Bachelorette Katie Finale Recap: What Will Aunt Lindsey Say?

Bachelorette Katie Finale

I have thoughts. There are so many scenarios running around in this head of mine that I hardly know where to begin. But, never in the eighteen years of recapping this show have, I witnessed viewers display such strong feelings regarding the details surrounding the show lead’s final choice. 

We all stood in solidarity, hating Juan Pablo with a passion. Arie dumping Becca on the yellow couch was devastating to everyone. We rolled our eyes as Brad Womack chose no one during his first trip to the Home Depot proposal pedestal. 

And now, Bachelor Nation has been fractured down the middle because of Katie and Greg. As I mentioned last week, one must choose who to defend and who to scorn. You have to take a side. There is no grey area. Vacillating back-and-forth with not be tolerated.

For people-pleasers like me, the idea of selecting a team to support gives me hives. It brings back memories of my senior year Environmental Studies class at Baylor when a sorority sister forced me to pick between NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. Supporting both bands proved I was a wishy-washy fan girl. The rules of fandom dictate you can’t support both. Duh. 

Yes, Justin’s tight blonde curls sent shivers up my spine in the “Bye Bye Bye” video, but I also appreciated the vocal stylings of “Everybody.” Can’t I honor both with CD purchases? 

The answer is no. 

Clearly, ABC wants us to pick a side when it comes to Katie and Greg, otherwise, they would not have opened the show with a fresh-faced, confident, power ponytail bachelorette sitting poised on the hot seat, ready to scratch Greg’s eyes out for speaking down to her on national television when she’s begging him to stay on the show. 

Unfortunately, they make us wait a full two hours before crossing that particular bridge. First, we have to watch Katie come to the reality that Blake is “the one.” Oh, and she has to send that other guy home, too. His name is Justin. 

GOODBYE GREG

Tayshia and Kaitlyn break the news to Blake and Justin that Greg has walked away from this journey. 

Kaitlyn: Katie is emotionally devastated.
Tayshia: She is struggling over this news. 
Lincee: She’s left with her third and fourth choices and is reeling in her feelings. 

As you recall, the last we saw Katie on the show, she was sequestered in a bathroom, bellowing for someone to book her plane ticket home because SHE IS DONE. The ABC Intern fetches her contract and points to the section that requires the bachelorette to remain on the show until the final day of filming. Katie notices her initials in her own blood and huffs in annoyance. Let’s do this.

Blake is first up and doesn’t really know how to receive Katie’s fervent turmoil over Greg’s departure. He quickly brushes the thought aside, remembering that this is fantasy suite week. 

Blake: This week is very important for me to see if Katie and I are compatible.
Lincee: Translation — Blake wants to take Katie for a spin before he commits to buying. 

Katie convinces herself that Blake has always been there for her from the very beginning. He even crashed the show four weeks in to woo her into submission. How romantic is that? 

They have a water balloon fight, but the balloons are filled with colorful paint instead of water. The couple rolls around on the ground, making out, before rinsing off in the portable hot tub. Katie takes this moment to tell Blake EVERYTHING, including how the departures of both Michael and Greg gutted her insides. 

Then she confesses that she wanted to quit. Blake responds, admitting he “doesn’t play games with love,” and kisses her passionately. 

At dinner, Blake goes all in. He shares that when Katie took off her high heels to play street hockey with his family, then scored a point and shouted “GO AMERICA,” he realized he BLEEPING loved her. And he’s BLEEPING really excited about a life with Katie. 

Katie’s response? “Wow.” 

Just when I think we’ve reached another “I like looking at you” milestone in this journey, Katie ditches her rule to wait to tell her future husband that she loves him until the end by leaning into Blake to say, “I BLEEPING love you so much.”

Poor Justin. 

She pulls out the forgo card and skeleton key from the prop closet, and giggles her way to the fantasy suite where she and Blake can be sex-positive together. Let the test drive begin. 

GOODBYE JUSTIN

The next morning, Katie shares all the intimate details with Kaitlyn, claiming “last night was everything I hoped for, wanted, and needed.” I can also report that Katie was plenty satisfied many times.

Now Katie has to break the news to Justin that her heart belongs to Blake of all people. She chooses to have this very important conversation on a dusty old gazebo. Katie praises Justin for opening up and being vulnerable. Then she puts him in the rejection SUV and sends him home. 

