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Bachelorette 2016 Recap: Episode 8

Chase’s Hometown

Unsurprisingly, the most boring hometown date belonged to the most boring contestant.

After frolicking in the snow and talking about Chase’s parents’ divorce, Jojo and Chase go to his house to meet his dad.

Did anybody else notice the weirdness that was going on with Chase’s staircase?


It looks like they refinished the stairs at the last minute and it was still too wet to take the tape off. The intern is gonna catch hell for this!

The conversation with Chase’s dad was pretty boring. Chase asked him why his first marriage didn’t work out. His dad said it was because he was a workaholic. Very original. Moving on.

When I first saw Chase’s mom, my brain lit up the way it lights up when I recognize somebody. But it didn’t light up all the way. It was about a 90% match which meant Chase’s mom looked like someone I had seen many times but I couldn’t figure out who it was. It had to be someone on TV. My brain kept screaming “80s sitcom mom”. At first I thought it might be Elyse Keating of Family Ties but when I looked her up, it wasn’t her. Then I Googled the pictures of the moms of every 80s sitcom I could remember but none was a match. I even looked up the mom from Little House on the Prairie just to leave no stone unturned. But no dice.

I was disappointed. I wrote some more and then I searched again because it was driving me crazy. I finally found her on a list of 80s TV moms! It was Norma Arnold from The Wonder Years. Seriously, the resemblance is uncanny.

Chase's Mom and Norma Arnold

Well, that was the really cool part about Chase’s mom. The less cool yet bizarrely fascinating part is that she likes Jojo based on her laugh and the fact that she loves dogs and hates fish. What? How is that a standard by which to judge your future daughter-in-law?


She’s cray. Moving on.

Jordan’s Hometown

At the beginning of the date, we find out that Jojo has never seen a deer before.


Jordan takes Jojo to visit his high school where we find out that he didn’t have a girlfriend in high school. Boo f*cking hoo. It’s really sad how Jordan just can’t catch a break in this life.

We are informed once again that Jordan and Aaron are not simpatico. It feels like the producers are trying to drill this into our heads so we don’t think Jordan is a complete fame whore even though he totally is.

Jordan’s brother, Luke, not a famous quarterback, has the same hairstyle as Jordan but is far less attractive so it doesn’t really work on him.

If Jordan got the looks in the family and Aaron got the talent, I wonder what Luke got…

Man with large cock

It only seems fair.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to go hunting around on the internet to figure out who Jordan’s dad looks like.

Jordan's dad looks like Herman Munster

As Jojo is about to leave after meeting Jordan’s family, she questions his intentions AGAIN.

I don’t envy Jojo’s future fiance.

Robby’s Hometown

Jojo’s concerned about Robby’s last relationship ending so recently so he assures her that it will never be an issue. Famous last words.

Robby’s mom lets him know that his ex-girlfriend’s roommate told the tabloids that Robby broke up with his girlfriend to go on the show, not in a big tumultuous fight as Robby promised. And Robby has the unfortunate task of having to bring the issue up to Jojo AGAIN to reassure her AGAIN.

Of course, Jojo is instantly on red alert because she sees a possibility of getting hurt.


Robby insists that he didn’t leave his girlfriend to be on the show. Uh… didn’t they break up in December??? Wouldn’t that be around the time Robby found out he was going to be a part of the cast? Yeah, ten bucks says he DID leave his ex to go on the show.

Robby manages to talk Jojo down but they’re both left with doubts as Jojo gets into a rain-soaked SUV at the end of the night and heads to her next hometown. Robby is so distraught that he leaves the giant umbrella he used to walk Jojo to the car with on his front lawn.

I'm sad. Fuck this umbrella

Seriously, did he not see it there??? Come on, man.

Luke’s Hometown

Luke took the idea of a hometown date a little too literally. He invited his entire hometown to meet Jojo.

I have to say, if you’re gonna make bread and raise babies, Luke’s ranch wouldn’t be a bad place to do it.

Luke’s family seems really sweet. I loved his dad. I like that he got choked up when he told Luke he loved him. It reminded me of that saying, “Still waters run deep.” I can see where Luke got his strong silent vibe.

I already talked about the heart made of flower petals so I’m not going to cover it again.

I also already talked about the rose ceremony. I guess I didn’t actually talk directly about Luke interrupting it to tell Jojo he loved her but we all saw the show, right? I definitely think that he was told to do that by a producer. I guess we’ll find out if it was enough tomorrow.

It’s only a week until the finale! I can’t believe the season’s almost over. It feels like just yesterday we were watching Chad stuff meat in his mouth hole and listening to Daniel compare him to Hitler and Donald Trump. Ah, memories.

