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If The Bachelorette star Emily Maynard felt that her decision to cut Chris loose after last week's hometown dates was hard, this one was near impossible.

Things got even more serious, emotional and dramatic in Curacao as Emily went on very romantic dates with Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Sean Lowe and Jef Holm.

Three worthy candidates, only two roses in play. Who would she pick? And how would she handle the fantasy suite card situation, given that she's a mom?

Follow this link for all The Bachelorette spoilers we know about the July 22 finale, then continue on for THG's +/- recap of the penultimate episode!

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Obligatory Curacao nature montage and recap of the final three guys and their "journey" with Emily so far. Minus 4 for the even-longer-than-average filler.

Emily has nice penmanship, even in sand. Plus 2.

Sean's shoes match his blue shirt perfectly. What guy does that? Apparently Sean Lowe, Ames Brown and Pauly D. Minus 5, in spite of the obvious effort.

Look at Sean, getting all flustered talking about his ex ... and a little more unnerved trying to open up to Emily. Cute or a red flag? Hard to read. Even.

Time's running out to go there, Sean. Minus 10.

His letter to Ricki made it dusty in here. Plus 25. Still holding something back, though. Just say it man. Go on. Okay, that kind of counts for redemption.

Gotta love that the fantasy suite card is from Chris Harrison. Host-pimp sure knows how to take care of his ridiculously attractive employees. Plus 15.

Plus 20 for Emily calling it a night solo. Even after the hot tub makeout session no less. Girl's priorities and commitment are pretty impressive.

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Three words. Eight letters.

If Gossip Girl quotes have taught us anything, it's that "I love you" is the hardest thing to say. One contestant on The Bachelorette finds this out tonight.

Sean Lowe, whose family made a great impression on Emily Maynard on their hometown date in Dallas last week, gets a little tongue-tied in Curacao.

"Sean does a million things to tell me that he's the one for me," Emily says. "But I need more. I can't go through this and fall in love and have it not work again."

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"I still feel like Sean is an affectionate guy," Emily says, "but I still feel like there's something going on in his mind that he will not let himself go there."

You know what she means by that. So does he.

"The love that I'm experiencing with Emily is quite different than love I've had in the past," Sean Lowe says. "So desperately I just want to open up and tell her how I really feel."

"Which is 'I love you.' It's hard to say those words and it's always been hard."

So will he say it? Will it be enough to get him the final rose June 22? Time (and The Bachelorette spoilers) will tell. Who do you think she should pick?

 

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Four guys. One girl. Four families. One broken heart.

Things got serious, emotional, cheesy and awkward as always on The Bachelorette as Emily Maynard went to her prospective husbands' places of origin.

Arie, Chris, Jef and Sean each received a hero's welcome and acquitted themselves well on make-or-break hometown dates, but only three roses were in play.

Who got the boot, and who's on to the final three? Follow this link for all The Bachelorette spoilers we know, then read on for THG's official +/- recap!

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Over-under on the number of times the phrase "hometown date" is spoken tonight? 17. And we're betting the over. Minus 17 because it'll be close.

Ricki sighting! Plus 20. She turns seven TODAY, so Plus 7 more.

Minus 10 for killing time and recapping all the guys. Snooze.

Chris Bukowski is up first. Are they getting him out of the way? Guy has to be the clear underdog among the top four. Sorry Chris, it's just true man.

"On a scale of one to Polish, we're Polish." - Proudly Polish Chris. Plus 5.

Mmm ... beer. Emily Maynard drinks a lot of it for a girly girl. Plus 4.

She always looks very, very tan ... in Chicago, in early spring, that makes one of them. Minus 3 for maybe trying just a little too hard sometimes.

Plus 6, though for the hair. It's so pretty.

Chris says his folks are pumped to meet their future daughter-in-law. On the same day Emily comes by? Wow, that's gonna be awkward! Minus 10.

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The rumor mill us swirling as to who Emily Maynard chooses on The Bachelorette. Spoilers to this point have been accurate ... but what about going forward?

The field of 25 has been narrowed to four, as tonight's hometown dates feature Jef Holm, 27, Sean Lowe, 28, Chris Bukowski, 25, and Arie Luyendyk Jr., 30.

The favorite at this point? Still anyone's guess. Or is it?

