The Bachelorette Season Premiere Recap: Emily's First Impressions

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It's that time of year again.

The Bachelorette is back on ABC, with Emily Maynard, who captured our hearts last year on The Bachelor, ready to fall in love again - and call the shots this time.

For all the scripted drama, obvious cue cards, misleading promos and contrived nonsense, the show always sucks ... us back in. It's like a disease, only awesome.

Will the North Carolina mom find her prince charming at long last? Will there be tears along the way? Will someone be cast as the summer's "villain"?

Possibly, probably, and definitely. And we can't wait.

Follow this link for a breakdown of the guys and The Bachelorette spoilers we know so far. Then read on for THG's +/- Bachelorette season premiere recap!

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Cute daughter Ricki, nice house in the 'burbs, a packed SUV, and a pimp spot in the carpool rotation. What more could this doe-eyed darling want, right? Oh, yeah. A husband to share it all with. Because that's the only thing she's missing. Minus 5 for being THAT girl.

This season will be different because, as we're reminded, Emily has a daughter. Whichever bachelor she chooses will have to not only be her husband but also her daughter's father. Let's help her make her pick, y'all.

Before Emily meets the men, we're treated to some Mommy-Daughter bonding. They're really sweet together. Really. Plus 10.

Emily says she was scared to do this because she's been in love twice and lost it twice. She "really, genuinely" thought that she'd found love with Brad. On a TV show. And I "really, genuinely" thought the moon was made of cheese. Minus 10.

I do have to give the girl props, though. Chris asked her about her late fiance' Ricky, father of her daughter, and she said she really didn't want to talk about that anymore. She's moved on from that. I think that's healthy. Plus 10.

Emily says she hopes a minivan and lots of babies are in her future. Chris tells her not to lead with that. Good call, host dude. Good call. Plus 5.

And here come the bachelors.

Let's start with bad first impressions, which collectively are earning a Minus 40.

"Life's not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Those are Jackson's opening lines. He really said that. On one knee even. Joe walks in like he's got some giant "marbles" in his pants. Or like he's imitating a gorilla. Tony brought a slipper on a pillow and introduced himself as "Charming, Prince Charming." And then he tried to put the glass slipper on her foot.

"I'm a high school biology teacher, but I'm here to have chemistry with you" - Aaron. LOL.

Stevie walks in with his boom box and does some sort of shuffle. He looks ridiculous. Randy shows up dressed like a grandma. I'm pretty sure Emily wants to run away screaming. Travis brought her an egg. It's a symbol of two beautiful people--Emily and Ricki--and throughout the journey, Travis is going to take care of the egg like he'd take care of Emily and Ricky. I... I can't even. Brent decided to bring his own name tag. When Emily knows his name, she can just take the tag off.

Kalon chartered a helicopter to impress Emily. I do think she'll see through that. Please.

Glass Slipper

Next up, the awkward introductions.

Emily. Brush up on your languages, sweetheart. If a man comes up to you from BRAZIL and speaks his native language, "gracias" is not the appropriate response. Minus 10. Jean-Paul acknowledges the awkward and says they know so much about her but she doesn't know anything about them. Plus 5. Alejandro gets to hear some Spanglish so awful his ears probably bled when he decided to introduce himself in Spanish. Just speak English, Emily. Please.

The frontrunners for Emily's heart, at least according to me?

Doug's a single dad and he drops that tidbit as soon as he steps out of the limo. Nate smells good. Ryan's a sweetheart with a sweet note. Charlie seems like a big teddy bear. Arie the race car driver is interesting. We know Emily has a thing for race car drivers. I mean, there's something hot about a guy who knows how to work a stick, amIright?

Meanwhile the testosterone, and the alcohol, are flying while the guys are waiting. They're talking about competition and getting what they want. It's all puffed chests and bravado. I'm looking for a hose to cool them all off. Minus 20.

They're also paying compliments to Emily's beauty. That's sweet. Plus 5.

Emily gets a "first impression" rose. With this rose, one guy will be on the fast track through the first rose ceremony. 

"Wolf" calls Emily, hands-down, the hottest bachelorette. There's only been a few of them, right?

Charlie loses points for pretending to bite her hand. Minus 5.

