Last night, Emily Maynard narrowed her field down to four men
on The Bachelorette
. So you know what that means: Next week, it's time for the pivotal Hometown Dates! And between Chris's deep Polish roots, Arie's hard-to-impress parents, Jef's skeptical siblings and Sean's big surprise, Emily is in for plenty of tests as she travels the country, trying to decide which man is the best fit as her husband and Ricki's father.Below, see two sneak peeks of next week's big episode, plus read details for each of Emily's hometown pitstops:
"The stakes are high as Emily returns from her exciting and emotionally
charged journey around the world to travel across the country to visit
Arie, Chris, Jef and Sean in their hometowns. She has shown a spirit and
resilience that has surprised her suitors, but she will be severely
tested by some of the families as she tries to figure out if she can be
in love with more than one man. Are all of these bachelors ready for
marriage and to be dads? Emily will find out from the people that know
them the best, as she moves closer to making her own fairytale come
Chris's Hometown Date: Going Polish in Chicago
"After a much-needed reunion with her daughter, Ricki, Emily starts her hometown adventures on the bustling streets of Chicago, where Chris is located. He takes her on a walking tour of the city and for a taste of his family's heritage at a local Polish restaurant. The conversation turns serious as Chris once again apologizes for his childish behavior on their last group date. Now with the air cleared, it seems smooth sailing from here. Emily feels instantly comfortable with Chris' tight knit family, but they are worried he will end up brokenhearted. Will Chris take a giant leap of faith and share the depth of his true feelings for her? The celebration is just getting started as his extended family shows up for some traditional Polish festivities."
Jef's Hometown Date: 'One of the Most Romantic Hometown Moments in Bachelorette History'
"Then it's on to St. George, Utah, to visit Jef, the cool, laid-back entrepreneur. Arriving at his family ranch, Emily is caught off guard not only by the beauty of this desert paradise, but by Jef's country boy appeal to match his more sophisticated side. The couple enjoys an afternoon together, shooting targets and touring the ranch. Emily's early confidence fades as she nervously meets Jef's siblings, knowing that they have rejected his past girlfriends. His older brother hints that she might be the kind of woman to motivate this on-the-go bachelor to settle down. But even if his brothers and sisters warm up to her, do they think she is the right fit for their family? Jef has one more surprise for Emily - and it's one of the most romantic hometown moments in Bachelorette history. But will it be enough to seal the deal for the next rose?"
Arie's Hometown Date: 'Potential Culture Clash'
"Emily goes for a real change of pace when she meets Arie, the professional race car driver, at an Arizona racetrack. When he arrives in a racecar, Emily is up for the challenge of riding with him. The couple's breathtaking spin around the track, leaves Emily happy and exhilarated. But Arie is very anxious about the potential culture clash between her and his very European family - especially his skeptical mother. He is right to worry. As if she weren't already uncomfortable, Emily feels completely excluded when Arie's family begins speaking Dutch in front on her. Will a heart-to-heart talk between the Bachelorette and Arie's mother save this hometown date from turning into a disaster?"
Sean's Hometown Date: 'A Rude Awakening'
"Finally, Emily journeys to Dallas, the home of the tall, handsome bachelor Sean, who seems to be everything she has always wanted in a husband. As they spend the morning picnicking in the park, he explains about his last failed relationship and reveals that he has vowed never to become serious with another woman unless he was going to spend his life with her. Emily is very impressed with Sean's honesty, but she is in for a rude awakening. He reveals a painfully embarrassing secret once he brings her to his parent's home. Is this the end for Emily's supposedly perfect guy?"
And as we can see in this sneak peek of Sean's hometown date, his "embarrassing secret" is that he's the one who still lives at home. And it's a messy situation in there:
The Rose Ceremony: One 'Stunned and Heartbroken' Guy Says Goodbye
"Emily's feelings have deepened for all four bachelors, so when she returns to Los Angeles for the rose ceremony, she is faced with the impossible decision to let one man go. However, she sadly does say good-bye to one stunned and heartbroken bachelor. The Bachelorette
and final three men get ready to leave for their next exotic destination -- Curacao - where Emily will need to face the dilemma of the overnight dates."
As we can see in last night's sneak peek, Emily will be MAJORLY conflicted about her strong feelings for each of the four remaining men:
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