Juan Pablo Galavis and Clare Crawley

Um, out of all of the seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, tonight's hometown dates had to be the most uncomfortable to watch ... am I right?!?

I can't believe I'm actually going to say this -- but poor Juan Pablo. I mean, he really had to work for it tonight, to the point that it almost seems like people were being disrespectful to him just for the sake of doing so.

Yeah, he doesn't totally make sense all the time. (Damn language barrier.) And he has a kid and is dating three other chicks. But sheesh! These families weren't about to let him off easy.

Especially Clare Crawley's crew. Can someone please tell me what the heck is up with those people?

I know Clare has been borderline nutty throughout the season, but after seeing how overbearing and controlling her 19 (or so) sisters are? It's no wonder she comes off a little bit, well -- like she's screaming for attention.

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I honestly couldn't help but feel bad for her when she was trying to have a heart-to-heart with "Mama," and her sister Lara (or Laura or whatever the hell her name is) wouldn't let her get a word in edgewise. And I know she's the youngest in the family and all -- but am I the only one who thinks something odd is going on here?

Her sister was acting more like an overprotective parent than her sister, which was just plain weird. It was so odd, in fact, that she must either be a) insanely jealous of her younger, way, WAY prettier sibling, or b) she simply couldn't resist stealing the spotlight for a few minutes since there were TV crews all over the place.

Or ... dare I say it? Lara/Laura/whatever was almost acting more like a mom to Clare than her actual mom. Could it be that her family is pulling a fast one on her and that's really the case? Stranger things have happened. (I'm only half kidding, people.)

Fortunately for Clare, Juan Pablo seemed cool with the crazy fest -- so duh, of course she's heading to St. Lucia for the overnight dates. (But I'm so sad Renee is going home. Or not. She can probably do better than Juan P.)

And OMG -- who else is dying to know what goes down in the fantasy suites that has these chicks all bent out of shape and crying? I'm already counting down the hours until tomorrow when we finally find out why Andi freaks out on Juan P.

What did you think of the hometown dates?

 

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