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The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 15, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Brad, Ashley H., Chantal and Emily visit South Africa, where the modes of transportation range from helicopter to elephant, and accommodations include a tree house for two (accessible only by fantasy-suite card). But one dinner isn't as romantic as Brad had hoped it would be, and after he pares the field to the two finalists, all three head to Cape Town for a meeting with his family. The 12th-season competitors on "Dancing With the Stars" are announced during the show.
Original Air Date: Feb 28, 2011

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Season 15, Episode 9
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Aired: 2/28/2011
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: Week 9 Season 15, Episode 9

On this week's episode of The Bachelor, Brad heads to South Africa for the fantasy dates. And while he begins by saying he has no idea what he's going to do, the decision becomes crystal clear.

Chantal is up first and Brad shows up in a safari hat for their date. With all the wild animals around them like lions and hippos, Chantal says she feels so safe with him. "I'm definitely the most comfortable around you, I mean that," he says. The two also talk about the prospect of getting married on the spot and Chantal explains that if she's willing to get engaged to someone, aka Brad, she's ready to marry that person right then and there. Their great date continues with the fantasy suite in a tree house. Let's just say Chantal drew the short straw for that one.

Brad picks up Emily on an elephant and the two head to their date. Brad asks if Emily's daughter Ricki understands what it means if they really start spending time together and Emily says she's ready to tell her. "Every minute you and I spend together she can be right there," he tells her.  "I realize you are a package deal and I love that about you."

At dinner, Brad pulls out the fantasy suite card and although Emily first says she wants to set a good example for her daughter, she also wants more than anything to spend more time with him. That night the two take it to the next level — no, not that (at least we didn't see that). Emily tells Brad she's falling in love with him and he's speechless. He says he's falling in love with her too.

It's Ashley's turn for the fantasy date and the two walk up to a helicopter where Ashley freaks. She finally hops aboard and their ride takes them to a breathtaking area on top of a mountain. Soon the conversation gets tough when Brad asks her where she wants to live. Not once does she say Austin, where Brad lives (hello?). He then says her work ethic and lack of balance in life reminds her of him in his 20s and he realizes that they've never meshed their individual lives together in conversations.

At dinner, the date only goes downhill. When he brings up Austin she flippantly says she'd move there and Brad only gets more frustrated. They still go to the fantasy suite, but there he has even more trouble communicating his feelings to her. It's awkward when their kiss leads to talk about a mosquito net — not a good sign.

Brad talks to Chris and says that the last time he was the Bachelor, he knew certain feelings weren't there that he needed to have and now he has them. They talk mostly about Ashley, and Chris asks him if having a bad date means she's not for him.  "It's hard for me to accept that this decision is so cut and dry," Brad says.

At the rose ceremony, Brad can't stop stalling. He asks to talk to Ashley and the two walk off by themselves. "I'm sitting here completely shocked that a relationship I felt so strongly about has gone in such a different direction," he says.  Brad apologizes for hitting her with tough questions, but says they came from a place of sincerity. It's clear where this is going. "I need to tell you goodbye," he says. After Ashley says she's surprised he adds that he's confident with the decision. 

Back at the rose ceremony, Brad tells Chantal and Emily, "What it boils down to... I'm not looking for four years, I'm not looking for 15 years, I'm looking for the rest of my life." He asks if they'll accept the roses, and they, of course, do.

Next week is the Women Tell All where Chris will interview this season's favorites, not-so-favorites (ahem, Michelle) and the most recently rejected Ashley. Plus: Is a Bachelorette announcement in the near future?

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On this week's episode of The Bachelor, Brad heads to South Africa for the fantasy dates. And while he begins by saying he has no idea what he's going to do, the decision becomes crystal clear.

Chantal is up first and Brad shows up in a safari hat for their date. With all the wild animals around them like lions and hippos, Chantal says she feels so safe with him. "I'm definitely the most comfortable around you, I mean that," he says. The two also talk about the prospect of getting married on the spot and Chantal explains that if she's willing to get engaged to someone, aka Brad, she's ready to marry that person right then and there. Their great date continues with... read more

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Premiered: March 25, 2002, on ABC
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Premise: True love (or a TV facsimile thereof) gets the reality treatment in this long-running dating game, in which a successful bachelor romances a number of beauties. The list of possible paramours is reduced each week until he gives a final red rose to one of them. The series spun off 'The Bachelorette', a spate of rip-offs and very few lasting pairings.

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