Katie Thurston chased down Andrew Spencer and asked him to return on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette after earlier eliminating him during a rose ceremony .
The 30-year-old bank marketing manager sent two men packing during the season 17 episode including Andrew, 26, a pro football player from Vienna, Austria.
Andrew left crying but showed up the next day to end their relationship on a high note. He told her he wanted to end things when they both had smiles on their faces.
Second thoughts: Katie Thurston chased down Andrew Spencer and asked him to return on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette after earlier eliminating him during a rose ceremony
He gave Katie a note to read after he left which read ‘If you change your mind…I’ll be waiting. Love, Andrew.’
Katie ran after Spencer and yelled for him in a lobby at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
‘If there was a way to stay longer, would you want to? You can say no, you can say yes,’ Katie told him.
Andrew replied, ‘It’s tough because it did happen. I feel hurt at this place.’
Hold on: The 30-year-old series star ran after Andrew and yelled for him in a lobby at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Jump hug: Katie embraced Andrew with a jump hug
Asked back: ‘If there was a way to stay longer, would you want to? You can say no, you can say yes,’ Katie told him
In a confessional, Andrew said he wanted to say yes but also that ‘I want my future wife to choose me and I wasn’t chosen. ‘
He said he didn’t want to go through it again and be standing at a rose ceremony with Katie not choosing him.
Katie in a confessional said that she was glad that Andrew came back and gave their relationship closure.
Relationship closure: Katie in a confessional said that she was glad that Andrew came back and gave their relationship closure
‘This journey just wasn’t for us,’ Katie said. ‘With every goodbye I’m one step closer to finding my husband.’
When the show started, Katie was excited that she had whittled it down to seven contestants.
She said she wanted to focus on this week on the tough questions and to find deeper connections with the relationships with the men.
Step closer: ‘This journey just wasn’t for us,’ Katie said. ‘With every goodbye I’m one step closer to finding my husband’
Before the first one-on-one date card was read, Mike Planeta, 31, a gym owner from Surprise, Arizona, and Brendan Scanzano, 26, a firefighter trainee from Toronto, Canada were hopeful they would get selected for a one-on-one date with Katie.
The first date card was instead for Greg Grippo, 27, a marketing sales representative from Edison, New Jersey.
It read ‘Greg, Let’s see if this can really work…Love, Katie.’
Solo date: The first date card was instead for Greg Grippo, 27, a marketing sales representative from Edison, New Jersey
Michael Allio, 36, a business owner from Akron, Ohio, told the camera that he had a lot of questions he still needed Katie’s reassurance over.
‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of what Greg’s got because he is going to get the reassurance. I need that reassurance, too. I have a son. I’m a single father. I take care of my in-laws.’
Katie told the camera that she picked Greg for the one-on-one because ‘I really like him.’
Good reason: Katie told the camera that she picked Greg for the one-on-one because ‘I really like him’
She set up a date for him to show him more about her hometown Seattle.
Their date amid the coronavirus pandemic included a copy of Pike’s Place market, a Seattle landmark, and they practiced shucking oysters, making bouquets and tossing fish to each other. Afterwards, they played football and shared chewing gum.
Greg told her so far that the experience has been a ‘rollercoaster’ experience for him. He told her that he hasn’t introduced someone to his mother in a long time, but that he now felt ready.
Her hometown: Their date amid the coronavirus pandemic included a copy of Pike’s Place market, a Seattle landmark
At night, Katie told Greg that she wanted him to feel more confident in what they have. Greg told her that coming into this environment it was hard not to feel insecure.
Greg said in the past that he had dealt with bullying that has shaped his relationships. He told her that he has had his weak moments but that if they move forward that he was ‘really excited to show his family that girl that I’m falling in love with.’
‘I’m so excited about us,’ Katie told him. ‘I’m so excited about you.’
Fun date: The date included Katie and Greg sharing gum
Katie gave him a rose and said ‘I really want to meet your mom.’
She said in a confessional later that it had been a really long time ‘if ever’ that she met someone that made her feel like Greg.
‘This is new,’ she said. ‘This is something I really haven’t felt before…Greg is someone I am really falling in love with.’
New feeling: ‘This is new,’ Katie said. ‘This is something I really haven’t felt before…Greg is someone I am really falling in love with’
Greg said in his confessional that he thought he had ‘found the love of his life.’
The date ended with them running out into the rain, arranged as part of the Seattle themed date, and making out.
Back at the house, Andrew and Brendan sat outside in a hot tub and talked about Katie. Andrew said in a confessional that the fact that Katie chose Greg for a second one-on-one was ‘a hard pill to swallow.’
Later the men sat around by the fire waiting for the next date card. When it came it was for a group date for Justin Glaze, 26, an investment sales consultant from Ellicott City, Andrew, Blake Moynes, 30, a wildlife manager, from Tayshia’s season, Michael and Brendan.
Group date: Blake Moynes, Michael, Andrew and Justin Glaze went on a group date with Katie
‘There is an art to love, Love Katie,’ the date card said.
That meant that Mike got the one-on-one date.
Brendan was not happy and went straight to Katie’s room. Katie was a bit shocked to see Brendan at his door. Brendan said if he doesn’t have a group date with her that he won’t have the time to show her how he cared about her.
Not happy: Brendan was not happy and went straight to Katie’s room
Katie told him that she felt a connection with him, but with ‘hometown’s next week I don’t think we can get there in time.’ She told him she didn’t think it was even right for them to continue. Brendan packed his bags and left.
