Bachelorette Michelle Hometowns: Apple of Her Eye

Bachelorette RacBachelorette Michelle Recap | Hometowns

It’s that time! Hometowns are here, and we get to see a bunch of dysfunctional people try and puzzle through how their loved ones could fall head-over-heels for a complete stranger in a matter of weeks. I’ve said it once, and I’ll probably say it again, but I’ve had a carton of milk in my refrigerator longer than Brandon has been falling for Michelle.

Unfortunately, we didn’t see many crazies in this episode. I guess Michelle actually has a decent group of men in her final four. Or the guy’s parents didn’t extend an all-expense-paid trip to Minnesota to the wackier branches of the family tree. 

BRANDON

Brandon is a sweet baby child who loves his mama. He also is overwhelmed by his brother Noah’s decision to delay joining the Navy to meet Michelle at the downtown Hyatt in Minnesota. No pressure, Michelle!

We witness the first Jump & Straddle™ of the season. Brandon manages to remain standing as Michelle plows her perfectly sculpted body into his arms. Why he’s dressed like an extra from West Side Story is a mystery we may never solve.

He escorts her to an abandoned warehouse. Instead of killing her, he asks, “Will you roll with me?” as a door opens to reveal an indoor skating park. Brando claims that he’s really good at this pastime. But, sadly, his limbs and center of gravity have forgotten how to stand on a skateboard.

Once his bruises are sufficiently covered by a long-sleeve shirt and normal-length pants, Brandon presents Michelle to his parents and Noah. He’s gushing, and Michelle can’t keep a smile off her face. The entire mood shifts when Brandon shares his first impression move. 

B-Dawg: I rolled up on a bed and told Michelle I wanted her to see what she would be waking up to for the rest of her life.
Noah: I love you, Dawg. That’s dope.
Lincee: Say nope to dope.

Brandon’s mother is concerned during her alone time with Michelle. She relentlessly reminds her potential future daughter-in-law that Brandon is not a player. He is emotional and sensitive. Michelle tries to squelch the mom’s concerns. She’s very aware of Brandon’s big heart. In fact, what separates him from the other contenders is that very heart. She knows how much Brandon cares for her because he tells her all the time. 

Michelle easily wins the dad over by promising to fish and play basketball with him. The fact that she can picture their families together is huge and says a lot about Brandon’s likelihood to make it into the top two. 

Brandon and Michelle leave the hotel and sit on the Roaming Bench. It is Michelle who tells Brandon that she is falling for him. We are treated to the tightest shot of an open-mouth kiss. Imagine that on a big screen with high definition. I could see the spit strings. 

Michelle manages to pull her lips and saliva away from Brandon. He waves goodbye to the SUV and begs anyone watching to PLEASE let this woman be his bride. He wants it more than anything in the world. 

He’ll even give up being a Jet or a Shark for the chance to marry Michelle. That’s true love.

RODNEY

Rodney welcomes our second Jump & Straddle™ and carries Michelle away to an apple orchard. Someone listened to her super sensitive poem in Week 2! (That someone is the ABC Intern.)

Michelle peppers the blissful afternoon with comments about the importance of laughter and being best friends. Then, when she meets his mother (who claims she is Rodney’s best friend) and his stepdad, she delights in telling them their son is NOT an underdog. 

This is when you realize if you didn’t key in before that Rodney is, in fact, the underdog. 

Rod’s mom is nervous his heart is going to be broken. She’s nervous because it’s true. She tells Rodney this, and he understands. Most underdogs do. But Michelle is worth the risk. Here’s his heart. Please take it. 

JOE

The ABC Intern works overtime to convince the principal at Joe’s old school, Hopkins High, to let them commandeer the gymnasium for a makeshift prom. It had everything! Balloon arches, a photo booth, bubbles, donuts, a dance floor, and a prom king and queen banner. In my opinion, Joe looked bored. Or unsure. Or maybe this is his normal demeanor. I can’t tell anymore.

It was apparent that his sister-in-law Hanna knew that she would have to step up for ABC to capture any footage of this very quiet, very calm family. The brother doesn’t speak. The father asks Joe one question and then sits in silence. And the mother thinks it is “cool” that her son has so much in common with the girl sitting across from her. 

