Things didn't get too weird on “The Bachelorette” this week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of drama. And, of course, Gainesville’s Luke Parker was at the center of the episode.
The 15 remaining men hoping to find love with Hannah Brown, this season's bachelorette, took a trip to Rhode Island for this week’s dates.
After a one-on-one date with Jed, 13 of the other men, including Parker, went on a group date. Brown took them to a rugby match, where the men suited up to compete against one another.
Things went just about as well as you’d think.
‘A freaking animal’
There were big hits, aggressive attitudes and even a dislocated shoulder as the tackles were played back in slow-motion complete with a classical, and very dramatic, soundtrack.
Tensions hit a high at the end of the match when — after the whistle — Luke S. started running toward Parker and Parker body slammed him to the ground.
Onlookers seemed stunned, but some weren’t surprised.
“Luke P., that guy’s a beast, and he’s super aggressive,” said Peter, another contestant. “But I think maybe sometimes he can be a little too aggressive.”
After the incident, Luke S. stood up, a little dazed and trying to figure out what had just happened. As the game wrapped up, Parker tried to clear things up.
“Hey, Luke, I’m sorry,” Parker said. “I just wanted to tell you I’m sorry.”
Luke S. ignored him, and the drama continued.
“Luke can’t control himself. He’s a freaking animal,” Luke S. said in an on-camera interview. “I’ve never seen anything like it before in my whole life. I think at this point, it’s safe to say that in competitive situations, he poses a threat to other people.”
Luke S. went on to say Parker is “an unstable guy,” “he shouldn’t be here” and he would tell Brown everything that happened later that night.
Once they got to the one-on-one portion of the night, Brown pulled Parker away. Pressed by Brown, Parker explained his side of the story.
“I had the ball, I stiff-armed him to the ground, but you know, he started like cussing me out and like clenched his fists and started coming at me and started to swing at me, like to hit me in the face,” Parker said. “I didn’t know what to do, and I like picked him up and I put him on his back.”
Brown was not happy hearing what Parker had done.
“My emotions with you are high and it’s because I do really care about you, and I want to feel confident in my feelings towards you,” Brown said. “But then when I hear things like that, it worries me a little bit.”
She said she needed some time to think and to hear the other side of the story, so she went to talk to Luke S.
But before she could go, Parker told her he’s seen “red flags” with Luke S. He said Luke S. never talks about Brown when the cameras are away, but “he’s always talking about his brand and his liquor company.”
Now, Brown had even more questions. So she went to talk to Luke S. about the body slam and red flags.
“He turned around and he had this glazed look in his eye,” Luke S. said of Parker. “He picked me up and he threw me down to the ground, knocked the wind out of me and then kneed me in the head and then walked away.”
Luke S. then went on to explain the ways Parker had frustrated the rest of the men and how “we all have a thing with Luke P.”
And when Brown brought up the liquor company, Luke S. became even more frustrated that his character was being questioned.
Many of the conversations Brown had with the other men throughout the night centered around the confrontation between Parker and Luke S., with all of them taking Luke S.’s side, which began to worry Brown even more.
“It’s not just Luke S. that has issues with Luke P.,” Brown said in an on-camera interview. “There are a lot of men in the house that are frustrated with him.”
And those men let Parker know how frustrated they were as they were waiting for one-on-one time with Brown.
They said they were upset that he could have hurt one of their friends and they were frustrated that Parker made the date all about himself once again.
Parker went to explain himself, saying he didn’t remember exactly what happened. Everyone listening grew more and more frustrated and ended up getting up and walking away until Luke S. and Parker were the only ones remaining.
They went back and forth arguing about what happened until Luke S. finally walked out on Parker himself.
Ending with a cliffhanger
Eventually, the night ended with Garrett getting the group date rose and all the men going home.
When it was time for the cocktail party before the rose ceremony, there was still tension in the air between Parker and the rest of the group.
When Luke S. got time with Brown, he again tried to explain himself, reassuring her he was there for the right reasons. And Brown, having been on both sides of the show — as a contestant and now as the bachelorette — explained that she “sees both sides” of people disliking Parker.
Luke S. went back and talked with Parker in front of the rest of the men and Parker agreed to clear the air with Brown, admitting that he was wrong in thinking Luke S. was there for the wrong reasons.
But when Parker talked with Brown, it didn’t come across quite like clearing the air.
“The last thing I want to talk about right now is Luke S., but he came up to me, like asking me to put in a good word for him to you, which I have no business concerning myself with,” Parker said. “What I told you the other night about him — my opinion about him being here for the right reason — although he tried to talk me into thinking he is here for the right reasons, nothing has changed.”
Brown was even more confused and went to talk to Luke S. again, asking why he would have Parker “talk him up.” Brown said she had to think about things a little longer as their conversation ended. In order to do that, she asked both Parker and Luke S. to sit down with her and talk things out.
And as if the show wasn’t filled with enough drama, that’s where the episode ended.