The Bachelorette (season 8)
|The Bachelorette (season 8)|
Promotional image of the season showing Emily Maynard on a pier with her daughter.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||11 (including 1 special)|
|Original release||May 14– July 22, 2012|
The Bachelorette 8 is the eighth season of ABC reality television series The Bachelorette. The show premiered on May 14, 2012, featuring Emily Maynard dating 25 men. Maynard was chosen by Brad Womack in the fifteenth season of The Bachelor, but they split after the show.
Maynard is the second former Bachelor winner to star in The Bachelorette since Jen Schefft in season three.
This is the first season of The Bachelorette filmed in Maynard's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she and her daughter Ricki Hendrick live (along with the child's paternal grandfather; the child's father died before she was born), rather than Los Angeles, marking this as the first time a show in The Bachelor franchise has taken place in the Southern United States and also the second time one has been filmed on the East Coast since New York City in season three.
Biographical information according to ABC official series site, which gives first names only, plus footnoted additions. Ages stated are at time of contest.
|Jef Holm||27||St. George, Utah||Entrepreneur||Winner||1|
|Arie Luyendyk, Jr.||30||Scottsdale, Arizona||Race Car Driver||Runner-up||2|
|Sean Lowe||28||Irving, Texas||Insurance Agent||Week 9||3|
|Chris Bukowski||25||Chicago, Illinois||Corporate Sales Director||Week 8||4|
|John Wolfner||30||Creve Coeur, Missouri||Data Destruction Specialist||Week 7||5|
|Doug Clerget||33||Tacoma, Washington||Single Dad/Real Estate Agent||6|
|Ryan Bowers||31||Evans, Georgia||Pro Sports Trainer||Week 6||7|
|Travis Pope||30||Madison, Mississippi||Advertising Sales Representative||8|
|Alejandro Velez||25||San Francisco, California||Mushroom Farmer||Week 5||9|
|Kalon McMahon||27||Houston, Texas||Luxury Brand Consultant||10|
|Charlie Grogan||32||Worcester, Massachusetts||Recruiter||Week 4||11–12|
|Michael Nance||26||Austin, Texas||Rehab Counselor|
|Nathan Baake||25||Casa Grande, Arizona||Accountant||13|
|Stevie Alberino||26||Monroe Township, New Jersey[disambiguation needed]||Party M.C.||Week 3||14|
|Alessandro Goulart||30||Saint Paul, Minnesota||Grain Merchant||15|
|Tony Pieper||31||Beaverton, Oregon||Single Dad/Lumber Trader||16|
|Aaron Martell||36||North Sydney, Nova Scotia||Biology Teacher||Week 2||17–18|
|Kyle Dillon||29||Long Beach, California||Financial Adviser|
|Joe Gendreau||27||Orlando, Florida||Field Energy Adviser||19|
|Brent Richter||41||Midland, Texas||Technology Salesman||Week 1||20–25|
|David Homyk||33||Charlottesville, Virginia||Singer/Songwriter|
|Jackson Longnecker||29||Lockport, Illinois||Fitness Model|
|Jean-Paul LaCount||35||Moraga, California||Marine Biologist|
|Lerone Anu||29||Laguna Beach, California||Real Estate Consultant|
|Randy Lee Woyak||30||Oak Creek, Wisconsin||Marketing Manager|
Finalists Chris Bukowski, Kalon McMahon, and Tony Pieper returned in the third season of Bachelor Pad. Bukowski finished in 3rd/4th, McMahon in 9th/10th, and Pieper in 7th/8th. Third place finalist Sean Lowe was featured in the seventeenth season of The Bachelor, over runner-up Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and The Bachelorette season 6 winner Roberto Martinez. Bukowski crashed the tenth season of The Bachelorette on night one, but bachelorette Andi Dorfman decided she didn't want to meet him. Bukowski and McMahon then returned on the first season of Bachelor in Paradise. Bukowski quit in 20th/21st, while McMahon was eliminated in 17th/18th. Bukowski returned yet again for the fourth time on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise but quit the same week he came to paradise in 22nd place. He then announced that he would retire from the bachelor franchise and this would be his last appearance.
