Last night America watched as The Bachelorette finale unfolded. ABC had promised us a "shocking" ending, leaving much speculation as to whether or not Emily would pick anyone at all. In the end, however, she did pick someone and that someone was Jef.
The Bachelorette finale started off like all others with Jef and Arie preparing to meet Emily’s family. As with the last several seasons of the show, instead of going to the Bachelorette’s home town, everyone traveled to an exotic location, this time being Curacao. Both Jef’s and Arie’s visits went well with Emily’s father giving both of the men his blessing for their possible proposals. Oddly enough, when the visits were over, Emily’s frustration came with the fact that her family liked both men too much. She seemed to have planned to base much of her decision on which of the men came out on top in her parent’s eyes, but with no obvious sway one way or the other, Emily was left to make the choice on her own.
After the family visits, Bachelorette Emily planned a final date with each one of the men in hopes to get a handle on who she would choose to give the final rose. First up for his final date was Jef. As per usual, the date began on a very relaxed note with a picnic on the beach and some light hearted conversation. Eventually, however, Jef brought up the elephant in the room: The fact that he still had not met the most important person in Emily’s life, her daughter Ricki.
Emily did finally realize it might be a bit much to expect a guy to commit to spending his life with her and Ricki without having laid eyes on the third member of the family. Emily brought Jef over to the place she and Ricki were staying and very casually introduced him as her "friend Jef." Having been a long time Bachelorette/Bachelor watcher, I can recall when Emily introduced Little Ricki to Brad, and I remember it being slightly awkward and feeling forced. This was not the case with Jef’s introduction, with her warming up to him right away and according to Emily, asking if he could come over the next day. Read More...