He’s immediately forgotten until Tayshia and Kaitlyn make Katie and Justin reunite in the studio. Justin knew he was in the final two by default, even though Katie claims that is an untrue statement. 

Justin is a nice, handsome guy with an endearingly expressive face. He will be fine.

MEET KATIE’S SCARY FAMILY

Blake is super nervous about sitting down with Katie’s mom and Aunt Lindsey. He is putting extra pressure on himself because he is the only man they are meeting. Katie encourages her beau to be open and honest because nothing shocks their family. 

Her mother is loud. Her aunt is cold. GOOD LUCK, BLAKE!

Right out of the gate, Katie’s mom wants to know what Blake does for a living. Great question, right? Blake answers that he is currently unemployed but will soon be working for a non-profit in Africa. 

Right, right, right. So he would be moving from Canada (which is not the United States) to Africa (which is also not in the United States)? 

Of course not. He won’t be full-time. 
So the job isn’t full-time? 
Yes, it is, but he is not in Africa full-time. 
So, where will he be in the meantime? Canada?
UGH! QUIT ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS!

Aunt Lindsey tells it like it is, people. She is woman. Hear her roar. If you don’t like it, who cares? You must be invited into their family. You are a vapor in the wind. 

Like Blake, I’m scared.

Aunt Lindsey spends her alone time with Blake busting his balls for “flunking out of last season” and “being dumped twice.” Blake wants Aunt Lindsey to know that what ultimately matters is that he and Katie are on the same page. 

Oh no, he didn’t…

Aunt Lindsey: You ultimately mean nothing. You better be secure as hell because, at the end of the day, you’re here because we want you here, not because we need you here.
Blake: I’ve lived through bad marriages and watched my parents BLEEP it up…”
Aunt Lindsey [interrupting]: Cute. That’s not the same thing. Watching a train wreck is different than being in a train wreck. 

Like Blake, I’m scared. There’s nothing he can say to make Aunt Lindsey accept him. 

Meanwhile, Katie’s mom points to the tattoo on her chest, which symbolizes the family motto: “We don’t put ourselves in a position where we have to rely on a man.”

When they switch around, things aren’t much better. 

Aunt Lindsey doesn’t like that Katie will be on her own for a month or two if Blake is in Africa. Katie wisely retorts with a comeback that revolves around being an independent woman. She’s fine with moving to Canada or Africa. She and Blake will figure it out. 

Katie beams, thinking she outsmarted and outplayed her doting aunt. No so fast…

Aunt Lindsey: Sounds like a lot of “Yes, sir” to me. How much is he willing to put into your happiness?

The woman has a wedding ring on, so she doesn’t hate the institute of marriage, I assume. However, she does put blinded fear into Blake’s heart, which makes him hesitate. Of course, we later learn that Blake’s inability to pull the trigger is a good thing. That means he was actually weighing his options, and, in the end, he picks Katie. Hooray!

LAST ONE-ON-ONE

I’m getting ahead of myself. Before Blake hurls at the thought of proposing, he and Katie must visit Felicia, who is an energy healer. She will help them take their relationship to the next level, which is super helpful since the next level is marriage. After a month of courting, I’m glad we have Felicia to cosmically speed things along. 

She scoots the pair in front of separate bonfires, willing them to write all of their fears and insecurities on a piece of paper. Then, after a few moments, Felicia invites Blake and Katie to share their discoveries. 

Blake talks about being picky about who he has dated in the past, but Katie is the bomb. Katie lists every fear and insecurity she’s ever had in her twenty-seven years of life. Methinks Blake didn’t really understand the assignment. Regardless, Felicia instructs the couple to shove their papers under the dress of one very tall, very creepy clown.

Even though they light that clown on fire, sending their worries and woes up in smoke, it will most definitely visit me in my dreams tonight. Thank you, Zozobra, for the pending nightmares. 

PROPOSAL DAY

On the day of the proposal, Tayshia takes over Uncle Neil’s duties and presents six different rings to Blake. Considering that Blake’s tongue has been down Tayshia’s throat on more than one occasion, I’m confused why Kaitlyn didn’t staff the black velvet-covered table. 

