“Episode 1004” – As part of a two-night "Bachelorette" special event, tonight (Monday, June 2, 8:00-10:01 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network), the 11 of the 13 remaining men vying for the affection of Andi, this season's Bachelorette, think they are on top of their game until it is revealed that they first will face off against WNBA superstars in a no-holds-barred basketball game and then, in an even more hotly contested match between the guys, with the winning team spending more time with Andi.
The 11 men are eager to show off their basketball skills when they arrive at the Mohegan Sun arena, until Andi explains that they will compete against some of the WNBA’s best – superstars Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne, Lindsey Harding and Nneka Ogwumike. (That the episode was recorded last year is evident in the fact that Cash is wearing her Chicago Sky uniform rather than her current Atlanta Dream mufti.)
When it becomes clear this is no slam dunk for Andi’s suitors, Andi changes it up and has the bachelors divide into two teams to battle one another. However, only the winning team will attend an after party with Andi. One man takes some alone time with the Bachelorette to make sure that they are on the same page, but will the date rose go to the best athlete on court or the most romantic suitor off court?
In other activity in this episode, Andi, facing her overwhelming fear of heights, invites Marcus, an athletic bachelor to rappel 30 stories down the side of the Mohegan Sun hotel in 50 mile per hour winds. Will Andi take a leap of faith with her brave Prince Charming or will he be as frightened as she is as they face this grueling challenge? The couple end the evening with a romantic dinner and country singer-song writer Jon Pardi serenading them.
Finally, Andi has a tearful breakdown at an emotionally dramatic cocktail party. After a serious discussion with one of the men, she addresses all her suitors about her intentions and whether they are there for the right reasons, leaving them stunned and speechless. Eleven men are left to travel with Andi to Europe, starting in Marseilles, France.
The 13 remaining men are:
Andrew, 30, a social media marketer from Culver City, CA
Brian, 27, a basketball coach from Camp Hill, PA
Chris, 32, a farmer from Arlington, IA
Cody, 28, a personal trainer from Chicago, IL
Dylan, 26, an accountant from Boston, MA
Eric, 31, an explorer from Citrus Heights, CA
J J, 31, a pantsapreneur from San Francisco, CA
Josh M., 29, a former professional baseball player from Atlanta, GA
Marcus, 25, a sports medicine manager from Dallas, TX
Marquel, 26, a sponsorship salesman from Las Vegas, NV
Nick V., 33, a software sales executive from Chicago, IL
Patrick, 29, an advertising executive from Newport Beach, CA
Tasos, 30, a wedding event coordinator from Denver, CO
Source: WNBA/ABC Media Relations Press Release