Ahhhh, so in high school, he was Jeff with two “f’s,” but once he became a big boy and riding skateboards wearing jean jackets, he took off one “f.” Got it. That was Jef’s 9th grade picture from Pine View High School in St. George, Utah. Quite the looker. At least the bouffant hairstyle hadn’t emerged yet. I guess he just figured it’d look cooler in 2012 when he was CEO of a company. I see.
Few things to get to today before the “Reader Emails,” and “Dr. Reality Steve,” which are on the lighter side this week. Reminder tonight I will be back with another live video blog at 9PM EST/6PM PST talking all things “Bachelorette.” Don’t have the episode-by-episode spoilers yet, and I’m really contemplating how important they are at this point. Why? Well, when ABC issues a press release every Tuesday of the upcoming episode, they basically tell you everything that’s going to happen outside of who got the group date rose and who gets eliminated. Look at the episode description for next Monday’s episode that they released two days ago. Pretty much tells you everything you need to know:
“Episode 802” – This is no ordinary Bachelorette, as the 19 remaining men find out when they are “tested” from the start about how they might fit into Emily’s world as a dad, as well as working at a charity event that is near and dear to her heart. Now ensconced in the sprawling 12,000-square foot mansion in Emily’s hometown of Charlotte, the men quickly learn that roses will be at stake on the one group date and on two individual dates. However, the competition is revved up when they learn that not all the men will get dates before the next rose ceremony, so the bachelors must take advantage of every opportunity to score points with the Bachelorette. A special concert by hit country music trio Gloriana and a charming, scene-stealing romp with the acclaimed Muppets, featuring Kermit and Miss Piggy, at the charity event are real delights. But after careful deliberation, Emily must eliminate three men, as she starts to try and make her fairytale come true, on “The Bachelorette,” MONDAY, MAY 21 (9:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
On Monday, May 28, the program moves to its regular time period of 8:00-10:01 p.m., ET.
Ryan is ecstatic when he finds out that he gets the first date of the season. After a quick visit with her girlfriends, Emily arrives at the mansion to take Ryan away for what he thinks will be a glamorous day of fun. But Emily has other plans, as she takes him to her home and instructs him in the everyday task of baking cookies for Ricki’s soccer team. Will he pass the “test”? Later that night, Emily looks stunning as she scoops Ryan up in a sleek Aston Martin and brings him to a romantic dinner spot. After walking a red carpet lined with adoring fans, Emily and Ryan have a secluded fireside table where they discuss relationships and their potential future over dinner. Then things turn intimate even though the couple are the in middle of a crowd, as they are serenaded in a special concert by popular country band Gloriana, featuring their hit single “(Kissed You) Good Night.” But is there enough romance for Ryan to get the rose?
The next day, 13 bachelors take to the stage and join Emily and the beloved Muppets for a live performance benefitting The Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care at The Levine Children’s Hospital. The men split up in groups to rehearse, but one man has a serious case of performance panic. He explains the problem to Emily and musters up enough courage to go on, but how will he feel when Miss Piggy targets him during the show? The men also get a pleasant surprise when they see Ricki for the first time as she joins her mother and The Muppets in a special performance. That evening at the swank after party, the competition for Emily’s attention heats up: Chris is all smiles as the Bachelorette gushes over his looks; Stevie treats her to a slow dance but gets interrupted by the overconfident Kalon; and Jef finally starts to open up to Emily, but will she find him too guarded?
The next day is a dream come true for Joe, as Emily meets him at a private jet and they’re off to West Virginia to the exquisite Greenbriar resort, which holds many childhood memories for the Bachelorette, who spent time there with her family. The scene is set for the two to have an extravagant dinner in a grand ballroom. They recite their individual dreams for the future in front of the famous “love clock,” but is Joe ready for life with a single mom and her daughter?
Meanwhile, back at the mansion, a poolside fight breaks out between Doug and Kalon. They almost come to blows when Doug’s fathering practices are questioned.
The following night at home, Ricki helps Emily as she gets dressed for her next rose ceremony. Arriving at the mansion, everyone wants the Bachelorette’s time at the cocktail party, particularly those men who didn’t get a date. Arie reveals to Emily that he once dated a woman with two children. Ryan, even though he already has had an individual date, monopolizes her time, as another man is dying to tell her that he has a son.
At the end of the night after a dramatic rose ceremony, 16 men remain to battle for Emily’s heart.
So, we all knew about Ryan’s date back on March 16th when it was happening since everyone and their mothers were posting pictures and videos on FB and Twitter as it was happening. I gave you the spoilers for the Muppets date in a tweet a few hours after it had ended, then wrote a column the next day that you can see in this link. As for the Greenbriar Resort date, the only thing I didn’t know was who was on it, but when the first promo of the season aired, you could see it was Joe.
There are a few things this season that I’ve yet to find out, and I when I do I will spill them, but ABC has been spoiling their own episodes a week in advance for the last couple of seasons now, so, it’s kind of becoming a moot point. Any behind-the-scenes stuff I get I will forward on to you, and I will put together an episode-by-episode summary as soon as I can. I’m just saying it’s becoming less and less important as ABC does it themselves a week in advance, but I’ll still do it.