Michelle felt "unseen" and "hurt" during a group date, but she awarded Olumide "Olu" Onajide, a 27-year-old IT analyst from Newark, NJ, for properly handling the situation and empathizing with how she had been feeling.
Michelle also questioned Martin Gelbspan, a 29-year-old personal trainer from Miami, FL, during their one-on-one date due to his close friendship with and defense of Jamie Skaar, who had apparently lied to and manipulated The Bachelorette star.
In addition, Chris Sutton, a 28-year-old commodities broker from West Hollywood, CA, and Nayte Olukoya, a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX, got into a heated confrontation after Chris S. accused him the "really cocky" bachelor of seemingly believing he had The Bachelorette competition "in the bag."
And Michelle also eliminated three more men on Season 18: Chris Gallant, a 28-year-old motivational speaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Romeo Alexander, a 32-year-old mathematician from New York City, NY; and Will Urena, a 28-year-old academic interventionist from Grand Rapids, MI.
However, Michelle came to believe that she could trust Martin, as long as he would continue to be willing to express his emotions and be vulnerable with her.
And she also had a wonderful nature-themed date with Rick Leach, a 32-year-old medical sales representative from Los Angeles, CA, in which he opened up about his difficult past regarding his father's affair.
Rick expressed to Michelle how he was "falling in love" with her and would enjoy every moment with her on the show until he was finally ready to say, "I love you."
"I was not ready for that," Michelle sweetly said before kissing the suitor.
Episode 5 of The Bachelorette is set to air on Tuesday, November 16 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
It appears Joe and Nayte receive one-on-one dates with Michelle in Minnesota, where Joe is also from.
"I'm looking for a guy who's not scared to dive in," Michelle says in a preview ABC released of the next episode.
Michelle and Joe play basketball again, and the Bachelorette and Nayte watch a fireworks display. Michelle says she feels "fireworks" for one bachelor, presumably Nayte.
"I'm looking for something that I've never felt before," Nayte shares.
Michelle also apparently bakes a cake for Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR; deepens her connection with Rick during a group date; and has a makeout session with Martin.
Meanwhile, Chris Sutton complains about Michelle's alleged "infatuation" with Nayte and says he got "the short end of the stick."
More drama also ensues, with Joe apparently crashing Michelle and Nayte's one-on-one date.
"I can't do this anymore," Michelle complains.
But Michelle explains, "If I get heartbroken, then that's on me."
And Michelle has teased she's "happy" with her season.
"With where I'm at right now in my life in general, I love where I'm at," the Minnesota native said, adding, "I love that I was able to stay true to myself and I love what the future looks like."
In addition to Olu, Nayte, Brandon, Joe, Chris S., Martin, and Rick, the men remaining on The Bachelorette are Casey Woods, a 36-year-old advertising creative director from Miami Beach, FL; Leroy Arthur, a 27-year-old biomedical Ph.D. student from Dallas, TX; Rodney Mathews, a 29-year-old sales representative from Rancho Cucamonga, CA; and Clayton Echard, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Columbia, MO.
So who is Michelle's winner and runner-up of The Bachelorette this season, and did she get engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony of Season 18?
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Michelle's runner-up bachelor was Brandon Jones.
It's therefore probably safe to assume Brandon had his heart broken.
"Her #2 is Brandon Jones," Carbone tweeted at the beginning of October.
Carbone said he previously received pictures of Michelle and her runner-up enjoying a date on September 7, just two days before The Bachelorette's Final Rose Ceremony filmed in Mexico on September 9.
So far on The Bachelorette season, Nayte has been consistent in his connection with Michelle and finds little ways to help Michelle let loose and have a good time. They have obvious chemistry, but Nayte is beginning to get involved in some drama.
According to his ABC bio, Nayte is a 6'8" and originally from Winnipeg, Canada. He attended college at Eastern Washington University and most recently worked for Indeed.com.
Nayte told ABC that his dream woman is outgoing, spontaneous and has enough swagger to keep up with him. He has been looking for a hot connection with a passionate woman as well as a teammate for life.
It sounds like Nayte and Michelle could be a great match considering ABC recently shared, "Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place."
"She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own."
Carbone hasn't released any additional spoilers on The Bachelorette's new season yet except for a recent new spoiler that in addition to Nayte and Brandon, Joe Coleman also makes Michelle's Final 4 bachelors.
Michelle finished The Bachelor's 25th season starring Matt James, which filmed last year and wrapped on TV in March, in second place and left the show devastated.
Michelle was announced on After the Final Rose in March as one of two The Bachelorette stars -- along with Katie Thurston -- for back-to-back seasons in 2021.