By Spencer Collins
One of My Favorite Weeks
Hometown dates are always one of my favorite weeks. Seeing people’s hometowns, how they act, and to whom they choose to introduce the Bachelorette is always so interesting to me.
This season was possibly some of the best hometown dates I’ve ever seen. First off, I think ALL the parents gave really good advice to the guys and JoJo. The parents all seem to really be able to read their sons well. I think JoJo would fit in with any of these families.
First up is Chase, who lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Chase’s parents are divorced, and it was such a bad divorce that JoJo has to meet the mom and dad at separate times.
I was lucky enough to not have divorced parents, so because of that, it’s hard for me to understand Chase’s difficulty in opening up as a result of his parents’ divorce. However, both his parents give him very good advice on how to NOT end up like them.
Chase’s mom is absolutely the mom from Mean Girls, track suit and all. It’s great! Chase’s mom says she loves JoJo’s laugh. I love this because one of the biggest things I personally look for in a relationship is if someone makes me laugh.
Chase has a one-on-one talk with his mom and sheds one solitary tear.
At the end of the night, he tells JoJo he’s falling in love with her. She has been trying to get emotion out of Chase all season long, so you can tell she really likes this.
Jordan is up next from Chico, California.
Jordan takes JoJo to his old high school, which makes me laugh, because realistically, those were the glory days for Jordan, and it seems like he is just trying to re-live them.
JoJo, of course, wants to know more about why Jordan and the Aaron Rodgers don’t talk. The more she asks, the more I want to know too, because Jordan really shuts down and is a totally different person when JoJo asks.
JoJo and Jordan absolutely love each other, but JoJo doesn’t totally trust Jordan. There is nothing worse than this. I don’t know if JoJo just thinks it’s too good to be true, or if her gut is telling her something is off. Girl, if it’s your gut, you better run now.
Robby’s date is next. He takes JoJo home to St. Augustine, Florida.
JoJo has some major concerns with Robby and his ex-girlfriend. The two dated for four years and just broke up four months before Robby came on the show. I think JoJo’s concern is perfectly valid. There are also rumors swirling that Robby broke up with his ex just to come on the show. Robby assures JoJo this isn’t true. I want to believe him, but JoJo brings up a good point--- who is going to benefit from starting these rumors? I do like Robby, but I just don’t trust him.
Last, but certainly not least, is Luke from the small town of Burnet, Texas.
Luke introduces JoJo to his family and 50 OF HIS "CLOSEST FRIENDS!" I like that Luke is so close with so many people to invite them all, but this would be waaaaay too overwhelming.
I seriously cannot get over how much I love Luke though.
I know, I know. I originally said he was too emotional. Here’s why though—after week two, Luke was already jealous and really upset about not spending time with JoJo.
That concerned me a little bit. Now I think he’s at the right emotional level. Except for the fact that he won’t tell JoJo he loves her.
But this is where I get onto my soap box….
I don’t think anyone is in true love at this point. I think after two months and a very short amount of actual one-on-one time, it’s hard to be in love with someone.
However, there is so much pressure on this show to say those three little words. It’s come to the point now where if you don’t say I love you by hometowns, you’re probably going home. It drives me insane!
So, who's going home?
So because of that, JoJo drops a BOMBSHELL and says she is going to send Luke home even though he has really impacted her life. WHAT?!?! I am literally SHOCKED. However—plot twist—Luke pulls JoJo aside at the rose ceremony and tells her he loves her. JoJo is now confused as ever, saying that’s what she’s been wanting to hear from Luke all along, but it might be too late.
I can’t decide what should happen. Either:
a) She should keep him because she is clearly upset about her original idea to send him home.
b) If she was going to send him home, she shouldn’t keep him just because he said “I love you.” Because if her feelings really were that strong for him, it wouldn’t totally matter if he said I love you.
All I know is I’m very confused and I can’t wait to see what happens next week To be continued….
Let me know what you thought about the episode and who your favorites are!!
Spencer Collins | @spencer_elizabeth