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