We’re here at last, rose lovers. Whether you read all the spoilers (I do) or studiously remain spoiler-free (bless your commitment), the end of The Bachelorette’s “journey” is always a time for celebration. Another season in the books! Another “love” story launched into the stratosphere for anywhere from three months to forever (props to the OG queen, Trista)! Another reminder that Bachelor in Paradise starts tomorrow! For this tiny moment, life is good.
We open in the Maldives, where bats lounge in the trees and sunset yoga is optional. Becca is ready to say “I love you” to either Blake or Garrett — she’s just not sure (or so she says) which one will get the honor. Hey look, it’s Becca’s adorable mom!
“I have two of the best guys in the entire world,” gushes Becca (do you still wince every time she says something like this? I do). “I love them, but I haven’t told them.” Now, it’s up to the family to help the Bachelorette decide which one is the “right” guy for her. Garrett’s up first, and he knows that all of Becca’s relatives — to use the parlance of this franchise — will have their walls up after going through this whole thing with Arie.
“We saw what happened last season with Arie,” says Uncle Chuck. “So frankly I think we’re trying to challenge [the guys] maybe a little bit more.” To that end, Chuck asks Garrett to explain how his marriage crumbled so quickly, and I’ll bet you can guess Garrett’s answer: I tried really hard, but my ex was the worst and hated my family, essentially. Then something interesting happens: Chuck asks Garrett how he handles difficult times, and the big lug actually gets emotional as he recounts his mother’s battles with cancer and losing his grandpa to the disease.
“So, have you cried with Becca?” Damn, Uncle Chuck is killing it with these questions! Garrett says Becca has “seen that side” of him, though I think we might need a judges’ ruling to verify that. The waterworks continue when Garrett sits down with Becca’s sister Emily. “I can just take care of her and give her everything she’s ever been lookin’ for,” he says, choking up. “It’s something that I’ve been missing in my life that I’ve finally found.” Of course, Becca’s family members are loving all of the tears – they want her to end up with a man who is in touch with his emotions.
Hold that thought, sis!
“He looks like a movie star,” whispers Emily. The producers definitely prepped the family, because they start asking Blake about how hard it was to go from the first one-on-one to a string of group dates. (Honestly, how weird is that last sentence? This show is insane.) When he sits down with Emily, Blake goes on about how he “gravitates” toward strong, independent women — which of course she’s happy to hear. As for which one she’d pick for Becca, Emily decides to remain semi-neutral: Garrett would be a “wonderful father,” while Blake would “challenge” Becca and be more of a “teammate.”
Oh come on! What’s Becca supposed to do with that? (Next: The last chance dates)