The first episode of "The Bachelorette" season 8 aired on May 14 with Emily Maynard meeting her 25 eligible bachelors. Host Chris Harrison had revealed to fans that the show featuring Emily Maynard would be "drastically different" than the previous ones.
This season is unique because Emily has a daughter and whichever guy she chooses will have to not only accept her, but also her daughter. Another striking change is that because Emily called off her engagement to ex-"Bachelor" Brad Womack last year, she couldn't leave her hometown in North Carolina to live in a mansion in Hollywood, forcing the producers into allowing the single mother to stay with her daughter, Ricki.
Ricki’s father died in a tragic accident just days before Emily found out about her pregnancy. Viewers were informed that Emily desired a "minivan full of babies.”
Then the suitors made their entrances and left a good or bad first impression on the beautiful blonde. Some of the bachelors depicted a poor image due to their attention-seeking actions. These included Kalon, a filthy rich guy who came to her in a helicopter to leave a wonderful first impression, and David, whose song for Emily failed to impress both viewers as well as the single mom. Travis looked like a normal, viable candidate for Emily, but he surprised everybody when he pulled out a dragon egg and made a bizarre comparison of the egg to the bachelorette and her kid. Another suitor Randy left a very poor impression when he showed up in an old lady’s dress.
However, most of them appeared sober and constantly praised Emily for her gorgeous looks and charming personality. Some men left a comparatively better impression like Chris, a corporate sales director in Illinois who cited a number of religious references upon meeting her and also when he gave her bobble-head dolls and she found that funny instead of weird. Emily also seemed to like Jef, who came on a skate board and another guy, Arie, a race-car driver. Arie was quite humble and told Emily about his job.
Doug, a single father, received a good first-impression after he showed a letter, which he claimed that his son had written for Maynard.