Looks like a step in the right direction!

After weeks of The Bachelor's Brad Womack wondering if he'll ever get to meet single mom Emily Maynard's little girl, the pair finally come face-to-face on Monday's episode -- and UsMagazine.com has a sneak peek.

"I cannot wait to see Emily today," Womack, 38, enthuses in the above preview clip, as he arrives in her Charlotte, N.C. stomping grounds. "I'm hoping and praying I have the chance to at least meet her daughter. I very well could be little Ricki's stepfather." (Ricki's father is Maynard's deceased race-car driver fiance, Ricky Hendrick, who was killed in a 2004 plane crash.)

Maynard is cautiously optimistic of the pair's first meeting. "If Brad and Ricki don't mesh, it would be just like Brad and I not meshing," Maynard, 24, says.

While her mom relishes in having Womack visit her hometown, Maynard's 5-year-old girl seems less excited.

"She's mommy's girl," Maynard says as her shy daughter hides when Womack tries multiple times to introduce himself.

Watch Womack's meeting with little Ricki in the clip above and see the rest of his hometown dates with Maynard, Chantal O'Brien, Ashley Hebert and Shawntel Newton when The Bachelor airs Monday at 8 p.m. (EST) on ABC.

By Allison Corneau for UsMagazine.com. For more Channel Surfing, click here.