October 29, 2007 11:42 PM by Joe Blackmon
Written By Jennifer Brown. Brad’s on the road, trying to impress the girls’ families. It’s GOT to be a good episode when it begins this way: A
contemplative Brad is baring those fabulous abs in the shower. His
thoughts are on the families he’s about to meet.
He packs up and heads out for Wichita, Kansas, home town of little firecracker Jenni. Jenni greets him with a hug and takes him to the Mary Jane Teall Theater, where she spent so many of her wonder years dancing. She pulls him inside and gives him a peppy private dance show. He enjoys the scenery, but does Jenni’s plan to impress have the opposite effect? Seeing first-hand how important dance is to Jenni’s life has Brad wondering, will she want to leave Phoenix if she makes the Phoenix Suns dance team? He has doubts whether or not a long-distance relationship could work and when he questions Jenni about it, she answers that compromise in a relationship is really important to her.
They head to her mom’s hair salon to meet the rest of the family, which consists of Mom, Dad, Sis, and a spunky little grandma who steals the show with her brutal honesty. They sit down to a nice dinner and, as Brad talks about his life, he’s interrupted by Grandma, who bluntly asks, “Are you a drinker? A teetotaler?” When Brad tries to deny, saying he wants a family, she snarks, “That little lady ain’t a walkin’ baby factory,” Thank God for Mom, who whisks Brad away for a haircut. Meanwhile, Jenni tells her sis that she’s falling in love with Brad. Later, Brad (sporting a nice new haircut, by the way), gets some alone time with Dad, who advises him, “You don’t have to worry about Grandma as long as you stay out of reach.” Dad gathers everyone together and makes a toast. It’s official! Jenni’s made the team! Jenni’s thrilled and tells Brad, “I have to do it.” Brad’s tune changes about long-distance relationships, and he and Jenni agree that they can come up with a suitable compromise. “If it’s true love,” Brad says, “a year apart means nothing.”
A new day, a new city – this time Brad’s in California, to meet up with Sheena. As they greet each other on a dock, an enormous boat cruises through the harbor with a friendly-looking couple hanging off the back of it waving at Brad – Sheena’s mom and dad! Brad and Sheena join the couple on the boat and spend the day in the water, tubing and gabbing. Sheena’s mom seems a little star-struck, and not by Brad, but by the actual heavenly bodies themselves. She ferrets out Brad’s sign (he’s a Scorpio, ladies), and later, when cornering Brad on the couch, begins a long, barely-coherent spiel about the stars and Sheena being “the one.” “I felt like I’ve known him forever,” she tells the camera. “Like he’s already a part of my family.” Brad, however, looks more than a little lost. Dare I say, a little weirded-out, even? Just as Mom is getting into the details of the wedding (yes, talking flower girls and the whole shebang), Sheena interrupts and whisks Brad away to the hot tub. Sheena seems embarrassed; Brad just seems confused.
Next, Brad jets off to Canton, Georgia, and a reunion with Greek Goddess, DeAnna. They greet each other playfully – DeAnna bringing him a basket of peaches, whisks Brad away to meet her dad, step-mom, brother and sister. The scene is comfy, rural, horses and porch swings and wicker chairs (heck, I wanna live there if Brad doesn’t!). On the porch, talk is honest between Brad and Dad – honest but easy. This is the first date so far that Brad has seemed to really be comfortable in his surroundings (maybe it’s because he’s getting back to his Georgia roots there). DeAnna joins the guys on the porch and whips out a photo album, where she shows off pictures of herself as a young girl, as well as pictures of her late mother. Brad is touched and impressed by DeAnna’s strength and simultaneous vulnerability. DeAnna and her sister have a heart-to-heart in the bedroom, where DeAnna admits that she’d “be crushed” if Brad didn’t pick her. Sis is tearful, protective. Just as things are heavy, the extended fam bursts in and suddenly it’s a big, fat Greek party! Opa!
Brad finishes up the week in Washington, D.C., with Bettina. He’s seems extremely happy to see her (even picking her up off her feet in a big bear hug), and they head off straightaway to meet her dad, step-mom, mom, and sister. This must be the most uncomfortable home visit any bachelor has ever had (Brad was probably wishing for another round of Jenni’s grandma over this scene), as it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Bettina’s family,Does. Not. Like. Brad. Period. Bettina’s dad is a professor, and calls Brad’s lack of college degree a “great disappointment.” Her mom and step-mom corner poor Brad in the kitchen and, try as hard as he could to get them to believe he could have real feelings for their daughter, they’re just not feeling the love. “I felt like I was being judged,” Brad complains. He was. Bettina, alone with her Dad, gets a laundry list of reasons why Brad’s not the choice for her. Dad moves Bettina to tears; she can’t help but question Brad herself. Alone, things get tense between Brad and Bettina. “I’m intelligent enough not to judge people,” an irked Brad says (you go, Brad!). But it’s clear that Bettina is torn. “I’m a little freaked out,” Brad admits. “I have no idea what I’m going to do.”
Back at the house, it’s rose ceremony time. Brad comes out and gives a short speech and then commences to handing out the roses. Rose #1 goes to,DeAnna! Rose #2,Jenni! Rose #3,SHOCKER!!!…Bettina?!
Jilted, Sheena tries to maintain her composure, walking out with Brad and even complimenting him on the way he looks tonight. Brad tries to explain, but before he can get much out, she loses her grip and crumples into his chest, sobbing. “I never thought for a million years that I would feel the way that I did,” she says, in the limo on the way home. She seems almost as shocked to have fallen for him as to have been dumped. Brad explains to the camera that there was just no chemistry. Bettina gets whisked away, crying into her hands in the back of the limo.
Next on The Bachelor: The trio of ladies join Brad in Cabo San Lucas. DeAnna shows all her cards. Bettina tries to save the relationship. Jenni has a hard time showing her true feelings.