I don’t know how I’m going to cover two episodes in a week. Hopefully, the MTA will be light on substance (what am I talking about? Of course, it will be).

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8 thoughts on “Bachelorette 2016 Recap: Episode 8

  1. I think the line with Luke was an overdub. I think she said a different name and they cut in Luke’s name.

    My only other guess is that she has already decided on Jordan, that she knows her relationship with Robby is ridiculousness and knows that Luke is genuinely in love. Chase is a great guy too, but someone has to go and perhaps it would be less painful to Luke if she cut him out now instead of later.

    That’s all I can think of. If it were me, Luke and Chase would be the last two and it would be a hard decision. But, JoJo is on the show because she has a horrible track record with men. Robby and Jordan are saying all the right things and out of the two, Jordan probably already has the prize. If Robby is made Bachelor, we’re going to have another Juan Pablo season. Blech.

    Also… so glad you posted today! Love your writing!

    • Hi, Megan.

      Sorry for the delayed reply. I don’t know if they did an ADR to make it seem like Jojo was going to cut someone else but she did end up cutting Luke which was heartbreaking.

      I think she decided on Jordan a long time ago. I saw it but it just seemed too obvious so I thought it was going to be Luke.

      I’m not a Chase fan as you probably know. He’s nice and all but I need someone with a little spice to them and the only evidence I saw of that was when he got angry at Jojo which was my favorite part of his time on the show. Then he went and back and ruined it by apologizing. It would be hard for me to watch his season.

      I do think Luke has it in the bag though. I think Chase is only being considered as a back up.

      You’re welcome for posting! I always appreciate your comments and support. Are you the same Megan who tags me on Twitter? If you are, thank you for that. I really appreciate it.


  2. Loved this recap! The pictures you added in are so perfect!! I think this season seems to have way more manipulation by the producers than all the other seasons. (Not loving that aspect!) I think Luke will get a rose. I think she will also give one to Robby (why, why, WHY?!?!?!) I’m sad that Chase is probably going home. He seems like the most sincere and the one you could have a “normal” relationship with, but that’s probably NOT what Jojo is looking for. I’ve thought throughout most of this season that Jordan was her top pick (with a couple of times when I wavered and thought it might end up being Luke.) But now I feel pretty confident that it’s going to Jordan. Any of the other guys would OK as the next batchelor, EXCEPT for Robby! I wouldn’t watch if it was Robby.

    • Hi, Michele.

      Thanks so much for your comment. I am sorry I didn’t respond earlier.

      I’m starting to feel bad for trashing Chase since so many of my readers seem to like him. Maybe you can tell me what you like about him. I do think he’s sincere but he’s so boring to me. I’d rather have a little bit of crazy in a guy if it meant he’d be interesting.

      Well, the season is over and Luke didn’t get a rose and Chase got cut in the fantasy suite. I don’t think you have to worry about Robby becoming the next Bachelor. Luke is the frontrunner and Chase is the backup from what I can tell from viewer response on other sites.

      My boyfriend watched with me last night and he actually thought Robby was a nice guy. Maybe because the only other guy left was Jordan who he is convinced was full of it and would not be able to commit to Jojo long-term as am I.

      The producers keep making it more and more difficult to watch through their manipulations so the real love stories that were coming out of these shows a couple of years ago that were making me feel something are not happening anymore. I did not feel anything this season other than when Luke was with Jojo. I’ve actually felt nothing since Desiree and Chris got engaged other than between Jade and Tanner last year on Paradise.

      I watched this show when it first started but there were many years when I stopped because I didn’t like the leads. I’m afraid if they don’t get their act together, I’m going to give up watching it again. I can only tolerate so much BS.

      Thanks so much for your comment and support! 🙂

  3. Thank you for the recap – I had completely forgotten about the umbrella 🙂 I agree with Megan’s comment – I think there was some editing when Jojo announced Luke was leaving. They never announce who is leaving before the ceremony – that was all so staged.

    • Hi, Cynthia.

      So sorry for the delayed response.

      I do agree that the rose ceremony was staged but they let Luke go so I’m not sure they changed what she said.

      I think the producers plan was to make Luke the next Bachelor. They made their hometown date seem super romantic and then they pulled the rug out from under him and us. This not only made us like him more for being a romantic but made us feel sympathy for him when he got cut so brutally. The staging was to manipulate us because they needed drama AND they may have wanted Jordan to be the next Bachelor originally but Jojo was leaning toward choosing him so they had to pull another Bachelor out of a hat. So it was Luke.

      Thanks so much for your comment and support! 🙂

    • I know, right? Gross. I don’t get what she saw in him. I guess it wasn’t too much because she chose Jordan in the end.

      Thanks for your comment and support! Always appreciate it. 🙂

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