A night of firsts
Posted: Tuesday, May. 22, 2012
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at email@example.com
Its only the second episode and already weve seen so many firsts. After a look at the bachelors last week, weve been eagerly awaiting the first dates. Now weve gained a glimpse of Emilys everyday life, of the plans she has for her and Ricki, and we have our first insights into the bachelors themselves.
My domestic side was thrilled that Ryan and Emily baked cookies for their first date. I feel like staying in and baking together is far more romantic than an elaborate date. Sure, the sultry dinner later was exciting, but how great is it that they bonded over cookies and soccer practice? Like Emily said, everyday life isnt about exciting dates. If you can find that spark in the everyday routine, you know youve found something special.
With that being said, glamorous dates dont hurt either. How romantic was their dance at the NC Music Factory?
I was a bigger fan of the group date with The Muppets though. Maybe it was the nature of the date, or maybe it was the humor of The Muppet cast, but everyone seemed more laid back. Plus, the event allowed some of the guys to shine, like Charlie. It was sweet to see him tackle through his speech fears for Emily. I liked that he was honest with her about the accident and his fears. When he participated during the Miss Piggy blind date show, you knew that speaking to a live audience was a first since the accident. It wasnt easy for him, but with his honesty and effort, he was worthy of a rose in my eyes.
I was disappointed that Joe didnt get a rose after their first date. He had a genuine charm about him and he appeared to be such a gentleman. However, the connection wasnt there for Emily. She knew they had different plans for their lives and he was the first bachelor who didnt get a date rose.
While we didnt see much of Arie and Doug this episode, they are still two of my favorites. Arie seems so personable and you cant help but love his boyish smile. As for Doug, his involved parenting style is incredibly attractive. Although we discovered that Tony is a parent, I feel Doug spends more time talking about his son.
In fact, he showed how strongly he felt about his son when Kalon slandered his parenting. When he told Doug hed put being a dad on hold, you could feel how insensitive Kalon is. At times, he even appears slightly possessive of his time with Emily. While hes always accommodating in front of her, his side comments show his disgust at sharing her with the other bachelors. Kalon is really temperamental and it will be an interesting moment when Emily sees this for herself.
At the end of the night, we saw Jeff go home after their first date, and later, Aaron and Kyle werent offered a rose. However, there are still bachelors we havent got to know. Im excited about Emilys upcoming date with Arie and Chris. Based on the previews, well get to see the first passionate kiss of the season! Theres also a hint that some of the bachelors will cave under the pressure of parenthood. Its hard to tell who Emily will choose so early on, but with the second episode, its hard not to have some early favorites.
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