Blake nearly hurls at the sight of all the diamonds and is incapable of making a decision. Finally, Tayshia notices Blake’s green face and reminds him that he is the one who risked it all for love. 

Blake: Yeah, I was hoping to get an invite to Bachelor in Paradise. I was counting on Greg or Michael to be sitting across from you right now.

Oh my gosh. Can you imagine Greg and Michael coming face-to-face with Aunt Lindsey? She would have eaten them alive!

Blake hops up from the table, needing a minute. He claims his brain feels like scrambled eggs. Tayshia gives him an out. If he doesn’t want to propose, then he needs to let Katie go. Because it’s either engagement or NOTHING. Those are the rules. NSYNC or Backstreet Boys. Who is it going to be?

The sad part about this segment of the show is that the entire time Blake is hesitating, the camera shows Katie getting dressed in her emerald green ballgown and dragging the train of that gorgeous gown through the dusty road that is a New Mexican version of a proposal staging area. 

Fortunately, Blake arrives, musters some courage, and walks to Katie, who pours her heart out like a certain floppy-haired brunette guy we all know. 

Raise your hand if you wanted Blake to say, “I just love looking at you.” 

Blake mumbles something about living out a fairytale. Then he tricks her by saying, “I can’t give you what you came here for…” and after ten seconds, finishes with, “because you deserve so much more.”

It’s an effort for him to drop down to one knee, thanks to the tight pants, but he does, and Katie sobs a shaky “YES” when he asks her to marry him. Tayshia and Kaitlyn run in their high heels to celebrate the happy couple, then toast themselves for a job well done. I truly think they both feel responsible for this union. 

HELLO AGAIN, GREG

No one cares about the newly engaged couple. We have thirty minutes left of this show, and it’s time for Katie and Greg to be reunited.

Kaitlyn and Tayshia talk to Greg alone at first. Here’s what we learn:

  • He didn’t know how unhappy he was until Katie showed him how happy he could be.
  • He had never opened up to anyone like he did that night on the couch. He gave her everything in that moment and just wanted something back in return.
  • Greg went to her room the next day because he wanted to get back on the same page.
  • He feels the disconnect was that she didn’t want to fully open up to him. 
  • There is nothing he would have done differently. 
  • Everything happens for a reason and she found her person.
  • He will be grateful to Katie, no matter what. 

The girls invite Katie out, and it is clear that she is a woman with an agenda. Her face is stern. She sidesteps Greg without looking him in the face. There is no hug, and Greg receives the cold by scooting further away from her on the couch, giving her plenty of room. 

Katie launches into her beef with Greg. Here’s what we learn:

  • After watching back, Katie feels that Greg never intended to be engaged. 
  • How can he need validating, when all she did was validate him with roses and dates?
  • The only explanation for his 180-degree turn after hometowns was that he wanted to escape potential engagement.
  • How could she fill a hole in his heart, yet he can speak down to her?
  • She doesn’t think Greg knows what love is and at the time she needed him the most, he ran away.

Greg is dumbstruck. He tries to assuage her anger by congratulating her that she found what she was looking for.

Katie: ABSOLUTELY I DID. I am very happy. 

Then there is the issue of Greg potentially joining the show to further an acting career. Katie tells the studio audience that she’s heard Greg is not a shy guy. In fact, he’s a cocky boy from Jersey who knows exactly how hot he is, and that means he was acting with her the entire time. Who is the real Greg?

Katie then explains that she had three relationships going on simultaneously, and she was just the bachelorette. Greg apologizes that she felt “talked down to,” and Katie accuses him of gaslighting. She is utterly confused why Greg doesn’t want to apologize for the way he spoke to her. 

Katie: You could have been a man and had a normal conversation instead of being so rude and dramatic and leaving without even saying goodbye.

Remember, she was on her knees, begging him to stay. Greg apologizes four more times, wishing he could go back and communicate differently. 

I should point out that during this segment, Katie is physically and audibly angry. Her body language and the octave in her voice prove she is not happy with Greg. Additionally, the audience applauds when she mentions that Greg should be more of a man and when she mentioned gaslighting. 

