It’s becoming more and more apparent, if it wasn’t already clear enough, that the rest of the guys on “The Bachelorette” strongly dislike Gainesville’s Luke Parker. It’s also becoming more and more apparent that Parker’s fuse is getting shorter and shorter with all of them.
This episode wasn’t completely filled with Parker, but there was still plenty toward the end to satisfy viewers’ hunger for this season’s so-called villain ahead of hometown dates.
First thing’s first, Jed got a rose after his one-on-one date with Hannah Brown, this season’s bachelorette. So, Brown will be headed to the singer-songwriter's hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, to meet his family and friends.
Tyler C. also got a rose, so Brown will head to the general contractor’s hometown of Jupiter, Florida, too.
After being a little upset he didn’t get a one-on-one date with Brown, Connor went to talk with her. Instead of stringing him along any longer, Brown sent Connor home.
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She did the same with Mike after their one-on-one date, leaving three men — Peter, Garrett and Luke P. — and two roses to hand out.
Mike and Parker’s contempt for each other has been evident in each episode, but as Mike was gone on his one-on-one date, Parker was sure to make it known as the rest of the men were sitting around waiting to see if Mike would return.
“At this point, to see someone come in and take his suitcase, that’d make my day,” Parker said. “I mean, you guys are in my way. Just being completely real.”
Tyler C. tried to point out that none of the men in the house like Parker, which has been obvious for multiple episodes.
“We’re in Scotland and there’s 15 guys in the house and 14 guys don’t like you,” Tyler C. said. “Maybe it’s not that we’re the problem.”
Parker began to defend himself, saying he was just talking with the rest of the guys, having a good time — something the cameras didn’t show. But Garrett said he was just going along with Parker, giving him short answers because he’s “not the type of person to just ignore” him.
And ignoring Parker was definitely not an option as Garrett, Parker and Peter went on their group date. As the date got underway, Parker took Brown away to talk.
They talked about how the other men have been treating Parker — he gave examples of a few circumstances — and they tried to get to the bottom of why it’s happening.
“I just, like, don’t get why people won’t be kind to you,” Brown said. “Like, what is it? Like, I’m sorry. I just need to know.”
Parker asked Brown if she remembered being on his side of the show, when she was one of many women trying to win the heart of one man on “The Bachelor.”
“It’s like you’re part of a mob,” Parker said. “If I screw up time, if I rob them time with you, guess what? They all turn on me, hate me, and start saying some crap that’s totally fake and not true about me. And it’s the thing I've been dealing with this entire time. And that is the only reason they dislike me. That’s the truth.”
Meanwhile, Peter and Garrett were sitting together, talking about how much they dislike Parker and trying to figure out themselves, why Brown has kept him around for so long.
“He does such a good job at manipulating,” Peter said.
But for Parker, he said all of the hate he was receiving was only making his relationship with Brown grow stronger.
“I’ve gotten to see sides of you I know they haven’t seen yet, because we’ve had to deal with all this crap,” Parker said. “Honestly, it’s done nothing but affirm me and how I feel about you.”
Brown listened and seemed pleased with what he was saying. But she still left the conversation questioning things. She went off with Garrett to try to clear it all up.
Brown asked him about his interactions with Parker and that’s where the episode began to spiral.
Garrett was frustrated that Parker brought up his name while talking to Brown. So when he went back to wait with Parker as Peter had his one-on-one time with Brown — buckle up for a shock here — the two didn’t have nice things to say to each other.
Garrett told Parker he was fake, and Parker told him that he doesn’t even know him.
They continued to argue until Parker got up, walked over to where Garrett was sitting and raised his voice at him, with a clenched fist.
“I’ve been nothing but truthful with Hannah, and you are not going to mess it up,” Parker yelled in the much-previewed exchange. “I don’t care what you said to her, but I am tired of it.”
Then, things got real juicy — or meaty — between the two.
“You know what this is right here?” Parker said as he turned around and grabbed a handful of cold cuts from the table. “This is a pile of bologna. Look at that. That’s what you’ve been saying to me and I’m tired of it. OK? I’m tired of it.”
He dropped the meat on Garret’s lap and continued to raise his voice, but then, walked away.
Needless to say, Peter ended up getting the rose, leaving just one more to go to either Garrett or Parker later that night.
Brown was hoping not to bring any “drama or negativity” into the dinner date with the two men, and for the most part, she got what she wished for. Parker took her away for some one-on-one time where they talked about his past and some of the mistakes he said he’s made, like drinking and partying in college.
“There was a streak of me where I was chasing sex,” Parker said. “It’s not easy for me to talk about, because I hated chasing those selfish, fleshly desires.”
Then he shared his faith and how he started living his life as he felt he should.
“Since then, I’ve been doing everything I can to become the man I feel like my future dream wife is looking for in a husband,”
Brown was happy that Parker opened up and shared some difficult things in his life with her. She felt their stories were similar, and said “I’m connected to him,” in an on-camera interview.
Although Parker left the conversation confident, the rest of the men were back at the house talking about how they couldn’t wait until Parker didn’t come back. But, shortly after, they realized their wish wasn’t going to become a reality. A producer came into the house and took away Garret’s suitcase after Brown gave the rose to Parker.
Parker couldn’t help but smile as Brown walked Garrett outside to leave. When she returned, Parker picked Brown up and carried her outside, and they both laughed and smiled together as they got excited about their future hometown date.
“Yes!” Parker shouted. “We’re going to Georgia.”