Bryan + Rachel. Can she overcome the overbearing Colombian mom?
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Rachel's Bachelorette Blog (People)
I think Dean expected me to be shocked and uncomfortable walking into his father Pararoomp’s home and finding the entire family sitting Indian-style and shoeless on the floor. He was way off, I found it totally welcoming and comforting. I’ve said it before that I’m a free spirit and environments like this I find hospitable. From the gong cleansing ceremony to the homemade daal, I felt well within my comfort zone.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
After a wonderful week, I sat down with Rachel, and she was incredibly distraught. There was no easy choice and she really wanted to continue all her relationships, but when put to the task of handing out roses, Dean went home. Dean was so open with his family and so open with Rachel, it was very hard to see him go, but I know there is a world of good out there for him and he will keep growing from this, as he already has.
Sharleen Joynt for FLARE Magazine
Any pragmatists who, like me, tend to watch this show critically, certainly—also like me!—really enjoyed last night. There was a generous dose of realism to satisfy even the biggest skeptics’ tastes. First, I love how Rachel made a point of mentioning that she was wary of Bryan’s too-good-to-be-true vibes from the get-go. So many viewers still criticize his smoothness and tendency to say the right thing at the right time, but we know Rachel’s no dummy and she has emphasized she doesn’t want to get played. Even in this fantasy world, her feet seem firmly planted on Planet Earth, and something tells me no man could play her for a fool. Second, Peter’s doubts are darn refreshing. I feel like it’s been awhile since we’ve had a male contestant this far along express such doubts; as I mentioned on my Morning After video recap, the last to come to mind is Brooks. When I watch Peter, I see myself had I stuck around for Hometowns, and I’m sure most of you critical-thinking viewers see a bit of yourselves, too. There’s also a Becca vibe to his logic: He likes Rachel. A lot. He could see himself dating her, committing to her, naturally seeing where it goes. But an engagement…? It’s too all-or-nothing, and I think we can all feel Peter’s pain. Third, Rachel axing Dean made it clear that she means business about getting married and starting a family. I completely believe that she meant that she was falling in love with him (or at least, that she felt a strong affection for him), but her ultra-practical side kicked in and she knew he simply wasn’t ready for what she’s ready for.
And don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website, All the Pretty Pandas
was I the only one who noticed that Bryan’s mom had them drinking out of the world’s smallest glasses?! Anyone else pick up on that?? And that look she gave Rachel as she swigged back her vino … lol … omg … I would have been sweating instantly if I was Rachel and caught eyes with her.
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
Finally, Rachel heads to Aspen, Colorado to meet Dean, and we are provided with about 20 minutes of the most compelling television I can remember since I talked to a parrot last Paradise.
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
Over in another room, Bryan’s stepsister (or cousin? family friend? Bryan referred to himself as his mother’s “only child”) is filling Rachel in on why things didn’t work out with Bryan’s last girlfriend. “She was threatened by the relationship that he had with his mother,” says the unidentified brunette. “She wanted him for herself, so that was her demise.”
Is it me, or is it starting to sound like Bryan’s family is in the mafia?
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
Knowing now that he converted to Sikhism, I’m not going to entertain cheap shots about his turban or his appearance. What I will do, however, is read his old ass for conveniently finding a religion that allows him to say, “I’m rubber, you’re glue” whenever his actual son, the fruit of his loins, comes to him and says, “You abandoned me after my mother died.”
“That sounds like a personal problem” IS NOT THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE. Dean’s father also managed to find religion and spirituality at the same time he was rude as hell. His chief quality is rudeness. A disregard for other’s feelings. THAT MAN IS RUDE, AND I DON’T LIKE HIM. That old-ass white man is RUDE. How the hell you find religion and come out more selfish?
Possessionista by Dana Weiss
The highlight of the hometown date is Eric’s Aunt Verna, a motivational speaker who exudes sunshine, and should probably have her own day time talkshow, before Eric engages in some brief family counseling with his mother and father, with whom he shares a storied relationship. The date ends with a toast by Eric, who can totally rock a Canadian tuxedo.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
I don’t know how you reacted to Rachel’s hometown dates, but I for one am thrilled that she was 4-for-4 on the Jump and Straddle(™) welcome leap. I’ve never been more proud and have never been more concerned over something that made me so proud.
Turns out Eric’s hometown date isn’t exciting enough for the Bachelorette producers so they just show footage from The Wire.
Eric then plays basketball with some guy who seems like he has no idea what the Bachelorette is.
Friend: Eric got straight A’s in school growing up
Eric: Yeahhhh man I did.
Rachel: *thinks back to when he spelled façade PSYDE*
Bachelorette Live! with Julia Cunningham and Rob Mills (EW on Sirius)
Almost Famous with Ben and Ashley I (iHeartRadio)
Here to Make Friends with Emma and Claire (Huffington Post)
Bachelorette Party with Juliet Litman and Ashley I. (Channel 33)
Rose Buddies with Griffin and Rachel McElroy
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin
Reality Steve with Ben Flajnik (May or may not include SPOILERS!)
Broses Before Roses with four dudes in a room. That's actually how they describe it.
Will You Accept this Podcast? (Bustle)
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