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13.07.2019, 22:37   #801
 
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15.07.2019, 00:32   #809
 
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Episode 9

Luke was the first guy to tell me he was falling in love with me.
Hannah. We get a variation on this sentence every season but it never gets old.

PETERS HOMETOWN

Hometowns first bring us to Westlake Village, CA, except I strongly doubt this Hometown was filmed first given the week would close with a Rose Ceremony in nearby Los Angeles. At any rate, this was an appropriate starter Hometown: light, fun, filled with lots of family love.
You guys KNEW Id be making a .GIF of the moment Hannah rummaged around Peters car and found a condom, causing Peter to reference the cameras

What a delightful tap at the 4th wall. I had a few of you tell me you found Peter a bit too conscious of cameras and thus his edit based on this scene, but it honestly just made me like him more. First, I happen to like it when people reference the cameras in any capacity (hell, I was talking about cameras ALL THE TIME). Second, he didnt bristle or become too uncomfortable in a moment where he was clearly caught off guard and some people mighthe seemed fully able to laugh at himself. And third, yay safe sex!
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15.07.2019, 01:23   #810
 
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The following spot is thanks to you guys. Several of you (with eagle eyes superior to mine, evidently) wrote me about the moment when, during Peters flight over Los Angeles, the plane appeared to be flying backwards

I have to admit this is pretty great. Talk about taking editing to new, aerodynamics-defying levels.
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15.07.2019, 01:26   #811
 
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I often pick favorites when it comes to contestants parents during Hometown week, and Peters without question took the cake. His mother, Barbara, beyond being soooo adorably sweet and effusive and adoring of her son, was the perfect balance between concerned but acquiescent during her conversation with Hannah

I love the I just wanted to share that. She clearly expresses her natural motherly concern yet never lays blame on Hannah. She recognizes and accepts the situation, as well as the position Hannah is in. She isnt demanding an explanation or for Hannah define her intentions with Peter, as so many parents tend to. Shes simply stating how SHE feels, not demanding answers that cant be given.
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15.07.2019, 01:30   #812
 
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Peters father, Peter, is also downright lovely. I dig a man who isnt afraid to cry and if this moment didnt tug on your heartstrings then theres something wrong with you

The LOVE is simply oozing out of his parents, out of their every pore, and there isnt an ounce of reticence in showing it. I said over at Flare that you can tell Peter will be a great partner one day. Beyond just being an all around great guy all season, not involved in the drama but not without edge, he has clearly been very well raised.
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15.07.2019, 03:49   #813
 
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TYLERS HOMETOWN

Tylers Hometown brings us to Jupiter, FL, where Tyler takes Hannah for a boat ride before bringing her home. There were a few heartstring-tugging moments here as well (particularly Tylers lengthy hug with his recently ill father) but the moment I had to capture was from Tylers chat with his mom, Andrea. I love love LOVE the question she asks him

Too often, the questions families prioritize are along the lines of Is this for real?, Can you see yourself proposing to her in a matter of weeks?, What are you going to do if she doesnt pick you? But wise Andrea focuses on what Id argue is the most important takeaway from the Bachelor/ette experience: the opportunity for introspection, for personal growth. Its ripe for the taking if youre willing to go there. Many alums have said they learned more about themselves in their weeks/months filming than they did in the entire decade prior. I dont know if Id go quite that far, but you get the point.
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15.07.2019, 04:00   #814
 
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Finally, after bidding his family adieu, Tyler pulls ahead in the Bachelorette affection profession race by joining the falling in love group. My only slight beef with this moment was the lack of sustained eye contact

I know Im splitting hairs big time, I just happen to have a personal peeve about good, sustained eye contact when dealing with matters of the heart, and especially when the person youre talking to is leaned in and engaged as Hannah is. I sometimes feel younger people (God, I sound old!) are getting worse and worse with eye contact. (Did anyone else watch the new Temptation Island? It was my worst nightmare in this regard but also admittedly GREAT television.) In Tylers defense, I feel like admitting this was a BIG DEAL for him, and eye contact hasnt been an issue for him in past weeks. (If anything, hes usually pretty locked in on her.) So consider this is the gentlest of criticisms.
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15.07.2019, 04:20   #815
 
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Finally, though there was no ITM shot of Hannah on this date, there was a telltale Pick-up. Note the backgroundthe odds of this room being in Tylers house are pretty slim. File this away for later
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17.07.2019, 09:25   #816
 
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LUKES HOMETOWN

Lukes Hometown brings us to Gainesville, GA, where he brings Hannah to his Sunday school group. I received a fantastic email from one of you with a perspective I really want to share.

