Meet the Parents- A Bachelorette Recap for Rachel’s Season, Episode 8

“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”

Everybody Hurts- A Bachelorette Recap for Rachel’s Season, Episode 7 (with a few brief thoughts on Episode 6)

“I’ll be your savior, steadfast and true. I’ll come to your emotional rescue.” The Rolling Stones- Emotional Rescue

Hello everyone. I know this recap is a day late (or, if we are being technical, a week and a day late) but I was on vacation last week. And, quite frankly, I kind of needed a little break after that “dramatic 4 hour event” a few weeks ago. I had every intention of posting while I was away, but if I’m being honest, the lure of the cold pool and the icy rosé overruled watching what was sure to be a throwaway episode, because there was absolutely no part of me that thought her top 4 weren’t already locked in 3-4 episodes ago. I mean, did any of you really think she was going to choose Creepy Doll Guy and Penguin Suit over the other men she’s been heavily making out with since the very beginning? Neither of those two ever even got a one-on-one or scored the group date rose. All I really took from the episode was a bit of foreshadowing that really played into the hometown dates, like Bryan’s claim that he may have some “mommy issues” or Dean’s “emotional baggage” that made him hesitant to bring Rachel to meet his family or Eric talking about his intense family issues or Peter’s uncharacteristic semi-racist comment that he’s never dated “a…black…one.” I’m going to chalk that up to him not realizing how it sounded because A) I don’t think he’s a racist and B) I still say he’s her soulmate. But I definitely did cringe a bit in that moment. And also, Peter is being pretty clear that he may not propose at the end of this, which I’m sure the producers are loving, so that when he actually does, it can seem “surprising.” But enough about last week’s episode. Let’s dive into the depressing soul suck that was the hometown dates.

We start with Eric, who brings Rachel home to Baltimore. They play a little basketball and meet up with one of Eric’s childhood friends, who tells her he’s never brought a girl home to meet his family. Eric grew up in a tough neighborhood and made himself a promise when he was young that he wasn’t going to follow in his family’s footsteps and go “on the streets” so he studied hard, got straight A’s (apparently the word “facade” never bested him on a spelling test prior to this show) and worked to get himself to a better place. I have to say, it’s the only time I’ve ever even slightly understood why she likes Eric, but I was a little scared to meet this supposedly crazy family, which I’m sure Rachel was, too. And then, just like that, we enter into a room full of people who seem… perfectly lovely. His mother, father, and aunt all came off well, and it kind of seemed like his parents were taking the opportunity to apologize to Eric for anything they may have done wrong when he was a kid. It was a nice moment for all of them and they seemed to really like Rachel a lot. Eric didn’t say he loved her, per se, but he did admit that he really cared about her, which she felt was a lot for him, so she seemed happy. Continue reading “Everybody Hurts- A Bachelorette Recap for Rachel’s Season, Episode 7 (with a few brief thoughts on Episode 6)”