Hometown Dates for Bachelor Brad
*Beware: spoiler alert!
Last night’s episode of The Bachelor brought us to the final four bachelorette’s hometowns. For the most part, these visits went smoothly and there were no major disasters as in previous seasons. (Ah, memories!)
Before I get started, did anyone else notice that Brad was wearing a beret in the opening scene? Wow. Classy guy.
Brad first went to meet Chantal O.’s family in Seattle. Turns out they basically live in a castle and her mom’s face looks pretty plastic. (I wish they told us what her parents do for a living.) Nonetheless, Brad and Chantal O’s dad bonded over their “Daddy issues.” I wanted to listen to their serious conversation, but I was too distracted, trying to count the number or wine bottles in the wine cellar. (Note: Chantal O’s father is the only one Brad asked for his blessing to marry his daughter.)
And, I’m glad this didn’t seem to bother Brad, but two cats and a little dog = deal breaker. Sorry, Chantal O.
Then it was off to Madawasca, Maine, with Ashley. This was my favorite home town date, even if Ashley’s enthusiasm and energy entirely exhausts me. Ashley’s family seemed normal enough…well, until Ashley told her parents that she wanted to sleep with Brad on the floor of the living room, and that didn’t seem to bother them. Did you catch from her dad’s conversation that Ashley’s not actually a dentist, and hasn’t finished dentistry school? I feel so deceived. Good work this week, Ashley. You only mentioned ‘disconnect’ once in a semi-joking, semi-passive aggressive way. It looks like next week you won’t do as well on this front. I did laugh a little when Brad told Ashley he could see himself living in Madawasca. I don’t think so, Brad, but I like the sentiment.
Next stop, Chico, CA with Shawntel N. of Newton Brasewell Funeral Home. Ok, I stand corrected on the two cats and one dog deal breaker. The only bigger deal breaker than owning two cats and a little dog, is starting your home town date with a funeral home tour. Yikes! And I hate to judge, but Shawntel’s dad sort of fit what I picture as a funeral home director, mustache and all. Shawntel nicely waited until that night to tell her family that she would consider moving to Austin. This caused a major rift as her dad is relying on her for his retirement security and the town of Chico needs Shawntel. Duty calls! After this date, I had a feeling Shawntel would be left without a rose as long as Brad’s time with Em didn’t involve a funeral home.
The beginning of Brad’s date in Charlotte, with Emily, was the most anxious I’ve ever seen Brad. He really wanted to impress Little Ricky and ultimately he did. What better way to win over a child than bring gifts? Brad’s still completely smitten with Emily but I just can’t see them together in the end. I don’t know that Brad is really ready for parenthood, no matter how attracted he is to Emily. Brad was freaked out to kiss Emily while Ricky was asleep upstairs. This could be problematic for their future romantic relations. (Oh no, what’s going to happen in the fantasy suite?? Will we have the first contestant to every say ‘no???’ Doubtful.)
The rose ceremony was quick and simple. Now that there are only four remaining girls, and they’re no longer living together, there’s no drama to be documented. Shawntel N. did not receive the rose (shocker) so now she can return to Chico and embalm away.
Next week: South Africa or bust!