'Bachelorette' fans clamoring to know what Blake painted for Katie Thurston

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Who are the final four on The Bachelorette?

The bachelorette's final four are: Michael, Blake, Justin and Greg Grippo. ParadeWho Went Home on The Bachelorette Tonight? Week 7 Eliminations

Who does Katie pick on The Bachelorette?

After Katie decided not to award Andrew a rose during Monday's ceremony -- instead selecting Justin, Michael A., Greg and Blake as her final four -- the pair shared a tearful goodbye, where the Bachelorette praised the pro football player, but admitted to having stronger feelings for the remaining men. Entertainment Tonight'The Bachelorette': Andrew S. Reveals If He's Still Open to a Relationship With Katie (Exclusive)

You know what that means, rose lovers: It's the week before (stationary) hometowns! Time for Katie to separate the husband wheat from the husband chaff.

It's morning in New Mexico and the seven remaining men know that time is running out. "This is the biggest turning point in everyone's experience here," notes Brendan. "I definitely want the one-on-one," notes Mike P. "Because that one-on-one would be leading into hometowns." Katie, meanwhile, isn't sure whether to use this week's one-on-ones to grow those "relationships" that she's "confident" in, or spend time with the two guys she hasn't had a solo date with: Brendan and Mike P.

The first date card has arrived! Which strategy will Katie opt for? Survey says…

For today's one-on-one, Katie wants to give Greg a taste of her hometown, Seattle. There's a mini-Pike Place fish market, so Katie and Greg give fish tossing a try. It… does not go well.

Anyhow, Katie really likes Greg. Greg really likes Katie. Even though he hasn't introduced someone to his mom "in a long time," Greg says he's ready to bring Katie "home."

Oh, Lord. Deep breaths, everybody: Back at Casa Bachelorette, Michael A. is FaceTiming with his son James.

Oh my God. This is so incredibly sweet I literally (not figuratively) cannot handle it. Please excuse me — I need to lie down for a second.

At dinner, the Bachelorette tells Greg that sometimes she worries that he's going to leave because he gets so withdrawn on group dates. He admits that he can be insecure about things, which may be rooted in getting bullied growing up. "Since my father died, I don't, just, like, let my guard down with anyone," admits Greg. "If we do move forward into next week, I am really excited to show my family the girl I'm falling in love with."

Ding ding ding! Katie LOVES it. "Those were the words I needed to hear," she says. "That were the words I wanted to hear." Yes, we're aware. Just give him the date rose already! She does, and then the date ends with some simulated "Seattle rain" — drought be damned!

Oooh, time for the group date card! The tension in the room is high, as every man there wants that one-on-one, but none more than Brendan. "I'm desperate," he says. Even though Michael A. legitimately has serious things to discuss with Katie on the one-on-one, he still wishes Brendan luck before Justin reads the card.

Oh honey, don't take it personally. You're still here because that's how the show works. If Katie sent home every guy she wasn't interested in by week 2 or 3, the season would be a lot shorter. (Not that I'd complain.) Rather than waiting for the group date cocktail party for answers, Brendan decides to force the issue by showing up at the Bachelorette's room unannounced. (Fortunately, he has time to apply a fresh layer of Chapstick before she opens the door.)

Katie is definitely shocked to see him, and for some reason, she keeps apologizing to Brendan when he's the one breaking social/reality TV norms.  Even so, Brendan is confident. "It's going to go f---ing great," he assures us. "It's going to go great."

Finally, Katie interrupts. "I'm going to stop you right there," she says gently. Though she did feel a "connection" with him early on and was interested in getting to know him more, it ultimately never happened. "Because of hometowns being next week, I don't know that we could Get There™ in time," she tells Brendan. Rather than putting him through another group date and a rose ceremony, the Bachelorette informs Brendan that it's time for him to go.

The final group date of the season is a small one. Blake, Andrew, and Michael A. meet Katie outside, and she leads them to an art exhibit. And in keeping with the sex-positive theme that producers insist on forcing upon everything this season, all the artwork is, as Maude Lebowski would say, strongly vaginal.

