Is a bad hometown date the kiss of death for Bachelor Nation couples? The final four contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette all receive the opportunity to bring the lead home to meet their families in the city where they live, but the encounters don’t always go according to plan. From pissed-off family members to ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, hometown dates can get downright awkward. We’ve included some of the worst ever, below!
A horrible hometown date doesn’t necessarily guarantee an immediate ticket home (although only two of the people on this list ended up winning their season). One of the worst hometown dates in recent memory belonged to Peter Weber and Victoria Fuller. While their relationship was a rollercoaster throughout the season, things reached a head when Victoria brought Peter to meet her family in Virginia Beach, and he ran into an ex-girlfriend before dinner.
The ex, named Marissa, told Peter she was in the same social circle as Victoria and accused the brunette beauty of breaking up multiple marriages. Peter wanted to ask her about the accusations and clear the air before dinner with her parents, but their conversation turned explosive when he brought it up. Peter ended up leaving before ever making it inside the house.
It seemed obvious that Victoria would be sent home since hers was the only family Peter didn’t meet, but he ended up keeping her another week and sending Kelsey Weier home instead. Victoria was eliminated after making the top three. Peter found love post-show with contestant Kelley Flanagan, who made it to the top five during his season, after trying and failing with his top two, Madison Prewett and Hannah Ann Sluss. However, he and Kelley, split eight months later.
In some ways, Victoria and Peter may have been lucky that he didn’t make it inside during their date in Virginia Beach because that seems to be where the real awkwardness happens. Some stars, like Colton Underwood and Sean Lowe, were forced to stomach tense interactions with their contestants’ disapproving family members. Others, like Ali Fedotowsky and Jason Mesnick, endured bizarre experiences like a basement full of taxidermied animals and a funeral for a dead bird.
Scroll through the gallery below for the worst Bachelor Nation hometown dates ever!