'The Bachelorette' 2022: Fans compare Rachel's group date to 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor' challenges
EDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: One week before Hometowns, 'The Bachelorette' is as dramatic as ever. Rachel Recchia traveled to Amsterdam with co-bachelorette Gabby Windey, where she sent one unexpected suitor home and had another forced to leave, while Rachel's love stories continued to blossom, allowing her a whole episode without having to cry (if we overlook the preview for the forthcoming episode).
Rachel took her men on a date to the world's cheese capital, where they all battled in the strongest man competition. Tyler, Tino, Ethan, and Aven go cheese sampling and folk dancing with Rachel. Knowing that this is their final chance before returning to their hometowns, Aven seizes the opportunity to whisk Rachel away for some "alone" time by the water. Soon, Tino jumped in, making sure he doesn't miss out on any of the solo time he can possibly get with Rachel. But before Ethan and Tyler can snag Rachel for some one-on-one time, an older gentleman in a bowler hat says it's time for Cheesy Feats of Strength.
"The other guys look like they work out a ton," Tino observes. "But I'm going to let my arms fall off before I lose. "And the contractor benefits from that mind over matter mentality: Tyler is the first to drop the cheese, followed by Aven and, ultimately, Ethan. Tino, you are now the Cheese King of Edam!
Comparing the cheese competition to that of a 'Big Brother' game, a fan wrote: "This cheese competition on Rachel's group date is like a big brother competition... #TheBachelorette #bigbrother24." However, another fan felt the group date was more similar to a 'Survivor' challenge: "Rachel’s group date turned into a miniature Survivor challenge #TheBachelorette." Seeing the stark difference between Rachel and Gabby's group date this week, another fan wrote: "Gabby group date: dominatrix Rachel group date: cheese #TheBachelorette." Realizing how Rachel has got only a handful of group dates owing to her cancelling most of the them, a fan wrote: "Rachel-“this is my favorite group date so far” girl you only have like one other to compare it to #thebachelorette."
Rachel’s group date turned into a miniature Survivor challenge #TheBachelorette— Undercover Bachelor Fan (@undercoverbach1) August 16, 2022
Gabby group date: dominatrix 🌶🥵— ganja baby (@loblackmon) August 16, 2022
Rachel group date: cheese ☺️🧀 #TheBachelorette
Rachel-“this is my favorite group date so far” girl you only have like one other to compare it to #thebachelorette— Maria (@myy_maria_) August 16, 2022
Calling out the competition of pitting the men against each other based on their strength, a fan tweeted: "OF COURSE there’s a competition for the strongest man in Edam on this day of our lord, Rachel’s group date OF COURSE #bachelorette #TheBachelorette." Another fan felt, Rachel was out of touch with Group Dates given her theme for the week: "Rachel is definitely out of practice with group dates. She sounds like a grade 2 teacher trying to get the kids involved in the theme if the week "cheese!" #TheBachelorette #bachelorette." A fan quipped how this felt like the first group date for Rachel: "i feel like this is the first group date for rachel i’ve seen all season #TheBachelorette." Another fan wrote how the last group date of the season also seemed like the first one for Rachel: "Last group date? Strange that it’s also Rachel’s first #TheBachelorette."
i feel like this is the first group date for rachel i’ve seen all season #TheBachelorette— frak.attack, m.a. (@frankimaria) August 16, 2022
Last group date? Strange that it’s also Rachel’s first #TheBachelorette— The Betchelor🥀 (@betchelorpod) August 16, 2022
Tyler is eager to shake off the cheese setback and earn the group date rose at the afterparty. He acknowledges to Rachel that it was difficult to see her smooch Tino after the cheese contest, but he recognizes that each individual there is on his or her own "journey." He also tells her that he values the notion of a hometown date. "My parents said, if you bring another girl home, and she is not the last person you bring home, don't bring her," Tyler explains.
When it's Aven's time, he tells Rachel that both his parents would adore her, despite the fact that his mother disliked his previous girlfriend and his father despised the one before that.
Meanwhile, Ethan wants Rachel to know how much she means to him. "I love my family more than anything," he continues. "I want to introduce you to them. I was, like, waiting for the person to, like, open up my heart to — and it's you."
Tino also wants Rachel to know that he is eager for her to meet his family. "I haven't had a doubt in weeks," he adds as they begin kissing. Tino later confesses that he "totally hit it out of the park" during his conversation with Rachel. "This is a rose I want more than usual. I'm really expecting it because I, like, literally think I'm her person." Tino, however, did not win the rose; that honor went to Tyler. Tino bolted out of the room as soon as Rachel left, expressing his shock in a confessional.
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