‘The Bachelorette’ episode 4 recap: Low-key outing follows a week of backstage drama for ‘Bachelor’ franchise

Given the amount of backstage drama the “Bachelor” franchise has had to endure this past week (the cancellation and legal trouble of “Bachelor in Paradise” is well known to fans by now), Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette” was fairly low-key. And that’s great, because Rachel Lindsay continues to be a radiant and welcome presence in the world of reality TV. The same, sadly, cannot be said for most of the contestants. Below, check out our recap of “The Bachelorette” Episode 4.

Last week, Lee was fighting with Eric; this week, he’s fighting with Kenny. It seems that Lee — who’s gotten into a fair amount of trouble for some racist and homophobic tweets — has set out to be the villain this season, and it’s working.

First up is the rose ceremony, where we say goodbye to Bryce, Brady, and Diggy. Interestingly enough, in our recent poll 38% of our readers said Lee should have been sent home this week; perhaps Rachel will take heed next time?

Next is a one-on-one date between Rachel and Dean in South Carolina. In classic “Bachelorette” style, the two go on a picnic in a big, open field. Not to be too predictable, the two are then picked up by the Goodyear Blimp, where Dean reveals that his mother died of breast cancer when he was 15. The two share tears and hugs before heading to a concert with country star Russell Dickerson. Dean gets a rose.

Then comes the group-date, where Kenny and Peter have a freestyle battle while Josiah does some push-ups with Rachel on his back. The macho-bro antics are momentarily put on hold for a spelling bee, which Josiah wins by correctly spelling “polyamorous” (a bit on-the-nose, but bravo nonetheless).

Setting things up for this week’s cliffhanger, not only is Lee fighting with Kenny, but Iggy has suddenly targeted Josiah. Will Rachel stand for it another week? Keep watching “The Bachelorette” on ABC to find out.

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