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Bachelor Ben: Episode 1

Like the general viewership of last season’s The Bachelorette, I too yelled at the TV while Ben H. somberly rode away from Kaitlyn in a minivan (at least spring for some better wheels, ABC). Always a sweet guy and a voice of reason in a drama-filled house, Ben H. deserved much more. Actually, pretty much every guy deserved more after Nick showed up.

I tuned in Monday to watch the drama unfold and wasn’t let down. They always seem to find the most emotionally unstable women (and men) for this damn show. And unsurprisingly, Ben was a sweetheart to all of them. This includes resident crazies, Lace and Mandie, both of whom should have gone home (but where’s the fun in that?). It was also a tad jarring that most of the women were my age or younger. But I guess that makes sense for a 26-year-old Bachelor.

As Ben H. (he will always be Ben H.) starts his journey on The Bachelor, I wish him nothing but the best luck to find love in a hopeless place. I mean, how many couples are still together? Gotta be less than five. It’s also always nice to see Bachelor Chris back on the tube. Iowa pride forever (#godscountry).

And because I like to shake things up a bit, here are my four favorites just from this first episode alone: Samantha, Amanda, Lauren H., and news anchor Olivia, who received the first impression rose. From the previews it looks like Olivia turn out to be the token “Not Here For the Right Reasons/Is Actually Psychotic” contestant this season, but we’ll see.

So, here’s to you, Bachelor Ben. May your season be full of the “MOST DRAMATIC ROSE CEREMONY EVER”, tears, and cheesy dates. Good luck with the crazies. As for me, I’ll try to stay away from spoilers.

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