'The Bachelorette' recap: Hannah Brown questions whether 'The Bachelorette' will work for her after she cuts Luke Parker but then lets him return
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/18/2019
The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown broke down and began to doubt whether The Bachelorette process would work for her after Luke Parker's behavior continued to impact her relationships with her other bachelors during ABC's broadcast of the season's sixth episode on Monday night.
The Bachelorette episode actually began with Hannah deciding to deny Luke a rose on their one-on-one date in Scotland and tell him to go home.
"I am sad. It's hard; it's rejection. She chose Luke P. as the last rose and it's her choice," Devin said following his ouster. "I would love to know why. That would be one of my questions, what's the reason why you gave it to him? I'm just perplexed, I don't know."
And Grant vented, "I'm just having a hard time understanding what she sees that's so good in Luke P. I don't know. But ultimately it's her decision."
Kevin was then shown telling the cameras, "The person that is making her feel bad is Luke, and it's breaking my heart to see that she likes him that much that she's not seeing he's the issue here. He likes to win no matter the cost, and right now, the cost is Hannah's happiness -- insanity probably."
The Bachelorette broadcast began where last week's episode had left off, with Hannah refusing Luke P. a rose on their one-on-one date in Inverness, Scotland because their date went terribly and she was beyond frustrated -- to the point of screaming -- over the fact he couldn't express his feelings and emotions.
Luke P. asked Hannah to think back to every little detail of the past few weeks because they clearly had a connection early on and he didn't want to go home.
"This is my fault. I screwed up, my bad. I take full ownership. Let's move on," Luke P. told the Bachelorette.
"So is this it? Does that mean I go home tonight?" Luke P. asked her.
"Yes, and I just want you to respect that," Hannah noted.
Luke P. was completely deflated. He gave Hannah a big hug and then walked away from the table.
Luke P. felt "confused" and admitted it "never crossed [his] mind" that he'd be sent home. Luke P. was on the verge of tears and said it was "a tough pill to swallow."
"From the moment I met her, I've felt things that I've never felt in my entire life. Our relationship has been strong, our connection has been strong, and really, I care about her so much, I don't want to go home," Luke P. said in a confessional.
"Hannah was right. I tried to be, quite frankly, perfect. And now my eyes have been open. I have to fight for her because I don't want to lose her. Nothing is going to stop me, and nothing is going to cloud my mind from pursuing Hannah. I look at her and I'm like, 'Yes, that's what I want -- for the rest of my life!'"
Luke P. therefore returned to Hannah and confessed he hadn't been himself. Hannah said she was going "freakin' crazy" trying to get him to open up and talk about more than just conflict with his fellow bachelors.
Luke P. then started yelling about how he hated the position he was in and he'd move mountains for her.
"I feel like I was trying to explain myself, and yes, we talked in circles, and I couldn't stand it. It was tearing me up," Luke P. told her.
"I know today sucks and I didn't even communicate to you how I felt."
Hannah wasn't sure what to do because Luke P. had trouble understanding her, but Luke P. insisted, "I get it now."
Hannah was tired of Luke P. saying the same things over and over again because his words didn't seem sincere or authentic.
Luke P. then promised Hannah, "I feel so strongly about you, and I genuinely want to marry you... I could care less about anything. Nothing matters to me right now except for you. You're seriously all that I want."
Hannah still wasn't convinced.
Meanwhile, the rest of Hannah's suitors were waiting to see Luke P. return home or a man show up to remove Luke P.'s suitcases from the house -- and all the guys were hoping for the latter.
However, Luke P. reunited with the guys and shared how it had been the worst one-on-one date Hannah ever had. Luke P. said he had attempted to talk through things with Hannah and was finally successful towards the end of the night.
"I didn't get a rose, but Hannah said she still wants me to be here," Luke P. announced to the group. "So I'm going into the Rose Ceremony with you guys."
Garrett Powell questioned if Luke had brought up another man in order to advance himself in the competition, but Luke P. responded, 'I didn't."
None of the men, however, trusted Luke P.'s response.
