Last night’s episode of 90 Day Fiance The Other Way was filled with new beginnings and disappointment. I am always surprised when people arrive in another country and are shocked it is so much different from their home. Do the 90 Day Fiance producers make these people sign an agreement to not find out any information before moving? If not, I don’t understand the mystery. We live in an age of camera phones, computers and spoken word. How are none of these means being utilized before moving halfway around the world?
Deavan Clegg is disappointed by Jihoon Lee‘s lack of preparation. Tim packs up hoping his move will save his relationship. Ariela arrives in Ethiopia and is shocked over the conditions. Jenny Slatten puts pressure on Sumit. Let’s get straight to the 90 Day Fiance The Other Way recap!
Deavan, 22 (Salt Lake City, Utah) & Jihoon, 29 (South Korea)
Deavan is stunned by the neighborhood of her new apartment. She has basically paid in advance to live in the slums of South Korea. Her mother doesn’t make things any better. She immediately begins screaming at Jihoon once they get out of the car. Things go even further downhill once they go inside and realize the place is as small as a matchbox.
Umm… did Deavan just meet her husband yesterday? She knows that he is completely incapable of putting on his big boy pants and taking charge. I don’t know why she wouldn’t have demanded he go look at the apartment BEFORE she rented it. Of course, the pictures online are completely different in reality. The owner conveniently decided to leave out any information that wouldn’t charm a renter.
The next morning, Deavan is still in disbelief about her new living conditions. She asks Jihoon to pay for a new house for her and the children immediately. There is only one issue, HE HAS NO MONEY! I don’t know why Deavan is so shocked. She literally has paid for everything throughout their relationship. Did she believe that was just a coincidence? Now that he actually admits to lying about his financial situation, Deavan is livid.
All the signs were there! Let’s just unpack the facts here. Jihoon was supposed to send for his family, once he was financially able to get a house. That never happened! Instead, Deavan took matters into her own hands and secured a crappy apartment based on an online ad. Is anyone else seeing a reoccurring theme? Jihoon has displayed time and time again that he isn’t ready to take responsibility for a wife and a family. Deavan just doesn’t want to accept that. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jihoon. He gives adorable sound bites, but he is extremely immature. He would be perfectly fine living with his parents forever. I can’t wait until she finds out he is only making deliveries part-time.
Kenneth, 57 (St. Petersburg, Florida) and Armando 31, (Mexico)
Armando Rubio surprises his daughter, Hannah with the news they will be moving into a new house with Kenneth Niedermeier. She is elated she is going to have two dads to love. But Armando is worried about how the rest of his family will receive Kenneth.
He is leaving Hannah with his family until the new house is organized. When he realizes his dad isn’t home to tell him goodbye, he is devastated. His mother promises she will speak to his father on his behalf. I really hope this family can come together. It’s obvious they are a close-knit family; it would be a shame if they are unable to remain that way.
Tim, 34 (Dallas, Texas) and Melyza, 29 (Colombia)
After cheating on his long-distance love, Tim has decided to throw caution to the wind and move to Columbia. Originally, Melyza had plans to move to Texas, before she discovered his infidelity. Tim’s mom has serious doubts about his relationship. She intends to visit to make sure her son isn’t being taken advantage of by his girlfriend. She believes Melyza may have pressured Tim into to moving in order to exercise her control over him. Calm down, Mama Tim! If I was Melyza, I wouldn’t leave everything I know to be with someone I didn’t trust either. If Melyza was the one to move, would Tim’s mom think he was controlling her? Tim is a grown man and is doing what he believes he must do, to try and save his relationship.
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Tim visits with his therapist one last time before he moves to Columbia. He has been in therapy for the past year, after Melyza suggested it after his indiscretion. During the session, Tim reveals that he and Melyza no longer say “I love you.” Sounds like these two may need couple’s therapy as well.
Unbeknownst to Melyza, Tim hasn’t completely committed to moving permanently. He is still keeping possession of his job and home until he knows if things will work out. I don’t see that going over too well once Melyza finds out, but hey I can understand.
Ariela, 28 (Princeton, New Jersey) and Biniyam, 29 (Ethiopia)
Ariela and her mother have finally arrived in Ethiopia. It will be Biniyam’s first time meeting Ariela’s mother, so he is extremely nervous. Ariela is feeling the pressure for a completely different reason. Now that her baby is almost due, there isn’t much time for her to get reacquainted with her fiancé. When they meet at the airport, she feels like she is looking at a stranger. Biniyam no longer has dreadlocks and has lost weight since the 3 months they have been apart. Looking at the before and after pics, he is still a cutie. One thing has remained the same, those abs!
Biniyam and Ariela drop her mother off at the hotel, before they venture to the new apartment. I already know how this is about to go. It’s virtually the same reaction every time on this show: Americans are shocked and dismayed by their new living conditions.
It reminds me of when Maury Povich would reveal “he is not the father” and every mother would fall out on the floor shocked. Ariela is no different, when she walks into the bathroom of nightmares. There is mold, no toilet seat and a shoe rack across from the sink. Sigh! I almost feel sorry for Biniyam, he seems so sweet. But who can blame a pregnant woman (well any woman) for wanting a toilet seat and a clean bathroom?
Jenny, 60 (Palm Springs, California) & Sumit, 30 (India)
Jenny woke up happy to be in the arms of Sumit. After grabbing their morning chai, the novelty wears off and she demands to see his divorce papers. He claims it’s difficult to get paperwork, but offers to take her with him to the court to see the process. If Sumit has any sense, he better not be lying again.
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This time Jenny’s daughters may fly to India to beat him up, if he hurts their mother again. Well given the neighborhood of their new house, someone else may beat him up for less. I just hope for Jenny’s sake that this time will be different.
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TELL US –IS BINIYAM’S APARTMENT FIT FOR A PREGNANT WOMAN? DID DEAVAN BRING HER NEW CIRCUMSTANCES UPON HERSELF? IS MELYZA CONTROLLING TIM? WILL ARMANDO’S FAMILY ACCEPT KENNETH?
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