I am so excited for the Fantasy Dates next week: here are some thoughts I have and they are in order of how I think they go F3-F2-F1
Jeremy: he just wowed me on Monday night and I found myself really liking him - more than I have all season. He showed such an openess to De and really invited her into his life. But I see where they are taking the edit...their only connection is their "tragic" life. While I think the connection is more based on how they both reacted to where they are in life - this is not the way I see the edit going. Jeremy seems to have an AMAZING capacity to love and while I was not sure I would have enjoyed him as the bachelor - I am now thinking that would be a great season.
I think that De lets him go this week to spare any further heartbreak. I have also seen a lot of speculation that she does not give him the Fantasy Suite Card...that will be very interesting if in fact that is how things play out.
Jesse: I am not a Jesse fan but on Monday - I completely got it. He was so great when they were skiing and he was so totally in his element and comfortable with her. But I can't put the girlfriend out of my mind. I think Jesse went on the show for promotional purposes but there is a big part of me that thinks that he really had no idea that he would fall for De. But even so their worlds are REALLY too far apart. I think she had fun snowboarding with him but I don't think she would love that life. And I don't think Jesse would love her life. They both admitted that entering the other's world was a huge departure from their comfort zone.
I am not sure what to think of his Fantasy Suite Card reaction. Do any of us really believe that Jesse is the type of guy who waits to meet the parents before becoming intimate? Actually that is a pretty hilarious notion - "I am so delighted to meet you Mr. Pappas - now I can bed your daughter!" So I am guessing that this is a plan he cooked up with his girlfriend - whom he still appears to be showing some loyalty to - again - while I somewhat admire his desire to keep his word to her...I still have major issues with the whole situation....and it is the girlfriend back home with whom he ends things with that lead me to believe that he can't possibly be the F1...pretty strong rumors suggest De is engaged and I just can't see that Jesse would have proposed to her. He is not ready for that sort of commitment yet.
Jason: I have been smitted with Jason since he ran shirtless across my screen in the premiere and THEN snuggled into bed with Ty...ahhhh....anyway I think next week we will see their love story break wide open. There have been so many things holding both of them back but I think now they will finally have a chance to focus on each other. Their first real chance to spend together, Jason told her about Ty and it is likely a majority of the evening was spent focusing on Jason's divorce, the ex and Ty...cut to their next time alone - and she is upset after her 2-1 date and they discuss that. This week they were both able to really deal with the issue of Ty (man - I really hate calling Ty an issue but I can't think of a better word) They both knew that she had to interact with him before they knew if there was any viability in the relationship. De said it best when she told Jason that she was so nervous meeting Ty b/c if his parents didn't like her - they could deal with that but if Ty doesn't like her then that is a dealbreaker. I actually loved that she got that and let Jason know that she got that. The HTD showed both of them that things can work and De even said in a PI - "As soon as I saw Jason with his son, that was it." Watching Jason say goodbye to Ty was heart-wrenching for me - so you know it must have been a million times worse for De. But what a great sign from Jason - she knows what she means to Jason - what he is willing to sacrafice for her and I am sure that spoke volumes to her.
Cut to the fantasy date - Ty is no longer an issue. De has embraced the idea of being a stepmom and now she can fully explore a relationship with Jason. For both of them there will be a new comfort level. Jason has now included Ty in the relationship and I think that will help him give his heart to DeAnna. I think they have both to some degree been holding back and I see that changing drastically this week. Jason's reaction to the Fantasy Suite card is priceless. This is a man who has decided to reach out and grab this amazing woman in front of him and never let go.
The bottom line to me is that Jason is what De wants and needs in her life. He is sexy, charming, sensitive, caring, loving, romantic, funny, adventurous, family-oriented and I think he is the whole package that De is looking for.