It's hometown dates week on The Bachelorette, people. And you know this episode was going to come with a slew of drama. They always do.
One of the most intriguing things we learned on last week's episode of The Bachelorette was that Dean Unglert has a complicated family history — a fact that he hasn't mentioned often throughout this season.
Dean had previously told Rachel that his mother passed away when he was just 15, and he later revealed that his relationship with his father and his siblings was permanently changed as a result.
We also learned that he hasn't talked to his dad in about two years, citing his father's lack of emotional support following his mother's death.
In a one-on-one date, Dean said,
A fan called Dean out for calling his father — a man of the Sikh faith — "eccentric," saying he's not helping stop any stereotypes surrounding people of the Sikh faith. He was quick to respond to the fan, saying his "eccentric" behavior was not a result of his faith and that he didn't intend to imply that.
The exchange between Dean and his dad — who now goes by Paramroop S. Khahsa and was previously known as Harold "Chip" Unglert — got very emotional, as Dean notes he felt emotionally abandoned by his father after his mother died of breast cancer.
He said to his dad,
His dad responded,
His dad responded,
He then walked out of the house, leaving Dean sitting on the floor crying. That's when Rachel came in and tried to comfort him, and he told Rachel he was falling in love with her.
On Saturday, July 15, Dean asked viewers of the show for religious tolerance leading up to this week's episode.
His Instagram post said,
According to Bustle, Dean's father's teaches yoga at Earth Oracle Yoga Studio in Carbondale, Colorado.
We saw Dean's dad saying Dean's stuck "living in the past." Even if Dean is still working through issues from his past, it's good that we finally got to see a deeper, more vulnerable side of him — a side he rarely showed throughout this season.