Mike Johnson even admitted it made his "blood boil" to think about how much Hannah liked Luke P. and it was "absurd" the controversial bachelor was still around.
Hannah told the cameras she was doing what was best for her heart and hoped the guys would trust her decisions going forward. Hannah wanted to see more of Luke P.'s "true self" and his inner conflicts and "struggle."
"That man will receive a rose every time," Hannah acknowledged. "But if by tomorrow he goes back to the weird, robotic Luke that I have no connection with, then he won't get a rose."
Luke P. realized how serious things had become and how he must show Hannah his true self at all times.
"I'm trying to pursue my future wife, so I'm trying to not screw it up," Luke P. noted.
Going into the cocktail party that night, some men were stressing about where they stood with Hannah, and Garrett, for example, planned to be aggressive.
Hannah asked all the men to divulge their fears and the hurts they've had. Hannah wanted to have deep conversations to strengthen her relationships, and she planned to do the same in return.
Hannah wanted her bachelors to feel comfortable sharing the uncomfortable.
Garrett pulled Hannah aside first and asked if Luke P. mentioned any of the guys' names during his date. Hannah said Luke P. respected Garrett's wishes but brought up Mike -- although Hannah insisted she had "provoked it a lot."
Hannah told Garrett that she asked Luke P. about another situation and then he threw out Devin and Dylan Barbour's names.
"But it was just about truly having a conversation about something, and I was the one who asked," Hannah explained.
Hannah then spoke to Connor Saeli, but she could hear the men bickering in the living room. Garrett was angry because he thought Luke P. was "a liar."
Garrett confronted Luke P. about failing to keep other guys' names out of his mouth. Garrett called Luke P. out for lying since Hannah revealed he had, in fact, mentioned three guys' names during his date.
Luke P. said he didn't talk about any of the men in a negative way or bash their character, but as he attempted to explain himself, the guys jumped on him.
"Nobody believes you! Nobody believes you!" Garrett yelled, as Luke kept asking everyone to allow him to speak and finish his explanation.
Luke P. told the guys he was just trying to resolve situations with Hannah on their date, but the bachelors kept asking Luke to explain how their names came up.
Luke P. wanted to answer their questions, but there wasn't a moment of silence for him to do so.
Hannah, who was eavesdropping from another room, then ran into the living room and yelled at her suitors to stop fighting because she was so tired of all the drama.
"It's pissing me off!" Hannah yelled, telling the group to come to her with questions rather than pouncing on Luke P.
Luke P. announced he was just trying to clear things up for Hannah to give her clarity, that he never had any intention to bring other guys down or trash them. Hannah also confirmed the only time Luke P. talked about other guys was when Hannah asked him about them.
"I'm not trying to defend [Luke P.] in any way. I am aware of some of the sh-t he's done, and I've said it to his face. I'm aware you don't like him, and I'm still trying to piece it together," Hannah explained to the group.
"I'm tired of hearing screaming. If you just ask me, I can tell... Hopefully you trust me and I'll tell you!... I want to clear everything up because I'm so frustrated."
Garrett reiterated how the guys were upset because Luke P. had told them he didn't say anything about anyone, but he clearly did in whatever context his conversations with Hannah were about.
"That's why you're getting the reaction that you're getting," Garrett noted.
Luke P. said he was looking at Garrett's question from the standpoint of speaking negatively about others or bringing them down.
"I'm frustrated as f-ck. What I want to say to you all is stay in your freaking lane," Hannah demanded.
Once Hannah left the room, Peter Weber asked everyone to drop their beef because it sucked to see Hannah so upset.
But the bickering continued. Luke P. told Garrett that he'd never lie to his face intentionally, but once again, Garrett didn't believe him.
"It's not about what was said, it's that you blatantly lied to everybody," Garrett said.
Hannah was still listening to the guys from a different room, and she reached such a point of frustration that she no longer wanted to open up to them. Hannah even questioned if the process was going to work for her because the drama prevented them from accomplishing anything.
