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Zach Shallcross sent three women home including former frontrunner Greer Blitzer after she returned from having COVID on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor on ABC. 

When the season 27 episode started, show host Jesse Palmer, 44, met with Zach, 26, in Budapest, Hungary, and told him that Greer, 24, a medical sales rep from Houston, would be returning after finally testing negative for COVID.

‘Awesome,’ Zach said. ‘It’s been a while. I’m really excited to see her again, but when there is time that has continued to be taken away, it is jeopardizing what Greer and I have.’ 

When First Impression Rose recipient Greer arrived, Zach realized his feelings for her had dissipated. Greer told him that she still saw something between them.

‘We’ve both had weeks stolen from us, and that is the most painful part of this because a lot of connections got really strong and the next following weeks are very important and crucial, especially with hometowns right around the corner,’ Zach said.

Former frontrunner: Zach Shallcross sent three women home including former frontrunner Greer Blitzer after she returned from having COVID on Monday's episode of The Bachelor

Former frontrunner: Zach Shallcross sent three women home including former frontrunner Greer Blitzer after she returned from having COVID on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor

Zach told her that to give a hometown rose that he needed to feel 100 percent confident that he could see a future for them.

‘And I don’t feel that,’ Zach said. ‘I would never want to string you along to make you feel any other way.’

Greer started crying, but told him that she understood.

In a confessional, Greer said she thought she would have a chance to play catch up.

‘I didn’t realize it was just a chance to say goodbye,’ Greer said.

Kaity Biggar, 27, an ER nurse from Austin, Texas, received a one-on-one date card that read ‘lets fall in love in Budapest.’

The two rode a funicular, walked through the city holding hands and wrote poems about each other.

‘He checks off all the boxes,’ Kaity said in a confessional.

No stringing: 'I would never want to string you along to make you feel any other way,' Zach told Greer

No stringing: ‘I would never want to string you along to make you feel any other way,’ Zach told Greer

No chance: 'I didn't realize it was just a chance to say goodbye,' Greer said of her return to the show

No chance: ‘I didn’t realize it was just a chance to say goodbye,’ Greer said of her return to the show

The host: Jesse Palmer welcomed Zach to Budapest, Hungary

The host: Jesse Palmer welcomed Zach to Budapest, Hungary

Catching up: Zach told Jesse how his relationships were going during a talk by the Danube River

Catching up: Zach told Jesse how his relationships were going during a talk by the Danube River

One-on-one date: Kaity Biggar, 27, an ER nurse from Austin, Texas, received a one-on-one date card that read 'lets fall in love in Budapest'

One-on-one date: Kaity Biggar, 27, an ER nurse from Austin, Texas, received a one-on-one date card that read ‘lets fall in love in Budapest’

Back at the hotel, the group date card that read ‘Love is the Only Thing on My Mind’ arrived for Ariel Frenkel, 28, from New York City; Charity Lawson, 26, a child and family therapist from Columbus, Georgia; Gabi Elnicki, 25, an account executive from Pittsford, Vermont; and Katherine ‘Kat’ Izzo, 26, a registered nurse from Tampa, Florida.

Brooklyn Willie, 25, a rodeo racer from Stillwater, Oklahoma, realized that she would be going on a one-on-one date with Zach.

‘I’m excited but I am nervous, very nervous.’ Brooklyn said.

Kat started crying.

In a confessional, Kat said it just didn’t make sense.

‘Why didn’t he choose me?’ Kat said, crying. ‘Doesn’t he miss me as much as I miss him.’

At night, Kaity and Zach went to the oldest bathhouse in all of Hungary and she shared that she wanted a man that would be there for her.

‘I think you would make a great father and I think you would make a great husband,’ Kaity said. ‘I want this more than anything.’

Fun date: Zach and Kaity had fun during their date in Budapest

Fun date: Zach and Kaity had fun during their date in Budapest

Kaity told Zach that her father left her family when she was young and that her mother’s boyfriend, who was essentially her stepfather, also left when she was in eighth grade.

‘That was really tough,’ Kaity said. ‘At the end of the day, I lost two father figures in my life. So it was tough and it still is tough.’

Kaity started crying.

‘It’s hard, I know,’ Zach said. ‘I can tell. I only want to know what’s comfortable for you to share.’

Zach reached over to grab a rose that he offered to Kaity and she accepted.

‘I’m literally elated that Zach is going to meet my family,’ Kaity said in a confessional.

The next day, the women met Zach for the group date. He arranged for mentalist Labib Malik to read their minds to get to know them better. Labib asked Charity the one reason her previous relationship didn’t work.

Father figures: Kaity told Zach that her father left her family when she was young and that her mother's boyfriend, who was essentially her stepfather, also left when she was in eighth grade

Father figures: Kaity told Zach that her father left her family when she was young and that her mother’s boyfriend, who was essentially her stepfather, also left when she was in eighth grade

Emotional talk: 'It's hard, I know,' Zach said. 'I can tell. I only want to know what's comfortable for you to share'

Emotional talk: ‘It’s hard, I know,’ Zach said. ‘I can tell. I only want to know what’s comfortable for you to share’

Group date: arranged for mentalist Labib Malik to read their minds to get to know them better

Group date: arranged for mentalist Labib Malik to read their minds to get to know them better

‘Infidelity,’ Charity said and started crying.

