Tayshia sent three men packing at the Rose Ceremony: Montel Hill, a 30-year-old from Hingham, MA; Peter Giannikopoulos, a 32-year-old from Everett, MA; and Jay Smith, a 30-year-old fitness director from Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The Bachelorette broadcast began with a group date for Tayshia and the following men: Montel; Ivan Hall, a 28-year-old aeronautical engineer from Dallas, TX; Demar Jackson, a 26-year-old spin cycling instructor from Scottsdale, AZ; Ben Smith, a 29-year-old Army Ranger veteran from Venice, CA; Chasen, a 31-year-old IT account executive from San Diego, CA; Ed, a 36-year-old health care salesman from Miami, FL; Joe Park, a 36-year-old anesthesiologist from New York City, NY; and Bennett Jordan, a 36-year-old wealth management consultant from New York City, NY.
The men were put through a set of challenges and only one man would be crowned "a grown-ass man," while the losing man in the bunch would be dubbed "a man child" and have to carry a baby doll around for the rest of the week.
Bennett bragged about how he went to Harvard and had an easy time in school so he was "the smartest" man in the house; however, he appeared to get the most answers wrong in the first round of competition, which required the men to answer math and spelling questions.
In the second round of competition, two men were attached to a rope at a time and had to run in opposite directions in attempt to grab a bouquet of flowers. Bennett said he couldn't compete in the tug-of-war challenge due to an old football injury that flares up.
Ivan said Bennett didn't deserve to win the group date.
The men proceeded to a breakfast-in-bed challenge in which the men had to cook for Tayshia while she relaxed in bed.
Demar came through with a mimosa for Tayshia, and Ed did pushups with Tayshia sitting on his back. Chasen stripped his shirt and called himself "the main course" for Tayshia before jumping into bed with her -- and without any food.
While most of the guys served eggs of some sort, Bennett put on a robe and surprised Tayshia with homemade beignets and made the moment intimate, which Ashley could tell Tayshia appreciated.
Tayshia noted Bennett is "bougie" without a doubt, which means he enjoys a luxurious lifestyle but is humble in character, and she admitted she is as well and so she liked that about him.
Ed ended up receiving the man-child "award," and he decided to own it and call it "a good look." Tayshia was proud of Ed for being such a good sport.
The winner of the group date was Bennett because Ashley said Bennett really showed up in the third and final round. Bennett kissed Tayshia after the date in front of everyone and Chasen called him "classless" and disrespectful.
"He thinks he rules the world because he's from Harvard, and I don't think Tayshia really appreciates that either because it's not being a man. If he's going to continue riding his ego, it's just going to shoot him in the foot," Chasen told the cameras.
Bennett tried to pull Tayshia away at the cocktail party first, but Tayshia wanted to give a little speech and a toast first. After making her introduction to the afterparty, Chasen asked Tayshia to speak with him first, which rubbed Bennett the wrong way.
Chasen revealed his little sister got married and is expecting her first child in February 2021. Chasen admitted to Tayshia he's never been in love but has been in relationships, and Tayshia asked him to explain that more later.
"Chasen is a fraud, Chasen is a phony. The guy is more or less an actor in my mind. He just kind of repeats what he thinks he's supposed to say, and it's not believable!" Ed vented to the cameras.
When Tayshia sat down with Ben, Tayshia confessed that she was attracted to him and he made her nervous. Ben explained he's always been "a relationship guy" and ended a relationship two years prior to the show that he thought was going to last forever.
Ben admitted that breakup "destroyed" him and so he stopped dating for a while. Ben said he was developing real feelings for Tayshia, and then he went in for a kiss.
"I'm smitten by Ben," Tayshia said. "There's something about that boy. I like him."
Tayshia then told Ivan that she wants to build "an empire" with her life partner, and Ivan said he was on the same page. Ivan is younger than a lot of the guys, but Tayshia complimented his "depth."
"Ivan is kind of like a dark horse. He is there and really subtle, but he also has a lot of power," Tayshia said, before Ivan fed Tayshia strawberries and kissed her while she was blindfolded.
Tayshia told the cameras that each guy surprised her and she had positive connections with all of the guys in the group.
Meanwhile, Bennett announced there was "an elephant in the room" in that it seemed Chasen wasn't "fired up" about dating Tayshia. Chasen said in a confessional if the guys wanted to come after him, he'd become Wolverine, which is actually his nickname.
