While ABC's long-running dating show has been busy showcasing the usual glam dream dates and magnetic roses this season, it looks like star Emily Maynard is playing by her own rules. In fact, according to host Chris Harrison, when it comes to this single mom Southern belle, there are no rules.
Emily already has had production of the show moved to her North Carolina hometown, has told more than one guy he better give her a doggone kiss pronto, and now she goes and asks for extra magnetic roses?
Check out what Emily Maynard did this week that no "Bachelorette" before her has ever done!
After one-on-one dates with Travis and Ryan, Em decided neither guy was for her. The medieval town of Dubrovnik didn't provide enough romance for her and ostrich egg-carrying Travis, so she sent him packing.
And Ryan's date had the same result -- although her dumping of him went on for an uncomfortably long time. After calling Emily trophy wife material (again!), a newly bearded Ryan had the nerve to rattle off his list of 12 qualities he wants in a wife: Loyal, logical, a servant, blah blah blah…
Emily stopped him cold and explained she couldn't give him a rose because she doesn't feel "perfect" enough for him. "I'm rather shocked," a befuddled Ryan said of his elimination.
Then there was the dreaded six-on-one date to a premiere of the Disney kiddie flick, "Brave." (Hey, shouldn't Em's 6-year-old daughter Ricki have gone on this date?) But it's all fun and Highland Games until someone gets hurt! In a scene straight out of "Survivor," Emily's dates -- Doug, Jef, Arie, Sean, Chris, and John -- had to compete in some manly stunts to earn more time with her. Not only that, they had to wear kilts!
Come rose ceremony time, Emily admitted that John and Doug were on the bubble. Neither guy had made much of a move up to this point, while more invested guys like Arie were sneaking into her room to snatch a kiss and offer kudos for her good judgment in sending Ryan home.
Meanwhile, John pulled out the big guns -- as in his grandfather's funeral's card. Turns out his grandpa died nine years ago to the day of this particular rose ceremony. No way Emily was sending him home now!
Now, here's the history making part: Mid-rose ceremony -- after she doled out the expected roses to Arie, Sean, Jef and Chris -- Emily walked off set to find Chis Harrison. After a brief consult, Emily came back and explained to the guys that she just couldn't give out a final rose. What? Isn't that against the rules -- if there were any? Then Chris appeared magically like a Fairy Godmother and delivered this classic line: "Emily, the extra rose you asked for."
That's right, Emily gave both remaining guys -- John and Doug -- a rose. And now she has a clear conscience and a week to sleep on it!
Meanwhile, in honor of this history-making episode, here are five of the most ridiculous lines from this week's show:
"I am definitely prepared to fall in love with Emily." -- Travis
"I can jump into a romantic connection with her. I can manipulate the situation. I can go get the girl." --Ryan
"You're like a trophy wife." -- Ryan
"Ryan's kind of a jackass. It takes the guy three hours to get ready. He shaves his legs and plucks his finger hairs and stuff." -- Chris
"You give me the type of feelings that people write novels about." -- Jef
The next episode of "The Bachelorette" airs on Monday night at 8/7c on ABC.
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