THE Hometown episode of The Bachelorette saw the remaining contestants bring Katie Thurston to their hometowns to meet their families.
However, this season just like Tayshia's season, had to make some changes to the usual style of hometown dates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Katie went on three quarantine-style hometown trips.
Her three front runners Blake, Justin and Greg brought their hometowns to the New Mexico resort. The men transported their hometowns in Canada, Baltimore and New Jersey by bringing their loved ones to meet Katie.
Blake's sister questioned whether he is really in love with Katie, given how quickly he said the same about Clare and, later, Tayshia.
While Justin's parents couldn't come, his two best friends arrived and assured Katie that the contestant "doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve."
Greg caught a glimpse of Blake's date with Katie, causing him to feel "disgusted" as he grappled with his feelings for Katie.
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GREG'S MOM CONFIDES IN KATIE
Greg's mom Sandy revealed to Katie that she fears her son will have his heartbroken.
"My biggest fear is Greg getting hurt, him getting crushed," she said.
Katie responded that "that's normal," but assured her that Greg would not go home before next week.
GREG'S SISTER RECORDS TOUCHING VIDEO FOR KATIE
In a touching moment, Greg's sister recorded a video for Katie, since she couldn't meet her in person.
"I wish you nothing but the best. I can't wait to meet you," she gushed.
The gesture brought tears to Greg's eyes.
GREG 'DISGUSTED' AFTER SEEING KATIE'S DATE WITH BLAKE
Greg talked candidly about his emotions after he was caught spying on her date with Blake.
BLAKE'S MOM GAVE KATIE A DILDO
In a shocking tweet, Katie revealed that Blake's mom gifted her a dildo printed with Canadian flags.
"I wore a f***ing Sunday church outfit just so I could receive this gift from his mom!!?" she tweeted.
JUSTIN'S BEST FRIEND TRADES PRIVATE WORDS WITH KATIE
Justin's friend Herb took Katie aside to talk to her privately about Justin's guarded personality
He assured Katie that Justin "doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve," a potential reason the contestant hasn't told Katie he loves her yet.
"He always has his guard up," Herb told the camera afterwards. "I don't want that scenario to be a roadblock here."
FANS SHOCKED AT BLAKE'S SISTER'S HONESTY
Fans expressed their shock on Twitter that Blake's sister had said what everyone else was thinking--that Blake also said he was in love with both Clare and Tayshia.
"You were in love with Clare before you met her….and she was gone and then you were instantly in love with Tayshia," she told him.
JUSTIN'S PARENTS ABSENT FROM HOMETOWN EPISODE
Justin broke the news to Katie that his parents wouldn't be able to arrive.
"It's disappointing," he said, but assured Katie that his two best friends had been able to come.
"They know stuff about me that my parents don't," he added.
KATIE'S TWITTER TEASES FINALE
In a heart-to-heart between Blake and his sister, she questioned Blake's assertion that Katie was "the one."
In response, Katie's Twitter account teased, "If you think Blake’s sister is brutally honest.. just wait until the season finale.. #TheBachelorette"
FANS CRITICIZE KATIE'S CARDIGAN
Fans of the show called out the cardigan Katie wore to meet Blake's family as "unflattering."
"i just wanna have a word with katie’s stylist bc what is the cropped cardigan?? #TheBachelorette" one fan wrote.
Another tweeted: "Who put Katie in that Gap Kids cropped cardigan I just wanna talk #TheBachelorette"
KATIE MEETS BLAKE'S FAMILY
Blake's mom asked Katie to speak to her alone about her relationship with Blake.
She told Katie she could tell her son is "smitten" as she asked for Katie to be honest about "where she's at" in the relationship.
Katie opened up that she couldn't say "I love you" to Blake while she was still dating other men.
GREG SPIES ON KATIE'S ONE-ON-ONE WITH BLAKE
Greg snooped on Katie's date with Blake as he told the camera he was "disgusted."
It comes after a teaser showed Greg in tears multiple times throughout the episode while revealing that he's "falling so hard for Katie."
KATIE AND BLAKE GET FLIRTATIOUS
Katie and Blake sparred flirtatiously and shared a kiss as Blake created a makeshift "hometown" for Katie.
In a surprising move, he gave Katie a shot of maple syrup, assuring her that "it's for everything."
KATIE AND BLAKE SHARE HUG AS HOMETOWN EPISODE OPENS
Blake acknowledged that the pair "couldn't go to Canada."
But, the Bachelorette contestant got creative as he assured Katie that he would bring Canada to them.
He then led Katie into a room dressed with Canadian flags, hockey skates, and even showed off his bartending skills.
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KATIE GUSHES SHE'S 'IN LOVE' AS FANS POINT TO BLAKE
Katie took to her Instagram page to post a sultry selfie with the caption, "I’m in love," alongside a bear Emoji icon.
The brunette's teasing post came as fans flooded to speculate her lucky man is in fact wildlife manager Blake.
One fan wrote, "Blake loves you too," as the second retorted, "With Blake."
A third then bluntly suggested, "It’s Blake," while another assumed this was the case and wrote, "How's Blake? Are you going to move to Canada?"
FANS PUSH FOR ANDREW AS NEXT BACHELOR
Fans have flooded Twitter asking for fan favorite Andrew to become the next bachelor.
One posted a video of Andrew with the caption: "LOOK ME IN THE EYES AND TELL ME THIS CUTIE PIE ISN’T OUR BACHELOR"
TEASER SHOWS KATIE IN TEARS
A teaser trailer posted to the Bachelor Nation Twitter account shows Katie in tears as she tells the camera, "I just don't know what to believe anymore."
"I'm losing you. I'm losing my mind here," the Bachelorette continues.
WHO IS NEXT SEASON'S BACHELORETTE?
Michelle Young was named new Bachelorette alongside Katie Thurston after James' season ended.
During James' season, Michelle was the runner-up to final rose winner Rachael Kirkconnell.
Born June 3, 1993, Young is currently 28-years-old and works as an elementary school teacher.
FANS DEVASTATED AFTER MICHAEL LEFT
Michael's departure from the show left fans on Twitter devastated.
One posted: "Michael for Bachelor and let him bring his son"
Another wrote: "Me trying to figure out how Michael can be bachelor next year but also be a present father for his son"
WHY DID FANS SLAM ANDREW'S TWEETS?
Andrew Spencer was getting slammed by fans of the show after old tweets of his surfaced on social media.
In one tweet to his friend from 2013, he said: “And Direll, stop talking to fat hoes.”
Back in 2016, Andrew wrote: “All blondes have little lips.”
In a tweet written towards Kendall Jenner in 2014, he referenced Kim Kardashian’s NFL star ex, Reggie Bush.
“You’re just jealous I’m going to be the next Reggie Bush in that family,” the athlete said.
KATIE THURSTON TEASES FANS AHEAD OF HOMETOWN EPISODE
Katie responded to a tweet from CEO Nick Viall gearing up for tonight's Hometown episode.
Viall tweeted, "Tonight’s Bachelorette is the best TV I’ve seen in a long time #TheBachelorette"
Katie responded, "Depends who you ask.. See you tonight! Hometowns baby!! #TheBachelorette"
KATIE THURSTON'S HOMETOWN
Thurston, 30, was born and raised in Renton, Washington.
Thurston was a Lynnwood Royals Varsity Girls Volleyball team member at Lynnwood High School in Bothel, as the libero.
However, it's unclear where exactly the Washington native went to college or whether she graduated.
But it does appear that Thurston did attend college or a university.