This week, Bachelor Sean Lowe visited each of the four remaining bachelorettes in their respective home towns. If you missed any of Monday night's two-hour The Bachelor 2013 Week 7 hometown dates episode, you can get caught up right here!
Besides a full hometown dates recap, find out who got sent home on The Bachelor 2013 during this week's rose ceremony below.
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Texas girl AshLee was up first, with Sean coming to visit her and meet her family in Houston. Sean's introduction to AshLee's family was somewhat emotional, but not on Sean's end; though both AshLee's mom and dad cried along with her as she openly contemplated her love for Sean, Sean didn't. Awkward!
Next up, Bachelor Season 17 heartthrob Sean Lowe visited Catherine in her hometown of Seattle. Though Catherine's grandmother called Sean "handsome", her mother and sisters seemed dubious about the made-for-TV relationship. "We will see how this goes," was the response Sean received upon asking for Catherine's mom's blessing.
Ironically, the most nerve-rattling of Sean's Bachelor Season 17 hometown dates seemed to play out in the most natural, relaxed fashion. Sean visited Lindsay and her family on Fort Leonard Wood Army base in Missouri. Lindsay's father is a two star general, which made Sean a bit apprehensive; despite his high rank, Sean found him to be "a nice guy". General Dad seemed to like Sean, too; Sean received Lindsay's father's blessing when he asked for it.
When Sean visited Desiree in Los Angeles, however, things did not go quite according to the bachelorette's light-hearted plan to have everyone over for a casual dinner at her place. Though Desiree's mother and father liked Sean immediately, Desiree's brother Nate was not impressed. This took things from "Hi, how are you?" to super awkward in no time flat. Nate accused Sean of being a "playboy", and told his sister Des that he "didn't see things working out" with this year's Bachelor star. "He is not the one," Nate told her. Desiree was not amused by her brother's attitude, but Nate insisted he was simply concerned his sister was going to get herself hurt.
Later, Sean said in voice-over, "Desiree's brother is always going to be there, and is probably always going to get under my skin. That bothers me." But Desiree wasn't the only girl Sean was having doubts about leading up to The Bachelor 2013 Week 7 (Feb. 18) rose ceremony. "With Catherine, I just question if our lives align. Does she really want to settle down? Because she has a lot of lofty career goals..."
To say Sean was uncertain going into the rose ceremony that aired on Feb. 18 seems an understatement. With only three roses for the four remaining bachelorettes, Sean told the women that even as he stood there before them, he didn't know what he was going to do; he would simply follow his heart as he handed out the roses.
Who Went Home on The Bachelor Tonight (Feb. 18)
Sean was poised to hand out the first rose when, out of nowhere, Desiree asked to talk to him alone."I just want apologize for last night," Des began once out of the room, clearly apologizing for her brother's behavior. Sean reassured her that her brother hadn't affected her chances, and they both returned to the rose ceremony.
Bachelor Sean gave the first rose to AshLee, and the second to Lindsay. As Catherine and Desiree looked on, Sean picked up the final rose. So, who got sent home on The Bachelor 2013 Week 7 tonight? Well, not so fast.
Sean stood there a long time, then put the rose back down before walking out. Bachelor host Chris Harrison followed. "I'm having a hard time...I still don't know which one to send home," Sean confided. Chris Harrison told him to take his time and make his final decision. Sean thought aloud, "I think it comes down to who will I miss the most."
Finally, Sean appeared before the women again. In the end, he called Catherine's name to receive the final rose. Her brother's cold prophecy come true, Desiree indeed ended up the unfortunate bachelorette who got sent home on The Bachelor 2013 this week (Feb. 18). The 26-year-old stylist was visibly rocked by Sean's rejection.
Sean walked Des out to a waiting limousine and confessed how difficult his decision was. Desiree continued pleading her case up until the very end, all but begging Sean for another chance and telling him this was "100% a mistake."
As they hugged goodbye, Desiree begged once more, "Don't let me go. " In the limo, Desiree cried, "It was a huge mistake. I don't want to say goodbye."
On Tuesday, ABC will air Bachelor: Sean Lowe Tells All, where Sean will discuss everything from why he feels "Tierra never should have come on the show" to why he sent home "America's favorite bachelorette". Tune in to the one-hour special, which starts at 8 p.m. local Tucson time. Next week, Bachelor Sean Lowe and the remaining three ladies enjoy overnight dates in South Thailand for the Week 8 episode. Will anyone make use of the Season 17 fantasy suites? Find out next Monday on ABC.