A flood of tears, a first glimpse of Iowa, and we finished a Sunday/Monday two part special Monday night with two rose ceremonies and Hometown dates!!
1st Rose Ceremony: Britt had a meltdown, pulled Chris aside and he sent her home. But not before he threw Carly under the bus. Here’s a tip: don’t tell Chris things you don’t want him to tell the other ladies. Because he’ll do it. He just doesn’t know how to slyly bring up those topics of conversation. Chris told Britt Carly said Britt didn’t like Arlington. Britt made a dramatic crying exit. Then they finished out the rose ceremony and Chris sent Carly home crying in the limo, asking why no one loved her. Because you broke the cardinal rule, Carly, of not talking about the other ladies.
Who made it to Hometowns! Becca, Whitney, Jade, and Kaitlyn (more detail to follow in a later post)
2nd Rose Ceremony: After hometown dates, Chris sent playboy model Jade home.
Who got kicked off: And Megan’s been gone for awhile, kicked off at the beginning of Sunday’s episode, probably chilling and sunning herself outside of the US in New Mexico.
There are three ladies left!! Whitney, Becca, and Kaitlyn. And you know what that means, Bachelor Fans! It’s time for Fantasy Suite dates. Becca still hasn’t told him she’s a virgin, Kaitlyn still has a wall up, and Whitney’s still out there making babies. Which one of these ladies is going home and which two are going to meet the ‘rents?
One thing we have learned this season: if you want to go on The Bachelor you need to start your scarf collection NOW. Even Nick’s sister got the memo. Scarves are in.
Who got kicked off: Marcus our aviator man was sent home, which means Josh, Nick, and Chris are headed for Fantasy Suite dates.
Nick – Software Salesman
Nick wanted to show Andi around his hometown where he grew up. He took her to the Lakefront Brewery, and did a little polka dancing. Nick has a very large family. They each had their own photo framed on the wall. They took up two walls. I liked Andi’s talk with one of his many sisters. Nick’s sister asked if he could “unapologetically” be himself around her. She was looking out for her baby brother, because apparently Nick has been engaged before and experienced heartbreak. Nick admitted to his mom he was falling in love with Andi and that he thinks he’s Andi’s favorite. Andi also talked to Bella, Nick’s youngest sister (maybe 10-years-old?). In any case Andi told Bella she loved the mental connection she had with Nick and Bella tried unsuccessfully to pass that information on to Nick. Bella did tell Nick that Andi said she loved him or liked him, which I’m pretty sure Andi just said she thought Nick was amazing, so don’t trust your 10-year-old spy to get valuable inside intelligence. It just doesn’t pan out.
Andi explored the farmland of Iowa with Farmer Chris. Farmer Chris took her on a tractor ride where Andi got a first row seat to plowing the field. She sat on his lap and drove the tractor. While they were sitting in the fields a plane flew by with a banner that read: “Chris loves Andi.” Chris’ mom talked to Andi about her personal experience of going from the city life to the farm life and it put Andi’s mind at ease. Despite what the previews would have you believe, Farmer Chris does not think Andi would be a housewife. Rather he suggested that she could look for work within law in Arlington. The fam and Andi played Sardines (which if you’ve never played this growing up you should definitely gather all of your grown friends and force them into merriment because it is one of my favorite games. It’s like hide-and-go-seek, but better). Farmer Chris went to hide. Andi found him first. What a shocker. Must be difficult to find a man lit up like Christmas by television cameras. They shared in a passionate kiss until Farmer Chris’ fam broke up the party.
Cute Quote of the Night goes to Chris. When he said good-bye to Andi and she hopped into the SUV, he poked his head inside and gave instructions to the driver: “So driver, when you leave, then turn around and come back. Got it?”
josh – Former Pro Baseball Player
Josh took Andi to play a little game of baseball before taking her home to meet his family. Josh said he hadn’t been on the field in 7 years. He told Andi he stopped playing ball because he realized what was important in life. Josh’s family is big on sports. Josh’s younger brother, Aaron, was getting ready to be drafted by the NFL, so naturally that took up a lot of dinner conversation. After dinner, Andi chatted with each of the different family members. Almost everyone brought up the idea of compromise, of making time to watch Aaron’s football games even if Andi and Josh started a life of their own. They’re a close family and like to spend time together. Josh’s mom told Andi that she could tell Josh was in love with Andi. I’m sure it was the reassurance Andi needed. Fun/weird fact: Josh’s mom looks surprisingly like Andi in 30 years. At the end of the date they all played football in the backyard.
