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Bachelor Nation, put down the paper bag. We can stop hyperventilating over last night’s Bachelorette. Or at least that’s what ABC executive Robert Mills says.

“Keep in mind: this is all just foreplay for next week #Bachelorette,” Robert tweeted in the wake of the world’s slowest break-up between Brooks Forester and Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock.

ABC may be a notorious tease — how many times have we been promised “the most dramatic” something or other before? — but The Bachelorette did pull through last night. The first installment of the two-part finale brought in the highest ratings of the season to date, news we’re sure Robert and crew couldn’t be happier about after a slow start.

Can the show keep the magic going and take audiences all the way? Will be get the grand finale we’ve been lusting after since May? Series host / Des’ emotional rock Chris Harrison hinted as much during his chat with ABC News earlier today, saying vaguely, “There’s a lot to deal with next week.”

Yeah, their names are Drew Kenney and Chris Siegfried, and we hope they’re not too upset that their actual Fantasy Suite foreplay may not measure up to the emotional mating dance of one floppy-haired marketing rep from Utah.

Sources: Robert Mills on Twitter and ABC News

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