Tonight we learned, mostly, that love is important and Ali was a horrible, stupid person for ever thinking otherwise and she’s awfully lucky that The Bachelor/Bachelorette is so darn forgiving because seriously, love conquers all, and if you don’t think so, you better reprioritize your life. Like she did. Because she is good and right and true now.
Oh, also: She quit her job for this, so anyone who isn’t there for “the right reasons” is in big, big trouble. That means you, Professional Wrestler Guy, Weatherman, and Dude with McDreamy Hair. The full recap, complete with detailed analysis of the standouts (and the just-plain-weirdos), will be up soon, but if you’ve already watched and want to weigh in on how the first batch of roses fell, read on after the jump for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you’ve already watched Monday’s Bachelorette premiere.]
Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky, chastened from her life-altering decision to leave Bachelor Jake Pavelka for her job last season, returned to embark on her very own Journey of Love. She made it clear that she had learned her lesson: “It’s been very difficult for me to put love and relationships first. I let my insecurities and fear dictate my life, and I’m not going to be a victim to that anymore.” But she also harped — a lot — on the fact that she’d left her job this time so the guys better all be there for “the right reasons.” There was even a group vote about who the guys thought might not be there for “the right reasons” (though Ali promptly ignored the results when they singled out pro wrestler Justin). Meanwhile, Ali virtually melted into a puddle every time she encountered Roberto, the salsa-dancing Romeo who won her first impression rose. As for the rest of them, the rose ceremony brought us a final 15 that included recently-divorced Ty, “aspiring screenwriter” Frank, dreamy former teacher Chris L., scrapbook-crafter Kirk, ukelele-playing Hunter, well-coiffed Craig M., and weatherman Jonathan. Alas, we had to say goodbye to premature-ejaculator Shooter, among others. (Hey, he brought it up, not me.)
My full recap will be up in a few hours, but let us know right now what you think now. Should Ali have kept Justin? Was Roberto worthy of the first impression rose? Did Ali make any mistakes in giving out her first batch of roses?