Despite Dean's awkward nerves on The Bachelorette prior to hometowns, Rachel still gave him a rose and agreed to meet his family, including his estranged father.
"I’m legitimately terrified. I’m not nervous, I’m terrified. This is going to be awful," Dean said to Rachel on tonight's episode prior to the date. Turns out, he had every reason to feel those feelings.
The hometown actually started out OK. But it didn't stay that way for long. Dean tried to confront his father about their issues because, well, I'm sure the show wanted the drama. It didn't go well.
"I’m trying to work through this with you, but you’re not allowing me to," Dean told his dad. "You’re stubborn to the point where you’re not allowing us to work through it. It’s disallowing us to have a relationship."
Dean's father responded with a helpful, "You’ve still got one fucking foot stuck in the past. I love you, regardless. Whatever," before leaving the room.
And what better way to end a tragic family reunion like this than by breaking poor Dean's heart? That's right, Rachel sent the poor boy packing! After she told him she was falling in love with him.
Yes, it really was that brutal.
Needless to say, the internet did not handle the rejection well.
I feel so uncomfortable that we exploited a man's family issues & now are watching his heart break. This doesn't feel okay #TheBachelorette— Caitlyn Buchanan (@buchanan_cait) July 18, 2017
Ok good so abc exploited deans family drama only for him to get kicked off 5 minutes later.. that's honestly unethical #TheBachelorette— Julianna (@jayaredoubleyou) July 18, 2017
I want Rachel to marry Peter and I want them to adopt Dean. #TheBachelorette— Harmony Barker (@HarmonyNBee) July 18, 2017
Publicly humiliating Dean and the issues with his family and him declaring his love and then he got sent home? Not cool#TheBachelorette— Caroline Kimani (@cawaki) July 18, 2017
This hometown is pretty heartbreaking- I'm not down with exploiting a broken family for ratings #TheBachelorette— Aysha Malik (@FireAndAysh) July 18, 2017
this isn't Rachel meeting Dean's family. this is abc taking advantage of Dean's toxic family situation #TheBachelorette— The Bachelor Diaries (@thebachdiaries) July 18, 2017
This is not even entertaining anymore. I'm upset that Dean has to do this on tv #TheBachelorette— Ashley Clien (@catwithatag) July 18, 2017
ABC should just announce Dean as the next Bachelor as soon as possible.
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