Whoa, who DIDN’T get sent home during last night’s Bachelorette??
It appears as though Rachel Lindsay was on a dumping spree as she sent home a number of her suitors. With that being said, let’s start things off with the first elimination of the night. As we previously reported, things were pretty tense in Norway as Rachel decided to bring friends turned enemies Lee and Kenny on a two-on-one date in the middle of freakin’ nowhere… classic Bachelorette move!
After giving Rachel two VVV different accounts about why they were feuding, Miz Lindsay put on her "lawyer hat" and concluded that Lee (yes, the seemingly racist one from before) couldn’t be trusted. Thus, Rachel sent the singer/songwriter packing.
The Dallas-based lawyer explained:
"What’s been very apparent today is that you guys have completely different stories about how things have gone down — it just comes down to who I believe and who I trust at this point. Lee, after hearing what I heard today, I don’t trust you, and because of that I’m going to send you home. Kenny, with you, I feel like we had a really good conversation — but at this point I’m not ready to give out the rose. I just need more time, so I’d like to spend more time with you tonight to figure that out."
Bye forever! As Kenny and Rachel made their way back over to the helicopter, the pro wrestler decided he needed to go back and gloat to Lee. Understandably, the Bachelorette was super annoyed by this.
Nonetheless, Kenny redeemed himself by going to Rachel’s hotel room later in the evening to have a meaningful conversation. Rachel, being the sweetheart she is, rewarded this behavior by giving Kenny the date rose.
By the time the next rose ceremony came around, Rachel was clearly feeling her frontrunners as she sent home both Josiah and Anthony. While we were saddened to see Anthony go, we weren’t shocked by Josiah’s elimination as Rachel had previously called him out for not asking her any questions. Dude, who taught you how to flirt??
However, Anthony and Josiah’s elimination sent Eric down an insecure spiral (once again) as he continued to speculate that Nick Viall‘s ex wasn’t interested in dating black men. Homeboy NEEDS to calm down.
And it seems as though producers were also done listening to Eric’s whining as they sent him on a one-on-one date with Rachel. The pair had an amazing date as they explored Copenhagen, Denmark (yes, they left Norway). As Rachel loves a good back story, Eric made sure to tell the dark haired stunner all about his past — which included a mother who didn’t love him enough. Whomp, whomp.
Eric turned the depressing convo around though, as he revealed to Rachel that he’s falling for her. Of course, this landed him the coveted date rose.
As we’ve already had a two-on-one and a one-on-one, it was about time for another ridiculous group date. Keeping with the Scandinavian-theme Rachel took Dean, Kenny, Bryan, Alex, Matt, Peter, and Adam out to the countryside to learn how to fight like vikings. And you know that blood bath we were promised all season?? Well, in reality, it was only a minor injury inflicted on to Kenny during the class. We feel played.
Following the bizarre outing, Rachel spent some one-on-one time with the men on her group date. Although things went incredibly well with the other guys, things started to deteriorate between Rachel and Kenny. With hometown visits around the corner, Kenny realized he and Rachel weren’t in a place where he felt comfortable introducing her to his daughter, McKenzie.
The duo sat down to talk about these concerns and both agreed that things were not where they should be, so, Kenny was sent home. But, TBH, this may’ve been the most mature and respectful breakup the Bachelor franchise has ever had! Anywho, the group date rose went to Peter because the reality TV starlet can’t get enough of his gap teeth.
Because this episode didn’t have ENOUGH dates already, Rachel took Will out on a pretty awkward one-on-one. We mean, it wasn’t as bad as Jack Stone‘s date, but it was still pretty awful. SIDE NOTE: For all you Jack Stone haters out there, an insider *cough* probably Jack *cough* defended that he got a "bad edit." The tipster dished to Us Weekly:
"Jack is an outgoing, sarcastic and fun guy, but that didn’t come across in the show’s editing. He and Rachel were talking about how they would like to get to know each other better. On the date, their conversation was taken out of context. He got an unfortunate edit."
Yeah, sure. Anyways, back to the recap — Will and Rachel’s outing should’ve been perfect as they explored a romantic, small town in Sweden (they’re just jumping all over Scandinavia). Yet, as Will failed to get physical with Rachel, the powerhouse attorney felt they hadn’t escalated past the "friends" stage.
Rachel shared with Will:
"I feel like you and I have a good, solid base and we get along well and we’ve built a friendship — but I’m not looking for just a friendship in all of this. I’d be lying to you if I didn’t tell you that I just didn’t feel like you wanted me today. I didn’t understand why you wouldn’t hold me, or kiss me. … And then for you to tell me that that’s the kind of person you are in relationships, I’m kind of like: Well, why wasn’t he giving that to me?"
Despite Will’s attempt to defend himself, Rachel couldn’t bring herself to give him a rose and sent him home. So sad!
Shockingly, Rachel wasn’t done dumping people yet as she still had another rose ceremony to get through. On all of the recent breakups, Lindsay dished in a confessional:
"I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings — I’m just doing the best that I can do. I’m trying to follow my gut and my heart. It’s so hard, and it’s only going to get even harder."
Ultimately, Rachel sent Alex on his merry way and kept Eric, Peter, Bryan, Dean, Matt, and Adam for another week. We’re sorry, but how is the puppet guy STILL there?? Smh.
Be sure to ch-ch-check out the Bachelorette when it returns on July 10 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.