I have so much to say about The Bachelorette! Because I was on vacation last week, (Look for my Naples travel blog coming later this week!) I did not blog about last week’s Bachelorette, but talk about an episode giving me the feels! So, I of course will need to discuss my utter heartbreak over Rachel getting rid of Dean and all the rest of the drama.
Let’s start by saying that even while I was on vacation, my girlfriends and I could not miss Hometown Week! We had pizza delivered and had our very own vacation viewing party, and needless to say as much as I love The Bachelorette, watching with your girlfriends makes it so much more fun!
I was totally confident in what men were going home in the next few weeks; Eric at hometowns, Dean at Fantasy Suite, Bryan last man standing. Well, that was all shot to hell now wasn’t it?! I thought the hometowns (besides Dean’s) were as to be expected. I think Bryan’s mom is a HUGE red flag in this relationship, that woman is never letting that man go! Both Eric’s and Peter’s families were sweet and normal…
And then poor Dean…Frankly, after this episode and him being eliminated, part of me wanted to give up on The Bachelorette for good. I am still really angry about how terribly he and his family were treated. Obviously, his relationship with his family is not wonderful, particularly with his father, and I feel like they were exploited. The producers thought that the father’s eccentricities on top of his strained relationship with Dean would be great TV, but it just turned my stomach that they were using a family’s heartbreak as a ploy. Their issues are deep rooted and to subject them to all of that and then for Rachel to eliminate him, there are no words.
As for Rachel, whom I usually LOVE, I was aggravated with her for sure. How she was able to allow Dean to be put through that on television, tell him she was falling in love with him, then turn right around and eliminate him…I was shocked. She has always treated the men with respect, but this time I feel like she didn’t treat Dean the way he deserved to be treated. Their hometown should have consisted of her meeting the people in Dean’s like who he is the closest to, if that meant friend then so be it.
Meet the Fam and Fantasy Suites
Ok, moving on from my devastation of last week, I decided to stick in there and still watch…mostly because Paradise is coming up and that’s really the major reason to watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette.
I really liked that the men met her family this week, and I can say that I think I like Rachel’s sisters more than her! They are kind of awesome! When her one sister had the nephew call Peter “Winner” it was hilarious. The sister that was pregnant was also very direct and had some great questions. I like how direct she was with Eric about him and Rachel possibly being at different points in their lives. But then what took it over the top was their reactions to Bryan!
Basically, how they reacted to Bryan is the same way I have been feeling for weeks. She is so over the top into him, but I find him so fake. The Lindsay family addressed every issue I have with Bryan; the mom red flag, his constant use of the word love, and his all-around sleaziness. However, Rachel went to bat for him, wearing her matching watch, and called her family out. I wish she would have listened to them, but to me this further solidified that it is going to be him at the end.
Now on to the Fantasy Suite dates…the more I see of Eric the more he grows on me. While I still think he has turtle like qualities which I cannot figure out is his posture or the fit of his shirts; and his constant use of double negatives drives me nuts (but maybe that’s the writer in me?), I think he is sweet and really falling for Rachel. Their conversations are deep but they seem to laugh a lot. And he caught Rachel and Bryan wearing their matching watches, very observant! Oh Eric, I am actually starting to like you! I think he is very genuine, I am afraid that Rachel will be his first love and his first heartbreak, poor Eric.
Now the real drama starts when Peter arrives. I am back and forth on how I feel about Peter…I think he is super hot, but that is a given. His time with her family was great, and I was happy that he was starting to really open up to her. Part of me is annoyed that he is not jumping feet first (his words, not mine) into the process because I want the epic fairy tale, the other part of me totally gets it and respects him for being more reserved.
It is insane to date someone for like 10 weeks and then propose marriage, but Peter it is the entire premise of the show you signed up for…However, Rachel is being a little bit unrealistic about there having to be a proposal. Peter justified that he only wants to get down on one knee once and that it means to him that right there and then you would marry the other person; I think she needs to give him a little break on this. She keeps saying she doesn’t want to leave this with just a boyfriend, but wouldn’t a long term committed boyfriend be better than someone who proposes to you and then you break up in a few weeks.
I really hope that she gives him a break with this proposal thing and let it play out. While, I am looking forward to seeing how this continues; I am not really looking forward to Bryan’s fantasy suite date though, I imagine lots of sloppy kisses and weird cheeks (his not hers) in our future…