The Good, The Bad & The WTF: “The Bachelorette” Meets The Families

I have a random pet peeve when it comes to reality TV—when an element of a show becomes so routine that the contestants know it’s coming and start referring to it by a single word. (See: “makeovers” on “America’s Next Top Model” and “restaurant wars” on “Top Chef.”) For weeks, we’ve been hearing about “hometowns” on “The Bachelorette.” For those not in the know, that’s when the title lady/guy has whittled the field down to their final four, and they travel to each contestant’s home to see what their life is like and meet their family. This week, Ashley Hebert’s long-awaited hometowns finally happened.

After the jump, the good, the bad, and the WTF of last night’s episode. Spoilers ahead! The Good:

  • Sure Constantine’s family seemed a little straight out of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” But his dad Dmitri was so awesome, and I loved when his extended family came busting in the door. Opa!
  • Speaking of Constantine, so far on the show, I hadn’t really gotten his appeal. But seeing him in his Italian restaurant, I understood. If Ashley chooses him, free pizza for life!
  • Double that for Ben. Why do I find it so sexy that he owns a winery? I also give Ben props for putting it all out on the table this week and telling Ashley that he’d only brought one woman home to meet his family before.
  • Sigh. Ben’s outpouring to his mom about how he felt after his dad died and how he carries a lot of guilt over not being a better son then was so emotional. You get the feeling this family had been wanting to have that convo for a long time.
  • Ashley and JP rollerskating under the disco ball was totally adorable. “I’m on such a high when I’m with you,” JP told her. He. Needs. To. Win.
  • I really liked that this season, a lot of family members seemed skeptical about the whole “Bachelor” process. As they should be, considering the show’s track record and the fact that their family member only has a 25 percent chance of ending up with Ashley. One sister said outright, “Ashley seems really sweet but I am skeptical.” And JP’s mom told Ashley, “He looks at you with love in his eyes, so I’m nervous.” I appreciate them keeping it real, as they should.
  • If you look below, you’ll notice that most of my “bads” this week are about Ames. It was obvious to me from minute one of this episode that he was gonna be the one to get the boot. Why? Because all the compliments Ashley gave him were of the variety that aren’t actually compliments. “You’re like no other guy,” just doesn’t scream, “I’m falling in love with you.” She made the right choice in letting him go.

The Bad:

  • Of course Ashley has a yippy little dog. Of course.
  • Did Ashley know anything about Ames before meeting his family? How was she shocked to hear that his father had died when he was young, as well as his stepfather? And that he was a geek student in boarding school? These are basic biographical details.
  • Ames dropping the word “sprezzatura.” Gross. Fancy foreignn words do not win you the girl.
  • JP saying to his mom’s cooking, “I haven’t had this many carbs in six weeks.” I love him too much to believe that he might be one of those guys who counts calories and fat grams.

The WTF:

  • Is it just me, or do Ben and Constantine look a while lot alike? Constantine is just the taller, beefier version. How has no one pointed this out yet? [I have! To Lucca, every time we watch! — Editor]
  • JP’s family breaking out his bar mitzvah portrait. I loved it, but that is so crossing a line.

What are your thoughts on last night’s episode?

[NY Daily News]

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