During last week's episode of The Bachelorette's eighteenth season, Michelle took Brandon to her childhood home in Minneapolis, MN, for their one-on-one date, and Brandon got to meet her parents, LaVonne and Ephraim Young, unexpectedly.
"I was so invested in Michelle, and I realized, 'I don't know where I'm going to be in this process. I don't know her feelings for the other guys or their connection,' and so I realized this was an opportunity I wasn't going to let go."
Brandon went on to describe himself as a traditional man in relationships.
"Being an old soul that I am, my parents were, like hands down, 'Always ask the parents for one's hand in marriage. Always. It's just a respect thing,'" noted the 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR.
Brandon gushed about LaVonne and Ephraim and said, "These are the people who raised that amazing woman, and so, I was like, 'Hey, when am I going to get another chance?'"
Brandon therefore confirmed his move to seek permission to get engaged to Michelle was "a little off script."
"[The producers] called it, 'Brandon's going rogue,'" Brandon revealed on the podcast.
"It was very special," Brandon recalled. "But I definitely owe [Michelle's dad] a pair of swim trunks... I think later that night, he was like, 'Yeah, you can keep the swim trunks. I don't want these back.'"
Michelle felt right at home with Brandon's family during his hometown date and so he received a rose from the Bachelorette during Tuesday night's episode.
Brandon will therefore proceed to the overnight Fantasy-Suite date portion of the show.
Michelle told Brandon on the latest episode, "It is very clear to me that I am falling for you," which served as "huge" words of affirmation for an ecstatic Brandon.
And Brandon, who called Michelle the woman he had been waiting for, said he wanted to end up with Michelle "more than anything in this entire world."