'The Bachelor' Season 17 premiere recap: Sean Lowe is ready to put a ring on it
Another year, another "Bachelor" looking for love. This time it's 29-year-old former insurance agent Sean Lowe of Dallas, who had his heart broken by Emily Maynard on last summer's "Bachelorette."
On Emily's season, Sean was the all-American, wholesome, good guy who was ready to settle down. From the intro, it seems his mission hasn't changed: He wants a wife and kids. The perfect "Bachelor" then!
But will Sean find what he's looking for? Is one of the 26 women vying for his heart "the one"? Only time will tell.
Boys will be boys
First comes a quick recap of what happened between Sean and Emily: He fell in love with her, but she sent him home at the final three. After that, he got over it by getting super buff and acquiring an eight-pack (seriously, those abs -- wow).
As he gets ready for his big night, a friend drops by. It's Arie Luyendyk, the runner-up from Emily's season! Funny, these two didn't seem like BFFs last summer, but they do know what it's like to fall for and then get dumped by the same woman.
They engage in a little comedy routine, with Sean practicing giving out roses and breaking up with women. Then Arie gives him some kissing pointers. It's all pretty funny; is it time for a "Bromance Bachelor" spinoff?
Girls just wanna have fun
Time to meet the women who Sean will possibly fall in love with! There's Desiree, a bridal stylist looking for Prince Charming. Tierra screams like a banshee when she hears that Sean is the "Bachelor." Sarah was born with one arm. Kristy, a Ford model, knows the other girls will be jealous of her. Diana is the mother of two young girls. And then there's Ashley P., who's obsessed with "50 Shades of Grey" and wouldn't mind if Sean spanked her. (Oofa, and she wonders why she's single?)
The first out of the limo line is AshLee, who will clearly be one of the criers this season, judging from her intro video. Kelly from Nashville sings Sean a song she wrote. Robin has an #epicfail at doing a bunch of handsprings. Paige from "Bachelor Pad 3" shows up. Ashley P. does her "50 Shades of Grey" thing by pulling out a tie from her cleavage (oofa).
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But it's Tierra, who manages to tamp down her Sean obsession and not appear crazy, who gets a first-impression rose. Seriously, Sean … Tierra? Didn't see that one coming.
Of course, all the other women get super jealous that she got a rose. But their cattiness is nothing compared with what happens when Kacie B., a contestant from Ben Flajnik's season, shows up. It seems that Kacie and Sean met at a "Bachelor" reunion and hit it off, and she wants to see if there's something between them.
Sean tells Chris Harrison that he's ready to find love:
He's surprised and flattered. "It's kind of weird for me … I viewed her as a friend," he says, adding, "I'm open-minded to exploring that."
It's not hard to be open-minded when women are throwing themselves at you.
You get a rose, you get a rose, everybody gets a rose!
Sean starts conversing with the ladies. First up is Desiree, who is kind of kookily charming. And then -- bam! -- she gets a rose. Everyone is shocked. Then he gives out another rose to someone else. What the heck is going on here? Sean's "breaking all the rules," apparently.