- The contestant was given the first impression rose
- The contestant was given a rose during the date
- The contestant was eliminated
- The contestant was eliminated during the date
- The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony
- The contestant was part of non-elimination bottom two
- The contestant won the competition
Original airdate: May 14, 2012
Emily Maynard began her quest for love in her hometown of Charlotte. With 25 suitors, Maynard was charmed by a letter written by Doug's 11-year-old son. Memorable moments including Kalon's arrival by helicopter, Travis's carrying an ostrich egg and Jef's skateboard throwing at the entrance of the mansion. At the rose ceremony, Maynard pared the field to nineteen. Doug received the first impression rose. Brent, David, Jackson, Jean-Paul, Lerone and Randy were sent home.
Original airdate: May 21, 2012
The nineteen remaining suitors moved into a mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina prior to the start of the second episode.
1-on-1: Ryan. The two went to Emily's house to bake cookies for Ricki's soccer team. "You don't watch The Bachelor and think you're going to be baking cookies on the first date, but I'm willing to do most anything for Emily," Ryan said, and his easygoing attitude about the date impressed her. Back at the house, the boys speculated how soon they would be able to meet Emily's daughter (he agreed to wait at Emily's request), and whether or not she and Ryan would have chemistry. The two had dinner together, where Ryan talked about how he believed he needed to pursue a woman and step out of his comfort zone to win her heart, which worried Emily. She told Ryan she did not want him to see falling in love with her as a contest, and he agreed with her. Later they saw a concert by the country band Gloriana and danced to "(Kissed You) Good Night". He received a rose.
Group: Jef, Kalon, Alejandro, Alessandro, Tony, Chris, Charlie, Aaron, Kyle, Nathan, Michael, Stevie and John. The men performed a charity show with The Muppets for the Levine Children's Hospital where they were chosen to either sing, dance or perform stand-up comedy. Tony confessed that he grew up with The Muppets and did a Kermit the Frog voice. Then during the after party Kalon and Stevie had an altercation. Charlie opened up to Emily about his speech difficulties resulting from a past accident. Emily gave Jef the group date rose.
1-on-1: Joe. The couple take a private airplane to West Virginia to a resort Emily remembered from her childhood called the Greenbrier and there was a love clock. Emily did not feel any chemistry with Joe. She didn't give him a rose, and he was sent home.
Rose Ceremony: Aaron and Kyle are sent home at the rose ceremony, and sixteen bachelors are left in the competition.
Original airdate: May 28, 2012
1-on-1: Chris. The couple scaled a building in downtown Charlotte. They then had a rooftop dinner that included a private concert by country singer Luke Bryan. Emily ended the date by giving Chris a rose.
Group: Charlie, Alejandro, Stevie, Alessandro, Sean, Ryan, John, Michael, Doug, Jef, Tony and Travis. The men were grilled on parenting by Emily's friends, and they were put to the test by a bunch of rambunctious kids. During the interviews, Sean did shirtless push-ups for Emily's friends, who took a liking to him. During the after party, Doug revealed that he was a foster child. Emily thought it was best for Tony to leave the competition before the date ended because he missed his son after playing with the children at the park which also had Doug miss his son. Emily gave Sean the group date rose.
1-on-1: Arie. The couple took a private airplane to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a tour of the park. Emily then met her idol, country singer Dolly Parton. Arie and Emily danced to a song that Dolly wrote for them, and Emily gave Arie a rose.
Rose Ceremony: During the cocktail party, Emily asked Alessandro to leave the competition after he called Emily and her daughter "a compromise". At the Rose ceremony, Stevie was the only bachelor sent home. Thirteen men remain to travel with Emily to their first international destination, Bermuda.
