The Bachelorette recap: Close to Home

Andi's meet-cutes with the parents are overshadowed at the last minute by some sad news about "one of their own."
Ep. 08 | Aired Jul 7, 2014

THE AWFUL TRUTH: Andi gets the news from Harrison that Eric Hill died after a paragliding accident.

Watching Andi, Marcus, Nick, Josh, and Chris sit in stunned silence absorbing the news of Eric's death felt both gross and perversely fascinating. When Marcus headed outside to collect himself and Andi followed him, I found myself wondering if the other guys were jealous that Andi went after Marcus, and that he got to console her. Then I hated myself for wondering that, but I'm guessing I wasn't alone. And that's precisely why Team Bachelorette chose to put this intensely private moment on camera: Hideous as it sounds, they knew it would be good TV. Did the crew plan to put their cameras down and walk into frame to comfort Andi and the guys, or was that a spontaneous moment? It doesn't really matter—none of that grief seemed fabricated, least of all Andi's. "I kicked him out," she sobs, as a female producer envelops her in a hug. "I can't believe that was my last conversation with him." Excuse me while I go give my husband a hug.

And we're back. The next night, Andi arrives back at Casa Bachelorette for the rose ceremony, but she's understandably still a wreck. "This is a tough night," Harrison says soothingly. "It's going to be different tonight, but we're all here for each other." Andi tries to power through the rose ceremony but just as she's about to hand out the first boutonniere, intrusive thoughts of her last conversation with Eric leave her so rattled she has to excuse herself for an almost-off-camera cry. There there, honey. Let it out. Better? Great. Now go crush someone's self-esteem.

It's probably not a surprise to anyone that the aforementioned someone is Marcus. Nice guy, but Andi knows there's just no romantic there there. "I'm sorry I couldn't give you what you gave me," she whimpers, before packing Marcus off to the Reject Limo. "I believed in something that wasn't there," laments Marcus, who doesn't realize he's just coined a motto for this entire operation.

Just three weeks left—can you believe it? The (spoiled or unspoiled) finish line is within spitting distance. But don't sign off yet—I need your thoughts on hometowns. If you had to choose one family to join, which would it be? (For me it would be Nick's clan, but only so I could hang out with Bella.) Did Team Bachelorette handle the Eric situation tastefully, tastelessly, or a little of both? And has Andi seriously never heard of a polka? Be sure to check out Chris Harrison's exclusive blog over on PopWatch before you leave. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see if I can track down the price of Chris Harrison's house on Zillow.

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