It’s week eight of “The Bachelor,” and Matt James is getting closer to finding “the one.” Last night was the Hometown Dates, which usually means a busy week of traveling around to meet the final four’s families. But due to COVID, this year the families trekked out to the Nemacolin Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, where the whole season has been filmed.
Michelle is a teacher from Edina, Minnesota, and Matt got to meet some of her students over Zoom. Producers got creative and decorated the meeting spot to look like “Ms. Young’s Classroom,” and the students adorably grilled Matt on whether their teacher will get a rose or a ring on her finger. Then he met Michelle’s mom and dad, who are total #CoupleGoals. Mom wanted to make sure Matt would treat Michelle as well as her dad does, and Dad had total trust in Michelle to make the right decision. They ended the meeting on a fun note with a family basketball game. We love supportive “Bachelor” parents!
Rachael is a graphic designer from Cumming, Georgia, and her idea of a date involved skydiving. They jumped out of a plane together, and Rachael took the opportunity to joke that she’s “falling” for Matt. Things took a scary turn when they made a seriously rocky landing… and suffered some bruising. But luckily, they were just fine. Despite Rachael’s ongoing controversy for her past “offensive and racist” actions, things went fine on the date and with the parents… although he didn’t ask the ‘rents for their blessing to propose to Rachael. Hmmm… not the best sign.
Then it was Bri’s turn, a communications manager from San Francisco. She took Matt on a bumpy Jeep ride through the woods to get him back for their first date – and they both ended up in the mud this time! Bri warned Matt that her mom is a little tough, since she was a single mom – just like Matt’s mom – and she was, but also lovely! Bri and Matt shared a touching moment with her mom when she admitted she’s falling for Matt but is “so, so scared” to confess her feelings. Mom said worst-case scenario is they’ll “mend a broken heart together.” Awwww!
Then it was time for the last of the Hometown dates, Serena P. She’s a Toronto-based publicist, and gave Matt all the Canadian highlights: maple syrup, poutine and hockey. While Serena said she’s falling for Matt, she wasn’t sure she’s ready for an engagement. While she thinks Matt is the perfect guy “on paper,” she was suddenly hit with a wave of doubt.
After talking it over with her family, she was able to open up about it with Matt, and they had a big talk about honesty. Before the rose ceremony, Matt showed up to Serena’s room to talk about her insecurities and doubts, and how her past relationship has made her afraid to get hurt again. He said he sees a future with her, noting he’s spent the most time with her out of all the ladies – two one-on-one dates! – but in the end, Serena said she realized her fear was actually her realizing she’s not Matt’s “person.” And suddenly, they were saying their goodbyes.
Serena’s exit hit Matt hard. He told the cameras he was worried the rest of the women could change their minds about him, too. But when it came down to the rose ceremony, all three accepted roses.