ARIE’S WHIRLWIND JOURNEY TO FIND LOVE BEGINS WITH AN ULTRA-ROMANTIC FAIRY TALE DATE, A WOMAN HIDING A FAMILY SECRET AND A ROCK’EM SOCK’EM DEMOLITION DERBY CLASH, ON ABC’S ‘THE BACHELOR’
Acclaimed Racecar Driver Robby Gordon Joins Chris Harrison for theDemo Derby Play-by-Play
“Episode 2202” – Arie’s search for love gets off to a fast start with back-to-back one-on-one dates with Becca K. and Krystal. The Bachelor transports Becca K., via a slick motorcycle ride, to a breathtaking oceanside Malibu mansion, where celebrity fashion designer Rachel Zoe works her magic on Arie’s date. Krystal looks to a possible future with the Bachelor when she visits his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, and meets his family. But she is concealing a dark secret that might scare Arie away. Fifteen eager women travel to a racetrack for a rip-roaring demolition derby with one ultimate winner. Chris Harrison and celebrated racecar driver Robby Gordon handle the play-by-play duties. The bachelorettes ratchet up the intensity at the cocktail party as two women face-off. Arie sorts through the drama while the ladies’ feelings continue to grow, on “The Bachelor,” MONDAY, JAN. 8 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
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Arie lures away Becca K. to a truly Cinderella date. Once ensconced in their Malibu mansion, Arie introduces his date to a surprise guest: Rachel Zoe, fashion designer to the stars. Becca K. has the opportunity to try on a number of gowns and gives Arie a private fashion show. He not only has a big surprise for her, but he continues to amaze her with special gifts. But will he give her the biggest gift of all – a rose at the end of the evening?
Krystal also captures a special one-on-one date with Arie, jumping on a private plane to his hometown of Scottsdale. Not only does she get a taste of what life would be like if she were to get the final rose, but she also gets to meet Arie’s father, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, his mother and younger brother. Krystal is envious of the close-knit family Arie enjoys as hers is so different. At dinner that evening at the historic Bradbury building she recounts a heartbreaking story about her brother that brings her to tears. Afterwards, as the couple slow dance to a performance by soulful singer Connor Duermit, she wonders if her dark family situation will scare Arie away.
The next day, it’s a rowdy, rollicking, no-holds-barred demolition derby with 15 of the bachelorettes. The women learn that they must bang their cars into one another until only one is left with a working vehicle and emerges victorious. One woman is traumatized by her past experience with bumper cars, but most of the women embrace the opportunity to unleash some healthy aggression. The intense competition continues at the after party for Arie’s time and attention.
The cocktail party invites more conflicts between the women with two of them squaring off in the middle of the festivities. Three heartbroken bachelorettes go home as the remainder celebrate continuing on the journey to share Arie’s love.
The 21 remaining women are:
Annaliese, 32, event designer, San Francisco, California
Ashley, 25, real estate agent, West Palm Beach, Florida
Rebecca (Becca K.), 27, publicist, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rebekah (Bekah M.), nanny, Los Angeles, California
Bibiana, 30, executive assistant, Miami Beach, Florida
Brittany, 30, tech recruiter, Austin, Texas
Caroline, 26, realtor, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Chelsea, 29, real estate executive assistant, Portland, Maine
Jacqueline, 26, research coordinator, New York, New York
Jenna, 28, social media manager, Raleigh, North Carolina
Jennifer (Jenny), 25, graphic designer, Chicago, Illinois
Kendall, 26, creative director, Los Angeles, California
Krystal, 30, fitness coach, San Diego, California
Lauren B., 25, technology salesperson, Dallas, Texas
Lauren G., 26, executive recruiter, Los Angeles, California
Lauren S., 31, social media manager, Dallas, Texas
Maquel, 23, photographer, Orem, Utah
Marikh, 27, restaurant owner, Salt Lake City, Utah
Seinne, 27, commercial real estate manager, Newport Beach, California
Tia, 26, physical therapist, Weiner, Arkansas
Valerie, 25, server, Nashville, Tennessee
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers. “The Bachelor” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 stereo surround sound. A parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.