Contentious Behavior

After the break, things lean a different way, and Greg’s responses receive applause. This is what we learn:

  • Greg is sorry Katie questioned his integrity and who he is as a person. He felt he gave her his entire self. Greg didn’t know he would fall in love and find happiness. 
  • He was scared by terminology she used, playing the bachelorette role instead of just being Katie.
  • He respected that she only wanted to say “I love you” to one person, but in turn, that made her withhold emotions he needed. 
  • Katie thinks that if Greg really did love her as he says he did, that “moment” on the couch wouldn’t have been a dealbreaker. 
  • Katie believes if she tells someone they are the one, their journey ends.
  • Greg wasn’t asking for her to end her journey. He just needed to know how she felt. Just because she’s the bachelorette doesn’t mean she’s higher and he’s lower. 
  • Greg claims that when he was leaving, he emptied his heart out and she knew what he needed to hear to keep him there. She could have stopped it and she didn’t. 
  • He receives applause for this statement. 
  • This angers Katie and we can physically see her shut him out. 
  • She is irate that he gave her an ultimatum. 
  • Greg understands that’s annoying, but shouldn’t she know who she’s picking at this point?

Katie tells the girls that when Greg left, so did her feelings for him. It crushes Greg and Katie looks vindicated. Greg never raises his voice once and wishes Katie nothing but happiness.

BLAKE

Call me crazy, but does Blake look shellshocked? Is he upset by how passionate and emotionally driven Katie’s end of the conversation was with Greg? Does she still have feelings for Greg, or was Katie so overtly ugly to prove to Blake that he really is/was the one? 

I’m not sure what actually happened this season. I am but a humble recapper who wants a good love story. But if I had to offer my opinion, here is a wild guess on what actually went down during Katie’s journey to find love:

Katie’s top three picks were Greg, Michael, and Blake. I think she likes these guys for three different reasons. Greg is the soulful, passionate one who loves deeply. Michael is the one who would put her on a pedestal every day of her life. Blake is the one with sexual chemistry, which we know is important to our bachelorette.

Greg is the head. Michael is the heart. Blake is the hormone. I can see if these three were the finale three, she wouldn’t necessarily know who she liked best going into hometowns. 

Michael removes himself, which leaves Greg and Blake. Perhaps in Greg’s mind, Greg considers Michael the toughest competition. Since he’s polar opposites of Blake, and Justin isn’t technically a contender, Greg can’t help but assume he is the last man standing. All he needs is validation with words that do not use bachelorette terminology. He doesn’t want to hear “number one” or “front runner” or “you’re getting a rose.”

Katie wants all of the information in front of her before she makes an informed decision. I believe this consists of three separate phases. First, how does she fit with his family? Second, how does the guy fit with her family? Third, how do they fit in the bedroom?

Greg believes Katie should know after hometowns if he is the one. Does he need an “I l love you?” No. I believe all could be forgiven if Katie had just told him on that couch that night that his family was amazing, and she was overjoyed that she filled a hole in his heart. The end. 

Katie is so angry at Greg. In my opinion, this means she still has feelings for him. She’s mad that her heart is broken. Remember, she wanted to leave when Greg went home. 

Is Katie in love with Blake? I think she’s going to do everything she can to convince herself that the answer is yes. Is Blake in love with Katie? I think the guy wanted to be on the show, had a great time with a great girl, and extenuating circumstances left him with an Uncle Neil ring in his hand, bent on one knee. 

Am I Team Greg or Team Katie? I think Katie is heartbroken and truly wanted to marry Greg. Greg, on the other hand, probably feels like he dodged a bullet. If you were my sorority sister in Environmental Studies and you made me choose, I would buy Greg’s CD for sure.

What about you? Do you think Katie and Blake will make it? What about Greg? Does it matter that he took acting classes? Were his tears genuine? 

And who is watching Bachelor in Paradise? Sound off in the comments section!

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Shoshana
Shoshana
August 10, 2021 12:58 pm

First of all, my favorite line from your recap: “Raise your hand if you wanted Blake to say, “I just love looking at you.”” OMG, Lincee! You are too frickin’ funny!

Second, Katie dropped a tremendous amount in my opinion with the way she spoke to Greg at ATFR. She can be super mad. That’s fine. But she was so very rude and ugly and it reflected very badly on her.

Third, was anyone else horrified at setting that creepy guy on fire in high winds and a dry landscape? Being from CA, and just having traveled all over the West, with wildfire smoke everywhere, I was tense as could be seeing that. Hope they had about 25 fire trucks ready to go off-camera!!!!