Today the men will be creating a work of art inspired by Katie and their feelings for her. The results are about as tragic as you'd expect. Michael A. presents a blob of clay that is, apparently, supposed to represent Katie's derriere. Justin, who calls himself an artist, creates a half-decent painting of a rose surrounded by what looks like doodles of Dia de los Muertos skeletons. At least Andrew's painting almost looks like something:

Blake gets the first sit-down of the night. "My mom's going to love you," he assures Katie. "I am so in for you right now, it's crazy. I'm not in love right now, but the way that we're going, it's f---ing inevitable. I know it's coming, but I won't lie to you either." Uh-oh! Given that this is Blake's third time around at this rodeo, he should know better. You never say, "I'm not in love right now," you say something like, "I'm falling for you" or "I can see myself falling for you." The look on Katie's face says it all.

Things go better with Justin, who presents Katie with one of his original paintings. The Bachelorette feels like their "connection" is "easy" and "natural," which I don't think is that evident. Perhaps Justin and Katie do have the goofy and dorky chemistry she talks about, but we've never really gotten to see it.

EVERYBODY BE QUIET! IT'S MICHAEL A.'S TURN!

"It's scary for me with opening my heart again," he says. "It was scary coming here, it's scary at the rate of which everything progresses." Katie understands and seems to imply that she wouldn't demand that he propose: "I would never want to force us into something we weren't ready for. But if it's us in the end, that's all that matters, and we'll figure it out as we go." Dang, that is really sweet — as is Katie's genuine declaration that every rose she gives to Michael A. is also a rose for James. He LOVES it. "I can assure you that no one can love you like I can," he says. Dammit, these two are just really freaking adorable.

Andrew talks to Katie about how difficult it will be for him to end his football career, but he says he's "willing to be done" if that's what's best for their relationship. "All I would do is encourage you to keep going," she assures him. "If that means that we're living in two places every year, then so be it. If that means we have to hold off on having a family… so be it." The Bachelorette goes on to say that she feels "so confident" in their relationship — and unlike when she said something similar about Justin, I believe her. She and Andrew really do seem to have fun together.

After their chat, Andrew brings Katie to a room filled with hanging lights, which is meant to replicate their low-budget one-on-one date. He lifts her up so she can grab a pink envelope dangling from the ceiling. The note inside reads, "I'm falling for you." Wow, it's a close race for the date rose! It's gotta go to Michael, right?

Only two roses left! Will Mike P. get one at his one-on-one date? Let's find out! "I thought I would never date a virgin," admits Katie. "Every time that I'm with him, our relationship just gets stronger and stronger." Still, she's not sure if they have a physical connection, so the Bachelorette has enlisted a nice lady to help her figure that out.

Hoo boy, can we just skip ahead to the part where Katie admits to herself, Mike P., and the Cuddle Queen that this is just not working? Nope. We cannot.

Please God, end this! End it now!

Mike, ever the gentleman, handles the rejection with grace. "Whatever the result is, my respect for you is never going to change," he says. "One of those guys is really lucky. I'm bummed that I don't get to experience life with you, but it doesn't mean that I'm not going to be rooting for you."

Awww, come on now! That's really sweet. If only Mike P. wasn't so darn boring — he could have made a nice Bachelor. Cue the Suitcase Ninja!

The end of the episode is here. And we're not even messing with a cocktail party. It's time for the rose ceremony roll-call! Joining Michael A. and Greg in the Circle of Safety™ are… [44-second pause] Blake, and… [23-second pause] Justin! Oh, man. Not Andrew! We like Andrew. Katie likes Andrew!

He hugs the guys goodbye, and then he and Katie take a seat on the Bye-Bye Bench outside. "You are such an amazing man," says Katie through her tears. "And you give 100 percent to everything that you are passionate about, and that's what you deserve. And that's not something that I could give you." Sad but fair. Andrew is crushed, but not resentful. "It's bittersweet," he says, "but know that I will forever hold you dear in my heart."

Katie sobs as Andrew drives away in the Reject Limo. "That was the first decision I had to make where I was, like — I wasn't fully confident," she tells a producer.

Hey, have any of you noticed that there are still about 15 minutes left in the episode? The dates are over. The rose ceremony is over. What the heck are we supposed to do now?

Yes, rose lovers, that's what this whole extended segment is about: Letting Andrew and Katie part on a happier note… only to raise the possibility that they won't part at all. "I can really say I fell for you," he says. "I'm super proud of you and just love the woman you are." They have a sweet conversation, and then Andrew hands Katie a card on his way out. "When I'm gone, you can read that," he says. And she does:

Um… Andrew for Bachelor? Look, I'm swooning more than anyone over Michael A., but we all know he's too pure for this reality TV meat grinder, and the man still needs time to grieve his wife. So, I repeat: Andrew for Bachelor?

