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Originally published Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10:51 AM

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"The Bachelor": Jason takes Seattle — and decides his final four

Jason Mesnick and the five remaining girls head to his hometown of Seattle on Monday night's episode of "The Bachelor," and he picks his final four.

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Let's start this recap of "The Bachelor" with a list of all the Seattle institutions who betrayed us in this episode: The Fairmont Olympic, REI, 106.1 KISS-FM, downtown bakery Belle Epicurean, the owner of the houseboat Jason Mesnick "lived" in, the owner of the seaplane, the limo driver and all the people who walked or drove by Jason while he was on dates all over Seattle. You are dead to me.

Hello, did no one see host Chris Harrison in the vicinity last fall during filming? Did no one see Jason and cameramen in broad daylight at French bakery Belle Epicurean with Jillian, drinking coffee and letting croissants go to waste? At a park with Naomi? Walking out of the Fairmont Olympic?

So yeah, Jason was here with the five remaining gals. Aside from the fact that the producers tried to pretend he lives in a houseboat, Sleepless in Seattle style, it was entertaining figuring out where they were at every given moment and wondering how on earth more people didn't notice. Seriously.

For the group date, Jason took Stephanie, Molly and Jillian to see radio hosts Jackie and Bender of 106.1-FM, where they grilled Jason about who was the best kisser. That would be Molly, who also spent part of the episode unconvincingly trying to convince everyone she was getting kicked off.

With a lot of not-so-subtle hints about Naomi's lack of maturity, I thought for sure she was done for after a date with a seaplane ride and snuggling in front of the fireplace at the flagship REI. But then, shockingly, he sent Stephanie home first. She may live in her own head sometimes, but she was a class act in the end.

That leaves us with Melissa, Molly, Naomi and Jillian, all of whom will bring Jason home to meet their family and friends next week. I'm starting to really believe Jillian, who made a comeback after several episodes without much airtime, is the one. Who do you think will be his final choice? Oh, and if you saw Jason during filming, please confess immediately.

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