Thanks for your recaps and podcast, Lincee. You bring so much joy and laughter! Here’s to upcoming raunchy BIP!

arbormom
arbormom
August 10, 2021 2:52 pm
Reply to  Shoshana

Yes, yes, and yes. That was the creepiest “thing” I have ever seen and I know I will have nightmares. And last night she was just plain rude. I lost a lot of respect for her. I admired Greg keeping his composure. In my opinion that shows a lack of maturity (on her part) and maturity (on his part). I’m Team Greg 1000%.

Tracy
Tracy
August 10, 2021 3:37 pm
Reply to  arbormom

Again, agree!

Tracy
Tracy
August 10, 2021 3:25 pm
Reply to  Shoshana

I AGREE WITH ALL!

J Rein
J Rein
August 10, 2021 1:13 pm

Katie mentions being mad about acting and then comes out and launches into bullet points she’s been rehearsing for months. Aunt Lindsey was intimidating but a lot of her discussion points ring true as Blake gets engagement ring advice from the 2nd of 3 bachelorettes he’s been on journeys with. The show is really just an endless debacle of nitwits – with your commentary being the only weekly Right Reasons.

Old Christine
Old Christine
August 10, 2021 3:11 pm
Reply to  J Rein

The show is really just an endless debacle of nitwits. J Rein, that is a great line, and very true.
And yet,I just can’t help myself. I keep tuning in. Lincee’s recaps and the comments section make it all worthwhile.

Alu Toloa
Alu Toloa
August 11, 2021 10:37 am
Reply to  Old Christine

Spot on! Nitwit Central.

Mollie A
Mollie A
August 10, 2021 1:24 pm

Agreed with all of your thoughts, Lincee, one hundred percent.

Oh! What was up with Katie’s earring after Blake came out? First it was sitting right, then it was flipped up. Then it was right again, then flipped up. Major continuity error but I couldn’t figure out the editing. Almost made me wonder if they recorded his segment twice and spliced it all together.

THANK YOU for another great season of recaps!

Janet
Janet
August 10, 2021 1:33 pm

In my opinion Katie is rude and crude. The apple didn’t fall far from her Aunt’s tree. I think all she and Blake have in common is lust and will never last. Top 2 men leaving should tell you something. Team Greg all the way!

Meg
Meg
August 10, 2021 2:01 pm
Reply to  Janet

She and Blake both have a deep need to incorporate the F-word into their expressions of love for one another. #stayclassy

Allia
Allia
August 10, 2021 2:31 pm
Reply to  Meg

Lol yes! Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I feel like that’s a step down from saying the regular “I love you”… maybe they weren’t quite there yet?

arbormom
arbormom
August 10, 2021 2:53 pm
Reply to  Meg

Ha !!! I noticed the same thing. Ugh.

arbormom
arbormom
August 10, 2021 2:53 pm
Reply to  Janet

Agree 1000%. I think we all saw a very ugly side of Katie last night. Not cool.

Old Christine
Old Christine
August 10, 2021 5:31 pm
Reply to  Janet

I agree, Janet. There seems to be a lot of Aunt Lindsey in Katie. Good luck to Blake if he crosses her, and he will, that is inevitable in marriage.

Allia
Allia
August 10, 2021 1:48 pm

Love the recap, especially the “raise your hand…” part. Hilarious!!
That said, I’m still team Katie. I actually thought the stuff she said was right on the money… though perhaps she could have been more polite about it. I think Greg was totally gaslighting her and was looking for an excuse to leave. I think she got re-pissed when she watched the show and saw how Greg was behaving towards her… he was definitely talking down to her. If he really wanted to stay, he could have totally just had a normal conversation instead of getting all hostile and storming out. Sorry Greg fans… I’m just not buying this guy’s angle.
My final 2 cents: she shoulda picked Justin. That would have been fun.

Libby
Libby
August 11, 2021 7:44 am
Reply to  Allia

I wish I could read your whole comment but the Read More button still isn’t working. But thank you, Katie is receiving so much hate for being mean to Greg, but where was this hate for Greg when he was outright mean to her? The misogyny is coming from inside the house among Bachelorette fans.

