‘The Bachelor’ Recap – Season 17 Episode 8 – Families Weigh In During the Hometown Dates
On Monday night’s episode, the four remaining women on ‘The Bachelor’ tried to prove that home is where the heart is. Or least where girls who are so desperately in need of validation they’re willing to demean themselves by letting a man they don’t know propose in a game show setting are.
That’s right — Sean packed his bags for yet another whirlwind tour, this time visiting each of the four remaining ladies’ homes and getting a sometimes not-so-rosy look at his prospective in-laws.
Hometown Visit 1 â Houston â AshLee
Hereâs what you need to know about AshLee: Sheâs got major abandonment issues and loves to talk about them. Perhaps thatâs why she seems so intent on making these sweeping and somewhat scripted declarations about how she never knew what love was before Sean and she has âbeen dreaming about this day as far back as [she] can remember.â
Sheâs not even referring to her wedding day â sheâs talking about the day a camera crew follows her to her hometown to trail her and this dude sheâs known for about 20 minutes. She sounds like a 7th grader reading âAshLee loves Seanâ that sheâs written all over her Trapper Keeper.
Sean didnât have to try too hard to win over AshLeeâs parents. Her mother (remember, AshLee was adopted) acknowledged the abandonment issues and joked that Sean shouldnât break her heart. Thereâs probably some seriousness there, though, because the therapy bills would be outrageous.
At the end of the date, AshLee once again dipped into her bag of âBachelorâ clichÃ©s and announced, âThereâs no doubt I wanna marry this man.â Really? Thereâs no doubt I, along with an entire generation of men my age, wanted to marry Kelly Kapowski from âSaved By the Bell,â but a little thing called reality got in the way and we dealt with it. Buck up, Ash.
Hometown Visit 2 â Seattle â Catherine
Seanâs date with Catherine got off to a stereotypical start. They caught fish in the famed fish market and took pictures in a photo booth. I thought theyâd hold hands in the roller rink, too, before it finally dawned on me this was not 1982.
Sean met Catherineâs mother, grandmother and two sisters, who appeared to try and sabotage her efforts to win this made-for-TV romance. While Catherine gushed about Sean, her sisters seemed skeptical. When they asked if she would accept his proposal, she said, âYeah, I wanna try this out,â like she was thinking about checking out the new Italian place down the street.
Catherine felt she had to defend her relationship, but things took a turn for the worse when her sisters told Sean sheâs messy and moody, proving the old adage that girls can be mean when talking about other girls.
Sean was also miffed when Catherineâs mother didnât give her blessing if he were to propose. Instead, she says they need to see what happens. This characteristic that is foreign to âThe Bachelorâ — known as âcommon senseâ — really threw him for a loop, even though he should count his lucky stars.
My in-laws make the Costanzas look like the Cleavers, so I was actually jealous Catherineâs mom exercised such good judgment.
Hometown Visit 3 â Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri â Lindsay
Lindsay, the under-the-radar 24-year-old who talks like sheâs 12, continued to do everything right in order to win.
Sean was nervous because her dad is a two-star general (you know youâd be more impressed if he was four-star, right?). Sean really hit it off with Lindsayâs mom — so well youâd think that whenever his relationship with the winner inevitably ends, he can hook up with her. Thereâs a twist no one would see coming.
Sean met with Lindsayâs dad and asked for his blessing if he should propose. Her father said it was the toughest thing heâs ever been asked and then made some sort of military metaphor before announcing heâs giving Sean the authority to make that decision.
Thatâs sweet and all, but does anyone else think itâs absurd a military man canât control his own daughter from going on âThe Bachelorâ? Clearly, his authority isnât good and may explain why heâs missing those other two stars.
Regardless, Sean felt great after getting the blessing and it freed Lindsay to finally tell Sean sheâs falling for him. It was touching. But not really.
Hometown Visit 4 â Los Angeles â Desiree
Sean and Desiree were making dinner when a nerdy man who looked like a substitute teacher popped in and announced he was still in love with her. It turns out he was her ex-boyfriend! But in the greatest twist since âThe Sixth Sense,â this guy was actually an actor and they were pulling a fast one on Sean.
They all had a good laugh and this actor scored a credit on his resume to boost his chances of landing that Pepsodent commercial you just know heâs been dying to get.
Desireeâs parents and brother soon arrived. Sean easily won over her folks, who seemed thrilled with him. Her tatted-up brother, Nate, though, gave Sean the hairy eyeball from the get-go.
He told Desiree he didnât think this relationship would work. In the middle of dinner, he asked Sean if they could talk in private (couldnât that wait until after dinner?) and proceeded to unload, saying Sean is a playboy and didnât have a connection with his sister.
When Sean said he was crazy about Desiree, Nate said heâs crazy about a lot of girls, which is a really good point. Nate refused to buy into Sean’s claims of sincerity, and they basically didnât accomplish anything and returned to dinner where the goodwill of the night was sucked out like the soul of a straight man forced to sit through a ‘Twilight’ marathon.
After Sean left, Desiree and her family bashed Nate for what he did, but he stood by his words. Yes, he comes off as white trash, but he has a point. I donât know whether to salute him or ask for police protection.
Iâm not sure if Sean and his band of merry matrons already polished off all the wine in North America, but there was no cocktail party. Sean admitted he was confused and said he couldnât figure out whether to send Catherine or Desiree home.
Before he handed out the first rose, Desiree called him aside and apologized for her brotherâs behavior, which no one should have to do unless your brother is six and barged in your room while you were making out (wow, there’s a lot of retro references here).
They returned to the Rose Ceremony and Sean gave out roses to AshLee and Lindsay. Then, Sean put down the third rose and walked out in silence. Whoever lands him is going to have to work on his communication skills. Use your words, Sean.
Chris Harrison (remember him?) fetched him with a look on his face like, âDude, Iâve got reservations, so can we wrap this up?â Instead, Chris played the part of therapist by reminding Sean to get this decision right and take his time.
When Sean returned, he gave the final rose to Catherine, leaving Desiree in tears. She told Sean he was 100 percent wrong, and he said heâll miss her. In all honesty, she should save all that raw emotion for her brother Nate, whose confrontation with Sean cost her the chance to pose with phony smiles on scores of tabloids with Sean in another month or so. Way to be, Nate.
Sean, now down to the three girlfriends he constantly says he can picture as his wife, will answer Americaâs burning questions Tuesday night in a âSean Tells Allâ special. We can’t wait.