Marcus – Aviator man
Dark horse Marcus, who hasn’t said two words all season, prefaced Andi’s date with “We’re going to spend a day in my life.” Then he proceeded to strip. It was awesome for the shock value alone. He recreated their first date, which involved him performing a solo strip tease in an aviator costume. This time Andi had a private show. After that Andi met his family. There are just so many things wrong with all of what I just wrote, but we’re going to press on. Marcus’ family was welcoming. It seemed to go well. Sometimes I tune out when Marcus comes on screen and they may have happened with his family. He told Andi he loved her.
Bonus Commentary: The best part about this episode was that as I was watching we had storm warnings here on the East Coast pop up on the screen, and bursts of beep, beep, beep would happen. It always seemed to happen right when Andi was being introduced to the men’s families, which was awesome. Are they cursing? Are they not? Which one of Nick’s bajillion sisters just swore? Or was that Andi? It was just like Jimmy Kimmel’s Unnecessary Censorship bits. Really spiced things up.
Before the Rose Ceremony
Before the rose ceremony, things took a somber turn. This was the moment the group found out that Eric Hill had been killed in a paragliding accident. It was incredibly sad. Chris Harrison called everyone together, sat them down, and broke the news. You could feel the raw emotion and gravity of the news weighing heavy on everyone, cast and crew. Marcus took a moment outside. Andi followed. When they returned, the film crew put down their cameras and everyone went around to console each other. The Twittersphere lit up with #livelikeeric.
The rose ceremony took place a short 24 hours following the news. Emotions were still high. As Andi was about to hand out the roses, she began to cry and walked out of the room. She told Chris how she could picture where Eric had stood and it was just all so difficult. After composing herself, Andi made it through the rose ceremony. In what was a surprise turn of events, Marcus was sent home and Farmer Chris was kept around. I had Josh and Nick pegged as the final two, but Chris snuck in there. I guess that’s what I get for calling Marcus the dark horse. I doomed him.
Rough night for Marcus. He lost a friend and his girl in one fell swoop. Andi told him he had done nothing wrong, and that she didn’t want to keep him longer knowing he was in love with her when she just wasn’t quite there. Next week are Fantasy Suite dates.
Part one of this week’s two-day Bachelor event is complete. This week was hometowns! And bonus, tomorrow is a two-hour special (8|7 c) of what is about to go wrong with the fantasy suite dates.
Who got kicked off: Single mom Renee was sent home this week after hometown dates.
Obviously, Juan Pablo picked these four ladies for the alliteration value alone that they provide. This is just all too convenient.
Negative Nurse Nikki
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
The pair went on a cowboy-esque date, meaning they ate BBQ and rode a mechanical bull. Then Juan Pabs got to meet the fam. Nikki’s family was super friendly and open, and Nikki told her fam she was falling in love with him.
Andi the Attorney from Atlanta
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Andi took him to an indoor gun range. Turns out Andi’s a pretty good shot. Juan Pabs not so much. Although, he does have Andi beat in the dancing department. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but dancing requires movement. Andi is not good at dancing, like legitimately not great, as evidenced by the dancing they tried to show Andi’s parents after dinner.
Fun Fact: Andi’s parents met and 6 months later got engaged, then 6 months after that were married. They’ve been married for 30 years.
Andi’s dad to Juan Pablo after Juan Pabs asked for his blessing “if” he chose Andi: “The person who is going to marry my daughter is going to come to me and say there is no other person in the world for me.” Go dad! Juan Pablo didn’t seem too affected by it.
Renee the Real Estate Agent
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Juan Pablo met her son Ben and watched him play his little league baseball game. Renee told her family that she was in love with him, but didn’t have a chance to tell that to Juan Pablo. Probably for the best.
Clare from Cali
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Clare has a big family of ladies. She is the youngest of 6 sisters, and as you’ll remember her dad passed away, because that’s all she talks about. Dinner went well, in that Juan Pablo handled himself among all of the ladies. Granted, these past few weeks have probably helped prepare him.
