Hometowns are at all times illuminating, are they not? Matt James dwindled his group to only 4 ladies, and on Monday evening’s episode of The Bachelor, he met their households.

Controversy surrounding one contestant, Rachael, and host Chris Harrison continues to play out off-screen — and Matt simply issued a press release. 

In a submit on Instagram on Monday, Matt known as the data that has surfaced in latest weeks “troubling,” and mentioned he’ll share extra of his ideas “in the end.” 

“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” he wrote. “Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist  of the Antebellum South, a painful  that every American should understand immediately, was troubling and painful to watch. As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years.”

On display, ABC promised there could be loads of “tough” conversations this week. Rachael, Bri, Michelle and Serena P. have been within the working for Matt’s coronary heart, with every of them hoping their hometown date would take issues to the subsequent stage.

It did for 3 of them, whereas Serena P. realized Matt wasn’t her “person” — and advised him. That shocker put all the pieces into perspective for Matt, who emotionally revealed his insecurities that one other girl would depart him heartbroken. 

ET was dwell running a blog Monday evening’s episode. Scroll down for a play-by-play of what went down.

Damn, Mom!

6: 57 PM:

That pleasure rapidly turns to concern, because it clicks there’s nonetheless three ladies. 

Then — the Women Tell All. TBH, none of this appears that thrilling anymore. But we’ll see how we really feel subsequent week. 

Then, in two weeks, Matt will get steamy along with his remaining three — and his mother tells him, “Love is not the end all, be all.” Damn, Mom! 

Matt’s crying, he is not OK and we’re trying ahead to the tip of this journey. Now he is SOBBING and we’re actually trying ahead to it. 

3 Roses for 3 Ladiez

6: 55 PM:

Michelle accepts her rose “without hesitation.” Rachael is subsequent, after which Bri clearly. 

A giant sigh from Matt. 

“Thank you all for being patient, and I’m extremely excited about our next two weeks together,” Matt says. 

Bri, Michelle and Rachael specific their pleasure for what’s forward. 


6: 54 PM:

Matt lastly greets the ladies on the rose ceremony, and confirms Serena’s not coming. 

“I want you all to think long and hard about that commitment before you accept the rose tonight,” he tells Michelle, Bri and Rachael. 

Us Too

6: 51 PM:

Michelle, Bri and Rachael stand there ready for Matt, however then they discover Serena’s not there. 

Before the rose ceremony, Matt expresses his concern that there is one other girl who’s not totally into him. 

“We’re so close to the end, I can smell it,” he says. Us too. 

Matt’s Crying

6: 46 PM:

Serena WALKS MATT OUT and we get a limo shot of him departing. Way to show the tables, lady. 

He cries, recalling how he wished to run. “That’s what I’ve always done… run from difficult conversations, but nothing gets resolved,” he says. “I’m scared.” 

Matt is fearful of leaving this present with a damaged coronary heart. More tears. 


6: 44 PM:

There is silence as Matt tries to course of being damaged up with by yet one more girl. If it does not work, it does not work. 

“I don’t know. It sucks to hear that, but I felt it after I left that conversation with your family,” he says. “It just stinks.” 

“It sucks to hear that, because I just want what’s best for you, and if that’s not going to be me… that stinks,” he continues.

Serena says she’s simply not there. 

“You don’t have to say or do any more,” Matt tells her, asking her to stroll him downstairs. 

Not Her Person

6: 43 PM:

Matt tells Serena it is “intentional” that he is spent essentially the most time along with her of the opposite ladies. He actually sees a future along with her. 

She does not appear satisfied it is for the perfect. “I think when I first became aware of those feelings was when I talked to my mom. I was able to sit there and say, ‘Matt has everything I would want in a husband, and he makes me feel so special and valued’… but when it came to being able to share my feelings for you, I really struggled,” she explains. 

Serena says she was scared. “I think if I’m being honest with myself, it’s more than that. And I think it just comes down to the fact that I don’t think that you’re my person,” she says. 

Matt Visits Serena

6: 40 PM:

The ladies prepare for the rose ceremony — however Matt cannot get began with out checking in with Serena. 

He goes to go to her in her room, the place she doesn’t seem like she even bothered to prepare for the rose ceremony. 

“I’ve been thinking about you a lot,” Matt tells her. “I’ve known how I felt about you for a long time… seeing that you struggled through some of this, I tried to make you had enough time to process.” 

Not Quite There

6: 32 PM:

Matt tries to reassure Serena earlier than they are saying goodbye — however we’re unsure it labored. 

“I am falling for Matt. We have an amazing connection, but thinking about getting engaged to him in a few weeks does scare me, because I’m not there yet,” she tells the digicam. “I wanted my hometown to be there.” 

