Rachel Lindsay’s Dallas Hometown with her 3 finalists, Bryan Abasolo, Peter Kraus and Eric Bigger was a situation of epic proportions. Never before in Bachelorette history has the family of the lead been so hard on the contestants. I knew the Lindsays would be tough cookies, but this was a little ridiculous!
Interesting to note: 2 of Rachel’s family members were conspicuously absent, Rachel’s Federal Judge father, Sam Lindsay and Rachel’s younger sister Heather Lindsay and I suspect after they see this episode they will be very glad that they were ‘unavailable’.
Ok, so first off, older sister, Constance Cherones, 36, aka Judgy Judgerton needs to seriously calm down. Rachel is an adult and even if she picks the wrong guy she will likely figure it out before the next season airs and will move on to someone more suitable.
And really Constance may need to examine her own aptitude for choosing men because her husband, Rachel’s brother-in-law, Alex Cherones, is no charmer.
Alex comes across as narrow-minded, narcissistic and emotionally stingy. He has a permanent scowl on his face as he delivers his carefully crafted questions designed to bait the men into saying something that can and will be used against them at some later date.
Then later I did not like that Alex referred to Bryan as an ‘individual’ rather than a ‘guy’. He’s a ‘guy’!
It’s a big pet peeve of mine that these over-educated, scholarly types in an annoying effort to promote ‘equality’ refer to everyone in this obnoxious genderless way with words like ‘individual’.
Rachel is looking to get engaged to a ‘guy’, Alex. We get that you are open-minded and consider all genders and relationships valid and equal, but I doubt Bryan, Peter or Eric would be offended by you calling them what they are……a ‘guy’.
Then there is Rachel’s mom.
Kathy Lindsay is choosing her words very carefully. She never actually gives consent to anyone to propose to Rachel. And for that I don’t blame her. But…..
Mom’s treatment of Bryan was especially unfair. Her blasting him about whether his loyalty would lie with his wife or his mother was ridiculous and immature.
“In a marriage, when your wife and mother bump heads, where’s the loyalty?”
Bryan diplomatically asserts that he would want them to work it out, but Kathy persists,
“Where’s the priority?”
His ‘loyalty’ should belong to the truth.
If the mom is wrong and the wife is right he should side with the wife and vice versa, but this unfettered loyalty to a person creeps me out. Its very mafia-esque.
It suggests that Rachel can never be wrong and Bryan’s mom can never be right should there ever be a disagreement.
The crazy thing is Rachel’s mom is a grade school teacher. This isn’t exactly the kind of attitude you would expect from your child’s teacher.
Then there was poor Eric who is just trying to prove to his family that he isn’t gay. Luckily Rachel’s family does pick up on the fact that Eric is not really in to Rachel…or any female for that matter.
In fact, this is the one place I will give sister Constance props. I LOVE that she told Eric that she wasn’t sure that he and Rachel were on “the same playing field.” Ha, ha, ha!!! They are so not on the same playing field!
Rachel is clearly trying to help Eric come out of the closet as they discuss their ‘hot-tub’ situation and he says it was more about ‘emotional chemistry than physical chemistry’!
Seriously, if you are a dude and your hot tub time with a girl as foxy as Rachel is more ‘emotional than physical’ then you are gay.
As Eric delivers a diatribe on how he is getting closer to having real feelings for her, Rachel gives him a funny knowing smirk and pulls the ‘ol kiss someone when they have said something so awkward that you can’t reply with words’ trick.
This is really where Rachel shines. I do love this about her. She knows how to dig in and isn’t afraid to try and get to the bottom of a situation.
She’s like ‘Ok, lets take a break for a second from me trying to find a life-partner and let’s help you come to terms with your sexuality’. Rachel does like to help.
Anyhow, despite Rachel knowing that Eric is gay she gives him the Fantasy Suite card because she knows it will be better for ratings and knows she doesn’t have to worry about any hanky panky with Eric.
The two wake up and Eric makes some comments about how he is learning to not ‘fight his feelings’. Rachel is kind of rolling her eyes and anxiously waiting until this date is over so she can have some real sexy time with Peter.
Ok enough on Eric.
Peter is freaking out because he knows he could win. He likes Rachel, but not enough to propose and he really wants to be The Bachelor.
Peter is essentially threading the needle here. He has to appear interested enough to gain the empathy and support of fans but not so interested that he actually wins. If he comes off too cold he could blow it.
Rachel decides to tell Peter that she isn’t looking for a boyfriend in this ‘accelerated process’. She is looking for a HUSBAND! And Peter better be prepared to visit Neil Lane and pick out a ring or he better just bail now.
Lindsay asserts, “I didn’t come this far and put my life on hold to just have a boyfriend at the end of it.”
Peter replies, “My hopes of pursuing a relationship with you beyond this point is with the thought that [it] would lead to engagement. Engagement is marriage.”
Rachel replies, “I don’t have the answers for you.”
And the episode ends on a cliff hanger with Rachel presenting Peter the Fantasy Suite card….
and let the Crying Games begin!!!
See Rachel Lindsay’s 3 karat engagement ring!
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.