Sonoma, California winemaker Ben Flajnik, rejected in his proposal to Ashley Hebert on last season’s The Bachelorette, debuted as The Bachelor on Monday’s two-hour season premiere of ABC’s romantic hit, which began with some fireworks between two of the ladies, blogger Jenna and dental consultant Monica.
Jenna was irritated when Monica revealed to her she hadn’t fallen for Ben because she barely knew him. After Jenna suggested Monica wasn’t there for the right reasons — and should go home — Monica slammed Jenna to her fellow contestants.
An irritated Monica said, “I’m so, like, aggressive. If [Jenna] makes it past tonight, problem. If she comes at me later, I will cut [her] f***ing face off!”
A crying Jenna locked herself in a bathroom, saying, “People here are awful, they’re mean people. Everyone here sucks. I gave everything and this is not how you’re supposed to feel.”
In addition to Jenna and Monica, the roster of bachelorettes included Lindzi, a gorgeous horseback rider who rode up to the bachelor house on a horse named “The First Impression Rose” (It worked, as she won it.); Courtney, a Santa Monica model who bluntly told viewers, “I feel like I don’t need to worry about these other girls here. … I’m better than them;” and Britney, whose grandmother, pretending to be a contestant, introduced her to Ben.
“That’s too cute,” a charmed Ben said. “I love grandmas.”
All in all, Ben gave roses to 18 women Monday, keeping them in the competition: Lindzi, Jamie, Rachel, Blakely, Emily, Kacie B., Casey S., Britney, Erika, Shawn, Nicki, Jennifer, Elyse, Samantha, Courtney, Jaclyn — and yes, both Monica and Jenna.
“Ben was somewhat aware of the drama and although he was unsure of Jenna, in the end he decided he would chalk up her emotion to first night jitters and give her another chance,” host Chris Harrison wrote on his Entertainment Weekly blog. “I would love to tell you this story has a happy ending and Jenna redeems herself with a strong showing next week but … that’s just not what happens.
“Wait until you see next week.”
The Bachelor returns on ABC Monday at 8/7c.