During the opening episode of The Bachelor, thirty beautiful (and pitiful) women (most in their twenties) arrived in limos to be greeted by this season’s hunk of a bachelor, Brad Womack (age 38), a man who went through this same process three years ago and, at the last moment, refused to commit to either of the two finalists, Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas. After that 2007 episode, Brad went home to Austin, Texas, and moped in his apartment for “months,” suffering panic attacks that finally drove him to seek a therapist. Monday night’s episode played up the perfidy of Brad’s behavior and the subsequent therapy that helped him understand his “inability to commit” and his “trust issues,” which stemmed from being raised by a single mother and with an absent, coldly self-centered father.
Most of the “girls” spent their introductory time with the second-time bachelor confronting him. The first girl out of the limo, Chantal, tells him, “I have something for you,” and slaps him in the face. She explains, “It’s not from me; it’s from every woman in America.” Brad insists that he is a changed man — that he is ready to find love, and his wife is sitting inside the mansion among the 30 “ladies” participating in the ABC reality competition. He considers himself “the luckiest man alive” to have a second chance. He said, “I’ve done a lot of soul searching, and I know in my heart I’m very ready to fall in love. To have this opportunity, I’m the luckiest guy in the world. ... I’m ready to fall in love, no doubt about it.”