And, then there were 4! We’re breaking down the hometown dates episode of ‘The Bachelorette’! Some men even dropped the ‘L’ word! Get ready for tears, dark family pasts and more!
The hometown dates are finally here! This week, Rachel had to make her toughest decision yet; to narrow it down to just three men. As you know, we had Eric, Bryan, Peter and Dean left, fighting for Rachel’s heart. After four extremely different and eventful hometown visits, the “L” word was thrown around, old family rifts were resurrected, a mother joked that she was going to “kill” Rachel, and SO much more! Let’s talk, hometown dates.
Eric — So, Rachel went to Eric’s hometown of Baltimore. She met his best friends, they played basketball and they loved her. Then, Rachel met the family and it went very well; everyone was extremely welcoming. But, his hometown was slightly uneventful; the chemistry was there, but, there was something missing with Eric. And, he was the only contestant who didn’t bring up the word, “love” to Rachel at this point in the game. Next!
Bryan — Rachel traveled to Miami to meet his family, but not after he showed her around town first. He took her everywhere — they danced, ate traditional food and played games; and Rachel was completely smitten with him. So, who did Rachel meet? — Bryan’s father, Joe, mother, Olga, and a few other family members. And, as you may know, Bryan is very close with this mother. There was a lot of pressure on Rachel, because Bryan’s last girlfriend didn’t get along with his mother. During the visit, he told his mother that Rachel was “the one.” When it was finally time for Olga to chat with Rachel, she said that she wanted to see Bryan happy, and if not, she joked with Rachel that she would “kill” her. Yes, that happened. Olga also referred to Bryan as the love of her life. But, Olga ended up liking Rachel. AND, Bryan told Rachel he loved her! Although Rachel didn’t say it back, you could tell that she felt very good about Bryan’s confession.
Peter — FINALLY! Rachel traveled to Wisconsin to meet Peter’s family. At this point, Rachel and Peter haven’t seen each other since their one on one in Geneva. And, as excited Rachel was, she was nervous that he’s not ready for a long term commitment. Remember, last week, when he said that if he wasn’t ready for a proposal, he wasn’t going to get down on one knee? The day started off with Peter taking Rachel to the farmers market. Then, they hung out with his friends, where Peter told his guy friends [in private] that he was really nervous of the unknown with Rachel. Then, Rachel went to meet Peter’s family — his mother Lynn, father Gary, brother David and his wife Brooke, and their two small children. Things went so well, but Rachel’s hesitation was still there. Bottom line, she doesn’t want a boyfriend after this; she wants a husband. The real bombshell came at the end — Lynn told her that Peter is emotionally ready for a commitment, but he might not necessarily want to propose right away. Uh oh.
Dean — Although Dean hasn’t seen his father in two years, he and Rachel traveled to his native, Colorado. As you may know, he told Rachel what his family dynamic was like last week… When he was 15-years-old, his mother passed away and it broke up his family. His mother’s death caused him to become estranged from his family, especially his father. And, Dean admitted that his father never tried to have a relationship with him after his mother’s death, which has torn him up inside for years.
It was time to meet the family. And, Rachel was the first girl to ever meet Dean’s entire family under one roof, he said. No pressure. She met, Dean’s father, his brothers Brad and Ross, Brad’s girlfriend Ashley and his sister Skye. Dean’s father practices the religion, Sikhism, which preaches a message of remembrance and devotion to God, truthful living, social justices, and equality of mankind. Although Dean was nervous and a bit uncomfortable, Rachel was very open to embracing his father’s way of life. The entire night was extremely emotional because Dean’s been through so much in his life. What was puzzling was that the night was focused on him trying to talk about the past with his father, instead of letting Rachel and his family get to know one another. It was just an emotional time all around. Luckily, Rachel and Dean had a sweet moment at the end, where Dean told Rachel that he was falling in love with her, and she felt the same!
Rose Ceremony — Rachel got extremely choked up at the rose ceremony. She said this was the hardest week of the entire season. Before she even handed out the roses, she gave the “person” she was sending home the longest, emotional apology. And, here we go. First rose, Bryan. But, come on, we knew that. Second rose, Eric. Ok — Now, that was a bit of a shock. We know what you’re thinking — “Is Peter seriously going home?” Calm down, it’s not over just yet. Third rose, Peter. PHEW. But, wait. Dean? — Say it ain’t so? Yes, she sent Dean home. We’re feeling all of the feels right now, especially confusion.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Rachel should’ve sent Dean home?