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February 19, 2018 at 10:00 PM EST

Picture it, rose lovers: a hometown dates episode of The Bachelor, only melded with Bachelor Winter Games. Our final four “ladies” — Kendall, Tia, Becca, and Lauren — would each have to compete in strenuous winter sports like the biathalon, speed skating, and curling, while their families cheered them on from the sidelines. The three women with the highest score receive gold-plated invitations to the Fantasy Suite…

Maybe in 2020.

This year, the hometowns are pretty straightforward. In fact, the first one doesn’t even require any travel!

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Kendall and Arie greet each other with copious smooches and hugs before heading out to a nondescript-looking warehouse… filled with dead animals, of course. “To me it’s just a way to really appreciate animals,” explains Kendall, before giving Arie the bad news: “We are going to be mounting some taxidermy of our own!” Doesn’t he look thrilled?

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“This is some Silence of the Lambs stuff,” mutters the Bachelor as he stretches a limp rat skin over a wooden form. But Kendall has a much more romantic view: “In a way, taxidermy is like a perfect relationship, because it’s something that’s going to last forever.”

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If those rats weren’t already dead, I suspect they’d want to kill themselves.

That night, Kendall introduces Arie to her father Bob, her mom Michele, her identical twin sister Kylie, and her little brother Colton. (Pause. Kendall and Kylie? Sorry, Kardashian-Jenner clan, but these two L.A. babes did it first.) Kylie immediately feels that there’s “a little bit of space” between Arie and her sister, and she’s anxious about it. “My fear for Kendall is that she’d lie to herself and jump into a relationship without actually having the base to really feel out everything,” she tells us. (Oh girl, too late — the willingness to lie to yourself is a prerequisite to getting on this show.) Fortunately, Kendall is self-aware enough to know that she’s not ready for an engagement, so Kylie offers some sisterly advice.

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Dad, meanwhile, asks Arie point blank if “this is something that’s real.” The Bachelor’s all potential blah blah possible engagement blah blah…and Dad does the classic blessing bait-and-switch, telling Arie that his “first thought” would be to deny giving the Bachelor his blessing to propose…but then he concedes that if it’s something that Kendall “really wanted,” he’d go with it. Crisis averted! (Next: On to Weiner, Arkansas!)

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