This season promises to be the most surprising (and weird) yet if the premiere is anything to judge by. There were: a horse, a grandma on crutches, a huge cowboy hat, girl-on-girl action and one bachelorette confronting Bachelor Ben Flajnik already.
Was Ben wondering what hit him? After last night’s Bachelor 2012 Season 16 premiere he had to have had some doubts about whether he should have signed up for this again. You will recall that Ben was one of Ashley Hebert’s final two bachelors on the previous season of The Bachelorette, but when he dropped to one knee and proposed, a tearful Ashley turned him down.
But Ben got right back on the horse (no, wait – the horse comes later). Well, he decided he’d launch his own reality TV search for love, anyway, so here we are again.
The first cocktail party of season 16 actually featured very little of Ben getting to know the women. Instead the cocktail party footage focused on Jenna, Monica and Blakeley, whom I don’t expect to be around for too much longer. And there was Emily, who rapped about fighting off disease and heartbreak, which impressed Ben, and Dianna, who blindfolded Ben and had him guess types of candy.
But really, the cocktail party was all about the fireworks between Monica and Jenna and Monica and Blakeley.
It all began with Jenna verbally attacking Monica for refusing to say she was 100 percent into Ben; as she had just met the guy that shouldn’t be a huge deal, but it was for Jenna, who was already falling for Ben. Jenna already looks creepy to me.
Monica, cuddled up to Blakeley, obviously after several cocktails, telling her,
“You are my life forever.”
Weird! But before things could get even more interesting…uh…I mean bizarre, Rachel stepped in to play peace maker.
Did it work? Of course it didn’t! The women were drunk and weren’t in a mood to be pacified. Eventually Ben realized Jenna was crying, but she denied it and then went on to question whether Ben really understood what she and the other women were going through that night. Was that a pity rose he gave her later? Jenna seems too fragile to last the distance.
But this Bachelor premiere saw some of the best entrances of any season I’ve ever seen. Lindzi arrived on her horse, and Ben was impressed enough to say, “They saved the best for last.”
Sheryl (72) arrived on crutches and claimed she is madly in love with Ben after watching him on the last season of The Bachelorette. But don’t panic, it wasn’t a set up to make Ben miserable. Sheryl is grandmother to Brittney, a beautiful medical sales rep, who decided to bring her grandmother to show how important family is to her. Ben loved it, but the other women were less than thrilled.
The worst line uttered in the Bachelor 16 premiere was spoken by Erika: “The verdict is in, and you are guilty – of being sexy.” How she got to stay after that I have no idea. But at least it was better than the woman who walked past Ben without saying a single word. How rude!
Jenna and Ben had an incredibly awkward – and long – silence, and then she completely screwed up quoting him from last season. It was painful.
The First Impression Rose went to Lindzi, the 27-year-old business development manager who arrived on her horse, Levi. She was also the bachelorette who Ben considered was producers “saving the best for last.” Honestly, I think she’s a great choice for Ben at this point but maybe things change as Reality Steve doesn’t think she gets picked.
Ben offered another 17 roses so the bacheloretes who get to stay in the house for another week are (in alphabetical order): Blakeley, Brittney, Casey, Courtney, Elyse, Emily, Erika, Jaclyn, Jamie, Jenna, Jennifer, Kacie, Monica, Nicki, Rachel, Samantha and Shawn.
What do you make of the girls so far, and Ben’s choices?