‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Matt James Hosts Hometowns


SPOILER ALERT: Don’t learn when you’ve got not but watched the Feb. 22 episode of “The Bachelor.”

The ultimate 4 contestants headed to hometowns. Bachelor Matt James hosted 4 households on the Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania, welcoming company of Michelle Younger, Rachael Kirkconnell, Bri Springs and Serena Pitt. Every date included a day portion earlier than they spent the night with their households.


Michelle – an elementary faculty trainer from Minnesota – schooled Matt throughout a bunch Zoom name with all of her college students. Every took turns grilling Matt about their future (“Have you ever kissed!?” one scholar requested) earlier than Matt met much more folks from Michelle’s life.

Michelle’s mother, LaVonne, and father, Ephraim, joined their night. Her dad was hesitant about Matt relationship different folks, however after the 2 spoke and Matt admitted he would depart New York and transfer to Minnesota, the household was all-in.

They ended the night time with a sport of basketball, the place Michelle bought to point out off her athletic chops (she performed collegiate basketball at Bradley College from 2011 – 2015). On the finish of the night time, she instructed Matt that she was falling in love with him.


Rachael’s date was a check at belief, as she and Matt jumped out of a airplane collectively. After their skydive, Rachael took a nasty spill throughout touchdown and prompted an emotional response from Matt. The 2 had already shared that they had been falling in love with one another earlier within the season, however the crash-landing made him admit, “You don’t notice how a lot you care till it’s like, there’s a probability that you might be gone.”

After recovering from the autumn, the pair headed to satisfy her household, who had traveled from their hometown in Georgia – mother, Kim; dad, Darrell; and sister, Trinity. Rachael’s time on “The Bachelor” has been surrounded by controversy after proof of racist conduct surfaced on-line. Her household’s conduct has additionally been questioned, however they had been supportive to the couple (regardless of preliminary skepticism).

Matt shared with Rachael that whereas he needed to ask her father for his blessing, that’s not a dialog he needed to have with 4 households. He determined in opposition to the subject, however fairly stated he would name if he bought to “that time.”


Bri and Matt’s first date was using ATVs, and the 2 spent the morning off-roading in a full-circle second. Originally of their relationship, the 2 bonded over being introduced up in single-parent households. The California-native shared her insecurities of not having a “standard” household earlier than Matt met her hometown guests.

Bri’s mother, Lauren, was joined by her new child daughter/Bri’s sister, plus Bri’s greatest good friend (additionally named Bri). Her mother wasted no time earlier than interrogating Matt, attempting to determine the place their relationship was at. Each Bri and Matt instructed her mother that they had been “falling” in love, however Bri’s concern of vulnerability saved her from vocalizing it to Matt immediately. After a dialog along with her mother, she rotated and instructed Matt about her emotions.


The final hometown went worldwide, as Serena tried to coach Matt on her hometown of Toronto. She quizzed him on geography, launched him to Canadian delicacies and crushed him in a sport of hockey earlier than introducing her dad and mom.

Serena’s mother Rasna, dad Invoice and sister Talia made the journey from Canada. Whereas Matt tried to win over Serena’s dad and mom, it was her sister Talia that sewed seeds of doubt in Serena’s head. “The factor I’m most nervous about is that she could possibly be speaking herself into it,” Talia stated.

All through the night time, Serena turned extra confused, feeling a “deep doubt” of their relationship. Whereas processing her emotions along with her mother, Serena turned emotional when addressing her previous relationship, recognizing that it’s brought on her to query choices with Matt.


After assembly all 4 households, Matt sat down with host Chris Harrison (who not too long ago stepped other than the franchise within the wake of a TV interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay). He admitted that Serena’s hesitation scared him, and prompted a one-on-one go to between the 2.

He went to her resort room and tried to present her further validation. Regardless of that, she was nonetheless hesitant. She stated that she was struggling to confess her emotions, and he or she thought it was concern however after processing, it was “greater than that.” “I don’t assume that you simply’re my individual,” she instructed him.

He was visibly disenchanted however took her rejection in stride. “It sucks to listen to that as a result of I simply need what’s greatest for you. If that’s not gonna’ be me – if I can’t make you content and be all these issues for you, then, like, that stinks.”

Regardless of Serena’s self-elimination, Michelle, Bri and Rachael headed to the rose ceremony. Matt was nonetheless shaken by her exit, involved that the opposite ladies’s emotions would additionally change. He reiterated to the ladies the importance of a rose, and that he thought of engagement an actual risk.

With every girl accepting a rose, Michelle, Rachael and Bri superior to fantasy suites.

“The Bachelor” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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