The Bachelor

2002, TV Show

The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 16, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: The 18 survivors of the opening cocktail party venture to Sonoma, Cal.—Ben's hometown—where the season's first one-on-one date takes place. In it, Ben and the chosen bachelorette view each other's home movies. Later, two gals will be sent home, but first there's another one-on-one date (a Redwoods romp with Ben and his dog, Scotch) and a group date for 12 women, who enact a play written by Sonoma children. Then there's an adults-only party in which one gal turns a pool into a hot tub.
Original Air Date: Jan 9, 2012

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Season 16, Episode 2
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Length: 01:25:06
Aired: 1/9/2012
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: Week 2 Season 16, Episode 2

It's Week 2 of The Bachelor and the women are off to Sonoma, Calif., to meet Ben in his hometown. While some of the women begin to form relationships with Ben, others continue their downward emotional spiral.

The first date card arrives at the house and it's for Kacie B. The others, of course, are jealous and Courtney even hopes she doesn't return. Ben arrives in his truck and takes her to explore his stomping grounds in downtown Sonoma. They head inside a café with a piano, and the two play a few chords before moving on to a candy shop. There, Kacie grabs a baton and shows off her twirling skills, which are impressive. Ben's twirling abilities? Not so much. They eventually land at dinner where Ben talks about returning to Sonoma after his father got sick. The conversation is easy. It's no surprise that Kacie gets a rose — and a kiss. And for an additional surprise Ben takes Kacie into a theater where a home video of her childhood — then his — is played.

It's group date time and joining Ben are Brittney, Rachel, Jennifer, Blakely, Emily, Jenna, Shawn, Monica, Samantha, Jamie, Nicki and Jaclyn. They find out they're going to be putting on a play written by kids, but must audition first. While some ladies get into it, others aren't so open to making weird noises or do ridiculous dance moves. After the parts are handed out, the group rehearses and gets into their fairy-tale costumes before learning they're performing "Prince Pinot of Bachelorville" in a theater in front of Ben's friends. Some of the ladies get kisses, but most keep it G-rated for the kiddies in the house — that is, until Ben strips down. But overall it's a sweet show.

The evening part of the date includes the ladies sharing some drinks outside, and with a rose on the table things, they get feisty. Samantha, in particular, gets upset by Blakely's forwardness with Ben. Jennifer, meanwhile, gets some time with Ben in the pool for an intimate kiss before Blakely gets her "grown-up time" in. The girls are further ticked-off when she gets the one rose and make quite a few nasty comments behind her back.

Ben takes Courtney for their solo date and brings his dog — more adorable than the two combined. They continue their conversation from Night 1, discussing how "ready" and "available" they are. The share a few kisses. Over dinner, Ben shares about not dealing with the death of his dad until his time on The Bachelorette. He soon asks Courtney why she's still single and her response is about the difficulty of meeting people in Los Angeles and having trust issues. She ultimately receives a rose.

At the cocktail party, the women are a lot more stressed about making it another week with Ben. Blakely talks about getting her rose on the group date and her "pretend-no-one-else-is-there" mentality, which she continues by interrupting Samantha's date — and again later on. Someone has made herself Enemy No. 1. Jenna eventually gets some alone time. Perhaps to redeem herself? Not quite. She tells him how she's "not like a girl." It's hard to tell in her video interviews if she's drunk again or that's just her typical speech. Blakely, meanwhile, continues to feel the tension from other girls and ends up crying in a corner, typical Bachelor-style. Ben comes to find her, hiding behind some suitcases, and says to collect herself and come back down. In another room, Jenna also is crying.

Chris Harrison walks out to get the rose ceremony started. Ben makes a little speech before giving out the roses to Jennifer, Emily, Elyse, Jaclyn, Erika, Rachel, Lindzi, Nicki, Samantha, Monica, Jamie and Brittney. That means Jenna and Shawn are going home, but not before one last breakdown from our New York City blogger.

Next week everyone is headed to San Francisco — where someone comes to see Ben and compete for a rose.

 

 

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It's Week 2 of The Bachelor and the women are off to Sonoma, Calif., to meet Ben in his hometown. While some of the women begin to form relationships with Ben, others continue their downward emotional spiral.

The first date card arrives at the house and it's for Kacie B. The others, of course, are jealous and Courtney even hopes she doesn't return. Ben arrives in his truck and takes her to explore his stomping grounds in downtown Sonoma. They head inside a café with a piano, and the two play a few chords before moving on to a candy shop. There, Kacie grabs a baton and shows off her twirling skills, which are impressive. Ben's twirling abilities? Not so much. They eventually land at dinner where Ben talks about returning to Sonoma after his father got sick. The conversation is easy. It's no surprise that Kacie gets a rose — and a kiss. And for an additional surprise Ben takes Kacie into a theater where a home video of her childhood — then his — is played.

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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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