It’s hometown week on The Bachelor! It’s simultaneously one of the most entertaining and boring weeks in the run of each season of the show (depending on the families). And this season we had a little of both.
Here we are again. Chatting about The Bachelor. As you do. I apologize for being a couple days late with this recap. As you’ll see when you read through—I had some writer’s block this week. (Yes, it’s a thing that can happen with blog posts, too, don’t knock it!)
The first thing that had to happen this week was a wrap-up of last week, because we were left at the point where Nick sent Kristina home and no one else knew what was going on. So we start off back in Bimini, where Corinne is freaking the freak out. She thinks she’s going home. And I mean… I thought so too. I kind of hoped it (that sounds harsh, but I just can’t with her anymore). But alas—the four remaining ladies are going to hometowns—Nick comes inside with a rose for each of them, even Raven, who got a rose on the group date. So, the hometown dates are:
- Raven, in Hoxie, Arkansas
- Rachel, in Dallas, Texas
- Corinne, in Miami, Florida
- Vanessa, in Montreal, Quebec
Let the games begin, as they say.
Hometown #1: Raven
Raven does not ride up on a pony to her hometown date. Oh no. She rides up on a 4-wheeler in a pink helmet, and Nick is waiting for her. It’s kind of cute, actually. They go muddin’ for a while, when climb up some grain silos (??), where they’re caught by the police and questioned. Except the police is Raven’s brother Weston, which is when I truly realized how small this town must be. They go back to the swamp (again… ??) and make out while lying in some truly nasty looking water.
Then they go home to meet Raven’s family.
And OF COURSE, they have to add some major drama to a normal family function by announcing that Raven’s dad is officially cancer-free on the show. So Raven cries and Nick gets to see a very private family moment that really isn’t appropriate for him to see. I was pretty turned off by that, actually. I wouldn’t want that announced in front of my new boyfriend—I’d want to be alone with my family. Anyway, they like Nick just fine. This was one of the boring ones.
Hometown #2: Rachel
Next, Nick heads to Dallas. He’s dressed super nice, and Rachel is dressed super nice, so I’m like, what in the world are they going to do in Dallas? Well, naturally, they’re going to church. I thought that would be weird, but it really isn’t—they handle it tactfully, and while Nick seems uncomfortable at first, he settles in before too long. They look happy, and like they’re having a good time. It was all a little ruined for me, knowing that Rachel is the new Bachelorette.
My favorite part about the date, though, was definitely the evening portion, where Nick fits right in with Rachel’s family, even when they’re asking tough questions. He meets them head on, and I really appreciated his answers, even if they weren’t the most tactful in wording. As a good family would do, they started asking Nick about race, and how it’s going to play a part in their relationship. They said that Nick likely hasn’t seen real racism before, and he wouldn’t until he was partners with a black person, even if they knew how solid they are. The world is a dangerous place. They even went so far as to kind of address the looming Tr*mp presidency, saying that these conversations are more important now than ever before. I was floored. I loved it. The Bachelor rarely gets this REAL.
And Nick, for his part, says the right things. He says that, while he and Rachel have talked about the fact that she’s black and he’s white, that’s not what he sees when he looks at her. He just sees her, and how gorgeous and smart and funny and wonderful she is. It’s all very smooth. I didn’t like how close he came to saying that he doesn’t see race, even if that’s not what he meant, but his intentions were good. It seemed like he won them over pretty well, in the end. I only wish that Rachel’s dad had been there. That would have been fun.
Hometown #3: Corinne
Nick’s third hometown date takes him to Miami, where he meets Corinne at the equivalent of Rodeo Drive, I guess? They go shopping, and this is potentially one of my favorite versions of Nick—the goofy, silly, fun-loving guy who is enjoying hanging out with a much-younger lady-friend. He tries on clothes he knows are ridiculous, and Corinne buys him a $3,000 outfit that makes him sweat just thinking about it.
