Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Bachelor heads to four hometowns; now only three contenders remain
Some visits were pleasant. Some.
The competition to win Sean Lowe’s heart on The Bachelor is winding down, as just three women remain after Monday night’s episode.
AshLee, Catherine, Lindsay, and Desiree returned to their respective hometowns where they met Sean and introduced him to the family. Some relatives were more receptive than others, a gesture that ultimately decided who went home.
Sean first traveled to his native state of Texas and met AshLee and both her parents in Houston, where they dined and shared the heartfelt story of AshLee’s adoption. We learn the couple has more in common than meets the eye — both are from Texas, and both their fathers work in the ministry. Welcome to the Bible belt, y’all.
AshLee’s parents, while personable and level headed, were protective of their daughter — a recurring theme throughout each hometown visit. AshLee’s dad went so far as to threaten Sean should he break her heart; though in the end, Sean earned the pastor’s blessing.
Sean’s next trip to Seattle was notably less smooth. Catherine’s mother, grandmother, and two sisters were present at the meeting during which Sean helped make veggie spring rolls and swooned the household matriarch with his looks.
Both her sisters grilled Catherine about the legitimacy of her reality relationship before throwing her under the bus in a private conversation with Sean. She’s messy, they said, excessively independent, difficult for men to get along with, and infamous for brief relationships. Her mother did not give Sean her blessing, as she too was wary of the success rate of The Bachelor.
“I don’t know where to go from here with Catherine,” Sean said.
Up next was Army brat Lindsay in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Sean was extremely nervous about meeting her father, an Army general of more than 20 years. His emotion — legitimate anxiety — was arguably the most sincere of the entire season.
Luckily, Lindsay’s parents were both supportive and able to laugh about that crazy wedding dress incident that will forever haunt her. Lindsay’s father gave Sean his potential blessing (“Though if Lindsay doesn’t say yes, you no longer have my blessing,” he said) and the charming substitute teacher spilled an “I love you.” Lindsay is an obvious frontrunner, as Sean said he could see himself as part of her family.
The Dallas bachelor returned to Los Angeles to meet Desiree’s mother, father, and brother, but not before an ex-boyfriend of two years showed up to spoil the moment. The appearance ended up being a farce, namely revenge for the prank he pulled on Des during their first date.
Unfortunately, real problems surfaced during dinner when Desiree’s brother put his nose in the wrong place. He outright called Sean a “playboy” who is “just having fun,” essentially bouncing from one bed to the next. The tension in the room post-conversation was so awkward that Desiree’s parents digressed to discussions of the weather. They later scolded their son for being so narrow-minded. Fans of the cute bridal stylist surely felt uncomfortable watching her chances at love go down in flames.
No frills surrounded Monday’s rose ceremony. Sean explained that he felt premature regret that he would send the wrong woman home. AshLee and Lindsay received roses right off the bat.
After much contemplation and some bro time with host Chris Harrison, Sean handed the final rose to Catherine. Desiree pleaded with Sean, telling him he was making a huge mistake. He, too, felt like he may have made a wrong decision; however, perhaps he didn't want to deal with her ill-tempered brother for eternity.
Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor provided a reality check for audiences. Though everything about the show is staged too perfectly, too romantically, too unfathomably, these are still real people — real daughters with real fathers who will feel the sadness of this competition even after the conclusion of the season.
Tuesday night, Sean Lowe graces primetime for a second night in a row for a special segement of The Bachelor, which airs at 8 p.m. CST.