After narrowing down her suitors to the remaining dozen, Katie hopes to find out who has the willpower to keep it clean with a new….challenge. Also Katie enlists two queens – “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars” winners Shea Couleé and Monét X Change–to help find her a king in a group date debate that has the guys all dumping on one suitor.
And later, a one-on-one date becomes a two-on-two, with a special double date featuring Bachelor Nation power couple Kaitlyn Bristowe and (her now fiancé) Jason Tartick. But while Katie considers her date a wonderful friend, she still hasn’t found that spark.
By the end of the night FIVE suitors are sent home! And Katie drops ANOTHER personal bombshell.
Who are Katie’s Top 4 Suitors?
The episode opens with Katie revealing to former Bachelorettes Tayshia and Kaitlyn her favorite suitors right now: Blake, Greg, Michael A, and Andrew S.
In the meantime, Katie
the producers come up with this great challenge for the guys. They have to refrain from m*****bating for a week. It’s never stated that bluntly. And in fact, when Kaitlyn delivers the news to the suitors, most of the explanation is bleeped out.
Katie wants to see who can hold out the longest and be the “master of their domain.” Now, how does one monitor a challenge like that? Meanwhile, the guys are still plotting against Hunter. It turns out he’s a Bachelor superfan, which makes the guys trust him even less.
Justin and Katie get “married”
Kaitlyn also drops off the date card. A one-on-one goes to Justin, who until now has been flying under the radar. The date includes Michael the photographer. It’s the wedding thing! The two drink champagne before writing and exchanging their “vows.” Katie admits that she loves Justin’s playful side, but seeks a deeper connection.
Poor Justin has no idea what to say. The big moment comes. Katie in her wedding dress, they face each other out in the woods. Justin’s vows include the usual yada yada yada about cherishing and protecting and loving forever and ever. Katie says, “You are the paint that colors my world. Our marriage is a canvas. So let’s paint something beautiful.” Let the face sucking begin!
In the end, Katie is pleased with Justin’s reaction to the ceremony. But the day was hard for her because her dad “is no longer around” and will never walk her down the aisle.
Katie drops a bombshell about her late father
BUT THERE’S MORE! Katie drops a huge revelation. Before her dad died, her mother admitted that the man who raised her was NOT her BIOLOGICAL father. Mom kept it a secret, which is messed up. The bio father now wants to be in her life as a dad. But she’s unsure.
Justin calls her strong, and is honored that she shared something so personal with him. Saying he makes her feel safe, Katie gives Justin the date rose. “Justin is someone I feel I could fall for,” she says. A singer named “Max” performs while they dance and kiss. “It’s the beginning of what could be love,” she gushes.
Another date card arrives: Blake, Andrew, Michael A., Greg, Aaron, Mike P., Brendan, James, Tre, and Hunter are chosen for the group date.
Connor B. gets this week’s 2nd one-on-one date. Hunter is really mad. He’s been bragging to the other guys that he’s sure he’s in Katie’s Top 4, but she has yet to choose him for a one-on-one date. So maybe not.
Enter the QUEENS for some SHADE
Katie mentions that the season is halfway over. “I am the queen, this is my castle,” says Katie, “And in the end there is only room for one king.” And when she says queen she means QUEENS. Two, in fact. “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars” winners Shea Couleé and Monét X Change are here to help Katie. “Some shade will be thrown,” she warns.
The assignment is for the guys to write an essay on why they’re the best and the other guys are the worst. Hunter will be in most of the suitor’s sights, and he knows it. The Great Royal Debate begins.
The Queens warn the guys not to be too nice. Gloves off! Greg writes a poem. The Queens are unimpressed. One asks, “Who is the least compatible for Katie?” The guys comemence to pile on Hunter. They mention that Hunter has been sharing who he thinks is on Katie’s Top 4 list. To get past the embarrassment, Hunter declares to the room that he’s falling in love with Katie. A thing he told the Queens that he wouldn’t do. Also, Hunter refuses to dish it back to suitors. His speech is devoted to Katie. It’s a SMOOTH MOVE.
