I recently installed SUSE 9.1 on vmware 4.5.2, and I also ran into the issue of having 4 screens. But there is a solution!
If you go to vmware help, Guest Operating System Install Guide, then pick SUSE 9.0 (not 9.1), you will see this:
1. Insert the SUSE LINUX 9.0 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing SUSE LINUX 9.0.
3. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical machine until you get to the selection screens described in the next steps.
4. Install using the text mode installer. In the first installation screen, press the F2 key use the arrow keys to select text mode, then press Enter to select the text mode installer.
The important part is switching to the text installer by pressing F2. After doing this, everything installed perfectly.