Chasen told the group it was difficult to pivot from Clare because he was really getting to know her but since Dale was in the back of Clare's mind all the time, their connection wasn't authentic or real.
"I'm still getting to know Tayshia," Chasen said.
"Well, you're not here for the right intentions! You're a bad actor," Ed complained.
"I don't even think I can take you seriously anymore. You're holding a baby and you have chicken legs," Chasen countered.
Ed said he could see through Chasen's "B-S" and Tayshia needed to see him for who he is, "a phony."
Ed then sat down with Tayshia and insisted he was on the show for the right reasons, unlike Chasen. Ed acknowledged Chasen had been talking about Clare and Tayshia the same way, using the same adjectives and verbiage to describe them.
Ed suggested Chasen might just want more Instagram followers or to propel his career, and he ratted Chasen out for making fun of his chicken legs. Ed later told Chasen that he had discussed with Tayshia how he seemed like a different guy when the cameras weren't around.
Chasen called Ed's behavior and demeanor "childish," and then he defended himself in a conversation with Tayshia.
Chasen said it was "ridiculous" he even had to defend himself and he definitely wanted to meet someone he could fall in love with. Chasen insisted he was "vibing" with Tayshia and he hoped she felt the same way.
The information but Tayshia "on alert," but she intended to follow her gut and intuition, which apparently hasn't steered her wrong in the past.
Chasen then told Ed that he was way out of line and Ed was getting in the way of his blossoming connection with Clare. Ed told Chasen to sit down with his "medium shirt," and the guys continued to bicker at the afterparty.
"You're like a Zac Efron movie," Ed argued. "Sit the f-ck down, man!"
Ben pointed out that neither Ed or Chasen looked like a grown man because they were fighting on national television and a real man is kind, humble, and protective of others. Ben said he wasn't focused on drama and that Tayshia was absolutely his priority.
Tayshia decided to give the group-date rose to Ivan, and he appeared thrilled. Ivan gushed about how he loved Tayshia being the new Bachelorette and he was going to sleep peacefully that night.
Ben was disappointed he didn't receive any validation from Tayshia, but he tried to maintain a positive attitude.
It then became time for the cocktail party preceding the next Rose Ceremony, and Chasen addressed the group as a whole and said his character had been portrayed in a false light and he felt insulted and didn't want any drama to unfold during the evening.
"I stand by what I said. I feel like you're a fraud and a phony," Ed said.
"Well you can think what you want to think," Chasen noted. "I can be attracted to two girls. I did use one adjective to describe Clare and Tayshia, and my new word is she's a smokeshow. Tayshia is a smokeshow."
Bennett said he felt bad for Chasen because Ed could talk circles around Chasen, adding that no woman even wants to be called "a smokeshow."
Tayshia hoped her guys were showing their true selves and didn't have hidden agendas.
Ben snuggled up to Tayshia and complimented her physical and inner beauty, saying he felt an "animal magnetism" to her. Ben and Tayshia kissed, and Tayshia realized Ben was super sensitive and sweet.
Joe surprised Tayshia with a nice meal and Spencer Robertson, a 30-year-old from La Jolla, CA, gave Tayshia a popsicle to enjoy. Bennett also set up an Eiffel Tower to take Tayshia on "a vacation," and Demar apparently read Tayshia a heartfelt letter.
Ed then told Tayshia that Chasen had screamed at him the previous night, and Tayshia didn't want Ed to feel like a guy was going to be physical with him over something silly.
Tayshia called the feud "extremely disappointing" because she thought she had put the issue to rest. She also didn't want to deal with a guy who might get physical with another man.
Tayshia therefore confronted Chasen about the new allegation that he allegedly got in Ed's face and was aggressive, but Chasen said he could explain himself.
"It's not a good look... I lost it," Chasen admitted.
Tayshia asked Chasen to deal with the situation like a man because the argument was "so petty" to her. Tayshia questioned whether she wanted to continue getting to know Chasen because the allegations were concerning.
Chasen owned his mistakes and held himself accountable, and so he apologized to Ed and claimed his intentions were pure all along. Ed, however, kept bickering and didn't seem to drop the problem or accept the apology.
Zac C. then impressed Tayshia with their conversation. Not only did he seem suave and confident, but Tayshia could tell he was mature and rising above the drama in the house. Tayshia said she liked how Zac carried himself and that he's older than a lot of the guys.
Tayshia's first Rose Ceremony then commenced, and Chasen hoped "jealous" Ed hadn't ruined his journey to find love.
