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The Bachelorette recap: Down With Love

After meeting the four final guys’ families, DeAnna decides to dump the guy she felt she was falling for

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Bachelorette Jesse
Craig Sjodin

The Bachelorette

type:
TV Show
genre:
Reality TV
run date:
05/19/08
broadcaster:
ABC
seasons:
13
Current Status:
In Season

Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh, my….I swear last night‘s rose ceremony on The Bachelorette was the first one in a long time that caused me to feel as if I might actually hurl. From nerves. I would have been on the edge of my couch if I hadn’t been pinned down by my overheating laptop. And I almost couldn’t bear to finish watching, so I hit pause after the rose ceremony and started writing. Every bit of the two hours last night was worth it! (And believe me, I’ve not been a fan of this season’s super-size episodes because that means I have to burn some serious midnight oil to share my joy, disdain, bemusement, shock, and awe with you, TV Watchers.) But if there’s one lasting legacy from here, it should be that all hometown-date episodes last two hours. (Do you think there’s a Bachelor/Bachelorette nickname for hometown dates? Trista called the exotic final dates ”exotics” last week. Does that make the hometown dates ”hometowns”? ”Homies”?)

Never have I loved all the families so much! There’s always at least one oddball or uncomfortable situation or inquisition, and although Jeremy’s overprotective brothers came pretty close, their obvious love and concern for him ended up being almost endearing. Almost. Could you feel the love last night? (Think Elton John.) Yes! All the young dudes (now I’m just feeling sing-songy) pulled out all the stops. And each had a secret weapon.

Jesse spoke so endearingly of his folks, who were so down-home and genuine. Pop, a ”sharer” of feelings (just like ”brutally honest” DeAnna) came to tears while talking about his snowboarding son and how he was a long-awaited answer to their prayers for a child. And then he gave DeAnna what may be the best, most sincere compliment ever given in Bachelor/Bachelorette history: ”To even think that he’s meeting a young girl like you, I’m blessed,” the teary dad said. Man! And we finally got an explanation why Jesse choked last week: ”Kissing’s a special thing to me,” he announced. But he finally opened up (as his parents advised) and gave the girl some smooch time on their carriage ride. (Brave man, taking a horse-drawn ride with DeAnna, whose last trip of that nature didn’t end so well for science nerd Richard.)

Jeremy revved up DeAnna’s engines with a motorcycle ride through his hometown of Dallas. Unlike Jesse, he doesn’t have parents to share with DeAnna, which is part of their intense bond. He made that all the more intense by breaking out the photo albums (anyone else notice a resemblance between his mom and DeAnna?) and reading out loud his journal (the one chronicling his feelings during the last days of his mother’s life), which brought DeAnna to tears. (Yes, as always, there were plenty of tears. More on that with Jason’s date. And post-rose ceremony.) Jeremy’s very tight with his brothers (which appealed to DeAnna but chafed me just a bit). He’s been perfect from day one, DeAnna said in the photo room before last night’s rose ceremony. Yes, but methinks maybe too perfect! Perfect house. (When does the bachelor who still has his bar-exam study materials covering an entire wall have time to decorate? And did you get a load of that elaborate candle-and-rock-filled centerpiece?) Perfect dog. Perfect looks (if you like ”perfect”). Perfect job. His brothers told DeAnna that the last woman to break Jeremy’s heart was their mother. Heavy! And just when we thought he couldn’t open up any more, Jeremy said he’s opening up parts of him that he didn’t know he was capable of opening? Did that strike anyone else as odd? How suddenly, after years, Jeremy’s in uncharted ”opening up” waters, on national television? I curse the cynic in me that questions his motives here. DeAnna appears to be a pretty swell girl (I know some of you have your doubts), but is she so spectacular that she has Jeremy tearing down longstanding walls in a matter of weeks? On camera?

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