Bachelor League Commentary: Meeting Rachel's Family + 1.5 Fantasy Suites
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Rachel's Bachelorette Blog (People)
Bryan was the last guy to meet the Lindsays. I knew my family had already watched Bryan’s “sloppy seconds” comment on Ellen so he had a bit of an uphill battle. What I found out that day is they had also done some snooping online and read some other things about Bryan’s past. Things from his past that weren’t remotely a concern or relevant to me, but they caused my family to come off a bit critical from the jump.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
It’s worth noting that all three men did get an opportunity to talk to Rachel’s father off-camera, just as Nick did. We’ll never quite know what they talked about, but I can tell you that personally I am very curious.
Sharleen Joynt for FLARE Magazine
I don’t think Rachel’s desire for a proposal at the end of all this is unreasonable. Sure, you can say it’s rushed (because it is), but it’s a longtime premise (and promise) of this franchise. In other words, hate the game, not the players. Rachel went into all this both skeptical about the process and timeline, yet truly ready for marriage and a family. That’s an ideal combination, and I’d argue it’s the best recipe you can get in a lead in terms of potential success. So for Rachel to be expected to forgo her desire and expectation of an engagement is a very big ask. Especially if you look at The Bachelor Wiki (yes, I looked this up; don’t judge me) and notice that not once did a non-engagement end in marriage. There are no examples of a non-engagement on The Bachelorette.
And don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website, All the Pretty Pandas
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
I love that on this show the “falling” is such a big keyword; if you don’t mention the word “love” at this point then you’ll get death threats. (This happened to Peter last week, I'm not kidding.) On the flipside, if you say you’re “in love” too early, then you seem too intense — it's a balancing act.
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
Peter freely admits that he did not ask Rachel’s parents for their blessing to propose — a fact Bryan seizes upon in his passive-aggressive way. “I’m hoping to show the family how much chemistry we have,” he tells Peter. “Show them the bond that we have, and know that it’s right, and go ahead and give me the blessing.” Peter sees this for the manipulation that it is.
“Like, damn, dude,” Peter scoffs in his confessional. “It’s ballsy and arrogant — and it’s annoying.” Agreed.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
GUYS. I’m really into Eric now. I wasn’t before, but his emotional honesty and his all chambray outfits won me over. For some reason, a lot is made that he hasn’t brought a girl home before or been in love, but I don’t see it as the huge red flag that the rest of Rachel’s family does. Eric wants to impress her family, he’s appropriately nervous, and he’s just cute as hell.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
Bryan gets to meet a couple of Rachel’s girlfriends. There are two trains of thought on this decision:
- Bryan is the front-runner and gets to be introduced to the inner circle.
- Bryan is sketchy and Rachel needs her girlfriends to weigh in on his charm.
I like to think that it’s #2 since Rachel admits she initially thought Bryan was a d-bag. Clearly all bets were off when he sucked her face, but the statement was made and it’s out there.
There seems to be a “chach” theme when it comes to Bryan.
Peter is the Kourtney Kardashian of the trio of remaining guys (monotone). Eric is Khloé because sports and Bryan is Kim because he likes fillers and his mom’s obsessed with him.
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