Katie learns how the house feels about Hunter
Katie is learning for the first time how the house feels about Hunter. But she still trusts him. Now, it’s the rest of the group that has to prove themselves. Katie and Greg once again admit their mutual attraction. Blake shares his wack-off schedule with Katie. Which is WAY too much information.
James uses his time with Katie to trash Hunter. He calls the much-maligned suitor calculating and compares him the departed Thomas. Tre tattles about Hunter saying one thing to the Queens, and another to Katie’s face. She pulls Hunter aside to hear him out. But it doesn’t matter what he says. She’s already upset. Hunter apologizes for causing drama for Katie. She takes a time out to throw up in the bathroom. She calls off the night and decides NOT to hand out a date rose. The guys who didn’t get any time are mad.
A new day dawns, and it’s time for Connor B.’s one-on-one. Katie likes him a lot. But so far, he’s been in the friend zone. When they kiss, she doesn’t feels that spark. Ruh roh. Kaitlyn and her (now fiance) Jason Tartick are along on the date. They kick it off playing volleyball. Connor isn’t very good. Then, they play a game where they work a ball up their bodies without using their hand. Next, it’s a cookout with margaritas.
Katie breaks Connor B.’s heart
Kaitlyn reveals that she and Jason started off as just friends. She advises Katie to give Connor a chance. Katie is convinced that ONE MORE KISS AND SHE’LL KNOW FOR SURE. Which is, of course, ridiculous. They make out finally.
In the end, Connor is sure the date went FANTASTIC. Katie? Not so much. She stops by his room before the second half of their date begins, and sniffles her way through bad news. She really likes him. And he’s done nothing wrong. But, “When we kiss, there’s something missing in that kiss.” Ouch. Connor tears up. “It’s worth it to have met you,” he says. After, Katie says “He’s such a good guy…he’s so worthy of finding love.” Connor, meanwhile, is completely heartbroken. “Oh God. How bad of a kisser am I?” he asks.
When Connor goes back to the house, the guys actually feel bad for him. Tre is in tears. They all seem to really like him. Aw. He was such a dweeb in that catsuit on the premiere. Interestingly Katie left The Bachelor in the same way. Matt realized, at the end of their one-on-one, that he was just not that into her, and he didn’t give her the date rose.
OH HEY AMERICAN IDOL’S LAINE HARDY GETS SOME EXTRA PROMO!
As Katie cries in her room, Blake shows up under her balcony with a radio playing the song American Idol 2019 winner Laine Hardy performed on the show last week, “Memorize You.” He holds up the player “Say Anything” style. Katie invites him up. Blake’s mission is to cheer her up. She had “no idea” how romantic he could be. She notes that unlike with Conner, she has “overflowing passion” for Blake.
Geez. Blake is so worked up after his encounter with Katie, that he hangs a “do not disturb” sign on his door and declares that he’s ready for his “happy ending.” The scene ends with a sprinkler gushing after it pops out of the ground. Once again TMI TMI TMI!
It’s a bloodbath!
At the cocktail party, Katie warns that time with the suitors won’t make a difference tonight. She’s getting to the point where she knows what she wants. There will be NO cocktail party. She’ll be going straight to the rose ceremony. Hunter feels confident. The guys who ratted on him not so much.
First, Katie pulls Hunter outside to talk. She’s still unsure about him. He pleads his case. Sbe sends him back into the room without a rose. Finally, she begins handing out roses.
Getting a rose: Blake, Andrew S., Greg, Michael A, Mike P., and Brendan (Justin received a rose after his one-on-one).
Going home: Hunter, Tre, Aaron, James (Connor B. sent home after his one-on-one). Katie ditches Hunter AND the guys who ratted him out and caused the drama.