After a one-week break, season 13 of The Bachelorette returned last night. And with hometown dates around the corner, Rachel Lindsay had to make some major decisions.
Episode seven begins with Lindsay telling the men there will be no rose ceremony this week. Instead, she will go on four dates: three one-on-one dates and one three-on-one date where she'll give out one rose (or none if they all blow it).
Not surprisingly, Bryan gets the first one-on-one date. Lindsay kicks things off by taking Bryan on a lavish shopping spree (in a Bentley, natch). During the date, Lindsay ABC treats her man to a brand-new—meh, average—watch. Bryan emotes, “It's a forever gift” and pulls Lindsay in for a sloppy kiss that makes everyone (including the salesman) nauseous.
Later on, the pair bonds over their mutual private-school upbringing and awesomely bad school uniforms. Bryan then pivots the conversation in a more serious direction—the dreaded past relationships. In what can only be described as a heartbreaking soliloquy, Bryan pours his heart out and shares a personal story of an ex-girlfriend who broke up with him after meeting his mother. Lindsay (as if on cue) reaches for the rose and grants Bryan the first of four hometown slots.
Next up is Dean, who takes Lindsay to—wait for it—Catholic Mass for the first portion of the date.
The Mass is a surprising departure from the usual boozy Bachelorette dates...unless you count the sacramental wine. Throughout the day, Dean reminds us that he’s the youngest of the bunch and manages to change the subject every time Lindsay mentions his emotions. But he can't hide for long; Lindsay corners him later that night and forces Dean to open up about his fears. He explains he’s scared to introduce Lindsay to his family because they haven’t been the same since his mom passed away ten years ago. Lindsay assures Dean he has nothing to worry about and she wants to meet the people who made Dean the man he is today. Thus, she hands him the second rose.
The final one-on-one date goes to Peter. The pair are transported via helicopter to their first activity, dog sledding. After an utterly freezing journey through the Swiss Alps, they arrive at a romantic “picnic” on a glacier. During the meal, Peter admits he has zero concerns about bringing Lindsay home to meet his family. But then—wait for it—he gets oddly emotional over his most recent breakup? Erm, we told you we're not here to play games, Peter! He eventually “claims” that he’s ready for the next chapter of his love story, and Lindsay can't help but eat it up and give him the rose.
Last up is the three-on-one date, starring Eric, Matt and Adam. The group heads to France for the date, where they immediately pop Champagne (obviously) and dive into serious, one-on-one conversations with Lindsay. During Matt's chat with her, Lindsay gets choked up and, despite how hard it is, she says goodbye. So long, Matt.
And then there were two. Lindsay sits down with both Adam and Eric before making her final decision. During their conversations, Adam admits he can see himself falling in love with her, while Eric, a 29-year-old man, claims he’s never brought a girl home (um, what?). But this factoid—surprisingly—doesn't scare Lindsay. She gives Eric her last rose and sends Adam packing.
Well, it appears Bryan, Dean, Peter and Eric will introduce us to their families and hometowns in just six short days. We put $20 on Eric's family being the most “eccentric.”