Charity said it was sometimes hard to trust herself.

Labib asked Kat if she was ready for Zach to meet her family and she said ‘I think so’ and started crying.

‘Have you ever thought about walking away from this?’ Labib said.

Kat said yes.

‘I just didn’t want it interpreted as I want to leave him,’ Kat said crying in a confessional. ‘He’s probably like well, what?’

The women worried that the things they said were misinterpreted. Charity told them she was open to a serious relationship but was also terrified.

Zach walked in and told them that he appreciated everyone being vulnerable.

Former relationship: Labib asked Charity the one reason her previous relationship didn't work and she said 'infidelity'

Former relationship: Labib asked Charity the one reason her previous relationship didn’t work and she said ‘infidelity’

Great question: Labib asked Kat if she was ready for Zach to meet her family and she said 'I think so' and started crying

Great question: Labib asked Kat if she was ready for Zach to meet her family and she said ‘I think so’ and started crying

‘But at this point, I am meeting families in a few days and what the rose means is that I am confident to meet your family,’ Zach said. ‘That is the purpose of going into tonight and I just hope you’d fully open up and share with me how you’re feeling.’

Zach pulled each of the women aside to talk starting with Ariel who told him how important family was to her.

‘I come from a community that is so loving, so fun, so funny,’ Ariel said. ‘It’s not just my parents and my brother and his wife, it’s the entire Ukrainian Jewish immigration in New York.’

‘I can see something really, really special with her,’ Zach said in a confessional.

Charity told Zach she was 100 percent ready to start a relationship with someone.

‘I have no doubt with you, none at all,’ Charity said.

Gabi worried that her issues would be too much for Zach, but told him later that she really wanted him to meet her family. 

Zach reached over and kissed her.

Cocktail party: The women talked about their session with the mentalist

Cocktail party: The women talked about their session with the mentalist

‘We get each other,’ Gabi said later to the camera.

Zach told Kat that he did feel uncertain after she said she had wanted to leave. Kat started crying.

‘Normally, I escape when things get hard,’ Kat said. ‘I just want to leave and give up because it’s easier. But I know how good I feel about you and I and I would never just walk away from that.’

‘What I want is that forever love,’ Zach said. ‘I don’t take an engagement lightly. It’s forever and if you are ready for that you need to let me know.’

Kat was adamant she saw a future for them.

At the end of the night, Zach gave the date rose to Gabi.

‘I’m so excited,’ Gabi said.

Kat was upset.

‘I hate not feeling wanted, it just sucks,’ Kat said crying in a confessional.

The next day, Zach met Brooklyn for their date. The two rode bikes, got a hot air balloon ride and soaked in a spa bathhouse pool. At night, Brooklyn told Zach about her family. 

Solo date: The next day, Zach met Brooklyn for their date

Solo date: The next day, Zach met Brooklyn for their date

Pool session: They got soaked together in a spa bathhouse pool

Pool session: They got soaked together in a spa bathhouse pool

Zach stepped away from the table to make sure he was feeling confident enough in their relationship to meet her family and came back and told her something wasn’t clicking between them.

‘And this is hard but I want you to know that you do deserve the love I can’t give you,’ Zach said. ‘I’m so sorry.’

Brooklyn started crying.

‘Thank you for your honesty,’ Brooklyn said.

‘I hope you understand,’ Zach said. ‘You were awesome.’

Back at the hotel, a woman came in and took Brooklyn’s bag away and the other women were shocked. 

So sorry: 'And this is hard but I want you to know that you do deserve the love I can't give you,' Zach said. 'I'm so sorry'

So sorry: ‘And this is hard but I want you to know that you do deserve the love I can’t give you,’ Zach said. ‘I’m so sorry’

Tears flowing: Brooklyn got emotional and started crying

Tears flowing: Brooklyn got emotional and started crying

The woman nervously gathered for a final rose ceremony. Zach told them in advance that ‘this will be a tough one.’

Zach handed out roses to Ariel and Charity. 

Kat did not get a rose and she started crying before Zach walked her out.

‘I’m so sorry,’ Zach said.

Kat said she tried.

‘It’s nothing you did,’ Zach said crying.

Zach hugged Jesse crying, too.

‘Every time I put myself out there s*** like this happens,’ Kat said.

The Bachelor will return next week with episodes on Monday and Tuesday on ABC.

Every time: 'Every time I put myself out there s*** like this happens,' Kat said tearfully

Every time: ‘Every time I put myself out there s*** like this happens,’ Kat said tearfully

Big hug: Zach held Jesse tight as he gave him a big hug after walking Kat out

Big hug: Zach held Jesse tight as he gave him a big hug after walking Kat out

Final four: Kaity, Charity, Gabi and Ariel scored hometown dates with Zach

Final four: Kaity, Charity, Gabi and Ariel scored hometown dates with Zach

Glasses up: The four finalists toasted with Zach in Budapest

Glasses up: The four finalists toasted with Zach in Budapest

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