The Bachelorette's hometown week might've ended on a very sad note, but before that it was nothing but love from the families for Andi.
This week, Andi headed to the homes of Marcus, Josh, Nick and Chris where two of the men in particular pulled out all the stops to show her their love. But despite Marcus' openness with his feelings — and his incredible striptease — Andi let him go during what turned out to be a devastating rose ceremony following the news of Eric's death.
There's no handbook for how to proceed when a reality show contestant passes away and there certainly hasn't been much precedence for how to handle it if it happens while the show is still filming. When Eric Hill tragically died shortly after his exit from The Bachelorette, it wasn't a question if it would be addressed, but producers were faced with whether or not they should film and subsequently broadcast the remaining cast learning of the horrific accident.
The Bachelorette host on Eric's final episode: It's hard to know the right thing to do
On Monday's episode, following Andi's hometown dates with Marcus, Josh, Nick and Chris, host Chris Harrison sat the five down in his living room to explain what had happened. Viewers watched as the group was given the shocking news and as Andi broke down remembering her last conversation with Eric. Eventually, the episode turned to a one-on-one with Andi, followed by a melancholy rose ceremony in which Andi again wondered how to celebrate the next phase of her journey amidst such tragedy.
Are things about to go south for The Bachelorette's Andi and Nick?
On Monday's episode, the group heads to Brussels, where Andi channels her inner Molly from Ghost with Chris. But as several relationships heat up, Nick decides to stop at nothing to win Andi's heart.
Like so many have before, one Bachelorette contestant go so drunk that he was ultimately sent home.
On Monday's episode, Andi and the men from her group date capped off the fun day with an evening cocktail party. But soon into the party, it became clear that Craig had thrown back one too many. Although he made a valiant effort with his apology before the week's rose ceremony, it wasn't enough for Andi to give him a second chance.
Read on for host Chris Harrison's thoughts on the episode including Andi's first kiss, two nearly perfect one-on-one dates and why next week's double episode leads to an emotional breakdown.
Coming off of Juan Pablo's turbulent season of The Bachelor, it seemed that The Bachelorette could only go up. But Chris Harrison says his experience with Andi and the newest batch of hopefuls far surpassed his expectations.
"I don't know if it's because we had such a rough go on Juan Pablo's season ... but when you're with someone who's a delight and also really nice and kind and grateful it makes a huge difference," Harrison tells TVGuide.com. "Everything really permeates from the [star], and it's a ripple effect to the camera guys, producers, etc. When you're going to work for 24 hours straight and haven't showered and are in a jungle like these people do for this show, if you're doing it for someone really grateful it makes a big difference and makes the whole season better and it really comes through on air. It felt so much easier with her."