“I’m all out of faith, this is how I feel. I’m cold and I am shamed, lying naked on the floor. Illusion never changed into something real. Wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn. You’re a little late. I’m already torn.” Natalie Imbruglia, Torn
Hello everyone. Welcome to this week’s recap of what would normally be the overnight dates, but this time, was a bit of a hybrid of “meet the Lindsays” (minus papa Lindsay, of course, cause he’s a judge and he doesn’t play that fake TV bullshit) plus one and a half fantasy suite dates. Confused yet? Don’t worry. We all were. I’m guessing the reasons for switching up the order of things all season long will make sense in two weeks when we get to the finale, but until then, let’s just talk about what we saw this week, shall we?
This week, instead of straight-up fantasy suite overnights like we are used to seeing, Rachel threw us a curveball and had the men come to Dallas to meet her family before they flew off to an exotic location to spend some romantic time together. Her sister, Constance, is 37 weeks pregnant and unable to travel, so Rachel needed the men to come to her family home to meet everyone. Apparently, Constance is at that point in her pregnancy where she is also unable to fake whether or not she likes any of these guys, and having once been that pregnant myself, I have to say, I get it. Constance is a breath of fresh with every eye roll and every direct, hard-hitting question. She isn’t here to play, and I personally loved every second of it. Her husband, on the other hand, piped in at the most inopportune moments and said nothing of value in any of these conversations, but more on that later. Peter is up first to meet the family. Rachel and Peter go pick out gifts for her nephew Alistair and his baby brother, who’s due to arrive any day now. Peter remarks that he needs to step up in terms of showing Rach how he feels, because he thinks he was almost sent home last week. He tells her that he didn’t express himself properly at his home town date, and that he is falling for her. Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Eric and Bryan awkwardly gossip about how Peter has made it clear that he might not propose at the end. I mean, I get that it’s the point of the show, but am I the only one who thinks Peter may be the only smart one in the bunch? Getting engaged after a few weeks is bananas and often doesn’t work out, so his strategy of just getting to know one another and see how it goes makes a lot more sense. But Rachel has been very clear that she doesn’t want to go home with just another boyfriend, so there’s that.
Anyway, at Casa Lindsay, we find out that Peter’s parents got engaged after a month and have been married for 36 years. Rachel’s sis seems skeptical and Peter seems to pick up on this, as this is the most awkward I’ve ever seen him. Rachel and her sister go talk, and Constance’s husband (no idea what his name is, but again, the producers seem to really want us to notice that he, too, is white) says to Peter, “You know, she’s not perfect.” Come on, bro-in-law- he’s already lukewarm on a proposal. Throw Rach a bone, here. Peter answers like a champ, though, and says that he has yet to see a red flag. When Peter talks to Rachel’s mom, he admits that he’s not sure about a proposal at the end and therefore, doesn’t feel like it’s right to ask for her permission to marry her daughter. I feel like Mama Lindsay gets it, cause she seems to respect him for it. She tells him to just be honest with Rachel and not play with her heart. Peter charms everyone in her family, particularly little Alistair (who is ADORABLE) and Rachel’s cousin, whose name I don’t remember. Proposal or not, I still think he’s her soulmate and will be really sad if she doesn’t pick him. That said, if she doesn’t choose him in the end, I believe her loss will be our gain- Bachelor Peter, all the way. Continue reading Meet the Parents- A Bachelorette Recap for Rachel’s Season, Episode 8