Tayshia then handed out roses to Zac, Riley Christian, a 30-year-old attorney from Long Island City, NY; Kenny Braasch, a 39-year-old boyband manager from Chicago, IL; Ben; Demar; Bennett; Jordan Chapman, a 26-year-old software account executive from New York, NY; Noah, a 25-year-old from Tulsa, OK; Joe; Blake Moynes, a 29-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Ed; and Chasen.
Ed had a furious look on his face when Chasen received a rose, and then Tayshia said goodbye to Jay, Montel and Peter.
"The three guys I'm sending home, the only reason I'm sending them home is because ultimately I didn't feel a romantic connection with them, to be honest," Tayshia explained.
"I'm not going to let them continue to be open and vulnerable when I'm just not connecting with them. I hate that I'm hurting their feelings... but I don't want to lead anybody on."
Tayshia said she was developing feelings for Chasen and thought he's a good guy deep down.
The next day, The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison met with the guys and dropped off a Date Card, which had the following men's names on it: Uzoma "Eazy" Nwachukwu, a 29-year-old sports marketing agent from Newport Beach, CA; Brendan Morais, a 30-year-old commercial roofer from Milford, MA; Joe; Jordan; Spencer; Ben; Ed; and Chasen.
For the group date, former four-time Women's Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Amy Dumas as well as current undefeated UFC fighter Tatiana Suarez taught the men some wrestling moves and put them through some drills so they'd be ready to compete against each other one-on-one in a series of faceoffs in the ring in front of a live audience.
The winner of "The Bachelorette Wrestle Mania" would earn precious alone time with Tayshia.
"Ed, you are not waking up tomorrow. You'll be in an ice bath after this. You'll be icing your entire body and your mom will be picking you up tomorrow. I am bringing Wolverine out," Chasen bragged in a confessional.
Bachelor in Paradise bartender Wells Adams provided commentary with Chris and Tayshia oiled the men up for the wrestling match.
The wrestling faceoffs turned out to be intense, with a lot of skinned knees and minor injuries. Tayshia didn't want to watch any of her guys get hurt, but the wrestling was fierce.
Ben, for instance, ended up bleeding, and then Ed suddenly dropped out of the competition when he was supposed to compete against Chasen.
Ed said he had chronically-dislocated shoulders and couldn't even throw a football. Ed said he didn't want to put his health in jeopardy or potentially ruin the rest of his life, but Chasen just dubbed Ed "super scared."
Since Chasen didn't have a competitor, Chris asked if anyone would like to step in the ring and compete again. With that being said, Noah jumped the fence and took on Chasen.
Bennett said Noah was trying to push himself onto group dates and it came across "childish" and "greedy." Chasen said he wasn't worried about Noah because he's "just a kid."
Noah and Chasen's matchup was impressive and brutal, with Ivan commenting that it felt like "a death match."
In the end, Chasen won the wrestling belt and the time with Tayshia. However, Tayshia invited Noah to join the other guys at the afterparty since he volunteered and participated in the date.
Eazy admitted he was pissed and hoped his time with Tayshia wouldn't be cut short due to Noah. Demar noted all hell was about to break loose.
Noah realized he probably made enemies or ruffled some feathers, but he said he didn't care about any of them or how they felt. Noah said his time with Tayshia was precious and he didn't come on the show "to mess around."
Noah pulled Tayshia aside at the afterparty first, and Ed called him a "goofball" and didn't believe Tayshia would choose a 25-year-old guy over anyone else.
But Tayshia seemed to like Noah's boldness. However, she didn't appear to like his mustache when the pair enjoyed their first kiss.
In order to make Tayshia happy, Noah -- afraid he has a baby face when clean-shaven -- decided to shave his mustache for The Bachelorette star, and Tayshia loved it and said he looked "really good."
Noah gave Tayshia a kiss after his big gesture, and Tayshia gushed, "I like this Noah."
Tayshia furthered her connection with Brendan on the group date, saying he has such a "genuine soul" and she could see herself ending up with him.
But Noah interrupted Jordan's time with Tayshia and Jordan vented about how Noah had "zero class" since he wasn't supposed to be on the date to begin with.
Ben's plan was to go last, give Tayshia a drink and have a relaxing night cap with her, but that didn't end up working in his favor. Tayshia said the night was over and she wished Ben had been more aggressive and asked her to chat earlier in the night.
Ben wanted to leave a lasting impression and have "the best love story ever," but he clearly dropped the ball.