• Katie Thurston told Thomas Jacobs she was struggling
  • She said it was because of her strong feelings for him
  • The mystery man turned out to be Blake Moynes
  • Blake was happy that Katie asked him to stay

Katie Thurston had to make tough decisions in the latest episode of "The Bachelorette." The episode saw the season 17 star decide on the fate of Thomas Jacobs, whose recent admission had caused Katie to have doubts about him.

Last week, Thomas admitted that he had thought about becoming the next Bachelor when he first arrived on the show. "I've been a politician," he told Quartney. "I have been just trying to say the right things to everybody."

In this week's episode, Thomas sought to put an end to Katie's doubts. Before the rose ceremony, he went into her room and told her he was not close to the other suitors and his admission last week about being the Bachelor had changed after getting to know her.

In response, Katie told him his confession had burdened her because of her strong feelings for him. She then told Thomas she had to focus on the other men so she would just see him at the rose ceremony.

At the cocktail party, the other suitors realized that Thomas had lied to Katie once again when he told her he felt being excluded by the other men in the house.

Elsewhere in the episode, Katie went to face the mystery man, Blake Moynes, who told her he had been interested in her since Matt James' season.

In an on-camera interview during the episode, Katie acknowledged her previous DM exchanges with Blake. "Blake reached out to commend me for my bold personality and, I mean, he's a very handsome guy," she said.

She confessed, however, that she was having doubts about him since he had previously dated Clare Crawley and Tayshia. She also admitted that she was skeptical of letting him stay since their connection might get in the way of her already strong bond with the other suitors. Because of that, she needed more time to decide whether to let him in.

Meanwhile, Thomas came up to Katie and all the men to apologize to them before the rose ceremony. Unfortunately, it was too late. Toward the end of the show, Katie waited until the final rose to call him forward and say that he was "selfish, unkind and a liar." She then told him his "Bachelor audition" was over and it was time for him to get out.

After evicting Thomas, Katie went back into Blake's room and invited him to stay. "If you want to stay, I'd like you to join and see if this becomes something," she told Blake. "If that interests you."

Blake happily accepted her invitation and left their conversation with a smile on his face.

"Bachelorette" airs Mondays, 8 p.m. EST, on ABC.

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Katie, Abigail, and Bri from "The Bachelor" Season 25. ABC