Katie calls men with ulterior motives (RECAP)
If the previews of this season of The bachelorette are an indicator, it looks like Katie Thurston’s journey to find love is going to be tough. Read on for tonight’s Episode 2 recap to find out what happened this week!
The first meeting of the group
The first group date of the season goes to Christian, Garrett, Tre, Quartney, Mike P., James, Justin, Thomas, Connor B. and Carl. Since Katie is very comfortable with her sexuality, naturally that means this first date has to revolve around sex.
So, guys are quizzed on what they know about sex and the female body by Heather McDonald, and it’s safe to say these guys need a college health refresher course. To turn things up a notch, Heather tells the men they’re going to have to “prove” to Katie that they’re the best lover for her… by performing on stage in front of a live audience. Again, NATURALLY.
Connor B. pulls out his guitar and sings a song about how amazing he looks with his fingers (okay, calm down, Jed), Tre puts on a puppet show and Quartney compares his virility to a carrot. When it comes time for Mike P. to take the stage, you quickly remember that the guy is a 31 year old virgin and Great nervous to talk about it. He decides to get Katie on stage and show a softer side of himself, which makes her cry. He tells her that he is saving for marriage and that he would wait another 31 years to prove to Katie that he is serious about her. Mike’s emotional confession ends up winning him the “perfect lover” contest.
During the night part of the date, Katie spends some time alone – and a few kisses – with Connor B. Unlike the last time they kissed, this time didn’t include cat ears and whiskers. Improve! But he is not the only one. Thomas also gets a solid makeup session with Katie after telling her how strongly he feels their connection. That kiss and that conversation landed Thomas the Rose. Sorry, Connor B.
Greg’s one-on-one meeting
Precious, healthy, too pure for this world, Greg is the lucky man who gets the first one-on-one date. And yes, this is the same Greg who also had the first impression of going up in episode 1. Okay, Katie. Greg is a favorite. We hear you loud and clear.
“Let our love run wild,” the date card read. So Katie brings Greg down to the river for a camping date and straight away he admits he’s never pitched a tent before. It should be fun. Camping skills aside, Greg totally wins Katie on this date. She tells him that this type of date reminds her of her late father, with whom she used to share such experiences. “It’s a piece of home and it will always remind me of my dad,” she said.
“I totally understand why it means so much to you and it means a lot that you chose me for it,” he told her.
Later that evening, Greg opens up about the death of his own father. He explains that his father died of stage 4 cancer two years ago, causing them both to cry.
“It hurts a lot that he doesn’t see the girl I’m marrying,” he said, crying. “Since my father died, it’s hard to give myself to someone. I just want you to know that I’m here for you.
After a conversation like this, Greg gets the rose. Obv. And it’s clear that Bachelor Nation will do whatever it takes to protect this precious one-man gem from almost everything for the foreseeable future.
The second meeting of the group
John, Andrew S., Kyle, Josh, Aaron, Brendan, Hunter and Cody will appear on the second group date of the season. “Let’s go downstairs and salute,” the map reads. Tayshia and Kaitlyn introduce themselves to “Katie’s Big Buckle Brawl” looking like the Olsen twins from How the West was fun and tell the men they’re going to fight in the mud for Katie’s heart. Because why wouldn’t they do it?
The shit becomes real when Cody and Aaron go head-to-head and we learn that they know each other from home and seemingly have beef. Aaron says in his confessional that Cody isn’t on the show for the right reasons and therefore has to take him down. You can cut that tension with a knife as the two beefcakes clash in the mud, but ultimately it’s Aaron who pulls out. His reward? A conversation with Katie… which revolves around Cody.
“We’re not really cool, we’re not friends,” he says, telling Katie that Cody is only on the show chasing fame. “It’s not the energy I want around me.” This immediately triggers Katie as she is admittedly afraid to pick a man with a hidden agenda.
Later that evening, Katie wastes no time and takes Cody aside to respond to the allegations against him. And the girlfriend does not play. Cody denies everything, but like, in a really unconvincing way ?? Do you want to get caught, my brother? Work on the poker face.
Cody’s response gives Katie all the clarity she needs. “One of you is lying to me, directly to my face,” she told him, before finally sending him packing for lack of confidence.
Luckily, Katie’s mood changes when Andrew S. pulls her aside for a touching one-on-one conversation and tonsil hockey. The two connect on a deeper level, opening up to their difficult childhoods, which makes Andrew set himself the date of the group.
Back at the mansion, the cocktail party kicks off with Karl worrying about the other shady men fighting for Katie’s heart. Apparently Aaron isn’t the only one looking for a Fab Fit Fun partnership – and he wants to let Katie know that. He takes her aside to inform her that there are still guys with bad intentions in the running and that she needs to protect herself. Although I believe Karl when he says there are other men with ulterior motives (because duh), I also feel like this is his way of getting himself some time out. ‘antenna. Soooo… potato potato.
Nonetheless, Karl’s warning triggers Katie and causes her to send a bold warning to the rest of the guys. “I don’t know how clear I can be about my intentions and my time. If you’re not there for me and you’re not here for a commitment, then take the fk out, ”she said, visibly angry.
She grabs Aaron and pulls him out of the room before asking him if he knows the other men’s intentions. But he doesn’t give her anything. Meanwhile, Karl continues to chat about a mysterious person who knows he’s not here for the right reasons. WHO IS KARL? WHO?
I guess we’ll find out next week …
The bachelorette, Mondays, 8 / 7c, ABC