Its 24 days until decision day and these Married At First Sight these couples are literally arguing about their pets. What is this show coming to when they focus an entire episode on how the husbands interact with the new dogs in their lives. Insert side eye emoji. Am I the only one who found that weird??? Nonetheless, several relations came out of this episode. There are several issues brewing under the surface of these relationships.
All five husbands have become dog dads since marrying their stranger spouses. Some take on the responsibility with love and excitement. But for others, it causes a severe emotional backlash. Let’s get straight to the Married At First Sight recap!
Virginia & Erik
For some reason, Erik thought it was a good idea to point out all of the things that he doesn’t like about Virginia’s dog, Rocky. Yikes. First, he was jealous of her male friends, now it’s her dog. He even claims that Rocky is getting in the way of their relationship. Huh? Now, if he said alcohol, I would be inclined to agree, but her dog???????? Clearly, he hasn’t been paying attention. Virginia is an animal lover and is very protective of the dog that got her through a period of depression. She is so upset from the conversation, she storms from the apartment and calls producers crying.
When Virginia returns she confronts Erik on his controlling ways. He is upset that she “disappeared” for forty minutes after their argument. When she attempts to explain the situation, he literally tells her “if you don’t like it, you can get out of it.” Things go from bad to worse when Virginia starts to panic from the pressure of being married and feeling like she is being forced to change her entire life. Although, I think Virginia is immature in many ways, Erik has several issues as well. He literally berated her about her dog and then told her to deal with it when she got upset. I am noticing a reoccurring theme here. He is constantly giving her soft ultimatums, rather than coming up with a solution as a team.
Virginia admits that marriage has been a lot harder than she anticipated. She feels like Erik wants her to need him and that isn’t something she is accustomed doing in a relationship. Just when it seems like they may be getting somewhere in the conversation, he brings up Rocky once again. Sigh! Does he not realize that he berates her like a child? This is tough to watch. In a post interview, Virginia confesses that she is bothered about the way Erik speaks about her dog, despite her continuously asking him to stop. Later, footage is shown of him screaming at Virginia and calling her an “asshole” for her behavior during their conversation. Virginia, girl, RUNNNNNNNNNNNNN! Usually where there is smoke, there is fire. Erik has raised red flags since the honeymoon with his controlling nature and it’s only getting worse. What happened to the shy, accommodating man we met in the beginning? This is why I love when the couples move in together. It’s only a matter of time, before their true personality’s surface.
Virginia meets with Paige and Brianna to vent about her marriage. Her anxiety is at an all-time high and she is struggling to work through her issues. She realizes that she needs to start seeing a therapist for her anxiety. Later, Erik attempts to smooth things over with Virginia. This time rather than focus on the negative in a condescending tone, he takes a softer approach. Virginia is receptive and within minutes they both act as if everything is perfectly fine. Sigh! Things aren’t fine. I see another argument in their near future.
Clara & Ryan
In an effort to bring her and Ryan closer sexually, Clara takes him to a tantric yoga class. While many men would have been turned on by the experience, it had the opposite effect on him. While hanging out with the guys, Ryan plays the role of therapist as some of the men vent about their wives. In his opinion, he is a “great husband” and they can benefit from his sound advice. Is anyone going to tell him that his wife is secretly sexually frustrated and miserable?
Haley and Jacob
Let’s face it; these two are just filling time, at this point. Haley & Jacob decide to give arguing a rest and try to spend some positive time together. The two go go-carting and actually have a good time. I guess if they never have to talk and can just do activities that don’t require any close interaction, they may have a chance. Later, Haley attempts to get to know her husband better during dinner. As usual, its awkward as hell to watch. These two have zero chemistry and I don’t see any hope for this marriage working out.
Paige & Chris
Paige vents to her brother and sister-in-law about the demise of her marriage with Chris. She also seems to have finally had an epiphany about why she allowed herself to endure Chris’ behavior for so long. She realizes she was more focused on the idea of marriage than being her best self. Amen! Her brother gives her some great advice and words of encouragement. Hopefully she continues to put herself first and doesn’t fall for his bs once he decides he wants to be bothered with her again.
Chris invites his mother for dinner and reveals that he and Paige are headed for divorce. When he attempts to complain that Paige isn’t responsive enough, his mom defends her daughter-in-law’s point of view due to the current circumstances. In a post interview, Chris’ mom admits she is sad, but not surprised that her son is getting a divorce. I hope his mom watches this full season and realizes how her son treated Paige throughout this experience.
Briana & Vincent
Briana and Vincent continue to be the saviors of this season. They take us along for a couple’s bike ride. Vincent loves the fact that his wife is active and motivates him to be healthier. While Brianna loves that her husband listened and bought her bike when she mentioned wanting one. I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, this couple is my favorite. They aren’t pretending to be someone they aren’t and when they have issues, they work through it. Maybe some of the other couples should take notes.
TELL US – IS ERIK CONTROLLING OR CONCERNED? IS RYAN OBLIVIOUS TO HIS WIFE’S CONCERNS OR IS HE IGNORING THEM SO HE DOESN’T HAVE TO CONFRONT THE ISSUE?
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