'The Bachelorette' to air on June 12 if NBA Finals has no Game 5
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/09/2017
The Bachelorette's next episode will air on Monday, June 12, depending on the results of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Despite rumors to the contrary, ABC has confirmed the fourth episode of Rachel Lindsay's edition of The Bachelorette will air next week if there is no need for a Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their best-of-7 NBA Finals series.
The Warriors currently lead the series 3-0 over the Cavaliers -- which means that unless the Cavaliers stave off elimination and win Game 4 on Friday night, The Bachelorette's fourth episode will air June 12 at 8PM ET/PT.
However, if the Cavaliers win Game 4, ABC's broadcast of Game 5 will preempt The Bachelorette on Monday night, resulting in Episode 4 of The Bachelorette being delayed until Monday, June 19.
Recent rumors have incorrectly claimed The Bachelorette will not air on ABC on June 12 regardless of whether Game 5 occurs.
According to ABC,The Bachelorette's fourth episode will pick up where the prior one left off, with 18 bachelors remaining and Eric Bigger arguing with several men in the house at the cocktail party preceding the season's third Rose Ceremony.
After Eric demands his competition stop bad-mouthing him to Rachel, according to ABC, Lee Garrett will steal Rachel away from Kenny Layne for a second conversation that night.
Lee and Kenny then have a heated argument, which distracts Rachel from conversations she's having with other men. The Bachelorette star will then make a decision that "surprises" all of her remaining bachelors.
After the Rose Ceremony, Rachel and her guys will travel to Hilton Head Island, SC, where Rachel will hope to start fresh.
Sparking jealousy among the men, Rachel will take one bachelor on a ride in the Goodyear Blimp for a one-on-one date, although this particular suitor has a fear of heights.
At dinner that night, this man will struggle to open up to Rachel about his "tragic history," according to the network. The romantic date will eventually end with a slow dance to music by country star Russell Dickerson.
For the group date, a bunch of bachelors will enjoy a cruise around Hilton Head Island, but once they dock, they'll be surprised to learn they must participate in a spelling bee competition. The after party will be filled with tension between one "overconfident guy" and another man who tries to "throw shade" on him during a conversation with Rachel.
Drama will continue as two other men with unresolved issues confront one another about their behavior. The two guys will then have to explain -- and try to defend -- themselves to Rachel.
"Frustrated by one guy's deceptive tactics, the other man takes him outside the party for one of the most intense confrontations of the season," the network revealed.