The Bachelor (season 1)
Finale aired April 25, 2002
Bachelor: Alex Michel
Potential Brides: Trista Rehn and Amanda March
Jessica Shaw wrote:
On Trista: ''Trista started off so icy you practically had to put on a sweater while watching.... She didn't throw herself at him or sexually attack him. She didn't claim to have the deepest of emotions she didn't quite have. Still, it was impossible not to see the connection growing stronger between these two as the weeks went on.''
On Amanda: ''This girl signed on looking for Prince Charming. She seduced. She flattered. She pledged eternal affection. And, if we learned anything from Alex, it's clear that an ego boost can be the ultimate aphrodisiac.''
The Choice: ''By the last 10 minutes... 'I went to Harvard and Stanford' Alex tried to pretend as if he hadn't made the worst choice of his life.... The best woman didn't win mostly because the man was so far from being a prize himself.''
What Happened Next: They didn't live happily ever after: Amanda and Alex split, and she accused him of trysting with Trista, who would later star in the first Bachelorette series.
As 'The Bachelor' comes back for another round, we reopen our memory book of reality-show romances (as reported through our TV Watch recaps) and see what became of them