One of the biggest hurdles of any “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” season is the hometown visits. They change the way contestants are viewed and even lead to elimination. But what would you do if you didn’t want the Bachelor or Bachelorette to meet your family?
Dean opened up to Rachel about his family, which he has called “dysfunctional” and “patriarchal”, and fears they will be less than welcoming to her. He feels distance from his father who “abandoned” him after his mother died when he was 15, saying that his father has “no emotional bearing” on his life. It was a powerful, vulnerable moment that anchored the show, mostly known for being upbeat and full of minor drama.
Rachel had to work for this admission, planning a quiet date and not letting Dean laugh his way out of the conversation. The vulnerability was pressed, but not forced. You can’t make people open up like that unless they trust you. It is rare for a someone to be so direct and unflinching on this show, but Rachel knows what she wants and needs. This kind of reality and depth is more compelling than the drama, but it is hard to come by.