What You Missed On The Bachelorette: Week 7

Hometowns. Interesting family dynamics. Discussions about commitment. That’s what happened this week, and we’re going to go straight into it.

Eric

We kick off Hometowns by heading to Baltimore, Maryland, where Eric is waiting for our girl Rachel. They meet in the city center, but he takes her to his neighborhood where they shoot some hoops in his favorite basketball court.

Enter Eric’s friend, Ralph. This man has all good things to say about Eric. He talks about how smart and inspirational Eric is, and though it was probably staged, it was a nice little moment.

Next, we actually meet Eric’s family, and they all seem so nice! They literally cheered when he walked into the door! It was the first time he brought a girl home, and his family was all about it. They discussed how Eric was opening himself up to love and even the difficulties Rachel was facing from being the first black Bachelorette. Even if these conversations were staged, they all seemed very genuine to me!

This hometown ends well, and Rachel heads off to her next destination: Miami!

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Bryan

Ugh, Bryan.

We get to Miami and Bryan takes Rachel down Calle Ocho before bringing her back to his home. This is a pretty interesting dynamic because we previously heard that Bryan’s mom basically ran off his last girlfriend.

Mom basically tells Rachel that she would be marrying the family as well as Bryan. She also says that Bryan is the light of her world, and if Rachel doesn’t make him happy, she’ll kill her. No pressure, Rachel!

Enter my own mom, stage right: “If you’re ever a contestant on The Bachelor, don’t expect me to get all emotional like that. I love you and I want the best for you, but I’m not crying on TV.”

Thanks, Mom!

Peter

Next stop: Madison, Wisconsin!

Before meeting the family, Peter takes Rachel to meet some of his friends at a bar. They seem like nice people, so that’s cool. I kind of spaced out during this because even though he’s super genuine, Peter just bores me to death. I did catch this quote from one of his friends, though: “Don’t be afraid of the future.” I’m pretty sure this was in regards to his commitment issues/unsureness of wanting to propose right away if he won.

Next, we head to Peter’s house and get introduced to his family. We find out that he is GREAT with his sister’s kids and Rachel is all about that. However, after Rachel talks to his mom, she hears that he might not be ready for an engagement, but he would definitely be committed to her. Rachel’s kind of unsure about this, and I know she just wants to get married, but I think anyone else in her position would be ecstatic to hear that Peter would be committed to them.

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Dean

Oh, Dean, Rachel’s “beautiful surprise,” how my heart ached for you this episode.

We meet this beautiful boy in his hometown of Aspen, Colorado, and we all knew we were in for a very difficult situation to watch. The date starts off well with a little spin on some four wheelers. After, it’s revealed that Dean hasn’t talked to his dad in 2 years. Rachel doesn’t quite understand why, but I think Dean is 100% right when he says it isn’t solely his responsibility to keep up his relationship with his dad.

Speaking of Dean’s dad, let’s fast forward to meeting the family. They walk in, and we see Dean’s dad, his dad’s wife, and his siblings. Dean’s dad plays something on the gong and presents him and Rachel with some flowers. Honestly, this was kind of touching and I started thinking that this wouldn’t be so bad after all.

Yikes, was I wrong. Dean and his dad go back and forth talking about the feelings they had after Dean’s mom died. What Dean needed during this time was a maternal figure, and his dad just didn’t give him that.

After the heartbreaking conversation with his dad, Dean says he’s falling in LOVE with Rachel, and she says it back. I cling to this exchange in words, in hopes that he will remain on the show.

Rose ceremony

I feel for Rachel, I really do. She has 4 guys she has immense feelings for, but she can only move forward with 3. Bryan and Eric get the first two roses, but that was pretty obvious. The final rose was either going to Peter or Dean.

Rachel was concerned about Peter because she wasn’t sure he would be ready to 100% commit.

Rachel was concerned about Dean because of his youth & probably the family dynamic.

In the end, Peter was given the rose, and I was straight up DISTRAUGHT. Even after all the heartbreaking footage of his hometown, he was kicked off. ABC completely exploited the first conversation Dean had with his dad in 2 years just to get ratings. This Buzzfeed article explains my feelings pretty well.