Original airdate: June 4, 2012
- Located in: Bermuda
1-on-1: Doug. The other men joked with Doug about the potential outcome of his date, which caused tension to build among the bachelors. Emily hoped her date with Doug would resolve the bad blood between the men. The two went shopping around town in Bermuda, they wrote a postcard for Doug's son, Austin, in response to the letter that Austin wrote to Emily before the season premiere. The pair walked through the Moon Gate together. Emily then gave Doug a rose.
Group: Charlie, Ryan, Chris, Jef, Sean, Arie, Travis, and Kalon. The bachelors were divided into two teams for a sailing competition. During the race, Jef injured his finger. The Yellow Team (Arie, Ryan, Jef, and Kalon) won the race. They got to have dinner with Emily, while the Red Team went home early. Charlie was upset that he couldn't stay on the date, and he cried on the ride home. At dinner, Ryan made a toast to Emily, his "trophy wife," which disgusted Arie. Arie told Emily that the guys have been giving him a hard time since they caught him kissing Emily at last week's cocktail party. Emily was disappointed with Jef for not kissing her during their alone time. Ryan told Emily that he was upset with her for kissing Arie in front of the other guys. Emily gave the group date rose to Jef, who confessed that he was beginning to fall for Emily.
2-on-1: John and Nathan. The guys thought that John would stay because he was older. Chris, one of the younger bachelors, was offended by the comments made by Doug. Emily, John, and Nathan jumped off cliffs together before having dinner in one of the nearby caves. After dinner, Emily felt a stronger connection with John and gave him the 2-on-1 rose. Nathan was subsequently sent home.
The Rose Ceremony: Emily spent her time during the cocktail hour talking to all of the men. Ryan remarked that if he were eliminated, he would want to be the next Bachelor. Doug and Chris had an argument about Doug's earlier comments about his age. At the rose ceremony, Michael and Charlie were eliminated, leaving ten men to travel with Emily to London, England.
Original airdate: June 11, 2012
- Located in: London
1-on-1: Sean. The pair took a private double-decker bus for a tour of London and kissed outside Buckingham Palace. Sean was asked to speak on the famous Speaker's Corner, where he professed that he felt hopeful that he would find true love with Emily. They had a quiet picnic together, and Emily gave Sean a rose.
Group: Alejandro, Chris, Ryan, Doug, Kalon, Arie, Travis and John. Emily and the bachelors went to Stratford-upon-Avon, where they performed scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Kalon, Ryan, Alejandro and John played Romeo, while Arie and Doug had to play the female nurse role. Ryan kissed Emily twice during his scene with her. Afterward in a pub, Ryan gave Emily a turquoise necklace. Meanwhile, Kalon referred to Emily's daughter, Ricki, as "baggage", which infuriated the other bachelors and prompted Doug to tell Emily about it. Heartbroken, she sent Kalon home immediately, telling him to "get the f*** out".[clarification needed] The men were impressed with the way Emily handled the situation, but she was too upset to hand out the group date rose. She was upset that no one came to her sooner, and she was worried that the men did not have her best interests at heart. During the Men Tell All, she revealed she made a mistake for not giving out the rose and would have given it to Doug for telling her about the Kalon situation.
1-on-1: Jef. The two went to a traditional afternoon tea, where a housekeeper constantly corrected their etiquette. They escaped to a pub, where Jef told Emily that when Kalon made his comment about Ricki, he confronted him about it. Emily felt reassured that Jef had fought for her. The two then went for dessert in the London Eye, ending their date with their first kiss. Emily gave Jef a rose.
The Rose Ceremony: Emily was still angry with all of the men on the group date for not being more protective of her. She specifically confronted Arie, telling him how disappointed she was in him. At the rose ceremony, Arie and Alejandro were the last two men standing. Emily made Arie sweat it out until the end, but she gave him the final rose. Alejandro was eliminated, and the eight men left traveled with Emily to Croatia.
Original Airdate June 18, 2012
- Located in: Croatia
1-on-1: Travis. The pair went to Dubrovnik, Croatia where Emily asked Travis to stand on the city's famed "balancing stone". According to an old legend, if a man can stand on the stone and take off his shirt or his jacket, he and his love will be together forever. Travis stood on the stone, but he didn't take his clothes off. At dinner, Travis opened up to Emily about his past engagement and his lack of dating since the break-up. In the end, Emily couldn't see Travis as more than a friend. She didn't give him a rose, and Travis was eliminated.