This reader wrote me in response to what I wrote over at Flare, about how only one episode can change the way you view a contestant, and how in real life, outside of a pressure cooker designed to bring out your worst traits, it would seem even a narcissist has his tribe." This reader wrote to tell me Luke reminded her of a family member. This family member lived in a very small town in Tennessee and attended a Methodist church. She said that, while she loved him, he was a complete a**hole, to everyone in his family.
She wrote: He was of the generation raised to not respect the rights of women or people of other ethnicity. I tried to give him a little grace given that he wasn't raised to be as accepting as I (and my generation) was raised, but no matter how you slice the cake, he was an a**hole.
He passed away last month. I was completely shocked at the sheer volume of people who came to his visitation to express their condolences and told me how friendly, nice, easy-going, etc. he was to them. Every single person who spoke so fondly of him was from his "church family." He and Luke are so similar in that regard. In my opinion, they are each a respective wolf in sheep's clothing. They put on a facade at church. They're the guy who laughs the loudest at everyone's jokes and goes out of their way to "make friends" with people. However, they don't have real, lasting, in-depth relationships with the people with whom they worship and they are always trying to make everyone in their respective church families believe they are (i) perfect, (ii) the nicest guy they know and (iii) a "perfect Christian." Don't get me started on that last one. I grew up in the bible belt of Alabama and have dealt with my fair share of Christians who give Christianity a really bad name. There are no perfect Christians - but I bet Luke secretly fancies himself one.
Quite frankly, I wasn't surprised that Luke's community (especially a church community) adored and respected him. They don't know the real Luke. He is always putting on a nice guy front. Additionally, Luke was raised by his biological family to be Luke - meaning his parents and siblings contributed to the manipulative, controlling, faith-shaming narcissist he is today. I'm sure they're proud of how he turned out and see no fault in their baby/brother.


So, first of all, you guys are the best readers in that youre also great writersyou let me be the reader, too. I am continuously thrilled by the intelligent, thoughtful, thought-provoking commentary I read from you guys. The above was excellent food for thought for me. Its hard for me to have a valid opinion on the ins and outs of the varying degrees of Christianity and things like faith-shaming and being a perfect Christian since I in no way identify as religious. I havent been to church (outside of a wedding or funeral) since I was 13. Therefore, Ive been enjoying reading the takes of readers for whom church is (or has been) a prominent part of their lives. It goes without saying that if you have thoughts, share them in the comments!
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17.07.2019, 09:29   #817
 
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In the evening, Hannahs voiceover while she and Luke head into his parents house caught my attention.

This sentence struck me as hilarious given were all in agreement that Luke is a narcissist. Like, OF COURSE Luke would be more at ease around people who love him. Hes not in a state of having to prove himself to anyone, which appears to be where things really go awry. He can only functioncan only be who he iswhen in the company of people who adore him. This sentence should be put to music and made Lukes theme song.
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17.07.2019, 09:37   #818
 
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Whats crazy is the transformation. In the presence of people who know and love him, Luke is a different person entirely. Exhibit A, self-awareness
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17.07.2019, 09:39   #819
 
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Exhibit B, an ability to laugh at himself
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17.07.2019, 09:41   #820
 
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Finally, a .GIF had to be made of the moment between Luke and his mother, Elizabeth (who, by the way, has the most incredible hair Ive ever seen). I just found this hug and Lukes face to be cartoonish in cuteness

I admit the above moment softened me a teensy bit to Luke, a testament to what I said in my Flare recap about Hannah giving him the ULTIMATE GIFT by bringing him to Hometowns. Hes now one notch above terrible.
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17.07.2019, 18:06   #821
 
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JEDS HOMETOWN

Jeds Hometown is the seasons requisite controversial one, so it is obviously aired last. The formula is nothing if not consistent.

Im torn on Jed. Ive heard the girlfriend rumors and I know folks want to know my thoughts on them. However, I prefer to recap based on what we see on the show proper (sometimes including relevant, official interviews that come out along the way), but not based on what People articles or rumors come out during the season. Its a tricky line to tread and its sometimes tough to know where to draw that line. Its all too easy to let outside information skew your perception of a person, and were also so quick to go from loving someone to hating them, from hating them to loving them. In that sense, I would prefer to sit back, observe quietly, and let that cookie continue to crumble. Yes, its a bad look for Jed, but he also cant defend or explain himself for the obvious contractual NDA reasons. It just feels pointless to layer on judgment when were this close to the end and well surely see everything addressed officially very soon.