The next day on the group date, Katie took the men into a courtyard that had several art pieces on display. The paintings inspired by New Mexico’s own Georgia O’Keefe appeared to be of flowers, but symbolic of women’s sexuality. The men on the date were tasked with creating their own art work and presented it to Katie.
For the evening portion of the group date, the four men competed for the date rose. Katie was looking for clarity from each of the men. She spoke to them all individually.
No time: Katie told him that she felt a connection with him, but with ‘hometown’s next week I don’t think we can get there in time’
Blake told her that his mom was going to love her but that he was not in love with her yet, ‘but the way it is going now it is inevitable.’
Justin brought his artwork of butterflies to the date and showed it to Katie. Katie told him that she felt ‘110 percent myself.’ Justin said that was ‘what I love about us’ that it didn’t feel forced.
Michael told her that ‘I can assure you that no one can love like I can.’ Katie told Andrew not to worry if his career would mean that they wouldn’t be able to live in the same town that they would figure it out.
Art date: The next day on the group date, Katie took the men into a courtyard that had several art pieces on display
Andrew took her outside where a card hung from a string of lights. He lifted Katie up and she pulled the card down and read it. It said ‘I’m falling for you’ and then Andrew told her ‘I really am.’
In the end Katie gave the date rose to Michael as the other three other men looked hurt.
The next morning, Mike went on his one-on-one date with Katie.
One-on-one date: The next morning, Mike went on his one-on-one date with Katie
Katie said in a voice over that she never thought she would date a virgin, but that ‘he had continued to amaze me with his perspective on life.’ She told him she had a fun date planned for them.
She said in a confessional that she wanted to use the date to see if they have a physical connection.
The two met with a ‘Cuddle Queen Jean’ who told them she was a cuddle expert. She asked them to change into comfortable clothes and she had them get comfortable on pillows that had been set up in the woods. She helped arrange them into ‘cuddle’ positions.
Cuddle session: The two met with a ‘Cuddle Queen Jean’ who told them she was a cuddle expert
Jean said she noticed a lot of nervous laughter when she put them in close cuddle positions and felt that meant that they were awkward and not comfortable with each other.
After the woods cuddling exercise, Mike told the camera that he expected that they would have dinner and ‘paint the picture of what life would look like together.’
Katie, however, approached from behind looking upset. She was already crying when she told him that she didn’t think it would be fair for her to go to dinner with him. Katie said she didn’t think it would be fair to involve their families if she knew where her heart was going.
Not fair: atie said she didn’t think it would be fair to involve their families if she knew where her heart was going
Mike told her that he was ‘bummed I’m not going to be able to experience life with you, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be rooting for you.’
The two hugged and then Mike walked off.
Back at the house, the men discussed why Mike was still a virgin. Blake said in a confessional that Mike was a very nice guy, but that he didn’t see him with Katie.
Sent packing: The two hugged and then Mike walked off
Blake told them ‘ I just don’t see him coming back.’ A member of the production cast walked into the room and grabbed Mike’s luggage and walked off. The men were stunned and someone said ‘he’s gone.’
At that evening’s ceremony there were only two roses to be handed out between three men – Justin, Andrew and Blake. Greg and Michael had already received their date roses.
Katie was worried going into the final rose ceremony that she would send home the wrong person. She told them that a rose tonight meant that she would meet their families.
Two roses: At that evening’s ceremony there were only two roses to be handed out between three men – Justin, Andrew and Blake. Greg and Michael had already received their date roses
Final rose: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams stepped out before the final rose was handed out
‘I do believe my husband is in this room and that is exciting and scary,’ she told them. ‘Know that if I give you a rose tonight that I see a future with you and that you in accepting this rose also see a future with me.’
She gave roses to Blake and Justin, sending a stunned Andrew home.
Katie walked him out and cried when she told him that she was so sorry. She said she was building stronger connections and that he ‘deserved more than I can give you.’
He told her it ‘was bittersweet’ but that he was glad that they met. The two hugged and cried in each other’s arms. Andrew cried as he drove off in the waiting car. He said to the camera that this was ‘heartbreaking’ because he had put everything into it.
Getting emotional: Katie walked him out and cried when she told him that she was so sorry
Katie sobbed after Andrew left. She said that this was the first decision she made where she wasn’t fully confident.
‘I kind of had to hope it was the right choice,’ she said.
The next morning, the four remaining contestants sat down together.
Heart broken: Andrew cried as he drove off in the waiting car
Justin told them that the previous night was very stressful for him and that ‘my heart was beating out of my chest.’ Michael said this next week was going to be the most exciting one yet.
Michael said in a confessional that he saw that Katie was ‘devastated’ sending Andrew home.
‘You could see it in her eyes,’ he said.
Katie woke up the next morning questioning her decision to send Andrew home.
Tough decision: Katie admitted it was a tough decision
There was a knock on her door and Katie was shocked to see Andrew there. He said he didn’t want to leave on an unhappy note. Katie told him that saying goodbye to him was really hard. She told him it was not an easy decision to send him home. She told him that she still cared for him.
Andrew said he was super proud of Katie and glad that they met. He also gave her a letter to read ‘when she had time’ when he was gone. Katie immediately opened the letter and started crying.
The card said ‘If you change your mind…I’ll be waiting. Love, Andrew.’
Big smile: Andrew said he didn’t want to leave on an unhappy note
Katie ran into the hall after Andrew jumped up in his arms and gave him a hug.
‘I’m sorry,’ she told him. ‘I just had to see you.’
She then offered him the chance to return that he turned down.
The Bachelorette will return next Monday on ABC.
Down stairs: Katie ran down stairs as she chased after Andrew