Dori
Dori
August 12, 2021 2:36 pm
Reply to  Libby

Libby, I feel the same way. It seems like Katie is getting a lot of shade for standing up for herself when Greg’s “breakup” was CLEARLY waaaaay over the top and manipulative. She was clearly expressing to him that he was a priority to her (in last week’s episode) and he just steamrolled right over that and had a dramatic hissy fit.

Michelle
Michelle
August 13, 2021 7:43 am
Reply to  Allia

Agreed, I honestly think Justin would have been a GREAT choice! They never can manage to pick a kind, reasonable person…

Meg
Meg
August 10, 2021 1:58 pm

Katie lacks empathy. There were countless examples this season where she had a chance to comfort someone, ask how something made them feel, etc. without any note of what it meant FOR HER, but she didn’t do it. Her default is to center herself in every situation and reflect on how everything happening or being said impacts her. Greg did pour his heart out to her and she did not show empathy or reciprocate the feelings at all. I agree with you 100% that all she had to say was “it means so much to me to hear you say that, you are just so special to me and what we have is amazing” then give him a passionate kiss and call it a night! He sensed something in her that night–her unending self-involvement–and questioned it/brought it to her attention, which he had every right to do as he was considering whether to propose! Her inability to comprehend what he was saying told him everything he needed to know about her.

Her attitude toward him on AFR made it PAINFULLY CLEAR she’s still in love with him. Apathy is the opposite of love, while hate is a form of love, little Katie. Blake is a good guy but I get the feeling they’re both settling here. I give it 6 months.

Love your recaps and your podcast! Thanks for keeping me entertained during a season where I barely liked anyone on my screen. Bring on BiP!

P.S. – Boy, Barb sure comes off smelling like a rose in comparison to Rhonda Lee and Aunt Lindsey, huh? Sheesh. #vindicationforbarb

arbormom
arbormom
August 10, 2021 2:55 pm
Reply to  Meg

That’s what I thought last week, she didn’t need an “I love you” .. just a “thank you for saying that” and to lean in for a kiss. Her body language was even off. What a train wreck of a season. And it didn’t even dawn on me when he was picking out rings that he and Tayshia had locked lips numerous times ..

av13
av13
August 10, 2021 2:12 pm

Wowzers. That finale was cringeworthy for 100 different reasons, including the final scene where Blake recruited audience members to hold up boom boxes. I think your summary of thoughts at the end is correct. It could not be clearer from her demeanor, tone, and words last night that Katie was bitter that she lost Greg and ended up with Blake. She knows she screwed up but does not want to admit it, and it’s showing all over the place. She literally could not control herself last night. I do not believe Greg gaslighted Katie. He may not have done everything perfectly, but her response to him pouring out his heart would have given me major pause, too. She did not need to say she has chosen him or she loves him — I think a sincere acknowledgement of his genuine emotions would have gone far with Greg. This statement could not have been more correct: “No one cares about the newly engaged couple.” HA. Agreed. Blake grossed me out so bad this season. Ew. Anyway, what a strange season. Ready for BIP, though I’m annoyed to see Demi’s return and it appears that it will be raunchier than ever (ick). Thanks for recapping and podcasting this rough season, Lincee! You somehow make the experience fun even when the show itself is not!

4kidsmom
4kidsmom
August 10, 2021 2:20 pm

Thank you Lincee for another great recap. Wasn’t a big fan of Kaitlyn until last night when she called out Katie for using the term “gaslighting”. That is a very strong accusation and isn’t completely appropriate here. As someone who was married to a man who made me think I was crazy for years, I can tell you this was not the emotional abuse she wants to portray it as. Yes, he was manipulative, but I don’t think it was conscious or intentional. She came off very ugly last night – also not who I believe her to be, but broken hearts tell all. On a separate note – what was Taiysha wearing during the proposal – I was very confused by her outfit.

Debbie
Debbie
August 10, 2021 2:43 pm

Wish we could “Read More” because we miss half the posts. Also, I am now more #TeamGreg than I was after last week’s episode. Katie came off so badly on ATFR last night. She was rude and childish. She clearly still has feelings for Greg, no matter what she says. Time will tell if she and Blake make it, once the lust wears off.