“Tonight I have just, doubt and fear,” she provides. 

No Shame in Being You

6: 30 PM:

Serena’s mother tells her that her final relationship actually messed along with her head. 

“I think I’m just struggling to trust my feelings,” Serena cries. “I just want to be out of my brain for like, five minutes.” 

“I do have this pit in my stomach sometimes with Matt,” she explains. “I don’t know how I’m feeling.” 

We assume that is the start of the tip of Serena and Matt — however we’ll say we actually appreciated her hometown date and we actually like her. No disgrace in being you, lady!!!


6: 29 PM:

Serena’s sister tells her she does not appear smitten — and Serena is internally freaking out. 

“The thing I’m most nervous about is she could be talking herself into it,” her sister tells the digicam. 

During a sitdown along with her dad, Serena tells her dad that getting engaged will not be “off the table.” He reminds her it is a sturdy dedication — and now she’s unsure. 

“Suddenly I have a lot of doubts,” she tells the digicam. 


6: 26 PM:

Serena’s mother is the primary to grill Matt. “This whole process is fast,” she says along with her cute little Canadian accent. “We’re just worried about her getting hurt.” 

“There’s definitely something there, but I don’t know that Serena will be ready to get engaged this quickly,” Serena’s mother tells the digicam. 

Serena’s sister asks her if she’s in love with him, and Serena admits she’s catching as much as Matt’s emotions. 

Five Stars for Serena’s Sister

6: 23 PM:

Matt sees himself spending the remainder of his life with Serena, so he needs to make an excellent impression. 

He meets Serena’s household — and so they’re already emotional. Turns out Serena’s limo exit was her sister’s thought. Five stars for Serena’s sister. 

Serena Is the Best Canadian

6: 17 PM:

Matt hopes Serena’s household does not assume he is a moron — so he higher research up. He’s not precisely nailing Serena’s Canadian trivia. 

“I’m having a blast today with Matt. He’s handling the fun and games great,” she tells the digicam. “We just have so much fun together.” 

They eat some Canadian delicacies, earlier than heading out for some ice — the place Serena actually reveals off her expertise. 

She tells the digicam they’ve deepened their connection, however we’re probably not seeing it. 

Oh Canada

6: 15 PM:

It’s time for Serena P.’s hometown date, and she or he’s going to point out him what Canada seems to be like. Did anybody know she was Canadian? We didn’t. 

“Because I can’t take you to Canada, I thought I’d bring Canada to you!” she beams. “I’m a proud Canadian. I love Canada!” 

Serena explains she was born and raised in Canada, and that is why she’s strolling Matt right into a room with a bunch of Canadian flags. 

Bri Says It!

6: 09 PM:

While sitting down with Matt, Bri lastly will get it off her chest. 

“I feel like I’m falling in love with you, and I just want more time with you,” she says. 

Matt thanks her, and so they kiss. 

“I feel good knowing he won’t have any doubts about where our relationship is,” Bri provides. 

We Love Bri’s Mom

6: 07 PM:

Bri will get emotional as she tells her mother that she’s falling in love with Matt, however she’s scared. 

“You have to make a commitment to yourself to be honest and you have to be vulnerable, and that’s a hard thing to do,” her mother says. 

Bri is now crying over the potential of telling Matt how she feels after which leaving. 

“I know that that’s really hard for me to do, and it makes me want to put up a wall,” Bri tells the digicam. “I’ve got to let that wall down and tell Matt how I feel. If I don’t tell him, how is he ever going to know?” 

Very Interesting

6: 05 PM:

Bri’s mother has exhausting questions for Matt as they sit down one-on-one. 

Matt talks about how they join over having single mothers. “Are you in love with her?” Bri’s mother interjects. 

“I’m falling in love with her,” Matt replies. 

“She’s a realist,” Bri’s mother says. “She wants to get her hopes up, but she’s afraid of getting shot down. Do you see Bri in your life?” 

“Absolutely,” Matt says. 

“Interesting,” Bri’s mother responds. 


Yesss Mom!

6: 03 PM:

Matt and Bri meet her household — and her child sister. 

“Seeing Bri hold her baby sister made my heart melt,” Matt tells the digicam as Bri’s sister cries it out. “I see how Bri’s going to show up for us.” 

Bri’s little sis goes off for her nap, so the adults can discuss. 

“We know what Matt’s been doing: dating,” Bri’s mother says. Yessss mother!


5: 58 PM:

Bri expresses her insecurity over with the ability to give Matt a traditional household. 

“My family’s everything but conventional,” Matt assures her. “[But] I had a mom that loved me, and brother who would die for me.” 