Fantasy Suite dates are next!! And we don’t have to wait a whole week. They’re traveling to St. Lucia and sh*ts about to go down. An article in US Weekly wouldn’t reveal which lady, but reported one of the final three ladies slept with Juan Pablo, and all he could talk about was the other ladies’ dates and himself. The preview of the episode shows everyone in tears. And Chris Harrison reported onPEOPLE Magazine there were some “ugly cries” and a “rockier road to the final episode” than in seasons past. Chris Harrison also hinted that at this point it’s usually the bachelor trying to figure out who best fits in their lifestyle, which implies this ending might not be how Juan Pabs pictured it.
Chris Harrison: “I think he has a tough time letting go, really opening up and giving himself to this process. Yes, it is a television show, and we are creating something entertaining, but it works. You have to believe. Juan Pablo has had a really tough time with that and the women have felt that.”
Hometown dates! In a major turn of events, nothing happened. As expected every family loved Des and gave their sons their blessings to take her hand in marriage. And this season continues down the road of perfection to snoozeville. Where is the drama? Isn’t this The Bachelorette? The only inkling to some type of shocker is that Des is sobbing saying she wants to go home in the upcoming episodes.
Fun Fact: All of the bachelors have said “I love you” to Des, except for Brooks. And Brooks is the only bachelor Des has said she loves (twice actually – one time to Chris Harrison and then again on the Hometown dates this week in a side interview).
Who got kicked off:Zak W. After professing his love and giving Des a promise ring, his heart was crushed. Des gave the ring back and Zak unceremoniously tossed it out of the limo as the limo so kindly pulled over to the side of the road.
Salt Lake City, UT – Des surprised Brooks with a list of all the moments she loved in their relationship thus far, because Brooks has been hesitant about this process of finding love. Brooks took Des out on the water in a canoe, which he promptly got water in. Des met a whole slew of people. I lost count. What was cute, was that they all wore nametags for her. Thoughtful…and necessary. They were a lively bunch.
McMinnville, OR – Flashback to Allie and Roberto’s hometown date and you’re pretty much set. Balls, bats, gloves. Check. Cheesy (and not gonna lie adorable!) chalkboard eye black stickers. Check. Fun Corny Fact: Chris wrote “heart Chris” under Des’ eye black stickers “because [her] eyes were up here.” Get it? Eye…heart…Chris. Oh Chris, still so punny. Chris used to play professional baseball so he took Des to the field he grew up playing on and they played a little catch and did some batting practice. Des is pretty sporty and held her own. When meeting the fam it got a little weird. Chris’ dad is a chiropractor so he gave Des an adjustment after he found out she tweaked her back on one of the dates.
Phoenix, AZ – Drew’s family is pretty much the poster family for perseverance. Drew’s Dad overcame alcoholism. His parents are divorced, and Drew has a severely mentally handicapped sister, who you can tell he just adores. They were warm and welcoming and made Des and Drew play a dating game where they have to guess how the other person would answer a question (i.e. Does Drew prefer pancakes or waffles?). Sidenote: Oh man, I just realized how cute Des and Drew sounds. DD. Double D. Double D’s. Dunkin Donuts. If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is.
Dallas, TX – First and foremost, Zak’s family is awesome. My kind of people. They are just a bundle of enthusiasm…on crack…times ten. Or in the words of Des: “Picture the best date you’ve ever had, times it by then, and then live in it.” They are just living in a fantasical place. Or maybe it’s the sugar. Zak’s family owns a snow cone truck. Des said, “A future with Zak would be something new every single day.” Then out comes the snow cone truck. Followed by a flock of teeny tiny little kids who immediately swarmed it. Followed by Zak in a penguin suit. During the hometown date, Zak gave Des a promise ring, but I’m talking wedding ring status. If that’s a promise ring I want know what he thinks a wedding ring looks like because that sucker was huge.
Tweet of the night: Goes to @MonikaZinnn for her spot on assessment of The Bachelorette audition requirements. This tweet was from the last episode, but c’est la vie.
So basically all of the guys are perfect and have perfect families and love Des. Splendid. Am I the only one who’s finding this season to be a little on the snoozefest side? Is there hope for more drama in The Men Tell All? Am I just being a bitter betty?
Next week is hometown dates already! I can’t believe how fast that came up. The four lucky ladies below will be taking Sean home to meet the ‘rents.
