The pressure mounts as Ashley must decide which four men will have the opportunity to take her home to meet their families. Taiwan, the “hidden jewel of Asia,” is the romantic city where Ashley will make her most important decision yet. She still has serious questions about some of the men, but must be ready to let two of them go forever. Will she make the right choice? And in a revealing, emotional tell-all update, Emily Maynard, the single mom who captured Brad Womack’s heart, will finally speak out about the state of her relationship with Brad, on “The Bachelorette,” Monday, July 11 at 8:00 pm on ABC.
A reluctant Emily sits down with Chris Harrison to explain how she confronted her struggle with living in the public eye. Then she reveals whether or not she and Brad are engaged – all in hopes of putting to rest the rumors swirling around her.
When the guys arrive at the Regent Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, Constantine discovers that he has the first one-on-one date with Ashley. The couple head out to the Taiwanese countryside on an old fashioned train. They arrive in a quaint village where they take in the sights and partake of a local custom, decorating a paper lantern with their wishes. Ashley wishes for romance, but will her wish come true? Later that night after dinner, they release their love lantern into the sky, marveling as it is joined by hundreds of others. It’s the ideal romantic setting. Will Ashley get her wish, or will this relationship flicker and die?
The next day, Ben F. meets Ashley at a breathtaking national park. They hop aboard a scooter and zip past majestic waterfalls and magnificent mountains, holding on to each other for dear life. Later at dinner, this cautious, but sensitive bachelor finally expresses his true feelings for Ashley, which sincerely touches her. But is it enough to guarantee Ben F. a hometown date?
However, the next morning when Ben F. doesn’t return from his date, it drives one of the bachelors into an emotional frenzy. When Ben F. finally does return, the jealous man storms out of the room, unable to control his emotions.
On an unusual three-on-one date, Ames, J.P. and Lucas join Ashley in Taipei’s world famous photography district. She informs them that they will be dressing up in traditional wedding attire and taking customary Taiwanese wedding photos with her. As they kiss and pose for the cameras, the envious man continues to simmer with jealousy. All three men impress Ashley, but only one will get a rose guaranteeing him a hometown date. Who will it be?
Ashley’s last date of the week is with Ryan. She escorts him to a local temple and then to the historic Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Square. It’s a magical setting, but Ashley needs to make sure there is a romantic connection with this optimistic and energetic bachelor.
By the end of the week, Ashley breaks down under the pressure of having to send home two amazing — but now shocked and heartbroken — men. It’s time to return to the States with the four remaining men, who are only too happy to have the chance to introduce Ashley to their families and continue the quest to win her heart.
The six remaining men are:
Ames, 31, portfolio manager from New York, NY
Ben F., 28, winemaker from Sonoma, CA
Constantine, 30, restaurant owner from Atlanta, GA
J.P., 34, construction manager from New York, NY
Lucas, 30, oilfield equipment distributor from Odessa, TX
Ryan P, 31, solar energy executive from Corona Del Mar, CA