The Bachelor's coveted hometown dates begin tonight, with Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s final four women introducing them to their families.
According to one woman who's been on both sides of this Bachelor milestone, however, three of them might as well not even bother ...
... because Arie's made up his mind. Show's over. Go home. Turn out the lights, move along, nothing more to see here folks.
And Rachel Lindsay, last year's star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, isn't basing this on The Bachelor spoilers, either.
In Lindsay's view, Lauren Burnham wrapped this thing up on last week's episode, before the hometown dates even began.
The crazy part, Rachel writes, is not that Arie has an established favorite at this point, but that it's her, in spite of red flags.
Many red flags. Like very red, and a lot of flags.
Rachel believes this is a major cause for alarm:
"There are a lot of new things that Arie and Lauren B. are experiencing together but one thing remains constant: the lack of communication."
"This is surprising because [the] lovebirds are on this Italian adventure exploring a different country and one another for the first time."
"Still, they have nothing to talk about."
"Those are not red, white and green flags waving in the distance, those are red ones. Is it just me or is this not alarming?" she continues.
"Arie is again concerned about his relationship with Lauren B., as he should be. I, too, am worried that there is no depth in this relationship."
Lindsay notes that Arie himself even admits that "he is trying so hard … harder than in any other relationship" to make it work.
Why, though? Is that part of the appeal of Lauren Burnham? "I wonder: is this love, infatuation, or just the hard-to-get challenge of it all?"
Even when she did open up, "she only says she is falling in love with her words because there is absolutely no emotion in her face."
His response? "Arie gets up and walks away."
"We never get the full answer of why he does this, but my best guess is that he is overcome with so much emotion that she is falling for him."
What the heck is going on with these two!?
Rachel's theory on what happened?
"I personally think he took a moment to run off, jump for joy, click his heels together in the air, and scream with delight into the night."
"He comes back to her and says all of the following without hesitation: 'I want it so bad for us.' He is falling 'deeply' in love with her."
"Ummmm, excuse me for two seconds. What did Arie just say? All further dates will be painful and pale in comparison to this one."
"That’s it! Show is over … there is nothing more to see here. He literally just told Lauren she is the one and everyone else is a placeholder."
Yup, that was it, says Rachel: "Arie is on Cloud 9 with Lauren B. while the other women are looking up at them from their hotel rooms."
"I would be so upset if I were the other girls watching this at home. In hindsight, it is too bad they all couldn’t have the foresight Jacqueline did."
Crazily, Lindsay may be right ... but:
If you believe The Bachelor spoilers, Arie's final rose winner and the person he is with right now are not the same person.
That's all we're going to say about that here, but how's that for an epic twist in the making as the home stretch begins?!