'The Bachelor' recap: Home is where the heart is
You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family.
Hometown dates on "The Bachelor" are always fraught with tension. Here's Sean, meeting his potential wife's family … while still dating three other women. And he can't say that he loves their daughter/sister or make promises about the future.
Add in a two-star general and a rudely skeptical brother, and you've got a recipe for drama (the real kind, not the Tierra kind). After all the hometown visits are over, Sean sends home a front-runner we thought for sure would end up in the final two.
AshLee in Houston, Texas
First up is AshLee, who is gushing about how she was broken but Sean has fixed her.
"My life has changed drastically," she declares. "Before I met Sean, I thought I knew what love was. I had no clue what real, true love was."
Over a picnic lunch, they bond over similarities in their family lives and values. Afterward, they join her parents, and AshLee admits to them that she's in love with Sean.
Her mom and dad separately take Sean aside for private chats. They both want to know if he returns AshLee's feelings, and he can't say, of course, but he does ask her dad for his blessing to propose, if it comes to that point. Dad happily gives it.
"When I finally hear 'I love you,' there's a whole life still ahead of us to go," AshLee sighs rapturously.
Well, not so fast there, girlfriend … Sean's got three other women to visit!
AshLee's friends question Sean in this deleted scene:
Catherine in Seattle, Washington
Sean's relationship with Catherine developed a bit slower than with the other women, but he seems to light up in her presence. "She brings out this weird, goofy side in me," Sean says.
They go see her all-female family: grandmother, mom, and two sisters. The latter are somewhat skeptical that Catherine has fallen in love so quickly. Is she really ready to settle down? What about her career ambitions? Catherine responds to all of their questions, but soon gets annoyed at having to defend herself.
The sisters don't let up on Sean. When he asks if Catherine is really ready get married, they give him some long-winded, nonsensical answers. Hmm … as fun as Catherine is, maybe she's not quite wife material just yet?
Lindsay in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
This is a very different hometown date, since Lindsay is an Army brat and her father is currently stationed on a base. Sean is nervous about meeting her two-star general father (he debates what to call him: Mr. or Gen. Yenter).
But before the big meeting, Lindsay puts Sean through a mini bootcamp, and their easygoing chemistry is readily apparent. "She gives me butterflies," he says. "She brings out the kid in me." (More like the horny teenager!)
Finally, Sean meets the general, as well as Lindsay's mom and brother. They all laugh over her wedding-dress stunt, then break up to have private conversations. Again, Sean can't reveal his feelings to Lindsay's mom, but he does ask her dad for his blessing should he propose. The general hems and haws a bit, but finally gives Sean the A-OK.
Sean buys Lindsay a diamond ring in this deleted scene:
Desiree in Newport Beach, California
After a happy hike together, Sean and Desiree are making dinner when a knock comes at the door. It's a guy … and he tells Desiree he loves her! He's been wondering where she is, and oh, who is this other dude? Wow, is this an ex coming to spoil their romantic date?! Sean is baffled and shocked.