The Bachelorette Reveals a Major Shift on the July 25 Episode
If all of that wasn’t dramatic enough, it was then time for a 19-on-two group date, the largest in Bachelor Nation history. The guys and the Bachelorettes completed some very weird photoshoots—at one point Meatball was dressed as a giant baby and birthed by another contestant dressed in a hospital gown, for some reason—the group got dressed up for a night at SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
The night was highlighted—or low-lighted, if you will—by an uncomfortable conversation between Gabby and Hayden, in which Hayden told her that he was more interested in Rachel, because Gabby is “rough around the edges.” Tyler and Jacob proceeded to tell Gabby that they were only interested in Rachel, as well.
Once back at the mansion, host Jesse Palmer announced that the cocktail party was canceled and the format of the show was being flipped on its head, at the urging of Gabby and Rachel. Jesse explained that, by accepting a rose at the rose ceremony, “you are committing to dating one woman, the woman that offers you the rose and not the other.” Essentially the men were being divided into two separate groups.
When it came time, the dynamic from earlier in the episode flipped, as some of the men declared their allegiance to Gabby, instead of Rachel, with Termayne, Alec and Meatball all declining Rachel’s roses. None of them were picked by Gabby, either, and they were all sent home along with Jacob.
Because one twist is never enough, Rachel’s final rose was saved for Hayden, the guy who called Gabby “rough around the edges” mere hours before, and he accepted. With enough friction between the men themselves, is there about to be some between the Bachelorettes?
Find out what’s in store when The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.