This week on the Bachelorette Jillian went home to meet the Mamas! Its everyone's favorite episode - hometown dates!
The first date was in Philadelphia with Reid. Normally, I can't pay attention to anything Reid says because I am distracted by his likeness to Matthew Perry (of FRIENDS fame), but this week, the chemistry between he and Jillian was undeniable. According to Reid's family, he is still single because he always seeks approval from others. Uh oh, fatal flaw.
At casa de Michael, its revealed he is a twin! Michael and his brother try to pull the switcharoo, but Jillian doesn't fall for it. It seems Jillian views Michael the way a female camp counselor views her favorite male camper - he is super cute, you know he'll grow up to be hot and make someone so happy, but you feel its just wrong to go after him yourself.
Back in California at Kiptyn's house, Kip's mom grills Jillian. YIKES! It was hard to watch their conversation and made Kip's stock drop a bit.
With Jesse's family, Jillian felt completely comfortable and welcomed. Jesse's brother Jacob is clearly jaded about women, and watching his and Jesse's heart-to-heart was a bit like watching a scene from "Dude, Where's My Car?".
Just as Jillian wraps up the first part of her date with Wes in Austin, TX, Jake shows up. Dressed in his pilot's uniform and looking quite serious (you will likely see this footage again in the opening credits when he is cast as the next Bachelor) he wants to talk to Jillian about Wes.
It takes Jake what seems like an ETERNITY to spit out that Wes has a girlfriend (named Laurel apparently). Jillian is so upset, starts crying, cursing and just generally falling apart at the seams. After he leaves her, Jake cries alone in the hotel hallway. Hello, scripted.
Jillian and Wes do discuss the issue and he denies, denies, denies. When Jillian meets Wes's mother, his mother gives her a speech about Wes that seems so rehearsed and insincere. Wes's sisters also provide him with an unnecessary ego boost, by saying people are always jealous of him. Oh yeah? Like who?
Just when you didn't think the show could get more high drama than the Wes/Jake confrontation, Jillian gets a second knock on her door and who is it? Ed! But of course! Ed tells Jillian he made a huge mistake leaving the show, he can't stop thinking about her, and he wants another chance. Jillian, totally confused but still highly attracted, asks him to come to the rose ceremony and she will decide then.
At the ceremony Jillian chooses Reid and Kiptyn (the clear front runners), then Ed (eeek!) and then . . . wait for it . . . Wes! Women across the nation screamed in unison "Noooooooo! You idiot!" How Jillian doesn't see Wes for the snake that he is is beyond me. I cannot wait until his true colors are revealed.
When Jesse says goodbye to Jillian he just hugs her and doesn't say a word. Michael wishes her the best, and then asks the camera, "I straight up loved the girl, didn't I?" Yes, Michael, you did. And this episode, you won us over so much, we might even recommend YOU to be the next Bachelor! Hang in there, young grasshopper.
In the previews for next week, Jillian takes the four remaining men to Spain! She commends Ed on his "ballsiness" in coming back, and she confronts Wes (again) about why Jake would accuse him of having a girlfriend. It looks like things are get interesting!
Stay tuned for the most dramatic trip to Spain EVER!