The first bolded......I think this was put in so that it wouldn't appear that his decision was not in any way based on Ricki and having a child immediately in his relationship. TPTB seem to be going overboard this season to ensure that Brad is PC about everything.
Brad said that he made the connection with his F1 early on. It did seem to me that at the end of his HTDs he seemed to be holding back. He might have kissed Ashley goodbye, but they didn't show it. He didn't kiss Shawntel. He was making excuses not to kiss Emily. He tried to explain it away, but I wasn't buying that one. Could it be that he only wanted to kiss one woman and one woman only and that after the HTD he was tired of playing the game and ready to be with his F1.