Once it’s down to the final half dozen contestants on The Bachelorette, things start to get real. And right now, with just six men remaining, that’s where we’re at. So since a select few, including Dean, are still high on fans’ Bachelorette fantasy league rosters, it’s time to ask: does Dean get a hometown date on The Bachelorette?
At this point, he’s pretty much America’s sweetheart to most fans. He’s managed to steer clear of a lot of the drama this season and even when he was talking to the producers about it, he tried to be as uninvolved as possible while still giving the facts about the Lee and Kenny saga that went on far too long. And while Rachel was once concerned over the age difference (Dean’s 26 and Rachel is 32, by the way), being part of the final six on The Bachelorette means you’re pretty special and as such, Dean is totally deserving of a hometown date this season.
Since the Season 13 premiere of The Bachelorette, he’s been a gentleman who’s proven himself to be able to be open, honest, and all-around sweet with Rachel. And when he opened up about his mom’s death, Rachel seemed to know then and there that, even though he's the youngest contestant on the show right now, Dean is anything but immature or incapable of a serious relationship.
While the actual winner of The Bachelorette and Rachel’s heart is still yet to be officially announced, Dean stands a really good chance of making the final four and, by doing so, getting a hometown date. If you’ve ever seen a season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, then you know how important these hometown dates are. Having Rachel meet four different contestants’ families can either solidify her bond with each of the men or make her realize that they aren’t the right ones for her. Meaning, some of them could be dumped at home while Rachel and the other men continue on the journey.
In Dean’s case, though, it doesn’t seem like he'll be shown the door anytime soon. He's kind, genuine, and managed to open up and make Rachel rethink any reservations she might have had about being with a younger guy long-term. After the Week 4 date where Dean talked about his mom’s cancer diagnosis and losing her as a teenager, he took to Instagram to talk about opening up to Rachel.
"I've spent the last 11 years of my life glossing over my emotions and never really opening up about how it's affected me because I thought it was something I should just deal with on my own," Dean wrote. "I have so much love and respect for Rachel (and @bacheloretteabc) for allowing me to share my story and, most importantly, honor my mother, Debbie."
After that, it was pretty clear that Rachel and Dean graduated as a couple from being pretty cute and possibly endgame material to having a real emotional connection. And with that kind of relationship growing between the two of them, Dean is sure to get a hometown date on The Bachelorette.