Welcome back, Bachelor Nation! It's time to follow another man's quest for love on reality TV and this time around it's Peter Brady doppelganger Ben Higgins. He's 26, tall, cute, and the combination of interesting and bland enough to be a television lead. After showing us what a good basketball loving Indiana boy he's always been, Ben opens up about wanting to find real mutual love. TV is the perfect place to find real love! After seeking the wisdom of his parents, Ben gets advice from "America's favorite Bachelors" including Jason Mesnick, Sean Lowe, and Chris Soules (still ignoring the crops I see). It's a lot of talk about kissing a lot of women, being open with them, and crushing most of their hearts. And with that Ben suits up and heads to the Bachelor mansion for the first of many wild nights.
Ben calls his parents to recap the night, then walks into the mess that is a bunch of desperate lovelorn women near an open bar. Before Ben can even finish his speech, rose hat Mandi steals Ben away for alone time to nag him about flossing. Olivia tells Ben she quit her job as a news anchor to meet him and he's super smitten because she's hot AF. Ben and Caila bond over software sales, which is sooo sexy. All is going well until another limo shows up - WHAAAAAT. It's Becca (yes she's still a virgin since Chris Harrison HAS to ask again) and Amber from past Bachelor seasons (and in Amber's case a summer being rejected in Paradise) and they both want love on TV again. No surprise to any viewer, but the other girls are livid. Lace handles this whole experience the "best" and I mean that in the sense for disastrous TV as she gets slammed on white wine and gets bitchier by the moment. Lace tries to ask for a kiss again, gets denied, interrupted by rose hat, and then an explanation from Ben that he'd like to know her more before kissing. And since Ben went out of his way to pull her aside a second time, Lace feels even more superior.
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