Luckily for Lowe, his first solo date of the season came before the incident. On Monday's episode, the pair will see London's most popular sights from the top a double-decker, share a kiss at Buckingham Palace and be sentenced to dinner at the Tower Of London.
"It was the first opportunity I had to spend the entire day with her and I'm not ashamed to say it was one of the best days of my life," the Dallas insurance agent, 28, told reporters on a conference call. "That was the day I knew I had really strong feelings for her and the first time I pictured myself being with her in the future."
Lowe believes they get along so well because of common values. "My priorities are faith and family, and I believe those are top two for Emily, as well. Ultimately, I want to live a simple life surrounded by loved ones, raising a family and loving my wife forever. I let her know [that] from the very beginning, and she could tell when I said those words I was being genuine."
Lowe missed most of the fireworks surrounding the "baggage" comment, because it occurred on the group date, but says the culprit "revealed himself as [someone] who was not there for the right reasons."
'My Hat's Off to Him'It was no surprise, Lowe says, that single dad Doug came forward to tell Maynard about the comment. "He knows what it's like to raise and protect a child and felt it was his place to step in and try to protect Emily," Lowe said. "My hat's off to him."
Lowe says the severity of the comment justified the tattling. "There's a lot of chatter among guys – call it locker-room talk – that you have to take with a grain of salt or they're joking in the moment, but if I overheard a guy say something as strong as 'Ricki's baggage,' ... I would step in and say something."
Maynard's strong reaction, which appears to include threatening physical harm to the perpetrator before dismissing him in a bleep-heavy way, had "everyone fired up" when they returned to the hotel, Lowe said.
"The guys came home and would not stop talking about it. Everyone was really impressed with the way she handled it and liked seeing that side of her," he continued. "You can only be cheery and happy for so long. Emily certainly showed her other side that night."