HOWEVER. Ive got to say, while I generally like Jed fine and have defended him and his frequent bouts of guitar-strumming and ballad-crooning, Im not exactly wowed by him as a personalityespecially with a woman he a) has told he loves, and b) hasnt seen in awhile. Something that really stuck out to me on this date was how dry and unfunny he was. Perhaps it was nerves, like he was without cameras on him for long enough to forget how it felt. But there was a key moment where he was giving Hannah a tour of the studio and she excitedly called something an amp, and he just shut her down

Dont miss the split-second Direct-Look-Into-Camera!
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17.07.2019, 18:08   #822
 
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First of all, my guitar-playing husband is 99% sure thats a preamp. Assuming hes right, it wasnt like Hannahs guess was so far off-base to warrant such a thud of a response. And even if it was off-base, youd still think hed be like, Close! Its actually a preamp/mixer/thingamajig. But the way he just shuts her down, given how excitedly shed guessedand especially to define it as where you plug in, like, the mics and stuffwas a MASSIVE turn off for me. There was just a lack of affection and appreciation for her and her enthusiasm in this moment, like hes taking himself and the whole situation too seriously to even notice. In other words, Im not sure I can picture a condom being found in his car and him being able to have a hearty chuckle at himself over it.
THAT SAID, I have major beef with anyone online dissing Jeds actual musicianship and skills. This is going way too far in my opinion. First, a lot of his music this season has been unprepared, or him composing on the spot. Like, so what if his Mr. Right ditty wasnt a Top 40 hit; HE WROTE IT THAT DAY. Even if hes the one to have put himself in that position, thats still fucking impressive, I dont care what anyone says. Further, this is the guys LIFE were dealing with. You can dislike his personality, critique his behavior, or distrust him based on the girlfriend rumors, but for people to go out of their way to call him a bad singer or musician online (which A LOT of people are doing) makes my stomach turn. If people had done that with me when I briefly sang on my seasona moment that was sprung on me, that I wasnt able to warm up for, and that in no way represents what I can actually doI would have been completely crushed. Devastated. The guy is pursuing his passion and has likely sacrificed a LOT to get to this point. Hes also just legitimately goodhow good may be up for debate, and we may be overexposed to it and therefore sick of it, but no one who knows what theyre talking about can listen to the guy compose/play/sing and just say he sucks. Thats simply the truth. You may not like his style, his voice, his lyrics, but thats a matter of TASTE. Objectively, he is a good musician. Subjectively, you may not like his music.

Being a singer/songwriter and a shitty boyfriend are separate categories. You can think hes a scumbag but calling him a bad musician because you think hes a scumbag is crossing the line.
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17.07.2019, 18:57   #823
 
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When finally greeting his family, Jeds dad runs up to him with the most perfect Jump-Straddle

and I immediately fell in love with the man. There wasnt enough of Jeds dad on his datepresumably because he was the nice, open-minded family member.
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17.07.2019, 19:01   #824
 
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Speaking of nice, open-minded family members, Hannah has a sit down with Jed mother, Gina. I laid into Gina pretty hard in my The Morning After video, but as often happens when assembling Pretty Pandas posts, Ive softened my stance a bit after having gone through this scene with a fine tooth comb. I maintain that Gina has an irritating tendency to be a passive aggressive with a smile on her face, but I am quite certain this conversation was edited out of order to make her appear worse than she is. Hannahs (extremely subtle) hair difference is the giveaway
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17.07.2019, 19:04   #825
 
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By her interaction with Hannah, you can tell Gina doesnt watch the show. Its funny how families obviously fall into one of two categories: Theyre either super nice to the lead because they watch the show, have a bit of fangirl/fanboy in them, realize what the bubble can do to a contestant, and are a bit more understanding of the leads delicate position. A great example was Tylers mom with her what have you learned about yourself?, as well as Tylers dad, who was incredibly sweet to Hannah and called her Hannah B

something hed only know if hed watched Coltons season.

The other family type is the people who think The Bachelor/ette is garbage TVlets be honest, this many years in, if you dont even passively watch this show its because you actively think its garbage TVand think that theyre above it. I know this because I meet these people ALL. THE. TIME. Im convinced Gina is in this category, especially by her assumption that this show is a dreamy way to meet someone. She really showed her Bachelor Nation greenness with that line.
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