Group: John, Doug, Chris, Jef, Arie and Sean. The boys and Emily went to a theater to watch the new Disney movie Brave. After the movie, the men were forced to wear kilts and compete in their own version of the "Highland Games" from the movie. The three tasks were archery, caber toss and a two-on-one tug of war-esque game. All of the men excelled at the games except for Chris. Emily then awarded Chris the "Bravery Cup", much to Sean's dismay. At dinner, Sean, Jef, Arie and Chris were shown having alone time with Emily, all sharing kisses with her. Arie ended his alone time with Emily by pinning her against a wall and passionately kissing her. Still, Arie's hopes of getting a rose were dashed when Emily gave the group date rose to Chris.
1-on-1: Ryan. The other men in the house were annoyed with Ryan's pompous attitude. Emily and Ryan went on a road trip together, where they went fishing for oysters. After their fishing expedition, Ryan again called Emily his perfect "trophy wife". Emily was disturbed with the language that Ryan used to describe his future wife. When Ryan showed Emily his list of qualities that he looks for in his wife, Emily decided that she could not give Ryan a rose. Ryan tried to persuade Emily to let him stay, but she stuck to her guns, and Ryan was eliminated.
Arie snuck out of the guys' hotel to where Emily was staying to visit her after her date with Ryan. He apologized for not protecting her more in London, and he promised that he would always have her back. Jokingly, Emily gave Arie the rose that was meant for Ryan as a secret way of assuring him of her feelings. After leaving, Arie confessed that he is in love with Emily.
Rose Ceremony: Emily openly voiced her concerns about her feelings for John and Doug. John pleasantly surprised Emily by opening up to her about his deceased grandparents, while Emily needed to coax Doug to even put his arm around her. Emily gave roses to Sean, Jef and Arie. With one rose left, Emily left the room to talk to Chris Harrison. When she returned, she told the men that she was unsure of herself, and she didn't want to miss out on a great relationship with any of them. Chris Harrison then re-entered the room with not one, but two more roses, meaning that all of the men were safe. Emily then gave the final two roses to John and Doug as she announced that the six of them would be traveling to Prague with her.
Original Airdate June 25, 2012
- Located in: Prague
1-on-1: Arie. The pair took a tour of Prague with Emily as the tour guide. Emily was furious when she found out that Arie was in a relationship over ten years ago with a show producer, Cassie Lambert, who is one of Emily's close friends. The three involved discussed the incident off-camera, where Emily apologized for overreacting and she and Arie continued their romance.
1-on-1: John. They took a boat ride, and they painted on the Lennon Wall. They then followed a Czech tradition by putting a padlock on a gate to give them eternal love, but Emily couldn't help but notice the symbolism behind John's difficulty with the lock. Regardless, they later had dinner in a dungeon. No 1-on-1 rose was given out; John had to wait until the rose ceremony to learn his fate.
Group: Chris, Sean, and Doug. Chris was upset that he didn't get a 1-on-1 date. Emily asked Doug to leave the competition in the middle of the date because she gave him too many chances to make his move, and she thought he needed to be home with his son. Chris thought he was going to get the group date rose, but Emily gave the rose to Sean instead.
1-on-1: Jef. The pair went to a puppet store, with Jef buying a third puppet for Ricki. They went to an old library and acted out their journey on the show with their puppets. After this, they laid on the floor and talked about their future together. No 1-on-1 rose was given out; Jef had to wait until the rose ceremony to learn his fate.
Rose Ceremony: Emily decided to cancel the cocktail party because she already had her mind made up. She gave the first two roses to Jef and Arie. With one rose left, Chris asked to speak with Emily where he pleaded his case to her. Upon their return to the ceremony, Emily gave Chris the final rose, forcing John to go home. Emily will now travel to meet the families of Sean, Arie, Jef and Chris.
