For Hannah Brown’s hometown dates on “The Bachelorette,” she flew over Westlake Village, California, with Peter, boated through the waters of Jupiter, Florida, with Tyler C., walked the streets of Knoxville, Tennessee, with Jed and went to a diner in Gainesville with Luke P.
Gainesville didn’t quite look as exotic and exciting as the other hometown dates, but the two made the most of it as Brown met a group of Parker’s closest friends and family during the short stop in town.
“I know that there’s been a lot of bumps in this process, a few obstacles, and I want you to get to know me better, so I figured we’d do something that I do on a weekly basis, and maybe you can meet some of my friends,” Parker said as the two stood on the bank of Lake Lanier. “Every Sunday before church, we have a Sunday school, and you’re going to be a part of it. So here we go.”
Parker took Brown to Curt’s Cafeteria in Oakwood to spend some time with friends from his church. Brown said she was excited, and was hoping to figure out the “jigsaw puzzle” that is Luke P.
As they entered the Southern-style restaurant, a group of about 20 people cheered for the couple. Introductions were made as they all sat around a big table and Parker began to share his faith.
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He told the group about his life of partying in college and how he was “chasing sex” and was “entangled and caught up in sin of all kinds.”
Then he shared about how he became a Christian, when he was in the shower and felt like there was a “weight” on him as he began to cry.
“I remember just feeling God talk to me, and hearing him say, ‘Luke, let go. Let go and follow me,’” Parker said.
He felt the weight lift and said he remembers “seeing a hole open up,” giving him a glimpse of heaven.
After Parker finished sharing, he invited Brown to stand with him and talked about how thankful he was for her.
As time went on, Brown was able to talk to the people there and get a perspective from Parker’s friends that was much different than what the other men on the show had been giving her.
“It was nice for me to also be affirmed in the good that I see in Luke,” Brown said in an on-camera interview. “It was a nice change to just see people rally around him and support him, because I have not heard a lot of that.”
They closed the night by praying for Parker and the two went off to meet with his family.
Brown met Parker’s father, Mike, his mother, Elizabeth, his brother, Mike, his sister-in-law, Hannah, his grandmother and great-grandmother along with a few others.
From the moment they got to the house, Parker and Brown were honest about their relationship and the struggles they’ve faced throughout the show.
“It was great,” Brown told the family of the first week filming. “And then it was, like, him and another guy kind of got into it, and then it became, like, Luke against basically I feel like the rest of the house from then on.”
Brown continued to talk about the struggles and how she had to try to make Parker be honest about how he was feeling.
“I cared a lot about her, and I felt like I was put in the position where I felt like I was walking on eggshells,” Parker said. “And I had to be cautious and I had to say and do all the right things, which is obviously the worst mindset.”
Everyone joked about how Parker made it to hometowns, but Brown was smiling the whole way through and seemed to enjoy meeting his family.
Parker went off to talk to his father, who encouraged him and was able to get a sense of how their relationship had been going. Parker said he was thankful that he and Brown were connected on a spiritual level and also — wait for it — that he loved her.
“I’m telling you, there’s something about the connection we have,” Parker said. “I can’t describe it. Seriously.”
Meanwhile, Brown was off talking to Parker’s brother and sister-in-law. They supported Parker and explained that the way he’d been acting isn’t the way he really is, which is something Brown said she felt like she knew deep down.
Brown also talked to Parker's father and said she felt like their “relationship has gotten strong because of everything” they’d gone through.
Parker’s father agreed that it must have made their relationship different than the others, and when asked if Parker would be ready to propose at the end of things, his father said, “Without a doubt.”
When Parker talked with his mother, she had questions about why he was so hesitant and unable to open up to Brown.
“I was just trying to be Mr. Perfect,” Parker said. “And there’s a lot of reasons why, but the main reason was I was just being cautious.”
As the conversation with his mother continued, he wasn’t being cautious any longer as he told her, too, that he loved Brown.
As Brown and Parker finished up the night alone on a bench outside the house, Parker apologized for everything he had put Brown through and told her he was happy they were “back on track.”
“Without a doubt, I see a future with you,” Parker said. “Looking in your eyes, I feel like I am looking at my future wife and without a doubt I can tell you that I do love you.”
They kissed and Brown had to leave for the night. The next time Parker was on screen, it was time for the rose ceremony.
“He told me he loved me,” Brown said in an on-camera interview. “And it felt good … I am falling in love with him. Yeah, I’m falling in love with Luke.”
At the rose ceremony, Brown handed out roses to Peter and Tyler C. There was only one rose left, but Brown couldn’t decide who to give it to. After taking a moment to talk with the show’s host, Chris Harrison, Brown came back with two roses, meaning each of the four men will be back next week.
Jed’s realization that she had trouble deciding between himself and Parker didn’t make him happy, so there’s sure to be plenty of drama left on the show.
“I want to continue on with all of you,” Brown said.