The Bachelor: Season 16 (2012)

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Air date: Jan 2, 2012

In the season premiere, new Bachelor and fan favorite Ben Flajnik, the 29-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, California, meets 25 potential soul mates and gets another shot at love.

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Air date: Jan 9, 2012

The 18 remaining bachelorettes travel to the lush vineyards of Ben's hometown of Sonoma, California. Tears flow as the bachelorettes engage in cat fights for Ben's attention.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2012

Ben explores his romantic connections to his 13 remaining potential soul mates against the backdrop of the majestic mountains of Park City, Utah. There are intimate one-on-one dates with Rachel and Jennifer, and a spectacular group date horseback riding across some of Utah's most beautiful terrain. But Ben has a surprise for one of the bachelorettes at the after party that shocks all the women. Jealousy rears its ugly head when Emily decides it is time to warn Ben about one of the women who may not be as sweet as she seems. But will her plan backfire? The tension is unbearable as women who haven't had any time with Ben during the week fight for his attention.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2012

Traveling outside the U.S. for the first time this season, Ben whisks the 11 remaining bachelorettes to the Caribbean paradise of Puerto Rico. Nicki is the lucky recipient of the first individual date card, and she can't wait. Their romantic tryst is amplified by an unexpected thunderstorm and a local wedding. A trip to the legendary Roberto Clemente Baseball Stadium proves the mettle of nine of the women, as they challenge their physical limits to compete for extra time with Ben. Elyse captures the other one-on-one date as she and Ben take an intimate ocean tour aboard a luxury yacht, but it's not all smooth sailing when Elyse decides to let her walls down. However, Courtney makes a provocative suggestion to Ben about a sizzling rendezvous. But will he take her up on her secret proposition to skinny dip together, and will the other women find out?

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Air date: Feb 13, 2012

In romantic Belize, and with hometown dates looming, Ben tries to discover the bachelorettes' true feelings for him. Plus, Ben contemplates Courtney's intentions.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2012

Ben faces the women he rejected as 16 of the season's most memorable bachelorettes challenge the handsome winemaker and air their grievances. Plus, for the first time ever, one of the final two women who are vying for the Bachelor's heart will make an appearance: Courtney, the woman that viewers and the other bachelorettes have loved to hate all season, will return to have a chance to defend herself. Will she apologize for her behavior? Will she fight back and be her fiery self, or will viewers see another, softer side of her? It's an explosive reunion viewers won't want to miss, as the most memorable bachelorettes from this season including Kacie B., Nicki, Jenna, Blakeley, Samantha, Emily, Monica and Rachel return to confront each other and Ben one last time on national television to dish the dirt and tell their side of the story. Plus, Shawntel vents about how the women treated her when she returned to see Ben.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2012

In the controversial season finale, Ben prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of this life. His search for love is now narrowed down to two very different women Courtney and Lindzi and he is falling in love with both of them. After being rejected by Ashley on last season's The Bachelorette, will Ben now find the love he's hoped for? After having his family meet both women in spectacular Zermatt, Switzerland, and under immense pressure, he must make one final heart-wrenching decision that could change his life forever. After much soul-searching, which woman will a confused Ben see as his future wife? To whom will he give his final rose? And will he leave single or with the love on his life?

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Air date: Mar 12, 2012

With his search for his soul mate over, emotions run high, as Ben, who breaks down talking to Chris Harrison about his ultimate choice, takes us back to those final days in Switzerland. Then the woman who received Ben's final rose joins him for the first time in public as a couple. They discuss the high and lows of their relationship and what the future holds for them. It's an emotional ending to Ben's heartfelt journey to finally find true love. In addition, past Bachelorette ASHLEY HEBERT and her fiancé, J.P., discuss their future wedding plans and how they've found lasting happiness together.

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Take a journey with The Bachelor, as fan favorite Ben Flajnik the down-to-earth and romantic guy whose heartfelt proposal was rejected by Ashley Hebert on The Bachelorette.

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Critic Reviews for The Bachelor Season 16

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Personally I'm a little surprised that the lineup was packed with so many, how should I put this, unusual looking women...

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Dear producers of The Bachelor, when you build up a show's last episode as "the most controversial finale" ever, you have a lot to live up to. So many controversial possibilities and yet the conclusion was the exact outcome we'd been expecting all along.

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... it was a fun ride, no?

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Part of the blame, as always, lies on the series, which seems to ensure that couples will break up by keeping them apart for months and months.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

The Bachelor is back, and dare I say it, better than ever.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.0/5.0 | Full Review…

The Bachelor ended with an engagement, but this season wasn't quite the fairy tale the ABC reality series' viewers are used to.

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