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There have been reports that Jef, despite looking like the Chris Lambton of this season - great friends with Emily but low romantic chemistry - is the winner.

There have also been conflicting reports that Emily Maynard is engaged to Arie Luyendyk, Jr. after he mentioned his fiancee on a recent call with reporters.

Sean Lowe? How could that guy not be a favorite?

Emily has even been linked (erroneously) to host Chris Harrison and Brad Womack by tabloids in recent weeks in this most unusual Bachelorette season.

For the first time in show history, Sean, Arie and Jef have all done interviews during the season, fueling speculation that each may be the final rose recipient.

What's more, the final three who go on to Curacao after tonight all left the island nation at the same time, making it unclear who finished second (or third).

What do we know about tonight, and beyond? Is there a surprise in store regarding the season finale? Follow the jump for The Bachelorette spoilers ...

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The Bachelorette contestant Sean Lowe may be the nicest guy ever.

Some new info about his life outside the reality show has been revealed, and unlike most of The Bachelorette spoilers you read in mid-season, it doesn't involve a breakup, a scandal, being on the show for the wrong reasons or anything like that.

On the contrary, it will simply make viewers love him even more.

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According to Reality Steve, last summer, two high school friends in Sean's native Texas were both patients at Dallas Childrens Hospital and passed away tragically.

Both sets of parents had said that their daughters' favorite show was The Bachelor, so all of their friends, now college freshmen, get together to watch it.

At their parties centered around the show, they remember their friends and talk about the children's hospital charity they're all involved in and so on.

This week, Sean Lowe, who lives in Dallas, paid them a visit.

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Six roses. Four dudes. Things are getting serious on The Bachelorette.

After the past two weeks saw villains Ryan Bowers and Kalon McMahon dispatched by Emily Maynard, were there any more fireworks in store this evening?

Who succeeded in wooing our beloved single mom from North Carolina, and who failed to make the final cut before next week's coveted hometown dates?

Follow this link for a rundown of The Bachelorette spoilers we know thus far, including the (alleged) final three. Then read on for THG's official +/- recap!

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First, Prague is on my bucket list now. Beautiful city. Plus 4.

Our Southern Belle Emily Maynard walks the streets of Prague, sans daughter Ricki, musing about the hometown dates. Hostman Chris Harrison tells the guys this week is important because next week are hometown dates. Jef with one F tells us he's really hoping he gets a hometown date next week. We get it. Hometown dates are important. Minus 3.

Of the six guys, three of them will get a one-on-one date with Emily this week. The first date goes to Arie Luyendyk Jr., probably because Emily wants to kiss him (loudly) a few more times. His jacket has elbow patches. Minus 3.

Emily thinks it's shady that Arie hasn't told her about his relationship with Cassie the producer. His failure to disclose his past relationship with someone in Emily's inner circle is disloyal somehow to her.

Chris decides to set the record straight about the rumors regarding Arie and Cassie and introduces a segment of Cassie interviewing Emily about Arie.

Cassie says it's no big deal, it was a long time ago, blah blah blah. Emily says the fact that they dated is no big deal. It's the fact that nobody told her that they knew each other that's the problem.

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The Bachelorette's Sean Lowe gets his first one-on-one date with Emily Maynard this week, and it goes well apparently. The group date? Mmmnotsomuch.

Tonight's episode, taking place in England, features Sean getting to know our girl on a double-decker bus, Buckingham Palace and the Tower Of London.

Not bad for a first date. But it's their personalities that really made it work.

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"It was the first opportunity I had to spend the entire day with her and I'm not ashamed to say it was one of the best days of my life," Lowe said.

"That was the day that I first knew I had really strong feelings for her and the first time I pictured myself being with her in the future."

Lowe believes they hit it off because of shared values: "I let her know [that] from the very beginning, and she could tell I was being genuine."

"My priorities in life are faith and family, and I believe those are the top two for Emily, as well. Ultimately, I just want to live a simple life surrounded by loved ones, raising a family and loving my wife forever."

How far will Lowe make it? The Bachelorette spoilers we've posted offer some clues in that department, but he seems like a serious contender.

As for the guy who refers to Emily's daughter Ricki as "baggage" tonight? Prepare for some fireworks, says Lowe of the much-anticipated fight.

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