While we all know that Rachel doesn't end up winning The Bachelor (as ABC already revealed that she will be the star of next season's The Bachelorette), they still chose to include Nick's visit with her and her family in Dallas.
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"This was very unexpected", Nick said in a preview for next week's episode. Raven, Vanessa, Rachel and Corinne all accept his roses and invite him to their homes to meet their families. (ABC/George Burns) NICK VIALL, DANIELLE L. In this case, it's because he sent Kristina home. But before he can get the Brooklyn-based rose ceremony on the road, he'll have to deal with ex-girlfriend Andi Dorfman first. And this week he's going to travel to the hometowns of Vanessa Grimaldi, Raven Gates, Corinne Olympios and Rachel Lindsay. This is the beginning of the end, and one of Nick's final four women will be eliminated, but who? Nick's ex Andi Dorfman will show up! Vanessa's family also points out that Nick doesn't have a job and that he lives in a different country and no one should give up their Canadian citizenship. Raven shows up on a four-wheeler wearing a pair of denim underwear and a hot pink helmet to takeNick muddin'. She tells him she loves him and I'm done. Vanessa is excited to hear from her dad that Nick floated the idea of marriage, but significantly less excited to hear from her dad that he did the same with the other women. It's an interesting date and I am curious to see how this plays out-even though we know she is the new Bachelorette. Mother knew best, because come time to leave, Raven choked and couldn't say the L-word. When Nick expresses his apprehensions on how her family would react toward him, Rachel reveals that while she has dated white guys before, she has never brought one home.
Though she is the first black Bachelorette, Lindsay is not the first minority because Juan Pablo Galavis was the first Latino Bachelor in 2013, but that season was kind of a disaster. The final one-on-one date goes to a lovely small-town bachelorette. Rachel takes Nick to her church, which happens to be a predominantly black congregation.
From there he jetted to Dallas, Texas, where Rachel L. took him to church - literally. What if Nick proposes to this handsome attorney from Texas, only for her to decline? She runs the boutique, called Grey Suede, in Jonesboro, AR, and started it off her own back with just $1,000. Rachel introduces Nick to her mother Cathy, her sisters, and her brother-in-law.
But Nick is open to having the discussion and tries to reassure the family that he and Rachel would be equipped to handle the challenges that interracial couples can face. Do they want to win Nick's heart or just win? But the way that she seems to completely block out that there's even a possibility that Nick has strong relationships with other women keeps hurting her. Afterwards, Rachel's mom gives her and Nick her seal of approval.
"It is the first serious relationship I've been involved in with a black woman", Nick says.
After a tour of the local landscape, Raven took Nick to climb a grain bin, which is where you go to have deep conversations in Hoxie.
"Everyone in my family is so relaxed", Corinne shares. Let's be honest, he was heading Corinne's hometown just to meet Raquel, right? They have lunch (spending Daddy's money works up an appetite, y'all) and Corinne tells Nick she loves him. She then bribes Nick with a $3000 shopping spree at Tomas Maier.
At her dad's, Vanessa realized she had more questions than answers, and he grilled Nick on comparing his daughter to the other three. At both gatherings Vanessa's family made it no secret that they were not comfortable with their unconventional relationship, which left her with some doubts about ever appearing on "The Bachelor" in the first place. Corinne's certain that means that he feels the same way. (Yes, I'm assuming he pays Corinne's bills.) A cool $3,000 on clothing for the man Corinne'spositive will turn out to be her future husband.
The amount of restraint in Corinne's Dad to not burst out laughing at this is Oscar-worthy. Nevertheless, it has been reported that Nick does get engaged to Vanessa at the end.
While Nick is chatting with Jim, and getting his blessing, Corinne chats with her mom. Although he was expecting a warm welcome, the got tough talks.