The countdown is on to the finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette 2012.” The rumor mill is running rampant, especially with the Wednesday magazine rumor mill dishing out a slew of new stories. This past Monday night fans of the show got a sneak peek at the finale, and people have been buzzing about the clip ever since. What’s my take on the preview and what I do I think happens in the finale? I won’t even pretend I have it all figured out, but here’s what I think so far, with the help of a lot of sleuthers at the Bach and Bachette Fan Forums…
Emily Maynard will have both Jef Holm and Arie Luyendyk, Jr. meet her family. The preview certainly makes it appear that her parents are skeptical – which may well be the case. However, I’m not going to buy that they are necessarily unsupportive of Emily moving ahead with one of the guys. It certainly will be interesting to see their interactions and impressions. Remember, though, how deceptive the previews were for Ben Flajnik’s sister Julia meeting Courtney Robertson. In addition, there was the drama of Ashley Hebert’s sister Chrystie not liking JP Rosenbaum, which did play out on screen, but they were in a great place come the finale. I doubt that Emily’s family is as critical as the preview tries to make it seem.
I do believe that Emily goes on the “Last Chance Date” with Jef Holm, and my bet is that things go quite well. They will spend time on the beach at Curacao, which may remind some of the very romantic “Last Chance Date” between Ashley and JP last season. However, I strongly believe that Emily lets Arie Luyendyk, Jr. go before/during/after their “Last Chance Date.” My hunch is that it’s right before the date begins. There are screencaps showing that Emily and Jef have their date, but as far as I’m aware, there are none of Emily and Arie. In the preview, Emily is shown talking to Chris and being very upset. He mentions that she’s “done,” and asks if she’s sure. Emily is then shown crying by herself on a bench.
It’s also my opinion that Emily’s daughter Ricki is in Curacao, and she will meet Jef – but Jef only. Though there is some buzz out there on this topic, nothing is confirmed yet. My bet is, however, that there will be some very swoon-worthy moments between the threesome at some point before the season is complete.
Many fans worry the dramatic preview with Emily “done” and sobbing on the bench means she chooses nobody this season. Honestly, I see nothing else anywhere that supports that. I get the worry, it’s a compelling preview. But I don’t believe she pulled a Brad 1.o. No, she hasn’t confirmed in interviews that she picked anybody or that she’s engaged, but she’s clearly happy as can be and it’s “The Bachelorette” machine that keeps her from saying anything – they want the suspense. This is standard for the show. Also, the latest InTouch story that her desired final one bails and she gets engaged to her back-up? Not buying one ounce of that for one second. Nothing in spoilerland supports that at all, in my opinion.
Why presume she let’s Arie go and not Jef? For me, it dates back to the fact that Love_Me at the Bach and Bachette Fan forums spoiled Jef as the winner back in May. In fact, she spoiled it before the final rose ceremony took place. People questioned her heavily about that detail at the time, and she wasn’t in a position to give any further information other than that she was 100% confident Jef Holm was the last man standing. To many, this sounded a lot like a situation where Emily perhaps “pulled” an Ali – she let her final two guy go ahead of the rose ceremony. Based on the preview for the finale, I’m feeling even more sure that’s what happens.
There are still a lot of “Team Arie” fans out there, and I get it. I’ve been watching “The Bachelorette” spoilers and details closely, fine obsessively, since filming, and I am confident Emily Maynard gives Jef Holm her final rose. In fact, I’d place bets that they are together in Los Angeles as I write this. I think the edit is, of course, trying to dissuade folks from believing the spoilers. But the number of times Emily and Jef have gone silent on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram at the same time, the number of times he’s been spotted at airports, the picture he shared May 15 via Instagram of him on a boat in St. Vincent’s (about 500 miles from Curacao) after Arie and Sean were said to be home… to me all clues lead back to Jef. Could I be wrong? Sure, I could, wouldn’t be the first or the last time. I would be awfully shocked though.
Did you pick up anything else from the spoilers for the finale? Do you have any theories about how it all goes down? Tune in to ABC’s “The Bachelorette 2012″ finale and live “After the Final Rose” show on Sunday, July 22.