Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/21/12
This is it. "The Bachelorette" is down to two men, including racer Arie Luyendyk Jr. Will he be the one? In Sunday night's episode, Arie and Jef make their final play to win the heart of Emily, who was engaged to late NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick. What's happening? We've got it covered. Who will she choose? Emily opens the show explaining that she needs "an exceptional man" and she doesn't yet know whom she is going to choose. One wonders how close she truly is to making a decision, as things are wrapping up rather soon. She greets her daughter, Ricki, in the beginning of the show. Ricki, also the daughter of the late Ricky Hendrick, has yet to meet the two remaining bachelors on the show. Emily's parents also have come to Curacao to meet the remaining two men. Emily -- who says she is in love with two men -- first brings Jef to meet the members of her family in the exotic location. Jef, dressed casually in a white T-shirt and jeans, sits down with Emily's parents. Her mother admits that after a failed engagement to Brad Womack, whom Emily met through her appearance on "The Bachelor," her daughter feels cautious about her current situation. Her family still appears somewhat hesitant about embracing the experience. And then they meet Jef. Jef offers earnest, heartfelt and thoughtful answers to her mother's probing questions -- and questions how the family feels about her doing this show. He asks probing questions to her family about Emily, and her brother reveals that he doesn't think anyone has matched the love Emily felt for Hendrick. Jef tells him that he "has never been so love" with anyone and that he is completely smitten. His brother appears impressed by Jef's earnest nature. He says he never believed Emily could find someone to love in this way but then concedes he thinks that, in this relationship, the "ingredients are there to potentially be in love." And then comes the father. He quietly listens as Jef professes his feelings, claims to be an old-fashioned kind of guy (who is dating through a reality show?) and her dad says that if everything Jef says is genuine, he will give the couple his blessing. Jef seems completely confident he and Emily should be together. Emily seems stunned by how much her family embraces Jef -- and worries that this will taint their impression of Arie. Meeting Arie It's Day 2 for Emily and family meeting bachelors. Arie wants to make "an amazing impression" because he could, as he says, be meeting his future in-laws. In a separate interview away from the family meeting, Emily's dad says that he's not sure why they are going "through the actions" of meeting another guy. Clearly, he has embraced Jef entirely. Arie works hard to make small talk as the family just watches him. No one in the family is commenting much at this time. Emily's mother admits it's been very scary for them. Arie has brought a box with all the roses that he has been given over the course of the show to give them. Emily, too, seems to be working hard to make sure that Arie makes an impression on her family. It seems Arie is really having to work to break the ice with the family - but the box of roses seems to make an impact. Arie tells Emily's mother that he has dated a single mother before and that he has the crazy love to make things work with Emily. Her mother says she "is blown away" after meeting Arie. She thought that she would simply be unimpressed and that she would want Jef for Emily, but that she is taken with Arie as well. Arie's approach is vastly different than that of Jef. He tells her brother that he has been in love before, though his feelings for Emily are unique. Her brother asks Arie if maybe he just wants to win the show, essentially, but Arie - who the brother first views as a smooth talker - wins him over in talking about his feelings and his past and his love for kids. The dad opens in a more questioning nature, too - going second must make life a little tougher for Arie here - and then he asks her dad if he can have her blessing to propose to Emily. His dad pauses. It looks like this might not go well. The pause extends. And then, her dad gives his blessing - though he points out that it is Emily's decision. Suddenly, Emily's family is as confused as she is. Arie points out that the next time he sees Emily's family, he'll be engaged. Arie walks away seeming content that he and Emily will soon be planning a wedding. As Arie walks away, Emily says that she'll need her family to help her with the decision.
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