The Bachelorette Hometown Dates: The Highs and (Many!) Lows


Rachel was first dated by Zach in his hometown of Anaheim, Calif. After riding bikes through a residential neighborhood, Zach brought her to a rooftop where they had a perfect view of airplanes as they took off—a callback to a shared memory from earlier in the season.

Zach introduced Rachel, his sister, aunt, mom, father, uncle and aunt to Rachel at their family house. Patrick Warburton! David Puddy is Zach’s uncle. Seinfeld?!

Despite awkward conversations in which Zach’s father told Rachel of Rachel’s, The Bachelorette experience, “You’ll go to the most romantic places on Earth and you’ll fall in love with a monkey,” the night ended with Zach telling Rachel he was in love with her.

Next Gabby met with JohnnyShe was brought to Johnny’s Palm Beach, Fla. by his mom, dad, best friends, brother, and sister. Johnny expressed his engagement concerns after he had some time alone with his mom.

“My whole thing is not being fully there yet,”Johnny admitted it. “To just drop and get married, that’s a huge step for me. I don’t know if I’m ready for that.”

Gabby and Johnny ended the date with a boat ride at dusk—but they appear to be in very choppy waters.

Rachel went to Wildwood, N.J. after her successful visit to her hometown with Zach. Tyler. The duo ate corn dogs, played games and rode bumper cars—and Rachel even met some of Tyler’s friends and extended family members who work on the boardwalk.

This was it for the fun and games.

“I just feel so bad because he’s such a good guy,”Rachel spoke behind closed doors while her microphone remained on. “I can’t even look at him. I’m going to break down.”

Eventually, Rachel sat him down on a park bench and tried breaking up with him—but Tyler wasn’t getting it. “I’m not falling in love with you,”He smiled while he spoke. “I am so in love with you.”

Rachel finally had to let him go to share the news. “I don’t know if I’m ready to meet your family when I still have this bit of reservation and I don’t know where it’s coming from,”She told him. “There just is something missing.”

Rachel wept, Tyler wept, and all of us cried.

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