Andi’s emotionally-charged, whirlwind world tour to find love comes back to the U.S. as she travels across the country to visit Nick, Chris, Josh and Marcus in their hometowns and to meet their families. Are all of these bachelors ready to be married? Andi tries to find out from the people who know them best, as she moves closer to making her fairytale come true. However, the fantasy is interrupted by a real-life tragedy as the group learns about Eric Hill’s heartbreaking fatal accident.
Nick in Milwaukee: Andi starts her hometown visits in Milwaukee where Nick, who has been one of her favorites since the first night, treats her to a true taste of the city, complete with a tour of a brewery, sipping a special beer named after the couple and some energetic polka dancing. But the real test comes when Andi is introduced to Nick’s very large family – all 17 of them! Nick is so devoted to his parents and 10 siblings that he is intent on getting their approval before he tells Andi he loves her. As for Andi, she’s grilled by Nick’s nine-year-old sister, Bella, who ultimately gives her approval.
Chris in Iowa: Andi travels to Arlington, Iowa—population less than 800—to visit Chris, the handsome and extremely successful farmer whose charming manner has proved an aphrodisiac to the Bachelorette. Andi is enchanted by the serene beauty of the Iowa countryside. The pair enjoys a tractor ride and a romantic picnic in the middle of a cornfield. There, they discuss what their future might be like together. This bachelor’s fun-loving family showers her with small town hospitality. They share a laugh-filled evening of childhood memories and a game of hide and seek. Chris’ family is more than Andi could have hoped for, but how does she really feel about swapping city life for country living?
Josh in Tampa: Andi heads to Tampa to visit Josh’s family. They enjoy a flirtatious afternoon playing baseball at his childhood field that was filled with championship dreams. After five years of struggling, Josh quit professional sports to devote more time to his family, in particular his younger brother, who has been drafted into the NFL. Andi is concerned that Josh might not make the time necessary to make a relationship his number one priority. Where does Andi fit into this family picture and Josh’s life? Well, if the family football game they enjoy in the backyard is any indication, she fits in just fine.
Marcus in Dallas: For her final hometown visit, Andi journeys to Dallas, where Marcus has a special surprise waiting for her upon her arrival. He reenacts their very first date which involved him stripping down. Marcus’ loving and supportive family is anxious for Andi to join them. For her part, Andi is wondering if she will be able to catch up with the deep feelings Marcus has showed her, making it clear that she is the love of his life.
Loss of a Friend: All four men and their families have touched Andi’s heart. As she heads back to Los Angeles, she is on cloud nine. But she and the four remaining bachelors are met with the most shocking news of the season: the tragic death of Eric Hill from a paragliding accident. Andi struggles to put on a brave face and along with the shaken men, push through the most emotional rose ceremony of the season.
The Rose Ceremony: 24 hours after receiving shocking news, Andi tries to begin the rose ceremony. She breaks down once thoughts of Eric race into her mind. Andi is able to compose herself after a break. She says a heartbreaking good-bye to a stunned Marcus. Andi will have to choose from these final three men as her journey to find true love nears an end.
Week 1S12 E1 | 05/23/16