May 26, 2011 12:30 PM by Candace Young
Ashley Hebert’s first episode as The Bachelorette was filled with drama. From the ominous warning she received from a former contestant, to the masked man, to Tim the drunk liquor distributor passing out, the night was full of jaw-dropping happenings. Keep reading to find out what Ashley was thinking during the first episode, and why she made the decisions she did…
Though Ashley was notably nervous to meet her 25 bachelors, she handled each of them admirably as they emerged from the limos and gave her their spiel. In her People blog, she admitted that she was worried they would get right back into the limo if they didn’t like what they saw.
One of the most controversial bachelors of the night was Jeff, who greeted Ashley wearing a black mask, and continued to wear it throughout the episode, explaining to Ashley that he wished to form a connection based on something other than looks alone. Ashley blogged, “I think, in theory, it’s a great angle coming into the first night. He both caught my attention and stood out from the rest. Plus, I really wanted to see what he looked like under the mask!”
Ashley gave the first impression rose to contestant Ryan P. She notes that she saw in him all of the qualities she is looking for in a husband, plus he made an impact on her from the moment he left the limo.
As for Bentley, who viewers can clearly see will be this season’s villain, he is the one Ashley was warned about by a former contestant who knows his ex-wife. Ashley was leery to meet him, but quickly changed her tune and decided to give him a chance to prove himself. Ashley explains, “I had guards up, but he easily broke them down with his good looks and savvy way with words.”
She reiterated in her blog that she truly did feel that her future husband was in the room that night.
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