Nick Viall almost gave up on us for a second there, but Bachelor Nation, we’ve made it to hometowns.
Monday night’s episode picked up in the aftermath of Nick sending Kristina home in Bimini, which prompted Corinne to fly into a blind panic that Nick might decide to eliminate her before hometowns, too. Silly Corinne. Obviously we needed to meet Nanny Raquel before the season was over so Corinne obviously got a rose, as did the remaining three women: Rachel, Raven and Vanessa. And obviously Nick cried as he handed the roses out because he’s never not crying anymore. Brace yourselves: A #FullMesnick is coming.
Nick’s first hometown date was with Raven in Hoxie, Arkansas. They started their day off by climbing to the top of a grain bin because that’s what people do for fun in Hoxie, apparently. Then a cop (a.k.a. Raven’s brother) pulled up to “question” them. Good one, ABC.
From there, they spent the afternoon racing around on ATVs, which can’t have been comfortable in those tiny denim shorts Raven was wearing. Then — wait for it — they fully laid down and rolled around in nasty swamp water to make out. Behold:
Okay, so Nick does look really good with his shirt off. But this was still so unnecessary.
That evening, they went to Raven’s parents house to meet her mom, dad and brother. Raven was immediately informed that her father, who was diagnosed with lung cancer a year and a half ago, is now cancer-free. Definitely pretty uncomfortable that Nick, who was essentially a complete stranger to Raven’s family at this point, was present for this huge moment, but we’ll roll with it.
Sitting down with Raven’s father Wes, Nick opened up about his relationship with Raven before eventually getting around to asking if he would be okay with them getting engaged down the line. Wes admitted that he didn’t expect to like Nick, but that his mind had been changed and he was happy for them. Overall, a successful hometown date — even though Raven couldn’t quite bring herself to say “I love you” to Nick just yet.