Dori
Dori
August 10, 2021 3:28 pm
Reply to  Debbie

I agree – it’s been disappointing this season to not have the +/- buttons or the “Read more” buttons functioning on the blog. Really limits the discussion and the fun of the comments.

Kady
Kady
August 11, 2021 12:12 am
Reply to  Dori

OMG, thanks for saying sthg. I seriously thought I was the only one this was happening to!! Praise be, it isn’t just me!

Tina
Tina
August 10, 2021 5:42 pm
Reply to  Debbie

I agree. Wish we could click on “Read more” & the “+/-“ buttons.

I’m not a fan of any of the nitwits “staring” in this franchise. I think they are all immature people looking for insta fame/endorsements/money/and dare I say acting gigs?!?! I used to watch show (wayyyyyyy back when Lincee would email her recaps!) but since then I only come here for her recaps & to marvel at her humor & love of hating green beans. Keep it up Lincee!

Susan
Susan
August 10, 2021 3:12 pm

Oh Lyncee, I so look forward to your recaps every week. You never disappoint! “Raise your hand….” hilarious! I literally raised my hand sitting here all by myself.
By the way, this was brought up before, but nothing happens when you tap on “more”, or + or – in the comments. Maybe your tech people could look into it.
I am team Greg all the way. It showed on Katie’s face when they first sat down after meeting his family that she was not going to choose him. She gave him no validation at that point. And she was spiteful, rude, hostile and mean to him at ATFR. Who would want a lifetime of that if they ever have disagreements? I think she was mad that the men chose to leave before she could boot them out. Kinda like I quit! Wait, you can’t quit before I fire you!
I think she’ll dump Blake while he is Africa anyway.
Thanks for a great season of recaps!
Bring on Paradise!!

Bri
Bri
August 11, 2021 2:06 am
Reply to  Susan

I raised my hand sitting by myself reading the recap too! 🙂

Tracy
Tracy
August 10, 2021 3:35 pm

I agree with all previous comments except Allia’s. Last week I was Team Katie, but her performance last night made me do an about face. No way could I be happy about her with Blake when she was so devastated last week (actually a few days) about Greg leaving. And I think Blake just likes being on the show! They deserve each other!

Laura Runge
Laura Runge
August 10, 2021 3:54 pm

Loved your recap – that had to be stressful and not an easy job!
Team Greg 100%. If all his tears and raw emotions were acting, then all I have to say is I hope Hollywood is paying attention cause they need him after that Oscar Worthy performance!
But, in my opinion, he was not acting, he was being genuinely real.

Lincee Ray
Lincee Ray
August 10, 2021 5:10 pm

Never fear! I’m working on getting the “Read More” button fixed. I’m so sorry!

Sandra
Sandra
August 10, 2021 8:11 pm
Reply to  Lincee Ray

Thank you!!

Tina
Tina
August 11, 2021 10:50 am
Reply to  Lincee Ray

Thank you Lincee! Will you please fix the +/- buttons too so we can like comments? If I could click it then I would give your comment a +
=)

Amanda
August 11, 2021 12:38 pm
Reply to  Lincee Ray

It’s working for me now! This is the first time it has. Nice work, Lincee!

DRP
DRP
August 11, 2021 1:00 pm
Reply to  Lincee Ray

Thank you for having the “read more” function fixed. I think there’s another issue: there are apparently 50 comments but only 40 showing on my screen. Anyone else notice this?

Lee
Lee
August 12, 2021 6:01 pm
Reply to  DRP

Yes. The =/- button still doesn’t work nor the “oldest”/“newest” sorting button.

DonnaMarie
DonnaMarie
August 10, 2021 6:19 pm

I seem to be in the minority here, but my friends and I totally believe Greg was gaslighting Katie. Nobody that “in love” would cut and run as fast as Greg did. I don’t think Katie was harsh. He deserved every bit of that anger. Lincee, thanks for all the laughs!! I laughed out loud at “Methinks Blake didn’t really understand the assignment.” I said the same thing while watching it.

DRP
DRP
August 10, 2021 8:38 pm
Reply to  DonnaMarie

Really? I find it completely believable that an insecure man who felt rejected would shut down to protect himself when the woman he loves did not respond in kind. And when she continued to use “Bachelorette-speak” and he realized he might not be the chosen one, he opted to leave, avoiding further hurt and potential public humiliation. Makes sense to me.