Next time

The previews for next week’s Bachelorette show that they go to Spain! Will Spain be “the perfect place to fall in love”? What events will unfold there? Will there ever be justice for Dean? I guess we’ll find out next week!

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42 Replies to “What You Missed On The Bachelorette: Week 7”

  1. I have never watched this show! I always see the memes and such on Twitter but this sounds good! I totally should start watching it

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    1. Haha you should!

  2. I have never been able to get into the Bachelor/Bachelorette Franchises. M y college roommate loves it though!
    with southern grace,
    Lindsey
    http://www.withsoutherngrace.blogspot.com

    1. Haha a lot of people can’t and that’s okay!

  3. I was SO heartbroken for Dean!! His situation should have been something done in private and I agree that ABC definitely exploited that for views. I’m personally rooting for Bryan or Peter (because for some reason Eric gives me the creeps). I think Peter would be great despite his supposed commitment issues! Excited to see the next episode!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

    1. I prefer Peter out of the guys left! I am too!

  4. Becca Michelle says: Reply

    I love Dean so much, after everything he went through. It broke my heart that he left and he had to have these conversations with millions of people watching them.

  5. I haven’t sat down and watched The Bachelorette in foreve,r but I love following along anyway! I feel like Rachel is such a cool girl.

  6. Ugh this episode had so much to talk about. Bryan’s mom was so intense. Like RUN RACHEL.
    I don’t understand why Rachel wants a proposal at the end. It’s such a short and intense time period to meet someone and fall in love. It seems like marriage at the end of it is a bit hasty.
    And Dean…poor sweet Dean. That was awful. Nothing else to say about it.
    Oh, how does someone “play” the gong? It’s literally just hitting it. Like a big flat version of a triangle. lol

    1. Haha I totally agree with all of that!

  7. I really don’t think ABC exploited deans conversation at all! We know from past seasons that people can choose to have them not meet the family, he made the choice and I think he did it because he was hoping that his dad would do the right thing on national television. There’s no way anyone knew that would play out how it did!

    1. Yeah, I still think they shouldn’t have showed as much of it/made a huge deal out of it!

  8. I’ve never watched this show, but I always get so caught up in the reviews. I really think I should have been watching this show the whole time!

    1. Haha that’s actually why I got into it! I read a few reviews and was like “okay i need this show in my life”

  9. Sad about Dean 🙁

  10. Definitely a difficult conversation with Dean and his dad and it was so sad to watch.

    1. It really was!

  11. Ugh I feel so bad for Dean! I definitely don’t like the way all of that was handled!

    1. Same! So sad!

  12. Ohhhh, spain is going to be an interesting location to find love haha

    1. Totally agree!

  13. This episode had so much drama. Bryan’s mom was interesting….that would totally make me rethink pursuing something with that man

    1. Haha so true!

  14. I don’t watch the show, but feel like I do with all these recaps I get through – I love reading them! And too funny about your mom’s comment haha!

    1. Haha thanks Cameron!

  15. This show makes the best memes!

    1. It really does!

  16. I don’t watch the show so I don’t really know what’s going on but I do like reading these reviews 😛

    1. Haha thanks for reading!

  17. Poor Dean! He seems like such a good guy. I heard that they filmed some scenes with his friends but those scenes got cut from the episode. I wish that we could have seen Dean and Rachel in that environment – with his friends – rather than the show having so much focus on his dad. Great recap! Can’t wait to watch the next few episodes and see who Rachel ends up with.

    1. Ugh really?? I wish they would’ve shown those scenes!

  18. Eeeeek I am still trying to catch up on the bachelorette! I think I am an episode behind this one currently.

    1. Oooh girl you need to catch up on the drama!

  19. I still don’t watch the Bachelorette! But I do hear some updates weekly on the radio show I listen to in the morning 🙂

    1. Eh, that’s all you really need!

  20. I am not really into these shows BUT I feel like I’m getting the shortened version and still in the know. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Haha thanks for reading!

  21. I don’t really watch the Bachelorette but hearing about Dean and seeing that he was so obviously used for ratings just breaks my heart.

    1. Ughh same! He’s still my favorite!

  22. I’ve heard great things about this season. I usually always watch, but for some reason I skipped this one.

    1. eh, they’re all pretty similar i think!

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