The 10 Greatest Moments In "Bachelor" And "Bachelorette" History

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Season seven of “The Bachelorette” comes to a close tonight.

Ashley Hebert will be proposed to by both JP Rosenbaum and Ben Flajnik.

The real winner, of course, won’t be Rosenbaum or Flajnik.

It’s ABC, which has built “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor” into a formidable franchise that consistently kills in the ratings.

And the fascinating thing about the show is that it doesn’t always kill with the same method.

The first kiss on the show, the penultimate choice — these aren’t its biggest moments.

Rather, producers pounce on the natural drama that comes up and use that to define the season’s storylines.

Case in point: these made-for-TV moments that sent viewer numbers soaring and defined the series.

Witness the only successful proposal in the show's history.

Trista Ryan (who was the 'Bachelorette' at the time) and Ryan Sutter are the only successfully married couple to come out of the show.

Williams intentionally and vocally played Hebert and achieved instant villain status.

A bitter contestant went after host Chris Harrison.

Rozlyn Papa was kicked off 'Bachelor' for hooking up with a crew member. She returned to the aftershow special with guns blazing -- and accused Harrison of cheating on his wife. The fun begins around 7:45.

Reid's surprise return was television gold.

The show's producers have since turned this into a regular trick: after getting the boot, contestant Reid Rosenthal turned around and came back to ask Jillian Harris for one last chance.

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A girlfriend called in to out her shady boyfriend.

Ali Fedotowsky suspected that contestant Justin Rego had a girlfriend -- and she got proof positive when she spoke with the woman herself.

Kasey Kahl jumped the gun on a big commitment.

He got a tattoo for Fedotowsky -- and was subsequently sent home.

Famewhore duo Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi provided nonstop fireworks.

And they're still going today. This explosive sitdown shows their trademark style.

Brad Womack rejected both finalists.

The face-falling action starts around 3:15.

Jason Mesnick (famously) changed his mind.

He dumped season 'winner' Melissa Rycroft, to whom he had proposed...

And begged Molly Malaney, the runner-up, to take him back -- all on national television.

She eventually married him.

Now get to know Hollywood's newest leading ladies.

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