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'The Bachelorette' episode 9: 'Houses and women are not the same'

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Oh, the things you learn while recapping a reality TV dating show! (See: the astute observation above.) If you’ve seen tonight’s episode — and SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t — you’ll know that something truly shocking happened: One of the bachelors said that he “respects” Ashley! And he makes a pretty mature decision as a result. Otherwise, tonight’s “fantasy suite” dates went just as you would expect them — candlelight, flower-petal-strewn hotel beds, and gentle cutaways once the action between Ashley and her suitor approached R-rated territory. Stay tuned for my full TV recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click for Kristen’s Bachelorette episode 9 recap and Chris Harrison’s exclusive Bachelorette blog) , but in the meantime, let me know what you thought of this week’s “exotic” dates. Were you surprised about who went home? Were you surprised about who came back? Were you surprised that Ashley talked about her bunion on national TV? Post your thoughts now!