Thank the good Lord above for Sean’s sister (or the producers that flew her in to give Sean some much-needed advice.) His sister warned Sean from the beginning to be wary of the girl that didn’t get along with the other girls (ahem, Tierra). And he finally listened to his family and sent Tierra packing. Although things could have been different had he not walked in on Tierra all waterworks because she had just gotten into a drama-filled argument with AshLee. Doesn’t matter. Tierra is finally out. Sean, I’m proud of you for actually taking your sister’s advice instead of listening to that picker that always gets the men on these seasons in trouble.
Who got kicked off: Lesley was also among the missing. Sean said his relationship with her just wasn’t moving as quickly as his relationships with the other ladies. Bit of a shocker, but I guess it was a little more one-sided than I had originally thought.
Break out the Kleenex and that extra bottle of wine or pitchforks because Ben sent Kacie B. home last night. “What the __ just happened?” I think was the communal sentiment around the “Bachelor Nation” (as Chris Harrison has christened us). I was not expecting fan favorite, Kacie B., to leave so soon. Too bad she can’t be next season’s Bachelorette because they already gave that title to Emily Maynard.
Who Got Kicked Off:
Hometown Date Recaps:
Lindzi – Producers took us to Ocala, FL, Lindzi’s hometown first. Of course she rode in on a horse once again. The coolest part of this date though had to have been the chariot race. Yes, a chariot race. Ben and Lindzi vs Lindzi’s parents. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family that does chariot races in their spare time? Now I know why he’s kept Lindzi around this whole time. One weird thing was Lindzi kept introducing Ben as her boyfriend. I think she forgot about the minor detail that Ben is dating three other women. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t label him my boyfriend just yet.
Kacie B. – Next we traveled to Clarksville, TN and were forced to revisit high school as Kacie B. had a high school band play on the football field while she twirled a baton. What may have led to her departure though, is that her parents did not approve of Ben. Kacie’s mom was not comfortable having Kacie move to California and Kacie’s dad said he would not at this point give his consent to let Ben marry his daughter. They weren’t shy about hiding this from Ben either.
Nicki – In Nicki’s hometown of Fort Worth, TX, the pair tried on cowboy boots and hats. Now, I am all for the smoldering cowboy look but turns out it’s not for everyone. Ben falls into this small category of men. His hair in that cowboy hat was just all kinds of wrong. I feel I need to take a moment to address the Ben’s hair situation, seeing as there is even a Twitter handle dedicated to this unfortunate hair style: @BenFlajniksHair
Sidenote: Ben’s hair – I’m surprised I’ve managed to blog recaps while staying clear of hair jokes. I’m all for the unkempt look, but parting it down the middle and smoothing it down is just not sexy. Someone tweeted a picture of him next to Francine from Arthur and now I can’t get that image out of my mind every time I look at him. You’re welcome, Bachelor Fans.
Okay, back to Nicki. Nicki and Courtney threw out the big L word. And no, they didn’t even soften the blow by putting “falling” in front of it. Nope, they told him they were IN LOVE with him. Courtney even went so far as to stage a fake wedding ceremony. How long have they known him?! Too soon.
Courtney – Scottsdale, AZ – Alright, so Courtney. We finally got to meet her parents and her sister. Nothing crazy to report. They seemed relatively normal from the clips that were shown. The only thing off was Courtney planning a fake wedding complete with a minister, white dress, and rings. Not only that, she made Ben write his vows! If that didn’t scare him off, he must be in it for good. I’m going to have to go back and re-watch it because a whole slew of bachelor fans tweeted that the vows Courtney wrote were ripped off from Sex and the City.
Funny Tweet of the Night: If you want some entertaining commentary while you’re watching The Bachelor, I would suggest following @Possessionista on Twitter.
Fantasy Bachelor Predictions: I think I’m starting to lose my Bachelor cred with this whole trying to predict who’s going home thing. But has that ever stopped me before? In the words of Lindzi, if you fall off the horse you just have to get right back on it. With that in mind, I’m going to stick with my prediction that Nicki is going home, Lindzi and Courtney will be the final two, and Ben will choose Courtney.
For some reason, Francine – oops I mean Ben – and Courtney just make a very odd couple together. I think it’s meant to be.
Next week, Switzerland for some fantasy dates. Until next time, Bachelor Fans.