The love action moved to jolly old England on Monday's Bachelorette. "I have been wanting to come to London forever," says our star, Emily Maynard, kicking off the show. She and little Ricki, 6, get a chance to travel around on a double-decker bus and snap photos at Buckingham Palace before the dating gets underway.
So far, Emily has been true to her no-hot-tub rule. And this definitely isn't bikini time. Instead, it's cool weather for Emily's three dates, which include pub time, a dinner at the Tower of London, private time at the London Eye and acting out scenes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Stratford-upon-Avon. Emily, battling a cold, is raspy throughout the show.
The show started with 10 guys:
Alejandro, 24, a mushroom farmer from San Francisco
Arie, 30, a race car driver from Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chris, 25, a corporate sales director from Chicago
Doug, 33, a charity director/Realtor from Seattle
Jef, 27, an entrepreneur from Salt Lake City
John "Wolf," 30, a data destruction specialist from St. Louis
Kalon, 27, a luxury brand consultant from Houston
Ryan, 31, a pro sports trainer from Augusta, Ga.
Sean, 28, an insurance agent from Dallas
Travis, 30, an advertising sales representative from Madison, Miss.
And it ended with eight. Who got kicked to the curb?
First one- on-one date: Sean. "I've developed really, really strong feelings for Emily," he says. "I'm excited to see where it goes next."
Sean and Emily hop on a double-decker bus. They hold hands and talk about Princess Diana and Prince Charles. They go to Buckingham Palace, and Sean uses the moment as an excuse to re-create the Will and Kate balcony wedding kiss.
Back at the hotel, Kalon talks to Arie and Jef about group dates and Kalon says, "If you become a part of her life, any date will be a group date. It'll be you and her and Ricki," he says. Snark alert! Jef and Arie are quick to say that's not fair to Emily.
Meanwhile, Sean and Emily chat about past dates. "Good girls are hard to come by," he says. "Good guys are hard to come by," counters Emily. She says good-looking guys are usually boring. "But you're not boring!" she assures.
The two have dinner at the Tower of London. "Sean is my prisoner of love tonight," she confesses, as they sit down to a private dinner.
Emily asks Sean how many kids he'd like to have. "I haven't put a lot of thought to it," he says, adding "two..." then says, "three four, six, 10." "I can't think of anyone being more marriage material than he is," she says in her confessional. She gives him a rose.
"This night could go on forever and ever," says Sean, "and I could be a happy man."
Group date: Chris, Arie, Ryan, Alejandro, Travis, John and Kalon. They all head to Stratford-Upon-Avon to act out Romeo and Juliet. Emily, dressed in a trench coat, says she is sick. "I know I sound like I'm on my death bed, but I don't want them to think I'm not having fun just because I sound like I'm not having fun."
The guys are not particularly thrilled at the prospect of acting out scenes from a Shakespeare play, but Emily thinks it will be "really funny."
Kalon, taking it all very seriously, plays one of four Romeos: "I was born to play this role," he declares.
"Kalon needs to lighten up. He's way too intense," observes Emily.
Arie has to play a nurse. Doug also plays a woman. Travis jokes about how "huge" Shakespeare is in Madison, Miss. But he plays along. "He's just so great," notices Emily.
Emily puts on a piece of burlap to play Juliet. She rasps out her lines. Kalon isn't romantic. There's nothing fun about their scene.
Doug hams it up. Travis and Alejandro sword-fight and make the crowd laugh. Arie really cracks up the gang with his high voice. "I have always been crazy about Arie, but after today I'm way more attracted to him," says Emily.
Ryan plays Romeo and is excited about getting the chance to kiss Emily. After giving her one, he helps himself to another. "You're a good kisser," she says.
They all meet up later in a pub, where Arie plants kisses on Emily, and Ryan takes her to a secluded spot behind closed curtains and says he has a surprise. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a necklace. "Oh my gosh. That is so thoughtful and so sweet!" she coos.
Meanwhile, Chris tells Arie that Kalon called Emily's daughter "baggage." Arie says he's ticked off. Doug isn't happy about it either and determines "one of us has to tell her." They confront Kalon first, and he says, "I'm not going to retract it."
