Here are five things you missed from Bachelorette Season 18, Episode 7, which aired Tuesday night on ABC. The show features fan favorite and St. Louis Park native Michelle Young, an elementary school teacher in Bloomington.
1. The episode begins with Young walking across the Stone Arch Bridge and reveals that due to the pandemic, she was not going to visit the hometowns of her four remaining suitors (who are all black, for the first time in the series). Instead, families travel to Minnesota. “I have four relationships that I’m genuinely interested in,” she says.
2. First comes Brandon, joined by his mother Carmen; his father David; and his brother Noah. Brandon leads Young to an indoor skateboard park, where he continues to fall off his board. “Obviously (he) has to get rid of the rust,” Young says. She meets her family that evening for an awkward small talk. Noah pulls her off for a while alone and expresses his skepticism about the fact that Young is dating four men at the same time. She tells him that she can see herself with Brandon “100 percent.” Young then defeats the people by getting close to David about fishing and telling Carmen that she can see Brandon become his best friend.
3. Rodney and his parents, Carrie and Tyree, are next. Rodney begins by picking Young’s apples, specifically First Kiss, developed by the University of Minnesota. Rodney then blindfolds Young, feeds her an apple dipped in toffee, and then kisses her. After that, Young meets the parents, whom Rodney calls Moms and Pops. “We’ve been through a lot on this journey,” says Rodney to Mame, who takes Young aside for a private conversation. Young tells moms, “I’m not laughing with anyone,” as harshly as he did with Rodney. The moms seem to like Young, but they tell Rodney, “It really scares me that you’re going to be heartbroken at the end of this.”
4. Oh wait, this episode does have a hometown visit as Joe Coleman is a local. We meet his parents, Julie and David, as well as his brother Dan and daughter-in-law Hannah. Back in episode five, Young took Coleman to her old Woodbury High School, and he responded by inviting her to Hopkins High School. They figure out what Coleman said was “his place” outside the library, which he said he rarely visited. They then go to a simulated prom together in a sparsely decorated, empty gym. As for the parents, David says his son and Young “look like a great couple,” and reminds him to put it to her. Hannah asks Coleman if he loves Young, and he says he falls in love with her and is willing to propose.
5. After spending an afternoon boating, Knight introduces Young to his parents, Leanna and Charles. Leanna, a former teacher, gives Young a bag of sweets for her students, which is very nice. Knight then tells his mom that this is all very strange because he never spoke to her about his feelings and relationships. Leanna says she’s worried that Knight might not think the same of Young when they emerge from the bubble of the show. The episode ends with Young sending poor Rodney to a bachelorette trash can.