Season 8 of The Bachelorette could certainly be deemed the most demure season in the franchise’s history. The show is, of course, moving into new territory, exploring the challenges and joys single parents face when they begin dating again. Recent statistics show that more than one-quarter of all children under 18 are being raised in single parent homes.
The first few episodes centered on incredibly normal routines that these gentlemen would face, so it was nice to see a little of what viewers tune in for–the picturesque travel locations which serve as a backdrop for these stunning dates. This week, the guys were off with Emily, her daughter Ricki and Ricki’s tutor to exotic Bermuda.
She starts with a one-on-one date with single dad Doug. The two instantly bonded over talking about their children and shopping the local tourist venues for souvenirs. Aside from their regarding single-parenthood similarity, Doug shared with Emily that he started a charity (the name and beneficiaries of the charity weren’t revealed, possibly due to legalities), but because Emily is also involved with a children’s charity in her hometown of Charlotte, it seemed they were both on the same page, and Emily appeared to be smitten with Doug following their date.
Following she had a two-on-one date with accountant Nate Bakke and business owner John “Wolf” Wolfner which started with jumping off a dangerous cliff at Diving Board Island. After a little alone time with both men, the three met in the cave for dinner, at which Emily awarded John the rose and sent a sweet and sentimental Nate headed back to Los Angeles.
Between the dates, other action: the men were split into sailing teams who raced to the finish (the winning team included luxury-brand Kalon, entrepreneur Jef and racecar driver Arie). Unfortunately, it also included the now-official villian of Season 8: professional trainer Ryan whose inflated opinion of himself seems infinitely higher than anyone else’s opinion of him.
Next week, they’re set to head to London where emotions will supposedly fly high… stay tuned.