The matchmaking series' ninth season kicks off with Desiree Hartsock moving into her new Malibu estate and meeting 25 potential suitors, which include a magician and a single father of a 4-year-old boy. She starts giving out roses early, and in the end the field is pared to 19 men.
The winner of the first one-on-one date joins Desiree for a day of wedding-theme events, which include a bridal-modeling session, a view of L.A. from the Hollywood sign and a VIP performance from singer-songwriter Andy Grammer. Later, 14 men shoot a rap video with Desiree and Soulja Boy; the group date takes place; and a pushy bachelor is dealt with. At the rose ceremony, the playing field is reduced to 16.
Desiree goes on two group dates with the 16 remaining bachelors. In the first, an intense game of dodgeball ends with a trip to the emergency room; in the second, five guys get a lesson from a Hollywood stunt coordinator, and the winner gets to attend a VIP movie screening with Desiree. Three men are sent home after the rose ceremony.
The 13 remaining bachelors travel to Atlantic City with Desiree, who tours the boardwalk with one contender, visits Seaside Heights with another, and teams up with Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, to put together a "Mr. America" pageant for 11 suitors. Also: One date includes a private concert by Darius Rucker. Eleven bachelors remain after the rose ceremony.
Desiree and the remaining 11 bachelors head to Munich, Germany, where surprising news interrupts a one-on-one date, a group outing involves sledding in the German Alps and a two-on-one date gets personal. Three suitors are sent home after the rose ceremony.
Desiree and the eight remaining bachelors head to Barcelona, where a group outing to the RCD Espanyol football stadium ends in an intense fight. Also: One bachelor throws another under the bus; Desiree takes one guy to an art studio. Three contenders are sent home after the rose ceremony.
The five remaining bachelors sail to Madeira Island, Portugal, with Desiree, who enjoys one-on-one dates that include a picnic, dinner on a deserted island and a toboggan ride. Also: A two-on-one date involves go-kart racing. The Final Four contenders are revealed after the rose ceremony.
Who says you can't go home again? For Desiree' and the four remaining Bachelor's, that isn't the case. While one considers what Mama said; one will be rounding the bases. One will show where his heart lies in regards to his family and one will show her the Tasty-Freeze treatment. At the end of it only three Bachelor's will be remaining. Tune in to see who goes on to the final rose ceremony.
The final three bachelors visit the Caribbean island of Antigua with Desiree, who takes a romantic road trip along the coastline with one suitor and goes on a private helicopter ride with another.
The final three Bachelors rejoin Desiree and host, Chris, to discuss the season and their take on events.