s ambitions. “Can I keep up with Ashley?” he asks. “I don’t know.”
Yeah, we don’t know either.
Date three is with Shawntel Newton in Chico, Calif. and couldn’t be creepier. Brad looks like he wants to barf the entire time they are visiting her family’s funeral home. Plus, the underscore of organ music doesn’t help matters any. The entire funeral home scene feels like a poorly produced after school horror special. On top of that, every time Brad listens to Shawntel rave about her job, he stares vacantly. Not a good sign.
While at the Newton home, a bomb drops over dinner. Apparently she’d never mentioned this, but Shawntel’s family expects her to take over the family business in Chico.
“Now our plans have been destroyed because you changed the plans here,” her dad tells her during a “father daughter chat.” Ugh, poor Shawntel. Talk about pressure.
Brad doesn’t have a comfortable moment during his day in Chico and it only gets worse when Shawntel confesses she’s fallen in love with him. This is a recipe for disaster.
Up next is the date for which we’ve all been waiting. Watching Emily Maynard reunite with her 5-year-old daughter, Ricki, in Charlotte, NC is the most touching moment of the episode so far.
Sadly, the kid doesn’t exactly give Brad the warmest welcome. She doesn’t even want to open the kite he gives her. Emily claims she’s a “fun loving sweet kid,” but it doesn’t come out at first. However, after a successful kite flying incident, Ricki is laughing and speaking in two word sentences. Sure, she’s a far cry from being Shirley Temple, but nevertheless, Brad considers this a win.
Side note: Emily’s house is beautiful. I cannot believe she’s only 24-years-old. It’s shocking. Her daughter has it made — she has a gorgeous play area, well-decorated room and tons of toys and games. Little Ricki might be without a dad, but she’s not hurting when it comes to quality of life.
Nothing about the date seems natural, but the day only gets worse when Brad refuses to kiss Emily because Ricky is upstairs. Not surprisingly, the date comes to a screeching halt.
Emily is pissed because she’s been waiting for a little TLC, but Brad’s psyched himself out. The whole kid thing isn’t sitting well with him and it’s a bummer because Emily is the coolest. Brad starts pulling at the shirt around his neck and can’t find the door fast enough.
Luckily, the date’s not over just yet. Thank goodness there’s one man in the relationship, as Emily refuses to let Brad leave without kissing her.
It’s obvious this kiss is a good one. “My god, kissing this woman is so perfect,” Brad says afterward, smiling.
The Rose Ceremony
The first two roses go to the blondes, Ashley and Emily. The third rose goes to Chantal, leaving Shawntel high and dry. “I didn’t feel the way a man should feel when he hears you tell him that you love him,” Brad explains to her. “It has nothing to do with your family. In fact, your family is so great.”
As to be expected, she’s destroyed. “I definitely didn’t see this coming. I think he is so perfect,” she said. “I hope I meet someone like him, who treats me like a princess.”
Up next, the three final girls head with Brad to South Africa for some safari fun. The preview looks exciting, but the outcome seems obvious. Clearly, Brad should stick with Emily and Chantal and ditch the Energizer Bunny (Ashley). As for the final rose, I’m still torn between my two favs.