Original Airdate July 2, 2012
- Located in: Hometowns
Chris: Chris' hometown date was first in Chicago, Illinois. Emily and Chris went to a Polish restaurant, and then met his parents and two sisters. Chris' older sister was critical of Emily, but Chris' dad told Emily that he knows his son feels strongly for her. Chris' family treated Emily to traditional Polish song and dance. Chris ended the night by telling Emily that he loves her.
Jef: Jef's hometown date took place at his family's ranch near St. George, Utah. Jef took Emily for a ride on an ATV, and then they went clay pigeon shooting. Emily pretended to not know how to work a gun, but in reality, she took lessons at home in North Carolina. Jef's parents were in South Carolina doing charity work. Therefore, Emily only met Jef's siblings: his two older brothers, his two sisters and his sister-in-law. Jef's brother wasn't sure if Jef was ready to be a father to Ricki, but after seeing Jef with Emily, he grew to accept their relationship. Jef concluded his date by reading Emily a letter that he wrote to her on the plane ride home from Prague, ending the letter by telling her that he is hopelessly in love with her.
Arie: Emily met Arie for his hometown date at Phoenix International Raceway where she suited up and rode with Arie in his IndyCar. Emily never experienced IndyCar racing, but she was comfortable due to her past involvement with NASCAR. Arie told Emily that he knew they would have to win over his mother when they met his family. Emily met Arie's parents, Arie, Sr. and Mieke, his younger twin brothers and his sister. Emily was uncomfortable when Arie's mother began speaking to her son in Dutch. Arie apologized because he doesn't like speaking Dutch in front of people who can't understand it. Emily spoke with Arie's mother, who strongly approved of her son's relationship. Arie told his father that he couldn't wait to propose to Emily.
Sean: Emily's last hometown date took place in Dallas, Texas with Sean. Emily met Sean's family including his parents, his sister, his brother-in-law, former football player Andrew Shull and his niece and nephew. Emily fell in love with the atmosphere in which Sean lives, and she thought she could see her and Ricki living there. Sean played a joke on Emily by leading her to believe that he still lived at home in a room filled with stuffed animals. Emily was relieved to learn that it was a joke. As she rode away from Sean's home, he chased her down the block to give her one last kiss goodbye.
Rose Ceremony: At the rose ceremony, Emily became emotional because she didn't want the families of the men to think that they did anything wrong. She gave roses to Arie, Jef and Sean, which meant that Chris was eliminated. He was shocked by her decision, and he was upset that she couldn't give him a reason as to why she was sending him home. Chris left, angry and heartbroken, while Emily announced to the final three contenders that they would be spending their last week on the island of Curaçao.
Original Airdate July 9, 2012
- Located in: Curaçao
Sean: Emily & Sean flew to a private island together. She wanted him to open up about how he felt about her, but he didn't really know how. Emily described their relationship as a slow-and-steady process that grows better with time. They go snorkeling and have dinner that night on a beach. Sean read her a letter that he wrote for Ricki and he also told her that he was falling in love with her. Emily offered him the overnight date card to spend more time with him, but he did not stay the night as it didn't line up with Emily's beliefs and the example that she wanted to set for her daughter.
Jef: Emily & Jef spent the day on a boat. They also went paddle-surfing and cliff-jumping. Emily felt like they balanced each other well and Jef was comfortable with how their relationship was progressing. He also wondered about how he would fit in with Emily & Ricki's life, as that was the one aspect of Emily's life that he hadn't been exposed to yet. Emily also asks him to stay on their date for a bit longer, although they don't spend the night together, with both of them knowing that the fantasy suite wouldn't change a thing about their relationship.
Arie: Emily & Arie went swimming with dolphins in the middle of the ocean. They commented on the obvious physical attraction that they have towards one another. They also have dinner that night at Emily's place. They attempt to learn more about one another and about each other's daily lives. Emily mentioned that although she did want to offer Arie the overnight date card, she couldn't because she didn't trust herself and escorted him out right after dinner.
