I know this is probably slightly wrong/weird, but I found this photo on-line of Emily and her ex-fiance Ricky. She looks sort of drunk actually. Anyway … this is the guy. So maybe she likes blonds?
Anyway, on with the show! Let the second episode begin! (Especially since I’m not sure I’ll get to all these recaps with the book stuff I need to do over the next few months to get ready for the release!)
What can I say? At this point, I feel like all the guys look alike and I can barely tell one from the other. They all have big necks and v-neck t-shirts and weird spiky hair. Otherwise, there is so much to learn about each and every one of them! For instance, will the football player Ryan ever stop doing his hair that way, why does he think that’s a good idea and how much wax does it actually take to de-hair all those steroid-happy pecks?
Anyway … Emily is happy because she’s in Charlotte, NC, which is her “town” and she feels comfortable there. I have to say, she actually looks less manicured and more comfortable too. I’m liking it.
First, we see her chatting with her “mom group” and they look surprisingly diverse as types. I’m sure they don’t usually get together in the park without all their kids to discuss who is picking up Ricki from soccer practice, but you know. We’ll suspend disbelief just this once, since the rest of the show is so realistic.
Emily is rebuffing the helicopters for a version of “real life” on her first date with Ryan. They’re going to make cookies in her kitchen. He says he didn’t expect this, but he’s willing to do anything. Willing but not psyched? Hmm. Questionable. She’s impressed that he went along with it, as if he had a choice?
The guys back at the house think she looked “real” when she picked up Ryan … in a good way. And Ryan, on the date, says he’s honored to be part of Emily Maynard’s day. He says her full name like she’s famous or something, which I guess she sort of is. Then they go on a date out to dinner. For some reason there’s a humongous crowd outside and a red carpet. I guess not a lot goes on in NC?
Emily says she’s going to ask the “hard questions” and she grills this guys right upfront. Slow down, girl. It’s still a first date!! I mean, that guy would be running for the hills, if he wasn’t on TV. Have a cocktail! Take a load off!
Anyway, she gives him the rose though she worries that he’s too perfect. Um. Did you not see his HAIR?
I’m already thinking there is not going to be a lot of hot tub action in this season. She’s controlled to say the least. Meanwhile, her southerness is bringing out the southern in him too. Accents all day long. One of her “favorite” bands (she’s probably actually never heard of) plays for them, which is even more awkward because of all the preteens taking pictures of the couple dancing with their camera phones. At least they’re slow dancing and not like rocking out.
Three words: Muppets. Charity. Theater. Charlie (the brain damaged guy) is too nervous about his speech issues (which seem nonexistent to the untrained eye) to do the stand up comedy he’s been assigned. Between that and the singing and dancing, it all seems designed to humiliate anyway. I mean, what guy would want to do a kick line with Muppets on a first date? (more…)