The Bachelorette recap: Hannah goes to the emergency room; Luke P. and Cam unravel
She didn’t win Colton’s heart on ‘The Bachelor,’ but she did get a different prize: to be ‘The Bachelorette.’ Next season, get ready to “Roll Tide.”
Last week it became clear this season of “The Bachelorette” had two key villains: Cam and Luke P. This week, Hannah gives one of those contestants a stern talking to − and sends the other one packing after he gets more vulnerable than ever.
Any guesses? No? Let’s dig in. A glass of wine and a bucket of popcorn would be a smart choice.
Jonathan, Matteo, John Paul Jones, Kevin, Jed, Tyler C., Mike and Cam get the first date card.
Hannah wants the guys to learn about what women go through during pregnancy, childbirth and more, and she (for some reason) enlists actor couple Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen to help her.
The pain of childbirth (sort of)
“Most men know how much fun it is to make babies. Well, except for Colton, am I right?” Biggs asks the group, which, well, OK, Jason Biggs, whatever. The men get quizzed on female anatomy and (not-so-shockingly) they aren’t all well-versed! For example: Which organ does a woman grow during pregnancy? Jed got it right: The placenta! “Somebody knows his way around a woman,” Hannah says.
What is a woman’s gestation period? 9 months! Cam said it was two weeks, which was concerning.
Elsewhere during the challenge: The men wear pregnancy bellies, practice diaper changes and comfort baby dolls. They also wear clothespins to simulate breastfeeding pain but it mostly seems like an excuse for the men to take off their shirts. Seems like a pattern!
The best part of the challenge is when the group visits a labor simulator and all the men get a chance to experience “childbirth.” John Paul Jones screams; Tyler C. tries and fails to play it cool; and Jed succeeds in connecting with Hannah.
Tyler C. still makes a case for himself in the competition. He tells Hannah, “Today made me wanna call my mama and tell her I love her” and that “women really do run this world” and deserve respect. At least someone learned something today!
Mike, however, wins the group date rose. He opens up to Hannah about how his ex got pregnant, and that he was ready to start a family. She lost the baby during her second trimester. “Quite honestly, you give me hope,” he tells her. Hannah appreciates that he showed a different way to be bold.
We also learn on this date that Cam will indeed “always be Cam.” He wouldn’t stop interrupting Hannah and Mike’s date, and each time grew more and more painful. Cam ultimately talks to Hannah and tells her that he had to resign from his job to be on this show, which … OK, yes, but how is that her problem? Jonathan awkwardly forces Cam out of there. (Like, physically.) Cam later confides in John Paul Jones that Jonathan was an overpowering and insecure chihuahua. Nice.
Connor S. snags the week’s coveted one-on-one date after not going out at all with Hannah last week. But before anything can even happen, she cancels on him. She says she’s not feeling 100% but invites him to her hotel suite to keep her company.
Why? We don’t receive too many details: She headed to the emergency room after she woke up and basically passed out, and now she needs to rest.
Connor S., forever the gentleman, goes to buy her flowers, soup and a card. Your man could never!
Hannah leaves a sticky note on the door for him to come in and he finds her in bed. She tells him about her hospital trip and how they gave her fluids and she’s better. The two spend time kissing and cuddling, and Connor opens up to her about when his mother had a stroke when he was 13 years old. It taught him how strong his parents’ relationship was.
He leaves without a rose (ugh) but decides to leave STICKY NOTES ALL OVER THE APARTMENT, including one that says “your beautiful smile.” We melted into a healthy pool of tears over here.
She later finds them and learns they are all the things he loves about her: how pretty she looks without makeup, her beautiful eyes, etc. Marry him now, Hannah, marry him now.
He returns to the house but Hannah sends someone to come and get him, so she can give him a rose after all! They enjoy a private concert from singer Lukas Graham, who performs “Love Someone” while they dance. It’s eerily reminiscent of a one-on-one between Caelynn and Colton from last season, and we (sadly) know how that ended.
In a voiceover, Connor says he feels like he’s falling in love with her. Luke P., you hear that?
We learn at this point that Tyler G. had to go home (though we aren’t told why). So much for that first pivotal one-on-one.
The week’s other group date includes eight guys who will participate in a photo shoot, pairing up with models. Animal models, that is. For example, Joey gets a pig named Sally Sue and Grant spends some quality time with a snake.
Hannah wants to hear about all the guys’ pets, and says that tells you a lot about a man. What else can tell you a lot about a man? Spying on them! Demi returns to help Hannah monitor what these guys are like when Hannah’s not around. She sets up cameras everywhere and hires actors to play an animal handler and make-up artist who have been instructed to flirt. It’s boring; all the men pass muster.
But Luke P. becomes noticeably jealous over the course of the date. Hannah says it’s annoying when Luke P. tries to flaunt their connection in front of the guys.
Hannah talks about it with him and says that his confidence is irritating her. “I like confidence, but it’s, like, cocky in a way,” she says. “I don’t like that at all.”
It seems like he gets it in front of Hannah, but doesn’t later. He can’t understand her seeing him that way and wants to move on like the conversation never happened. Wow.
Luke P. pulls a Cam and starts interrupting dates, and even admits he’s had thoughts about leaving that night because he can’t handle the dating situation on the show.
The rose goes to Peter after he and Hannah bond more. Peter tells the story of how his parents met: His flight attendant mom (a Miss Illinois pageant queen) met his father, a pilot, on a flight. He walked past her and after seeing his butt, she told a friend that was the guy she was going to marry. Cute? Cute.
Both Hannah and Peter can’t stop smiling. They later make out against the wall and he lifts her up. “That was the smoothest takeoff I’ve ever had and this is gonna be the greatest flight of my life.” Also a little cute – but mostly yuck.
A tailgate party and a Cam-bake
Hannah opts for a tailgate instead of a cocktail party, and it doesn’t take Cam long to let the other guys know he wants to turn it into a Cam-bake.
Cam tells the group he needs to tell Hannah something serious tonight, that he hasn’t had an opportunity to mention yet, and it’s something that’s been a downfall in past serious relationships. He wants to pull Hannah aside first thing. Mike quickly shoots down the idea, though that doesn’t stop Cam from going for it anyway.
He tells Hannah about surgeries he’s had, his grandmother dying and needing to re-home his 10-month-old puppy − “the full picture of who I am,” he says. Poor Hannah was just looking for a relaxing night.
Mike later tells Hannah a version of what we see on screen regarding Cam; it’s unclear if Mike is exaggerating or if there’s footage that can back up his claims. He says that Cam told the group that he was going to tell Hannah a sad story to angle for the “pity rose” that would keep him on the show longer.
“I don’t give pity roses,” she says in an aside.
Hannah confronts Cam about it. “I would never compromise the integrity of what I’ve been through for a pity rose,” he tells her, but ultimately says he did think he was going home.
With Hannah thinking Cam’s actions are “scheme-y” and “slimy,” things aren’t looking good for the first rose winner of the season.
Who goes home?
Jed, Tyler C., Dustin, Dylan, Grant, Luke P., Garrett, John Paul Jones, Matteo, Devin, Luke S. and Kevin all receive roses. A reminder: Peter, Mike and Connor S. received roses beforehand and Tyler G. already left.
Jonathan, Joey and Cam are out. Cam tears up in his goodbye. For what it’s worth: He’ll “always be Cam” to us.