Last night’s episode of 90 Day Fiance The Other Way clearly had a reoccurring theme, family. Almost every single story line this episode involved a family member who was trying to guide the couple through some issue. When I say guide, I mean meddle, for most. But hey, what are your loved ones for if they can’t try to stop you from making major mistakes in life.
Tim gets the welcome from Melyza that he feared the most. Ariela Weinberg‘s mother goes on the offensive to protect her daughter. Brittany Banks and Yazan Abo Horira turn to an ally for help. Kenneth Niedermeier and Armando Rubio ‘s first trip into town together worries them both. Tired of Jihoon Lee‘s lies, Deavan Clegg presses for the truth. Let’s get straight to the 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way recap!
Ariela, 28 (Princeton, New Jersey) and Biniyam, 29 (Ethiopia)
After urging from Ariela’s mother, Janice the happy couple spend the night in the hotel with her. I have never seen a room with three twin beds in one room in a row. Biniyam Shibre must really be trying to win over his future mother-in-law because that had to be SUPER awkward. Janice is pleasantly surprised by the conditions when she visits the hospital where Ariela would deliver her baby. I’m sure she was expecting to whisk Ariela back to the states immediately after seeing something that didn’t meet her standards.
Unfortunately for Biniyam, he becomes Janice’s target when the hospital fails to give her an excuse. This woman doesn’t miss a thing! Janice interrogates Biniyam about his past and his current intentions. Poor Biniyam was so nervous if I didn’t know better I would have thought he was being questioned by law enforcement while a light was shined in his face. When asked about his ex-wife, he claims she left him because he had female friends.
When pressed further, he is adamant he did nothing wrong. Insert side eye. Biniyam is clearly hiding something. There is no way his ex-wife took his child and ran back to the U.S. for no reason. Janice then asks how he plans on supporting her daughter in the lifestyle she is accustomed to living. Biniyam believes his career dancing and eventually singing will pay the bills. This is not going well. Even Ariela doesn’t look confident anymore.
Tim, 34 (Dallas, Texas) and Melyza, 29 (Colombia)
Melyza has a mix of emotions as she waits for Tim to arrive in Columbia. She is battling between the happy thoughts of their past and the distrust that currently plagues their relationship. But when they see each other, they seem genuinely happy. In a post interview, Melyza admits Tim looks completely different now that he has gained weight. Well a year of being depressed tends to do that to you. Obviously she expected him to be tiny because she picked him up in a vehicle the size of a clown car packed with suitcases and her 2 dogs.
During lunch, Melyza makes Tim recount the details of his decision to cheat. Sigh! Nothing good is going to come from this conversation. If you are going to forgive him, then you are going to have to start fresh, at some point. It’s not healthy to keep reopening the same would over and over. As they argue about the situation, Tim can’t help but feel like they will never get past his indiscretion. Maybe it’s a good idea he kept his apartment and job. I don’t know how long this is going to last.
Deavan, 22 (Salt Lake City, Utah) & Jihoon, 29 (South Korea)
Deavan takes her mother, Elicia on a tour of the market. Little Drascilla may be having a fun time watching fish butchered, but Elicia still isn’t convinced about South Korea. Deavan’s realizes very quickly she isn’t equipped to venture out in the city without Jihoon to help her. At lunch, Deavan decides that the only way to find out any real answers about her husband is to speak with his mother. After she made excuses for his immaturity last week, good luck girlfriend. Something tells me Deavan’s mother-in-law isn’t going to give her what she wants.
Deavan meets Jihoon and his parents for dinner to discuss their issues. Things get off to a bad start when Jihoon walks right past his wife as if he doesn’t see her. His dad is the one who actually greets her and helps her carry the baby into the dining area. As if things couldn’t get worse, the translator device isn’t working and Deavan can’t understand most of the conversation. Jihoon becomes increasing frustrated when he continues to try to apologize and take accountability, but isn’t able communicate with his wife.
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Literally everything he says into the translator comes back as something totally different. Jihoon’s mom doesn’t make it any better by her frosty demeanor throughout the conversation. When Deavan goes into dramatics claiming Jihoon has ruined her life, he storms out of the dinner. Well, that meeting wasn’t productive at all. These two seem like they would have communication issues regardless if they spoke the same language. We all know he lied, how are you going to move forward?
Kenneth, 57 (St. Petersburg, Florida) and Armando 31, (Mexico)
While walking around exploring the city, Kenneth feels slighted when Armando refuses to display any affection in public. Armando is concerned about their safety as a gay couple living in Mexico. He feels like Kenneth is trying to push him to be comfortable with his sexuality, despite it being new to him. Kenneth will have to be patient as his man gets adjusted to his new life.
I feel bad for Kenneth because he clearly just wants to feel loved by his partner. But he has had forty years to develop his level of comfort. Armando on the other hand, isn’t going to change overnight. It will take time for their relationship to grow, but hopefully they find their footing.
Brittany, 26 (Palm Beach, Florida) and Yazan, 24 (Jordan)
A much calmer Brittany has emerged to meet with Yazan’s uncle. Yazan hopes he will be able to convince his uncle to help get his parents on board to push back the wedding. After listening intently, the uncle agrees to speak to his brother to ask him to slow down the wedding preparations. He believes that Brittany should be given time to be certain that she is ready to accept Yazan’s religion, culture and traditions.
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I understand why Yazan chose his uncle to be his spokesperson, he seemed very understanding of their situation. Brittany is inwardly giving herself a high five now that she thinks she has bought herself more time. Hopefully she actually uses this time to decide if she is genuinely ready to completely change her life. Also, there is still the issue of her currently being married. It’s only a matter of time before this house of cards comes tumbling down.
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