Two Lukes entered on The Bachelorette this week, both hoping to enter Hannah Brown at some point.
But only one Luke left.
Indeed, the rare Tuesday installment of this beloved ABC franchise produced what amounted to a one-on-one battle for Hannah’s affections, following some serious back and forth between two men with the same first name.
producers make Hannah choose the stalker-ish one who declared his ever-lasting love for her after about three hours?
Or the one who warned her that this guy is a phony who isn’t exactly on the level?
This is what it came down to for Brown this week, who jetted off to Scotland while pondering the decision and giving each suitor a forum with which he could trash the other.
More or less, that is.
At one point, Hannah pulled the two Lukes aside to get them to talk out their differences.
The Bachelorette told these fellas, who previously got into a physical altercation on the rugby pitch, that she was irritated with their accusations against each other, along with their perceived dishonesty.
“I’m not going to sit here and ever tell Hannah anything I don’t believe,” Luke P. said, adding he didn’t see Luke S. as “a fit” for the woman he wanted to be his wife.
Added Luke Parker:
“At the end of the day, I told Hannah how I feel. My feelings about you being here for the right reasons haven’t changed.”
However, Luke S. wasn’t convinced his rival’s intentions were pure, telling him flat out:
“With you, it’s just lie after lie, manipulation after manipulation. I wish Hannah could see what’s going on right now.”
The viewers can see, of course. And numerous celebrities can see, having alerted Hannah to all the clear red flags Parker is basically waving high in the air.
But Hannah continues to either be blinded by love or lust when it comes to this contestant.
Very frustrated by the entire situation, she actually cancelled the night’s cocktail party, calling it a “confusing night” that ended a “hard week” at the subsequent rose ceremony.
Announcing she intended to follow her instincts with the evening’s selection, Luke S. made a point to pull Hannah aside for the final time, telling her he intended to send himself home amid the drama.
“I would just urge you to keep your eyes open for … I think you know who I’m talking about,” he told her, obviously talking about that other, allegedly conniving Luke.
You know, the one who did receive a rose from Hannah.
“Luke P. is still here because my heart wants him to be here – my head doesn’t always want him to be here,” Hannah explained to the camera.
“It makes it really difficult to know what’s the best decision to make. We know we have chemistry, but there are red flags and I honestly haven’t had time to explore our relationship the way it needs to be explored.”
She wants to have sex with him. We think that’s what Hannah is saying here.
With Luke S. outta there due to his drama with the overwhelmingly disliked suitor, Jed warned the rest of the men to watch their backs going forward.
“We’ll have to be really careful in this,” he told the group. “He will do anything to rise up. He will pull anyone down. He’s not a good dude, he’s proven it over and over again.”
This is starting to sound more like Game of Thrones than The Bachelorette, huh?
Tune in next week (on Monday!) to see who figurative dies and who figuratively lives — and click below to read through a bunch of The Bachelorette spoilers.