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1. THE FIRST IMPRESSION
Here comes the bride? Lindsay made sure of it, greeting Bachelor Sean Lowe in a wedding dress. "She wasn't afraid to put herself out there," Sean wrote in his blog at the time. "Lindsay was someone I wouldn't forget." But when he was asked to sum up his first impressions of the 25 women in one word, it was Catherine whom he called "sexy."
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2. LEADERS EMERGE
Both women prove to be group-date standouts – one for her humor, the other for a "passionate" kiss. On the Harlequin group date (below), Catherine impressed him with her humor: "She slipped me a note that said she's vegan but loves the beef, implying that I'm a beefcake," Sean wrote in his blog. "I definitely knew I wanted to spend more time with Catherine." After a sporty beach group date (above) the next week, Sean gave a rose to Lindsay for opening up. "She told me how badly she wants to love ... and how she wants to find someone to share life with. I was blown away!" he wrote. "We ended with a very passionate kiss, which lingered in my mind for a longtime after."
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3. FEELING MORE 'RIGHT'
Lindsay's first one-on-one date in Montana singled her out as a frontrunner. "We both felt so comfortable around each other and being together just felt right," Sean blogged. His first one-on-one date with Catherine restored his hope after a rocky end to his time in Montana. "She seemed like someone who truly fit the 'best friend' description I had been searching for," he wrote. "The night ended with kisses in the falling snow and I didn't want to say goodnight."
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4. MEETING THE PARENTS
In Seattle, Catherine's family was "cause for concern," Sean said, because her sisters implied she had dreams of a career and may not be ready to settle down. "I left Seattle knowing that I had a desire to be with Catherine, but just wasn't sure if our lives aligned," he wrote. Meanwhile, Sean felt at home with Lindsay's family in Missouri. "I was amazed at how well I fit in," he wrote. "They were so similar to my family and I felt so comfortable in their home. The girl in the wedding dress was now a clear frontrunner who had stolen my heart."
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5. SLEEPOVER TIME
Both women accepted Sean's invitation to stay the night with him in the fantasy suites in Thailand on their overnight dates. "Everything about my time with Lindsay felt right and I knew I was starting to fall in love with her," he wrote. "Hearing her tell me she loved me solidified what I saw in her eyes every time she looked at me." And Catherine made a similar impression on Sean: "I woke up and realized that I couldn't get enough of Catherine," he said of anticipating his overnight date with her. "I was always so happy around her and I think despite our different lifestyles, we were actually a really good fit together … I knew I was falling in love with Catherine."
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6. WHO'S RIGHT FOR SEAN?
It's a close race! PEOPLE.com readers are almost evenly split on which woman is best for Sean. Tell us if you think Lindsay, the 24-year-old substitute teacher, or Catherine, the 26-year-old graphic designer, will get the final rose on the finale of The Bachelor.
Neither will get a rose
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