Clare Crawley fell for Dale Moss quickly on the season 16 premiere of The Bachelorette. “I knew it,” she said after their first meeting. “I definitely feel like I just met my husband. Oh my God. I’m shaking.” Clare was near tears as she processed the encounter, and Chris Harrison was admittedly stunned. “Wow,” he said. “You really just got hit.”
Clare attempted to explain her feelings, but was visibly still shaken up — in the best way — by meeting Dale. “Every other guy I felt confident with,” she explained. “But with Dale….everything else went dark around me. I don’t even know what I just said. Did I sound okay? Did I say anything at all!?” In a confessional, she added, “When Dale stepped out of the limo….it took my breath away.”
Inside the resort, Clare got to spend some one-on-one time with Dale. He expressed concern about her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and dementia. He also opened up about having a sister with underlying health conditions, and they bonded over the difficulties of not being able to come in contact with their loved ones during the coronavirus. “You get it!” Clare told him.
Dale continued to say all the right things during the conversation. “When you were announced as the Bachelorette, I was watching on TV, and you walked out onstage and just had this beautiful energy…like a real confidence,” he gushed. “You were so excited, but you knew you were exactly where you were meant to be. That’s something I felt. There’s so many things I can’t explain sometimes in words, but you just gotta feel [it].”