Week 1 Season 12 begins with JoJo Fletcher getting advice from former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe, Desiree Hartsock Siegfried and Ali Fedotowsky before welcoming 26 bachelors to the mansion. One gentleman tries to charm JoJo with a song he wrote for her, while a DJ brings R&B group All-4-One to serenade her. One shy guy shows off his Scottish heritage by wearing a kilt; and one man attempts to stand out by riding in on a unicorn.
Week 2 JoJo takes 10 lucky men to a firefighter training facility where they undergo boot camp-like challenges. Next, one excited suitor gets the first 1-on-1 date of the season and is whisked away to San Francisco for a picnic by the Golden Gate Bridge. The next day, JoJo meets six men on the set of ESPN's "SportsNation" where they are introduced to hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley, who try to help JoJo find the perfect guy.
Week 3 Still in shock after Chad stays as part of the group of 17 remaining men despite his aggressive behavior, the men feel the pressure as the competition heats up. Chase and JoJo go to a hot yoga class during the day, which ends with a surprise performance by country star Charles Kelly. A group of unsuspecting bachelors are about to come clean about their sexual experiences - in public! Meanwhile, Chad has reverted back to his hot-head ways, almost leading to fisticuffs. James Taylor is treated to a good old-fashioned swing-dance date, topped off by a trip to lover's lane. An impromptu pool party replaces the cocktail party, and the drama begins as one man calls Chad out for his bullying behavior, and Chris Harrison takes matters into his own hands. Will this be the end of the road for Chad?
Week 4 Chris Harrison faces off with Chad about his bad behavior, letting him know that violence is unacceptable, but will Chad make amends with the rest of the men? The pool party continues, but JoJo can't help notice the guys are distracted by the house drama. After the rose ceremony, 14 men leave Los Angeles and begin their worldwide journey to find love, traveling first to the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern, Pennsylvania. One lucky man and JoJo escape to a surprising romantic date deep in the woods. The night is topped off by a dreamy slow dance at a Dan + Shay live concert. Pittsburgh's Heinz Field plays host to a group of 11 bachelors, and superstars Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Brett Keisel. Teams face off in a heated battle to win a special after party with JoJo. Finally, the dreaded two-on-one date looms, and it ends with a chilling stand-off and the possibility of revenge.
Week 5 Just as the remaining 13 men are celebrating Chad's departure after the dreaded two-on-one date, the bachelor that viewers love to hate, makes a surprise return to the house for another combative confrontation. When the dust settles after the rose ceremony, two more men are sent home while the others prepare for their first international adventure to the exciting South American city of Punta Del Este, Uruguay. JoJo's one-on-one date with one of the charming bachelors involves a yacht and pods of adorable seals, but the man must end up defending himself against unflattering gossip. JoJo is also the target of tabloid reports that she is on the show for the "wrong reasons" and must argue her case to the men, but will they believe her? Finally, there's a heart-stopping one-on-one date - for more than one reason. However, JoJo interjects more drama into the week by cancelling the cocktail party.
Week 6 JoJo and the eight remaining men move on to the beauty and history of Argentina's exciting capitol, Buenos Aires. The Bachelorette hopes to get things back on track this week and make progress with some relationships, but for the first time in franchise history, there will be a second two-on-one date. Wells takes a romantic walk through the city with JoJo and they have the opportunity to participate in a performance art piece, "Fuerza Bruta," which will hopefully ignite their passion. JoJo escorts five men for a day of fun in the La Boca neighborhood of the capitol, but it ends with tempers flaring as the competition intensifies. Chase and Derek, two of JoJo's favorite bachelors, are the unlucky guys going on the two-on-one date. The guys aren't the only ones who are anxious. JoJo stuns the remaining men by suddenly leaving the rose ceremony.
Week 7 The drama of Buenos Aires is behind JoJo, but she still must determine which four men will have the chance to take her home to meet their families. So it is on to the countryside, steeped in Argentinian gaucho culture. There is a crucial date for Alex, who charms JoJo on a romantic day of picnicking and horseback riding. A private jet whisks Jordan and JoJo away for a tryst at an Argentinian vineyard to make wine, but later, he shares a stunning revelation which changes how JoJo feels about him. Bad weather cancels plans for a group date, but Robby, Chase and James Taylor still have a blast as the only date rose this week is up for grabs. Finally, Luke and JoJo share time horseback riding and skeet shooting, and his gentle way only makes her choice more difficult. JoJo faces a difficult emotional decision at a critical rose ceremony, as she looks to join the final four men in their hometowns.