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“The Bachelor” Recap: Get Psyched, It’s Time For Hometown Dates!

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ABC must know they need to up the ante now that this season of “The Bachelor” is less Tierrable, because they’ve double-downed with two episodes this week. This first was a regular episode which aired last night featuring the four hometown dates (recap coming up after the jump). The second is a “Sean Tells All” special airing tonight. Why does SEAN get to tell all for an hour while no previous Bach has ever been given the same opportunity? You know who deserves a Tell All episode? Tierra’s eyebrow. You know that bitch has stories. Eh, whatever, you know I’ll be watching. After the jump, I’ll recap last night’s shenanigans, and reveal with woman was sent home.

First up, Sean visits AshLee in her hometown of Houston, Texas, where he meets her adorable Yorkie and her equally as adorable parents, Deborah and Bruce, who adopted AshLee when she was young. Last week, AshLee told Sean that she loves him, which she shares with her parents, as they have lunch. Is it just me or is that tablecloth rather Jah Rastafari? Anyway. AshLee is probably my favorite of the women for Sean, though I have some concerns about their long-term compatibility. AshLee is someone who has been through a lot in her life: spent her younger years in multiple foster homes, was eventually adopted but seemingly rebelled as a teen and had a young marriage that ended in divorce. Sean’s life, as far as we can tell based on what he’s revealed in two seasons of this show, has been smooth sailing. I have to wonder if his lack of personal struggle will ultimately make it hard for them to relate to each other on a deeper, more complex level. Just a thought.

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Anyway, AshLee’s parents are impressed with Sean, though Deborah asks him, “You’re not going to break her heart are you?” Sean replied, “No, ma’am,” but there’s a solid chance he’s lying given there are three other dogs in this fight. In probably the most poignant moment this show’s ever seen, Bruce shared the story of the first day he met AshLee, which made me kind of weepy. I cry easily but I have never teared up watch “The Bachelor,” so way to go Bruce.

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Sean heads to Catherine’s hometown of Seattle, where she probably got that super cool nose stud. I really love Catherine, and I have, for the most part, liked Sean, but he is way too much of a herb for her, even in those Chuck Taylors that you know he bought just for this date to fit in. No Doc Martens? Where’s your flannel, Sean? Catherine and Sean have a fun date at Pike Place Market, tossing fish and sticking bubblegum on walls and shit. They then head to Catherine’s mom house to have dinner with her and Catherine’s sisters. Sean makes lumpia — yummmm — and gets along with everyone on a jovial, fun level, but Catherine’s sisters are skeptical about the two of them as a couple. It seems, frankly, like they don’t think Catherine is really ready to settle down, and give both her and Sean the straight dope. (I would like to remind Catherine that last week, she said Lesley, who was sent home, and Sean made a better couple than the two of them.)

Sean hopes to get Catherine’s mom permission to potentially propose to her daughter, but she won’t give it. Question: Do producers require the Bach to ask the parents for permission to marry their daughters? Because any self-respecting parent in their right mind would never sincerely give permission after knowing the dude for 10 minutes and being well-aware that their daughter is one of four up for the role of fiancee. (I won’t even address how antiquated the tradition itself is.) Can we stop this please? It’s awkward for everyone, especially me.

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In Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Sean is scared to meet Lindsay’s parents, specifically her father, who’s a General. Lindsay preps Sean for the big introduction by putting him through boot camp. I admit, it’s pretty cute and these two have the best sexual chemistry, but I feel like someone should remind Lindsay that Sean is a virgin and is not going to be giving her more than kisses for awhile. Anyway, their hometown date is pretty mellow — it turns out Lindsay’s dad Mark is kind of a softie and gives his permission for Sean to propose rather easily. Lindsay is just coasting to the finish line, huh?

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Desiree is the last hometown date, and she’s having Sean meet her folks and her brother at her house in Los Angeles. But before they arrive, there’s a knock at Desiree’s door. It’s her ex-boyfriend, who has apparently decided to declare his love for Des and beg her to leave the show. My first instinct watching this was that producers had paid the guy to show up and cause a scene, i.e. to bring the drama since Tierra’s eyebrow was no longer around to do it. It really seemed like he was acting for the cameras, though he kept telling them to stop filming him. Well, turns out he was acting, because he is an actor and not Desiree’s ex, and she hired him to prank Sean. Way to kinda sorta fool me, guys!

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But Desiree’s fake ex has nothing on Desiree’s brother, who accompanies her parents to dinner at Des’ house. While her parents are instantly won over by Sean, Nate is not impressed. Nothing Des or Sean says changes his opinion that Sean is a playboy. It’s like Nate has watched the show before and knows the Bach makes out with all the women! Still, Nate’s antagonistic attitude struck me as really strange. It’s one thing to be protective of your sister, it’s another to be possessive of her. Maybe I read too much V.C. Andrews as a teenager, but I was getting icky vibes. Sean, meanwhile, just seems intimidated to the point of questioning his relationship with Des. Sean seems to have expected an easier time overall in these hometown dates, which seems awfully unrealistic to me, given the circumstances. He’s meeting the families for the first time, spending a max of a few hours with them, and they know he’s dating three other women — they should be hard to impress and he shouldn’t expect to win them over until after he’s picked their daughter in the end. This is further proof, I think, that Sean is used to getting what he wants in life.

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Anyway, rose ceremony time. Sean makes it clear that he knows he’s giving roses to Lindsay and AshLee, but he’s conflicted about Des and Catherine. Before he hands out the first rose, Des asks to talk to him quickly, and apologizes for her brother’s behavior. She’s obviously scared that he’s going to cut her loose because of it. She should be. Cstherine, meanwhile, is worried that because she didn’t grab a chance to talk to Sean like Des that she’ll be going home. Well, turns out Desiree’s creepy brother is far scarier than Catherine’s two sisters, because he sends Des home. Des is torn up, telling Sean over and over that he’s making a mistake, and he makes it obvious he’s not even sure about his decision either. And I wonder how Catherine feels, knowing he was so unsure about choosing her?

I have a feeling this is not the last we’ll see of Des, as previews of the finale suggest someone comes back to ask Sean to reconsider. We’ll see if Sean explains his decision about Des in further detail when he reveals ALL (i.e. probs not much) tonight.

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