'The Bachelorette' 2022: Fans find Zach Shallcross and Rachel Recchia's connection 'forced'
Zach and Rachel connect over their childhood memories as they have one of the dreamiest dates in the history of the show
Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey had two additional one-on-one dates in 'The Bachelorette' Season 19 Episode 3. Rachel chooses Zach Shallcross for her second one-on-one date of the season, and their private movie screening turns super emotional.
Rachel likes the 25-year-old from Anaheim, California since day one. Zach is the lone Austinite competing this season. During the cocktail party in Week 2, Rachel and Zach shared smooches while playing mini-golf. Rachel saw a connection developing and decided to pursue it. Tonight's episode, July 25, featured a date out of a movie inside a movie!
Rachel's red carpet date with Zach was planned by Queer Eye's Karamo, and the two attended a movie premiere in a gown and tuxedo, kissing and posing for the photographers. "We felt like movie stars," Zach added. “She was stunning as usual.” They walked into an empty theatre, save for some popcorn and chocolates, only to discover a letter imploring them to watch a film called 'Me & You.' As the couple viewed a compilation display of each other's childhood images, pianist Matt White provided musical accompaniment – as tears rolled down each of their eyes.
After that, Rachel and Zach sat in the silent theatre and continued to tell tales from their childhood. They understood that both of their fathers had a great love for aviation. Rachel said, “I feel like I have spent weeks with you already,” Then Zach remarked, "I think Rachel is going to be my future wife," and said, “This has been one of the best nights of my life.” After that, they entered the stage and started slow-dancing to the piano music. Rachel then presented him with a rose, which he gladly accepted.
As much as fans enjoy how the duo connected and how the date went, some wonder if this is a long-term relationship or if one of them will have their heart shattered. A fan pointed out how their relationship felt forced: "I wanna like Zach, for Rachel, but something about him seems disingenuous or forced. #TheBachelorette."
I wanna like Zach, for Rachel, but something about him seems disingenuous or forced. 🤔 #TheBachelorette— Ashley (@Ashley62884269) July 26, 2022
Some are already predicting when things don't work out between the two: "It's going to be a tough episode to watch when Zach breaks her heart #TheBachelorette."
It's going to be a tough episode to watch when Zach breaks her heart 😢 #TheBachelorette— The Disheveled Adult (@disheveledadult) July 26, 2022
Others felt Zach had nothing to give during the date: "Not me falling asleep every time Zach talks #TheBachelorette."
Not me falling asleep every time Zach talks #TheBachelorette— Just One Girl’s Opinion (@JustOneGirlsOp) July 26, 2022
A fan feels Zach can't be trusted for Rachel: "Both Zach and Erich have "don't trust this man" faces #TheBachelorette."
Both Zach and Erich have "don't trust this man" faces 🧐 #TheBachelorette— Kelsey (@KelseyDelave) July 26, 2022
Another fan quipped how Zach was having a hard time putting together words while they were getting pampered: "Zach trying to come up with what to say on this sound bath date #TheBachelorette."
One fan felt this could be a setup since it's very early on for a date like this: "So producers clearly want us to love the Zach and Rachel storyline (and we do) Leading me to think…what happens to Zach?!?! #TheBachelorette."
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