Bachelor Nation was heartbroken when fan-favorite Ben Higgins, the charming software salesman, was sent home by Kaitlyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette. Ben saw a “great life” with Kaitlyn, only to have it disappear before him when he was left without a rose. It wasn’t easy for Ben to open himself up to love on The Bachelorette because he’s been hurt in past relationships. However, now knowing he is capable of being in love and being loved, he is ready to put the heartbreak behind him as he searches for his one true love when he stars in the milestone 20th season of ABC’s hit romance reality series, The Bachelor, returning to ABC in January 2016.
Bachelor Ben returns to the mansion for the season's first cocktail party; a septuagenarian confesses her love for Ben; a bachelorette shows up at the mansion on a horse; one contestant is left in tears; seven of the 25 women are sent home.
Two women get one-on-one dates with Ben in his hometown; on the group date, 12 bachelorettes try out for a community theater production written by children.
A woman from Ben's past reveals she has feelings for him; Ben and Emily climb the Oakland Bay Bridge; the woman ski down the street on the group date; Ben takes Lindzi on a tour of San Francisco.
Jennifer and Rachel get one-on-one dates; Ben takes eight lucky ladies horseback riding; Ben surprises a bachelorette at the after party; Emily warns Ben about one of the women.
Ben and the remaining bachelorettes travel to Puerto Rico; Nicki and Elyse get individual dates; Courtney suggests Ben go skinny dipping with her.
Ben and the women travel to Panama; a two-on-one date ends with one woman being sent home; Kacie B. opens up to Ben; Chris confronts Casey S. about a secret she has been keeping.
While in Belize, Ben goes on dates with the bachelorettes that include diving with sharks, touring the jungle and exploring Mayan ruins; Ben decides which women he will escort home to meet their families.
Ben travels to the hometowns of the final four women to meet their families.
Ben and the final three bachelorettes head to Switzerland for exotic dates and a rejected suitor returns.
Ben and Chris Harrison discuss memorable moments; Emily talks about how her chance with Ben was ruined by her hatred for Courtney; the women discuss the impact of Courtney's behavior; Ben faces those he rejected; a sneak peek at the final two women.
The two remaining women meet Ben's family; after final dates with the bachelorettes, Ben makes his choice.
Ben looks back at the dramatic ending to his journey to find love. Ashley and J.P. return to share their future wedding plans.