If you didn’t catch last week’s recap, you simply must CLICK HERE. Operation #PV was a bust. #poorcorinne #poorpv
We ended the show last week with Nick letting Kristina go, and the girls back at the house were FREAKING THE FREAK OUT. Nick showed back up at the house and explained to them that he let her go early because he respected her too much. Basically, the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech. He gave all 4 remaining girls roses and told Corinne that he couldn’t wait to meet Raquel. You and THE REST OF AMERICA, buddy.
So………….It’s HOMETOWN DATES y’all! And I must say, the hometown dates really worked through some important issues this year like race relations, gender roles, romance across borders, and hygiene. We’re going to kick things off with hygiene in Hoxie.
The two went to the delightful small town of Hoxie, Arkansas. Population: less than Vanessa’s mom’s side of the family…but we’ll get to that in a bit. Raven roared up in a 4 wheeler, they threw on some helmets, Nick held on for dear life, and they sped off. I felt like I needed to sit them down and explain that the helmets wouldn’t help them if they flew off of one of the four wheelers when going 130 mph. SLOW DOWN, PEOPLE.
After their ride, they were on their way up to the top of some grain bins, which apparently held lots of Raven’s secrets. I’m not sure what that even means. But just as they were climbing the ladder, the law pulled up. The officer was all “What are y’all planning on doing up on those grain bins? Can I see some id? You aren’t from around here are you?” And then he was all “JK. Raven’s my little sister!“. #classicsmalltown
I felt like the next stop might be the local church for the town meeting where Raven’s daddy would be preaching against dancing. #footlooseforever
After the run in with the law, they went mudding on the 4 wheelers and were continuing to go wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too fast. But I have to say, I became less worried about the 4 wheeler safety and wayyyyyyy more worried about what type of microorganisms and bacteria were living in the water and now in their crevices (because they stopped for a make-out session in the swamp). I went so far as to find myself hoping they were up to date on all their shots. I mean, IS THERE A VACCINATION FOR CHOLERA? Because I’m thinking death by diarrhea would be one of the least glamorous ways to go.
But seriously, at the very least I think a strong round of antibiotics is in order. And the chafing. Can you even imagine the chafing?
They cleaned up (thank, God) and headed to the house. Raven explained that the fact that she was bringing a guy home to meet the family was quite a milestone since her dad had been diagnosed with cancer about a year and a half ago. She also explained that she had only ever brought one guy home, and America was left wondering if it was the guy that she tried to murder with her stiletto.
Right when the family sat down, Raven’s mama announced that her dad had a scan while she was gone and he had been declared cancer free! Raven was overjoyed. She said some lovely things about her dad and her parents, and you could tell that Nick was touched by her speech.
Raven and her dad then shared a really special moment together in private. He told her that he was so happy (that whether with Nick or somebody else) that he was going to be able to walk her down the aisle (instead of her uncle or brother). With tears streaming down her face, she said “There is no other man who would walk me down the aisle but you. I would walk by myself.” I might have shed a tear. Okay, I did.
Nick had some alone time with her dad, and it too was a sweet little time. Raven’s dad said he trusted his daughter’s judgement, and he gave his blessing when asked. Even though Raven’s mama had told her that she needed to make sure that she was honest with Nick about her feelings, when it came time to say “I love you”, it just didn’t happen. Instead, Raven said, “There is no hesitation on my end of what becomes of this.” Um, clear as mud. It’s possible the microorganisms from the swamp had started attacking her brain.
So, let’s approach this date pretending like we don’t know that Rachel is the next Bachelorette, m’kay?
Right out of the box, I was thinking Nick was a smart man. He showed up in a button down and a nice pair of slacks. Good call, my man. Judge Daddy needs his baby’s man to dress for success. Rachel said he was dressed perfectly for what they would be doing that day. She was going to take him to church. And I don’t mean that figuratively.
Y’all! THEY LITERALLY WENT TO CHURCH! It was awesome. Nick looked a little like this at first.
But he quickly warmed up, and you could tell he was having a nice time and felt very welcomed.
In an interview, Nick said he wanted this to be something that he and Rachel did as a couple. And while talking with Rachel afterwards, he said he was very comfortable in a place of worship. I mean, after all, “Amen is Amen.”. And then he said this, pay attention here……he said, “I’m not color blind. I know you’re black.” And girls, I thought this one little sentence was so thought provoking. I feel like most people in this situation would have said something like “I don’t see color”, which of course isn’t true. He was letting Rachel (and all of us) know that he of course sees that they are a different race and that he is willing to navigate those waters with her.