Only three episodes left, rose lovers! Fake hometowns, the Men Tell All, and what I'm sure will be the most dramatic finale ever. Before you log off, tell me how you're feeling about Katie's final four. Are you surprised Andrew went home? What's your stance on "cuddle communities"? And why does it take Greg so long to tell a joke? Post your thoughts below!

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Blake Moynes and Brendan's Pre-'Bachelorette' Friendship: What We Know

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Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette continues to leave viewers with unanswered questions. After Cody Menk and Aaron Clancy’s pre-show relationship became a hot topic online, Blake Moynes and Brendan Scanzano’s friendship is making headlines as the lead prepares to solidify her final four.

Before Katie’s season started airing in May, Us Weekly reported that Brendan and Blake kept up with each other on Instagram. Wells Adams, who hosted a date at the New Mexico resort, later confirmed that the two men knew each other off screen.

“The one thing they haven’t touched on is that Blake and Brendan, the guy with, like, the bouffant, knew each other before the show,” the Bachelor in Paradise bartender told E! News earlier this month. “And Blake suggested to Brendan to go on the show. And so when he shows up later, he’s like, ‘What’re you doing here? You told me to come here!’”

Bachelor Nation met Blake when he competed for Clare Crawley’s heart on season 16 of The Bachelorette. After the hairstylist quit with fiancé Dale Moss within the first two weeks of filming, Tayshia Adams stepped in. While Blake developed feelings for the former phlebotomist too, she found love with Zac Clark. Blake, meanwhile, reached out to Katie after watching her on Matt James’ season 25 of The Bachelor earlier this year.

“We had chatted before, but usually what happens is, like, the guys will reach out to the women once they’re eliminated and be like, ‘Good luck, you did great.’ Like very generic, you know?” Katie told Us in June about Blake sliding into her DMs. “And so to see him [in New Mexico], I was like, ‘Why is he here?’ Like, ‘What’s happening?’”

One month later, Blake revealed why he was drawn to Katie.

“When I actually reached out that first time, after the first episode, her responses were very cold back. She was nice, but she didn’t open up her dialogue in any way. It was shut down right then and there,” he said on the “Click Bait” podcast in July. “It was right after her first episode, it was right away. This is where people, I think, can take what I’m about to say one way or another. She came out of that limo with that vibrator, I was like, ‘Yeah, I like what she’s about.’ … It was a simple reach out, It was like, ‘I f–king love that you did that. That was f–king awesome, like, good for you,’ this and that.”

Fans will see whether Blake and/or Brendan earn spots in Katie’s top 4 on the Monday, July 19, episode of The Bachelorette. Greg Grippo, Justin Glaze, Michael Allio, Mike Planeta and Andrew Spencer are also looking to secure a hometown date with the lead.

Scroll through for photos of Blake and Brendan pre-Bachelorette:

Both Brendan and Blake are from Ontario, Canada. While Brendan lives in Toronto, Blake lives in Hamilton.

The pair have been playing recreational hockey together since at least 2019. “CCPC Cooper Cottage Pond Classic,” Blake captioned a group shot from a February 2019 outing on the ice.

Brendan commented on the pic, “Shin guards look good.”

Brendan shared a snap with Blake’s brother, Cody Moynes, in February 2021 via Instagram.

According to Wells, it was Blake’s idea for Brendan to pursue Katie on season 17.

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The Takeout 20 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

It’s a tough time to be in categories B and C, so let’s not prolong their misery. If I could have your attention, please?

Yes. Well. Sort of? Does it count if it’s an oyster you spit into a plant and a piece of gum you stick on a wall?

Katie’s first one-on-one post-bloodletting is her second one-on-one with ol’ sparkle-eyes Greg who, for the record, sure seems to be in category B. She takes him to a “recreation” of Seattle’s Pike Place Market that’s really just another section of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Faux-Travel Wonderland. There are several things featured on said date which she does not eat, but she does in fact attempt to consume an oyster Greg “shucks” and then pours into her open mouth. She, in turn, pours it out of her mouth and into a nearby ficus.

Fake fish, salmon and broccoli that are easily identified as such, whatever the Cuddle Queen was selling, and Andrew S.’s painting of sushi.

And while it’s possible to read that as a dig at sweet Mike P., it’s more likely a dig at the people who just love to make people feel weird about sex. But Mike P. still goes home, because topic one was virginity, but topic two, the one he really could not stop talking about on his sole one-on-one date, was his mom:

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