It’s at this point that I stop enjoying the date. Because I strongly disliked Corinne’s family, but it’s probably not for the reason you think.
ALL THEY DO IS TALK ABOUT MONEY.
Remember how I said that I liked and appreciated Rachel’s family because their biggest concern was about racism? Yeah, nothing like that happened at Corinne’s house. Her dad pretty much only wanted to know whether Nick could support Corinne’s lifestyle, and if he couldn’t, if he’d step aside so she could make the money. Money is an important topic—I’m not trying to minimize it. But here’s where I was confused.
Was Corinne’s dad implying that only one of them could work because the other has to be at home? Is he not aware that some families have two incomes? Also, does his wife’s face even move anymore?
Important questions! Also yawn, I hated most of this date. The shining part was RAQUEL!! She appears to be a cute Philippino woman who genuinely loves Corinne, but also, appears to kind of be a slave to the family. Does she live there too? Does she have her own family? Does she ever go outside? Those questions don’t have clear answers. In any case, Nick leaves and I am so ready for it.
Hometown #4: Vanessa
What I wasn’t ready for was how much I’d hate Vanessa’s hometown. I cringed through most of it, tbh.
First, we go to Vanessa’s school and meet her students, which was really cute. But I saw my first red flag here—she has a home base in Montreal. Would Nick move to Montreal? Would she move to LA? What’s going to happen there? She was the only hometown where I actually thought about this, but it was pretty clear that it was on the minds of Vanessa’s family, too.
After the school, they go to Vanessa’s mom’s house. Her grandparents and half of Montreal seem to be there, speaking Italian and accented English and it was blended and amazing. I think Nick was tired of the same questions over and over, though, because it just didn’t… go very well? I’m not sure what to think. And then they had to go to Vanessa’s dad’s house, and that really didn’t seem to go very well. I got a very weird vibe from the whole hometown. Here’s the thing about this show, though—it could be a red herring. We’ll have to see!
Speaking of red herrings—I actually thought we might get a rose ceremony this week! But of course, something else happened, because GOOD GRIEF. A pretty lady shows up at Nick’s hotel room door, we cut to commercial, then we come back and see… Andi. Andi Dorfman. Because, of course. And then we fade to black. OF COURSE.
Here’s the thing about these hometown dates—not a lot of humor or crazy. So I think I’m going to choose my funniest moment based on how relatable Nick was. So I’m obviously choosing his reaction to how much his outfit cost that Corinne bought for him. Because that was the most relatable thing on this whole dang show.
Aside from the stupidity of the price of the clothes Corinne was buying, I think the stupidest moment on this episode was Andi showing up. Why? WHY?? I just… Ugh, I just want a rose ceremony and some normalcy. Is that too much to ask? And Andi, come on, be a lawyer again or something, because writing isn’t your bag, gurl. (PSA: While her book is super interesting, content-wise, the writing is SO BAD.)
This is the section I dreaded writing, the section that made me put off writing and publishing this recap until FRIDAY BECAUSE I’M THE WORST. Because I want my favorite person to be the one to end up with Nick—that’s why I watch this show, of course!
But she won’t. She can’t.
Because my favorite person is Rachel. UGH. Why did they announce the Bachelorette so early???
These last several weeks, I’ve wanted to root for Vanessa again. But I just… I can’t. She’s coming off as really whiny when she’s in the interviews, and her hometown left a bad taste in my mouth. But she’s the most likely winner, I think. Raven and Corinne are just too young, in the long run. I want it to be Rachel so badly, but it’s not. Again… UGH.
Enemy of the State
Not applicable this week, since the women didn’t interact with each other at all.
Also not applicable this week, because ABC IS THE WORST. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO US?? We better get some killer episodes coming up or I’m done.
… Oh, who am I kidding, I’m never going to be done with this show. I can’t quit you, Bachelor franchise. I just can’t.
The Bachelor airs on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.