Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 18, Episode 9 of The Bachelorette.
A fresh season of The Bachelorette is always a doozy — a million new faces, some deep conversations, and the always popular finger-pointing drama. And the latest episode of Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette does not disappoint. However, it may have disappointed some of the men who didn't get enough time to make a good impression on the leading lady.
Out of the remaining four men vying for Michelle’s heart, not all of them can stay, and another contestant goes home after Week 9. When you know, you know, so we can’t blame Michelle for making cuts.
However, that might not be the end of these men in Bachelor Nation. As more and more men get eliminated from Michelle's season of The Bachelorette, we're already counting on who's going to show up in next year's Bachelor in Paradise. So, what went down in Week 9? And who went home?
Season 18, Episode 9 (aka the Fantasy Suites) of 'The Bachelorette' featured three love confessions.
"I am truly in love with you," Brandon tells Michelle.
"Since Day One, when I met you, I knew that you were the one," Brandon tells Michelle later on in the episode. "Michelle, I want you to know that I'm in love with you. I was going to wait but I don't want to wait anymore. I am truly in love with you."
"My heart is beating so fast right now," Michelle responds. "I don't wanna take off running. That's a good sign. I am falling in love with you. That's not something I say lightly. I do see a future with you."
"I want her to know that I'm ready for marriage, ready for partnership, ready to build a life together," Joe says.
Joe and Michelle then go on a zip-lining adventure. "Love is scary, zip-lining is scary, but I'm ready to do whatever to win Michelle's heart," Joe says.
"I don't necessarily just open up to people like I have with you, but you make it easy," Joe says. "Every time that I have felt lonely or homesick, when I'm with you, those feelings pretty much go away."
"I want her to know that I'm ready for marriage, ready for partnership, ready to build a life together," Joe adds in a confessional.
It's time for Nayte to open up. But will he?
One of the more reserved contestants on the show, Nayte has had some trouble getting ready for the engagement in the Season 18 finale of The Bachelorette. But he lets his true colors shine during his date with Michelle, telling her where he stands after their sailing adventure.
"I'm feeling things for you that I have never felt before," Nayte tells Michelle. "It is easy to close my eyes and picture a genuine life with you."
"Falling in love is one thing. Being in love is another thing. And then an engagement is another thing," Michelle reminds him. "Which of those are you ready for?"
"There's something about you that I'm certain about," Nayte says.
Who went home at the end of the penultimate episode of Season 18 of 'The Bachelorette'?
Despite the strong connections she has with the trio, Michelle still has to send someone home at the end of the episode. She ultimately chooses Joe, who, it turns out, was quite oblivious to the state of affairs.
"I just want to go home," Joe says post-elimination.
This leaves Brandon and Nayte to battle it out in the Season 18 finale of The Bachelorette. Who wins the Final Rose? There's only one way to find out. Catch the Season 18 finale of The Bachelorette on Dec. 21, 2021, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.