Doug tells Emily about it, saying, "One of the guys in the house referred to Ricki as baggage."
She smiles, but says she is "so angry right now." She says, "I'm trying to think of the most ladylike way I can handle it. ... I want to go off. I want to go West Virginia ... backwoods on his a---."
They all gather in the pub and confront Kalon. Emily says, "For anyone to say (my daughter) is baggage does not deserve to be on any date with me. ... She's the furthest thing from baggage. It makes me sad for you, not for me. Is there anything you can say?"
"No, not at all," says Kalon.
"Then, get the (expletive) out!" she says. "How dare you! That is so disappointing on so many levels." He tries to talk and she cuts him off, saying the conversation is "so inappropriate and insulting, I'm not going to have it." He leaves.
She calls him a "terrible human being. Thank God I didn't have a voice tonight or he really would have heard what I have to say." She walks off, shooing away Doug and saying she wants to be alone. When she returns, she tells them she's disappointed that no one mentioned it sooner. No one gets a rose.
"My dream guy, if he heard someone say that, would be willing to fight for me and my daughter. I don't know if I have someone who has my back like that," she tells cameras. "My trust in all the guys has been shaken. I want somebody who would be willing to fight for me and my daughter."
Second one-on-one date: Jef. They have afternoon tea with an etiquette teacher. Jef begins to realize his one-on-one isn't quite what he had been hoping for. Instead of playing tonsil hockey -- or even talking and holding hands -- he's getting a lesson in tea pouring and sandwich-eating. "I'm ready to get the hell out of here," admits Emily.
They escape to a pub for pints and fish 'n' chips.
Jef brings up Kalon's "baggage" remark and recounts how he suggested that Kalon leave. But Kalon told Jef he wanted to stay on the show because it was more fun than "boring" life back home.
Jef says, "If Ricki's baggage, then she's a Chloe handbag that I want to have forever."
Emily seems to lap up the line, saying, "Vintage Louis Vuitton. ... I love that! Thank you for that."
She tells cameras that she is physically attracted to Jef, but can't read him. They go to the London Eye for a rainy view of the city and a private dinner in a bubble above the city. "I really like Jef," Emily says in a confessional.
She tells Jef that the Kalon incident "broke my confidence in all of this, really, to be honest."
Jef says she's "really nice to everyone" but he likes that she isn't afraid to tell a guy to hit the road. He says, "I feel like I could tell you anything."
When she asks what life would be like for them in Salt Lake, he says, that when she came home, "You'd come home from doing whatever you're doing and me and Ricki would be having a dance party singing into combs and brushes." He says he wants "a best friend."
She gives him a rose. They finally kiss. Jef sounds like he's falling hard for her. "Emily takes my breath away. I like the girl she is. I like the mom she is. ... Emily gives me the feeling people write fairy tales about," he says to the cameras.
Cocktail party/Rose ceremony: Emily says the week has been full of "some high highs and some low lows." She said she was shown a "huge lack of respect" this week. She grills each of the guys on why they didn't do more and keeps saying that in the future she hopes her husband "will have my back."
Arie worries he didn't do enough. "Now I feel bad. I"m kinda freaking out."
Ryan, doing that Matthew McConaughey thing he does, tells cameras he's going to lighten the mood. He puts Emily on a balcony and goes down beneath her to give her some lines from Shakespeare, telling her she is "far more beautiful than anything around us." Emily admits to the cameras, "I find myself liking him more and more."
In some one-on-one time with Sean, Emily kisses him and says she thinks if he had been around when the Kalon stuff went down on the group date, he would have stood up and said something. "I missed you," she tells him. "He makes me feel taken care of," she says to the cameras, adding, "I do get butterflies with Sean, but it's less butterflies in my stomach - and this is going to sound cheesy - it's more like in my heart. I've never said that in my life!"
Staying: Jef, Sean, Doug, Ryan, Chris, John, Travis and Arie
As he exits, he seems upset, but we never really got to know him. "Goodbye, Emily," he says in the car as he leaves.
Next week: The action heads to romantic Dubrovnik, Croatia.