It's hard to believe, but the current season of "The Bachelor" marks 25 seasons for the ABC reality dating franchise. That's 25 seasons of dream dates, 25 seasons of rose-doling, 25 seasons of meeting the parents, 25 seasons of teary rejections, and 25 seasons of quickie proposals that almost never result in an actual marriage.
Alums from the ABC franchise recently hooked up at Warner Bros.' Winter TCA party to celebrate the series' silver milestone, which got fans all nostalgic for some of the show's most memorable moments. (With 25 seasons to pull from, there's a lot of material!)
Check out 25 of the best (or the most memorable, at least) "The Bachelor" moments:
1. Jason Mesnick dumps Melissa for Molly ("The Bachelor" Season 13). Single dad Jason Mesnick had a change of heart after proposing to Melissa Rycroft on his season's finale. During the show's "After the Final Rose" taping, Mesnick outraged fans by dumping Rycroft on camera and asking for another chance with runner-up Molly Malaney. But in the end, it worked out for all of them. Mesnick and Malaney tied the knot in a TV wedding, and Rycroft got hitched and went on to win the 15th season of "Dancing With the Stars."
2. Jen Schefft rejects all bachelors ("The Bachelorette" Season 3). Why did Brad Womack get such a bad rap for picking no one? Years before he jilted his final two, "The Bachelorette" star Jennifer Schefft rejected both of her final suitors, Jerry Ferris and John Paul Merritt.
3. Ali Fedotowsky leaves for work reasons ("The Bachelor" Season 14). Airline pilot Jake Pavelka saw one of his ladies fly the coop when Ali Fedotowsky left his season of the show after being told by her employer she'd be fired for missing work. While Jake was a tad broken up over it, Ali scrounged up enough vaca days to become "The Bachelorette" the next season.
4. Kasey Kahl vows to guard and protect ("The Bachelorette" Season 6). Speaking of Ali, one of her "Bachelorette" suitors got a tattoo as a symbol of his commitment to her. Kasey Kahl vowed to "guard and protect" Ali's heart as he flashed his newly inked forearm during her season. She dumped him a few days later by leaving him on an iceberg.
When Kasey later appeared on "Bachelor Pad" romantically linked to Vienna Girardi (also on the show), the "power" of his tattoo was evoked to guard and protect his new girlfriend.
5. Brad Womack doesn't pick anyone ("The Bachelor" Season 11). His actions coined the phrase "pulling a Womack," when Season 11 stud Brad Womack rejected both Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappas. He instantly became the most hated "Bachelor" star in history.
6. Rozlyn Papa is kicked off the show for allegedly hooking up with a producer ("The Bachelor" Season 14). In what was dubbed the biggest scandal in the show's history, Season 14 host Chris Harrison confronted contestant Rozlyn Papa -- on camera, of course -- for her alleged "inappropriate" relationship with a show staffer. Papa was kicked off the show, leaving Jake Pavelka with one less girlfriend.
7. Bentley disses Ashley ("The Bachelorette" Season 7). Several of the suitors on Ashley Hebert's "Bachelorette" season made no secret of the fact that they had been hoping to court Emily Maynard instead of her (did you see that group date roast?), but bad boy Bentley Williams took the cake when he repeatedly trash-talked Ash behind her back. In the end, he just wasn't that into her and left the show under the guise that he missed his daughter.
8. Jake Pavelka tattles on Wes Hayden ("The Bachelorette" Season 5). Jillian Harris's season featured villainous country singer Wes Hayden, who boasted that he was the first guy to make it to the final 4 "with a girlfriend." Enter eliminated suitor Jake Pavelka who returned to the show to tattle on the bad boy, telling Jillian all about Wes's hometown girl.
9. Jesse Palmer calls out the wrong name during his first rose ceremony ("The Bachelor" Season 5). Katie, will you accept this rose? Or not. Season 5's first rose ceremony featured a confused Jesse Palmer handing out a rose to the wrong girl. "I'm very embarrassed to tell you this," Palmer confessed after the ceremonial snafu. "Katie, I accidentally called out the wrong name giving that last rose." Alas, he meant to say Karen! In the end, Harrison coughed up another rose for Jesse to give to Karen, but we're still wondering why Katie even wanted to stay after that!
10. Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi's breakup warrants a primetime special ("The Bachelor" Season 14). After Jake's season, this odd couple ended their engagement, then took the bad blood to primetime via a nasty televised showdown with Chris Harrison that had Jake screaming at the top of his lungs and Vienna storming off the set in tears. Don't believe it? Check out this must-see reality TV moment.
More memorable "Bachelor" franchise moments:
11. Justin Rego's girlfriend calls Ali. Yes, girlfriend. ("The Bachelorette" Season 6)
12. Brad Womack gets another chance at romance, but his final pick, single mom Emily Maynard, doesn't work out. ("The Bachelor" Season 15)
13. Nick Peterson takes the entire "Bachelor Pad" jackpot, leaving his partner, Rachel Truehart, penniless. ("Bachelor Pad" Season 3)
14. Lindzi Cox ditches the limo and greets Ben Flajnik on a horse. ("The Bachelor" Season 16)
15. Ben skinny dips with Courtney Robertson in Puerto Rico, even though he has 10 other girlfriends at the time. ("The Bachelor" Season 16)
16. Emily Maynard cusses out Kalon McMahon for calling her daughter Ricki "baggage." ("The Bachelorette" Season 8)
17. Jeff Medolla takes off the mask he had inexplicably been wearing, and Ashley Hebert comments on how old he looks. ("The Bachelorette" Season 7)
18. "Bachelorette" star Trista Rehn marries Ryan Sutter in a multi-million dollar televised extravaganza. ("The Bachelorette" Season 1)
19. Ashley P. channels "50 Shades of Grey" for Sean Lowe. She gets drunk and goes home that night. ("The Bachelor" Season 17)
20. Eliminated contestant Reid Rosenthal crashes the final rose festivities to propose to Jillian. She says no. ("The Bachelorette" Season 5)
21. Stacey Elza has the worst "Bachelor" debut in history, when she gets trashed and gives Matt Grant her underwear. Just call it a parting gift. ("The Bachelor: London Calling")
22. Ames Brown chases down the limo to join Jackie Gordon, when she is eliminated from "Bachelor Pad," thus forfeiting his chance at $250K. ("Bachelor Pad" Season 2)
23. David Good calls out Juan Barbieri for violating the "man code" when he refuses to do shots with the guys. ("The Bachelorette" Season 5)
24. Byron Velvick asks Mary Delgado to marry him in Spanish so her Spanish-speaking parents can understand the proposal. ("The Bachelor" Season 6)
25. Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum get married. ("The Bachelorette" Season 7)
Sean Lowe's season of "The Bachelor" airs on Mondays at 8 PM ET on ABC.
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