A lot of people (haters) give the Bachelor franchise flack for being an unrealistic fantasy situation, but that was far from true during the most recent episode. The hometown dates truly got real and viewers had some strong reactions. There were plenty of tweets about Rachel's Bachelorette hometown dates that prove the show is more real than ever before.
There was no sugar-coating Monday night. It wasn't about supposedly perfect families with white picket fences. The final four guys really laid it all on the line and so did their families and friends. Rachel had conversations about race with Eric's family. Peter's mom admitted that he might not be ready to propose after knowing Rachel for just a couple months. Bryan's mom told Rachel she would "kill her" if she hurt him. Dean's family was under the same roof for the first time in eight years. It was truly some heavy stuff.
Viewers were let in on what would normally be very private moments. The dates went from "Wow. This is so relatable" to "Should they actually be filming this?" Things really got intense and the fandom had plenty to say about all of the episode's key moments.
1. When Eric Said He's Never Brought A Girl Home
Eric tells a long story about the family's poverty and struggles.— Caryn Targaryen 🐉 (@carrieanne07) July 14, 2017
Rachel: OMG he's never brought a girl home before 🙄🙄🙄
Is Eric never bringing another woman home really the worst thing in the world? They were sure acting like it since it was repeated a million times in the episode.
2. When Eric's Aunt Asked Rachel About Being The First Black Bachelorette
This conversation Rachel's having with Eric's aunt about race is everything she needed. Finally got to let down her guard. #TheBachelorette— Jada Gomez (@JadaGomez) July 18, 2017
Eric's aunt kept it real and had an honest conversation with Rachel.
3. When Rachel Called Bryan "Baby"
When Rachel ran up to Bryan and goes, "hey, baby" I realized that all the other guys should just throw in the towel. #TheBachelorette— Hannah (@RockChalkRush5) July 18, 2017
4. When Bryan's Mom Said She'd "Kill" Rachel
Anything Bryan-related is acceptable in Rachel's eyes... even a humorous death threat.
5. When The Tension Between Bryan's Mom & His Ex Was Discussed
"She wanted him for herself. That was her demise." Is Bryan's sister talking about her Mom or his ex? I truly cannot tell. #TheBachelorette— Marla Jacob (@marlajacob) July 18, 2017
What was the real story there? Can this woman please stand up.
6. When Peter Said He Wants To Know Rachel Outside Of The Show
Peter is too practical for this process. You mean he wants to be a couple in the real world before proposing? 😱 #TheBachelorette— Candy (@MissCandyP) July 18, 2017
FINALLY. Someone being realistic.
7. When Peter Admitted That He Was Unsure About Proposing
Peter is REALISTIC. You shouldn't have to feel obligated to propose after only six weeks! That's not normal #TheBachelorette— Torey Berndt (@ToreyBerndt) July 18, 2017
It really shouldn't be a bad thing that someone isn't sure about getting engaged within two months of meeting.
8. When Rachel Got Upset By Peter's Reluctance To Propose
Dear Rachel,— Shan (@shani_brewsy) July 18, 2017
Peter is life. Don't mess this up with wanting a proposal immediately.
The world #TheBachelorette
Seriously, Rachel? Peter is perfect in every other way. Let this one go.
9. When Dean Said He Hasn't Seen His Dad In 2 Years
I honestly can't believe they have Dean actually seeing his dad for the first time in 2 years on the show. Inconsiderate #TheBachelorette— babsy (@shweetlady) July 18, 2017
Was a reality TV show really the best place to reunite with long lost relatives?
10. When Dean Was So Open About His Family
Dean's hometown is the most realistic one yet - no family is perfect. There is pain, misunderstanding, and disagreement. #TheBachelorette— shan (@shannnn0n) July 18, 2017
Props to Dean for keeping it 100 instead of making the situation seem better than it actually is.
11. When Dean's Date Got So Serious
This is not even entertaining anymore. I'm upset that Dean has to do this on tv #TheBachelorette— Ashley Clien (@catwithatag) July 18, 2017
Some very private moments were captured.
12. When Rachel Sent Dean Home After They Both Admitted They Were Falling In Love
Dean told her he was falling in love and Rachel said it back and Dean is being sent home WHEN HE LOOKS SO DAPPER i can't #TheBachelorette— Lauren Zima (@laurenzima) July 18, 2017
Why did she say it back if she was going to eliminate him? Totally heartbreaking.
Anyone who says that reality TV isn't real didn't catch these hometown dates. In fact, it might have got a little too real. Even so, it was definitely an eye-opening experience for Rachel, the final four guys, and the fans.