“Sounds like your mom and your friends are showing up for you, and that’s why I’m nervous, because I know how important they are,” Matt provides. 

Bri needs to inform Matt she’s falling in love, however she’s scared. 

A Little Tough

5: 54 PM:

“Off-roading is something I used to partake in growing up,” Bri tells the digicam. “Hopefully I don’t flip the today.” 

When they get off the bumpy , Bri units up a bit picnic. 

“I am just really excited to be here with you for hometowns. I’m excited for you to meet my family and I feel like our date really did come full circle,” she gushes. 

Matt displays on his and Bri’s bond over being raised by single mothers — and Bri warns him her mother may be a bit robust. 


5: 52 PM:

Bri is up subsequent. “We were both raised in a single parent home… we just get each other,” Matt tells the digicam. 

“I’m in a place right now with Bri that’s comfortable, but we need to push past that,” he provides. 

Bri drives as much as meet Matt, and says she’s taking it again to their first date. “Today is payback… a lot of off-roading today,” she says. 

Call a Dad Up

5: 48 PM:

Matt tells Rachael that it is essential to ask for her dad’s blessing, however he does not need to ask 4 households. 

So, when the time comes, he’ll name a dad up. 

“It’s so scary to think I could still potentially lose him,” Rachael tells the digicam. “I will be completely crushed if I don’t end up with Matt.” 

The Other Women

5: 45 PM:

Rachael’s dad says he thinks Matt is telling the opposite ladies precisely what he is telling her — however Rachael disagrees. 

“We just want to make sure you’re being respected and all that,” her dad says. 

Rachael says she would stroll away if she did not have actually sturdy emotions for Matt, and her dad loosens up a bit. 

“I’m super anxious right now waiting to hear what Matt has to say,” Rachael tells the digicam. 


5: 44 PM:

Matt, in the meantime, tells Rachael’s dad that he already advised his daughter that he is falling in love along with her. 

“I’m taking this serious, and when I’m with Rachael, that’s all I’m thinking about,” Matt tries to guarantee her father. 

“To me, it’s very quick to get to the point where you’re talking about getting engaged or married… it’s unrealistic,” Rachael’s dad tells the digicam. He’s anxious. 

Something Scary

5: 41 PM:

Rachael introduces Matt to her household, and tells them about her tough touchdown. They do not appear too fazed. 

“I’ve definitely been falling in love with him so easily,” Rachael tells her mother, explaining she sees a future with Matt. 

Her mother asks concerning the dangerous issues — however Rachael says there’s nothing dangerous about Matt. “I’ve had bad days with him,” she says. 

“Today actually was a really hard day. When I said my landing was rough, it was bad. You can’t see, there’s a lot of makeup on my face,” she provides. “I was fine, but even just seeing the way he reacted about that and the way he took care of me and the way he comforted me — that’s how I would want my husband to react to something scary like that.” 


5: 37 PM:

Matt tells Rachael that he was critically involved. 

“That thought of losing you in that moment… I was like, ‘Damn,'” he says. 

“It’s nice to see how much he cares about me,” Rachael tells the digicam with tears in her eyes. “It was a really bad situation turned good, because he was there for me… I can’t even think about going through life without Matt at this point.” 


5: 34 PM:

Rachael and Matt get within the aircraft — after which they bounce out of it. 

We’re impressed by this footage mid-air and Rachael talks about how she’s “literally” falling for Matt. 

Then she hits the earth… exhausting. 

“Oh sh*t!” Matt yells as he runs over to her. “Are you alright?” 

“My back is killing me. I have so much grass in my mouth right now,” she tells him. 

“Rachael just literally slammed into the earth… hard. … She’s not meant to take that kind of impact, no one is!” Matt tells the digicam.


5: 31 PM:

Rachael blindfolds Matt and drives him to a runway. 

Surprise! They’re going skydiving. “Oh sh*!” Matt laughs. “Oh my god!” 

A pair guys arrive to take them up, and we will not assist however surprise why precisely Zac Clark acquired a cardboard on his Bachelorette hometown date however Rachael will get to go skydiving. How is that this occurring? 

Pls Help Us

5: 30 PM:

Now it is time for Rachael’s date, and she or he will get a cool to fulfill Matt in. 

“My family might think I’m crazy. They’re definitely going to be shocked,” Rachael tells the digicam. We are attempting to separate this assertion from what we all know off-screen. Please assist us. 


5: 25 PM:

Matt provides Michelle a “positive ” in response to her telling him she’s falling in love with him — which is loads lower than he gave Rachael. 

