by Lauren Piester | Mon., Jul. 18, 2016 8:12 PM
Let's be honest here guys: Those were not the most dramatic hometown dates in the world.
Sure, they had their moments, but for the most part, JoJo just met four kind families who she liked and who liked her. Other than JoJo making things up about a couple of empty chairs and Robby's mom trying to start some s—t with "chatter" about Robby's ex, those were some very pleasant family gatherings.
JoJo started in the snowy mountains of Colorado to meet up with Chase (the guy we keep forgetting is still here), who was feeling a little insecure about the fact that his parents are divorced. His "broken home" has caused him to have trouble opening up and expressing his emotions, which JoJo has noticed, of course.
JoJo met Chase's dad first, and he was nice, and then she met Chase's mom, stepdad, sister and brother in law, and nephew. Everyone was perfectly nice, and perfectly understanding of Chase's troubles with vulnerability.
He and his sister had a talk about how hard it is to say the l-word because of how they've been hurt by those who were supposed to love them unconditionally, but eventually Chase got up the courage to finally tell JoJo he was falling in love with her, and they shared a kiss.
Up next was Jordan, whose brother is Aaron Rodgers, in case you've forgotten. JoJo was super excited to see Jordan (though maybe not as excited as she was to see a bunch of deer) and to see where he went to school and what field he played football on, but she was much more concerned about the fact that she knew Jordan's brother was Aaron Rodgers, the football player, and that Jordan hardly ever talked about it.
She looked for pictures of Aaron in the house, she talked about the thing that Jordan said they don't talk about at every opportunity, and she even decided randomly that just because there were two extra chairs at the dinner table, the family must be so sad that Aaron wasn't sitting in one of them.
On one hand, we get it, and we would have been doing the same thing, because we live for drama. On the other, it came off as kind of insensitive, and a weird way to go about meeting your potential future husband's family for the first time. But again, we would have done the exact same thing (maybe minus the weird comment about the chairs), so who are we to judge?
Regardless, Jordan's totally into JoJo, and JoJo's totally into him, and his entire family can tell all of this. His entire family also likes to tell stories about how Jordan was the "spicy child," which is an unexpected phrase. Apparently it had something to do with how he liked to try to run away a lot. Anyway, all is well with JorJo, even if all is not so well between the Rodgers bros.
JoJo then traveled to St. Augustine, FL (which is a really lovely place if you ever get a chance to visit) to see Robby, the former competitive swimmer. He took JoJo on a horse-drawn tour around St. Augustine (horses again!), and JoJo once again expressed her concern about Robby's very recent ex-girlfriend. He was sure he was over her, but JoJo wasn't so sure.
That uncertainty got worse when Robby's mom decided to randomly inform Robby of the fact that his ex-girlfriend's roommate was spreading lies and treachery across the internet (and in person too!) about how Robby broke up with his ex just to go on The Bachelorette. (Who are the people who are saying this? Who are they saying it to? We've not been privy to this chatter!)
Robby then informed JoJo of this in order to tell her it wasn't true, but all it did was make her more worried that it was true, and it was as if she had forgotten her ex, Chad, who called her on the phone just before her hometown date with Ben last season. As much as Robby isn't our favorite, he deserved more of a break than the one JoJo wasn't giving him.
Robby might also have a boat-shoed brother named Jamichael, but we might also be hard of hearing.
And finally, Luke. Oh, Luke.
The quiet vet pulled out all the stops tonight with a surprise giant family gathering, a horseback ride (again!), a cuddle on a blanket-covered hay bale, some deep eye staring, and a walk through a candle-lit meadow to a heart made out of flowers.
"I want you to know that my heart is yours," he says, and we feel like we're watching the end of Sweet Home
Alabama Texas or something. And yet, JoJo doesn't seem to think she knows how Luke feels about her yet. OK, girl. OPEN YOUR EYES.
Luke proved himself once again by picking up on the fact that JoJo still didn't get it, so when all the guys gathered in an airplane hangar for a pre-trip rose ceremony, he pulled her aside to make sure she knew it.
"I needed to tell you that I'm in love with you, and I didn't get to tell you that the other night, and it's been the only thing that's been on my mind since then," he said, and of course, this sent JoJo into a tailspin.
She was crying, she was cursing, she was confused. "Is it enough?!" she wondered, and we kinda wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her. Did she not just participate in the beautiful date we just watched?! Luke is a treasure. A quiet, reserved, slightly boring treasure, but a treasure nonetheless!
We'll have to wait until next week to find out who doesn't make it to the fantasy suites, but we'd guess by those tears that Luke should be worried (and/or looking forward to probably being the next Bachelor).
The Bachelorette airs next Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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