We’ve finally made it to the end of season three of Temptation Island! There were definitely some surprises during this final bonfire, and more happy endings than expected. Erica Washington blew Kendal Kirkland’s mind with her decision, Chelsea Orcutt and Thomas Gipson faced off, and Julian Allen poured his heart out to Kristen Ramos. We also got a proposal at the end!
Last week’s episode ended in a cliff hanger with Kendal and Erica. Kendal had tried to make Erica feel ashamed for kissing Jesse Stephanos, while in turn he showed no remorse for consistently sleeping with Alexcys Homan and having a threesome. Erica professed her love for Kendal and then it cut to black. Did Erica go back to Kendal, leave the island alone, or leave with Jesse?
We are almost at the end, Temptation Island fans! The build up all season long has lead to these final two episodes. Who will stay together? Will anyone leave alone, or with one of the singles? In this episode we found out what happened to Corey Sobczyk and Erin Smith, and we got a peak at what’s to come for Kendal Kirkland and Erica Washington. Hint, Erica put Kendal in his place and I am here for it!
But first, we have to go back to the beginning when Mark L. Walberg showed up to the guys and girls villas to inform everyone it was time to say goodbye to their placeholders, ahem, singles. And it couldn’t have been more apparent over at the guys villa that Alexcys Homan and Sophia Perez were placeholders for Kendal and Thomas Gipson. Both girls had expressed their feelings numerous times, and both Kendal and Thomas essentially said thanks for the hookup but that’s all your going to get from me.
It’s hard to believe, but season three of Temptation Island is almost over. Although I will miss watching the drama, I know I won’t miss Kendal Kirkland’s weekly escapades in trying to sleep with as many women as possible. And if anyone had no regrets regarding their behavior on the show, it was him. At least we had Tula Poindexter to call out Kendal on his BS!
In this week’s episode, the couples went on overnight dates with the singles. The big question that lingered was who was going to hook up with who? In typical Temptation Island fashion, the final dates were full of unpredictable moments. Erica Washington got her groove back, Thomas Gipson decided to one up Chelsea Orcutt in the cheating department, and Julian Allen made a decision sure to make everyone cry during final bonfire. How Kristen Ramos will react though is another matter.
The tables have turned this week for several of the couples on Temptation Island! First, Erica Washington has done a complete 180 in regards to her self-confidence. Before, she was only concerned about Kendal Kirkland and catering to his needs and feelings. But after Erica watched Kendal have a threesome, she decided it was time to put herself first. This also included allowing herself to start to fall for Jesse Stephanos. But how will Kendal feel once he sees that Erica is no longer worried about his needs and is moving on?
Second, we have Thomas Gipson and Chelsea Orcutt. Chelsea and Thomas arrived on the island to get to the bottom of his “flirty” behavior. But the script was flipped when it was Chelsea who cheated on Thomas first! Thomas predicted this was coming last week when he received Chelsea’s message in a box, and observed she was defending her actions without him knowing what they were yet. And this week he finally found out what those actions were.
This week’s Temptation Island brought about several twists that caused some big shake ups amongst the couples. First, we had another round of eliminations, where the couples had to make the hard or not so hard choice of which singles to send home. Would the boys who got cut behave themselves this time around? And regarding the girls, would they speak up, or quietly depart like the last group did?
The second twist was the dreaded thirty second video message. For the first time since they separated, the couples were allowed to send a thirty second video to each other where they could say anything they wanted. Or, they could choose not to send any message at all. And let’s be honest, that would be the most devastating. So, any takers on who didn’t get a message?
This week’s super-sized episode of Temptation Island was quite the emotional rollercoaster. Every one of the couples, minus Kendal Kirkland who is already perfect in his mind, had a breakthrough or revelation about themselves and their current relationship. Luckily for them, they are on the show with the best host therapist combo, Mark L. Walberg, to work them through it.
The episode started where we ended last week, with Kristen Ramos opening up about of the tragic death of her brother. Kristen confirmed to Mark that she stayed with Julian Allen after he cheated because he provided emotional support after her brother passed. Kristen added she hoped she could finally open up now that she had shared this information. It’s definitely one step closer towards her healing. Next up was the guy’s bonfire, and the foreshadowing of some serious trouble between Thomas Gipson and Chelsea Orcutt’s relationship.
Temptation Island has been anything but boring this season. Every week there is a major bombshell, and this week’s episode proved no exception by dropping several more. The mean guy gang was kicked off the island, Blake Eyres is no longer “Blake the fake,” and Kendal Kirkland kicked it up a notch in his quest to sabotage his relationship with Erica Washington. He can’t just sleep with one person on the island, but now two…at the same time!
Kendal was teeing up his excuse slash future gaslighting of Erica on the way to bonfire when he mentioned repeatedly that he and Erica didn’t have any rules so he can do whatever he wanted. No doubt this “no rules” clause will be what Kendal uses against Erica to invalidate her feelings at the end of the season. But for now, we are nowhere near the end (luckily for us!), and it’s bonfire time with Mark L. Walberg and the guys.
It’s time for a reality TV shake up. After a solid year of binging reality shows of past and present from our respective lockdowns and quarantines, we’re due for some fresh content. Even more, the upgrade in accountability for reality stars when it comes to blatant and veiled racism has completely shifted viewer expectations. Gone are the days of sweeping very troubling and flat out unacceptable behavior under the rug. Why shouldn’t we be entitled to quantity and quality?
If you’re sick of Housewives, there are other options. Shows like Temptation Island and Selling Sunset are complete stand-alones. They’re also in their early seasons and not overly repetitive in their story lines and cast dynamics (yet). There’s also shows like 90 Day Fiance and Married At First Sight that use the same formula every year, but bring on fresh faces to make it interesting. Tragically, after eight and twelve seasons respectively, even these gems are starting to dull. So what’s next?