Hanna pulls out all the stops. She challenges Joe to answer tough questions:

  • Do you love her?
  • Have you shown any emotion yet?
  • Are you ready to propose?

Hanna is stoked that Michelle lives in Minneapolis. I think she needs someone to talk to at family gatherings. 

Joe turns to Michelle after sitting down on the Roaming Bench. He takes her hands and explains that he is falling in love with her. She smiles, kisses him a little less passionately than Brandon, and leaves him to ponder what just happened. 

NAYTE

Nayte takes Michelle paddle boarding. To quote my friend Amy, “SHE IS FAT-LESS.” Michelle has an amazing body that I covet. There. I admit it.

Here’s what you need to know going into Nayte’s hometown. He has never brought a girl home to meet his family. He has never talked about love or relationships with his family. And he has never told his family that he loves them. They just don’t do that.

Therefore, he has no idea what’s about to happen. Especially since his mom and stepdad just separated a year ago. 

Michelle is rightfully nervous, so she wears a short black leather minidress to calm her spirit. Right off the bat, Nayte’s Canadian mother gives Michelle a bag of candy to offer her students. Michelle L-O-V-E-S this gesture and is vibing (yes, I used that word) with the family.

However, her tune changes when she speaks to Nayte’s stepdad. According to Charles, “Nathaniel” may not be ready for settling down. He doesn’t feel that Nayte knows the difference between love and marriage. One is a feeling. One is a commitment.

Were wise words spoken on The Bachelorette? Am I hallucinating? Should I remove wheat from my diet?

Mom is equally concerned. What if Nayte is being swept up in the process? Is he in the bubble? Will he carry feelings for Michelle outside of the franchise when the cameras are away?

When Nayte talks to Charles, something enchanting unfolds before our eyes. Nayte commends Charles for taking the time to come and meet Michelle, even though he is no longer with his mother. He wouldn’t be the person he is without Charles.

CUE THE WATERWORKS!

Charles is fortunate to have Nayte and his brother in his life. Oddly enough, he says it’s been an amazing journey. To watch Nayte grow into the man he is today. Never doubt that Charles is PROUD! This brings Nayte (and me) to tears. 

Nayte tells Charles that he loves his dad, but he wants to be like Charles when he has a family. Charles convinces Nayte that he will be BETTER. Then they tell each other they love each other, and we all cry, excluding Michelle, who can’t emote her true feelings of trepidation since Nayte just had a breakthrough with his stepdad. 

ROSE CEREMONY

It’s written on Michelle’s face, and everyone knows it. She’s kicking Rod to the curb and manages to do it without ugly crying in front of him. Rodney takes it like a champ. I’m ready for him to find love. Will it be in Paradise?

And who will be the last two standing? Am I right thinking Joe is done next week?

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Wendy
Wendy
December 2, 2021 9:54 am

Last 2 standing….Baby Brandon and Nayte. Joe doesn’t have a pulse but he does have great eyes.

Dori
Dori
December 3, 2021 10:20 pm
Reply to  Wendy

“Joe doesn’t have a pulse but he does have great eyes.” – LOL

Norma
Norma
December 2, 2021 11:37 am

I liked the family meet up with Brandon’s family best. It just seemed so natural. The fit was just there. I didn’t feel the fit with any of the other families at all.

While I like Brandon, I just don’t think she feels strongly enough for him.

Joe is pretty to look at, but agree with Wendy. He has no pulse. He’s way too quiet, reserved. His family meet up was awkward.

Nayte. She will end up choosing him, but I’m not sure he’s there for the ‘right reasons’. There, I said it.

LOVED Rodney the best. He seemed very genuine and showed such class during his rejection conversation with Michelle. Would love to see him as the next Bachelor, but they’ve selected Clayton. Such a bad choice!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bethany in Boston
Bethany in Boston
December 2, 2021 1:25 pm

Love your recaps, Lincee!