So after they went to church, it was time to go meet the family. Sadly, we found out that The Honorable Judge Daddy wasn’t going to be there to meet him because of “work obligations”. #objection
Before meeting the family, Rachel said “You don’t need to have black skin to be in my family, but you need to have thick skin.” which I thought was cute. The family gently poked at Nick by asking if he could identify all the food on his plate, and he did so with flying colors. They even marveled that he knew what okra was. Do some people not know about okra? #blesstheirhearts
Rachel’s entire family wanted to address the race difference, and they all did so with respect. Well, except for Rachel’s older sister’s hubby (who is white) who said, “I can’t help but notice that you’re a white.” Um, awkward. Does he know that he’s white too?
I felt like they all had some really good conversations about race, and I think Nick more than held his own. He said things like “The fact that she’s black is a fact”…. but then he would go on and on and explain all of the things he liked about her. He said “I like her for the woman that she is, she just happens to be black…..We are confident in not only ourselves, but our relationship…..If anything, I think it would make our relationship longer.”
In Judge Daddy’s absence, MAMA STEPPED UP. And just fyi, mama strikes me as a person that could make you disappear if she needed to. All without messing up her pearls, silk blouse, or perfectly coiffed hair. #dontcrossmama
Personally, Nick impressed the heck out of me on this date. And it seemed that he impressed the family as well. Rachel’s mom even compared Nick to Judge Daddy, which blew Rachel away. Rachel explained the day as “perfect”. I mean, IF WE DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW SHE WAS THE NEXT BACHELORETTE, I think I would assume that she was the front runner at this point.
Next, it was time for Nick to head to Miami to meet Corinne. Take notes people, this is how to properly execute a run and straddle.
After meeting up, Corinne had Nick take her to her happy place where everybody knows her name. Nope, not a neighborhood bar…..a high end mall with luxury stores. And as you are taking notes on the run and jump, go ahead and jot a couple of tips down on how to shop with Daddy’s credit card, because sister has it down. And here they are, just a regular day at the mall.
Just fyi, my happy place is Tin Star at the mall food court.
Corinne was going to treat Nick to a new outfit to meet her family, so Nick treated Corinne to a fashion show a la Pretty Woman. Nick said “I always thought I had expensive taste…..and then I met Corinne.” He tried on $800 sweat pants and a $650 sweatshirt before settling on a normal pair of shoes, jeans, and t-shirt…which totaled upwards of THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS. Oh wait, that 3K included a pea coat too. And I would agree with Corinne that pea coats are essential in a wardrobe. (Sidenote: my pea coat is $35 right now. Size up 2 sizes, it runs super small. Mine is a Large.)
So to sum it up, Corinne showed Nick that she’s a REALLY HIGH END and CHRONIC shopper. I’m not sure what more a girl could do to scare off a suitor.
Before meeting the family, they headed to a little bistro where Corinne looked right at Nick and said, “I love you.” Per the Bachelor rule book, Nick said nothing in return. At least some people respect the rule book. I’m looking at you, Higgins.
It was finally time to meet Corinne’s family AND THE FAMOUS RAQUEL. Before the happy couple arrived, we heard Corinne’s dad refer to himself as “daddy”. #theappledoesnotfallfar
When Corinne’s parents saw her they were so dang excited! It was actually super cute. HUGS all around! Nick even hugged Raquel, and I got tickled wondering if this was going down…
They sat down for dinner (which Raquel served to them before sitting down to join them), and Corinne told her family that the girls made fun of her for having Raquel by “saying she had a nanny“. Ummmmmmmm… Corinne, YOU are the one that said you had a nanny.
Daddy passed around his famous Greek Olives, and both Raquel and Nick pretended to love them. Check out Nick’s face.
After dinner, Corinne and Daddy cozied up on a bed together with a glass of wine. #weird She let him know that she had told Nick that she loved him. Daddy couldn’t believe it. He asked Corinne if Nick would be okay being a stay at home dad OR if he could make a good enough living to raise a family AND keep Corinne happy? WELL. Daddy must not be on social media, because if he was, he would know there were going to be more than enough opportunities for Nick to make money after the season was over. #gummyhairvitamins #proteinpowder #teethwhitener #blueapron #andthelistgoeson
Nick and Raquel had a bit of time together. In somewhat broken English, she let Nick know that Corinne is like a daughter to her and that if Corinne is happy, well then she is happy. This is all well and good, and I truly believe that Corinne’s family treats Raquel well and considers her part of the family…but I again got a chuckle imagining Raquel slipping Nick a note asking for him to help her GET THE HECK OUT OF THIS HIGH RISE.