Hannah then returned to her group of bachelors and demanded everyone stop focusing on Luke P. because she's "a grown ass woman" who can handle herself.
Hannah also told the guys that she had concerns about Luke as well as everyone else -- and she might've been giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, not just Luke P.
"I feel like everyone thinks it's just Luke P. that makes me feel psycho and irritated right now, but it's all of you," Hannah said with tears in her eyes.
"None of you know anything about me and why I'm here and what makes me me, and things I've gone through, and I'm not comfortable with any of this because nobody's even asked. All we do is talk about stupid sh-t, and so, I don't want to talk to anybody. At this point, I'm really defeated from all of you. So, I don't want to do this."
Hannah stormed off crying and mad, and Tyler Cameron declared to the group they were all messing it up because Hannah couldn't enjoy herself in a wonderful place like Scotland.
Dustin Kendrick admitted everyone had been petty, and then Garrett said, "I'm sorry I was petty, boys, I'll admit it. It sucks admitting it, but I was petty in this. I'm apologizing to all of y'all and I'll apologize to Hannah when I see her next."
Luke P. said he personally appreciated Garrett's apology because he had things to say to Hannah during the cocktail party and that opportunity was taken from him.
"Let's just stay in our lines," Luke P. said.
Meanwhile, Hannah cried in The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison's arms. She was so upset because her relationships just weren't moving forward or advancing.
Chris told Hannah the guys were crazy because they were crazy about her and Luke P. getting so much attention bothered them. But Hannah said she wanted the guys to respect her.
It then became time for the Rose Ceremony, and Garrett hoped Hannah would forgive him for "ruining the evening." Garrett said the night was his fault, and Luke P. obviously agreed.
Hannah then handed out roses in the following order: Connor, Tyler, Dustin, Peter, Dylan, Garrett, and finally Luke P.
Hannah therefore eliminated Devin, Kevin and Grant.
Hannah felt defeated and uncertain about whether she could have a future with anybody, so she asked her remaining bachelors to get on the same page.
Peter hated seeing Hannah doubt this process will work for her, and he hoped she wouldn't walk away from all of them.
Hannah and her bachelors then traveled to the city of Riga in Latvia and Hannah hoped the guys would leave all the drama behind.
Footage then flashed to Hannah sitting down with Harrison in Riga to discuss her emotions before the next round of dates began.
Hannah was clearly in a tough spot because she needed things to change. Hannah wasn't able to share herself because she said the guys didn't seem like they cared enough to ask questions and dig deep.
Hannah's spirits were low and she had a heavy heart. Hannah even told Harrison she needed to push herself not to just give up.
"I don't want to give my heart to anybody who doesn't deserve it," Hannah said.
Hannah admitted she had given herself away before to guys in the past who left her broken and "damaged" and she didn't want to let that happen again.
"I don't know if this is going to work anymore," Hannah cried to Harrison.
Harrison and Hannah then took a look back at Hannah's journey thus far by diving into memorable and dramatic moments from the first half of the season.
Harrison and Hannah sat down in The Bachelor mansion, and she recalled being disrespected by Scott Anderson and annoyed Cam Ayala allegedly shared a sob story to save himself in the competition.
Hannah admitted she was "just done" in Scotland and totally fed up.
"If I can get passed this, I still have a glimmer of hope [it can work]," Hannah told the host.
Hannah also revealed her best date was the "Mr. Right" pageant and Jed Wyatt was very "in tune" with what she was feeling and needed.
She also noted Mike "brings joy" to every situation and was able to get to know her on an intimate level.
Hannah gushed about how "good looking" Tyler is and how Peter was "sweet" but knew how to make a sexy move.
Hannah insisted to Harrison she had only kissed four or five guys before The Bachelorette and Luke P. was the best kisser because she felt like she could just make out with him all day.
"I have a heck of a group of guys, but I definitely have my work cut out for me," Hannah said.
"I see relationships here that really could be it for me, but I'm not going to settle... I have lost a lot of hope, but I'm still holding on... It's hard, but I'm not going to give up... I'm going to see this thing through to the end."