The Bachelorette 2012 Recap: Night One with Emily Maynard

After watching the first episode of the new season of The Bachelorette 2012, I don’t know if I’m going to love or hate The Bachelorette Emily Maynard.  Yeah, she’s the one who ran off into the sunset with Brad Womack in the last Bachelor series, only to break up after an engagement because of some reasons that they didn’t really go into. They still loved each other—or so they said—but just could not seem to work it out. So here is Emily again on The Bachelorette 2012.

I know what you’re thinking. How could you hate sweet The Bachelorette Emily Maynard? Okay, I don’t hate her. Not at all. She strikes me as a sweet Southern Belle who just wants to do things right and be happy. Some of those southern graces, though, are, I think, what got to me in The Bachelorette 2012 Episode 1. I have never seen such a boring first episode. Emily said just about the same thing to every beaming bachelor who walked up to greet her for the first time. “Well, thank you.” “Thank you so mu-uch.” (Yes, two syllables.) She reminded me of Vanna White, Wheel of Fortune letter-turner whose main job is to smile and respond to the host, Pat Sajak. When Emily did try to say something funny, it still came out sounding rehearsed.

And then there were Emily’s one-on-one talks with the bachelors on The Bachelorette 2012. She mostly responded to them, revealing very little of herself. Again, I heard a lot of the same things from her. “Oh, that’s so sweet.” “Oh, thank you-uuuuu.” (Yes, again two syllables.) Maybe Emily showed more of herself off camera than the blond accessory she seemed. Maybe she said a few things that were real instead of the niceties I got tired of hearing.

I guess I’ll give The Bachelorette Emily Maynard a chance. I get sucked in to The Bachelor or The Bachelorette just about every time it comes on, anyway. I tell myself every season, especially after another disappointing season, that I’m not going to do it again. No way will I do it again! And I do. Darn it all…I do! So I will hang on with Emily and see if she becomes a real person over time.

A porcelain doll is nice to hold and look at and admire. After a while, though, that porcelain doll gets put back onto the shelf. You can’t really play with it for fear of getting it dirty or breaking it. Along those lines, I just can’t see Emily getting down and dirty. Take her fishing and make her bait her hook with a worm like they did in Ben Flajnik’s series. Heck, put her in a bikini and make her do some mud wrestling. The Bachelorette 2012 writers need to do something to knock that charming little smile off Emily’s face and force her to show some real emotion. And perhaps that will come.

Normally, when the first episode of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette comes on, I jot down a few names of hopefuls that impress me. Who do I think she connected with? Who do I think will be around for a while? To be honest, I couldn’t even focus on that last night. I was so focused on what Emily would say next. Would she say anything original? Or would she say the same ole thing in that same little voice to every single guy who came around her?

The guys loved her, though. Of course, they did. Her charm and looks will carry her on The Bachelorette 2012 for a while, and she did listen to them. Men—heck, everybody—likes to be listened to, to feel validated. In Emily’s defense, It did take her a long time to open up to former bachelor, Brad Womack, so perhaps she will become more real later on.

No, I don’t hate The Bachelorette Emily Maynard. She is sweet, charming, and very pretty. Her warm heart shows in how she loves her daughter and how she treats people. I’m just afraid that, unless she gets her hands a little dirty, this season of The Bachelorette 2012 might be a bit of a yawner.

– Victoria Lynn, guest blogger

Speak Your Mind


%d bloggers like this: