We may have reached a turning point in “The Bachelorette.” Then again, it’s a reality TV show and that means there will always be drama, so probably not.
Last week’s episode ended with Gainesville’s Luke Parker being told by this season’s bachelorette, Hannah Brown, that she couldn’t give him a rose during their one-on-one date, effectively sending him packing.
“Giving you a rose tonight, it doesn't make sense,” Brown said.
“So is this it?” Parker said. “Does that mean I go home tonight?”
“Yes, and I just want you to respect that,” Brown said.
But Parker wasn’t having it.
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He accepted what she said for a moment, stood up, hugged Brown and then walked outside to leave. Then he changed his mind.
“Really, I care about her so much, I don’t want to go home,” Parker said in an on-camera interview. “Hannah was right. I have tried to be, quite frankly, perfect. And now, it’s like my eyes have been opened. I need to fight for her. I don’t want to lose here.”
He walked back to Brown, and did just that. He admitted his faults, apologized to her and tried to explain what was going on in his mind, even going as far as saying, “I genuinely want to marry you.”
And that’s the last we saw of their date.
Something Parker said must have worked, because as the rest of the men were back at the house continuing to bash him — as they do every week — saying they’d throw a party if he was sent home, Parker walked back into the house.
“She told me that today was the worst one-on-one she’s had throughout this whole process and she told me that it was just frustrating because she felt like we didn’t really get anywhere,” Parker said to the remaining guys. “I didn’t get a rose, but Hannah said she still wants me to be here, and I’m still here, so I’m going into the rose ceremony with you guys.”
Everyone in the room, visibly annoyed, started sharing just how frustrated they were. Mike said, “It makes my blood boil.” Garrett said, “Be a man about it from here on out.”
Whether he deserved it or not, he continued to get bashed throughout the rest of the episode, which is what caused Brown to finally lose it.
During the cocktail party that precedes the rose ceremony, all of the men were sitting around arguing about whether or not Parker talked bad about them on his date with Brown. They don’t trust him, and it showed as they all continued to argue.
Brown overheard the commotion and went to confront them all.
“Stop,” Brown said. “I’m so frustrated about there always being fights in the house and it’s pissing me off.”
She told them to ask her all the questions they have, so they could clear the air and fix all the drama. So, that’s what they did. They asked, she answered.
“The thing I want to say to you all is stay in your freaking lane, because I’m tired of hearing screaming,” Brown said.
And things seemed OK after that — until she left the room.
Parker continued to defend himself, mainly against things Garrett was saying about him lying on his one-on-one date with Brown.
Brown came back to confront them all for a second time.
She told them to stop focusing so much on Parker and her relationship with him. She wanted them to let her figure out her relationship with Parker. She admitted that she knows he has flaws, but she told the rest of the men they do too. She’s giving them “the benefit of the doubt,” so she should be able to do the same with Parker.
“I feel like everybody thinks it’s just Luke that makes me feel freaking psycho and irritated right now,” Brown said. “It’s all of you. It’s truly all of you that makes me feel this way.”
And that’s where the cocktail party ended.
The men sat around, realizing they had all been “petty” and initiated “petty fights,” and some, including Garrett, apologized for contributing to it all.
“Garrett, I will say, I personally appreciate your apology because I had important things to tell her and I had important things to ask her and I wanted to hear what she wants to tell me,” Parker said. “I’m appreciative of your apology and let’s just stay in our lanes.”
Then came the rose ceremony, and Parker was the last of the group to receive his rose.
Maybe, just maybe, there’s that turning point?
Don’t count on it. If the previews that were shown for the rest of the season mean anything, we’re in for a wild ride, and probably some trouble, the rest of this season.