I think the writing is on the wall about the end with Emily. Brad said tonight he didn't know if he deserved her....meaning he doesn't feel good enough for her. I think he walks on eggshells around her and can't be himself or spontaneous. He treats her like a famous movie star or someone on a different plane than him. Jumping ahead to S.A., I think he will not be able to see her and Rikki moving to Austin and fitting in with his life there -- or believe she'd be satisfied with being married to a guy who just owns bars.
I didn't see any chemistry between him and Shawntel, and from the preview of next week, he can't hide his distaste for what she does for a living. He's not going to want to hear about it over dinner every night for the rest of his life.
As for them not showing a lot of the dates, I think they cut tons of stuff from all of them. So many of the 1 on 1 dates tonight mentioned how many things they did that day. With Emily, we only saw them alone on a small patch of beach they called an island. What else did they do? I think she's way too reserved and closed off to be the next Bachelorette. She doesn't emote. I'd bet she won't be.
As for Chantal's weight, I think she looks great -- a lot better than Britt who seemed absolutely anorexic to me, especially when you consider the "10 pounds" the cameras add. I wouldn't be surprised if Brad was turned off by her sticks and bones appearance and that's why there was no chemistry. I would also rather have Chantal's more rounded body than Ashley's huge forehead and what appears to be a receding hairline. Shawntel is the plainest of the group.
Final thoughts are on Michelle's leaving: I wonder how many hours they drove her around in the limo trying to get her to talk but didn't succeed. She seemed determined, laying down on that back seat, not to give them the satisfaction, the same way she wouldn't talk to Brad. Good for her on that one.
I didn't get why they showed Michelle saying she intended to pull Brad aside before the ceremony to pull him back in , when she didn't try. Or did she and they just didn't show it? Even though they were not having the cocktail party, they've had delays and interruptions in the RC before so someone could pull the B. aside. I think she knew she was going home the minute Shawntel's name was called.