As Bachelorette Ali and her final three suitors embark on exotic dates in Tahiti, Frank may let his doubts lead him to exit. But for viewers annoyed that they've already been spoiled by previews, Chris Harrison says, "If you think you think you've seen everything, you haven't." Plus: Was Roberto in his baseball uniform cheesy or adorable?
TVGuide.com: What did you think of this week's episode?
Chris Harrison: I love the hometown episodes because it takes the show in a completely different direction. When you involve families, it just changes it. All of a sudden you are exactly who you are in life, which is a good thing. Up until hometowns we're all travelling together, staying in the same hotel and there's some sort of camaraderie to the whole thing. Hometowns change everything because not only do you introduce your family, but you're separated. The only time they see each other from here on out is at rose ceremonies.
TVGuide.com: Was Ali's decision to eliminate Kirk that tough?
Harrison: I don't know if the decision for Kirk was bad, I just know overall it was a really bad night for her. She got down to this final four and it was a really good group of guys. At this point you're dumping someone who has given you no reason to, just introduced you to their family, and has done nothing wrong. In any other world, she wouldn't have quit dating Kirk, but at this time she had to choose someone and their relationship was just not as far along as the others were.
TVGuide.com: Did his dad's taxidermy hobby have anything to do with it?
Harrison: Ali had to decide, "Wow I met this great guy, now I'm back in Green Bay, Wis., this is who he really is. Is this something I can live with?" Can she live with this house of death looking up at her all the time?
TVGuide.com: Do you think Ali and Chris L's connection feels the most "real"?
Harrison: She always told me her relationships started really slow and as a friendship and then they evolved into something bigger, better and stronger. That's exactly what's happened to her and Chris. They started as friends and a lot of it had to do with the common thread of her losing her grandmother and him [losing] his mom. Then the relationship really took off in Lisbon. That was as awesome and emotional of a hometown as we've ever had.
TVGuide.com: Chris showing up on the beach with the dog didn't hurt.
Harrison: It was a J. Crew ad, it really was. You just want to stamp an American flag on it. I expected Lee Greenwood to pop up and start singing, "I'm proud to be an American."
TVGuide.com: What about Roberto's dad questioning Ali?
Harrison: It was very real, wasn't it? Roberto's dad expresses more of a cultural difference of, "This is my son, he's our prize possession, he has a lot to offer, so I'm not worried about Ali, I'm worried about Roberto." I think it's a very honest reaction. That's how I would be as a dad. Any girl who comes in my house to date my son [has] to be good enough to date my son, not vice versa. That was a typical proud father moment.
TVGuide.com: Ali sure sure did love Roberto in his baseball uniform.
Harrison: I wasn't sure if it was cheesy or adorable, but most of the women seemed to like it. Obviously he probably wouldn't have done that on a normal date. It's part of the show and they had fun with it, goofing around. The way he did it and went about it came off fun and playful and not, "Hey, remember my good old days?"
TVGuide.com: I'm starting to wonder what Ali sees in Frank.
Harrison: I always had questions about Frank with her. This goes to trying to figure out women, which never in a million years will I ever attempt to do. But is it trying to fix him? The relationship is obviously flawed compared to the other ones. I'm not sure what her motivation is, but there's this chemistry, they really like each other, but he makes it hard on her. ... When they're going they're as strong as anybody, but when they're not, he's complaining or worried. Maybe she doesn't even realize how much work it is. When you see them going they seem to have as much, if not more, chemistry than the other guys, but then when it's bad, it's really bad between them.
TVGuide.com: We've seen a lot in the previews about Frank and Ali, so is there more to the story we'll learn?
Harrison: Like with Justin, if you think you know everything, and you think you've seen everything, you haven't. That's why we weren't too worried about showing that something is coming because it's something you have to see, something you're going to want to hear and you have to experience to know what's happened. It's almost less about Frank and Ali and more about how it shapes the rest of our show. ... We'll have a lot to talk about next week.