Rose Ceremony: Sean is eliminated at the rose ceremony.
Week 10 (Finale)
Original Airdate July 22, 2012
- Located in: Curaçao
Jef and Arie start off meeting Emily's family. This includes her parents, Dave and Suzy, as well as her older brother, Ernie, and his wife. Both men ask for Emily's father's permission for his blessing if either of them were to get engaged to Emily. Her family collectively approves both guys and aren't able to give her a clear preference, which was what she was looking for. Her mother advises her to wait on an engagement if she isn't completely ready, something that Emily takes to heart.
A few days later, Jef is the first one to have his last date with Emily. He tells Emily that he had kept Ricki in mind throughout the whole process and expresses interest in meeting her before the experience is over, as her daughter is the only part of her life that he didn't know. Emily agrees and decides to let Jef meet Ricki back at the hotel that the two were staying at. The three have a pool day, with Emily being impressed at how comfortable Ricki had become around Jef in such a short amount of time. During the dinner portion of their date, Jef gives Emily a book about Curaçao, so that the two would always remember their adventures on The Bachelorette together.
The next day, Emily meets up with Chris Harrison. She reveals that she has already picked Jef in her heart and doesn't want to put Arie through an unnecessary final date. She gets emotional while thinking about how to tell Arie that he isn't the one. Meanwhile, Arie is confident in his relationship with Emily and fully plans on proposing to her at the end. He creates a love potion for her right before she comes to deliver the bad news. She sends a confused and upset Arie home while in tears.
At the final rose ceremony, Emily tells Jef that he was the only man left, having also been the only guy to meet her daughter and the only one to even receive a last date. She officially declares her love for him and as does he. Jef proposes to Emily and she says yes. The engaged couple are then joined by Ricki and the three walk off of the show hand-in-hand.
After the final rose
The "After the Final Rose" episode aired on Sunday July 22, 2012. The episode was done live rather than pre-taped and it aired right after the season finale, this was the second time in the show, season three was the first. Former bachelorettes Ashley Hebert and her fiancé J.P. Rosenbaum, Ashley Spivey, DeAnna Pappas and former bachelor Michael Stagliano were present at the live event.
Arie, runner up, confronted Emily about his elimination. The viewers learned that after the show was finished taping, he had difficulty finding closure with the demise of his relationship with Emily. He took it upon himself to fly to her home town of Charlotte, N.C. to see her. When he arrived there, he regretted his decision because he thought it would be an intrusion into her life and her daughter's life. Instead, he left his diary on her doorstep in hopes that it would clarify any doubts she had about his feelings toward her. Emily chose not to read the diary out of respect for him and Jef (her fiance). She returned the diary to him on the live portion of the show.
Next, Jef came onto the stage and he and Emily were introduced to the public for the first time as an engaged couple. Jef confirmed that their relationship had been progressing well and he had begun to form a bond with her daughter Ricki. Emily and Jef let the public know that they would be going to Africa later in the year to do some charity work with Jef's company People Water, and they decided that Jef would move to Charlotte to be with Emily primarily because they did not think it would be a good idea to uproot Ricki from her life. The couple would live separately until the wedding. A wedding date had not yet been set.
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|Episode||First Air Date||Rating
|1||May 14, 2012||2.6||7||8.05||7||22|
|2||May 21, 2012||2.4||6||7.53||4||16|
|3||May 28, 2012||1.9||5||5.79||3||22|
|4||June 4, 2012||2.2||6||6.77||3||9|
|5||June 11, 2012||2.3||7||7.43||1||10|
|6||June 18, 2012||2.3||7||7.04||2||9|
|7||June 25, 2012||2.3||7||7.03||2||11|
|8||July 2, 2012||2.5||8||7.49||2||8|
|9||July 9, 2012||2.5||7||8.11||1||5|
|MTA||July 16, 2012||2.2||6||7.16||3||9|
|10||July 22, 2012||3.1||9||8.86||1||3|
|AFR||July 22, 2012||3.1||8||8.80||2||4|
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