Chris Harrison has even stated in his blog and on TVGuide.com that the idea to bring back the successful couples was because they basically knew Brad and Emily were having problems so why not get advice from the “successful” ones that made it through? Fair enough. I agree with what they did to a certain extent. However, if you want my honest opinion (another phrase stolen from Brad), I would’ve been fine if it was just Jason and Molly. Not that Ali and Roberto aren’t credible, but their season has been over and they’ve only been living together since August. And last time I checked, I don’t remember Ali and Roberto really taking a lot of media scrutiny. As for Trista and Ryan, sure they’ve been married seven years, but I’m sorry, there were zero social networking sites and tabloids were barely around during their time on the show. I mean, get why those two couples were brought on because they want to keep shoving down our throat they have three successful couples in 21 seasons, but I think Jason and Molly can best relate to what Brad and Emily have gone through and what will be ahead. No problem with Ali and Roberto and Trista and Ryan being there, I just didn’t really see the point.
Everyone can talk about their feelings on whether Brad and Emily will make it, and why it will fail, or why it won’t, and now that they’re free to start a real relationship, this will be the true test blah blah blah. My feeling is that until Emily uproots her life and moves to Austin, this relationship hasn’t started. The long distance thing, especially with a child involved, is gonna be really hard to lead to marriage if she eventually she has to be with Brad in Austin. How can we even begin to think these two will make it when that hasn’t happened and they aren’t even living together, let alone in the same state? I mean, you can pretty much say that with any couple on this show really. Jason and Molly did the long distance thing, but the minute Molly made the move to Seattle, that’s when you knew the relationship was a little more serious. Anybody can date long distance, but when someone moves, yeah, I’d say that’s taking it to an extremely other level. Once Emily moves, I’ll believe she’s serious about pursuing this further. Until then, what they have right now is just two people dating.
I believe Brad when he says he’ll do anything for Emily and will fight for her. If not, then he put on one hell of an act last night. The guy seems sincere when he says this. Granted, six months ago he was basically saying the same stuff to Laurel, but whatever. I’m moving past that and taking what he said at Tuesdays taping at face value. Ok. I believe him. He’s madly in love with Emily and will whatever he can to make it work. But when you hear the responses that came out of her mouth to the “Are you engaged?”, “Do you honestly think you’ll marry this man?”, Emily didn’t come across as the most confident woman in the world. She definitely has some serious insecurities and it was almost like Brad is the mature one in all this. Huh, imagine that? Brad specifically said last night that in their lowest of the lows, Emily has told him “I just can’t do it. I’m leaving.” I’m sorry, but if she’s already said that at least once, that’s all I need to hear to know that she’ll do it again. Brad is going to put on the full court press and effort to keep this thing going, but honestly, it seems like Emily is on a completely different level than him, and it’s not a good one. Will she get there at some point? It’s possible. Would I like to see it? Absolutely. I WANT to see Brad and Emily get married. I just don’t see it happening.
When you’ve already dropped the “I just can’t do it. I’m leaving”, it’s easy to say you’re gonna fight for the relationship and drop some “I love you’s” last Tuesday when the cameras are rolling. And I have a feeling she will keep it up, and they will try and make this work. Maybe for a month. Or two. Or six. But ultimately at the end of the day, she needs to be absolutely 100% on board with him, with uprooting her life and her child and moving to Austin, and dealing with his temper (ha ha), before any sort of marriage can happen. And based on the things she said last night, I just don’t see where she’s gonna ever get to that point. She sounds very skeptical of the whole process, skeptical of the world she’s about to enter to, and skeptical about whether or not this can work. Maybe she will turn it around and get to that point, but it’s really hard to see that right now.