KEY MO­MENT

A del­i­cate con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the Bach­e­lorette and a con­tes­tant sets up tonight’s home­town visit.

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT & LIFE - Jo­hanna Sch­neller

The show: The Bach­e­lorette, Sea­son 13, Episode 7 The mo­ment: Eric’s story

Rachel Lind­say, the first AfricanAmer­i­can Bach­e­lorette, is choos­ing the four suit­ors whose fam­i­lies she’ll meet. She and Eric, a 29-year-old per­sonal trainer from Los An­ge­les — and the only re­main­ing Black suitor — sit by a fire in Geneva.

If Rachel meets Eric’s fam­ily, he con­fides, “It’ll be my first time ever in my life bring­ing a girl home.” Rachel looks star­tled. “Bal­ti­more is a chal­leng­ing city and how I grew up wasn’t easy,” Eric says. “All the men in my fam­ily were in the streets, deal­ing drugs, com­mit­ting crimes.” “Your dad, too?” Rachel asks. “Dad, un­cle, cousin,” Eric replies. His un­cle went to prison. He knew kids who couldn’t af­ford school clothes. He’s seen abu­sive re­la­tion­ships and “fam­ily mem­bers get­ting high. Mom, dad — never seen them to­gether ever in my life.”

Later, Rachel ad­mits to the cam­era that what Eric told her “is a lit­tle scary.” But she gives him a rose.

Ev­ery­one as­sumed this sea­son would be about race and so­cial me­dia tut­ted ev­ery time Rachel sent away a Black suitor. But this mo­ment was dif­fer­ent, more del­i­cate — so del­i­cate that, for once, the show didn’t tease it at ev­ery com­mer­cial. This mo­ment was about class.

Rachel is a supremely pol­ished at­tor­ney from Dal­las. Eric “knew friends who were killed in the streets.” North Amer­i­cans don’t like to talk about class, but here, as it in­ter­sects with race, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to.

Rachel would have looked mighty cal­lous if she’d booted Eric af­ter he opened up. But tonight’s home­town visit should be fas­ci­nat­ing. The Bach­e­lorette airs Mon­days at 8 p.m. on City. You can read weekly re­caps Tues­days at thes­tar.com/tele­vi­sion. Jo­hanna Sch­neller is a me­dia con­nois­seur who ze­roes in on pop­cul­ture mo­ments. She usu­ally ap­pears Mon­day through Thurs­day.

RANDY SAGER/ABC

In a del­i­cate mo­ment, Bach­e­lorette Rachel Lind­say and con­tes­tant Eric Big­ger dis­cussed Eric’s dif­fi­cult home life grow­ing up in Bal­ti­more.

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