Your suspicions are correct. Those five petaled, cream-colored flowers are males. The plants are either very ripe and ready to be picked, or, if the female flowers surrounding them are not ripe, are hermaphrodites. Some varieties develop male flowers just as they ripen. It can be considered a ripeness notice. If the plants are sporting ripe buds, harvest them. If the plants are hermaphrodites you may want to continue to flower them for a seeded harvest, or start over with a different plant line. If you can pick the male flowers before they open, you can minimize pollination.
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