The Bachelor

2002, TV Show

The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 16, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Jilted Sonoma, Cal., winemaker Ben Flajnik begins a new quest for love as this durable matchmaking contest's Season 16 bachelor. In the opener, Ben meets and greets his 25 would-be partners at the entrance to the Malibu mansion. (One arrives on horseback; another's older than he might have suspected.) And he receives his first kiss before the opening cocktail party begins. Then come push-ups, a gangsta rap and a first-impression rose, and before the evening's over Ben pares the field to 18.
Original Air Date: Jan 2, 2012

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Season 16, Episode 1
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Length: 01:25:03
Aired: 1/2/2012
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: Week 1 Season 16, Episode 1

Nothing says the holidays are over like the return of The Bachelor! I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of Ben Flajnik being chosen as the new guy, but after watching the premiere, I think we have a great season in store. These are some entertaining ladies, to say the least! So on that note, let's get the recapping party started.

Immediately we rehash Ben's proposal to Ashley where he famously tells her "not to sugarcoat things" and that "things don't end unless they end badly." Note to self: Those lines will come back to haunt him. As Ben plays "This Year's Love" on the piano — my goodness, he is a Renaissance man! — we hear about Ben's new clarity and how his last reality show stint opened him up for love.

Time to meet some of the women. Lindzi C rides horses (remember that) and tells us about being broken up via text. Almost as bad as on a Post-It note, right? Amber T shoots guns and likes to eat cow balls. I'm serious. Kacie, from Knoxville, talks about her grandparents' eternal love. Courtney is a very confident model. She thinks wedding rings look amazing on her. Jamie is a nurse in labor and maternity and thinks she and Ben will have cute babies. Lyndsie is from London, has lived everywhere, and is supremely annoying. (Just me?) Jenna, from New York City, is a freelance love and relationships writer. Shawn has a son named Gavin and Nicki, from Texas, is a young divorcée excited for her next chapter.

While the girls are on their way to the mansion, Ben and our lovely host and resident therapist Chris Harrison have a chat. Ben briefly talks about his dad's death and how he and his family see hummingbirds as a sign he's with them. It's no surprise that when Ben left his house for the mansion he saw a hummingbird in the flowers.

It's finally time for Ben to meet the ladies. Here are my favorite entrances:

Erika, a law student in a very risqué dress, tells Ben he's guilty of being sexy.

Amber B's nickname is the Baconator, but it should be Canadian Bacon. (She's from Canada and her last name is Bacon.)

Jenna completely messes up quoting Ben on the "things end badly" line and it's terribly awkward.

Emily explains that she's getting her degree in epidemiology (study of diseases, romantic, right?) and sanitizes him before laying on the first kiss of the night.

Amber T leaves, but then turns around and says, "In case you don't believe in love at first sight, here's your second chance."

Granny Sheryl introduces Ben to her granddaughter Brittney.

Jennifer, an accountant, gives Ben a bunch of numbers, including how many dresses she tried on before that one and how many times she's been in love.

Lindzie arrives on her horse Levi.

Now that all the women are inside, Ben can finally mingle and fill his night with awkward first conversations. Some of the get-to-know-each other chats include that with Rachel, who left her job for the show, family talk with Granny, soccer time with Shawn, checking out Blakeley's tattoos, working out with Elyse and being blindfolded by Dianna. And then there's Emily, who thinks rapping is the way to Ben's heart. Points for originality? Next up is Courtney, she's a model who's now ready for love, is a model, is available, and did she mention a model? She and Ben continue to flirt over their love of each other's hair.

Of course, no Night 1 is complete without women getting drunk and fighting. Jenna and Monica become this year's Melissa and Raichel. Immediately the two do not like each other and while Monica seems content flirting with one of the other women, Jenna can't get over the fact that she's "being mean." Things go downhill for our resident blogger when Ben sees her tears and Jenna ultimately winds up sobbing in the bathroom while the rest of the night goes on without her.

Ben is ready to hand out the first impression rose and it goes to Lindzi. I, personally, think it's a good choice as the two had a genuine conversation and I can see her sticking around for a while. Let's just hope she doesn't wind up on a two-and-one date with her best friend in the house like last year's first impression rose winner, Ashley.

Chris Harrison returns to announce that the first night has come to a close. The women to receive roses are: Jamie, Rachel, Blakely, Emily, Kacie B., Casey S., Brittney, Erika, Shawn, Nicki, Jennifer, Elyse, Samantha, Courtney, Jaclyn, Monica and Jenna.

What did you think of the premiere? Do you think Ben will find his true love?

Watch our interview with Ben below:

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Nothing says the holidays are over like the return of The Bachelor! I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of Ben Flajnik being chosen as the new guy, but after watching the premiere, I think we have a great season in store. These are some entertaining ladies, to say the least! So on that note, let's get the recapping party started.

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Premiered: March 25, 2002, on ABC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: True love (or a TV facsimile thereof) gets the reality treatment in this long-running dating game, in which a successful bachelor romances a number of beauties. The list of possible paramours is reduced each week until he gives a final red rose to one of them. The series spun off 'The Bachelorette', a spate of rip-offs and very few lasting pairings.

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