Kady
Kady
August 11, 2021 12:15 am
Reply to  DRP

Agree with you DRP!

Libby
Libby
August 11, 2021 7:50 am
Reply to  DRP

Except he refused to actually communicate with her in that moment, making Katie try to solve what was wrong like it was some kind of riddle. I truly believe that nothing she would have said at that point would have been enough for him to stay. He may not have realized he was looking for an out, but once he saw it he took it. He acted like a child and Katie has a right to be hurt by it and angry about it. She went off a little harder than I think she’s proud of, but she’s not wrong to stand up for herself.

Amanda
August 11, 2021 12:40 pm
Reply to  Libby

Libby, I agree. Greg behaved terribly last week. I softened toward him a little last night, but it doesn’t undo how terribly he treated her when he left. I think, now, that he really was feeling insecure and isn’t mature enough to have a responsible conversation with her.

DRP
DRP
August 11, 2021 2:15 pm
Reply to  Libby

I was not defending how Greg behaved during his fight with Katie the day after his hometown date when nothing she said satisfied him. But I do understand how he could genuinely love her yet leave, for all the reasons I explained. I also understand why she was upset and hurt but think her reaction when the “After” show was taped was over-the-top and she was far nastier 3 months after the breakup than he was during it.

Janine
Janine
August 11, 2021 3:05 pm
Reply to  Libby

If she had any kind of reaction, some kind of emotion… if she had even just reached out for him when he poured his heart out, I think it would have been a completely different story. But nothing. Not one iota of emotion for this guy she was supposedly falling in love with. Was the game so important to her that she would expect him to be good with “We’re almost there”?
I don’t disagree that he was all over the place once that happened, but emotions aren’t pretty and rarely thought out, and in the end he took the high road.

Libby
Libby
August 12, 2021 7:24 am
Reply to  Janine

I agree she should have reacted better initially, but she said basically everything except “I love you” during both fight/discussions after and was crying the entire time. I hated the moment when he asked her “why do you think I’m upset” and she very obviously though he was asking “what am I doing that is making you think I’m upset” but really he was asking “what is causing me to be upset” and her responses made the miscommunication obvious but he chose to take it as her saying the wrong thing instead. He shouldn’t have been asking her these questions in the first place. Instead of asking her why he was upset, he should have just told her why he was upset. That’s how communication works. How Greg handled those fights was toxic and unproductive.

Susan Curry
Susan Curry
August 11, 2021 9:02 am
Reply to  DonnaMarie

I do think that Greg did not want to be “left at the alter” and it would have been humiliating however, since multiple people who know him came forward to say that he is a cocky guy who knows he is hot, it doesn’t feel authentic.

Really, they can both be wrong…she was more into playing the Bachelorette hand AND he was there for an acting career.

Susan Curry
Susan Curry
August 11, 2021 9:03 am
Reply to  Susan Curry

I meant left at the altar.

Allia
Allia
August 12, 2021 6:08 pm
Reply to  DonnaMarie

Totally with you, DM! Greg was way over the top and never gave her a chance, even when she basically begged him to stay. He obviously had no intention of staying from the get go. What bugs me the most is that he had zero consideration for what she wanted or needed at that time. It was his choice to say the things he said when he did… if she has her own timeline, he has to respect that. It’s not just about the show, but about communicating with some care and respect.

Dori
Dori
August 13, 2021 12:24 am
Reply to  DonnaMarie

I definitely agree with you, DonnaMarie! Greg was behaving so oddly when he cut out like that, especially for someone who claimed to love Katie so much. And then he just seemed so happy on ATFR, very much unlike a person who had been in love and was broken hearted about it. I really do believe that whole theory about him wanting to try out his acting chops by being on the show!

Michelle
Michelle
August 13, 2021 7:46 am
Reply to  DonnaMarie

I agree! He doesn’t seem trustworthy to me!

Didi
Didi
August 10, 2021 6:19 pm

I think that Katie was so mad at Greg because she was embarrassed watching it back that she looked like she was needing, grovelling for a man and that is against the family mantra. And then also he came on after and was like I’m good, I’m fine!

Also why is it so bad to need somebody? I think they mean like codependent, etc, but we all need people. I think it’s a defense mechanism from being hurt or something but please explain if I’m wrong!

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