This week Emily takes her men to Croatia, and little Ricky goes back to Charlotte with her babysitter. Emily admits that she either feels very strongly about her relationships, or has no clue about others. This week’s 1-1 dates are all about figuring out those grey zones.
1-1: Travis: “Travis, let’s look for love beyond the walls– Emily”
Emily takes Travis around Old City Dubrovnick and he couldn’t be more pumped, after all it’s his first 1-1!
Travis: “There is no one I would rather be with than Emily right now. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world…it’s been close to two years since I’ve felt this way*…. I could definitely see myself with this girl. It’s like eternal light.”
*two years ago Travis called off the engagement with his now ex-fiancé*
During their walk about the city Emily took Travis to a stone stump wedged into a stone wall. The local tradition is that if a man can climb up on it, balance, and take off an article of clothing (a jacket or a shirt, as Emily suggests) then he will be successful in love.
After many attempts, Travis balances for a few seconds on the stump but takes nothing off – much to Emily’s disappointment.
Emily: “I’m really bummed that Travis didn’t take off his shirt. I’ve been wondering ‘what’s underneath that shirt’ and I feel like I gave the perfect setup for it.”
The rest of the day was filled with goofy-playful time on the streets and. It looked like two good friends were hanging out. That’s exactly what bothers Emily: “tonight I’m really trying to find that romance. I really want to see if we have any kind of connection beyond friends.”
Travis, who hasn’t been in any sort of relationship since his ex-fiancé, couldn’t feel more polar-opposite if he tried: “I’ve waited two years to feel this…You know I could see myself with this woman, now until forever.”
Travis had hoped that his first 1-1 date would build upon their connection –it did but the wrong kind. Emily sees them as just friends.
Emily explains to Travis that she “wanted so badly” to feel that romance but just doesn’t. “I wish more than anything that I could pin this rose on you and be the happiest girl, but I can’t give you the rose tonight, I’m sorry.”
In the car ride to the airport all Travis could say was: “That hurt that hurt a lot. It hurts. It is a different kind of hurt.”