Bachelorette Blog - Count Down to Hometowns (Week 6)

This week on The Bachelorette they changed things up! In order to avoid having a rose ceremony at the end of the week, Rachel decided to do three one-on-one dates and a single "group" or three-on-one date with roses at each date. It wasn't hard to figure out that the two dudes (Adam and Matt) who have't even had one-on-one dates yet would be on that group date and heading home this week. But we'll get to that. I like that Rachel didn't want to do a rose ceremony. At this point in the show, it's always really awkward. I know we'll have to have a rose ceremony next week because everyone will be coming back together after hometowns but it would be great if she just didn't have any the rest of the season!

Date #1 - Bryan

This week the group traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, and because Geneva is a city of luxury, Bryan's date was filled with everything high end. Starting with a drive through the city in a Bentley, followed by shopping for expensive watches. Rachel decided to "treat yo man" to a nice watch, and Bryan thought this was symbolic of their connection. To him the fact that they now have matching watches is an indicator that she's going to choose him in the end because that's a "forever gift". Um, okay.

After watch shopping they took a romantic boat ride and then had the customary dinner date. Rachel and Bryan have great chemistry and she really likes that he is quite, strong and confident. She also likes that he calls her out on her weaknesses. During the date we got a little background on Bryan's last relationship. Apparently it was pretty hot and heavy but then he invited her to a wedding in Columbia with his family. I guess she wasn't ready for that and also butted heads pretty hard with his mother Upon returning from the trip she broke things off with him and his mother felt really guilty for being the reason a woman he loved left him. But he told Rachel not to worry and that he knows they will love her.

Another interesting thing that happened while Rachel and Bryan were on the date is that we saw Dean mention again that he doesn't see Rachel ending up with Bryan. He thinks that Bryan is a player who knows what to say to get what he wants from women and that Rachel will figure this out in the end. This is Rachel's main concern with Bryan as well, she's always saying he's too good to be true. I just thought it was interesting that this is the second time Dean has brought this up, maybe we should pay more attention to that.

In the end, Rachel gave Bryan the first rose of the night and will be heading to Miami to meet his family!

Date #2 - Dean

I was actually kind of surprised that he wasn't on the group date. I thought that between him, Eric and Peter that the other two were more solid with Rachel. But I do really like Dean, I'm glad he got the date. Unfortunately, he was really weird the whole time because he is worrying about brining Rachel home. Finally, at dinner he opened up to her about the situation. He worries because everyone else has families they are excited to bring her home to and value their family's opinion of her. He does not have a good relationship with his family and his father has become eccentric since his mother's passing. He doesn't want her to judge what their future family would be like based on his family. She told him that she understood where he was coming from and gave him the rose! So Dean joins Bryan in the top four!

Date #3 - Peter

For Peter's date, they took a helicopter ride over the Alps and then had a dog sled ride. Peter opened up to Rachel about how this has been a hard journey for him and there have been moments when he wondered if he even wanted to stay. However, every time they are together he is reminded of why he is there and that it will be worth it in the end. They also talked about his last relationship and his guilt over breaking things off with his last girlfriend. He broke her heart and felt awful doing it. Rachel wonders if Peter will be ready to get engaged at the end of this but she really likes him a lot so she's willing to take the risk. I hope if pays off!

Date #4 - Group Date - Eric, Adam, Matt

Sadly, Matt was let go early on in this date and it really upset Rachel to have to send him home. Of all the guys, he was the one who reminded her most of herself and she didn't want to waste his time when she knew that her other relationships were further along. So then the rest of the date the producers had to make it seem like there was a chance she might not pick Eric. It was dumb. I don't know how Adam could possibly be so confident. I felt like most of date he was talking out of his ass and it seemed over produced to me.

However, Rachel did get some information about Eric that did make her worry (not enough to go to a hometown of a guy she's barely interacted with though). Eric has never brought a girl home before. His upbringing was hard in Baltimore. Most of the men in his life are associated with crime and drugs, including his father. Growing up he witnessed drugs, abusive relationships, poverty, and he uses positivity to mask his pain. Everything he saw growing up has made him want to help people, but coming on the show is a way for him to help himself find love. Seriously, Adam had no chance. Rachel "went with her gut" and will be joining Eric in his hometown next week.

So basically, we sat through a two hour episode only to see the two guys we all knew would go leave. Kind of a waste of time but at least we got to see Rachel interact with the four remaining men. Rachel is "feeling very strongly" about multiple men so I think we're in for a great few weeks of hometowns, over-nights, and the final rose!

On next week's episode: everybody cries. See you all then!

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