On The Bachelorette, leads Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey are beginning to fall for some of the men, and they have decided which of them will receive hometown dates. During a Bachelorette hometown date, the leading lady visits with the family and/or friends of each suitor, getting to know him on a deeper level. The families often express their concerns about the process of The Bachelorette, including whether it is too soon for the couple to get engaged. Once those fears are eased, the couples usually ask for the blessing of the family in case they get engaged at the end of the season.
Rachel and Gabby began their Bachelorette journey by getting to know all of the men together. However, they eventually decided to split into two exclusive groups. Gabby’s group was made up of Erich Schwer, Jason Alabaster, Johnny DePhillipo, Nate Mitchell, Spencer Swies, Michael Vaughan, Quincey Williams, Kirk Bryant, and Mario Vassall, who had received Gabby’s first impression rose. Rachel’s original group consisted of first impression rose recipient Tino Franco, Aven Jones, Tyler Norris, Zach Shallcross, Ethan Kang, Hayden Markowitz, James “Meatball” Clarke, Jordan Helman, and controversial contestant Logan Palmer, who eventually decided to switch to pursuing Gabby. As of the week 6 episode, which took place in Amsterdam, Rachel was choosing among Tino, Aven, Tyler, Zach, and Ethan for her hometown dates, while Gabby had narrowed her guys down to Erich, Jason, Johnny, Nate, and Spencer.
The episode revealed that Rachel will visit the hometowns of Tino, Aven, Tyler, and Zach. The first rose went to Zach, the 25-year-old tech executive from Anaheim Hills, California, on his one-on-one date. Tyler, a 25-year-old small business owner from Wildwood, New Jersey, earned a rose on the next group date, which upset Tino, a 28-year-old general contractor from Playa del Rey, California, who felt that he deserved the rose. However, Tino received his rose at the rose ceremony, along with Aven, the 28-year-old sales executive from San Diego, California. This meant that Rachel sent home Ethan, the 27-year-old advertising executive from New York.
Gabby had a more tumultuous time deciding about her hometown dates, but she eventually chose Erich, Jason, and Johnny. She sent home frontrunner Nate, a 33-year-old electrical engineer from Chicago, Illinois during their one-on-one date because he is a father to a 6-year-old daughter, and she is not ready to be a mom. Then Logan, the 26-year-old videographer from San Diego, California, was forced to leave the show due to testing positive for COVID-19. Bachelorette Gabby decided that she did not have enough of a connection with Spencer, the 27-year-old venture capitalist and military veteran from Chicago, Illinois, to meet his family, so she sent him home and will only have three hometown dates. At the rose ceremony, she chose Erich, the 29-year-old real estate analyst from Bedminster, New Jersey, Jason, the 30-year-old investment banker from Memphis, Tennessee, and Johnny, the 25-year-old realtor from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for her hometown date recipients. Erich already met Gabby’s beloved Grandpa John on a one-on-one date, so it will be nice for her to have the chance to meet his family too.
Choosing who receives a hometown date is one of the most important aspects of being the lead of The Bachelorette. It should not be taken lightly because, once families are involved, relationships become even deeper. Gabby’s decision to only visit the hometowns of three of the men indicates that she knew exactly what she wanted, and she was not going to meet someone’s family if she did not see a future with him just for the sake of the show. Rachel seems to have strong connections with all of the men that she chose, so it will be interesting to see what happens when she meets their families. The hometown dates will give the women even more clarity as they decide which lucky man will receive their final roses.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.