The hometown dates on “The Bachelor” are difficult. They are often awkward, can be stressful, and also can lead to certain people ending their time on the show.
This time around, there were no catastrophic situations, but there were some moments that threw the contention of certain people into jeopardy.
- Chantal: This date probably felt the most natural of all of them, if for no other reason than that the family all seemed to get along and there were not any major hurdles that kept Brad from potentially seeing a future here — even Chantal’s animals or the fact that her family is loaded. Seriously — they could house an army in their Seattle mansion.
- Ashley: From a tiny town in Maine — literally juts under the bridge to New Brunswick — Ashley’s family may have been the most natural when it came to getting along wtih Brad. Was there a drawback? Yes, but only in that Ashley still seemed rather career-driven and also had not expressed her feelings for Brad like some of the other women.
- Shawntel: This was a tricky one. Out of all of the women, Shawntel may by the most vibrant and the most fun-loving. The issue? Not everyone is comfortable with funeral homes. However, she had a great attitude about her job — and even though her tour was a bit awkward, she had plenty of time to open up to Brad in the process.
- Emily: At first, this date looked like a disaster — Emily couldn’t get her daughter to open up at all, but that did eventually change over the course of the evening. However, Brad not wanting to kiss Emily right away while her daughter was upstairs was proof that yet again guys on these shows do not know how to handle single moms. You do want to be respectful, but you also still want romance.
So Brad’s decision to ultimately send home Shawntel this week seemed to be for one reason (even though he told her it had more to do with a connection) — she still had issues to work through when it came to her family, who obviously didn’t want her to leave Chico and the funeral home. First of all, it was almost cruel for Shawntel’s father to be so hard on her during the hometown date. Let the girl live her life! It just didn’t seem fair to see Shawntel guilted like this when she is entitled to her own sense of happiness.
With that in mind, this is the first moment here that the desire to see Shawntel as the next “Bachelorette” has been especially more than with any other contestant this season. If Emily doesn’t win, the show will probably pick her — but Shawntel could make for a more interesting season.
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