The Bachelorette moved into its second week of proceedings on Monday night (May 21, 2012), with Emily Maynard using her first date card of the season. Much of the new series of the show is set in Charlotte - in order to keep Emily close to her daughter Ricki, 6 - and her first date started off with some domestic chores.
Maynard had chosen to get to know personal trainer Ryan, and the southern charmer began by unloading some groceries from her car, telling the camera, "If you treat a woman like a queen, then she'll treat you like a king". Later, Ryan helped Emily bake some cookies for her daughter's upcoming soccer game, with the Bachelorette saying, "Usually these dates are always so glam and over-the-top, but as a single mom, things I do aren't really that glamorous.I'm willing to do most anything for Emily". Things got a little more 'date-like' when the couple got dressed up for a night on the town, with Ryan offering Emily a rose before they enjoyed a private concert by the country group Gloriana. Back at the Bachelor's house, things were getting a little tense with Ryan away on his date. Luxury brand consultant Kalon complaining, "Being here in Charlotte is overwhelming.It's like the frat from hell ... on steroids".
The following day, Emily was clearly still giddy from her date with Ryan and some fans of the show have taken to Twitter to speculate that he could the one, however, there's still a long way to go.