As lead Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey fall in love with some of the men, they decide which one gets a hometown date.
The leading lady visits each suitor's family and/or friends during a Bachelorette hometown date, getting to know them better. Families often express concern about The Bachelorette, including whether engagements are too soon. As soon as those fears are eased, the couples usually ask for the family's blessing in case they get engaged.
As the Bachelorette journey began, Rachel and Gabby got to know all of the men together before separating into two exclusive groups. In Gabby's group, Erich Schwer, Jason Alabaster, Johnny DePhillipo, Nate Mitchell, Spencer Swiss, Michael Vaughan, Quincey Williams, Kirk Bryant, and Mario Vassall received Gabby's rose. The original group of Rachel included Tino Franco, Aven Jones, Tyler Norris, Zach Shallcross, Ethan Kang, Hayden Markowitz, James "Meatball" Clarke, Jordan Helman, and controversial contestants Logan Palmer, who later pursued Gabby.
For her hometown date, Rachel had narrowed her choices down to Tino, Aven, Tyler, Zach, and Ethan, while Gabby had narrowed her choices down to Erich, Jason, Johnny, Nate, and Spencer. During her one-on-one date with Zach, the 25-year-old technology executive from Anaheim Hills, California, Rachel revealed that she will visit the hometowns of Tino, Aven, Tyler, and Zach.
When Tyler, a 25-year-old small business owner from Wildwood, New Jersey, won the rose on the next group date, Tino, a 28-year-old general contractor from Playa del Rey, California, was upset. As a result, Rachel sent home Ethan, a 27-year-old advertising executive from New York, along with Tino, the 28-year-old sales executive from San Diego, California.
Erich, Jason, and Johnny were the hometown dates Gaby ultimately chose. During a one-on-one date with Nate, a 33-year-old electrical engineer from Chicago, Illinois, she sent him home because he is the father of a 6-year-old girl and she isn't ready. After testing positive for COVID-19, Logan, 26, had to leave the show. Gabby sent Spencer, a 27-year-old venture capitalist and military veteran from Chicago, Illinois, a home without meeting his family because she didn't have enough chemistry with him.
During the rose ceremony, she selected Erich, 29, a real estate analyst from Bedminster, New Jersey, Jason, 30, an investment banker from Memphis, Tennessee, and Johnny, 25, a realtor from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A single date with Erich's beloved Grandpa John has already taken place, so it will be nice for her to meet his family.
As lead of The Bachelorette, selecting a hometown date is one of the most important decisions. It shouldn't be taken lightly because, once families are involved, relationships become stronger. It is clear that Gabby knows exactly what she wants and isn't willing to meet someone's family just for show. Her decision to only visit the hometowns of three men indicates she knows exactly what she wants.
As Rachel seems to have strong bonds with all of the men she chose, it will be interesting to see what happens when she meets their families. As the women decide which men to give the final rose to, the hometown dates should provide them with even more clarity.