[The Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report contains spoilers revealing what happens on Katie Thurston's The Bacheloretteseason, including if she ended up engaged to the bachelor she picked as her winner and the identities of her Final 4 bachelors.]
While The Bachelorette's second episode did not feature a Rose Ceremony, Katie handed out roses to Thomas Jacobs, a 28-year-old real estate broker from Poway, CA, and Andrew Spencer, a 26-year-old pro football player who splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Chicago, IL and is the reported cousin of The Bachelorette alum Clay Harbor, at the end of her two group dates in Week 1.
Katie also gave her First Impression Rose recipient Greg Grippo, a 27-year-old marketing sales rep from Edison, NJ, a rose during the first one-on-one date of the season.
The episode also featured Katie forming a strong emotional connection with Mike Planeta, a 31-year-old gym owner from San Diego, CA, after he revealed he's a virgin.
But Katie chose to eliminate Cody Menk, a 27-year-old zipper sales manager from San Diego, CA, from the running for her heart after he was accused of going on the show for fame.
At the second cocktail party of the season, Karl Smith informed Katie some other men may not have joined her cast for the right reasons, leaving The Bachelorette star devastated, scared and in tears.
According to ABC, The Bachelorette's upcoming third episode will pick up where Monday night's episode had left off, with "a heated cocktail party" and Katie reminding her bachelors that anyone not on the show for love and an engagement should go home.
Katie will then embark on a group date hosted by Season 21 The Bachelor star Nick Viall, who helps the men share some of their personal stories.
"Moved by their honesty, Katie courageously opens up about her own story in a heart-wrenching moment," the network shared of the next episode.
And later, Katie "flips head over heels" for her one-on-one date with Michael Allio, a 36-year-old business owner from Akron, OH.
Michael will apparently open up with a heartfelt story of leaving his child at home to pursue love with Katie in New Mexico.
And "drama begins to boil over in the house. Is someone still here for the wrong reasons?"
The new episode of The Bachelorette is set to air on Monday, June 21 at 8PM ET/PT.
The former The Bachelorette stars are replacing Chris Harrison, who announced in February he'd be "stepping aside" from his hosting duties "for a period of time" to educate himself on a "profound" level after he'd publicly defended racially-ignorant and insensitive actions that had surfaced in The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past.
Then, the day after Katie's The Bachelorette season premiered on ABC, the network announced Chris' departure would become permanent and he would not be returning to The Bachelor franchise.
"Tayshia and Kaitlyn can relate to Katie's journey in a lot of different ways, which you'll see play out, so it was nice to have them there to help out with whatever situation came up," a source told Us Weekly in late April.
"Tayshia had fun and loved doing it. She and Kaitlyn made a great team."
"They act professional, they're on time and are helping the franchise as much as they can in this funky situation," the insider revealed, although there was reportedly a learning curve.
Unlike Chris -- who had hosted the franchise ever since The Bachelor premiered nearly 20 years ago -- Kaitlyn and Tayshia reportedly had "to do a lot of retakes" during filming.
"It's a lot of memorizing lines," the insider continued. "They didn't have years of experience before hopping on. Scenes that could be done in one take with Chris can now take, like, two hours."
Chris initially came under fire when he called for "grace" and "compassion" for Rachael and also criticized the "woke police" and the "unbelievably alarming" response of anger and frustration to the young woman's offensive actions during an early-February Extra interview with The Bachelorette's first Black leading lady, Rachel Lindsay.
Chris' greatest offense seemed to be his dismissive attitude towards photos of Rachael that resurfaced from an antebellum-plantation themed "Old South" fraternity party at Georgia College & State University in 2018.
Chris apologized multiple times and told Michael Strahan on a March appearance on Good Morning America, "I plan to be back and I want to be back."
But Bachelor Nation seems conflicted over whether his reinstatement would send the right message considering viewers have been pleading for more diversity and racial equality in the franchise for years.
Like last year's The Bachelorette season and this year's The Bachelor season, Katie's entire The Bachelorette season was filmed at a single location. In this case, it was the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
During taping, cast and crew were required to quarantine before filming began and then follow coronavirus safety measures throughout their time at the resort, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
Tayshia teased during a recent appearance on the Going to Bed with Garcelle podcast that the world will see something "fresh and new" with Katie's season.
After Clare quit The Bachelorette's sixteenth season early because she had fallen in love with her immediate frontrunner, Dale Moss, Tayshia took over the reins and then eliminated Blake in the process of determining her Final 4 suitors.
"Those 3 I know," Carbone wrote in a May 13 blog posting.
"I'm not sure who the 4th guy is in the Final 4 yet. I've heard names but nothing I'm confident about. Those three I am."
But he then clarified some of his Final 4 info was wrong
Carbone changed Katie's Final 4 bachelors and revealed he made a big error in a June 3 blog posting.
"I've learned that I was wrong about John making Final 4. He didn't," Carbone wrote.
"He didn't even make Top 8. So all the people who emailed me telling me there's a ton of people convinced Katie's with John, sorry, but that's not the case. He's not in her Top 4, let alone her Top 8."
Carbone explained he was initially convinced John had made Katie's Top 4 -- and maybe even won her heart -- because Katie recently spent a weekend in San Diego with some of her Bachelor Nation friends.
"I started receiving emails that one of the places she tagged she visited, Duke's in La Jolla, was where John Hersey worked as a bartender. This led to even more people telling me that they were 100 percent convinced that John is who Katie chose, they're engaged, and that's why she went to that restaurant," Carbone shared.
"I never mentioned it until now because that story wasn't based in anything other than speculation and it never made sense to me. Well, I can report now there's nothing to it."
Carbone believes Katie is also social-media savvy enough to know better than to show up at the place where her winner works when ABC wants her to keep the season's final-rose recipient a mystery.
Two of Katie's Final 4 bachelors therefore remain a secret, however, the spoiler blogger seems convinced Blake and Greg definitely made Katie's Final 4.
He later revealed the rest of Katie's alleged Final 4
Carbone believes he has figured out Katie's remaining two Final 4 bachelors.
Carbone reported on June 6 he has discovered who allegedly joined Blake and Greg in Katie's Final 4 bachelors.
According to the spoiler blogger, Katie's Final 4 suitors is also comprised of Andrew Spencer, a 26-year-old pro football player who splits his time between from Vienna, Austria, and Chicago, IL, as well as Justin Glaze, a 26-year-old investment sales consultant from Baltimore, MD.
"I know you may ask, 'How can you know she's engaged but not know who to?'" Carbone continued. "Trust me, it's possible. I'm just not gonna give up sources on that, so yeah, it's possible to know one and not the other."
The spoiler blogger, however, apparently has no doubts that Katie accepted a marriage proposal at the end of her journey to find love on The Bachelorette's seventeenth season.
"Katie definitely got engaged at the end of this," Carbone insisted in his blog.
"And unless she breaks up before the finale, which I guess anything can happen, but she's happy and engaged as we speak, so I'd expect that to last."