Colton’s search for love starts with laughs, surprises and intense face-offs between the women. The first date of the season has eight hopeful bachelorettes sharing personal stories about their “firsts” – with Colton and a live audience – and coached by happily married masters of comedy Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”). Hannah B. scores the first one-on-one date on her birthday, including dinner on The Queen Mary. Twelve eager women attend “Camp Bachelor” with a decidedly unorthodox camp counselor, actor and comedian Billy Eichner, who oversees three challenging contests. However, some ill-timed drama the night of the rose ceremony might lead to certain ladies being left without a rose.
It’s show time in Los Angeles, as eight bachelorettes join Colton at the venerable Regent Theater. Mullally and Offerman share the news that each of the ladies must prepare a monologue about a memorable “first-time” experience, which will be presented in front of an audience of 200 people. The couple, who are themselves huge Bachelor fans, offers unconventional advice and off-beat performance tips. Colton leads off the night with a candid monologue about the first time he revealed the truth about his virginity that allows the women to take some risks with their own stories. Night one rivals clash and one assertive bachelorette caps off her performance by kissing Colton! He ultimately rewards one experienced woman, who could teach him something about love, with the group date rose.
Hannah B. gets the birthday gift of a lifetime, scoring the first one-on-one date of the season. She and Colton share a scenic horseback ride in Los Angeles’ scenic Vasquez Rocks National Area Park and a romantic, relaxing soak in a secluded hot tub, but she struggles to open up. Their dinner on the deck of the iconic ocean liner, The Queen Mary, will offer her another chance to convince Colton their connection is worth saving.
Colton mans the grill at “Camp Bachelor” as 12 anxious women arrive at the getaway spot, which offers summer camp experiences. Eichner divides the bachelorettes into two teams, facing off in three different, no-holds-barred challenges: a relay race, a canoe race and a game of tug-of-war. The winning team gets to stay for a “sleepaway camp night” with Colton. One woman tries to find the courage to share an embarrassing secret with the Bachelor. How will that affect his opinion of her and if she is ready for real commitment?
The tense cocktail party ignites an earlier feud between a young vixen and a more experienced woman, as the temptress stirs the pot by leading an unassuming Colton away for a private “relaxation” session, interrupting his chat with the other bachelorette. This little trick prompts the abandoned lady to spend the rest of the night in hysterical tears. Will the drama turn Colton off to both women?
Four heartbroken bachelorettes go home as the remainder celebrate continuing on the journey to capture Colton’s love.
The 23 remaining women are the following:
Alex, 29, a dog rescuer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Angelique, 28, a marketing salesperson from Hamilton, New Jersey
Annie, 23, a financial associate from New York, New York
Bri, 24, a model from Los Angeles, California
Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, North Carolina
Caitlin, 25, a realtor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cassie, 23, a speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, California
Catherine, 26, a DJ from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Courtney, 23, a caterer from Atlanta, Georgia
Demi, 23, an interior designer from Red Oak, Texas
Elyse, 31, a makeup artist from Soldotna, Alaska
Erika, 25, a recruiter from Encinitas, California
Hannah B., 23, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Hannah G., 23, a content creator from Birmingham, Alabama
Heather, 22, never been kissed from Carlsbad, California
Katie, 26, a medical sales representative from Sherman Oaks, California
Kirpa, 26, a dental hygienist from Whittier, California
Nicole, 25, a social media coordinator from Miami, Florida
Nina, 30, a sales account manager from Raleigh, North Carolina
Onyeka, 24, an IT risk consultant from Dallas, Texas
Sydney, 27, an NBA dancer from New York, New York
Tayshia, 28, a phlebotomist from Corona Del Mar, California
Tracy, 31, a wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles, California