-When Bryan leaves for his turn to meet the family, Eric and Peter are left to talk and this is where Peter’s shade towards Bryan started when he said, “I’m not a fan of the guy.” He said Miami was the place of “fake boobs, fake asses, and fake cheeks,” which I’m assuming means he thinks Bryan has fake cheeks. Is that a thing? Are guys concerned about how their cheeks look? Really? I had no idea. That sounds about as silly as guys who get calf implants if that’s the case. Maybe Peter brought that up because he knows something we don’t. Not 100% sure, but seems like an awfully weird thing to throw out there, so maybe Bryan does have them. Not sure what that says or doesn’t say if he did because I had no idea that was even a thing guys would even care about. Seems to bother Peter though. Probably because Bryan is winning and he’s not and he knows it. I’m sure Peter fans will find a way to make an excuse for this, but your boy looks petty in this argument.
-Bryan got to meet the two girls that signed Rachel up for the “Bachelor” over brunch and laid it all out there immediately telling them he’s all in, he’s falling in love, and he wants to move to Dallas tomorrow. Ok, he didn’t say that last part, but hey, looks like that’s what he’s gonna need to do to make this work. The girlfriends seemed to like him and were buying everything he was selling. I think at this point, Bryan could see ice to an eskimo. I don’t know enough about the guy to know whether or not he’s full of sh** and this was more about winning to him. But they are still engaged and happy, so take that for what it’s worth. As always, it doesn’t mean anything really until they get married. But as of today, there are no problems in Rachel/Bryan land from what I’m hearing.
-When Bryan and Rachel meet her parents, Rachel admits to her family what she first thought of Bryan when she met him. “I thought he was a douchebag.” Apparently Rachel and Peter think alike. Because this is a television show, Rachel’s family went to town on Bryan and asked him questions they didn’t ask the other two guys. That’s because they want to make you think Rachel couldn’t possibly pick the guy who her family was skeptical of. Did you notice the scene where Bryan says he had to excuse himself at dinner? They made it seem like he left during the middle of some brutal questioning. But then they went to commercial and when the show resumed, there was zero mention of him getting up and excusing himself, even though the show made it seem like that was kind of a big deal. So basically over hours of footage he was there, they took some innocent moment of him excusing himself, probably to just get up and use the restroom, and controlled the narrative around it by making it seem like it was part of how uncomfortable the questioning was. UPDATE: Bryan took to Instagram this morning to clarify what he got up for. He went to talk to Rachel’s dad.
-When Rachel talks to her mom about Bryan, they talk about love and what it means to each of them. Her mom is not convinced that Rachel is in love because this process is too fast moving. She says love is when you don’t want to be without that person. Rachel counters with, “You don’t think I can feel that?” Mom: “No.” Oh. Well then. Guess that’s settled. Rachel and her mom clearly see differently on this situation. In that moment, Rachel is convinced she can’t be without Bryan. Her mom doesn’t think that’s possible. I guess only time will tell if these two work out in the end. She’s technically still in the “bubble” of the show since they haven’t been out publicly together, even though they’ve had numerous secret meetings over the last couple months. So it’s impossible to say whether Rachel is right or not. Maybe her family still does doubt it. I don’t know. But yeah, I would say they had a right to be a bit skeptical of what Bryan was saying considering how strong his sentiments were towards a girl he’d barely known for a month at that point of filming. Anybody who talks that way that soon you have to question if they’re just saying that because they know they have to to win the other person over. If you go all show saying, “I don’t know how I feel, I don’t know how I feel,” are you ever going to win? Never. No one’s ever been chosen in the end by being mysterious and never openly expressed their feelings. Bryan is doing it 1000x more than Peter and Eric. But do we know for sure how sincere he is? No.
-Of course Bryan went all in with the family asking for her mother’s permission. He said if she picks him in the end, he’d absolutely be proposing. Of course he would. I think if Bryan had his way, he would’ve proposed on the first night. We have every right to question his sincerity considering how early and often it came with him. I think anybody can go on this show with the mindset, “Ok, I’m open to doing this, I think I can fall in love on this show, and I would definitely propose if I felt it was right.” But when you’re basically spewing that right out of the limo, and throwing line after line after line at the woman from the get go, of course the audience is going to question your sincerity. We just don’t know enough at this point about the guy. What we do know is that she got engaged on the show back in May, she’s still engaged today, and she’s telling every interviewer how much more in love she is now than she ever was. So either Bryan has her completely fooled (or she has herself fooled) and she’s a great actress, or things really are that great right now.
-I can’t remember an overnight date episode that ended with a “To Be Continued…” can you? Maybe there was one, but if there was, none are certainly coming to mind right now. Not only that, but it’s not like the TBC happened at the rose ceremony. We only got 1 ½ overnight dates last night. So the finale in 2 weeks still needs to wrap up Peter’s overnight date and what happens there, then show Bryan’s overnight, then a rose ceremony, then the final 2 getting their final date before the final rose ceremony, since her parents won’t be showing up in Spain. Maybe that’s why they extended it out, since they have two less segments to show in the finale because her parents segment already happened. Whatever the case, I think we can assume there’s no way that Rachel allowed Peter to show up on that final day of the rose ceremony. There’s zero chance after their conversation we saw last night that she lets him, or he even allows himself, to get that far in the process. My guess is on their last date is when it’ll end between them and only Bryan will be showing up on the final rose ceremony day for their engagement. Do I know with 100% certainty that’s what goes down? No. But I don’t think there’s any way he gets to the final rose ceremony based on where his head is at, even though he does make it through the final 3 rose ceremony.
-For those that may have been confused by the engagement talk between Rachel and Peter (I know I sure was), Rachel took to Twitter last night to clear up what she meant:
— Rachel Lindsay (@TheRachLindsay) July 25, 2017
We don’t know exactly what she said in that moment. All we heard was, “Engagement doesn’t mean marriage” to her, which apparently is not what she said at all. All comes with the territory of this show I guess. But yeah, that conversation was totally choppy and you could tell we were missing something, which is why none of it really made sense. Again, at that point in the show, Rachel pretty much knew she was picking Bryan, and somehow they still had to create compelling television for the viewers. So I guess they decided to have a little fun with that conversation. The cliffhanger of Rachel and Peter not knowing what to do now will all be resolved since she obviously still goes to the fantasy suite with him and he gets a rose at the next ceremony.
-Next week is the “Men Tell All” and I will have your spoilers for you posted for tomorrow. There’s never any major news coming out of this show, but just some things to look for and what to expect, like what was the major issue, who went up to the hot seat, which guys went at it, etc. As mentioned earlier, Eric was not part of the taping. I’m sure we’ll see him at the ATFR along with Peter to confront Rachel for the first time since being let go in Spain. Eric seems cool with everything, so I doubt he’s affected negatively by this. Peter will be interesting since he’s so calculated and guarded with everything he says.
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