As you likely know, the episode before the final rose ceremony is always a reunion sit down where the lead for the current season of the ABC dating competition is able to get closure from his or her past suitors.
Monday's The Bachelorette: Men Tell All special was a big night for fan-favorite Dean Unglert. It felt weird watching over an hour of the show and not even seeing her. And not for the right reasons, if you get what I'm saying. Sadly, nothing exciting came of this.
While the show tackled a tough topic at long last, there were just a few things missing from the episode. Thexton comes on the show, saying that she was in a 7-month relationship with Jackson and then he disappeared. "I'm black. I knew it would be something to talk about, but it wasn't something that we had to continually go on and on and on about when I had the relationship with the men, which I appreciated. I loved the conversation that we were having". Lee says, "I am grateful that I have people in my life now that make me not like I was when I made a racist comment". Because this is a family show, this can't end with anything other than Lee's heart growing three sizes as he promises to do better.
To his credit, Kenny immediately calls bull on Lee's apology, but Lee continues to be cool and acknowledge his shortcomings. "I'm just kidding. Lee and DeMario [and] Lucas ["Whaboom"]". I completely denounce that and I denounce that Lee. Take that as you will.
Chris Harrison once called himself "daddy". There's no denying that the Nashville native did everything in his power to get under the professional wrestler's skin, so unsurprisingly, a lot of the guys sided with Kenny in this drama. Viewers were psyched for Lee to get verbally beat down by Rachel, the first black Bachelorette whose show he made about him, at least for awhile, as well as the men he'd wronged, especially Kenny. Host Chris Harrison amped up the heat, displaying several of the offensive tweets that had gotten Garrett in hot water earlier in the season, including one favorably comparing the KKK to the NAACP and asking him to account for them. Again, I apologize but I can't joke about this. Graham asked Garrett. "If, on the other hand, you're tweeting about black people and groups of black people who fought and died so I can be on the stage next to you".
Lee's response? That he doesn't like racism. Rachel says in her interview that it was the toughest moment "in general" for her on "The Bachelorette".
We are reminded about how odd Dean's hometown date was and that he was sent home right afterward.
"It was cathartic", Dean explained. "Not only do I get the chance to find love and be the first, and that's scary, but I'm honored to do it".
It's finally time for Rachel to greet the men she sent home and almost a minute after she hugs Chris Harrison hello, Dean makes his way to the stage to recap their relationship. Rachel meant it, she claims, and so Dean is cool with it now, I guess. The problem here is that whatever did happen was still seedy enough that production had to shut down, and we're not altogether sure that this is something that you would want to be happy about.