The 5th season of The Bachelor premiered on April 7, 2004. The show featured 25-year-old Jesse Palmer, a college football player.

He ultimately chose Jessica Bowlin, but did not propose.


The season began with 25 contestants.

Name Age Hometown Occupation Eliminated
Jessica Bowlin 22 Huntington Beach, California Student Winner
Tara Huckeby 23 Shawnee, Oklahoma General contractor Runner-up
Mandy Jaye Jeffreys 26 Midland, Texas Designer for an architect firm Week 6
Trish Schneider 28 Atlanta, Georgia Model Week 5
Suzie Williams 23 Ann Arbor, Michigan Prosthetic technician Week 4
Karen Lindsay 28 Pleasant Grove, Utah Pharmaceutical sales Week 4
Jessica Holcomb 25 Pearsall, Texas Attorney Week 3
Julie Durda 24 Sacramento, California Professional cheerleader Week 3
Jenny De Schiralli 26 Carrboro, North Carolina Swim instructor / nanny / personal trainer Week 3
Katie Gehart 22 Scottsdale, Arizona LASIK eye and skin center manager Week 3
Jean-Marie Callahan 26 Gibson, North Carolina Hair stylist Week 2
Debbie Merkett 27 Pinetops, North Carolina Massage therapist / bartender Week 2
Anne-Catherine Labbé 27 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Model / make-up artist Week 2
Amber LaRoux 27 Sunriver, Oregon Consultant Week 2
Mandy Clemens 25 San Diego, California Professional soccer player Week 2
Kristy Romero 25 Dearborn, Michigan Student Week 2
Celeste Creel 24 Ithaca, New York Model / executive assistant Week 2
Jenny Matthews 24 Canton, Michigan Retail manager Week 2
Dolores Farburg 26 Madison, New Jersey Account manager Week 1
Francine Jones 25 Houston, Texas Retail manager Week 1
DeShaun Warner 25 Phillipsburg, New Jersey Account manager / sales Week 1
Jessica Kyron 21 Cincinnati, Ohio Student Week 1
Holly Reeder 26 Tulsa, Oklahoma Bank representative Week 1
Rachel Clementi 26 Buffalo, New York Fashion public relations manager Week 1
Kristin Clearwater 25 Sausalito, California Singer Week 1

Call-Out Order

Contestants Week
AmberJean-MarieTrishKarenTaraMandy J.Jessica B.Jessica B.
Anne-CatherineJulieSuzieTaraMandy J.Jessica B.TaraTara
CelesteMandy J.Jessica H.Jessica B.TrishTaraMandy J.
DebbieAnne-CatherineMandy J.SuzieJessica B.Trish
DeShaunJessica B.TaraMandy J.Karen
DoloresMandy C.KatieTrishSuzie
FrancineCelesteJulieJenny S.
HollyKarenKarenJessica H.
Jean-MarieTrishJenny S.Julie
Jenny M.Jessica H.Jessica B.Katie
Jenny S.AmberAmber
Jessica B.KristyAnne-Catherine
Jessica H.Jenny S.Celeste
Jessica K.Jenny M.Debbie
KarenTaraJenny M.
KristinSuzieMandy C.
Kristy DeShaun
Mandy C. Dolores
Mandy J. Francine
Rachel Holly
Suzie Jessica K.
Tara Kristin
Trish Rachel
The contestant was eliminated at the rose ceremony.
The contestant won the competition.


No. in season Title Original air date
1 "Week 1" April 7, 2004
Jesse is introduced to the women and we learn one of the bachelorettes is his insider spy. Jesse offers 15 roses to the ladies.
2 "Week 2" April 14, 2004
The bachelorettes move into their villa. The first impression rose (ep 1) determines the first individual date. Jesse must send five women home.
3 "Week 3" April 21, 2004
A compatibility test is given to the women to decide the next round of dates. Six women receive roses.
4 "Week 4" April 28, 2004
The spy is revealed and picks the next round of dates. Four women continue on.
5 "Week 5" May 5, 2004
Jesse meets the bachelorette's family and friends in their hometowns. One woman leaves without a rose.
6 "The Women Tell All" May 12, 2004
It's a reunion, as all of the women except the final three are back to dish about Jesse, each other, and what really went on in the house.
7 "Week 6" May 12, 2004
Jesse takes the women on overnight dates to exotic locations. Two bachelorettes continue to the next round.
8 "Finale" May 19, 2004
Jesse takes the ladies to his hometown to meet his family and friends. Jesse makes his final decision.
9 "After the Final Rose" May 26, 2004
Jesse appears for the first time in public with the woman who captured his heart, and he'll also face the final women he left heartbroken, including Trish. Find out if she will make one last play for him or finally accept defeat?

Where are they now?

Jesse did not propose to Jessica Bowlin. They continued to date but broke up several weeks later.

Jesse Palmer got engaged to his girlfriend Emely Fardo in July 2019.

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