I really wish Rodney was going to be the next bachelor, not Clayton. Sure, Clayton was winsome with the children and he has abs and all that, but Rodney was just such a good guy the whole time, down to the very last moment with Michelle. Much as I love the train wreck that Paradise always is, Rodney deserves better than Paradise.

I was really impressed that for the first time, all of the men in the top four were men of color. Michelle has been, in my opinion, the classiest, most no-nonsense bachelorette ever. She does not suffer fools and I love her for it and am so glad that the producers let her kick all the jack wagons to the curb whenever she was ready to.

Rick
Rick
December 2, 2021 6:22 pm

I feel like Michelle has been the most boring Bachelorettes. And certainly the bitchiest and most pretentious.

G H
G H
December 3, 2021 2:08 am
Reply to  Rick

Rick, seems like maybe you have some issues with beautiful, confident women. Just my 2-cents…

Libby
Libby
December 3, 2021 1:22 pm

It’s definitely refreshing to watch a season where the lead finding love actually seems to be production’s primary goal. That being said, I’m kiiind of looking forward to the absolute mess Clayton’s season looks like it’s going to be. I think we all secretly enjoy a liiiiittle bit of drama in our reality tv.

Dori
Dori
December 3, 2021 10:25 pm

Agree: Rodney would be a great Bachelor choice! I was and still am “(now that I’ve seen him in Michelle’s season) confused about why they would pick Clayton – I didn’t get a sense of his personality at all . . . except for maybe “football.” ?! (Yawn) Sooo bored with this pick!

Tracy
Tracy
December 2, 2021 9:40 pm

Although Rodney was a sweetheart, I was really glad they chose Clayton to be the next bachelor…..and I thought Michelle was a great bachelorette. She didn’t put up with any BS. (Just wish they didn’t emphasize her eyebrows so much….and yes, I know it’s the fashion now.0

Libby
Libby
December 3, 2021 1:24 pm
Reply to  Tracy

Why are you glad they chose Clayton over Rodney? Truly genuine question, as I don’t understand the Clayton choice at all and would love to hear reasons to be excited about it. There was literally one episode the whole season where he got any significant air time and it was the one he got booted on. I just don’t get what production’s doing here.

Mere
Mere
December 3, 2021 11:36 pm
Reply to  Libby

Sadly, I think production is getting back to their roots – I’m guessing a lot of the long-term core audience does not want to (and perhaps hasn’t been) tuning into all of this “diversity” happening on their screens. Clayton is Midwest, white bread, meat & potatoes, all-American MAN! Gotta give the people what they want (I.e. the safe bubble they’re comfortable staying in)

Phil
Phil
December 4, 2021 2:58 am
Reply to  Mere

Well count me out on the Clayton season. There’s literally no reason for me to watch it other than it’s The Bachelor. I do not know this man named Clayton and I don’t care to stare at his underbite for 3 months (bc that’s literally all I see when I look at him.) Rodney (or Brandon if he doesn’t win) would have been the right choice.

Dori
Dori
December 5, 2021 10:55 am
Reply to  Phil

Yeah, Clayton is definitely a snooze!

Phil
Phil
December 4, 2021 10:09 pm
Reply to  Libby

You know why.

Libby
Libby
December 7, 2021 7:38 am
Reply to  Phil

Haaa yeah I know. I just want people to own their shit.

Okay yeah, we need a nice milk-fed white boy to appease the white right-leaning wine moms of America who have made up a good chunk of Bachelor/ette fanbase since the beginning, but why did they choose an actual carbon copy of Colton? With basically the same name even? Like, things didn’t exactly go how producers wanted them to with Colton when he’s out there stalking his ex and getting restraining orders against him.

Edie
Edie
December 9, 2021 9:52 am

I love Rodney but I think the seasons being filmed so close together he wouldn’t be ready for love again so quickly because he had actual feelings for Michelle. Clayton liked Michelle but wasn’t in love with her so they could film right away. That being said I too do not understand why Clayton- he didn’t stand out to me during Michelle’s season- though I’m not sure who did that would have allowed for filming to start when it did……

I think Michelle has been a great Bachelorette and has shown so much empowerment. I see her choosing Nayte based on chemistry. I really like all 3 of her final men and think no matter who she chooses they are good guys.

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