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Beware The Dreaded Friends & Family Date On 'The Bachelor'

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Beware The Dreaded Friends & Family Date On 'The Bachelor'

It seems like once each season, the Bachelor ends up introducing a girl to his parents or one of his BFFs way before things ever get serious. However, it almost never ends up working out on the ABC show — and we saw that happen with Katie during the Monday, February 8, episode. After Katie was sent home on The Bachelor following her Tyler C. centric one-on-one with Matt James, I couldn’t help but remember how Hannah Brown’s Bachelor journey also unceremoniously ended after an intimate date with Colton Underwood’s family. Similarly, Emily Ferguson had to pack her bags after Ben Higgins brought her home early.

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed liked there must be a reason that most of the women who end up on these outings don’t find love with the lead. These dates are hurting their chances more than help them. But what’s the deal, and how often does this really happen? Let’s take a look at the facts.

The Pattern

While both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette love to feature all kinds of guest stars and past contestant cameos on group dates, the friends and family one-on-one seems to be a primarily Bachelor-oriented phenomenon. Especially in recent years, every male lead seems to have the opportunity to introduce one of his contestants to the most important people in his life way before the final two are traditionally introduced to mom and dad.

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