Last week on The Bachelorette
, Jillian sent home Robby, Jake, and Tanner after a train ride through Canada.
Now Jillian has 5 of her original 30 men left, and it's time for her to
visit their hometowns and meet their families.
This is always an
interesting episode, because you get to see where everyone comes from.
And then inevitably realize that 10 minutes with their folks isn't really enough by
which to judge this 2-dimensional reality character you don't really
know anyway, and also that all of the families of everyone on The
are polite, charming, slightly demanding upper middle
class people itching for grandchildren so badly that they're willing to
project their dinner rituals on national TV. Let's see if this
batch holds true to form.
First up is: Reid in Philadelphia.
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starts off his date by giving Jill the ol' "two hands holding burning
hot coffees behind your back" hug. They sit down and chat, and share
the most awkward kiss ever had since we invented the thing.
Jillian then meets Reid's family (his parents and 2 brothers), and
hears all about how she could fit into their real estate family
business. Reid's mom Rhonda then sits down Jillian for a heart-to-heart
about Reid (he's cautious, but it's a good thing). His brothers have
their turn with Jillian (not in THAT way, ew, you guys) and say they
think Reid is still single because he's afraid (or has been afraid) of
commitment until now. Reid asks for fatherly advice, and his pop Larry
tells him to jump in if it seems like a good idea. Fair enough.
Unfortunately for Reid, these waters are infested with reality TV
sharks and music-promoting snakes. But he's willing to risk it anyway.
Reid's family throws him a surprise 30th birthday party, and they're
shocked to see Jillian and Reid being affectionate in front of
everyone. Usually Reid isn't a PDA sort of guy, apparently. (Makes
sense. Kissing spreads germs!) Jillian leaves Philly saying she's
falling even harder for Reid.
Next up: Michael in New York.
has an "identical" twin brother who isn't quite identical, Steve. After
raving over Jillian to Steve and his adorable parents Lynn and Frank,
our little squealy Canadian shows up, and the family commences with
their typical shenanigans.
First Michael and Steve try to switch
outfits and fool Jillian, but she has eyes, so it doesn't work.
Seriously, they look alike, but I have a harder time remembering which
is Mary Kate and which is Ashley (JK, I still don't actually know!)
Lynn talks to Jillian (saying she's happy to see how much Michael
adores her), Steve talks to Jillian (saying Michael is ready for
marriage), and then Michael talks to his dad (getting the go-ahead to
fall hard for the girl), and by that time everyone is super hungry from
all that yammering, so they sit down to dinner, and Dad asks Jillian
the "question for the table" (a tradition): to name 3 things she is
most proud of. Jillian says she is proud that she can laugh at
everything, that she loves to see good in everybody, and that she has
lots of energy/work ethic.
Then Michael's long-lost sister Jenna shows
up from Australia! Everyone is so excited to see her! And yet we never
get to really see or hear her! Weird. After some dancing in the living
room, Michael kisses Jillian goodbye on her way to California.(1) (2) (3) NEXT>>