We’re involved. Next up — he and Rachael bounce out of a aircraft, and she or he hits the bottom exhausting. 

Love &

5: 22 PM:

Michelle begins crying when she sits down along with her mother, saying that she thinks Matt’s the one. 

“If I didn’t feel it was being reciprocated, I wouldn’t still be here,” Michelle says. She’s sees qualities of her dad in Matt. 

“If he makes you happy, and I can see he does already, we’ll love him and he’ll be part of our family,” her mother says. 

Michelle is over the moon. “The Young family is all in, too!” she gushes to the digicam. 

The household wraps up the evening with a bit , earlier than Matt and Michelle contact base. 

“I do want you to know that after you meeting my family, I knew it was going to take my emotions to a whole different level… I am falling in love with you, Matt,” Michelle says. “That makes me so excited… it’s so genuine and it’s so real.” 

Matt’s Open to Minnesota

5: 21 PM:

Matt tells Michelle’s dad that he and Michelle align on quite a lot of issues. He will not say he is in love with Michelle, however admits he is falling for her. 

However, Matt’s additionally open to transferring to Minnesota for Michelle. 

“We trust her decision making process, and we will respect Michelle’s choice… and we will be supportive in whatever way we possibly can,” Michelle’s dad tells him. 


5: 19 PM:

Michelle’s dad is worried about Matt being in love with a number of ladies — however she’s tremendous into him. 

She mentions Matt’s work with children in , and the way they actually linked. 

“If we were to propose now, would you say yes?” her dad asks. 

Michelle nods — and tears up. (Side be aware: actually? Is she in love with Matt but?) She mentions her dad and mom getting her via a very exhausting place.

“Going into my conversation with Matt, I hope to see if they are at the same stage in this relationship,” Michelle’s dad tells the digicam. 

Michelle’s Parents

5: 16 PM:

Matt and Michelle arrive at an unexplored a part of Nemacolin to fulfill Michelle’s dad and mom, and so they’re so cute. 

She tears up instantly whereas hugging her mother. “My family’s opinion means a lot, and… I’m hoping they’ll be 100% supportive,” Michelle tells the digicam. 

The group sits down, and Michelle reveals to her dad and mom she was a late arrival — nevertheless it all labored out, as a result of Matt was tremendous into her and requested a one-on-one the subsequent day. 

The Reason Why

5: 10 PM:

Michelle says it was “super emotional” attending to see her college students once more, and she or he tells Matt that having a accomplice that will get that has been her lacking piece. 

“My parents were hesitant at first for me to put everything on pause… you were completely my reason why,” she says. 

Michelle and Matt kiss. “I’m falling in love with Matt, and I think my family — they’re going to have no problem falling in love with him too,” she tells the digicam. 


5: 09 PM:

One kiss-achild Elise reads an inspiring letter Michelle wrote to her, and asks Matt how he will encourage her. 

We determine with this youngster and we respect this youngster. 


5: 06 PM:

Michelle and Matt bike over to her makeshift classroom, the place she plans to place him within the scorching seat. 

They stroll right into a theater, and Michelle’s college students are displayed throughout a giant display. 

“This is Mr. James!” Michelle introduces Matt to the children — who’re loaded with robust questions for him. 

“Are you going to give Ms. Young a rose?” one child asks, whereas one other asks whether or not they’ve kissed. 

Matt reveals how they’re holding arms, however that is not passable for the subsequent child, who needs to know if they will have infants. 


5: 05 PM:

“I’m looking forward to bringing little pieces of Minnesota to Nemacolin,” Michelle tells the digicam. 

She needs to point out Matt a brand new aspect of her, however we’re unsure that is vital as a result of she and Matt are sporting matching outfits. So in sync!!!!

They go for a bit bike trip and it is cute and we love Michelle. 

Hometowns But Not at Home

5: 04 PM:

The ladies’s households have flown in since they cannot really go away quarantine for his or her hometown date.

Serena’s mother, dad and sister have arrived, and identical for Rachael, who Chris calls “Rach.” OK. 

Michelle’s mother and pop are right here, and Bri’s finest buddy, mother and child sister got here to assist her. 

Michelle is up first!

Arms and Abs

5: 02 PM:

Matt prepares to take issues to the subsequent stage along with his girls by getting a exercise in. Today, it is arms and abs. 

“I’m nervous. I hope that these conversations and interactions with the family go well today. You only get one first impression,” Matt says, noting {that a} household’s disapproval can drive a wedge between a relationship. 

Jumping Out of a Plane

5: 00 PM:

Families are right here — and Matt is “nervous.” There are smiles, there are tears and there’s Matt and Rachael leaping out of a aircraft and we’re about to see all of it go down. 

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