Wow. It’s so easy to forget how incredible the “hometown” dates are on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. I’ll never forget the hometowns last season. While nothing really compares to visiting a morgue, last night’s hometowns were pretty entertaining as well.
First stop, Constantine’s home in Atlanta – not exactly the city I’d expect a bunch of crazy Greeks to own an Italian family restaurant in but hey, that’s fine. It looked like Ashley had a lot of fun on this date even though it was kind of what I expected. Constantine, the emperor, makes her a love pizza. Then they eat outside while waitresses crowd around to watch.
Then they go back to the parents house and meet like, every family member they have. Also, we know Ash can dance so it’s no surprise that homegurl picks right up on that Greek circle dance. I want to be in one of those. They throw out cash and no one has to take off any clothes – that’s a great dance.
Overall, I think Ashley likes Constantine’s family but I don’t think she’ll choose him in the end. Maybe she’s threatened that Constantine’s sister has more flip in her hair than she does or perhaps she’s just freaked out by that little white dog.
Next stop, Chadds Ford, PA – Ames’ hometown. I’ll probably never forget the site of Ames riding in that carriage. Ashley’s chats with the mom and sister were typical. I don’t think the sister was really buying that Ames was Ashley’s favorite. Ashley admits that the passion isn’t really there. Ames really likes Ashley a lot but I’m not convinced of his sanity and intelligence when he says Ashely is “so smart”.
The two love birds leave the home to go for a picnic. Pretty sure we see a quick glance of Ames’ blue boxers and then it’s out the door to his favorite magnolia tree. Very romantic.
Ames is an interesting guy. He’s had a rough life with both his father and step-father passing away. He’s very intelligent and I love that he’s a self-proclaimed nerd. I’d really like to see him as the Bachelor. Especially because he’s weird and knows about renaissance love.
Ben’s hometown of Sonoma, CA is third on the list. I was waiting for this one. I like Ben, I like his wine. Ashley likes him too – she thinks he’s sexy, obviously because of his hair, fashion and wine. They have a lovely picnic at the winery. Ashley tells Ben, “I love that this (wine) is yours.” Of course you do, Ash. Ashley says she wishes that her mother could be there at the winery and Ben tells her that she can visit on holidays. How generous. Ashley really digs into Ben about his father’s death and things get a bit emotional. They have some lame kisses.
Later, Ash finds out that Ben has only ever brought home one girl to meet his mother. Ben’s mom is a lovely lady. I really liked her “meeting Ashley” ensemble. She also seems to have a lot of great advice – totally wise. She tells Ben that his Dad would be proud of him.
As I watched the hometown with Ben, I did a lot of thinking about the wine. If I was in Ashley’s shoes and knew someone made wine in the group of guys, I think I would have just kicked all the other guys off of the show on week one and turned the show into a wine tasting adventure with Ben. Just the two of us – traveling and tasting. Too bad Ash didn’t think of that.
Instead, she’s off to Long Island to visit JP. JP loves Ash or he’s doing a really good job of pretending he does. He takes Ash to go rollerskating at this rink because it was supposed to rain. They twirl around, kiss, fall and drink wine, all set to the tune of REO Speedwagon’s ‘I Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore’. (Please watch that music video when you’re done reading- It’s really perfect.)
After rollerskating lovefest, Ash meets the fam. It seems they like her but they are all very concerned that JP is going to get hurt again. They all keep referencing this previous girlfriend that broke his heart. She seems horrible. However, JP is confident in his relationship with Ashley. He thinks they have something that the others don’t with her and he’s willing to risk it all. He’s looking love right in the eyes. That’s pretty bold, JP.
Ashley tells JP’s mom that she’s “smitten” with her son. I almost threw up. Then as they are all hanging out, JP’s mom emerges with a huge blown up photo of JP that could have been the cover of BOP magazine. It was for his bar mitzvah. Naturally. (I might frame this for my wall.)
The hometowns could have been a little juicier overall, but I still enjoyed seeing where some of these guys were from. Ashley definitely picked 4 solid guys to end with. Her decision is therefore a difficult one but she ultimately sends Ames home. Sigh. My favorite forehead – gone. He seems super upset and references how he’s back to going on adventures by himself. Yikes.
Next week looks so good. Ashley takes the last three guys to Fiji! OMG, Ash! Lots of drama. I’m so excited to see Ashley talk to her sister when her family comes to visit. She has mad tattoos and looks like she is the complete total opposite of Ash. She makes Ash cry! Ashley calls her a b*tch. Ugh, sisters! I can’t wait to see how her visit raises the stakes. Also, I’ve gotta say – I don’t think JP is going to win for a couple of reasons (more to come on that next week). Anyone else think JP makes it to the final two, but is sadly ultimately out?