Week 1 There is a huge surprise as Ashley discloses she already knows one of the men, someone a former "Bachelor" cast member has warned her is here for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, Ashley's old insecurity returns when she reveals to Chris Harrison that she fears the men will be disappointed when they learn she is the Bachelorette. The 25 eligible guys start arriving, eager to make an impression, including a handsome chef who steals a kiss; a Wall St. banker who brings her a pair of ballet tickets; a winery owner who pours her a bottle of her own special vintage, and a former professional baseball player who recites a poem he wrote for her. But nothing tops the mysterious bachelor who steps out of the limo wearing a mask. Finally, the man Ashley has been warned about arrives; though skeptical, she is thrown by his good looks and quiet charm.
Week 2 Hearts are wild, as Ashley gambles hers in sizzling Las Vegas. The dates for this week have the 18 remaining bachelors dreaming of finding true love with the Bachelorette. Once at the mansion, they quickly learn that roses will be at stake on the one group date and on two individual dates with Ashley. However, the competition is revved up when they learn that not all the men will get dates before the next rose ceremony, so the bachelors must take advantage of every opportunity to score points with the Bachelorette. But after careful deliberation, Ashley must eliminate three men, as she tries to make her fairytale come true.
Week 3 It's the Bachelorette episode viewers have been anxiously awaiting and just about the worst week Ashley has probably ever had. After a roast that hit her where it hurt most and played to her insecurities, Ashley's fears were further realized when Bentley decided to leave.
Week 4 On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Bentley is gone, at least for now, and it's time for Ashley and the men to travel abroad. Yep, it's only Week 4, but they're already going to Thailand. Constantine gets the first date and although the rain keeps them from going out to sea, it doesn't prevent them from enjoying each other's company. The two walk around Phuket where they meet a man on the street. He gives them the advice that love is not about winning -- very appropriate for a show with 25 men competing for one woman. The night portion of the date is pretty standard and they have dinner and make basic conversation. I don't see too much chemistry between the two, but "hopeless Ashley is now hopeful again," she says.
Week 5 On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Ashley and the remaining men travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand where there's a solo date, a group date, and this season's first two-on-one date. And while Ashley is getting closer with some of the men, her mind is still focused on a certain someone who's gone.
Week 6 On Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette, Ashley visits Hong Kong, where Bentley makes his return. After leaving the show in Week 3, he's back so that Ashley can (we seriously hope) get closure. Plus: Two more men are eliminated.
Week 7 Constantine receives the first one-on-one date for the week and the two head to a village outside of Taipei. There they make a love wish with a lantern that they'll set free. Ashley loves how seriously he takes the activity. During the dinner portion of the date, Ashley tells Constantine that not only is he physically what she's attracted to, but that she loves that he holds back and is a family man. They end the night with a kiss and watch all the lanterns heading up to the sky.
Week 8 Ashley makes pizza with Constantine in suburban Atlanta, rides in a horse-drawn carriage with Ames outside Philadelphia, picnics with Ben F. in Sonoma, Cal., and roller skates with J.P. on Long Island, N.Y., as she visits the hometowns of her final four bachelors. Returning to the Malibu mansion, she sends one of the guys back home and heads off to Fiji with the other three.
Week 9 Ashley and her final three suitors visit Fiji for daytime frolicking and, perhaps, overnight canoodling. Adventures include sailing and snorkeling, a seaplane ride and cliff jumping into a waterfall. Ashley also receives a surprise visitor before one of the three guys goes home; the other two vie for the final rose.
The Men Tell All Rejected bachelors (Bentley, Ben C. and William among them) confront Ashley and each other in a forum hosted by Chris Harrison. Also: a review of the season and a preview of the finale.
Week 10 In this gripping special conclusion, Ashley, who began her search for love with 25 bachelors, has survived a shocking and emotionally taxing journey and found herself falling in love with two very different, but wonderful men, Ben F. and J.P. As she prepares to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life, she invites the two remaining bachelors to tour more of the breathtaking island country of Fiji to meet her family. Ashley hopes her family will offer some crucial input about which incredible man they believe will make the better match for her. Then the men have one last chance to lay their hearts on the line, each trying to guarantee that he will be the one to get Ashley's final rose. Once fearful that none of the men would be drawn to her, she now has two men in love with her. But which man will she choose to leave paradise with and to share her life, and who will go home with a broken heart?
After The Final Rose With Ashley's search for her soul mate over, she talks to Chris Harrison about the two final bachelors this season in "After the Final Rose" special. She'll take viewers back to exotic Fiji on the final day, and to what she was thinking when she made the most challenging decision of her life. Ashley and the bachelor she rejected square off in an emotional discussion about his dramatic exit from the show - and he wants some answers. He will confront Ashley for the first time since that day he left heartbroken. Finally, Ashley and the man who received the final rose are together in public for the first time. They will discuss the difficulty of sustaining the relationship in secret, the roadblocks they encountered on their journey - including a surprise guest, Ashley's sister Chrystie, who was one of those obstacles -- and what the future will hold for them. It's an emotional conclusion to Ashley's heartfelt journey to find true love.