Brent, Mr. Nametag, has six kids. SIX KIDS. She's losing points if she keeps him around. Chris has bobble-head dolls of himself and Emily and asks her to play with him. And she does. And then says he's hot. She needs to get herself checked out.

Jef Holm Picture

Jef with one F makes her feel like a nerd. I can't tell if that's good or bad. I guess it's good since she said he made a great first impression. But she didn't give him the rose. Not yet at least.

Doug has custody of his son, and his son wrote Emily a note. I'm pretty sure her ovaries are all a'twitter right now. The other guys don't stand a chance. Plus 15 for the note, Doug. Nice touch!

The First Impression rose is floating around and the guys are getting nervous. They need alone time with Emily and see Kalon for the fake he is. Here's hoping Emily sees it too. If she doesn't she's blind. As a bat.

Arie might blow the whole thing bringing up the race car driving thing since Emily's ready to put that part of her life behind her. But then she confirms my thoughts and says "he'd be hot in a race car." Plus 10.

Emily's ready to pass out the First Impression rose. To Daddy Doug. This is me doing a little happy dance in my chair. Plus 15 for Doug. He's a good one.

It's time for the first rose ceremony.

Going Home:

  • Brent
  • Lerone
  • Jean-Paul
  • Jackson
  • David
  • Randy

That means Doug, Ryan, Nate, Charlie, and Arie are staying. But so is Kalon and the bizarre, nerdy, skater Jef with one F, so there's that.


This season promises jetsetting, drama, and Man Tears. I can't wait.


Can't stand her. She gives single moms everywhere a bad name by being so desperate for a man and a daddy for her baby. Makes me sick to watch her.


Emily is a phony gold digger. Shes a little to defensive about her little meal ticket and seems way over-the-top about being a good mom! If she was a good mom she wouldnt be pimping a 5 yr old kid on a realty show to win the hearts of America and look for another rich guy. I have no dought she got knocked up to trap the last guy (may he rest in piece thr poor bastard)and I hope America can see past all the phony actions and the bullshit "super single mommy act". She should have come clean and went on "millionare match maker" and called it a day.


Giving this season a miss. If Emily was much more forthright about her decision about doing the show and not give the public this big drama of "not wanting to be the next Bachelorette," "hating the publicity," "just wanna be with my daughter," blah, blah, blah then change her mind I would have given her the benefit of the doubt. Sorry she may be sweet, pretty but her turnaround made her fake.


so beautiful pix


I can't stand this woman Emily....yuk...i swear if she said welcome to the south one more time, i was gonna me she is phony, a gold-digger, and very dumb....(she's blonde isn't she)...DUH....these shows are getting more and more ridiculous by the minute...i won't be watching any longer...the guys are even more boring than her.....ewwwwwww


I dissagree with your harsh revue Dessertgirl ( & why is your nick name dessertgirl, I wonder? ) Anyway, I liked Emily... but I have to say I "wasn't" immpressed with MOST of the 25 Guys. Ugh. You know the Race car driver will probably end of in the top 4... & a couple of the other hunks... but the rest ... she'll accidentally break their hearts... ( cause their idiots )


I didn't think much of her at first, but she changed my mind. She is a wonderful, caring, mother. She's beautiful and looks very classy to me. No I'm not a guy.
I don't understand why so many are against her. She wants to find true love. By the way, she broke up with Brad because of serious anger problems. Give the gal a break.


Can't stand whiny Emily. She's a single mother by CHOICE. She was DATING the father of her child and she got pregnant. There's a not-so-nice name for women like her. I can see why she broke off with Brad. To have that whiny bleached blonde around would drive any man crazy. The man she picks will not stay with her. She will be out three for three. She is a transparent phony. As a mother, I would never subject my five-year old to the filming of a reality show. Any man who goes for her is nuts and only interested in getting a modeling gig or is vain and thinks he is "actor" material. Boo hoo, Emily, you deserve what you get.


jimmy is so right that crap is so out of here got to go sorry.


People are really watching this? Unbelievable! This show just keeps recycling the people who lost on the show before. So these poor guys are already starting with a two-time loser in this case. No thanks. I'd rather go to bed early that watch this crap any more.

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