Then it was time for Daddy and Nick to talk. Which they did over what Daddy referred to as a 15 year old scotch that he seemed quite proud of. He asked Nick if he would be okay with Corinne being the breadwinner…because Corinne had told him that she was okay with that. Nick thought it was sweet that she had said that, but explained that he hoped that he would be able to bring home some bread too.
And then the family gathered around the window to watch the couple make out down below as Raquel cleared the table. Wait a second. WAS RAQUEL TRYING TO SIGNAL US SOMEHOW? Raquel, blink twice if we need to send an uber for you in the middle of the night.
I would like to point out here that we have now met Corinne’s family, and we still don’t know what multi million dollar company they run.
Vanessa’s hometown was in Canada, specifically Montreal. And Nick wore his Grandpa cardigan for the occasion, eh.
They went to Vanessa’s school to meet the students in her special education classroom (who are really adults, because she works with people with special needs that are over 18). Seeing the students get so emotional over seeing Vanessa made me actually cry. Not just tear up, but actually cry. You could tell how much they valued and loved her. It was incredibly sweet.
Also, I was in special education classrooms as a speech therapist for many years of my life, so the classroom is familiar territory to me. And the love between Vanessa and her students was quite obviously very real. She seemed to be in her element, and I thought that Nick did a FANTASTIC job interacting with the students. He seemed very at ease and called several of them by name.
And then Nick made me cry when he said, “There’s a lot of beauty and magic in this room.” I know I’ve said this before, and I know it isn’t necessarily the popular opinion, but I do think Nick is a really good guy. How he behaved in this classroom told me a lot about him.
Vanessa explained that she’s very close with both sides of her family, but that her parents are divorced, so they were going to see her mom’s side of the family first and then her dad’s side of the family.
HOLY LOTS OF PEOPLE. They stepped into Vanessa’s mom’s house and were greeted by approximately 74,000 family members. Vanessa’s mom, aunt, sisters, brother, brother in law, nephew, cousins, friends, grocery cashiers, postal workers, etc….
Basically, they all ROASTED him in all of their 1:1 time with them. Everybody wanted to know where the two would live if they end up together, and they were both like “Um, yeah…we haven’t really talked about that.” OOPS.
During Nick’s time with Vanessa’s over-protective sister she said “I will hate you if you hurt her, I really will.” And y’all, she meant it. Like, if she would have said, “I’ll hunt you down and break every bone in your non-Canadian body”, I would have believed her.
Vanessa spent some sweet time with her brother. And he told her that she was the best person in his life. He was very sweet, and after the classroom scene and this interaction with her brother, I’m falling more and more in love with Vanessa.
Basically, the family’s concerns all centered around one thing: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.
Then it was time to head to Vanessa’s dad’s house, and I was thinking it HAD to go better than the
Spanish French Canadian Inquisition over at mom’s house. But it didn’t.
Nick was very creative with wording when asking dad for Vanessa’s hand in marriage. It went like this, “As two adults that are madly in love with each other, IF we took that leap of faith and got engaged, would I have your blessing if she was happy and believed it was the right decision?” Notice, he never really led him to believe that he was already planning on proposing to his daughter. But dad was on to to him.
There was a long dramatic pause.
He then Vanessa’s dad traight up asked him, “Did you ask for the blessing of the other families that you’ve already met?” Nick said “In a round about way, yes.” And then the dad said, “It’s a yes or no question.” I MEAN. Y’ALL. They went back and forth several times, and then Nick admitted that yes..he did ask the other fathers as well.
When Vanessa sat down with her dad, he spilled the beans. He told her that Nick had asked for his blessing, and she lit up!!!! And then he said (after she asked), that he asked the other families as well. And then her face fell. She said it was a “game changer”. VANESSA. Have you never watched the previous 87 seasons before? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS.
So, we ended the show without a rose ceremony. I know we are all assuming that Rachel is the next to go, but we don’t REALLY know when that happens. AND Y’ALL. GET THIS. The previews show that Andi shows up next week to have a little chat with Nick!!!! What in the world. She looks like she’s going to be a total B to him, so I’m not really sure what that’s about……
Sound off in the comments. Who do you think is going next? What was your favorite part of this week? Did you bathe in Clorox after the make out scene in the swamp?
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